El Gobernador Doug Ducey se reune con la Gobernadora Electa de Sonora, Claudia Pavlovich Arellano

PHOENIX – Hoy se reunió el Gobernador Doug Ducey con la Gobernadora Electa de Sonora, Claudia Pavlovich Arellano, para platicar de sus visiones y objetivos para fortalecer su relación bilateral.  También presentes en la reunión fueron el equipo ejecutivo de la Comisión Arizona-México así como funcionarios principales del equipo de transición de la Gobernadora Electa.

Los objetivos prinicpales del Gobernador Ducey son expander la presencia de Arizona en México, particularmente en Sonora, y también identificar nuevas oportunidades para aumentar el desarrollo económico, crear nuevas empresas e incrementar el comercio y turismo entre los dos estados.

“Estoy orgulloso del enfoque que hemos puesto sobre la relación de Arizona con su socio internacional más importante.  El estrechamiento de la relación entre Arizona y Sonora se beneficiará a ambos estados si trabajamos en conjunto para promover nuestra región y si nos aprovechamos de las oportunidades para fortalecer la misma,” comentó Gobernador Ducey.  “Me alienta mucho que la Gobernadora Electa y yo compartamos el mismo compromiso a esta relación tan importante, y valoro mucho su amistad y colaboración para hacer que Arizona y Sonora sean los mejores lugares para vivir, trabajar y hacer negocicios.” t

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Enhances Arizona-Mexico Commission Presence in Sonora

JULY 6, 2015
Enhances Arizona-Mexico Commission Presence in Sonora

PHOENIX – Governor Doug Ducey today announced plans to increase Arizona’s trade efforts in Mexico by enhancing the Arizona-Mexico Commission’s (AMC) current efforts in Sonora, Mexico.

In an expansion of his current role as director of the Governor’s Southern Arizona Office, Juan Ciscomani has been appointed by Governor Ducey to serve as director of the Arizona-Mexico Commission’s Sonora Office.

The Sonora Office will coordinate through the AMC leadership team of Kim Sabow, Executive Director, Justin Dutram, Deputy Executive Director and David Farca, President of the Board of Directors.

“Mr. Ciscomani is an active participant in economic development initiatives in Southern Arizona,” said Governor Ducey. “His previous experience with the Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce will serve him well in this role, as supporting the growth and expansion of small and medium enterprises is vital to growing bilateral trade between the two states.”

“I am honored to represent Governor Ducey in Sonora and advance his vision for strengthening Arizona’s trade relations with Mexico,” said Mr. Ciscomani. “As a native of Hermosillo, this opportunity is particularly meaningful, and I look forward to promoting the strength and economic vitality of our region.”

In addition, Governor Ducey announced the appointment of Juan Francisco Moreno, a partner of the Gómez del Campo and Moreno Law Firm, to serve as AMC’s private initiatives liaison in Sonora.

Mr. Moreno will join the AMC as the private initiatives liaison for the State of Arizona in Sonora. An attorney with practices in Arizona and Sonora, Mr. Moreno brings many years of experience in representation of U.S. and Mexican companies on investment opportunities, secured lending, cross-border manufacturing and resort, commercial and industrial development in Mexico.

“Mr. Moreno brings a wealth of experience advising Mexican clients on commercial real estate, business formation and contract negotiations in Arizona,” said Governor Ducey. “His knowledge and experience in cross-border business development will be a tremendous asset to the office and will help enhance Arizona’s efforts to expand trade with Sonora.”

“It is an honor to be appointed to the role, and to be able to further Governor Ducey’s objectives of strengthening our relationship with Mexico – Arizona’s largest trading partner – while creating jobs and economic development in the region,” said Mr. Moreno. “I look forward to working together with President David Farca, Executive Director Kim Sabow and the talented and dedicated individuals at the AMC.”

“Mr. Ciscomani and Mr. Moreno have the combined skills and experience that will bring our office in Sonora to a whole new level,” said AMC President David Farca. “They represent an expansion of an incredible team being built at the AMC to bring a completely new approach to the Arizona-Mexico relationship, and will be key in helping to carry out Governor Ducey’s vision for the region.”

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Governor Doug Ducey Appoints New Executive Team To Lead Arizona-Mexico Commission

PHOENIX – Governor Doug Ducey today announced the appointment of Kim Sabow as executive director of the Arizona-Mexico Commission (AMC).

