AMC Media Advisory
For Immediate Release: April 28, 2017
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PHOENIX, Ariz. – The Arizona-Mexico Commission, together with sister organization Comisión Sonora-Arizona, hosted the Arizona and Sonora Border Mayors Forum today. Local leaders from cities located along the 300 mile Arizona-Mexico border gathered in Phoenix to discuss and identify synergies in their work supporting security and economic development in Arizona and Sonora.
“Through the work of the Arizona-Mexico Commission, Governor Ducey convened border mayors to encourage cooperation in strengthening Arizona’s commercial ties with our Sonoran neighbors,” said Juan Ciscomani, Governor Ducey’s Senior Advisor for Regional and International Affairs. “This meeting is another example of the Governor’s leadership and focus on this important relationship,” added Ciscomani.
The stakeholders heard updates from our state and federal leaders on border community enforcement initiatives and border infrastructure development opportunities, among others, including Arizona Commerce Authority President and CEO Sandra Watson, Sonoran Secretary of the Economy Jorge Vidal, Arizona Office of Tourism Director Debbie Johnson, Sonora State office of Tourism Interim Director Hector Platt, and Arizona Department of Transportation Director John Halikowski. Additionally, four Consul Generals representing the United States and Mexico in the region joined the discussion.
“We had a rich discussion on trade, tourism, and economic development efforts in Arizona and Sonora,” said Yamilett Martinez, Executive Director, Comisión Sonora-Arizona. “Our goal is to strengthen our partnership and learn how to be better ambassadors for our region.”
In 2016, for the first time Arizona’s six ports of entry processed more than 400,000 northbound trucks in one year. Additionally, the ports of entry processed nearly 50 million people in two-way traffic. The average daily dollars spent in Arizona by Mexican companies and consumers is $7.5MM. According to the University of Arizona, 70% of Arizona border cities’ tax revenue is directly attributable to the Mexican visitor.
PHOENIX, Ariz. – La Comisión Arizona- México, conjuntamente con su organización hermana la Comisión Sonora-Arizona, organizaron hoy un foro de alcaldes fronterizos de Arizona y Sonora. Líderes locales de las ciudades ubicadas a lo largo de las 300 millas (más de 450 kilometros) de la frontera Arizona-México se reunieron en Phoenix para dialogar e identificar oportunidades de sinergia en sus esfuerzos impulsando la seguridad y el desarrollo económico en Arizona y Sonora.
“A través de los esfuerzos de la Comisión Arizona-México, el Gobernador Ducey convocó a alcaldes fronterizos para crecer la cooperación entre Arizona y nuestros vecinos en Sonora y fortalecer nuestros lazos comerciales,” dijo Juan Ciscomani, Consejero Principal de Asuntos Regionales e Internacionales de la Oficina del Gobernador Ducey. “Esta reunión es otro ejemplo del liderazgo del Gobernador y su atención a esta relación tan estrecha e importante,” sumo Ciscomani.
Los participantes recibieron información actualizada de líderes estatales y federales sobre las iniciativas de seguridad de comunidades fronterizas y las oportunidades del desarrollo de infraestructura fronteriza, entre otras, incluyendo a la Directora General de la Autoridad de Comercio de Arizona Sandra Watson, el Secretario de Economía de Sonora Jorge Vidal, la Directora de la Oficina de Turismo de Arizona Debbie Johnson, el Secretario de Turismo Interino de Sonora Héctor Platt y el Director del Departamento de Transporte de Arizona John Halikowski. Adicionalmente, cuatro Cónsules Generales de Estados Unidos y México se incorporaron a la discusión.
“Tuvimos un dialogo provechoso acerca del comercio, turismo y desarrollo económico en ambos estados, Arizona y Sonora,” dijo Yamilett Martínez, Directora de la Comisión Sonora-Arizona. “Nuestra meta es fortalecer nuestra alianza y aprender cómo ser mejores representantes de nuestra región.”
En 2016, por primera vez en la historia, los puertos de entrada de Arizona procesaron más de 400,000 camiones de carga en ruta norte en un año. Adicionalmente, los puertos de entrada procesaron cerca de 50 millones de personas en ruta norte y sur. El gasto diario promedio de compañías y consumidores mexicanos en Arizona es de $7.5 millones de dólares. En referencia de la Universidad de Arizona, cerca del 70% de los ingresos de impuestos en las ciudades fronterizas de Arizona, proviene de los visitantes mexicanos.
D. Patrick Lewis: We’re always looking for international opportunities. Obviously, we border two very large countries and having good relations with them is important. I know you’re on the Arizona-Mexico Commission. What can you tell me about that, what is coming out of that commission right now?
Judy Lowe: The Arizona-Mexico Commission is a group (that) encourages and fosters cross-border collaboration between Sonora Mexico, which is our counterpart on the other side of the border, and Arizona.
I co-chair the Real Estate Committee with Mike Hammond, who is a commercial realtor in Arizona. He’s from the private sector. We work with our counterparts in what is known not as the Real Estate Department, but ICRESON, which is the government real estate entity in Sonora.
We work on opportunities for networking and we also interact with the business community in the economic opportunity growth of each of our states.
D. Patrick Lewis: Do you see some exciting things happening with them over the next couple of years?
Judy Lowe: We do. In Sonora, up until very recently, the real estate professional didn’t have to have a real estate license. The shoe shine boy on the corner could really sell a beautiful, beach condominium to an American buyer who maybe felt that they were working with a real estate licensee.
We’re putting in place real estate license law in Sonora. The challenges around it are — how do you enforce the requirement when you don’t have a department that has a regulatory arm to it? We’ve been very, very instrumental in working with our Sonoran counterparts in putting that together.
