Competitive Border Communities: Mapping and Developing U.S.-Mexico Transborder Industries in the Arizona- Sonora Region

Competitive Border Communities: Mapping and Developing U.S.-Mexico Transborder Industries in the Arizona- Sonora Region
Monday, November 16, 2015, 10:00 am-12:00 pm
Consulate of Mexico in Tucson
3915 E Broadway Blvd, Tucson, AZ 85711

The Arizona-Sonora border region finds itself in need of transition. At various times and at various speeds, stakeholders in both Arizona and Sonora have undertaken a variety of efforts toward defining clusters in the two states though with mixed results. Interest and resources from both the public and private sectors for this focus have been cyclical. Watershed events such as the passage of the North American Free Trade Agreement and, more recently, a broad-based, economics-driven reaction against Arizona’s anti-immigrant politics have boosted interest in creating cluster-related programs, projects and various types of analysis. We will discuss our team’s latest analysis, Competitive Border Communities: Mapping and Developing U.S.-Mexico Transborder Industries, and explore opportunities for cluster-based economic development in the Arizona-Sonora region.  For more information about our report, click here.
Speakers include*:
  • Erik Lee, Executive Director, North American Research Partnership
  • Ricardo Pineda, Consulate of Mexico in Tucson
  • Christopher Teal, Consul of the United States in Nogales, Sonora
  • Eduardo de la Garza, ProMexico
  • John Moffat, Pima County
  • Glenn Williamson, Honorary Consul of Canada

Follow the conversation on social media via #BorderIndustries. 

Media contact: Ruth Soberanes, Research Analyst & Communications Manager, at 602-616-6209 or email ruth@naresearchpartnership.org.

Special thanks to the Council of State Governments West and USAID for their support and for making this project possible. 

Competitive Border Communities: Mapping and Developing U.S.-Mexico Transborder Industries

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Report Launch: Competitive Border Communities: Mapping and Developing U.S.-Mexico Transborder Industries
Wednesday, September 30, 2015, 9:30am-11:00am
Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
One Woodrow Wilson Plaza, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20004-3027

Since the implementation of NAFTA twenty-one years ago, trade between the United States and Mexico has grown six-fold. It now totals more than a half-trillion dollars each year, with approximately 80% of that—more than a billion dollars each day—crossing at the U.S.-Mexico land border. Trade in many ways drives economic development opportunities at the border, but focusing exclusively on moving goods through the region is insufficient. To truly capitalize on the potential of the border economy, government, businesses and educational institutions must come together across the border to strengthen the region’s human capital, supplier networks, and business environment.This year, the North American Research Partnership and the Woodrow Wilson Center’s Mexico Institute undertook an initiative to identify, map and analyze key industries that are highly concentrated, dynamic and binational, operating within five binational sub-regions along the entire U.S.-Mexico border. The project is designed to support the economic development work of both local communities and the federal governments in the U.S.-Mexico border region by identifying strong candidates for cluster-based economic development efforts. The launch of the report that resulted from this initiative, Competitive Border Communities: Mapping and Developing U.S.-Mexico Transborder Industries, was held in Washington, D.C. For more information, click here.
Speakers included*:
  • Erik Lee, Executive Director, North American Research Partnership
  • Christopher Wilson, Deputy Director, Mexico Institute, Wilson Center
  • Paloma Adams-Allen, Deputy Assistant Administrator, Bureau for Latin America and the Caribbean, USAID
  • Mike Gonzalez, Executive Director, United Brownsville
  • Paola Avila, Vice President, International Business Affairs, San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce

A recorded webcast of this event is available at wilsoncenter.org, and follow the conversation on social media via #BorderIndustries. The power point from the event is also available here

For pictures, please click here.

Media contact: Ruth Soberanes, Research Analyst & Communications Manager, at 602-616-6209 or email ruth@naresearchpartnership.org.

Special thanks to the Council of State Governments West and USAID for their support and for making this project possible. 

Summer 2015 Border Tour: Conducting Industry Mapping focus groups along the U.S.- Mexico Border

In June 2015, the NARP team, along with the Mexico Institute, toured the entire U.S.- Mexico border and conducted five focus groups for the U.S.-Mexico Border Industry Mapping initiative. Thanks to the generous support of USAID Mexico and the Council of State Governments West, the  U.S.-Mexico Border Industry Mapping initiative seeks to identify, map and analyze key industries that are highly concentrated, binational and dynamic operating within five binational sub-regions along the entire U.S.- Mexico border region.  The goal of these focus groups was to gain a more detailed understanding of regional supply chains, to discuss approaches to cluster-based economic development, and to develop steps that could be taken by local and federal actors to facilitate the further development of key industrial clusters.

