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September 2012

Published for SEAGO Member Entities and Strategic Partners

Vol. 2, No. 9

Delivering Top Flight Medical Services For Over 125 Years By A’kos Kovach The Copper Queen Community Hospital of Bisbee saves lives and delivers hope to people throughout Southeastern Arizona and beyond. Serving as a beacon of health and healing for gunshot wounds, mining accident victims, child birth and high quality treatment for illnesses of all types, the Copper Queen Community Hospital has vigilantly and valiantly served people from around the world in the service of health. Today’s Copper Queen Community Hospital (CQCH) bears little resemblance to its early roots, what with Helipads, tele-medicine, video conferencing with specialists and numerous board certified physicians who provide on-site critical care when you need it most . But the commitment and dedication of the staff truly harkens back to an era where the patient comes first, as evidenced by the results of many interviews with management

and staff of CQCH. To a person, each person interviewed spoke glowingly about the award winning CEO of CQCH, James (Jim) Dickson. The

Emergency Department Renovations, which began in May include new space for a CT scanner, redesigned nursing station and increased space for pharmacy and laboratory facilities, as well as nine treatment rooms. Artist’s rendering of renovated front entrance

American Hospital Association (AHA) presented last years’ Shirley Ann Munroe Leadership Award to Dickson. The award

recognizes “the accomplishments of small or rural hospital leaders who have improved health care delivery in their communities through innovative and progressive efforts.” Close to 5,000 hospitals, health care systems, networks, other providers of care and 40,000 individual members come together to form the AHA. And what are some of these improvements? Frankly the answer will require several articles which will be showcased in months to come in these pages, on YouTube, the SEAGO EDD Blog pages and elsewhere. Why? Because each element of improved delivery, expanded services, infrastructure enhancements, crucial emergency care designations and authorizations, plus the major expansion of the Emergency Room (E.R.) facilities is but the ‘tip of the iceberg’ of the enhancements and services offered by this acuteContinue on PAGE 2.

Copper Queen Community Hospital Launches Cochise County’s Only Telemedicine Burn Service

Copper Queen Community Hospital will launch the first telemedicine burn service in Cochise County, announced Jim Dickson, Hospital President. The teleburn service Jim Dickson, CQCH CEO will be coordinated through the Grossman Burn Center at St. Luke’s Medical Center in Phoenix and overseen by Daniel Allen Roe, M.D., Copper Queen Community Hospital’s Emer-

gency Services Medical Director. “Bringing this specialized care to Cochise County reinforces the hospital’s high level of medical services and comprehensive telemedicine program,” Dickson said. “Burns need immediate and urgent care and our affiliation with the Grossman Burn Center will make treating these injuries accessible locally.” The teleburn program allows the Grossman Burn Center credentialed burn specialists to provide bedside care in CQCH’s Emergency Department via a large telemedicine monitor. The on-site and tele-

burn team collaborate to give patients a physical examination using a stethoscope and a fiber optic camera connected to the telemedicine system. When more extensive care is needed, patients are transported to the Daniel Roe, M.D. Grossman Burn Center’s eight ICU-bed burn center and outpatient burn clinic. Continue on PAGE 2.


Medical Services for Over 125 Years Continued from PAGE 1

care, critical access hospital which is also the largest non-governmental employer in Bisbee. Speaking with Dr Daniel Roe, Emergency Services Director for CQCH, who enthusiastically discussed the many and varied tele-medicine offerings, it was evident that this little hospital is larger than many can imagine. By bringing cutting edge technology such as Tele-Neurology, TelePediatrics, Tele-Dermatology, Tele-Burn, Tele-Pulmonology and Tele-Stroke care to Bisbee through the partnerships created with the Mayo Clinic, St Luke’s Grossman Center, and many other specialists and

