The Border Governors Conference (BGC) is an annual forum that brings together the Governors of the 10 U.S. - Mexico border states, along with other stakeholders of both countries. Considered among the largest binational venues, the BGC provides a platform for policy engagement, collaboration and identification of objectives for the Governors' agenda through the signing of a joint declaration. The chair and vice chair of the BGC alternate between U.S. and Mexico border states, and the chair typically hosts the meeting in their respective state. The BGC policy strategies are developed, evaluated and implemented through the Border Governors Representatives and thirteen Work Tables, comprised by key state officials from each of the border states, under the four policy areas of: Competitiveness, Sustainability, Security and Quality of Life. The work tables include: Agriculture and Livestock, Border Security, Education, Economic Development, Emergency and Civil Protection, Energy, Environment, Health, Logistics and International Crossings, Science and Technology, Tourism, Water, and Wildlife.
The Border Research Partnership (the North American Center for Transborder Studies, El Colegio de la Frontera Norte in Tijuana, Baja California and the Mexico Institute at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, DC) is working with the Border Governors Conference on the implementation phase of the Strategic Guidelines for the Competitive and Sustainable Development for the US-Mexico Transborder Region.