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New AMC President Jessica Pacheco Interview

Check out this video featuring our very own Jessica Pacheco who speaks about the importance of Arizona strengthening the relationship with Mexico and Sonora

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For Immediate Release: February 13, 2016
Media contact: Ruth Soberanes -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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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.

Watch AMC President David Farca join guests like Phoenix Suns head coach Earl Watson and Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton address the crowd about the Suns’ upcoming two-game series in Mexico City this January.

Suns Press

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On June 23-24, the Arizona- Mexico Commission (AMC) hosted its premier annual event, the 2016 AMC Summit: “Visionary Leadership Driving Global Competitiveness.” Under the leadership of Arizona Governor Doug Ducey, we saw record-breaking attendance (with over 500 business and government leaders) and an unprecedented magnitude and level of participants in our organization’s 57 years of history. Our speakers included three cabinet level Mexican government officials (Secretary of Agriculture Jose Calzada, Secretary of Tourism Enrique de la Madrid, Secretary of Foreign Affairs Claudia Ruiz Massieu), the Undersecretaries of Energy and Transportation, ambassadors, entrepreneurs like the designer of the Soccket, Victor Angel, and top mining executives such as Jaime Lomelin.

Governor Ducey and Governor Pavlovich sent a clear signal promoting our region and forging closer ties at our Summit. The Governors participated in several private meetings with officials from Mexico’s highest levels of government and our binational committees’ co-chairs. The Governors also spoke at our Decision Makers Panel and signed agreements of cooperation between our states during the plenary session. The agreements included:

  • Health: Declaration of Cooperation between the Arizona Department of Health Services and the Sonora Secretariat of Public Health to promote opportunities for exchanges and training of public health professionals of both states and to join efforts to address concussions in the Arizona-Sonora region.
  • Real Estate: Declaration of Cooperation between the Cadastral Institute and Registry for the State of Sonora and the Arizona Department of Real Estate to coordinate the sharing of information regarding the registration process in Sonora and Arizona.
  • Economic Development: Declaration of Cooperation between the Arizona Commerce Authority and the Sonora Secretariat of Economy to coordinate regional promotion in business attraction efforts.
  • Infrastructure and transportation: Agreement on collaboration between the Arizona Department of Transportation and Department of Infrastructure and Urban Development of the State of Sonora (SIDUR) on collaboration and participation in the Arizona-Mexico Corridor Study.

In addition our binational committees’ chairs met with their Sonoran counterparts to discuss common goals and action plans. Their action plans will be posted on our website.

Furthermore, representatives of U.S. Customs and Border Protection and Mexican Customs (“Aduanas”) made an announcement during our Summit that both Customs services are implementing a Pilot Program to Co-Locate Aduanas personnel inside the Mariposa inspection compound.  U.S. Customs personnel will enter Mexico to conduct pre-inspections and therefore pre-clear U.S.-bound conveyances.  Once these conveyances cross the border and enter the U.S. inspection facilities, they are to be treated as low risk shipments and expedited through the inspection process. This pilot program stands to make Nogales more competitive than other ports of entry on the US-Mexico border.

Our event also received widespread coverage from members of the media locally and internationally. Some articles include:

  • Ducey y Pavlovich prometen activar ‘mega región’- La Voz
  • My Turn (Secretary Claudia Ruiz Massieu): Grow trade with Mexico now (or regret it later)- AZ Central
  • Exclusive: Ducey talks rebuilding, expanding relations with Sonora, Mexico- Phoenix Business Journal

We are grateful for all participants and supporters who made this event possible! To see a full gallery of photos, please click here.