Governors Jan Brewer and Guillermo Padrés Announce “Global Advantage” Partnership to Attract International Business

February 12, 2014

Governors Jan Brewer and Guillermo Padrés Announce “Global Advantage” Partnership to Attract International Business

Will Lead Trade Mission to Israel to Promote Arizona-Sonora Region              

PHOENIX – Governor Jan Brewer and Sonora Governor Guillermo Padrés have announced a new partnership to recruit technology companies from around the world to do business in the Arizona-Sonora region. Global Advantage – a collaboration between the University of Arizona Tech Parks and the Offshore Group — underscores the governors’ strong and shared commitment to enhancing job growth and global competitiveness near the border.

“If Arizona is to remain competitive in the global economy, it is crucial that we continue to seek and support productive international partnerships,” said Arizona Governor Jan Brewer. “This venture will foster economic development and create jobs for Arizona and Sonora while attracting business investment worldwide. It is a perfect example of the regional opportunities on which Arizona and Sonora should continue to capitalize.”

The partnership will leverage the benefits and assets of the border region while offering international companies a competitive and attractive location in which to do business. Global Advantage will allow companies to conduct advanced research and development at Tech Parks Arizona and provide high-tech manufacturing capabilities, administrative and support services and access to a skilled work force at one of the Offshore Group’s facilities in Sonora. By capitalizing on the expertise and core competencies of both organizations – which combined offer nearly 50 years of business experience – Global Advantage will help secure long-term economic opportunity and prosperity for both Arizona and Sonora.

“This partnership enables Arizona and Sonora to become a single region, working together not as two separate states, or countries, but as a single, unified economic region,” said Sonora Governor Guillermo Padrés.  “Sonora and Arizona’s cooperative relationship has been, and will continue to be a model example of collaboration among the entire border region that greatly benefits the citizens of both states.”

Global Advantage has received significant attention from international organizations in Israel, Korea, and Europe.  Recently, the Global Advantage team traveled to Israel to present and promote this partnership to Israeli government officials, business and trade organizations and high-tech companies. The response was overwhelmingly positive, with several Israeli companies expressing a strong interest in expanding to the U.S. market.

At the Arizona-Mexico Commission’s Plenary Session last week in Hermosillo, Sonora, Governor Brewer and Governor Padrés announced plans to capitalize on this interest and drive these companies to the Arizona-Sonora region. Later this year, the governors will lead a business and trade mission to Israel to meet with companies looking to become Global Advantage clients, with the ultimate goal of boosting international ties and enhancing the long-term economic competitiveness of both states.  Israel is widely regarded as one of the world’s leading centers of technology innovation and the source of a large number of technology companies interested in entering the North American market.

Those interested in learning more or becoming involved in Global Advantage should contact:

Media Contact for Governor Brewer’s Office:
Annie Dockendorff
(602) 542-7029

Media Contact for Governor Padrés’ Office:
Jorge Morales Borbón

Contact for Tech Parks Arizona:
Jessa B. Turner
(520) 382-2485

Contact for The Offshore Group:
Ricardo Rascon
(520) 574-6210


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Governor Jan Brewer and Governor Guillermo Padres Come Together at the Arizona-Mexico Commission’s Plenary Session

Governor Jan Brewer and Governor Guillermo Padres Come Together
at the Arizona-Mexico Commission’s Plenary Session:
“Energy Transforms Arizona & Sonora”

 HERMOSILLO, Son. –Arizona Governor Janice K. Brewer and Sonora Governor Guillermo Padrés Elias today met with elected officials and business leaders from Arizona and Sonora at the Arizona-Mexico Commission Plenary Session in Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico. The semi-annual event serves as a platform for meaningful international collaboration between the two states, with the ultimate goal of strengthening our bilateral partnership and enhancing the economic growth and quality of life in the Arizona-Sonora region.

Arizona and Sonora also are continuously working together to invest in and improve the infrastructure at our ports of entry to greatly facilitate the flow of cross-border trade and travelers.  These investments have paid off as 2013 saw a significant increase in cross-border traffic through Arizona’s ports: a total of 48.3 million people compared to the 42.4 million in 2012, a 14% increase in just one year.  This is only augmented by the value of goods crossing through our ports –over $28 billion annually!

Adding to the dialogue of increasing competitiveness, Governor Brewer promoted the efforts undertaken by several Arizona agencies to foster both the state’s and Arizona’s border region’s economic prosperity through the creation of two roadmaps.  The Transportation and Trade Corridor Alliance’s (TTCA) Roadmap is a major initiative undertaken by the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT), Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA) and the Arizona-Mexico Commission (AMC) that defines the state’s vision for investment in trade, transportation infrastructure, and job creation.  The release of the TTCA Roadmap is imminent and will be announced in the coming weeks.

The Border Communities Roadmap, which is now in the implementation phase, is a partnership between the AMC, ADOT, ACA, and the Arizona Office of Tourism in collaboration with the border communities of Douglas, Nogales, San Luis, Somerton, and Yuma.  This Roadmap examined and developed a strategic plan with economic development priorities and policy direction that will help mobilize assets within each community and leverage them to enhance community and regional economic vitality.

Promoting the State of Arizona as an international trade hub is of utmost importance to state leaders.  While in Hermosillo, Governor Brewer met with Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton to discuss advancements being made on the opening of a trade office in Mexico City.  This would be Arizona’s second trade office in Mexico as Hermosillo is already home to the Arizona State Office in Sonora.

During Friday’s events, both Governor Brewer and Governor Padrés also signed two Declarations of Agreement through the Arizona Department of Health Services and the State of Sonora’s Secretary of Public Health.

The first agreement calls for Arizona and Sonora to conduct a simultaneous campaign for the prevention of the use of illicit substances with the participation of the public, social and private sector stakeholders for the purpose of promoting the benefits of illicit substance-free communities to the general population

The second agreement will unite both states’ efforts with the U.S. Center for Disease Control in the development of a protocol to permit the crossing of specimens for the timely diagnosis of diseases of mutual interest of both states.  The Secretary of Public Health of the State of Sonora and the Arizona Department of Health Services will use this protocol to allow the crossing of the following diagnostic and/or agents from Sonora to Arizona: Campylobacter, Coccidioidomycosis, Influenza, Rickettsia, West Nile Fever, Dengue Fever, Measles, Rubella and Tuberculosis.

Fundamental to the AMC’s Plenary Sessions, 14 of the AMC’s committees met to develop collaborative solutions for the region through their continued binational partnerships.  From the Health Committee’s commitment to improving the region’s quality of life, to the Tourism Committee’s efforts in promoting the Arizona/ Sonora wine industry, the AMC’s committees are dedicated to enhancing our region through mutual collaboration.  More on the AMC’s committees and their projects can be found at

More information regarding agreements made during the plenary session are to come in the following days.

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