AMC Grant Projects

AMC Grant Projects

The Arizona-Mexico Commission has allocated funds for a grant program open to each of the AMC’s committees. The Board of Directors has reviewed each application and has awarded $5,000 to approved projects. These grants will be used to advance significant projects in the Arizona-Sonora region which may not have been possible without these additional funds. Below is a list of current committee grant projects

Jump to a committee project by clicking on the committee name:
Agribusiness & Wildlife Art & Culture Education Energy Environment & Water  Health Services Real Estate and Financial, Business & Legal Services Security Sports


Agribusiness & Wildlife

Project Name: Monitoring Zoonotic Diseases in the Arizona-Sonora Region

Description: Wildlife diseases can decimate animal populations and can also be transmitted to people. Therefore, there is a need for active monitoring as a means to prevent and mitigate any outbreaks. Arizona and Sonora share ecosystems and work together in projects of common concern. That is why the purpose of this project is to implement a workshop on wildlife disease detection and sampling in order to prevent outbreaks at a regional Sonora-Arizona level. The workshop will be implemented through lecture and demonstration. Participants will learn about zoonotic diseases, how to prevent exposure to zoonotic disease, actions to take if they encounter a potentially rabid animal in the field, post-exposure protocols for contact with a possibly rabid animal, biological sample types and preserving sample quality in the field and laboratory.

Target Completion: June 2013

AMC Core Area: Sustainability & Quality of Life

How will this benefit Arizona? This project will benefit Arizona by building capacity in the State of Sonora that could prevent possible outbreaks in the region through the detection and monitoring of zoonotic diseases. By having a monitoring program in Sonora, early detection of possible zoonotic diseases that could affect Arizona will be achieved.

How will the benefit Sonora? This project will benefit Sonora by building its capacity to detect and monitor animal diseases, especially zoonotic, to prevent outbreaks in the region.


Art & Culture

Project Name: A Summit on Arts, Culture and the Economic Prosperity of Arizona and Sonora

Description: To have a  one-day “summit” in Phoenix, Arizona of tourism, business, arts and culture and economic development leaders to discuss how arts and culture can be a partner in developing strong relationships between Arizona and Sonora.  The summit will engage individuals in learning about the resources that can benefit their work on both sides of the boarder.  Individuals participating will be introduced to the vibrant arts and cultural industry and leaders in Sonora and Arizona.

Attendees will include leaders in the arts and cultural industry, professional artists, arts educators, and business leaders including representatives from chambers of commerce, and the tourism and hospitality industry.

Target Completion: December 2013

AMC Core Area: Competitiveness & Quality of Life

How will this benefit Arizona? Arts and culture activities have traditionally been a bridge between cultures, communities and nations. Historically almost any delegation or trade mission includes the exchange of art objects or the visiting of significant arts and cultural institutions.

In Arizona there has been a slow but obvious disconnect between the business and tourism industry, and the arts and culture industry.  Changes in corporate leadership, the impact of the economy on small businesses, the challenges to the tourism industry and issues of safety on both sides of the border have weighed heavy on this relationship. The summit will work to bridge barriers both real and perceived and provide opportunities for true partnerships between the sectors to emerge.

How will the benefit Sonora? The Summit will allow arts and culture, business and tourism leaders from Sonora to exchange ideas and to educate their Arizona peers on the opportunities for alliances and partnerships that will advance the well-being of both states. Past meetings between arts leaders in Sonora and Arizona have resulted in touring, production, and exhibition opportunities of benefit in both states.


Education

Project Name: Electronic Student Data Exchange Process between Arizona and Sonora

Description: High school students from Arizona and other states transferring to Sonora are required to bring  their student transcripts with an affixed certification from the Arizona Secretary of State’s Office  (an Apostille) attesting to the authenticity of those records.  Students that arrive in Sonora without the records with the Apostille attached are not immediately admitted into the Sonora school system. These student’s parents have to request relatives or friends to obtain the records from the schools.  This becomes problematic for the person trying to obtain these records because these records are governed by the U.S. Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) which limits access to these records to parents and educational agencies where students are transferring. The Arizona Department of Education and the Sonora Secretaria de Educación y Cultura have intervened to facilitate the transfer of these paper records and the Apostille required by Sonora….  However, the process is lengthy and creates lapses in the education of these students.  Many students end up dropping out of school.

To facilitate the integration of high school students from Arizona into the Sonora school system the Arizona-Mexico Commission, Education Committee along with the Comité de Educación de la Comisión Sonora-Arizona have been working on a pilot program that will provide for an electronic student data exchange process between the Arizona Department of Education and the Sonora Secretaria de Educación y Cultura. This will expedite the transfer of student transcript data and facilitate the enrollment of the students transferring from Arizona high schools to Sonora and minimize any education disruption to these students related to records transfer.

Target Completion: June 2013

AMC Core Area: Competitiveness & Quality of Life

How will this benefit Arizona? By facilitating the process of transferring students from Arizona schools back to Mexico.

How will the benefit Sonora? By having an automated system that will efficiently and expeditiously transfer documents for students and allow them to register back into the school system.


Energy

Project Name: Governor’s Bi-National Electricity Transmission Task Force

Description: Last June, the AMC Energy Committee was asked by the governors of Arizona and Sonora to form a bi-national electricity transmission task force to examine transmission opportunities between the two countries due to the recent changes in Mexican law.  The goal of the committee will be to identify opportunities and challenges, conduct extensive research, and submit a white paper to Governor Brewer and Governor Padres.

