Molera Alvarez Partner Jaime Molera provided an overview of what transpired at the Capitol this session during the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Legislative Wrap-Up breakfast. Molera commented on how successful the Chamber’s efforts were this past session. He also praised the tremendous efforts of GPCC’s President/CEO Todd Sanders, as well as the legislative team led by Mike Huckins. “As Chairman of the Chamber’s Public Affairs Committee, I am honored by what we accomplished and I am thrilled to work with this outstanding team as we head into the election cycle,” Molera said.
The Sister Cities of Phoenix and Hermosillo, Sonora, celebrated 40 years of partnership with the signing of an economic development collaboration agreement in Hermosillo on April 27. Hermosillo Mayor Manuel Ignacio Acosta Gutierrez and Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton, joined by City Councilman Michael Nowakowski, signed the agreement as part of a trade mission organized by Phoenix Sister Cities and Molera Alvarez. The delegation included: Karen Ogle, Consul General of the U.S. in Hermosillo; Roberto Rodriguez, Consul General of Mexico in Phoenix; Emilio Gaynor, Chair of Phoenix Sister Cities Hermosillo Committee; and James Ahlers, Vice President of Global Initiatives and General Counsel of Molera Alvarez.
Valley Partnership held a breakfast forum to discuss the future of education in Arizona. It included an All-Star panel of Eileen Klein, President of the Arizona Board of Regents, Jay Heiler, President of the Arizona Charter Schools Association Board of Directors and Janice Palmer, Vice President of Policy for the Helios Foundation. Jaime Molera served as the panel moderator. Molera said, “Eileen, Janice and Jay were phenomenal speakers and captured the issues perfectly.” He went on to say, “Valley Partnership is a true leader in our business community and I appreciate them organizing such an important discussion.”
The City of Phoenix received the President’s 2016 “E” Award for Export Service, at a ceremony in Washington, D.C., on May 16. U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker delivered the award to Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton and Hank Marshall, Community and Economic Development Executive Officer, who were joined by 122 other honorees from around the country. The President’s “E” Award is the highest recognition any U.S. entity can receive for making a significant contribution to the expansion of U.S. exports. The award is usually reserved for private companies, and Phoenix is only the fifth city to earn the honor in the 54 years it has been issued. Phoenix-based company EXOS – a graduate of the City of Phoenix export boot camp administered by the Arizona Commerce Authority – also won the E Award for Exports.
Molera Alvarez Vice President of Global Initiatives and General Counsel James Ahlers presented on the future of Arizona-Sonora regional economic collaboration last week at the U.S.-Hermosillo Real Estate Investment Summit in Sonora, a gathering of some 200 real estate specialists, institutional investors, bankers, developers and government officials from Sonora and the United States. The summit, organized by Inmobiliare and Accesso, and sponsored by the State of Sonora, among others, provided a comprehensive outlook of the real estate market and business opportunities in commercial, industrial, tourism and residential real estate in Sonora.
Ruben Alvarez, Managing Partner, was recently named to the Western Resource Advocates (WRA) Board of Directors. WRA is a Boulder, Colorado based non-profit conservation organization dedicated to protecting the West’s land, air, and water. The organization uses law, science and economics to craft innovative solutions to the most pressing conservation issues in the region. Since 1989, Western Resource Advocates has worked to ensure that future generations will have wildlands, clean air and flowing rivers in the iconic landscape of the West. WRA’s expert staff works throughout seven states (AZ, CO, MT, NV, NM, UT, and WY) to implement solutions within three core conservation programs: clean energy, healthy rivers and western lands. If you’ve ever rafted the Colorado River, hiked in Utah’s Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, spotted windmills or an array of solar panels out of the corner of your eye, watched a sage-grouse dance, or even sipped a glass of water, you’ve experienced WRA’s work first hand. For more information about Western Resource Advocates, please visit http://westernresourceadvocates.org.
Molera Alvarez Partner, Jaime A. Molera, spoke to the employees of Salt River Project (SRP) on the importance of passing Proposition 123. Along with SRP Executive Molly Greene, Molera outlined the specifics of the plan to over 100 SRP members and highlighted the policy and political benefit for Arizona in passing this proposal. “SRP has a long history of supporting our public education system and I was honored to present along with my good friend Molly Greene,” Molera said. “SRP made a significant contribution to support the passage of Prop 123: They just don’t talk a good game, they back it up with action.”
Lisa Urias, President and CEO of Urias Communications and new Molera Alvarez partner with the creation of CoNecs North America, was featured in a story about the emergence of business leaders across the United States. According to Jaime A. Molera, “this article on Lisa highlights why we believed in starting this new venture with her. She is a powerful force in Arizona’s public relations/advertising industry as well as a corporate leader in improving Arizona’s overall quality of life.” To read the article, please click here.
The City of Phoenix received a national distinction on April 11 for its role in the 5th Americas Competitiveness Exchange on Innovation & Entrepreneurship (ACE). The ACE visit to Phoenix, directed by the U.S. Department of Commerce and the Organization of American States, was organized with the assistance of Molera Alvarez General Counsel James Ahlers. The program brought dozens of global economic development leaders — predominantly from Canada, Mexico and Latin America — to experience the Phoenix innovation ecosystem, including such highlights as the downtown biomedical campus.
On April 18, 2016, CALA Alliance and the Arizona State University Art Museum launched CALA Crossfade LAB, an exciting new program that presents conversations and art experiences in Phoenix highlighting internationally known Latino/Latina artists and creative leaders from Arizona, the United States and the Americas. Ruben Alvarez, CALA Board Chair and MA Managing Partner, states “CALA’s new partnership with the ASU Art Museum provides us an opportunity to elevate the types of events and experiences that we can program for audiences here in Arizona, which we hope will be thought provoking and stimulating. We are excited about this and other partnerships being developed with various art organizations in the Phoenix metro area.”
For the inaugural Crossfade LAB, author and music critic Josh Kun (Los Angeles) moderated a conversation with visual artist Tania Candiani (Mexico City) and experimental composer Guillermo Galindo (San Francisco) in which they discussed cutting-edge experiments in sound, sculpture, landscape interventions and cultural crossings. Crossfade LAB also featured live performances by Guillermo Galindo and the indigenous electro-acoustic collective Radio Healer.
“The event was terrific! Josh’s remarks were really powerful. I am taken with his description of the Sonideros and the messages they incorporate into their DJ mix from people in the audience who are paying tribute to loved ones. Very powerful. I am very enthusiastic about the collaboration with CALA.” -Steven Tepper, Dean, Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts.
The next Crossfade LAB event held in the Fall will include Grammy-award winning musician Julieta Venegas. For more information about future CALA Alliance events or sponsorship opportunities, please e-mail Casandra Hernandez at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To see more photos from the event, visit http://bit.ly/1Ttv0Dx.