Ms. Sabow currently serves as the governor’s director of international affairs and strategic initiatives, working to advance Arizona’s position in the global arena through enhanced international economic and protocol efforts as well as educational and community collaborations. In her expanded position, Ms. Sabow will continue to serve as international advisor to the governor.

“Kim has been a well-known and reputable figure around the Arizona Capitol for more than two decades, bringing keen expertise and across-the-board experience in state government,” said Governor Ducey. “Her extensive knowledge of legislative issues, public affairs, business and workforce development, foreign affairs and more — coupled with the strong ties she has helped build for Arizona over the years — will be a tremendous asset to the Arizona-Mexico Commission.”

Prior to joining the Ducey administration, Ms. Sabow served as assistant vice president of state relations for the University of Arizona, working as the liaison between the University and the State Legislature, Governor’s Office and numerous state agencies to promote UA’s legislative priorities at the State Capitol.

Ms. Sabow has served the State of Arizona under three previous gubernatorial administrations and in a number of capacities, most recently as director of public affairs, acting as the governor’s liaison with business and community entities as well as media organizations throughout the country. Through her work to advance Arizona’s business development efforts, Ms. Sabow was responsible for organizing and executing several international trade and tourism missions and facilitating interactions with numerous foreign delegations and high-profile dignitaries. She also spent several years as an international trade specialist at the Arizona Department of Commerce, representing numerous Arizona companies and promoting the state at events throughout Latin America, Canada, Asia and Europe.

Ms. Sabow earned a Bachelor of Arts in media arts and double minors in communications and Spanish from the University of Arizona. She also holds a Master of Business Administration in international management from the Thunderbird School of Global Management.

Also joining the Arizona-Mexico Commission as deputy executive director is Justin Dutram.

Mr. Dutram currently serves as program coordinator for the University of Arizona’s Office of Global Initiatives, developing strategic, bilateral initiatives between the University and Mexico.

“Justin has been an active participant in the Arizona-Mexico Commission for several years through his service at the University of Arizona,” said Governor Ducey. “His familiarity with education and economic development on a bilateral scale, as well as his affinity and talent for building strong international relationships, will serve him and the AMC well. Both he and Kim are welcome additions to the team.”

Mr. Dutram previously worked for the University as academic outreach coordinator for Santa Cruz County. In this role, he coordinated in the establishment of UA Santa Cruz, a regional learning center offering new education opportunities — including a quality option to receive a bachelor’s degree — for place and circumstance-bound students in Nogales and Santa Cruz County.

He holds a Bachelor of Science in geography and double minors in Latin American studies and Spanish from New Mexico State University, a Post-Baccalaureate in secondary education from the University of Arizona and a Master of Education in bilingual and multicultural education from Northern Arizona University.

“Kim is an excellent choice to lead the AMC,” said David Farca, president of the Arizona-Mexico Commission. “Her level of expertise, leadership and passion for this work will be hugely valuable as we continue to build upon our relationship with Mexico and make our region more globally competitive.

Additionally, I’m pleased Justin will round out our leadership team. He’s done great work for the University of Arizona, the AMC and southern Arizona, and I look forward to working with both of them in this important effort.”

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Video: David Farca on AZ WEEK

AZ WEEK: Fresh International Trade Propels Economy
Check out this video featuring our very own David Farca about the Mariposa Port of Entry: At the 6:23 mark of the video, Christopher Conover interviews David Farca, president of the Arizona-Mexico Commission.

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August 14, 2015


Supplier Expo Nogales 2015

In August 14, 2015, more than 150 professional suppliers of raw materials products and services key to your business success will be part of the Supplier Expo 2015 in Nogales Sonora Mexico. Discover the tools, and access the emerging technologies that are shaping the future of Maquiladoras de Sonora in Nogales. Participants include unique companies, representing the full range of end-user markets—appliances, consumer products, medical, electronics, packaging and more. Regarded for more than 4 years as the Sonora’s leading Supplier Expo trade show and conference, The Supplier Expo 2015 is unequalled in its ability to bring the Maquiladora industry together. This international event features a 130,000 square-feet exhibit hall filled with full-scale, operating machinery and equipment, 150 exhibiting companies, cutting edge technology booths and much more.

Who should attend?

• Plant Managers
• Materials Managers
• Buyers
• Process engineers, production supervisors
• Kaizen & Lean manufacturing coordinators

Suppliers, maquiladora industry and sponsors, we encourage you to take advantage to be part of the exhibition; places are limited. Please register at this address as soon as possible as an exhibitor: www.exponogales.org
To book in your space, please contact. proyectos@amsnogales.com.mx, comunicacion@amsnogales.com.mx, direccion@amsnogales.com.mx.

