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Latest Step in Strengthening Cross-Border Partnerships
March 14, 2018

Inaugural Business Expo is Latest Step in Strengthening Cross-Border Partnerships

Arizona-Sonora Business Expo

This morning, the Arizona-Mexico Commission came together with the Arizona Commerce Authority and our partners in Sonora to kick-off the inaugural Arizona-Sonora Business Expo. The two-day event will draw nearly 100 exhibitors and 3,500 visitors, all working together to facilitate new connections, increase cross-border collaboration and strengthen an already prosperous relationship between Arizona and Sonora.

The inaugural Business Expo resulted from a joint agreement between Governor Doug Ducey and Sonora Governor Claudia Pavlovich to promote Arizona and Sonora as a premier location to do business. Led by the Arizona-Mexico Commission/Comisión Sonora- Arizona bi-national Economic Development Committee, the Business Expo aims to bring together leaders from all sectors of business.

Themes for Expo events are focused on the region's core strengths in high-growth industries, including aerospace, mining, construction, manufacturing, medical devices, renewable energy and tourism and the region's incredible strategic advantage for companies when it comes to trade, investment and economic development. The expo is presented by the Arizona Commerce Authority and the Secretaría de Economía de Sonora in partnership with Arizona-Mexico Commission and the Comisión Sonora-Arizona.

Read what AMC Leadership had to say about the event:

Arizona Governor Doug Ducey
“Arizona’s relationship with Mexico - our number one trading partner - can serve as a model for other states to follow,” said Arizona Governor Doug Ducey. “The Arizona-Sonora region presents a competitive platform for growth, a robust supply chain, modern transportation infrastructure, top-ranked higher education institutions and a talented workforce.”

Kirk Adams, Chief of Staff, Office of Governor Doug Ducey
“Arizona and Sonora share common economic development aspirations, rooted in the deep understanding that cross-border collaboration can make both our states stronger,” said Kirk Adams, Chief of Staff to Governor Ducey. “The goal of the Arizona-Sonora Business Expo is to connect businesses with mutual interests and needs, and to expand trade relationships in the region. I’d like to thank Governor Claudia Pavlovich, Secretary Vidal and their teams for hosting this inaugural event in Hermosillo.”

Jessica Pacheco, President, Arizona-Mexico Commission
"The spirit of cross-border collaboration and relationship building runs deep in Arizona, and proven results keep that spirit alive," said Jessica Pacheco, President of the Arizona-Mexico Commission. "We are proud to come together in Hermosillo for the Arizona-Sonora Business Expo to foster existing relationships and build new ones that will strengthen business ties between our states and countries."

Sandra Watson, President & CEO, Arizona Commerce Authority & AMC Economic Development Committee Co-Chair
“Arizona and Sonora have a strong partnership with shared goals focused on increasing trade and economic development throughout the region,” said Sandra Watson, Arizona Commerce Authority President & CEO. “The Arizona-Sonora Business Expo is designed to benefit businesses on both sides of the border by bringing them together to facilitate new connections and increased collaboration. We’re honored to partner with Secretary Jorge Vidal and his team, as well as the Comisión Sonora-Arizona and the Arizona-Mexico Commission to present this important event.”

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