Economic Development

Economic Development

Individuals, institutions and companies engaged in the manufacturing industry including suppliers, fabricators, assembly operations and other production operations, and individuals involved in buying, selling, and supplying services (including utilities) to the manufacturing industry. This committee also serves individuals, institutions and companies engaged in small business enterprises, retail and franchise operations, and individuals involved in buying, selling and supplying services to small business enterprises.

How To Get Involved

By serving on the Economic Development Committee, you can participate in grassroots policy development, exchange ideas and information through cross-border communication and collaboration, and contribute to the implementation and advancement of cross-border projects. Contact your co-chairs today!

Arizona Co-Chairs

Sandra WatsonSandra Watson
President & CEO
Arizona Commerce Authority
(602) 771-1222 
Mike HammondMike Hammond
President & CEO
Cushman & Wakefield | PICOR Commercial Real Estate Services
(520) 748-7100

Past Plenary Presentations

2014 Plenary Economic Development Committee Presentations

Current Action Items

Archived Action Items

Action Item 1

Due Date: June 26, 2015

Arizona-Sonora Alliance in Manufacturing

Tactic A

Due Date: June 26, 2015
25% complete

Arizona – Sonora Alliance aimed at promoting this bi-national economic region, focusing on the development of the manufacturing industry with emphasis in the aerospace and automotive sectors.

Steps Taken: Joint Promotion of the AZ-Sonora Region in the Farnborough 2014 Air Show Working with AZ Suppliers to connect them with supply chain opportunities in Sonora Working with Sonora manufacturing companies to find new business opportunities in Arizona

Tactic B

Due Date: June 26, 2015
20% complete

Regional Manufacturing Capabilities

Steps Taken: Arizona-Sonora Manufacturing Capabilities and opportunities in Region. The goal is to increase trade from Arizona to Sonora and create awareness of the manufacturing capabilities in Sonora to support the growth of the industry.

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baseline indicatorsWhere: Arizona-Sonora
What: Baseline Indicators Illuminate Economic Progress
Pillars: Advocacy, Trade
What Happened:The original concept of transborder cluster development in the Arizona-Sonora region was proposed in the Strategic Economic Development Vision at the 1993 AMC Plenary Session in Phoenix, Arizona. This groundbreaking approach of viewing Arizona and Sonora as a single economic region led directly to the creation of the Arizona-Sonora Regional Economic Indicators Report, an initiative of the AMC done in collaboration with The University of Arizona.