The sessions were hosted by a variety of public-, private- and academic entities and featured a variety of stakeholders, including cluster representatives, chambers of commerce, city and county governments, mega regions, universities, U.S. and Mexican consulates, and economic development organizations. Approximately 200 stakeholders participated in the five focus groups.

Date Site Host
June 22, 2015 San Diego, California CaliBaja Mega Region
June 24, 2015 Tucson, Arizona Consulate of Mexico in Tucson
June 26, 2015 El Paso, Texas BorderPlex Alliance
June 29, 2015 Laredo, Texas Binational Center, Texas A&M International University
June 30, 2015 Brownsville, Texas United Brownsville

At each session, the research team presented findings from the initial quantitative research pertaining to the sub region and engaged local economic development experts and industry leaders to get their feedback. Please click on the following links to see presentations and pictures from each focus group:

Special thanks to our partners for hosting/sponsoring our focus groups, particularly the CaliBaja Mega Region, the Consulate of Mexico in Tucson, Pima Association of Governments, the BorderPlex Alliance, the Binational Center at Texas A&M International University, and United Brownsville.

PRESS RELEASE: Canyon Vista Medical Center Opening Doors to Mexico

MEDIA ADVISORY  

For Immediate Release

Canyon Vista Medical Center Opening Doors to Mexico

April 1, 2015

Contact: RUTH SOBERANES, (602) 616-6209, ruth@naresearchpartnership.org

As work concludes on the new 177,000 square foot Canyon Vista Regional Health Center in Sierra Vista, Arizona, distinguished guests near and far are getting ready to celebrate its grand opening on April 23, 2015. The Canyon Vista Medical Center Mexico Reception will take place on Friday, April 10, 2015 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Canyon Vista Medical Center in Sierra Vista, AZ.

Among those welcoming the opening of thestate of the art hospital are Mexican dignitaries, who recognize the benefits this medical center may reap for the U.S. – Mexico border region.

The new hospital will provide 100 beds (19 designated for adult psychiatry), state of the art technology and equipment, spacious inpatient and outpatient facilities, an outdoor dining area and a heliport servicing two helicopters. Not only will the hospital provide high quality care for residents of Sierra Vista, Fort Huachuca and Cochise County at large, but it will also be open to Mexican patients seeking high-quality medical care just north of the border.

Dr. Dean French, CEO of Canyon Vista Regional Health Center, affirms that the new hospital will expand healthcare options for the region at large and bring greater economic opportunities to the area. “We look forward to this new day in healthcare and strengthening the region by providing access to key services for our community and patients. The new medical center provides a one-stop shop for multiple medical practices that will include OB/GYN, pediatrics, internal medicine, cardiology, orthopedics, sports medicine and general surgery. Additionally, it will provide advanced wound care with hyperbaric oxygen, adult and pediatric rehabilitation, and chemotherapeutic infusion services. The consolidation of all of these services under one roof will drastically improve clinical integration and increase efficiency in care,” states French.

As Fort Huachuca—a major source of jobs for thousands of Sierra Vista residents—faces reductions in government funding, the city must find ways to diversify its economy and find viable economic alternatives to insure its sustainability. Mignonne Hollis, Sierra Vista Economic Development Foundation Executive Director, agrees that the hospital will provide greater economic opportunities for the region. “We see this as a beginning to our friendship with our neighbors down south and the chance to start a conversation about how to grow our local economies together,” says Hollis. Among other community leaders, she recognizes that one way to focus their economic development efforts is to strengthen its trade relations with Mexico and provide greater access to healthcare. The new opening of the Canyon Vista Medical Center provides the perfect opportunity to strengthen the transborder healthcare cluster in Sonora and Arizona.

For more information, please contact Ruth Soberanes at ruth@naresearchpartnership.org or 602-616-6209.

PRESS RELEASE: “Arizona-Mexico Trade: Strengthening Ties, Strengthening Economies”

MEDIA ADVISORY   

For Immediate Release

March 31, 2015

Contact: James E. Garcia, jamesg@azhcc.com, or 602-460-1374

AZ Hispanic Chamber, AZ Legislature Latino Caucus host Arizona-Mexico trade panel

  • Groups to hostpanel – “Arizona-Mexico Trade: Strengthening Ties, Strengthening Economies”
  • This event is free and open to the public

(PHOENIX) The Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and Arizona Legislature’s Latino Caucus on Thursdaywill host “Arizona-Mexico Trade: Strengthening Ties, Strengthening Economies”, a wide-ranging discussion regarding the state of Arizona-Mexico trade.

