Message from the President
On the evening of March 18, I had the privilege of meeting and dining with Madam Ambassador Martha Bárcena Coqui from Mexico. Ambassador Bárcena Coqui made Arizona a priority visit to share her value of our relationship with Mexico, and particularly our border states.
The USMCA trade agreement was a topic discussed at length and the importance of not delaying the vote to approve the agreement is paramount. Arizona’s reliance on our trade with Mexico is valued at $7.5 Billion and trade with Canada is valued at $2.2 Billion. NAFTA was a resilient trade agreement that helped establish the robust trade relationships we enjoy today, however rapidly changing technologies and the need to encourage innovation made NAFTA outdated.
The USMCA has added new rules of origin that will encourage more manufacturing to take place in the United States. Non-tariff barriers related to trade for remanufactured goods, import licensing, and export licensing will help level the playing field. Protecting intellectual property is addressed in the agreement along with strong enforcement policy that will help drive innovation bi-nationally. Small businesses will be able to streamline the entry into foreign markets and agriculture products have guidelines that will prohibit market saturation and secure greater market access to US farmers. The new chapter outlining digital trade contains the strongest rules for digital trade of any international agreement, allowing for greater investments in innovation. The addition of language setting consistent labor standards and guidelines that will again level the playing field and provide greater opportunities for economic independence.
Immigration policy was discussed as a priority for all three partners. Living in a neighboring community we get to see first-hand the beauty of a bi-cultural region and enjoy friendships that few can understand who do not live near a foreign border. Addressing immigration holistically as opposed to trying to legislate temporary solutions from afar is going to produce constructive solutions. There are those who truly grasp the situation and have intimate knowledge of the border and should be engaged in the solution. Madam Ambassador Bárcena Coqui is one of those individuals and I truly hope her voice of reason is heard during these next few years when immigration policy is drafted.
It was an honor and privilege meeting her, her husband, and her Arizona family. I look forward to a long friendship and working relationship with the Ambassador.
P-20 EDUCATION FUNDING
EDUCATION IS THE KEY TO UNLOCKING ARIZONA'S POTENTIAL
Investing in students, educators and classrooms will help create a monumental return for Arizona. A strong P-20 education system will help create and support a strong talent to attract diverse business to the area. A more educated and skilled workforce will only increase income and revenues, and decrease dependence on social programs.
The Roadmap for P-20 education funding sets a goal for long-term education funding in Arizona beginning in younger education through college and career. Individuals from more than 80 education, business and community organizations from all over the state teamed up to develop The Roadmap and discover the major investments needed in education by 2030.
THE FIRST STEP: THESE ARE THE SHORT-TERM INVESTMENTS NEEDED NOW
- Increase funding for Arizona resident students attending a state university.
- Begin scaling up programs that support the success of every student including special education, school counselors, early interventions and screenings, and other wrap around services.
- Double the STEM workforce funding.
- Fund effective strategies and interventions to support reading proficiency by the end of the 3rd grade.
- Provide funding for k-12 school building construction and maintenence, beginning with a focus on rural schools.
- Increase access to quality child care.
- Raise teacher pay to the national median and fund professional development, mentoring, and induction.
GYEDC ASKS FOR YOUR SUPPORT IN THIS EDUCATIONAL ENDEAVOR
GYEDC and its partners invite you to support Yuma County teachers through the Summer Works project. This program strives to attract and retain teachers for our school districts through temporary/seasonal job openings for teachers to supplement their income.
Andrea Bonde, a local teacher at the YPIC Charter High School, worked at the MLK Center last summer and helped out with planning, paperwork, and training young graduates. Her background in education allowed her to help with curriculum and training.
Please help the Yuma County schools retain our teachers by showing your appreciation and hiring a teacher. https://www.summerworksinyuma.com/
AWC & NAU will be hosting Startup Weekend April 12-14, 2019 to promote entrepreneurial learning and creative problem solving. We invite you to participate through donations and volunteering. Please contact Karime Hayer at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (928) 782-7774 if you are interested in being a mentor or judge.
Our very own Mario Jauregui is featured in a special article in Insights by Stanford Business. "A Different Kind of Funding Bias" reveals the struggles Latino entrepreneurs face when it comes to securing financing for their business. Mario tells his story alongside Tony Aguilar, Dee Ann Espionza, and Maria Ureña.
The 2018 State of Latino Entrepreneurship research report created by the Stanford Latino Entrepreneurship Initiative (SLEI) found that Latino business owners were less likely to receive funding. Only 28% of Latino owners received funding versus 48% of white business owners.
Click on the link below to read Mario's story.
NAFTA 2.0: The Implications of the USMCA to the Bi-National Region
AWC is hosting a panel of federal-level government representatives of the United States and Mexico to share information on the USMCA agreement and present the implications that the agreement could have on the bi-national mega-region including public and private sectors. This free event will include lunch and the opportunity to ask questions.
Tuesday, April 23, 2019 from 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM
INVESTORS MAKING NEWS
Students at Gowan Science Academy raised $16,000 for the Arizona's Children Association to help with behavioral health and welfare serves for children in need in Yuma. Students from Gowan presented the check during Crane School District's governing board meeting.
Yuma Elementary School District One's governing board approved a raise for all the district staff. Counselors, instructional coaches, coordinators and other certified staff will receive the same raises as teachers next year. Support staff will also get a bump in hourly wage.
Thanks to unanimous approval from the Arizona Corporation Commission, APS will pass $86 million more in federal tax reform savings on to customers. This is the second reduction and will save customers using the average amount of electricity about $2.50 per month, based on usage. Thank you APS!
Yuma Regional Medical Center invites local artists to submit their work, for the Art Heal's project, to be displayed at the Cancer Center. Submissions should portray hope and serenity to promote a healing environment. The hospital is accepting submissions through April 5, 2019 and the gallery will be open on May 16, 2019.
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