Governor Jan Brewer Announces Director of Trade and Investment for Sonora Office

Governor Jan Brewer Announces
Director of Trade and Investment for Sonora Office

Director to Play Key Role in Boosting Trade Relationship between Arizona, Mexico

PHOENIX – Governor Jan Brewer has named Ignacio “Nacho” Escalante the Director of Trade and Investment for the Arizona-Mexico Commission’s (AMC) office in Hermosillo, Mexico.

As Director, Mr. Escalante will serve as a liaison and conduit for Mexican business owners seeking investment opportunities in Arizona, and vice versa. His mission will be to help facilitate business growth and relocation in both Arizona and Sonora, benefitting the larger economy of our border region.

“Mexico is Arizona’s single largest trade partner, so it’s critical to our regional economic prosperity that we continue to build ties with our neighbors to the south,” said Governor Brewer. “Mr. Escalante will be a valuable asset in this effort, given his extensive experience in capital finance and keen understanding of economic development in the border region. With his help and the continued commitment of leaders in Arizona and Sonora, we can put in place the conditions for economic opportunity that improves the quality of life for all of our citizens.”

Mr. Escalante has more than three decades of experience in business and finance, including 10 years as General Director of the Economic Development Council of Sonora. In that role, he focused upon attracting foreign capital investment. Most notably, he was involved in the 2005 expansion of a Ford Motor Company assembly plant in Hermosillo.

“I see multiple opportunities to achieve our goal of increasing trade between Arizona and Mexico and attracting new investment by manufacturers and other companies,” said Mr. Escalante. “A stronger economy will create jobs and prosperity benefiting people on both sides of the border.”

The State of Arizona first opened a trade office in Hermosillo in 1992. Budget cuts and the economic recession forced State officials to eliminate the Director of Trade and Investment position in 2008. Now, the position is returning thanks to a joint funding agreement between the Arizona-Mexico Commission and Arizona Commerce Authority.

“Arizona’s trade relationship with Mexico is critical to our state’s economic prosperity,” said Sandra Watson, President and CEO of the Arizona Commerce Authority.  “Sonora serves as Arizona’s gateway to Mexico, and establishing a Director of Trade and Investment in this pivotal location is instrumental in strengthening the connection among companies and markets in Arizona and in Mexico.”

Mr. Escalante received his CPA from the University of Monterrey, in Nuevo León, Mexico (1985). A long-time resident of Sonora, he is fluent in English and Spanish.

In his new position, Mr. Escalante will work closely with the Governor’s Office, Arizona-Mexico Commission and Arizona Commerce Authority to educate and advise Arizona companies interested in doing business in Sonora and other regions of Mexico. He also will assist companies in their search for suitable contacts in Mexico for distribution, representation, joint ventures and other commercial activities fundamental to Arizona’s economic growth.

Additionally, Mr. Escalante will assist State agencies in the planning and execution of industry-specific meetings, conferences and seminars that promote Arizona in areas such as commerce; transportation and trade corridors; tourism; educational institutions; and health-related services.

As Arizona’s top trading partner, Mexico accounted for 33.5% ($5.97 billion) of all exports and 35.1% ($6.16 billion) of all imports in 2011. In 2011, Arizona exports to Mexico exceeded pre-recession levels, reaching an all-time high of $5.97 billion.

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BECC: Project to be Considered for Certification

BORDER ENVIRONMENT COOPERATION COMMISSION

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In accordance with the BECC’s procedures for public notice, BECC is hereby releasing the following project for public comment:

  • New Water Transmission Line, San Luis, Arizona

This project will be considered for certification by the Board of Directors of the Border Environment Cooperation Commission and the North American Development Bank on or after November 19, 2012.  To ensure that the Board can take public comment into account in considering this project, comments submitted to the BECC at the addresses below will be transmitted to the Board in advance of its decision.

The information on this project has been posted on BECC’s Homepage at http://www.cocef.org The information is also available at BECC’s offices and it may be sent to interested parties upon specific request.

Comments regarding the project to be considered for certification must be received by November 16, 2012 and can be addressed at any of the following addresses:

E-mail: candidateprojects@cocef.org

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AMC Receives Excellence in Economic Development Award

The Arizona-Mexico Commission and the UA Office of University Research Parks received a Silver Excellence in Economic Development Award for their AMC Special Selection in BizTucson in the category of Magazine for communities with populations of greater than 500,000 from the International Economic Development Council (IEDC).

The honor was presented at an awards ceremony on Tuesday, October 2, during the IEDC Annual Conference, which was held on September 30 – October 3 in Houston, Texas.

