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deal, known as the USMCA, this investment will mean even more trade coming through our ports and more jobs for Arizonans.” Gov. Ducey also commended AMC for its work to strengthen Arizona’s relationship with Mexico in his Inauguration Day remarks. He said, “Over the last four years we’ve worked hard to build the relationship that’s founded on trust and mutual respect. And today, I’m proud to say we’re more than just neighbors with Sonora, we’re partners. And that partnership is leading to more growth and prosperity for both our states.” AMC was founded in 1959 when former Arizona Gov. Paul J. Fannin and former Sonora Gov. Alvaro Obregon banded together to reach shared goals for the region. Representatives from each state were selected from a variety of industries to improve relations. About 13 years later, former Arizona Gov. Jack Williams expanded the organization by appointing community leaders to lead AMC as its Board of Directors. Over the last six decades, AMC has continued to grow and strengthen the relationship with its neighbors in Mexico. The 60th anniversary is geared to embrace that growth and focus on fostering relationships. The organization will have an action-packed year of activity that both celebrates the 60-year legacy and continues building on the relationships critical to Arizona’s place as a leader in the global economy.

WORKING TOGETHER: In March, Gov. Doug Ducey hosted

Mexican Ambassador to the U.S. Martha Bárcena to discuss the importance of the Arizona-Mexico relationship.

Sierra Ciaramella is a communications associate and reporter for Chamber Business News.

AMC HISTORY In 1959, then Arizona Gov. Paul J. Fannin came together with former Sonora Governor Alvaro Obregon to bring the two states and countries together around shared goals for the region. The partnership led to the founding of the Arizona-Mexico West Coast Trade Commission and its sister organization in Sonora, the Comité de Promoción Económica y Social de SonoraArizona. Representatives from each state were selected from industries ranging from agriculture to education, to improve relations and development of their respective industries. Governor Fannin’s vision for the organization was based on his view that “God made us neighbors, let us be good neighbors.” In 1972, former Arizona Gov. Jack Williams took action to elevate and expand the organization’s activity, appointing a select group of prominent business leaders, educators, and others with an interest in working with Mexico to help lead the organization as its Board of Directors. As part of this

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restructuring, Gov. Williams also gave the organization its new name, the Arizona-Mexico Commission. Over the last six decades, the AMC has stood by Gov. Fannin’s vision of improving the quality of life in the region. In the spirit of being good neighbors, the AMC continues our proven legacy of promoting a strong, cooperative relationship with Mexico.

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