AZ Border Economic Summit December 6, 2016

Members and staff from the FPAA hosted a meeting on December 6 to talk about the importance of the border on Arizona’s economy.

The meeting is designed to bring elected officials from the Arizona State Legislature to a meeting with FPAA members, allied industry groups, and several key government officials in order to educate the elected officials about border trade and why it is so vital from the state.

There were approximately 80 attendees at the event, and featured speakers included John Halikowski, Director of the Arizona Department of Transportation; William Brooks, Director of Field Operations for the Tucson Field Office of U.S. Customs and Border Protection; Luis Ramirez or Ramirez Advisors; Guillermo Valencia of the Greater Nogales Santa Cruz County Port Authority; Lea Marquez Peterson of the Tucson Hispanic Chamber; and Scott Vandervoet of Vandervoet & Associates and also a FPAA board member.

Robert Shuler welcomes the current legislators and newly elected authorities

John Halikowski, ADOT Director and Co-Chair of the TTCA, outlines his vision for growing trade and tourism with Mexico.

FPAA members, government authorities, and legislators participating actively in the event.

William Brooks, Director of Field Operations, Tucson Field Office, Customs & Border Protection explains the amount of trade it processes, how it conducts its mission, and what challenges and opportunities face Arizona at its ports of entry.
From the office of Sen. Jeff Flake, Chris Stoller speak about the senator's efforts to solve staffing issues at the port.
Luis Ramirez, Ramirez Advisors offers an overview of port and infrastructure needs to drive Arizona’s trade with Mexico into the future.
Dr. John Moffet from Pima County, speaks about the Sonoran Corridor
A panel of business leaders talk about their vision of the future. Moderated by Lance Jungmeyer President of the Fresh Produce Association of the Americas, the panel includes Lea Marquez Peterson, President/CEO of the Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce; Guillermo Valencia, Chairman of the Greater Nogales and Santa Cruz County Port Authority; and Scott Vandervoet, Chairman-elect of the FPAA.

Elected members of the Arizona Legislature were engaged during the discussions and asked many questions throughout the presentations. This is a biannual event hosted by the FPAA, and we would like to thank the members that were able to attend and help in preparations for this meeting to ensure that it was a success.

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