NADB and BECC announce revised operating guidelines for the Community Assistance Program

December 18, 2013

Juan Antonio Flores
(210) 231-8000

NADB and BECC announce revised operating guidelines for the
Community Assistance Program

(San Antonio, Texas) The Board of Directors of the North American Development Bank (NADB) and Border Cooperation Environment Commission (BECC) have approved modifications to the operating guidelines of the Community Assistance Program (CAP) in order to facilitate the certification and financing process for critical environmental infrastructure projects for economically-distressed communities in the U.S.-Mexico border region.

The most significant change is that project sponsors no longer have to wait to submit their project proposals during a specific application period. Applications for CAP grants will be accepted at any time, as long as they include all the required technical, environmental and financial documentation as described in Annex A of the program guidelines.

The Annex A documentation requirements cover five broad categories: project location, environmental clearance/authorization, final design and procurement, financial documentation and in the case of drinking water and wastewater projects, documentation demonstrating the applicant’s authority to provide such services.

Applications will be reviewed jointly by BECC and NADB to determine completeness and eligibility. Applications deemed eligible and complete will be further evaluated to determine if the proposed project is ready for certification and financing.

Projects with a complete package of technical documents that support the sponsor’s readiness to initiate project procurement are eligible to receive a CAP grant. In the event that program funding is insufficient to fund all the projects selected, priority will be given to drinking water, wastewater, water conservation, and solid waste infrastructure; to sponsors with the greatest financial need; and to projects aimed at providing first-time basic services to unserved populations or to projects that employ sustainability measures resulting in water or energy savings.

Launched in February 2011, the CAP program uses a portion of NADB’s retained earnings to provide grants to support the implementation of small environmental infrastructure projects in economically-distressed communities.

Projects may receive a CAP grant for up to US$500,000 or 90% of the total project cost, whichever is lower. The project sponsor must cover at least 10% of the total project cost. Grants may be used for project construction and related costs, project management and supervision, as well as other project components, such as equipment.

To obtain a copy of the revised CAP guidelines or apply for grant funding, visit NADB’s website at: or the BECC’s website at .

BECC is an international organization established by the governments of the United States and Mexico that works to preserve, protect and enhance human health and the environment of the U.S.-Mexico border region, by strengthening cooperation among interested parties and supporting sustainable projects through a transparent bi-national process in close coordination with NADB, federal, state and local agencies, the private sector and civil society.

NADB is a financial institution established and capitalized in equal parts by the United States and Mexico for the purpose of financing environmental infrastructure projects along their common border. As a pioneer institution in its field, the Bank works to develop integrated, sustainable and fiscally responsible projects with broad community support in a framework of close cooperation and coordination between Mexico and the United States.

$457,000 Grant Awarded to Consortium for Border Technology Manufacturing

For Immediate Release

October 4, 2013

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$457,000 Grant Awarded to Consortium for Border Technology Manufacturing

 (Tucson, Arizona) — Innovation Frontier Southwest (IFS) was awarded a grant from the US Department of Commerce, Economic Development Administration for $457,000 to develop a strategic plan for manufacturing in the southern Arizona and New Mexico region. The grant was awarded as part of the “Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership” (IMCP), an Obama Administration initiative that will help accelerate the resurgence of manufacturing in the United States and create jobs in cities across the country.

The Border Technology Manufacturing Initiative, the project developed by IFS, is a collaborative effort among government, academia and industry to build a regional strategy for manufacturing, utilizing the region’s strength in border technology. The grant is designed as a series of targeted studies that will allow the region to determine current assets and deficits. It will incorporate infrastructure, workforce, research and policy in its analysis. IFS will use the data to address and develop a strategic plan. This grant is pivotal to the next round of grant funding expected later this year.

Innovation Frontier Southwest is a collaboration of the following partners:

•             Tech Parks Arizona, The University of Arizona
•             Pima County
•             Arizona Commerce Authority
•             City of Tucson
•             Greater Yuma Economic Development Corporation
•             New Mexico Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP)
•             New Mexico State University Engineering New Mexico Resource Network
•             Tucson Regional Economic Opportunities (TREO)

The grant was announced by U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker, along with U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy, and Acting Small Business Administrator Jeanne A. Hulit.  The $7 million in grants and other investments are the first round of funding in a major reform effort to reward communities for creating globally competitive environments that attract, retain, and expand investment in manufacturing and spur international trade and exports. These grants and investments will help communities develop plans to build strengths in specific industries through:

•       Workforce training
•       Specialized research
•       Strengthened supply chains
•       Improved transportation and energy infrastructure
•       Export promotion
•       Better access to capital

Grants and investments awarded in 2013 will help communities undertake the strategic planning necessary to compete for the IMCP Challenge being launched in fall 2013 and awarded in the spring of 2014.  In the 2014 Challenge competition, the Administration will designate stand-out “Manufacturing Communities” and give them an advantage in securing grants and investments through programs offered by 10 federal departments and agencies across the government. Moreover, top “Manufacturing Communities” may receive large IMCP Challenge grants and investments to finance – in partnership with industry and localities – substantial economic development investments such as workforce training, business parks or incubators, or infrastructure.

