Astrid Salazar

Director of Investment Promotion    

Tamaulipas State Government

Partnership opportunities

Reasons for joining the program:
1. Trade and investment opportunities: Tamaulipas ranks in the firsts positions in FDI in Mexico (mainly USA investment), as well as 1st place in commercial flow from Mexico to USA,  and supply chain opportunities for the region.

2.Competitiveness agenda and economic development partnerships: share best practices in trade, investment, business retention, soft-landing services in key industrial and economic sectors

3. Binational cooperation: collaborative projects with economic (foreign trade and investment) and industrial focus 

Expertise with soft-landing services, attraction and promotion of FDI, connection with key players in the trade and investment arena (specially northern Mexico and southern Texas) 

Knowledge in international relations and collaborations with promotion agencies and different government authorities. 

Main areas of work:

Nicole Griensewic

Executive Director

Region Nine Development Commission in Minnesota


Griensewic has served as Executive Director of Region Nine Development Commission since 2012. As executive director, Griensewic has made it a priority to foster collaboration and engagement by sharing Region Nine’s story both regionally and globally. Griensewic is an active board and committee member for multiple organizations throughout Minnesota. Griensewic is the immediate past President of the Greater Minnesota Partnership, and is the first female to chair the Executive Committee for the University of Minnesota’s Center for Transportation Studies, where she served as chair of the Governance Committee. Griensewic also served as secretary of Lutheran Social Services of Minnesota’s Governing Board of Directors and chaired the Governance Committee and currently serves as an advisory board member for South Central College’s Center for Agriculture. She serves on the executive committee for the MACS Board, Minnesotans for the American Community Survey Board of Directors and represents the Midwest on the National Assoc. of Development Orgs.’s (NADO) Board of Directors.

Griensewic is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and has completed course work through Harvard’s Kennedy School’s Executive Education. She received the 2017 Outstanding Recent Alumnus Award from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

Her professional background includes extensive private sector and non-profit leadership experience.