As Arizonans work hard to rebuild our economy, a panel of experts gathers for a wide-ranging discussion examining the future of import-export trade between Arizona and Mexico, our largest international trading partner.

The panel will be moderated by Phoenix Business Journal Publisher Ray Schey. Scheduled panelists: Gonzalo A. de la Melena, Jr. President &CEO, Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce; Margie Emmermann, Vice President, Molera Alvarez and former director of the Arizona Mexico Commission; Michael Patterson, shareholder, Polsinelli PC; Erik Lee, executive director, North American Research Partnership.

“The Arizona economy is recovering and learning from its mistakes, but it’s important to remember that one of state’s major assets is our neighbor to the south, its booming economy, and its long ties to Arizona business,” said Gonzalo A. de la Melena, Jr. President & CEO, Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

The panel is hosted by Arizona Legislature’s Latino Caucus and Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. It is scheduled 9 to 10:15 a.m., April 2, at the Arizona State Capitol, Executive Tower, 2nd Floor Conference Room, 1700 West Washington, Street, Phoenix, AZ 85007.

“U.S.-Mexico trade is now valued at well over a half trillion dollars per year, 80 percent of which crosses the U.S.-Mexico land border. This trade supports around six million U.S. jobs, and systems of co-production in manufacturing allow companies to combine the comparative advantages of the United States and Mexico, boosting the competitiveness of North America as a whole.” Erik Lee and Christopher Wilson, Forbes Magazine, “How to Boost Border Competitiveness? Just Ask the Folks There.

D.C. Report Launch: The U.S.-Mexico Border Economy in Transition

Report Launch: The U.S.-Mexico Border Economy in Transition
Tuesday, February 3, 2015, 9:00am-11:00am
Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
One Woodrow Wilson Plaza, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20004-3027

Throughout 2014, the North American Research Partnership- together with USAID Mexico, the Council of State Governments West, the Border Legislative Conference (BLC), the Mexico Institute/Woodrow Wilson Center, and several members of the Congressional Border Caucus- held a series of four U.S.-Mexico Regional Economic Competitiveness Forums. In order to engage border region stakeholders in a process to collectively generate a shared vision and policy recommendations to strengthen economic competitiveness, we travelled to San Diego/Tijuana, Nogales/Nogales, El Paso/Ciudad Juárez, and Laredo/Nuevo Laredo.The purpose of this event was to the launch of the report drawn from this effort, The U.S.-Mexico Border Economy in Transition. This report lays out the major issues involved in border region economic development, compiles the many innovative ideas developed at the forums, and weaves them into a series of policy recommendations that draw on the experiences of those who understand the border best: the individuals who live in border communities and who cross back and forth between Mexico and the United States as a part of their daily lives.

Speakers included*:

  • Duncan Wood, Director, Mexico Institute, Wilson Center
  • Representative Henry Cuellar, U.S. House of Representatives
  • Representative Beto O’Rourke, U.S. House of Representatives
  • Representative Juan Vargas, U.S. House of Representatives
  • Edgar Ruiz, Executive Director, Council of State Governments-West
  • Christopher Wilson, Senior Associate, Mexico Institute, Wilson Center
  • Erik Lee, Executive Director, North American Research Partnership
  • Elizabeth Hogan, Acting Assistant Administrator for the Latin America and Caribbean Bureau, USAID

Click here for pictures.

Media contact: Ruth Soberanes, Research Analyst & Communications Manager, at 602-616-6209 or email ruth@naresearchpartnership.org.

Press Release: CSG West’s Border Legislative Conference Announces Executive Summary on Binational Competitiveness to Mexico Lawmakers

December 8, 2014
PRESS RELEASE Contacts:

For Immediate Release Edgar Ruiz, CSG West, (916) 501-5070
Chris Wilson, Wilson Center Mexico Institute, (202) 359-5863
Erik Lee, North American Research Partnership, (858) 449-3798

Sacramento, CA– Last week the Council of State Governments West’s Border Legislative Conference (BLC) unveiled to Mexican federal lawmakers and U.S. officials the executive summary of a report focused on the competitiveness of the U.S. – Mexico border region. The report, titled “The U.S. – Mexico Border Economy in Transition,” was developed by CSG West’s research partners – the Wilson Center Mexico Institute and the North American Research Partnership.