Bisbee Blues Festival Sept. 15th Saturday September 15 from 10 am to 10 pm at Historic Warren Ballpark, Bisbee, some of the most talented blues musicians anywhere will grace the stage, including: Leon J, Sean Trackman & The Copper City Rail, Bad News Blues Band, Eddie Turner and The Trouble Twins, and Diunna Greenleaf. The Bisbee Blues Festival started off as a small grassroots effort. Its popularity has helped it grow each and every year. Now in its 8th year, the Bisbee Blues Festival continues to mature and grow. Three years ago, the festival moved to historic Warren Ballpark, in the Warren District of Bisbee. This year a lot of people are working very hard, once again, to make the Bisbee Blues Festival great fun and a great value. The Warren Ballpark is located in the southeastern portion of Bisbee, Arizona. The ballpark is home to the Bisbee High School Pumas baseball and football teams, also home to the Bisbee Ironmen. The stadium was built in 1908 by Phelps Dodge mining company as a recreation for the miners and their families, pre-dating the construction of Chicago’s Wrigley Field by nearly five years. The ballpark is arguably the oldest continuously used baseball venue in the United States. For tickets or more information visit: http://thebisbeebluesfestival.com/

medical services providers emergency care has taken on a new look which also means saving precious minutes in the battle to save lives. We encourage you to watch our videos (CLICK HERE) to see for yourself why CQCH is the biggest little rural hospital in Southeastern Arizona. Also, watch for the Tele-medicine and Rural Healthcare Corner for more news about the services now available at CQCH. For more information or specific questions about CQCH services please contact Lisa Cummings, Director of Rehabilitation Services for answers at 520432-6436.

CQCH Teleburn Services Continued from PAGE 1

Grossman Burn Center is a plastic surgery-based program specializing in restoring the patient to as close to a pre-injury status as possible - functionally, emotionally and cosmetically. Burn Center staff care for pediatric and adult patients. Peter Grossman, M.D., is the Center Medical Director and is joined by Robert Bonillas, M.D., as Associate Medical Director. Copper Queen Community Hospital has a rich heritage dating back to the 1880s when it operated as a part of the mining community, and continues as a high-quality patient-focused site for medical services in Cochise County. Expanding the hospital’s outreach to the region is the Copper Queen Medical Associates group, which manages Rural Health Clinics in Bisbee, Douglas and Palominas/Hereford. For more information on the Copper Queen Community Hospital, call 520-432-5383 or visit the website at www.cgch.org. Follow the hospital on its Facebook page.

From the editor... CALL TO ACTION - in journalism and in advertising this term means – we are motivating you to get up and do something. Sometimes it is a simple task, send an email – LIKE us on FaceBook, or in the case of the this column we provide you with valuable content to seek out and try news ways of perfecting your business model.

The 3 Basic Steps of an Effective Crowd Funding Campaign More and more entrepreneurs, n on - prof it s , and artists turn to crowd funding. Here is its definition: “Asking a crowd of people to donate a defined amount of money for a specific cause, project in exchange for various rewards.” - dailycrowdsource.com. It is very similar to fundraising, however, crowd funding usually happens on the internet via specific websites.

Click on the links below: Klaudia Kovacs www.MySuccessConsultant.com www.facebook.com/MySuccessConsultantKlaudiaKovacs

Currently, IndieGoGo.com and Kickstarter.com seem to be the most popular ones. They make the process sound easy too; you create your own crowd funding page and a few days later you get the cash. Or not… By now, it has become obvious to many, that crowd funding can be a great venue for financial backing, however, it does requires MUCH MORE than just putting your project on a site and hitting up your friends and family.

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September Brings New Employees at the SEAGO Area Agency on Aging By Kathleen Heard The SEAGO Area Agency on Aging (AAA) is pleased to announce Lydia Montoya has been hired as the Health and Nutrition Coordinator. Ms Montoya will be responsible for providing evidence-based health promotion programs, including Matter of Balance and the Chronic Disease Self Management Program that is also known as “Health Living.” In addition, Ms Montoya will be working with AAA’s nutrition and transportation programs to ensure that they meet state and federal requirements.

Ms Montoya is fluent in Spanish, and comes to us with a diverse background, having worked with the elderly at New Mexico Legal Aid, Cochise Health Systems and a hospital in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Ms Montoya will be seeking individuals who want to become lay coaches for health promotion classes. We are also is pleased announce the hiring of Jan Flanagan. who replaces DeAnna Smith who has moved on to work for Cochise County. As the new long term care CLICK HERE to read the full article.

