Asset Management Educational Workshop in Phoenix

AECOM invites managers, engineers, planners, financiers, and operators, to an educational workshop in late April focusing on industry-leading approaches to public infrastructure asset management and condition assessment. Public infrastructure — watermains, sewers lines, facilities, roads, and buildings — form the backbone of our cities and underpin the economic vitality and growth of our communities. AECOM is involved in projects locally, throughout North America, and around the world to maintain high levels of service, protect against the risk of failure, and to strategically implement infrastructure improvements while reducing life cycle cost. Workshop participants will engage in case studies and panel discussions and hear from leaders in the field on state-of-the-industry approaches and practical application. In addition, a local agencies panel will discuss developing strategies for dealing with aging infrastructure and the challenges of addressing infrastructure rehabilitation with limited funding. Click here to RSVP with an AECOM representative or to contact for more information.

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Molera Sits Down for Extended Interview with Fox 10

John Hook, host of Fox 10 Newsmaker Saturday, interviewed Jaime A. Molera for an extended discussion on national and state politics. Molera spoke about how national political trends could impact our state, and the significant problems surrounding the income tax increase initiative pushed by the Arizona Education Association. See the full interview here.

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Molera Alvarez Partner Moderates Panel of State University Presidents

Jaime A. Molera moderated a discussion of “Valley Voices” for the Greater Phoenix Chamber. Participants included the presidents of Arizona State University (Dr. Michael Crow), Northern Arizona University (Dr. Rita Cheng), and University of Arizona (Dr. Robert Robbins). Molera inquired about the effect our universities have on Arizona’s economic development and how they add to our business growth as a state.

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Chihuahua Business Delegation Explores Wichita

Molera Alvarez, along with Estrategia Global in Mexico City and Kansas Global Trade Services in Wichita, organized an investment mission for the City of Wichita, Kansas, February 18-20. A group of delegates from Chihuahua, Mexico, visited Wichita to explore investment opportunities. Overseen by the Greater Wichita Partnership, a local economic development organization, this mission brought four companies to learn about Wichita’s strong business and investment climate, educational resources, and the vitality of its international business community. Delegates had a packed agenda, which included: business-to-business meetings; a networking luncheon hosted by the Wichita Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, with Wichita Latino business owners as well as Wichita Mayor Dr. Brandon Whipple and Councilmember Brandon Johnson; a presentation of immigrant visa investment opportunities from the Kansas Regional Center/Kansas Department of Commerce; a tour of Wichita State University’s Innovation Campus and connections with local government and economic development officials, the Wichita Manufacturers Association, as well as tax and investment experts. Delegates learned about Wichita’s growing Latino community (Hispanic Wichitans make up 15.5 percent of the city’s population, which is 47,544 more people than in 1980), and immigrant-owned firms and foreign investors who have had outstanding successes in Wichita. Valuable connections were made on all sides and will enable growing Mexican businesses to bring jobs and capital to Wichita to make it a more globally integrated and diversified community that is better able to weather economic volatility and attract the best, most diverse, talent.

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Inca Kola USA’s Salute to Hispanics in Sports and Entertainment

On January 28, 2020, Coca-Cola sponsored the Salute to Hispanics in Sports and Entertainment Reception, hosted by Inca Kola USA. The event took place in Miami during Super Bowl week and raised funds to support Inca Kola’s annual Humanitarian Aid mission to the Dominican Republic. A portion of the proceeds also went to the National Supermarket Association’s Scholarship Fund. At the reception, Peter Villegas, Coca-Cola’s Vice President of Latin Affairs, presented Emilio Estefan with the “Most Influential Hispanic of the Decade” award. Mr. Estefan is a Cuban-American musician and producer who has won 19 Grammy awards. Other individuals honored that evening were producer and author Nely Galan who received the Hispanic Leadership award, Florida businessman Gus Machado who received the Living Legend award, Major League baseball player Aroldis Chapman who received the Hispanic Athlete of the Year award, and former NFL Coach Tom Flores who received the Lifetime Achievement award. Pictured from left to right: Gus Machado, Gus Machado Ford; Nely Galan, Founder, Adelante Movement; Emilio Estefan, Estefan Enterprises; and Coach Tom Flores, Super Bowl-winning coach for the Oakland Raiders.

