As the result of a joint agreement between Governor Doug Ducey and Sonora Governor Claudia Pavlovich, the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) and its Sonoran counterpart, SIDUR, launched the first Safety Corridor Program between the Lukeville Port of Entry and Puerto Peñasco, Sonora. The 63-mile safety corridor aims to reduce vehicular accidents and congestion, and also reduce emergency response times for overall safer travel between Arizona and Puerto Peñasco.
On March 14-15, 2018, the Arizona Commerce Authority and the Secretariat of Economy partnered to host the first Arizona-Sonora Business Expo. Nearly 100 exhibitors in key regional industries participated from the automotive, aerospace, electric, mining, agriculture, renewable energy, medical devices, and tourism sectors. The expo also offered opportunities for buyer and supplier business-to-business (B2B) to collaborate on initiatives aimed at improving the overall attractiveness and competitiveness of the region.
On December 1, 2017, the Energy Committee of the Arizona-Mexico Commission and Comisión Sonora-Arizona published the Arizona-Sonora Megaregion Energy Strategic Route, with the objective of working together to promote the Arizona-Sonora Megaregion as the place with the most competitive energy portfolio in the world that will support the creation of new business. This document serves as a tool in the elaboration of the long-term strategic plans for the development of the energy industry in the Megaregion.
On September 8, 2017, a priority action plan for the Arizona-Sonora Environmental Strategic Plan, the Environment and Water Committee of the Arizona-Mexico Commission and Comisión Sonora-Arizona, launched a smartphone app, Air Yuma. This mobile app serves to inform the public in the Yuma/San Luis area on daily air quality conditions and establish an ozone monitor station in San Luis Rio Colorado, Sonora with data shared between the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality and the Comisión de Ecología y Desarrollo Sustentable del Estado de Sonora (CEDES).
Hosted a 3-day Tri-State Livestock Conference between livestock groups in the states of Arizona, New Mexico, and Sonora to discuss livestock operation and needs that benefit the producers of this region.
Held the 2017 Festival Alfonso Ortiz Tirado in Tucson, Arizona to promote binational cultural and artistic exchanges to over 500 attendees.
Outlined priorities including improving cross-border information sharing, peer learning, and training between governments and communities in the areas of child welfare, substance abuse, and child literacy and education.
Updated joint attraction marketing materials for the Arizona-Sonora Megaregion to include brochures, videos, website, and success stories.
Awarded 11 students scholarships with the Consejo Estatal de Ciencia y Tecnologia (COECYT) Sonora scholarship to attend the Summer of Research Program at the University of Arizona where they developed research skills working with first-rate professors.
Trained a total of 2,266 first responders along 100 km of both sides of the border in hazardous materials management through incident command, hazmat first responder awareness, and hazmat first responder operations courses.
Published the Arizona-Sonora Megaregion Energy Roadmap that describes how the states of Arizona and Sonora will collaborate in energy sector development and serves as a tool for potential investors.
Secured funding to finance five projects of the Strategic Environmental Plan of the Arizona-Sonora Mega Region, two of which were implemented: ozone monitoring in San Luis Rio Colorado and the development of a mobile application to report air quality parameters in the Yuma-San Luis Rio Colorado region.
Worked with Senators Jeff Flake and John McCain, Arizona financial institutions, and border businesses to discuss the federal anti-money laundering and financing terrorism legislation that drove depository accounts and branch closures by banks along the Arizona-Mexico border and explored solutions satisfactory to all parties.
Established an inventory of Health Service Providers from Yuma, Tucson, and Sonora through collaborative efforts with the Regional Border Health Center and the Medical Tourism Association of Sonora.
Outlined priority projects including the creation of a binational map of mines and mining interests to strengthen the development and competitiveness of the mining industry of the Arizona-Sonora Megaregion through sustainable mining, chain of suppliers, research and development, and promotion of the generation of companies.
The Arizona Department of Real Estate (ADRE) has streamlined the process by reducing the amount of days to approve Public Disclosure Report Applications which are needed for purchasers, and before marketing for sale a development in Arizona and Mexico.
Held binational training for public safety officials in Arizona and Sonora with the objective of protecting border areas. The specialized trainings included: high-risk operations training and live fire range exercises, vehicle traffic and high-risk stops, and basic dignitary protection.
Held sports exchanges including three baseball games with the team that represented the State of Sonora in the 2017 National Olympiad as part of their preparation before state educational institutions of Arizona.
Held the Arizona-Sonora Tour Operators meeting with the participation of more than 90 tour operators from both states in an effort to promote tourism and business opportunities between Arizona and Sonora.
Creation of the Border Liaison Unit (BLU) to ensure better communication with the trucking industry on compliance initiatives, including training sessions on new inspection processes and compliance with United States and Arizona security requirements.
On December 2, 2016, the Environment and Water Committee of the Arizona-Mexico Commission and Comisión Sonora-Arizona published the first Arizona-Sonora Environmental Strategic Plan for 2017-2021. The plan outlines 15 priority projects on air quality, waste management, water quality and wildlife. The standard work of the committee is to develop action plans for projects as funding is allocated for them.