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Arizona-Sonora Regional Economic Competitiveness Forum

Rio Rico, Arizona
May 16, 2014



Speaker Presentations

Agenda

Arizona-Sonora Regional Economic Competitiveness Forum Executive Summary

Arizona-Sonora Attendee Directory

Panel I: Challenges and Opportunities to Move People and Product Securely and Efficiently Along the Arizona - Sonora Border Region

Moderator: Luis Ramirez
President
Ramirez Advisors Inter-National

William Brooks
Director of Field Operations, Tucson
U.S. Customs and Border Protection

Lance Jungmeyer
President
Fresh Produce Association of the Americas

Presentation

Alfonso Soto Parada
President
Maquiladora Association of Sonora

Presentation

Panel II: Promoting Regional Competitiveness

Moderator: Representative T.J. Shope
Arizona House of Representatives

Ricardo Brown
Investment Promoter
Economic Development Council for Sonora

Presentation

Bruce Wright
Associate Vice President
Tech Parks Arizona
University of Arizona

Presentation

Manuel Hopkins Ruiz
Director of Economic Development
City of Nogales, Sonora

Lunch Keynote

Ana Luisa Fajer
Director General for North America
Mexico’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Presentation

Panel III: Arizona - Sonora Trade Corridor

Moderator: Diputada Mireya de Lourdes Almada Beltrán
Sonora State Legislature

Marisa Walker
Senior Vice President, Strategic Planning & Infrastructure
Arizona Commerce Authority

Werner G. Cota Lopez
Confederation of Agriculture Associations
State of Sinaloa

Presentation

David Careaga
General Director
Association of Farmers of Rio Culiacan

Presentation

Russ Jones
Vice Chair
Border Trade Alliance

Presentation

 

Simultaneous Breakout Sessions

I: Ports of Entry

Facilitator: David A. Shirk
Associate Professor, Political Science
Director, Justice in Mexico Project
University of San Diego

II: Promoting Regional Competitiveness

Facilitator: Russ Jones
Vice Chair
Border Trade Alliance

III: Arizona – Sonora Trade Corridor

Facilitator:  Erik Lee
Executive Director
North American Research Partnership