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2021 State Budget Released

Governor Doug Ducey released his proposed fiscal year 2021 budget on January 17. In keeping with the governor’s “Arizona Way” theme, the budget includes investments in K-12 and higher education, child safety, public safety, infrastructure, and workforce development. Some of the budget highlights include $608 million in new K-12 investments ($175 million to complete the 20 by 2020 plan), $80 million for Arizona’s public universities ($35 million ongoing for the New Economy Initiative), $33 million to accommodate the closure of the Florence Prison, $1 million for rural tourism marketing, $45 million to fully exempt military pension pay from income tax, and $25 million in the rainy day fund. Further FY2021 budget related information can be found here, here, here and here.

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Latino Leaders Network Honors Mayors

This month, the Latino Leaders Network (LLN) hosted more than 350 elected officials, corporate and public leaders at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, DC, for the 32nd annual Tribute to Mayors event. This included more than 70 mayors, in town for the winter meeting of the U.S. Conference of Mayors. The event began with remarks by Mayor Regina Romero, the first Latina Mayor of Tucson, and U.S. Conference of Mayors President Bryan Barnett. During the event, San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo was honored with The Antonio Villaraigosa Leadership Award for the his commitment to uniting diverse communities. Congressman Tony Cardenas of California was presented with the Chairman’s Award for outstanding leadership in public service. MA Managing Partner Ruben Alvarez serves on the board of directors for LLN, which was founded in 2004 by Chair Mickey Ibarra and hosts six events each year, bringing together leaders from across the political spectrum to establish relationships, build unity, and share their stories of overcoming adversity to achieve success.

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FDI Mission to Montreal

Molera Alvarez organized a foreign direct investment attraction mission for the City of Wichita, Kansas, in Montreal, Canada, December 4-6, 2019. Wichita’s local economic development organization (EDO), the Greater Wichita Partnership, met with 13 Montreal companies, key business organizations, and government entities to promote Wichita as an investment location and to build Canadian business relationships. Molera Alvarez performed market research, recruited companies for matchmaking meetings, and facilitated Wichita’s participation in the SelectUSA Montreal Conference. Organized by the U.S. Embassy and the American Chamber of Commerce in Canada, the SelectUSA conference featured one-on-one matchmaking meetings between EDOs and vetted Canadian companies looking for investment opportunities in the U.S.

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Governor Ducey Lays Out Priorities for 2020 in State of the State

January 13, 2020 marked the beginning of the 54th Legislature – Second Regular Session. To begin the legislative session, Governor Doug Ducey addressed the legislature and delivered the State of the State Address. In the governor’s address, he praised Arizona’s growth and strong economy, declining crime rates, rising school test scores, and strong trade partnerships for the passage of the USMCA. Governor Ducey emphasized the phrase that he has touted throughout his time as governor: “No new taxes!” Some of the governor’s priorities emphasized in the address include: increased access to mental health care, elimination of taxes on military pensions, investment in post-secondary educational programs, rural infrastructure needs, rural broadband grants in smart highway corridors, completion of compact negotiations, support of the state university system’s New Economy Initiative, investment in tourism, second chance programs for Arizona’s inmate population and raising correctional officer pay, closing of one of Arizona’s state prisons, and a workforce development partnership with Local First to bolster the economy for small businesses. For further detail on Governor Ducey’s State of the State Address, view the full speech here.

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Molera Interviews Arizona Senate Health and Human Services’ Chairwoman

Jaime A. Molera facilitated an in-depth conversation on the state of Arizona’s Medicaid and healthcare system with Senator Kate Brophy McGee at the Mercy Care Board Annual Retreat. Senator Brophy McGee, who is Arizona Senate Health and Human Services Chairwoman, spoke about how we built “the Gold-Standard of Medicaid systems,” but it is incumbent for policymakers, health plans, and our business community to continue improving access to quality care and outcomes for Medicaid recipients, in an integrated and efficient manner. Molera noted, “Arizona is indeed fortunate to have this incredible leader. Senator Brophy McGee understands the need to provide the best possible healthcare for our vulnerable populations, and that we must make sure our taxpayers know nothing is being wasted.”

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