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Last week Mayor Kiko Munro and part of his team visited Arizona to strengthen cooperative ties with other cities while promoting investment in Puerto Peñasco. The mayor took part in the meeting of the Arizona-Sonora Mega Region Council, which consists of officials from diverse sister cities in Sonora and Arizona and seeks to increase participation while strengthening transborder economic development initiatives.
One of the most important agreements reached at the gathering was the signing of a document addressed to R. Gil Kerlikowske, Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, requesting the travel zone for Mexicans with a visa be extended throughout Arizona, as currently an additional permit must be issued for travel beyond 75 miles.
Teresa Bravo, Pima County Coordinator of Economic Development and International Projects, presented successes from the Exchange Program of Political Representatives with Puerto Peñasco. She detailed how the Sister Regions symbolically exchanged Puerto Peñasco Mayor Kiko Munro and Pima District 4 Supervisor Ray Carroll, which led to a number of agreements regarding business, education, and culture.