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2018 AMC Summit Recap
2018 AMC Summit Recap

"Leadership in Action" was a resounding theme throughout the Arizona-Mexico Commission's 2018 Summit. Top-level business leaders and policymakers from Arizona and Mexico came together under the leadership of Arizona Governor Doug Ducey and Sonora Governor Claudia Pavlovich, to continue to collaborate and address shared challenges and goals. The Summit's panels ranged in topics from mining, to global trends in manufacturing, to professional sports in Arizona and the international market. In addition to the panels, the AMC, in partnership with the Comisión Sonora-Arizona (CSA), hosted sixteen binational committee meetings led by public and private sector leaders to develop initiatives that promote trade and binational information sharing. As Governor Ducey put it, "The Arizona-Mexico Commission's binational committees drive the work of the Arizona-Mexico Commission." Their efforts culminate into lasting impacts for our state, our region, and the U.S. and Mexico. Many of those impacts, partnerships, and successes were announced during the 2018 Summit, including...

  • The State Transportation Board approved the funding of $134 million to build out a major border shipping route from the Mariposa Port of Entry to Interstate 19. This project was 6 years in the making and will continue to keep Arizona competitive with our neighboring states. 
  • Arizona Mining announced that a study conducted on the Hermosa Project in the Patagonia Mountains could employ more than 500 workers, adding millions to local public treasuries. 
  • Governor Ducey & Sonora Governor Pavlovich signed two joint agreements that will result in the promotion of tourism in the Arizona-Sonora Region as a "two-nation destination" and the creation of a partnership between Arizona & Sonora that will drive innovation, entrepreneurship and technological advances within the region. 

"Arizona and Sonora are uniquely positioned to lead on an international level. With our geographic ties and collaborative spirit, we continue to move our region forward in today's global economy, expanding opportunity for all our citizens," said Governor Ducey. 

 

 

2018 SUMMIT OVERVIEW

 

OVERVIEW OF JOINT AGREEMENTS

 

 

 

2018 AMC Summit Recap
2018 AMC Summit Awards
Tony Certósimo Award
Tony Certósimo Award
Glenn Hamer, President & CEO, Arizona Chamber of Commerce & Industry

The Tony Certósimo Award commemorates the spirit of the AMC's first executive director, Tony Certósimo. Mr. Certósimo's dedication and leadership enabled the AMC to grow into the vibrant organization it is today. Individuals presented with this award have a track record of improving the quality of life of Arizonans through the promotion of a strong, cooperative relationship with Mexico. This year's Tony Certósimo Award recipient, Glenn Hamer is a strong leader, advocate, and friend of the Arizona-Mexico relationship. Hamer is the President & CEO of the Arizona Chamber of Commerce & industry and member of the Arizona-Mexico Commission Board of Directors. Hamer recently joined other leaders from across the state to advocate for the interests of Arizona's business communities in Washington, D.C. Glenn has remained closely connected to changes to federal efforts regarding the renegotiation of North American trade policies to ensure Arizona remains a leader in international trade. 

Paul J. Fannin Award
Paul J. Fannin Award
Tech Parks Arizona

Named after the AMC founder, Former Arizona Governor Paul J. Fannin, this award is the highest award bestowed by the Arizona-Mexico Commission. It’s given to an Arizona company or organization that has demonstrated acts of goodwill and support for the development of the Arizona-Mexico relationship. This year’s recipient, Tech Parks Arizona, under the leadership of Bruce Wright, has emerged as one of the premier high tech incubators and industrial parks in the United States. They have brought high tech research and development and high-end manufacturing to southern Arizona. They continue to grow in key sectors and fields, including solar and renewable energies and have unparalleled partnerships with Mexico’s key research institutions, including Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología. These types of partnerships truly bring together the best of both Arizona and Mexico to a single location.

Andy Nichols Award
Andy Nichols Award
Arizona Prevention Research Center

The Andy Nichols Award celebrates Dr. Nichols’ efforts to improve the quality of life in the Arizona-Mexico region through binational health initiatives. Presented by the AMC Health Services Committee, the award is given to an organization that exemplifies the spirit of Dr. Nichols. This year’s recipient, Arizona Prevention Research Center (AzPRC), partners with communities to improve the health and well-being of people living in the U.S.-Mexico Border states through research, training, advocacy and policy change. The AzPRC has worked with communities along the 389-mile long border for over 20 years. Their partner communities, include Douglas, Nogales, Somerton, San Luis and the Tohono O’Odham Nation.

William K. Brooks Award
William K. Brooks Award

Arizona lost a great leader with the passing of Customs and Border Protection agent, William K. Brooks. An Arizona native, William was born in Somerton and raised in the Yuma/San Luis area. He was known in his community for being a passionate and unwavering advocate for Arizona. Last June, Governor Doug Ducey honored William with the Arizona-Mexico Commission's Tony Certósimo Award at the 2017 AMC Summit for his promotion and support of the Arizona-Mexico relationship. The Arizona Mexico Commission is proud to celebrate the legacy of William K. Brooks with the establishment of an award to be presented annually at the AMC Gala Dinner. The William K. Brooks Award will honor an innovative leader who has worked to support commerce and trade between Arizona and Mexico. William was known for his leadership in implementing innovative programs that support commerce across the Arizona-Mexico border. A true friend of the border, William’s leadership in public service contributed to positioning Arizona at the forefront of international commerce. Individuals presented with the William K. Brooks award will have a proven track record of supporting international commerce, innovating for trade in Arizona and continuing William’s legacy of improving the way our border does business.