Target Completion: June 2013

AMC Core Area: Sustainability

How will this benefit Arizona? It provides the opportunity to explore cross-border transmission between both states.

How will the benefit Sonora? It provides the opportunity to explore cross-border transmission between both states.


Environment & Water

Project Name: Ambos Nogales Industrial Pretreatment Program Support

Description: The purpose of the project is to leverage current industrial pretreatment efforts in Ambos Nogales with equipment to facilitate comparable monitoring of industrial discharges on both sides of the border, which are then treated at the Nogales International Wastewater Treatment Plant (NIWTP) in Rio Rico, AZ. Monitoring provides information on sources of contaminants, which can then be addressed through outreach and education of the regulated community. The overall goal is to reduce contaminants that are problematic for treatment at the NIWTP. The treated water eventually contributes to flows in the Santa Cruz River.

Target Completion: June 2013

AMC Core Area: Sustainability

How will this benefit Arizona? The City of Nogales, Arizona is currently enhancing its industrial pretreatment program, including outreach to the regulated community. Equipment support will provide the technical means and data to effectively implement the program.

How will the benefit Sonora? The City of Nogales, Sonora is currently enhancing its industrial pretreatment program, including outreach to the regulated community. Equipment support will provide the technical means and data to effectively implement the program.


Health Services

Project Name: Fundación Proyectos ARSOBO, A.C. (ARSOBO) a non-profit, non-governmental organization in Nogales, Sonora.  ARSOBO stands for Arizona-Sonora-Border.

Description: ARSOBO is devoted to providing medical devices for individuals with disabilities and administers a ‘social business’ whose mission is: “Assist in alleviating the physical, psychological, and economical barriers faced by individuals with disabilities by providing high-tech, low-cost medical devices that minimize their disability.”

As stated in the vision, ARSOBO wants to begin to assemble high-technology-low-cost hearing aids with solar powered batteries.  Howard Weinstein (Solar Ear) has offered to help ARSOBO get up and running and would like an assembly plant in Mexico.  Part of the AMC funding would be used to leverage funds that they have already secured to purchase the hearing aids.  The hearing aid project will be housed at the Nogales, Sonora School for the Deaf and youth from the school would be trained to assemble the hearing aid kits and employed by ARSOBO.

Target Completion: December 2013

AMC Core Area: Sustainability & Quality of Life

How will this benefit Arizona? Low-income disabled residents would be able to purchase a wheelchair that is able to traverse rough terrain and is easy to maintain using local parts.  Low-Cost-High-Technology hearing aids using solar batteries would be made available to the public.

How will the benefit Sonora? Low-income disabled residents would be able to purchase a wheelchair that is able to traverse rough terrain and is easy to maintain using local parts.  Low-Cost-High-Technology hearing aids using solar batteries would be made available to the public.  Jobs would be offered to disabled workers both to build wheelchairs and to assemble hearing aid kits.


Real Estate and Financial, Business & Legal Services

Project Name: Invest Now – In Arizona and Sonora

Description: Through the development of a video presentation, real estate professionals, cross border real estate investors, developers and others will be educated on the economic dynamics of real estate opportunities in both the States of Sonora and Arizona.

The final product for this project will be a video that can be used in conferences, seminars, and classrooms, as well as by real estate or other professional offices. It would also be placed on the AMC website and may also be used as a part of an educational/ marketing package that could include the use of print and social media.

Target Completion: December 2013

AMC Core Area: Competitiveness & Quality of Life

How will this benefit Arizona? Expanded knowledge will encourage cross-border investments. The exchange across borders in real estate will also be a driver for tourism and economic growth in both the State of Arizona and the State of Sonora

How will the benefit Sonora? Expanded knowledge will encourage cross-border investments. The exchange across borders in real estate will also be a driver for tourism and economic growth in both the State of Arizona and the State of Sonora.


Security

Project Name: Security Worktable: Binational Public Safety Training Program

Description: To sustain the successful annual and mutually beneficial binational training program and related information-sharing initiatives designed to improve public safety operations.

Target Completion: December 2013

AMC Core Area: Security

How will this benefit Arizona? Training provided by Sonora will continue to enhance communication and investigative resource capabilities. This type of collaboration can be mutually beneficial when addressing border security issues requiring cross-border investigations or operations.

How will the benefit Sonora? Training provided by Arizona increases Sonoran law enforcement officers’ skills, knowledge and capabilities utilizing current operational law enforcement training and techniques.


Sports

Project Name: Arizona-Sonora 2013 Sports Work Plan

Description: To promote bilateral interexchange in diverse sports activities between Arizona and Sonora for both youth and adults. This is to advance the mission of the AMC to improve the quality of life for the residents of Arizona through a strong cooperative relationship with Mexico. The Committee feels that the more opportunities our youth have to interact, get to know each other, and appreciate cultural values the more it will benefit our states and the ongoing bilateral relationship.

Target Completion: December 2013

AMC Core Area: Competitiveness & Quality of Life

How will this benefit Arizona? It provides an opportunity to show good will between our state sand get people form Arizona and Sonora together if a positive friendly environment.

How will the benefit Sonora? It helps provides Sonoran youth an opportunity to learn from some of the best in the Arizona sports world.

Update: On February 4, 2013 the AMC Sports Committee and the Arizona Diamondbacks hosted a baseball clinic for 50 children at Estadio Mundialistas Hermosillenses in Hermosillo, Sonora.  An article about the clinic and trip to Hermosillo can be found here.  See photos of the event here.

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