Puebla, Mexico, Prepares A ‘Flavorful’ Partnership With Tucson

By Rodrigo Cervantes
Published: Tuesday, July 30, 2019 - 6:11pm
Updated: Wednesday, July 31, 2019 - 10:36am

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Luis González
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Luis González is the Innovation and Design Commissioner for the state of Puebla.

PUEBLA, MEXICO — In South Central Mexico lies an old city renowned by its history and food. And this place is preparing a very special partnership with Tucson, one that promises creativity and complex flavors.

Puebla is known as the site of the Battle of Cinco de Mayo and the cradle of one of Mexico’s most respected dishes: mole.

But the city’s interest in creativity as a development tool made it part of the Creative Cities Network from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, or UNESCO. 

“The UNESCO has 180 cities in 72 countries,” explained Luis González, the Innovation and Design commissioner of Puebla. And he said the city is already working with an Arizona member city.

“Tucson is one of the creative cities in gastronomy,” González said.

The commissioner says he just met in Austin with his counterparts to plan a Mole Fair in Tucson by next year. 

According to González, the 18 creative cities in the U.S., Mexico and Canada will continue expanding regional partnerships.


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