“We recognize UA Office of University Research Parks and the Arizona Mexico Commission for creating innovative and successful strategies to promote economic development in this period of global recovery,” said Jay Moon, IEDC chair. “Our awards honor organizations and individuals for their efforts in creating positive change in communities. UA Office of University Research Parks and the Arizona Mexico Commission demonstrates that they are at the forefront of the economic development profession and are using cutting-edge, effective practices that can be replicated in other communities.”

The Arizona Mexico Commission (AMC) with the assistance of the University of Arizona Office of University Research Parks developed a 30 page special report entitled:  “Arizona-Mexico:  The $26 billion Connection.”  The report appeared in the spring 2012 issue of BizTucson Magazine and highlighted the economic connections between Arizona and Mexico and the impact of these connections on economic development.

IEDC’s Excellence in Economic Development Awards recognize the world’s best economic development programs and partnerships, marketing materials, and the year’s most influential leaders. These awards honor organizations and individuals for their efforts in creating positive change in urban, suburban, and rural communities.

About the International Economic Development Council

The International Economic Development Council (IEDC) is the world’s largest independent non-profit membership and research organization devoted exclusively to the field of economic development. IEDC helps economic development professionals create high-quality jobs, develop vibrant communities and improve the quality of life in their regions.  Serving more than 4,400 members, IEDC provides a diverse range of services including conferences, professional development and certification, publications, research, advisory services, and legislative tracking. Visit www.iedconline.org.

Mexico to gain new solar photovoltaic project

Sep 13, 2012

Martifer Solar, an affiliate of Martifer SGPS SA, signed an agreement with Consorcio Integrador Sonora80M to build a 20 MW solar photovoltaic (PV) project in Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico. Martifer Solar will be in charge of operation and maintenance services.

The project will use Martifer’s solar trackers, and several unnamed municipalities in the region have signed power purchase agreements for the output.

Read more new renewable energy projects news

Original story can be found here.

AMC Talks About Trade with Mexico

As the go-to resource for Arizona-Mexico related information, the Arizona-Mexico Commission has been participating in various events around the state providing communities with information regarding cross-border trade and its importance to the region. On August 29th, Margie Emmermann, the AMC’s Executive Director, took part on a panel with other local, state, and federal officials to discuss this very issue. The forum, “Mexico- Arizona’s #1 Trading Partner,” was held during the annual League of Cities and Towns conference in Phoenix and was attended by over 200 people. Conference attendees gathered to hear the panel talk about key topics relating to the bilateral trade relationship and the economic opportunities for Arizona.

The panelists included Walter Bastian from the US Department of Commerce, Margie Emmermann from the Arizona-Mexico Commission, John Halikowski from the Arizona Department of Transportation, Mayor Greg Stanton of Phoenix, and Mayor Arturo Garino of Nogales.

Walter Bastian began the discussion by stating that Mexico is indeed Arizona’s top trading partner and the United States’ third largest where in 2011, $460.6 billion worth of goods were traded between the two countries.  Although Mexico ranks first in trade with Arizona, Mr. Bastian stated that “there is still money being left on the table” when it comes to trade between the two regions and that Arizona must invest in the infrastructure necessary to support and improve that trade relationship.

Margie Emmermann continued the conversation by stating that Arizona manages $26 billion in trade flowing through its ports of entry and summarized key projects that the AMC has accomplished, or is currently working on, to support the Arizona-Mexico relationship. Through the AMC’s four pillars of Advocacy, Trade, Networking, and Information, the AMC’s main focus is to enhance Arizona’s global competiveness and increase job creation. This focus is evident in projects like Vision 2015, the Border Communities Economic Development Roadmap project, and its involvement in organizations and events such as the Border Liaison Mechanism meetings and the AMC’s annual plenary sessions.

The City of Nogales, Arizona is virtually ground-zero for trade moving across the border. Mayor Garino said that he once compared Nogales to a wheel, with Nogales being a hub and cities around Arizona being the spokes; however, he now thinks of the state of Arizona as the hub and the spokes reaching across the nation or even further. Director Halikowski echoed the Mayor’s sentiment about Arizona being the hub as he spoke of the need for adequate infrastructure in our state to be able to compete against others, particularly Texas. Director Halikowski stated that ADOT is currently working on a Border Master Plan that will continue to look at the current and future needs of transportation infrastructure so that Arizona can continue to advance its trade relationship not only with Mexico, but with states to the north of Arizona as a trade corridor is developed.

The speaker panel was concluded by Mayor Greg Stanton giving the audience an overview of his trade mission to Hermosillo and Mexico City earlier in the month. Mayor Stanton expressed that as Mexico continues to build on its economy, Arizona must be well-positioned to take advantage of every opportunity made available to it.

AMC Spotlight in AZ Week

The Arizona-Mexico Commission was featured in an AZ Week report by Arizona Public Media.  The report entitled “Global Economy Right at Home” highlights the AMC and the 2012 Summer Plenary Session.  The entire story can be found here.