Greenlee Blues Festival October 20th The Second Annual Greenlee Blues Festival is set! Mark it on your calendar and get your tickets early. October 20, 2012, from noon to 8 PM in historic Clifton, Arizona. We are expecting to double our attendance from the inaugural “October Music Fest” held last year, which was a huge regional success. The Greenlee Blues Festival is expected to be a comparative blow-out and bigger and better each year! Don’t miss this great event along the San Francisco River in Historic Clifton, Arizona! Go to

www.greenleebluesfestival.com to see the band list. Do you have questions? Want to be a vendor? For more information please contact becky@greenleechamber.com or call 928-965-8124

Freeport McMoRan to provide vocational training for Apache Tribal members Courtesy of the Arizona Silverbelt

The San Carlos Apache Tribe and Free­ port McMoran have come to an agreement to provide vocational training for tribal members at a facility on the reservation. The training sessions will last a month and provide trainees with a stipend. This was discussed earlier this year, but was put on hold due to one or two tribal council members thinking it was not a good policy to deal with one mining com­ pany and completely reject another. The company is Freeport McMoran Copper and Gold, which now works the former Phelps Dodge holdings in Morenci. The company will train about 16 tribal members a month and they will receive a stipend of $13 an hour for their month of training. The facility could train in mining skills and water management about 200 memCLICK HERE to read the full article.

Letter to the Editor Is issued at the beginning of each month by the SouthEastern Arizona Governments Organization Economic Development District. 118 Arizona Street, Bisbee, AZ 85603 (520) 432-2622, ext. 210 akovach@seago.org To subscribe, visit www.seagoedd.org A’kos Kovach, publisher and editor Margaret Dillard, copy/graphics editor Items for publication are welcomed from SEAGO member entities and strategic partners. Copy must be submitted at least 7 business days prior to the end of each month.

As part of a new initiative to fuel the economy and create jobs by promoting travel and tourism, I am pleased to announce a new design, improved navigation tools and expanded content for Recreation.Gov, the interagency website that guides visitors to 90,000 sites on public lands such as national parks, national wildlife refuges, forests, waterways and national recreation areas.

tive content and more multimedia, mobile, trip-planning tools. The seven million visitors who use the web site every year will be able to make reservations, see ready-made itineraries for destination cities, and search for activities on interactive maps. We hope you enjoy planning your next outdoor adventure through www.recreation.gov.

CLICK HERE to see a short video highlighting all the places you can visit through recreation.gov. The redesign of www.recreation.gov is an initial step in a multi-year strategy to engage visitors with enhanced interac-

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Sincerely, Ken Salazar Secretary of the Interior

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Regional Events Sept. 6, 10-11:30 am (1-2:30 pm EST) Teleseminar, “Powerful Marketing that Sells; 10 Secrets to Double Your Sales by the end of the Year,” by Klaudia Kovacs. . Register at www.mysuccessconsultant.com/ powerfulmarketingseminar Sept. 6, 5:30-7:30, Turquoise Valley Golf Course, Naco, AZ. Bisbee Chamber Annual Dinner and Awards Ceremony. Visit: www. bisbeearizona.com/ Sept. 8, 7-1, Douglas, AZ, City Cleanup Day & Picnic. www.tiny.cc/cleanupday_ picnic Sept. 7 - 9, Clovis, NM, Clovis Music Festival - Tickets on Sale Now - Chubby Checker, Fireballs and much More. CLICK HERE for info. CLICK HERE for tickets. Sept. 8-9, 9-5, Museum & Event Center Rodeo, NM on Hwy 80, 4th Annual Chiricahua-Peloncillo Heritage Days, http:// tiny.cc/heritagedays Sept.11 -9:00AM MST, Grooming Funture Leaders in a Tough Economy. For details: http://philanthropy.com/ article/Grooming-Future-Leaders-ina/134002/?cid=pt&utm_source=pt&utm_ medium=en Sept. 14 - 16, Douglas, AZ, Texaco Country Showdown, the largest country music talent search. For info: www.texacocountyrshowdown.com or contact Howard Henderson, KDAP Radio at (520) 364-3484. Sept. 15 - Warren Ballpark, Bisbee. The Bisbee Blues Festival. CLICK HERE for info. Sept 14-16, Sonoita, Santa Cruz County Fair. CLICK HERE to see the SV Hearldarticle. Sept. 17, DARC 9-11:30, Senior Center, 610 9th St., Douglas, AZ, Tomando Control de Su Salud Workshop. Info: (520) 8051579. www.tiny.cc/tomandocontroldesalud Sept. 21, 11-1:30, Douglas Economic Outlook Forum, An overview of the national, state, and local economy with a focus on the economy of Douglas. Cost to attend this luncheon is $45.00/per or $225.00 for a table of 6. contact Rachel Norton at 520-515-5478 or email rnorton@cochise. edu.