The executive summary presents key findings of the four regional economic competitiveness forums convened by the BLC this year at strategic locations along the U.S. – Mexico border region. The forums brought together federal and state lawmakers, high-ranking U.S. and Mexican officials, experts and local leaders from both countries to discuss the challenges and opportunities to improve the competitiveness of this region which serves as the “nerve center” of the bilateral relationship. The forums also provided an opportunity for border residents to offer their insights and recommendations of what governments and the business community can do to achieve actionable results that further innovation, job creation and prosperity of the region. Among the recommendations highlighted in the summary is the need to strengthen state binational institutions, promote crossborder urban planning, expand trusted traveler programs, enhance coordination among institutions of higher learning to improve work force development, and capitalize on energy development, particularly as Mexico implements its recently enacted energy reforms. The BLC will develop a legislative roadmap aimed at exchanging ideas and best practices that can help governments implement the recommendations in the report. The BLC will also be conducting visits to state legislatures along the U.S. – Mexico border in the coming months to present the findings of the report and policy roadmap.

“The report and its findings provide federal lawmakers in Mexico great insights to the tremendous economic growth between the U.S. and Mexico, and it also emphasizes the important role that states and local governments have to engage in the High Level Economic Dialogue established by the federal governments of both countries,” stated Senator Ernesto Ruffo Appel, chairman of the Commission of Northern Border Affairs in Mexico’s Federal Senate. “The U.S. and Mexican economies lose out on billions of dollars of economic growth each year as a result of congestion at the U.S.-Mexico border. This year, we met with government officials, business owners and residents along the border gathering their best ideas for how to improve border management and strengthen the border economy. If implemented, these recommendations will help the border region fulfill its potential as a motor of competitiveness and growth for the regional economy” stated Chris Wilson of the Woodrow Wilson Center Mexico Institute during testimony before the Commission of Northern Border Affairs in Mexico’s Senate.

“The work of the BLC and its research partners provides policy-makers of both countries with relevant data and analysis that our respective border communities can use to inform leaders of interior states within each country of the importance of the bilateral relationship and the interdependence of our economies” stated Diputado David Perez Tejada, member of the Northern Border Affairs Committee in Mexico’s Chamber of Deputies.

CSG West’s BLC delegation to Mexico City included Diputada Imelda Guadalupe De La Garza of Nuevo León current chair of the BLC, as well as staff from CSG West, the Woodrow Wilson Mexico Institute and the North American Research Partnership. A similar launch will be made in Washington, D.C. for U.S. federal lawmakers in late January 2015. The complete report will be available within the coming weeks. The executive summary can be viewed and downloaded at www.borderlegislators.org (or click Border_Economy_Transition_Wilson_Lee).

New Mexico-Texas-Chihuahua Regional Economic Competitiveness Forum

New Mexico-Texas-Chihuahua Regional Economic Competitiveness Forum
Friday, September 12,2014
El Paso Civic Center, One Civic Center Plaza, El Paso, Texas 79901 

The North American Research Partnership, together with USAID Mexico, the Council of State Governments West and the Mexico Institute/Woodrow Wilson Center continued the forum series, “U.S.- Mexico Regional Economic Competitiveness Forums 2014” in El Paso, Texas. The “New Mexico-Texas-Chihuahua Regional Economic Competitiveness Forum” brought together key business, government and other local stakeholders to discuss the future of the U.S.-Mexico border economy with particular emphasis on the New Mexico-Texas-Chihuahua crossborder region. The forum included panels and working groups. To read more about the forum, please see the Executive Summary in English/Resumen ejecutivo en español. For photos, click here. For any questions, please contact Martha Castañeda or Luis Tapia at blc@csg.org or 916-553-4423.

Texas-Nuevo León/Coahuila/Tamaulipas Regional Economic Competitiveness Forum

Texas-Nuevo León/Coahuila/Tamaulipas Regional Economic Competitiveness Forum & Reception
Tuesday, July 1, 2014
Texas A & M International University, Laredo, Texas 

The North American Research Partnership, together with USAID Mexico, the Council of State Governments West, the Office of Congressman Henry Cuellar, and the Mexico Institute/Woodrow Wilson Center continued the forum series, “U.S.- Mexico Regional Economic Competitiveness Forums 2014” in Laredo, Texas. The “Texas-Nuevo León/Coahuila/Tamaulipas Regional Economic Competitiveness Forum” brought together key business, government and other local stakeholders to discuss the future of the U.S.-Mexico border economy with particular emphasis on the Texas-Nuevo Leon/Coahuila/Tamaulipas crossborder region. The forum included panels and working groups.  To read more about the forum, please see the Executive Summary in English/Resumen ejecutivo en españolFor additional information, including links to the presentations, please see the Border Legislative Conference