Border Governors Conference

Border Governors CONFERENCE

Border Governors at 2012 BGC Conference in Albuquerque, NM

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. The 2012 BGC took place in Albuquerque, NM and marked the event’s 30th anniversary.  Governor Brewer was among the border governors in attendance this year and was joined by several Arizona agency heads who attended as subject matter experts in their fields.

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 seven 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, Economic Competitiveness, Education, Health & Emergency Management, Logistics & Border Crossing, Security, and Sustainable Development.

Click HERE for the most recent copy of the 2013 BGC Worktable delegates worksheet (MS Excel file).

Click HERE to view a copy of the 2012 Joint Declaration.
Click HERE to view a copy of the 2012 Plans of Action for each worktable..

For more information about the BGC, please visit http://www.bordergovernorsconference.com

To view pictures from the 2012 BGC, please click HERE

(The AMC has paralleled efforts with BGC through the four broad policy areas to maintain a same momentum for the opportunities along the Arizona-Sonora region.)

Accomplishments

Shared Alert SystemWhere: Arizona
What: The Region Communicates Through a Shared Alert System
Pillars: Advocacy
What Happened: The Emergency Management Committee continues to develop shared systems for cross-border alerts and notifications. In 2007, Arizona acquired a web-based alert and notification system which is now available to the State of Sonora and its communities. It is an advantage to emergency services providers as they work to prevent and respond to emergencies in the area.