Sept. 22, 8:15 - 12:30, “Caregivers Ethics” (“Etica de los Cuidadores”) Santa Cruz County Complex, Rm. 20. Call: (520) 2874349 or email: info@seahec.org to register. CLICK HERE to download brochure. Sept. 22, 7:00PM, 10th Street Park, Douglas, AZ, Soul Harvest Sept. 22, 10-4. J-SIX/Mescal Community Daze. Vendors/Flea/Farmers Market at Quick Pic. 10-2 - Antique Car Show at Mescal Auto, All Day - “Fun Day” at J-Six Equestrian Center, Petting Zoo and Hot Dogs at Ranch Etc. Feed Store, 11-8 - BBQ at Bobby Joe’s, 1-4 Horseshoe Tournament at Bobby Joe’s, 4-9 Band: “Lizard” Sept 26, 10-12, Community Food Bank of Southern AZ meeting, Willcox Council Chambers, 300 W. Rex Allen Dr., Willcox, AZ. Meeting about a new project that will double free food distributed through food banks in your community. RSVP: Michelle Engels at mengels@azfoundation.org. Oct. 4 - 10 to 6, Growing Technology in Arizona. Hilton Scottsdale Resort, 6333 N. Scottsdale Rd. Scottsdale, AZ. Members: $75, Others: $100 CLICK HERE for details. Email marketing@aztechcouncil.org. Oct. 6, 8-2, Douglas Intl Airport, Fly-in & Pancake Breakfast. http://tiny.cc/douglas_fly_in Oct. 13, 10-4, Hotel Gadsden, Douglas, AZ. Call for Authors & Artisits. http://tiny. cc/updated_authors_artists Oct. 20 - Clifton, Arizona. Greenlee Blues Festival. Go to www.greenleebluesfestival. com to for details. Oct. 20th - Historic Bisbee, Bisbee 1000. The Great Stair Climb. www.bisbee1000.org for details and to download brochure. Oct. 20, 4-9, 10th St. Park, Douglas, AZ. Music Festival. http://tiny.cc/douglas_music_festival Oct. 20 - Noon, Sierra Vista Mall. “Walk to End Alzheimer���s”. sierravistaalzheimerswalk.org CLICK HERE to print poster. Oct. 27 - 7:00PM, 10th Street Park, Douglas, AZ, Soul Harvest.

Powerful Marketing that Sells: 10 Secrets to Double Your Sales by the End of the Year CLICK HERE to register! Attract your ideal clients with irresistible marketing. In this high-value webinar, you will: • Discover the ways to multiply your income • Become skilled in quick customer-attraction techniques • Learn the most important aspects of mon­ ey-generating websites, and much more! You are in the right place if you: • Tried to promote your products with disappointing results • Feel stuck and do not know why your business is not blooming • Feel frus­ trated that your marketing is not getting a big response.If you fit one of the following titles you should attend: • Business Owners • Entrepreneurs, CEO-s • Doctors, Heal­ ers, Chiropractors, Nutritionists, Coaches • Professionals (Lawyers, Architects, etc.) • Accountants, CPA-s, Bookkeepers • Film & Theater Professionals, Entertain­ ers • Artists, Writers, Musicians, Authors • Non-profit Organizations, Associations • Speakers, Information Marketers • Service providers (General Contractors, Website Designers, Hairdressers, Beauticians, etc.) • Non-Profit Charities. Visit www.mysuccessconsultant.com/ powerfulmarketingseminar/ and sign up TODAY! Welcome Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (THCC) – the newest member of the SEAGO Economic Development District. The THCC has many similar goals and objectives in common with SEAGO. For example THCC hosts Conexiones events quarterly in Southern Arizona to build relations with Mexican dignitaries and businesses. The next event is Thursday, September 20th, 5:30-7:30p for a reception to honor the incoming Mayors of Sonora! Mayor Jonathan Rothschild of Tucson and SEAGO will co-host the event. Casino del Sol Hotel is a co-sponsor. Attendance includes appetizers and a cash bar. Mexican Visitors - No Cost / No Cost Vendor Booth with pre-registration THCC Members $15 per person / $50 Vendor Booth for details call Leslie Leon 520-620-0005

