"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.