Working together across the border

View of the Arizona border with Sonora, Mexico, near Bisbee. (Photo by Flickr user threadedthoughts)

Few situations are as challenging for civic leaders as coordinating and collaborating across national borders. But there are many efforts, and some successes.

The Arizona State University North American Center for Transborder Studies is partnering with the Mexico Institute at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars to draw attention to success stories. Together, the two groups have started a new initiative, the “Awards for U.S.-Mexico Cross-Border Cooperation and Innovation,” which will recognize leadership and collaboration in areas as diverse as transportation planning, education, public safety and the arts.

From the Wilson Center’s announcement:

Awards will honor cooperation and innovation in the fields of public safety, transportation planning, environmental stewardship, education, health, and the arts, among others. Awardees will be selected by a prestigious selection committee, reflecting the bi-national identity, diversity, and spirit of the border—with members from business, government, academia, and the non-profit sector.

The deadline for submissions of nominations is Monday, April 18, 2011.

More information about the awards and how to nominate or apply for the award is available on the Wilson Center’s website.

Do you know civic leaders who are making a real difference in difficult times? We’d like to know their stories–Please send information to Emily Rajakovich.

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