Announcements

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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AMC Media Advisory
For Immediate Release: April 20, 2017
Media contact: Ruth Soberanes
rsoberanes@az.gov  -or-  602-323-4784

PHOENIX, Ariz. –Arizona and Baja California have entered into an agreement to grow the trade and commercial relationship between both states. Sandra Watson, President and CEO of the Arizona Commerce Authority (“ACA”) and Carlo Humberto Bonfante, Secretary for Economic Development of Baja California (“SEDECO”) today signed a Memorandum of Understanding designed to contribute to the strengthening of the cross-border supply chain in key industry sectors and medical tourism between the two neighboring states.

“As Arizona continues to strengthen and grow our relationships throughout Mexico, we look forward to working collaboratively with Baja California to identify opportunities on both sides of the border,” said Sandra Watson, President and CEO of the Arizona Commerce Authority. “I was proud to sign an agreement with Secretary Bonfante, signifying our commitment to exploring these opportunities and advancing the relationship between our two states.”

“On behalf of the Baja California State Government, I would like to express our excitement about the new opportunities that we are building together and that will be beneficial for both of our states,” said Secretary Bonfante. “With the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding between the Arizona Commerce Authority and Secretariat of Economic Development of Baja California, we are laying a strong foundation for a broader binational collaboration,” added Secretary Bonfante.

This agreement presents an opportunity for both states to grow the commerce that already exists. “Baja California companies like La Moderna look to Arizona to purchase durhum wheat that is used for making pasta in Mexicali that is then shipped all over the world.  This is a perfect example of the ways in which we can work together.  It translates into jobs, investment and long-term growth,” stated Jessica Pacheco, President of the Board of Directors of the Arizona-Mexico Commission. The states will work to jointly explore supply chain diversification and find mutual opportunities for economic development and growth between Arizona and Baja California.

Arizona and Baja California share a common border and the distance of the state capitals of the State of Arizona and the State of Baja California is a mere 241 miles (388 kilometers). Both states are proven leaders in a number of industry sectors, including aerospace, medical devices, health care technology, advanced manufacturing, tourism, and mining, among others.

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For Immediate Release:  February 17, 2017
Media contact: Ruth Soberanes
rsoberanes@az.gov -or- (602) 542-1287

PHOENIX — Businesses in Maricopa, Pinal and Pima counties have a new opportunity to gain attention for their export efforts. Businesses that export are encouraged to apply for the new Sun Corridor Export Recognition Program, which opens today. The program seeks to raise awareness about the importance of exports in the region’s economy and to connect businesses with resources that can help them increase and improve their bottom line through exporting.Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton identified the focus on exporting and has worked with other regional planning agencies and economic development agencies to develop the new program.

“Exports, especially to Mexico, support 100,000 jobs in Arizona, but that number should really be a lot higher,” said Mayor Greg Stanton, who chairs the Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG) Regional Council and serves as vice chair of the MAG Economic Development Committee. “We want to help businesses looking to increase profits and create more stable, higher-paying jobs. We know that opening new markets in other countries leads to increased revenue and provides more resilient, higher-end employment here at home.”

Any exporting business—whether emerging, proficient, or expert—can apply by visiting www.jpacaz.org. An evaluation team will assess each business in four categories, including Overall Export Achievement (one business recognized from each of the three counties). Additional categories exist for Veteran, minority, or woman owned businesses. All applicants will be introduced to programs in the community that can increase their exporting. The top scoring businesses from each of the three counties will be recognized at the Sun Corridor EDGE (Economic Development for the Global Economy) event on May 19, 2017. The public is invited to attend the event and hear from the top scoring businesses, speakers on international trade, and videos featuring the top scoring businesses.

The Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA) is one of the 15 partners for the program. “Ninety-five percent of the world’s consumers and 80 percent of the world’s purchasing power are located outside of the United States,” said Sandra Watson, Arizona Commerce Authority President and CEO. “Despite potential exporting offers, only one percent of U.S. businesses export. This is a missed opportunity not only for Arizona businesses, but business across the country, because tapping into these markets helps both business and the economy. It’s a win-win.”

