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ARIZONA-MEXICO COMMISSION

GOOD NEIGHBORS

AMC’s president says Arizona’s strengthening relationship with Mexico is driving the state’s economy By MICHAEL GOSSIE

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hen Jessica Pacheco started working for APS in 1997, she immediately learned how important Arizona’s neighbor to the south was to the state – and what potential economic opportunities existed between Arizona and Mexico. “My first trip on behalf of the company to a community outside of Maricopa County was to Douglas,” recalls Pacheco, vice president of state and local affairs for APS. “Spending some time with local officials and local business leaders and talking through the importance of the border relationship, the importance of border infrastructure, the importance of transportation infrastructure, I saw how critical those things were to Arizona achieving its economic goals.” Since then, Pacheco says, “It’s been on fast forward.” Now president of the board of directors of the Arizona-Mexico Commission (AMC), Pacheco talked with Az Business about the importance of the relationship between Arizona and Mexico and what it means to the business community. 96

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Az Business: How do you view the current relationship between Arizona and Mexico? Jessica Pacheco: The current relationship between Arizona and Mexico is exceptional. We have a relationship between Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey and Sonora Gov. Claudia Pavlovich and Gov. Ducey and the federal government in Mexico that is better than it’s ever been before at any time in our history. It’s been a drive of this governor — supported by the business community and our border communities — to ensure that our story is told and we focus on the areas of commonality and agreement, which is the vast majority of issues and situations that we have to deal with. There is a tremendous amount of mutual respect, admiration and willingness to collaborate and work together. AB: What are some examples that illustrate the collaborative environment? JP: From a security standpoint, the Highway Safety Corridor between the Arizona border and Rocky Point is a great

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In this issue, we spotlight the healthcare leaders and innovators of 2019 and profile the finalists for the Industry Leaders of Arizona Awar...