AMC advocates for smart, sustainable economic growth through development of bi-national investment initiatives, creation of opportunities that stimulate the border-region economy and expansion of trade between Arizona and Mexico.
AMC focuses on innovation and technology in schools and universities, exchange of arts and cultural activities, development of programs for community health, establishment of communication protocols in the event of an urgent public health occurrence, protection of food sources through pest eradication and vaccination programs, and implementation of greenhouse gas emissions reduction projects.
AMC facilitates expansion and improvement of Arizona’s ports of entry, which attracts business to the region, encourages business retention and promotes tourism and travel. And most importantly, AMC supports border security through enhanced communications and advanced uses of technology.
Some of Our ACCOMPLISHMENTS INCLUDE:
Moving Forward with Vision
Published the Arizona Border Communities Roadmap in collaboration with the Arizona Commerce Authority, Arizona Department if Transportation, and Arizona Office of Tourism and in partnership with the Cities of Douglas, Nogales, San Luis, Somerton, and Yuma. The Project’s mission is to identify, prioritize, and advance policy and strategic action resulting in a roadmap for developing a thriving Arizona border region.
A Proactive Approach to Regional Commerce
The AMC is a main collaborator in developing the Governor’s new Trade and Transportation Corridor Alliance. Partnering with the Arizona Department of Transportation and Arizona Commerce Authority, this alliance identifies business opportunities for Arizona to effectively compete against other U.S. corridors. The Transportation and Trade Corridor Alliance Roadmap which aligns public and private sector visions for Arizona’s competitiveness in the global economy was released on June 20, 2014.
Baseline Indicators Illuminate Economic Progress
The original concept of transborder cluster development in the Arizona-Sonora region was proposed in the Strategic Economic Development Vision at the 1993 AMC Plenary Session in Phoenix, Arizona. This groundbreaking approach of viewing Arizona and Sonora as a single economic region led directly to the creation of the Arizona-Sonora Regional Economic Indicators Report, an initiative of the AMC done in collaboration with the University of Arizona. In 2013, the AMC entered into an agreement with the UA to create an electronic dashboard version of the Arizona-Sonora Border Indicators in partnership with the Arizona Commerce Authority, Arizona Department of Transportation and Arizona Office of Tourism.
Green Travel and Innovation
The launch of the National Geographic GeoTourism MapGuide promotes the Arizona-Sonoran region as an internationally recognized leader in responsible tourism, and brings economic development in the form of ecologically and culturally-conscious travel and trade in both Arizona and Mexico. Additionally, the AMC promotes Pilot Green Transportation routes in Arizona and Sonora to develop innovative strategies, such as truck stop electrification systems in order to improve air quality throughout the region.
Championing for Cross-Border Security
The AMC strives to make our region as safe as it can be. In addition to signing a joint declaration to combat narcotics and the violence along the U.S.-Mexico border associated with it, the AMC has also established a bi-national Human Trafficking Coordinating Council and has helped to expand ATF’s eTrace program in the Arizona-Sonora region to track and combat gun trafficking.
Accessibility and Opportunity
The AMC Health Committee identified and now supports a wheelchair initiative that helps disadvantaged people in Arizona and Sonora, as well as entices the economy in Nogales, Arizona. The wheelchairs made available through the program are locally developed and owned in Nogales, which in turn provides job opportunities within the community.
AMC Advocates for Water
The Central Arizona Project (CAP) was halted by action of the Executive Department of the United States in 1973. This federal reclamation project to supplement water in Arizona had already been authorized. It had funding. It was partially completed. AMC petitioned and urged the President of the United States and the Department of the Interior to reconsider. Construction of the project resumed and was substantially completed in 1994. CAP now manages the single largest renewable water supply in Arizona, serving approximately 1.8 million people in the state.