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Padrés and Brewer share regional vision for development of Sonora and Arizona
State Press Release (excerpts)
During the “Energy Transforms Sonora and Arizona” plenary session of the 55th Sonora – Arizona Commission, held last week in Hermosillo, Governors Guillermo Padrés of Sonora and Janice K. Brewer of Arizona signed two important health agreements and addressed strategies to replicate renewable energy parks in Sonora based upon existing ones in Arizona.
The two health agreements include one to facilitate the passage of specimens across the border to assist with timely diagnosis of illnesses, and another to create a joint campaign to help with the prevention of addictions and drug abuse.
Governor Padrés stressed the states of Sonora and Arizona have consolidated themselves as a single region that, based on hard work, have marked a difference with other border zones. Countries such as Israel, South Korea, and the U.S. itself, he added, have their sights set on the region given its geographic, competitive, technological and industrial advantages of both states.
“We have all the elements within our reach for Sonora, as well as Arizona, to enter into a new industrial, technological revolution and we are ready to do so,” he commented.
For her part, Governor Brewer acknowledged the importance of Mexico and Sonora to Arizona’s economy, as well as the importance of a bilateral relationship with strategies and beneficial programs for the two states.
Both Governors emphasized the potential of the Global Advantage project, which was presented at the meeting and consists of collaboration between Arizona State University and the Off Shore Group, for the creation of thousands of companies and job positions through the technological advances of Arizona and the industrial capacity of Sonora.
This year the “Álvaro Obregón” Award was presented to Margie Emmermann, Executive Director of the Arizona Mexico Commission, for her support in developing a more productive relationship and strengthening of friendship ties between the two states.
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