Martinez Meets With Sonora's Governor

New Mexico – New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez was in Mexico on Saturday to meet with the governor of Sonora and discuss the future of the relationship between the border states.

Martinez's staff says the two sides are looking at ways to improve the region's economy and overcome common challenges, such as crime and border violence.

Various working groups were convened on subjects ranging from health and education to the critical issues of job creation and economic development.

The states agreed to develop exchange-learning programs, particularly among nurses and other medical professionals.

Martinez met with Sonora Gov. Guillermo Padres Elias. In the coming weeks, she's expected to meet in Santa Fe with Chihuahua's governor.

The head of Sonora's education department will travel to New Mexico to discuss strategies for raising student achievement.

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