NM governor attends business summit in Florida

August 23, 2013 • State News

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez has joined government and business leaders at a meeting in Florida hosted by Wal-Mart S[auth] tores Inc.

A Martinez spokesman said the governor will return to New Mexico on Friday from the two-day U.S. Manufacturing Summit in Orlando. The meeting is to focus on improving domestic manufacturing and retailing.

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker and several governors are among those scheduled to attend the event.

Martinez spokesman Enrique Knell said Thursday the governor plans to talk about New Mexico’s efforts to expand trade with Mexico. The state’s exports have increased 20 percent during the first half of the year and were up 33 percent in 2012.

Knell said the governor had no political events during the trip to Florida.

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