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Delightful Guest Ranches in the Chiricahuas

Benson Chamber Focuses on Business Growth In a recent meeting, Benson/San Pedro Chamber President Pastor Lupe presented his outline of the work that lies ahead for the chamber and its members. His vision of the chamber’s primary responsibility is to serve its active members and to encourage the membership to collaborate. He emphasized three building blocks that provide an environment where businesses thrive:

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Encourage good strong ethical business practices in the community. Promote the business endeavors of the membership with every legal and ethical means available to us as a group. Partner with other businesses and agencies that will help us serve the overall business community through the chamber.

By Luanne Mattson, Cochise County Tourism Council DD Gamble is a 325-acre, authentic ranch owned by Tom and Alicia Davidson This beautiful 3 room guest lodge, plus media room, has only been open since October 2011.

CLICK HERE for meeting details.

New Douglas Chamber President By Trisha Maldanado, Douglas Dispatch

Kramer came to Douglas in 1981 and taught home economics at Ray Borane Middle School for 26 years. “When I was getting to retire I bought a company, Interiors by Decorating Den, “she said.

Douglas Chamber of Commerce President Susan Kramer at her desk for Interiors by Decorating Den. . Trisha Maldonado/ Douglas Dispatch

Susan Kramer, long time Douglas resi­ dent, has been appointed to serve as the Douglas Chamber of Commerce President.

Interiors by Decorating Den is a full service in-home interior decorating in Cochise County. Kramer has been serving Douglas and Cochise County since 2006. Most recently she has taken over the operations of Southwestern Carpets and Interiors. CLICK HERE to read the full article.

The Top Five Things Small Business Owners Need to Know About the Affordable Care Act This law is intended to give small business extra security and new benefits. The new law holds insurance companies more accountable and is intended make it easier for small businesses to provide health insurance. Here are five ways the law helps you: 1. Insurance companies are held accountable. If insurance companies don’t spend at least 80 percent of your premium dollar on medical care rather than advertising or bonuses for executives, they will have to provide you a rebate. The first rebates began arriving during the summer of 2012.

After settling in, Tom and/or Alicia they make dinner and may tour through Horseshoe Canyon. The cool desert evenings draw many out the the patio to relax and watch the sun set behind the Chiricahua Mountains.

DD Gamble Guest Lodge is located at 8374 E. Rockspring Rd., Portal, AZ 85632. 520-558-1090. CLICK HERE to visit the website. Hideout Ranch features a small cabin that is quite modern and comfortable. Plans are to build more cabins and a “saloon.” Guests have breakfast and dinner at DD Gamble Guest Lodge.

2. Insurance companies will also be held accountable for large rate increases. Starting September 1, 2011, in every State and for the first time ever, insurance companies are required to publicly justify their actions if they want to raise rates by more than 10 percent.

Riding experiences are available and owners, Tamara and Craig, tailor the rides to the individuals/groups.. They can give lessons inside their corral, take people into mountain trails, on all-day rides or even on overnight rides.

CLICK HERE to read the full article.

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Hideout Ranch: 855-879-4433. CLICK HERE to visit the website.


US, Mexico Sign Agreement Addressing High Priority Border Environmental Issues WASHINGTON – U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Lisa P. Jackson joined Mexico’s Secretary for the Environment and Natural Resources Juan Elvira Quesada to sign the Border 2020 U.S.-Mexico Environmental program agreement. The signing was witnessed by a number of leaders including the U.S. Ambassador to Mexico E. Anthony Wayne, Vice Chairman of the Tohono O’odham Nation Wavalene Romero, California Secretary for Environmental Protection Matthew Rodriquez, Baja California Governor José Guadalupe Osuna Millán and Tijuana Mayor Carlos Bustamante Anchondo. The Border 2020 agreement, developed with significant stakeholder input, will work to address high priority environmental and public health problems in the 2,000 mile border region. It follows the Border 2012 environmental agreement which ends this year.