Other program partners include Central Arizona Governments, Arizona District Export Council, East Valley Partnership, Global Chamber Phoenix and Global Chamber Tucson, Greater Phoenix Economic Council, Maricopa Association of Governments, Metro Phoenix Export Alliance, Partnership for Economic Innovation, Pima Association of Governments, Sun Corridor Metropolitan Planning Organization, Sun Corridor Inc., U.S. Commercial Service, and Western Maricopa Coalition (WESTMARC).

Applications are due by 3:00 p.m. on March 17, 2017. Registration for the EDGE event will be available soon at www.jpacaz.org. The event is hosted by the Joint Planning Advisory Council. The council comprises elected officials and business leaders with the purpose of strengthening the coordination and economies of the Sun Corridor.

For more information, please visit www.jpacaz.org or contact the Maricopa Association of Governments at (602) 254-6300.

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

PHOENIX – Governor Doug Ducey today announced the appointment of Jessica Pacheco as president of the Board of Directors of the Arizona-Mexico Commission (AMC).

Jessica currently is the Vice President of State and Local Affairs at Arizona Public Service.

“I am pleased to appoint Jessica as president of the Arizona-Mexico Commission,” said Governor Ducey. “The vision and professionalism that she brings to her new leadership position will be invaluable assets for our state as we continue to forge stronger economic and diplomatic ties with our largest international trading partner and neighbor to the south.”

She joined APS in 1997 and has held various roles spanning from corporate economic development to customer care in the call center. In addition, she previously served as Senior Vice President for Public Affairs at the Arizona Chamber of Commerce, where she was responsible for general advocacy for the Arizona business community. Jessica has worked extensively in economic and community development arenas throughout Arizona, the southwestern United States and northern Mexico.

“Jessica has shown exemplary leadership since joining our board of directors in 2014,” said Marcos Garay, AMC Executive Director. “She is a respected leader in our community and will continue to play an important role in developing collaboration between Arizona and Mexico. The Arizona-Mexico Commission is very fortunate to have her as president.”

Jessica holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Arizona and recently completed the Executive Education Program at Stanford University Graduate School of Business. She lives in Phoenix and is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese.

“I am honored to serve the governor as AMC President.  The importance of Arizona’s relationship with Mexico cannot be underscored enough.  I look forward to working with the AMC team and our friends in Mexico to enhance our partnership,” said Jessica Pacheco.

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YOU ARE INVITED

Please join the Arizona-Mexico Commission and Greenberg Traurig for an update on Doing Business in Mexico.

Thursday, October 6, 2016
7:30 a.m. – 8:00 a.m. – Registration/Breakfast
8:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. – Program

The Camby
2401 E Camelback Rd.
Phoenix, AZ 85016

Event Agenda:

8:10 a.m.Arizona-Mexico Commission
Overview of the Financial and Business Culture

8:20 a.m.Greenberg Traurig
Mexico City office – An Overview of the Impact of Recent Legal Reforms

8:40 a.m.Arizona Commerce Authority
US Export/Compliance Issues

9:00 a.m.Alliance Bank of Arizona
Cross-Border Lending/Export Financing

9:15 a.m.ProMexico
Brief overview of Mexico’s Economy/Main Industries and Foreign Investment Opportunities and Challenges

9:40 a.m.Panel Discussion of Three Key Arizona/Mexico Industries
(Real Estate/Hospitality, Technology, Infrastructure)

10:55 a.m. – Q&A

Speakers will include:

– Moderator: Ray Schey, Phoenix Business Journal’s publisher
– Marcos Garay, Arizona-Mexico Commission
– Kevin O’Shea, Arizona Commerce Authority
– Lirian Urreiztieta, Alliance Bank of Arizona
– Eduardo Gonzalez, Pro-Mexico
– Fernando Orrantia Dworak, Greenberg Traurig
– Arturo Pérez-Estrada, Greenberg Traurig
– Hugo López Coll, Greenberg Traurig

Please RSVP by September 28.
CLICK HERE TO RSVP