Advisories & Alerts

AMC Media Advisory
For Immediate Release: February 13, 2016
Media contact: Ruth Soberanes
rsoberanes@az.gov -or- 602-542-1287

PHOENIX, Ariz. –Arizona and Sinaloa have entered into an agreement to explore mutual areas of interest and opportunities in economic development, trade, and tourism. Jessica Pacheco, President of the Arizona-Mexico Commission (AMC) and Jose Mario Cadena, President of the Economic Development Council of the State of Sinaloa (or “CODESIN” for its initials in Spanish) today signed a Memorandum of Cooperation in Phoenix.

“This is what the AMC is all about- developing closer relations with Mexico in order to facilitate cross-border trade, attract new investment and promote job creation for the benefit of all Arizonans,” said Jessica Pacheco. “I am excited about the opportunities and what they can mean for both states.”

The intent is to establish working groups in the areas of economic development, tourism, agribusiness, and corridor infrastructure development.

“Governor Quirino Ordaz of Sinaloa, much like Governor Ducey, has a strong entrepreneurial spirit.  He is eager to see things happen and the sooner the better,” stated Jose Mario Cadena, President of the Economic Development Council of the State of Sinaloa. “Our states have been growing together for many years if not generations. This agreement helps us provide the structure to move forward,” added Cadena.

The State of Arizona and the State of Sinaloa share a long history of commerce, trade, tourism and cultural ties. This agreement presents an opportunity for both states to grow the existing trade, commerce and tourism that already exists. For example, the fresh produce industry has created deep connections between Arizona and Sinaloa. Approximately $1 billion dollars of produce from Sinaloa crosses through Arizona Ports of Entry each year on their way to market.

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Governor Jan Brewer to attend Arizona-Mexico Commission Plenary Session in Hermosillo, Sonora

“Energy Transforms Arizona and Sonora”

Governor Janice K. Brewer and Governor Guillermo Padrés Elías of Sonora, Mexico will unite in Hermosillo, Sonora at the Arizona-Mexico Commission’s (AMC) Annual Fall/Winter Plenary Session.  The event is held twice a year, once in Arizona during the summer months and again in Sonora during the fall/winter season.  The plenary sessions serve as important forums for promoting international collaboration between the two states. The governors will meet with Arizonan and Sonoran elected officials and business leaders to discuss cross-border opportunities for economic advancement.

WHAT: Arizona-Mexico Commission’s Fall/Winter Plenary Session
THEME: Energy Transforms Arizona & Sonora
DATE: February 6-7, 2014
LOCATION: Hotel Fiesta Americana, Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico
PARTICIPANTS: Elected officials; local stakeholders; border leaders; business leaders

Our annual plenary sessions bring together nearly 400 people to connect communities, promote business and discuss state policy to enhance the economy and quality of life in the Arizona and Sonora region.  At this year’s session, both states will review the status of Arizona and Mexico’s relationship – including the States’ progress on prior cross-border agreements and recommendations from the bi-national committees.

MEDIA EVENTS:

  • Thursday, 4:00 p.m. – “One Region, Many Business Opportunities” Forum (Sonora Room)
  • Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. – AMC Committee Meetings
  • Friday, 3:00 p.m. – Plenary Session in which Gov. Brewer and Gov. Padres will give remarks and discuss action items for our 14 bi-national committees (Sonora Room)
  • Friday, 4:45 p.m. – Media availability with Gov. Brewer & Gov. Padres (Fiesta Palace Room)

For more information on any of these events, please visit www.azmc.org/events

To register as a media attendee, please complete THIS registration form or contact Chris Stoller, Director of Communications & Strategic Initiatives for the Arizona-Mexico Commission, at (602) 542-1287, or via e-mail at cstoller@az.gov

Click HERE for a copy of this media advisory.

