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  • Supervisor Valadez, county officials market Sonoran Corridor to Nogales, Mex.

    Jun 09, 2016 | Read More News
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    mtd tourPima County Economic Development officials and District 2 Supervisor Ramón Valadez met with Sonora Maquiladora Association members in Nogales Wednesday to discuss economic partnerships and opportunities. The meeting builds on a relationship between the county and the association begun in 2015 to discuss supply chain and logistics synergies between Southern Arizona and Northern Sonora. 

    The association represents nearly 100 maquiladoras and affiliates in Sonora, with more than 50 of them in Nogales, Son. The maquiladoras primarily manufacture or assemble products for export and the Nogales group employs more than 36,000 people. Association leaders told Pima County Economic Development staff in 2015 that long supply chains and logistics deficiencies are among their biggest challenges. 

    After a tour of MTD Products, a maquiladora that produces nearly all of the major brands of handheld landscaping equipment and machinery, county Economic Development Director John Moffatt and Supervisor Valadez made a presentation to the association about the county’s Sonoran Corridor planning.

    The Sonoran Corridor is the area south of Tucson International Airport that has a nexus of air, road and rail transportation systems unique in the Southwestern United States. The county is master planning the region to be an engineering, manufacturing and logistical hub for Arizona and the Southwest, capitalizing on local and international supply chain opportunities and a surge in economic development in Northern and Western Mexico, including Nogales, Hermosillo and the port of Guaymas. 

    County staff also met with the Port Director at the Mariposa Port of Entry, which sees more than $21 billion in product transfers north and south every year in addition to $2.5 billion of fresh produce. The county has partnered with CBP, the town of Nogales, Santa Cruz County and others throughout the state to lobby the State Transportation Board (or ADOT) to expand state highway 189, which connects the Mariposa port to Interstate 19. The two-lane highway is a major choke point for the port, which the federal government spent $244 million to significantly expand in 2014. Delays at the border and their economic impact on the region were a major point of concern and discussion during the meeting with the port director.

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