Accomplishments

Accomplishments

December 2017
December 2017
Joint Agreement: Safety Corridor between Lukeville and Puerto Peñasco

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. 

June 2017
June 2017
Joint Agreement: Arizona-Sonora Business Expo

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.

December 2017
December 2017
Joint Agreement: Arizona-Sonora Energy Strategic Route

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.

September 2017
September 2017
Environment & Water Committee Action Plan: Air Yuma Mobile App

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).

2017 Agribusiness & Wildlife Committee Action Plan:
2017 Agribusiness & Wildlife Committee Action Plan:
Livestock Conference

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.

2017
2017
Art & Culture Action Plan: Cultural Festival

Held the 2017 Festival Alfonso Ortiz Tirado in Tucson, Arizona to promote binational cultural and artistic exchanges to over 500 attendees.

2017
2017
Community and Social Organizations Action Plan: Cross-Border Information Sharing

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.

 2017
2017
Economic Development Action Plan: Arizona-Sonora Megaregion

Updated joint attraction marketing materials for the Arizona-Sonora Megaregion to include brochures, videos, website, and success stories.

2017
2017
Education Action Plan: Summer of Research Program

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.

2017
2017
Emergency Management Action Plan: Hazardous Materials Training

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.

2017
2017
Energy Action Plan: Arizona-Sonora Energy Route

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.

2017
2017
Environment & Water Action Plan: Environmental Strategic Plan

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.

2017
2017
Financial & Legal Services Action Plan: Border Banking

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.

2017
2017
Health Services Action Plan: Inventory of Health Service Providers

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.

2017
2017
Mining Action Plan: Binational Map of Mines

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.

2017
2017
Real Estate Action Plan: Public Disclosure Report Applications

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.

2017
2017
Security Action Plan: Specialized Training Programs

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. 

2017
2017
Sports Action Plan: Sports Exchanges

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.

2017
2017
Tourism Action Plan: Arizona-Sonora Tour Operators Business-to-Business (B2B)

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.

2017
2017
Transportation, Infrastructure & Ports Action Plan: Border Liaison Unit

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.

December 2016
December 2016
Joint Agreement: Environmental Strategic Plan for Arizona-Sonora Megaregion

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.