D-backs strengthening relationship south of border

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Nogales Gets It Right!


The Mariposa Land Port of Entry in Nogales, AZ, is the fourth busiest land port of entry in the United States. Since late 2013, 8 commercial lanes, 56 commercial dock spaces and 12 car lanes have been operational and additional improvements will be completed by August of this year. While the new port promises efficiency for current business, it also holds a wealth of potential for expanding the way business is done.

State-of-the-art infrastructure and more personnel mean wide-ranging cost savings and decreased expenses. Nogales is the best location for just-in-time delivery for Mexico’s West Coast supply chain. Nogales is the only place where the U.S. I-10/ I-19 corridor meets the ever-growing commerce on Mexico’s highway 15.

The Mariposa Port will play a pivotal role in North America’s newest northsouth trade corridor connecting Mexico through Arizona to the Pacific Northwest and Canada. Since its inception in 1995, the CANAMEX Corridor, passing through Nogales, has become the cornerstone for seamless and efficient transportation of goods, services, people and information between Canada, Mexico and the U.S. It is a geographically designated area developed to offer enhanced resources to facilitate easy transportation of freight, movement of personnel and the delivery of services along its route. Other projected interstate highway projects in Arizona promise to tie into the CANAMEX corridor and open up even more logistical advantages in the Nogales region.

Railway potential is another component of the Nogales port benefit. In May 2014, Mexican produce distributed through Nogales was shipped to the East Coast by rail for the first time in decades. The shipment opens the door to new possibilities for distributors and has opened discussions on an intermodal station in Rio Rico, AZ.

The new Mariposa Port is just the latest improvement in Ambos Nogales’ generations of world-class expert service. Beyond efficient management of border crossing (now providing the shortest wait times on the southern border), the Ambos Nogales community encompasses numerous cold-storage and warehouse facilities designed to facilitate both north and south bound trade. Many of the established distributors in Nogales offer in-and-out services for those looking for storage yet not ready to purchase or build their own warehouse.

In addition to the hundreds of thousands of feet of already existing cold storage and dry warehouse space, Nogales has several locations which are “shovel ready” and available to be built to any prospective user’s needs. Also in the works is the La Loma Grande Industrial Park encompassing 30 plus 100,000 square-foot light industrial buildings on 215 acres.

Overweight permits available from the Arizona Department of Transportation allow trucks of up to 90,800 pounds from Mexico to enter the U.S. and be offloaded at local Arizona warehouse facilities. This provision allows for significant cost savings to shippers in moving a single overweight truck through the port of entry versus multiple trucks. From a security standpoint, a sealed truck reaching the port of entry from its origination point has a better chance of preventing and/or detecting cargo tampering.

The new port also offers the asset of the Nogales-Santa Cruz County Economic Development Foundation’s (EDF) Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ) No. 60 to provide critical support for the growth of bi-national trade through Nogales. The FTZ provides flexible, agile options for companies needing a FTZ for such things as management of customs duty payments or manipulation of inventory for regulatory compliance anywhere within Santa Cruz County, AZ. The EDF is currently offering 21 acres with the ability to designate and activate some or all 21 acres.


  • Eight commercial primary lanes with a capacity of 4,000+ trucks per day
  • CTPAT-FAST dedicated lanes
  • 56 commercial inspection dock spaces
  • Five commercial exit booths
  • 12 dedicated car lanes with primary inspection booths
  • 24 POV secondary inspection spaces
  • Five southbound inspection booths
  • Six southbound inspection dock spaces
  • Dedicated bus processing lane
  • Two new z-portal low energy x-ray machines
  • SENTRI ready lanes to process passenger vehicles

While well known as a major produce port, processing nearly half of the fresh Mexican produce consumed in the U.S., Mariposa offers advantages for a variety products.

Nogales is becoming the center of an aggressive “near shoring” campaign. As multinational companies tire of the challenges and expense associated with doing business in the Far East, they are rediscovering the logistics and labor benefits of being located next door to their largest market. Protection of intellectual property rights and accessibility to corporate engineers are additional advantages of being located in Northern Mexico. Currently, there are more than 110 maquila plants in Nogales, Sonora and over 60 aerospace-related manufacturing plants in the state of Sonora. Nogales’ new port and established support industries on both sides of the border offer the capacity for a successful relocation to North America.


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This campaign has been underwritten by the Nogales U.S. Custom House Brokers Association. It was published in July’s Produce Business Magazine. 

