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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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For Immediate Release: November 30, 2016
Contact: Ruth Soberanes
rsoberanes@az.gov  -or- 602-323-4784

Arizona Governor Ducey will travel to Hermosillo, Sonora to join Sonora Governor Claudia Pavlovich in leading the Arizona-Mexico Commission and Comisión Sonora- Arizona Annual Meeting

PHOENIX, Ariz. – Arizona Governor Doug Ducey will travel to Hermosillo, Sonora on Friday, December 2, 2016 to join Sonora Governor Claudia Pavlovich in leading the two-day winter meeting of the Arizona-Mexico Commission (AMC) and Comisión Sonora- Arizona (CSA). The Governors will reaffirm their commitment to growing economic prosperity in the Arizona-Sonora region, meeting with notable leaders of the public and private sectors from both sides of the border and championing AMC and CSA committee-led initiatives that promote trade and binational information sharing.

The meeting’s theme, “Megaregion, a partnership that generates results,” is founded on the premise that our two states act as a single Megaregion in order to expand, retain and attract business and grow jobs. In the Megaregion, companies can tap into a binational supply chain, top-ranked higher education systems and skilled workforce, modern infrastructure and a low tax burden. Additionally, the strategic geographic location of the Arizona-Sonora megaregion provides access to major international growth markets.

The meeting will take place just days after Governor Pavlovich joined Governor Ducey and Lucid Motors Executives in Phoenix to announce the new electric car company will build its manufacturing center in Casa Grande, Arizona, in 2017. One of the factors in the selection was Arizona’s proximity to Mexico and the robust supply chain that the Arizona-Sonora region has to offer.

The Governors will participate in other key cross-border initiatives in areas such as economic development, tourism, education, energy and transportation that advance the objectives of the Megaregion. For example, the State of Sonora’s Energy Commission and the Arizona Governor’s Office of Energy and Natural Resources policy will sign a Memorandum of Understanding to collaborate in the production of an energy roadmap intended to allow our states to harness our competitive advantages in the development of a dynamic energy industry.

Additionally, Arizona and Sonora share a number of environmental issues related to water, air, solid waste and wildlife which transcend political boundaries. The Governors will sign a Memorandum of Understanding between both states for the development and implementation of an environmental strategic plan in the Megaregion.

These and many more developments are expected to have a positive aftermath for our region, and send a clear message that Arizona and Sonora, privileged by their geography and location, stand as economic development partners and engines for global competitiveness in North America.
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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” in Scottsdale, Arizona. The high-level forums were recorded and may be viewed below.

2016 AMC Summit: Day 1

2016 AMC Summit: Day 2

2016 AMC Summit: Gala