DATE:  February 19, 2004
CONTACT: Jorge A. Ramirez, Assistant Vice President for Communications, (361) 825-2427; Lillian Riojas, Port of Corpus Christi (361) 885-6158 

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WHO:       Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi and the Port of Corpus Christi          
WHAT:     Americas Unidas 2004     
WHEN:    February 23-25, 2004      
WHERE: Congressman Solomon P. Ortiz International Center    
Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi and Port of Corpus Christi Present Americas Unidas 2004 Conference

Leaders in the fields of energy, monetary policy, agriculture and ocean research will participate in the second bi-annual AmericasUnidasConference Monday through Wednesday at theCongressman Solomon P. Ortiz International Center.

During the three-day meeting to explore cooperative opportunities between the United States, Mexico, and Central and South America, strong emphasis will be place on energy, issues impacting the Gulf of Mexico, intra-Americas trade with Cuba, and travel in the Caribbean and the Gulf of Mexico. Key speakers and discussion leaders will include Texas Agriculture Commissioner Susan Combs; four-time Nobel Peace Prize nominee and New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson; Robert D. McTeer, president and chief executive officer of the Federal Reserve Bank in Dallas; Bill Greehey, president and chief executive officer of Valero Energy Corporation; and Antonio Rivero, executive vice president of CITGO Petroleum.