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Nov 20, 2013 12:21 PM by Faye DeHoff

City of Tucson to host officials from Guaymas for special event

TUCSON - A special event is set for this Friday as the Pima Association of Governments and the City of Tucson will host a special event with Guaymas,
Sonora, Mexico, officials to share insights on how to conduct international business with the growing port operation in Guaymas and the city.

Walter de Cima, Economic Development and Tourism Director for the City of Guaymas, and Guillermo Vonborstel, Business Development Manager for the Port of Guaymas for the past 13 years, are the featured speakers. The speakers will share information about industries in Guaymas, the deepwater port, commodity flows, and key infrastructure that supports local business operations. They will share details about future port expansion plans and the current relationship between Guaymas, the port and Arizona businesses, particularly those in southern Arizona.

In addition to the featured speakers, a panel discussion including representatives from companies that currently do business in Guaymas will share their insights as well.
As the federally designated metropolitan planning organization for Pima County, Pima Association of Governments develops short- and long-range transportation plans for the mobility of both people and freight. PAG's Intermodal Plan Task Force is an ad-hoc working group of private and public sector stakeholders that gathers information on freight transportation-related matters of regional, statewide, national and international significance.

Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild, Chair of the PAG Regional Council, who will open the presentation, has met with mayors, governors and cabinet-level officials on both sides of the border to urge accelerated investment in infrastructure at the border and leading into the border. He has obtained commitments from state, federal and Mexican officials that the trade corridor which leads through Tucson is a priority - including the Port of Guaymas. To further cross-border business connections, the Mayor led a trade delegation to Mexico City last summer and the City of Tucson's Economic Development Department has hired an international trade specialist. Tucson is rapidly becoming a hub for international trade.

According to the a 2013 report from the Brookings Institution, a private nonprofit organization devoted to independent research and innovative policy solutions, Guaymas, Sonora, Mexico, conducted $28 million in trade with Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale in 2010. Trade with the United States totaled $1.5 billion in 2010.

The event will be from 10 a.m. to noon on Friday, Nov. 22, in the Maricopa Room at the Tucson Convention Center. Seating is limited. Registration information is available by contacting jbrown@PAGregion.com or juan.padres@tucsonaz.gov

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