For more information on the entire IMCP, please visit

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:
“Arizona & Sonora: Advancing Regional Competitiveness”

PHOENIX, Ariz. – As the global economy continues to evolve, the Arizona-Sonora region must work collaboratively to remain competitive. This was the overarching message at the Arizona-Mexico Commission’s 2013 AMC Summer Plenary Session.  During the event, Arizona Governor Janice K. Brewer and Sonora Governor Guillermo Padrés Elías reiterated their commitment to promoting economic prosperity for the region through mutual collaboration.

Much of the Plenary Session included dialogue about the strategic positioning of Arizona and Sonora as an economic mega-region.  “The stakes are clear,” said Governor Brewer, as she addressed the nearly 350 attendees of the plenary session. “If we fail to act, I can guarantee you that our competitors will act. Trade and investment — and jobs – will flow elsewhere.”

The cross-border flow of commerce is an essential component of our region’s economic prosperity. Arizona company executives learned firsthand how establishing a presence for their organizations in Mexico could be a major opportunity on which to capitalize. One forum, “Mexico: Business Opportunities in a Growing Market,” included presentations from Christopher Wilson from the Woodrow Wilson Center, Juan Carlos Briseño from ProMexico, and various representatives from programs available to assist companies entering a foreign market.  The audience also heard testimonies from Arizona companies who have successfully entered the Mexican market, allowing them to gain insight directly from success stories.

Governor Brewer and Governor Padrés also joined mayors, business leaders and government officials to hear from Michael Gallis, an expert in long-term, “big-picture” regional planning. Mr. Gallis addressed the strengths of the Arizona-Sonora region and corridors, as well as the region’s future outlook in light of emerging global trade patterns.

“Global competition is fierce.  There will always be more to do,” stated Governor Brewer. “But by coordinating with our friends to the south, and by thinking of our two states as a strong economic region, we can maximize opportunities on both sides of the border.”

Electronic Validation of Student Education Records:

This year’s plenary included the signing of one memorandum of understanding (MOU) as well as three declarations of cooperation.  The MOU was signed by Governors Brewer and Padrés through the Arizona Department of Education and the State of Sonora’s Department of Education. It is an agreement between the two states to pursue the establishment of an electronic records transfer system for the purpose of securely and promptly transmitting official school transcripts and other educational records between schools in the states of Arizona and Sonora for students in grades K-12.

In addition to the MOU, there were three joint declarations signed.

Binational Electric Transmission Opportunities:

  • Declaration of Cooperation between the State of Arizona, through the Arizona Governor’s Office of Energy Policy and the State of Sonora, Department of Energy, to recognize that bi-national electric transmission opportunities have opened between the two states.
  • Agreement declares the intent to pursue a vision of the two states as a region with shared energy resources consisting of traditional and renewable energies that may bolster a common energy market along the border that may improve the region’s quality of life and energy assurance options.

Arizona-Sonora Border Master Plan:

  • Declaration of Cooperation between State of Arizona, through the Arizona Department of Transportation and the State of Sonora, through the Secretariat of Infrastructure and Urban Development, for the Arizona-Sonora Border Master Plan.
  • The Master Plan will serve as a guide to form the regional plan for Sonora and Arizona for the advancement of infrastructure priorities and for the promotion of trade, tourism and commerce.

Motor Vehicle Infant and Child Restraint Education Program:

  • Declaration of Cooperation between the government of the State of Arizona, through the Arizona Department of Health Services and the Government of the State of Sonora, through the Secretary of Public Health to educate the public about the importance of properly restraining infants and children when riding in motor vehicles.
  • Collections of car seats will be held throughout communities in Arizona.  Those collected donations will be tested for safety and donated to the Sonoran Department of Public Health.

The two-day event also continued the annual tradition of donations from Arizona to Sonora.  Rural/Metro and its subsidiary, PMT Ambulance, donated two ambulances to the state of Sonora, marking the eighth year that the donation has been made.  The ambulance donated by PMT was gifted to the City of Cananea while Sonora’s Secretary of Health accepted the ambulance from Rural/Metro Corporation.  Westech Recyclers also donated refurbished computers to Sonora’s Secretary of Education for the fourth consecutive year, totaling over 3,000 computers to date.  The computers came preloaded with software in Spanish, and are ready to aid students in their educational endeavors.  Lastly, Solomon Technology Solutions graciously donated a STACS system – a universal communications device – to the State of Sonora’s Department of Emergency Management.

