What is the ARIZONA-MEXICO COMMISSION?
The Arizona-Mexico Commission (AMC) is Arizona’s premier cross-border nonprofit organization. Our mission is to improve the economic prosperity and quality of life for all Arizonans through strong, public/private collaborations in advocacy, trade, networking and information.
The AMC has 13 binational committees that act as industry and community advocates in partnership with the Commission Sonora-Arizona (its Sonoran counterpart) to facilitate cross-border trade, networking and binational information sharing. Through our work, and support of the Governor’s policy priorities, Arizona and the U.S. economy benefit from enhanced binational trade and an open relationship with Sonora’s public and private sectors.
Set in motion in 1959 by then Governor Paul J. Fannin, who stated, “God made us neighbors, let us be good neighbors,” the Arizona-Mexico Commission has evolved considerably over its 57 years. Our vision of improving the quality of life in the region continues to drive our efforts. We promote a strong, cooperative relationship with Mexico; facilitate the movement of goods, people, encourage enhanced security and promote policies that foster sustainable development.
The AMC seeks to influence policy and decision making in areas that impact the bilateral relationship between the U.S. and Mexico. From such policies that facilitate the flow of goods and people at the border to policies that protect the environment, there are many areas of critical interest to the AMC and its members. The AMC is, thus, the vehicle for conveying these messages to decision makers in Washington D.C and Mexico City.
In 2014, Arizona exported $8.6 billion to Mexico representing 41% of Arizona’s total exports to the world. In addition, visitors from Mexico to Arizona spend over $7 million every day shopping in our stores, eating at our restaurants, staying in our hotels and other businesses, greatly contributing substantially to Arizona’s economy. In order to ensure continued growth in trade and tourism, the AMC has dedicated considerable effort and resources to improving our ports of entry with Mexico.
The AMC provides a unique opportunity for those who participate or are interested to tap into the AMC’s network and identify new business opportunities.
The AMC, through the plenaries, events, trade missions and other programs offers its memberships with unmatched opportunities to build their individual networks.
The AMC strives to have the most relevant information available so that policy makers and business people can make informed decisions.
The AMC offers forums that inform and promote dialogue such as the plenaries, briefings to congressional offices, and business forums on such topics as energy, cross-border business and online through the AMC’s webpage. One area of particular interest has been border data; therefore, the AMC in partnership with other state agencies has created the Arizona-Mexico Economic Indicators that provides that latest information on cross border trade and volumes of traffic at our ports of entry. Additionally, the AMC produces the Catalyst that includes articles on a variety of topics relevant to the Arizona-Mexico relationship.
AMC Core FOCUS AREAS
AMC understands that a vibrant economy leads to higher living standards, improved public safety and quality of life. AMC supports this ever-upward cycle of growth by keeping its focus on four broad policy priorities:
These four core areas represent the bi-national policy drive for the Arizona-Mexico region, and will enable to capitalize on the opportunities the region has to offer.
Read further under each Core Focus Area section highlighting the mission for each area, and showcasing the Governor’s specific bi-national policy initiatives.