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  • Supervisor Carroll to attend Visit Tucson’s Hermosillo office opening

    Nov 04, 2014 | Read More News
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    Pima County committed to fostering tourism and business relationship with Mexico

    Ray CarrollPima County Supervisor Ray Carroll and Tucson Councilwoman Regina Romero will attend Visit Tucson’s ribbon cutting of its new Vamos a Tucson office in Hermosillo, Sonora, Nov. 6. 

    The ribbon cutting is part of a larger three-day tour of northwestern Mexico sponsored by Visit Tucson that also includes visits to Los Mochis, Sinaloa, and San Carlos, Sonora, which is adjacent to the key Mexican port city of Guaymas. 

    The Hermosillo office is a joint venture between Visit Tucson, the county and the city of Tucson. Economic development officials from the county and city will accompany the elected officials to promote the Tucson region. The Visit Tucson office will help facilitate Mexican tourism to Pima County as well as serve as an information hub for Mexican corporations and entrepreneurs seeking information about doing business in Pima County.

    "Mexico is our No.1 trade partner and it's vital that Pima County is at the table when it comes to incentivizing prospective businesses to come to Southern Arizona,” Carroll said.

    Teresa Bravo, the county’s coordinator for Economic Development and International Projects, will join Carroll and his staff on the trip. Bravo and a member of the city’s economic development team will be making monthly trips to the Hermosillo office to meet with Mexican business representatives to facilitate investment and expansion in Pima County.

    “I’m really looking forward to working with our partners in Mexico. The new Hermosillo office is a unique space to meet face-to-face to help develop relationships with Mexican investors and businesses who are interested in the great opportunities that Pima County and Southern Arizona have to offer,” Bravo said.

    On average, 23 million Mexicans visit Arizona every year and spend an average of $7.3 million a day. Mexico is Arizona’s largest foreign trade partner and Arizona businesses exported $7 billion in goods to Mexico last year, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce. Conversely, about $7 billion worth of goods were imported from Mexico into Arizona last year, according to the U.S. Census Bureau’s International Trade Statistics. But more trade than that travels across the border into Arizona; about $60 billion in trade crosses the Arizona-Mexico border by rail or truck annually, coming from or going to other U.S. states and nations. 

    Pima County officials strongly believe the county is ideally situated to capitalize on Mexico’s economic renaissance, especially in Sonora and its expanding port at Guaymas. Numerous American, Canadian and Mexican companies who are considering or developing cross-border business alliances and logistics – moving goods and raw materials across the border – are key to those endeavors. 

    To help facilitate those alliances, Pima County in the past few years has:
    • Obtained a federal transportation grant to improve rail access to the Port of Tucson, a key player in Mexican economic investment in Pima County.
    • Established the International Projects Office and hired Bravo to work with other regional entities to attract international business, especially from Mexico, to Pima County.
    • Is developing the “Sonoran Corridor” master planned industrial corridor for manufacturing, logistics, and import/export distribution with Mexico.
    • Heavily lobbied the state for expansion of state route 189 connecting the new Mariposa Port of Entry to Interstate 19.

    For more information about the Visit Tucson tour and its new Hermosillo office, contact Felipe Garcia, Visit Tucson executive vice president, 800-638-8350, fgarcia@visittucson.com.