TTCA with text

Public Notice

What: Transportation & Trade Corridor Alliance Public Listening Session
Ports of Entry and Mexico Committee
Education and Communication Committee

When: April 24, 2013 from 10:00 AM to 12:30 PM

Where: Pima Community College Downtown Campus, Amethyst Room
1255 N. Stone Avenue
Tucson, Arizona 85709

Who: The Transportation and Trade Corridor Alliance, Ports of Entry and Mexico Co-Chairs – James B. Manson and Margie Emmermann – invite all those interested in the importance of the border and proximity to Mexico as an asset to Arizona to attend this listening session and provide their insights, ideas and comments.  Participants are also invited to provide their ideas to guide the TTCA in its strategic communications and public outreach activities. These comments will be considered by the Committee for writing the Ports of Entry and Mexico Roadmap Chapter discussed below.

How: Public testimony will be heard from 10:00 to 11:30 followed by a facilitated dialogue based on those testimonies from 11:30 to 12:30.

Please be prepared with a presentation no longer than five minutes.  You may submit a one-page document providing further thoughts and background information at the time of the meeting or online at www.azttca.org

Background:

The purpose of the “Transportation, Trade and Global Competitiveness Roadmap” is to define a statewide vision that contributes to an economic development and jobs agenda. Each chapter of the “Roadmap” will be developed by committees as assigned by the Transportation and Corridor Alliance (TTCA) including Freight, Trade and Economic Development, Logistics, Supply Chain Development and Regional Sourcing, Mexico and Ports of Entry, and Education and Communication.

The Mexico and Ports of Entry committee will be writing a chapter for the Roadmap that will:

  • Communicate the importance of the border and proximity to Mexico as an asset for Arizona.
  • Provide guidance and suggestions to state agencies on how to improve the border crossing process for businesses and individual crossers.
  • Suggest strategies for improving physical infrastructure at and near the border, including process improvements and the use of technology and smart transportation tools.

*** Contact Chris Stoller at cstoller@az.gov or (602) 542-1287 for any questions.

Click HERE to download the public notice.

The North American Center for Transborder Studies (NACTS) at Arizona State University, in partnership with the United States Department of Commerce, held the inaugural conference “Realizing the Economic Strength of Our 21st Century Border: Trade, Education and Jobs” on September 23-25, 2012 at the Fiesta Resort Conference Center in Tempe, Arizona. Throughout three days of discussion panels, private and public sector leaders from the U.S. and Mexico met to discuss current issues regarding the almost 2,000-mile-long border that unites both countries. Guest speakers such as Rep. Henry Cuellar, 28th District of Texas; Mayor Greg Stanton, City of Phoenix; Rep. Raúl Grijalva, 7th District of Arizona; and Gov. Susana Martínez, New Mexico highlighted the importance of the U.S. relationship with Mexico and called for cooperation from both countries to improve the border region and focus on the important issues such as trade, education and jobs.

Read the entire report here.

PRINCIPAL CONFERENCE TAKEAWAYS
1. We cannot afford to continue to be ignorant about our important commercial relationship with Mexico.
One of the most profound takeaways is that, as ASU President Michael Crow insisted upon, we remain “purposefully ignorant” about the enormously important commercial relationship the United States enjoys with Mexico. This ignorance is a critical weakness that prevents us from gaining even greater economic benefits from this relationship. With unemployment still at unacceptably high levels and the global economy experiencing ever-changing balances of power, we need to focus on what works.
2. U.S. global competitiveness depends on a strong Mexico.
The intense and highly collaborative nature of our bilateral commerce, including our highly integrated supply chains and joint production, means that what is good for Mexico is in large part good for the United States.
3. There is remarkable multi-partisan support for increasing bilateral trade.
Representatives from across the political spectrum in both nations insisted on the importance of binational trade, demonstrating that the possibility for agreement and moving forward on key issues related to trade already exists.
4. We have congested ports of entry that need major attention.
With waits for both commercial and passenger vehicles often reaching multiple hours, congested border crossings are a key impediment to trade and raise the cost of North American supply chains, which are critical for the competitiveness of U.S. and Mexican firms.
5. Local communities have a very important role in international trade (and some power as well).
International relations can often seem quite distant from the concerns and input of everyday people particularly people living in the U.S.-Mexico border region. Recognizing the often extraordinary leadership that local elected border officials exercise in what are essentially complex international/crossborder affairs, mayors in the border region tend to stand out for their strong efforts and perspectives. These
efforts can and do have a positive impact on bilateral relations.
6. You have to invest (in infrastructure) in order to profit from trade…and there are a number of investment options.
In an era of acute fiscal constraints, there is an emerging consensus on the importance of public-private partnerships as a way of identifying and tapping revenue streams available to finance and operate new modern ports of entry.

