"For 60 years, Arizona has maintained a strong relationship with Sonora. But we need a new federal trade deal to grow stronger.
In 1959, a gallon of gas cost 30 cents, Dwight D. Eisenhower was president of the United States, Arizona had its most powerful earthquake, and Alaska and Hawaii become the 49th and 50th states in the union.
That same year, Paul J. Fannin became Arizona's governor and accepted an invitation from the University of Arizona and the University of Sonora to participate in the Arizona-Sonora International Conference. There, Fannin met Sonora Gov. Álvaro Obregón and together changed our region’s history.
Cultural and trade discussions at the conference inspired Fannin and Obregón to create a permanent Arizona-Sonora Committee made up of two commissions – the Arizona-Mexico West Coast Trade Commission and its Sonoran counterpart, Comité de Promoción Económica y Social Sonora-Arizona.
This collaboration was a game-changer..."