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May 15th, 2014
Grijalva Leading Regional Economic Forum in Rio Rico This Friday – Business, Government Leaders Will Discuss Job Growth Options

Tucson, Ariz. – Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva will deliver opening remarks and help facilitate a regional economic forum in Rio Rico on Friday, May 16, to bring together business and government stakeholders to discuss job growth options in Southern Arizona. The Arizona – Sonora Regional Economic Competitiveness Forumis open to the press.

A full schedule is available below. For more information, contact Ruben Reyes in Rep. Grijalva’s Tucson office at (520) 622-6788.

If You Go

Where: Esplendor Resort at Rio Rico

1069 Camino Caralampi

Rio Rico, AZ 85648

When: Friday, May 16




8:00 – 8:30 a.m. Continental Breakfast


8:30 a.m. Opening Remarks

Senator Lou Correa

California State Senate

Chair, Border Legislative Conference

Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva

U.S. House of Representatives


9:15 a.m. Panel I: Challenges and Opportunities to Move People and Product Securely and Efficiently Along the Arizona – Sonora Border Region


Luis Ramirez


Ramirez Advisors Inter-National



William Brooks

Director of Field Operations, Tucson

U.S. Customs and Border Protection


Lance Jungmeyer


Fresh Produce Association of the Americas


Alfonso Soto Parada


Maquiladora Association of Sonora


10:45 a.m. Panel II: Promoting Regional Competitiveness


Representative T.J. Shope

Arizona House of Representatives



Enrique Ruiz Sanchez


Economic Development Council for Sonora


Bruce Wright

Associate Vice President

Tech Parks Arizona

University of Arizona


Manuel Hopkins Ruiz

Director of Economic Development

City of Nogales, Sonora


12:15 p.m. Lunch & Presentation

Ana Luisa Fajer

Director General for North America

Mexico’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs


1:30 p.m. Panel III: Arizona – Sonora Trade Corridor


Diputada Mireya de Lourdes Almada Beltran

Sonora State Legislature



Marisa Walker

Senior Vice President, Strategic Planning & Infrastructure

Arizona Commerce Authority


Werner G. Cota Lopez

Confederation of Agriculture Associations

State of Sinaloa


David Careaga

General Director

Association of Farmers of Rio Culiacan


Russ Jones

Vice Chair

Border Trade Alliance


3:00 p.m. Simultaneous Breakout Sessions

Ports of Entry Facilitator

David A. Shirk

Associate Professor, Political Science

Director, Justice in Mexico Project

University of San Diego


Promoting Regional Competitiveness Facilitator

Rick Van Schoik

Portfolio Director

North American Research Partnership


Arizona – Sonora Trade Corridor Facilitator

Erik Lee

Executive Director

North American Research Partnership


4:45 p.m. Summary and Closing Remarks

5:00 p.m. Adjourn

5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Reception at Esplendor Resort at Rio Rico

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