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February 12, 2014
Governors Jan Brewer and Guillermo Padrés Announce “Global Advantage” Partnership to Attract International Business
Will Lead Trade Mission to Israel to Promote Arizona-Sonora Region
PHOENIX – Governor Jan Brewer and Sonora Governor Guillermo Padrés have announced a new partnership to recruit technology companies from around the world to do business in the Arizona-Sonora region. Global Advantage – a collaboration between the University of Arizona Tech Parks and the Offshore Group — underscores the governors’ strong and shared commitment to enhancing job growth and global competitiveness near the border.
“If Arizona is to remain competitive in the global economy, it is crucial that we continue to seek and support productive international partnerships,” said Arizona Governor Jan Brewer. “This venture will foster economic development and create jobs for Arizona and Sonora while attracting business investment worldwide. It is a perfect example of the regional opportunities on which Arizona and Sonora should continue to capitalize.”
The partnership will leverage the benefits and assets of the border region while offering international companies a competitive and attractive location in which to do business. Global Advantage will allow companies to conduct advanced research and development at Tech Parks Arizona and provide high-tech manufacturing capabilities, administrative and support services and access to a skilled work force at one of the Offshore Group’s facilities in Sonora. By capitalizing on the expertise and core competencies of both organizations – which combined offer nearly 50 years of business experience – Global Advantage will help secure long-term economic opportunity and prosperity for both Arizona and Sonora.
“This partnership enables Arizona and Sonora to become a single region, working together not as two separate states, or countries, but as a single, unified economic region,” said Sonora Governor Guillermo Padrés. “Sonora and Arizona’s cooperative relationship has been, and will continue to be a model example of collaboration among the entire border region that greatly benefits the citizens of both states.”
Global Advantage has received significant attention from international organizations in Israel, Korea, and Europe. Recently, the Global Advantage team traveled to Israel to present and promote this partnership to Israeli government officials, business and trade organizations and high-tech companies. The response was overwhelmingly positive, with several Israeli companies expressing a strong interest in expanding to the U.S. market.
At the Arizona-Mexico Commission’s Plenary Session last week in Hermosillo, Sonora, Governor Brewer and Governor Padrés announced plans to capitalize on this interest and drive these companies to the Arizona-Sonora region. Later this year, the governors will lead a business and trade mission to Israel to meet with companies looking to become Global Advantage clients, with the ultimate goal of boosting international ties and enhancing the long-term economic competitiveness of both states. Israel is widely regarded as one of the world’s leading centers of technology innovation and the source of a large number of technology companies interested in entering the North American market.
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Media Contact for Governor Padrés’ Office:
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Governor Jan Brewer Announces
Director of Trade and Investment for Sonora Office
Director to Play Key Role in Boosting Trade Relationship between Arizona, Mexico
PHOENIX – Governor Jan Brewer has named Ignacio “Nacho” Escalante the Director of Trade and Investment for the Arizona-Mexico Commission’s (AMC) office in Hermosillo, Mexico.
As Director, Mr. Escalante will serve as a liaison and conduit for Mexican business owners seeking investment opportunities in Arizona, and vice versa. His mission will be to help facilitate business growth and relocation in both Arizona and Sonora, benefitting the larger economy of our border region.
“Mexico is Arizona’s single largest trade partner, so it’s critical to our regional economic prosperity that we continue to build ties with our neighbors to the south,” said Governor Brewer. “Mr. Escalante will be a valuable asset in this effort, given his extensive experience in capital finance and keen understanding of economic development in the border region. With his help and the continued commitment of leaders in Arizona and Sonora, we can put in place the conditions for economic opportunity that improves the quality of life for all of our citizens.”
Mr. Escalante has more than three decades of experience in business and finance, including 10 years as General Director of the Economic Development Council of Sonora. In that role, he focused upon attracting foreign capital investment. Most notably, he was involved in the 2005 expansion of a Ford Motor Company assembly plant in Hermosillo.
“I see multiple opportunities to achieve our goal of increasing trade between Arizona and Mexico and attracting new investment by manufacturers and other companies,” said Mr. Escalante. “A stronger economy will create jobs and prosperity benefiting people on both sides of the border.”
The State of Arizona first opened a trade office in Hermosillo in 1992. Budget cuts and the economic recession forced State officials to eliminate the Director of Trade and Investment position in 2008. Now, the position is returning thanks to a joint funding agreement between the Arizona-Mexico Commission and Arizona Commerce Authority.
“Arizona’s trade relationship with Mexico is critical to our state’s economic prosperity,” said Sandra Watson, President and CEO of the Arizona Commerce Authority. “Sonora serves as Arizona’s gateway to Mexico, and establishing a Director of Trade and Investment in this pivotal location is instrumental in strengthening the connection among companies and markets in Arizona and in Mexico.”
Mr. Escalante received his CPA from the University of Monterrey, in Nuevo León, Mexico (1985). A long-time resident of Sonora, he is fluent in English and Spanish.
In his new position, Mr. Escalante will work closely with the Governor’s Office, Arizona-Mexico Commission and Arizona Commerce Authority to educate and advise Arizona companies interested in doing business in Sonora and other regions of Mexico. He also will assist companies in their search for suitable contacts in Mexico for distribution, representation, joint ventures and other commercial activities fundamental to Arizona’s economic growth.
Additionally, Mr. Escalante will assist State agencies in the planning and execution of industry-specific meetings, conferences and seminars that promote Arizona in areas such as commerce; transportation and trade corridors; tourism; educational institutions; and health-related services.
As Arizona’s top trading partner, Mexico accounted for 33.5% ($5.97 billion) of all exports and 35.1% ($6.16 billion) of all imports in 2011. In 2011, Arizona exports to Mexico exceeded pre-recession levels, reaching an all-time high of $5.97 billion.
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