"Addressing the environmental issues along the border has long been a priority we share with our colleagues in Mexico, because we know that environmental degradation, pollution, and the diseases they trigger don’t stop at the national boundarMore information as well as a fact sheet on Border 2020: http://www. epa.gov/usmexicoborder/ A video on Border 2012 & 2020:http://w w w.youtub e.com/ watch?v=vzUKe5NCEU0 ies,” said EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson. “Thanks to help from our partners in government, industry, academia and local communities, the Border 2020 agreement will build upon the significant progress already made, and families on both sides of

the border will continue to benefit from cleaner, healthier communities for decades to come.” The Border 2020 program works to reduce pollution in water, air, and on land, reduce exposure to chemicals from accidental releases or terrorism, and improve environmental stewardship. It is the latest environmental program implemented under the 1983 U.S.-Mexico La Paz Agreement. It builds on the Border 2012 program and encourages meaningful participation from communities and local stakeholders through regional task forces. Over the next eight years, the Border 2020 Environmental program will work towards significant improvements that will focus on five key areas: CLICK HERE to read the full article

Nogales City Council passes resolution supporting Alternative number one of the SR 189 Long-Term Study Nogales, AZ—The Nogales City Council voted unanimously to support Alternative One of the State Route 189 Long-Term Study at a special session on Wednesday, August 15.

WHEREAS Alternative One 1 of the study with certain improvements to the Interstate 19 inter-

The City Council discussed the various alternatives and options with stakeholders from the local Nogales community. After discussion, a resolution was passed to support alternative one. CLICK HERE to read the resolution.

munity is very concerned about building expressways out of Nogales. If people get on the expressway and can’t get off, then there is little reason to shop,

“It is clear that the local business com-

change with Mariposa Road and several key intersections along SR 189 corridor is in the best long term interest of the City of Nogales the property owners and existing and future businesses along the SR 189 corridor and for the overall current and future economic sustainability for the City of Nogales and its many residents businesses and tourists.

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Sonoran ranchers providing beef to U.S. Imports of Sonoran Cattle up 31%

From Nogales International News His office sits a few feet from the corrals, run by the Regional Cattle Union of Sonora, through which the majority of the steers and heifers exported by Sonora to the U.S. are inspected before they cross the border. "The numbers this year are way up," said Dr. Rita Kester, the Nogales port veterinarian for the past 14 years, as she walked among the corrals. Barreda had a more precise count of the sharp increase he's seen during the past 12 months. "This year we have 55,000 more cattle exported from Sonora than last year," said Barreda. "The good prices are what made exports go up." Those good prices are a result of a variety of factors, most notably the drought that is wreaking havoc on U.S. farmers and ranchers and the after-effects of the financial crisis of 2008. According to Barreda's calculations, Sonoran ranchers will export 350,000 cattle this year, with 190,740 of them, worth nearly $86 million, passing through his corrals.

This is but a small fraction of the 33.5 million cattle that were slaughtered under federal inspection in the U.S. last year, said Dr. Sherry Wise, chief economist for the Livestock and Seed Program at the USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service. However, the number of Mexican cattle sent to the U.S. grew by 31 percent in the past 12 months, according to the USDA's Economic Research Service. The U.S. cattle market depends on a variety of factors so it is difficult to predict if this trend will continue, said Wise. "How much longer that's going to keep up, we don't really know," she said. In addition to exporting live cattle, Sonora also exports beef cuts, said Barreda. The rib eyes and New York strip steaks are sent from Sonora to Japan and the United States, he said. The total beef imports from Mexico to the U.S. grew by 42 percent last year, according to the USDA's Economic Research Service. CLICK HERE to read the full story.

Tomato Imports Upset Florida Growers By Jim Kolbe, online.wsj.com In June, a group of Florida tomato growers filed documents with the U.S. government requesting withdrawal from a 1996 antidumping agreement that governs the sale of fresh tomatoes from Mexico. If the Obama administration goes along and kills the 16-year-old agreement, it may win a few votes in a key swing state. But it would come at the cost of far higher prices for American consumers, the loss of U.S. jobs, and possibly a trade war with Mexico. Florida growers have been trying to cut off Mexican imports for decades using a variety of actions designed to disrupt trade. The Florida Tomato Exchange, the specialinterest group requesting withdrawal from the current agreement, filed several trade cases in the 1990s, including a 1996 case in which it accused Mexico of “dumping” their tomatoes in the U.S. at below market prices. CLICK HERE to read the full story.

