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  • Supervisor Carroll tours border with Santa Cruz County, federal officials

    Apr 24, 2015 | Read More News
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    ray carrollPima County Supervisor Ray Carroll toured the Mariposa Port of Entry Thursday with federal and Santa Cruz County officials to learn more about how the port affects economic development in both Santa Cruz and Pima counties.

    Members of Pima County’s economic development team attended the tour with the supervisor.
    After the tour, Supervisor Carroll in separate meetings met with Bruce Bracker, chairman of the Greater Nogales Santa Cruz County Port Authority, Nogales Mayor John Doyle and members of the city’s economic development staff, and finally with Santa Cruz County District 1 Supervisor Manny Ruiz.

    “We learned a lot about the port and what it’s able to do and how it helps us be more competitive in a global marketplace,” Supervisor Carroll said. “I also met with Mexican business leaders, especially transportation companies. They have many of the same problems we have and it was good to talk about pathways to solving those issues together.”

    “It also doesn’t hurt to have Gov. Doug Ducey promoting Mexico as a strategic trading partner more so than any other governor we’ve had in recent years. That’s a really good sign for the future and for the port,” Supervisor Carroll said.

    Santa Cruz County and the Ports of Entry play vital roles in Pima County’s economic development efforts in Mexico.

    In the past year, Pima County, the city of Tucson and Visit Tucson opened Vamos a Tucson, which is a tourism and economic development office in Hermosillo, Son., and met with members of the Maquila Association of Sonora to learn how the county can aid their business expansion in Sonora and Southern Arizona. Supervisor Carroll also has attended the grand opening of Vamos a Tucson, meeting with state of Sonora business and government leaders.

    “These meetings help our political and business leaders establish stronger relationships and have a unified voice for our region. The Nogales Ports of Entry are an important gateway for economic development for Nogales, Pima County and the rest of our state,” said Teresa Bravo, Pima County coordinator for economic development and international projects, who was on the tour with Carroll.

    Mexico is Arizona’s largest trading partner, with more than $8 billion in exports to our southern neighbor. Nearly 1,000 trucks a day cross the border into the United States at the Mariposa port.

    Improving the region’s economic ties to Mexico is a key component of the county’s Economic Development Plan 2012, which is currently under revision for 2015. To read an initial draft of the plan revision, go to www.pima.gov/economicdevelopmentplan2015.

    For photos of the trip, go to https://www.flickr.com/photos/pimacounty/sets/

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