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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.
Those interested in learning more or becoming involved in Global Advantage should contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Media Contact for Governor Brewer’s Office:
Media Contact for Governor Padrés’ Office:
Jorge Morales Borbón
Contact for Tech Parks Arizona:
Jessa B. Turner
Contact for The Offshore Group:
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The Arizona-Mexico Commission and the UA Office of University Research Parks received a Silver Excellence in Economic Development Award for their AMC Special Selection in BizTucson in the category of Magazine for communities with populations of greater than 500,000 from the International Economic Development Council (IEDC).
The honor was presented at an awards ceremony on Tuesday, October 2, during the IEDC Annual Conference, which was held on September 30 – October 3 in Houston, Texas.
“We recognize UA Office of University Research Parks and the Arizona Mexico Commission for creating innovative and successful strategies to promote economic development in this period of global recovery,” said Jay Moon, IEDC chair. “Our awards honor organizations and individuals for their efforts in creating positive change in communities. UA Office of University Research Parks and the Arizona Mexico Commission demonstrates that they are at the forefront of the economic development profession and are using cutting-edge, effective practices that can be replicated in other communities.”
The Arizona Mexico Commission (AMC) with the assistance of the University of Arizona Office of University Research Parks developed a 30 page special report entitled: “Arizona-Mexico: The $26 billion Connection.” The report appeared in the spring 2012 issue of BizTucson Magazine and highlighted the economic connections between Arizona and Mexico and the impact of these connections on economic development.
IEDC’s Excellence in Economic Development Awards recognize the world’s best economic development programs and partnerships, marketing materials, and the year’s most influential leaders. These awards honor organizations and individuals for their efforts in creating positive change in urban, suburban, and rural communities.
About the International Economic Development Council
The International Economic Development Council (IEDC) is the world’s largest independent non-profit membership and research organization devoted exclusively to the field of economic development. IEDC helps economic development professionals create high-quality jobs, develop vibrant communities and improve the quality of life in their regions. Serving more than 4,400 members, IEDC provides a diverse range of services including conferences, professional development and certification, publications, research, advisory services, and legislative tracking. Visit www.iedconline.org.