Read the entire report here.

Governor Jan Brewer Announces
Director of Trade and Investment for Sonora Office

Director to Play Key Role in Boosting Trade Relationship between Arizona, Mexico

PHOENIX – Governor Jan Brewer has named Ignacio “Nacho” Escalante the Director of Trade and Investment for the Arizona-Mexico Commission’s (AMC) office in Hermosillo, Mexico.

As Director, Mr. Escalante will serve as a liaison and conduit for Mexican business owners seeking investment opportunities in Arizona, and vice versa. His mission will be to help facilitate business growth and relocation in both Arizona and Sonora, benefitting the larger economy of our border region.

“Mexico is Arizona’s single largest trade partner, so it’s critical to our regional economic prosperity that we continue to build ties with our neighbors to the south,” said Governor Brewer. “Mr. Escalante will be a valuable asset in this effort, given his extensive experience in capital finance and keen understanding of economic development in the border region. With his help and the continued commitment of leaders in Arizona and Sonora, we can put in place the conditions for economic opportunity that improves the quality of life for all of our citizens.”

Mr. Escalante has more than three decades of experience in business and finance, including 10 years as General Director of the Economic Development Council of Sonora. In that role, he focused upon attracting foreign capital investment. Most notably, he was involved in the 2005 expansion of a Ford Motor Company assembly plant in Hermosillo.

“I see multiple opportunities to achieve our goal of increasing trade between Arizona and Mexico and attracting new investment by manufacturers and other companies,” said Mr. Escalante. “A stronger economy will create jobs and prosperity benefiting people on both sides of the border.”

The State of Arizona first opened a trade office in Hermosillo in 1992. Budget cuts and the economic recession forced State officials to eliminate the Director of Trade and Investment position in 2008. Now, the position is returning thanks to a joint funding agreement between the Arizona-Mexico Commission and Arizona Commerce Authority.

“Arizona’s trade relationship with Mexico is critical to our state’s economic prosperity,” said Sandra Watson, President and CEO of the Arizona Commerce Authority.  “Sonora serves as Arizona’s gateway to Mexico, and establishing a Director of Trade and Investment in this pivotal location is instrumental in strengthening the connection among companies and markets in Arizona and in Mexico.”

Mr. Escalante received his CPA from the University of Monterrey, in Nuevo León, Mexico (1985). A long-time resident of Sonora, he is fluent in English and Spanish.

In his new position, Mr. Escalante will work closely with the Governor’s Office, Arizona-Mexico Commission and Arizona Commerce Authority to educate and advise Arizona companies interested in doing business in Sonora and other regions of Mexico. He also will assist companies in their search for suitable contacts in Mexico for distribution, representation, joint ventures and other commercial activities fundamental to Arizona’s economic growth.

Additionally, Mr. Escalante will assist State agencies in the planning and execution of industry-specific meetings, conferences and seminars that promote Arizona in areas such as commerce; transportation and trade corridors; tourism; educational institutions; and health-related services.

As Arizona’s top trading partner, Mexico accounted for 33.5% ($5.97 billion) of all exports and 35.1% ($6.16 billion) of all imports in 2011. In 2011, Arizona exports to Mexico exceeded pre-recession levels, reaching an all-time high of $5.97 billion.

Click HERE for copy of Press Release