Arizona Citizen Planner 101

An introductory online course for your community’s citizens and planning commissioners By Mark Apel Planning officials face a daunting task making decisions that can shape a community forever. Issues surrounding land use planning and regulation, and the tools and techniques available to address them, have become increasingly complex. Give your new planning official the basic skill set necessary to help shape your community’s future. More seasoned commissioners will also find the training to be a good refresher especially as their comprehensive and general plans come up for updating and re--‐ adoption.

This module contains 3 basic concepts: • Introducing the Planning Official • The Comprehensive Plan • The Planning Process

Get your officials and citizenry trained now, to make your community a leader in good planning! CLICK HERE for details.

Arizona Citizen Planner 101 is an introductory online course for your community’s citizens and planning commissioners.

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Sonora Gov. Guillermo Padres supports Agua Prieta furniture manufacturer export to US Courtesy of dossierpolitico.com Agua Prieta, Sonora.-Support for small and medium-sized businesses is critical to the economic development of Sonora Gov. Guillermo Padres. He emphasized his commitment by facilitating an agreement that preceded the first shipment from Industrial Mueblera of Agua Prieta to the United States. Shipment preparation, training, payroll, suppliers and other details to enable the first shipment meant an impact of more

than 14 million pesos in Agua Prieta in the past year and a half. The commitment was signed by Luis Gerardo Meza Cordova, owner of the company and Frank Divers, company president Lugcor Furnitore Group. This opensew opportunities for this company producing Sonoran furniture and establishes a process to export products to the U.S.

Supply Chain Capital Event & Expo NOV. 9th in NOGALES

The first ever Supply Chain Capital Event & Expo will be hosted in the Americana Hotel located in the heart of Nogales – who should attend? Business leaders and decision makers, Businesses involved in imports and exports, Local, state and federal officials seeking solutions to boosting employment, Economic Developers, Site Selectors, Community leaders, Anyone who is already making a difference in Santa Cruz County and wants to learn better ways to achieve success, expand business and services, locate sources of investment capital, where and how to access funding; then this will be the place to learn from actual policy makers and policy enforcers. Numerous local and regional stakeholders are partnering to organize what is planned to become a nationally prominent annual event. Many thanks to the Microbusiness Advancement Center

SBDC, Santa Cruz County, the City of Nogales, the Fresh Produce Association of the Ameri¬cas, the Nogales Chamber of Commerce, Nogales Community Development, Santa Cruz Community Foundation, the Nogales Port Authority, the Santa Cruz County Board of Realtors and many others who are helping organize and promote this historic activity. The October SEAGO Newsletter will be dedicated top provide the agenda, details, sponsors list, etc. We have confirmed a distinguished panel of speakers from both Mexico and the U.S. Breakout sessions and specially organized tours the day before and the day after will be showcased. This event is open to everyone, your sugges¬tions, feedback and ideas are welcome. The SBDC will post a registration page online soon. Follow us Facebook or Twitter for news and updates.

Sonora Gov. Guillermo Padres attends opening of Agua Prieta-based furniture manufacturer

Second Annual Community event at J-Six / Mescal It seems like only a month or so ago we were helping to organize a Community Awareness activity in the J-Six / Mescal neighborhood. After a catastrophic truck accident damaged the interstate bridge that brought customers and supplies to this rural enclave just outside Benson on I-10 at exit 297. Actually we ended up working with local business leaders and held two big community events, covered by television from Tucson and supported by residents from the entire region. The first event was held to help keep businesses afloat and bring attention to their plight. The second event celebrated the re-opening of the bridge, and now one year later a second annual bridge reopening celebration is being organized by many of the same business leaders, such as Elly McFadden of Bobby Joe’s Irish Pub. Please celebrate this important community event on Saturday, Sept. 22nd . The businesses are calling this the J-SIX/ Mescal Community Daze. See the regional calendar on PAGE 3 for times of events. Fetures during the day include a Flea/Farmers Market, an Antique Car Show, “Fun Day”, Petting Zoo, Hot Dogs, BBQ, a Horseshoe Tournament, and Tuccson-based, classic rock band, “Lizard”.

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SEAGO September 2012 Newsletter