Transportation and Trade Corridor Alliance strategic road map nears completion

Transportation and Trade Corridor Alliance strategic road map nears completion

Steering Committee focuses on job growth, trade, economic development

PHOENIX — A yearlong effort to establish the Transportation and Trade Corridor Alliance strategic road map is entering the final phase, as key leaders met in Phoenix on Nov. 26 to talk about the finishing touches and the goal to finalize the road map by early 2014.

The final TTCA Steering Committee meeting of 2013 brought together leaders from Arizona’s transportation, trade and commerce industries, along with international entities. This past year, the committee has been working on developing a robust business and transportation plan for Arizona that will be laid out in a road map outlining the statewide vision.

“Remember what we are doing here — tying together economic development and transportation in order to promote trade and investment,” said John Halikowski, director of the Arizona Department of Transportation. “If it was easy, everyone in the world would be doing it well. But it isn’t easy, and we are trying to lead the way in Arizona with a new way of thinking.”

Halikowski co-chairs the TTCA Steering Committee with former Arizona Congressman Jim Kolbe. TTCA leadership also includes Margie Emmermann, executive director of the Arizona-Mexico Commission; Sandra Watson, president and CEO of the Arizona Commerce Authority; and Michael Hunter, director of policy and the special advisor on tax policy and reform for the Office of Governor Jan Brewer. Other leaders from the transportation and business communities head up the five TTCA subcommittees: Freight; Trade and Economic Development; Education and Communication; Logistics and Supply Chain Development; and Mexico and Ports of Entry.

The TTCA road map has become the guiding document for the areas where ADOT, the Arizona-Mexico Commission and the Arizona Commerce Authority come together. The agencies have one major goal: job creation and economic vitality through investment in transportation infrastructure and connections to regional and global trade corridors. It’s no small task, which requires not only a vision, but a collaboration of leaders and stakeholders who believe in that vision and work toward its reality.

“The road map provides an important tool for policy makers and implementers alike for charting Arizona’s economic future,” said Kolbe. “Used wisely, it can guide decision makers on the path toward improved infrastructure, increased trade and economic prosperity for our state.”

Capturing the road map’s vision means looking ahead to three major goals:

  • Refocusing Arizona on the core economic foundations of an export-based economy.
  • Moving Arizona toward a more globally competitive second century focused on trade, investment and infrastructure that bring new wealth and jobs to our state.
  • Ensuring that infrastructure supports and facilitates Arizona’s economic goals.

“By strengthening investment and looking at the opportunities for importing and exporting, we can work on job creation,” Halikowski said.

TTCA leaders have determined that there are four pivot points, or key actions, that can improve the Arizona economy and enhance opportunities for export-driven growth. It begins with increasing trade and investment, which leads to improving connectivity to markets, which spurs high-value production, which ensures the alignment of actions. Each of these four pivot points filters into the next, creating a flow of economic development in Arizona.

Add to that a 20-year plan for infrastructure investment that will enhance connections to major domestic markets in southern California and central Texas and improve border crossings for commerce flow with emerging markets in Mexico. Ultimately infrastructure investments will create strong north-south and east-west trade flows and secure Arizona’s position in a strong global economy.

“We are in the middle of a vibrant regional economy with southern California, Texas and Mexico all around us,” said Gail Lewis, ADOT’s director of international affairs and public-private partnership initiatives. “We’re sitting in an area that continues to grow very rapidly. We’re very well positioned and we have a solid base, but we really need to pivot toward the basket to make the best shot.”

The TTCA road map outlines eight recommendations that will set Arizona in motion for success in a globally competitive economy:

Support Key Commerce Corridors, the 20-year infrastructure investment plan

  • Focus on base industries as the core of the economy
  • Improve the links among highways, rail, air and sea as transportation connectors
  • Improve Arizona’s supply chain opportunities
  • Strengthen the Arizona brand as an investment location, particularly for foreign direct investment
  • Establish a partnership with Western Mexico to keep trade flowing into Arizona from our historic strong trading partners
  • Develop ideas for an era of reduced transportation funding
  • Double Arizona’s exports to Mexico by 2020

As Arizona sets out on the path to a vibrant economic future and global competitiveness, TTCA leaders emphasized that this is a plan that will be important to everyone who lives, works and plays in our state. Why is this relevant to the man or woman on the street? It’s all about jobs,” said Bruce Wright, associate vice president for University Research Parks at the University of Arizona and a member of the TTCA. “The end goal is to position us in the global economy so we are competitive, we are engaged.”

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