As part of the Plenary Session, 14 of the AMC’s committees met to develop collaborative solutions for the region.  The Health Committee will promote a bi-national educational effort to prevent teen pregnancy by creating working workshops, programs, and informational material. The Education Committee will continue to advance the work of the MOU signed today and facilitate the integration of primary and secondary education students returning to Sonora from the U.S., by implementing an electronic validation of student records.

Those who have contributed to advancing Arizona’s economic opportunities were recognized by the AMC during the conference.  This year, the AMC awarded the Paul J. Fannin Award to Westech Recyclers for their commitment to the advancement of education and workforce development in the Arizona-Sonora region.  The Tony Certósimo Award was presented to James B. Manson for his personal commitment to fostering improved relations with Mexico for many years, which embodies what the AMC and the Tony Certósimo award is all about.  Lastly, the Andy Nichols Award was given to the Tohono O’odham Nation for the work they have done on public health issues such as obesity prevention, diabetes, demand reduction of drugs, teen pregnancy prevention, and infectious disease surveillance, to name a few.

More than 400 people from the U.S. and Mexico came together to promote the shared interests of the region at the AMC Plenary Session. The result will certainly contribute to the long-standing tradition of the Arizona-Mexico Commission’s record of promoting mutual prosperity and enhanced quality of life for the citizens of Arizona and Sonora.

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D-backs contingent to visit Hermosillo, Mexico this week for Caribbean Series

D-backs contingent to visit Hermosillo, Mexico this week for Caribbean Series

Youth clinic, ceremonial first pitches and news conference to highlight club’s second trip to Mexico in five months

The Arizona Diamondbacks (@Dbacks) announced that a contingent of executives will travel to Hermosillo, Mexico this week to take part in various events surrounding the 2013 Serie del Caribe (Caribbean Series). Among those in attendance will be President & CEO Derrick Hall (@DHallDbacks), Executive Vice President Tom Harris, Sr. Vice President Josh Rawitch and Special Assistant to the President & CEO, D-backs legend Luis Gonzalez.

“Hermosillo is the center of the baseball world this week and the D-backs are excited to be a part of the Caribbean Series and get our first complete look at Estadio Sonora,” said Hall, who advised on the new stadium project. “With the World Baseball Classic just over a month away at Chase Field and Salt River Fields, this trip will also give us an opportunity remind all of the baseball fans in Mexico of the opportunity they have coming up to travel to Arizona and watch Team Mexico play.”

This morning, the D-backs and the Arizona Mexico Commission will jointly host a clinic for 50 youngsters at Estadio Mundialistas Hermosillenses, led by Gonzalez. Each participant will receive a D-backs hat and T-shirt at the clinic.

Tomorrow, Gonzalez will throw out a ceremonial first pitch before the 4 p.m. MT game between Puerto Rico and Venezuela and on Wednesday, Hall will have that honor before the game between the Dominican Republic and Venezuela.

On Wednesday afternoon, (approximately 5:00 p.m. MT), the D-backs will host a news conference at Estadio Sonora, the new ballpark that was inaugurated for the Caribbean Series after the D-backs consulted on the planning and construction. The ballpark includes several features that resemble the award-winning Spring Training home of the D-backs, Salt River Fields at Talking Stick.

The D-backs have a long-standing history in Hermosillo, having played exhibition games there each spring from 2008-10. The team’s Spanish-language broadcaster, Oscar Soria, will call the play-by-play of the Caribbean Series while fellow broadcaster Richard Saenz will also take part in the club’s visit. Saenz joined Hall, Gonzalez, Rawitch and General Manager Kevin Towers on a visit to Sonora in October, when the D-backs met with several key Sonoran officials and took part in Opening Night ceremonies for the Hermosillo Naranjeros of the Mexican Winter League.

The World Baseball Classic comes to Phoenix from March 7-10, with several opportunities to see Team USA, Team Mexico, Team Canada and Team Italy.

The D-backs will host Team Mexico in an exhibition game at Salt River Fields on March 5 at 7:10 p.m. MT. The first official game for Team Mexico will take place on March 7 at 1:10 p.m. MT vs. Team Italy and on March 8 at 7:10 p.m. MT, Team USA will host Team Mexico at Chase Field. On March 9, Team Mexico will play Team Canada at Salt River Fields at 12:30 p.m. MT and that evening, Team USA will host Team Italy at Chase Field. The finale of the first round of the WBC will be on March 10 when Team USA plays Team Canada at 1 p.m. MT at Chase Field.

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

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.