On September 16, 2016, Arizona Governor Doug Ducey announced the Achieve60AZ Initiative at Franklin Police and Fire High School in Phoenix.
Achieve60AZ is an initiative which creates an alliance of 60 community, business and education organizations throughout the state in supporting a goal of 60 percent of Arizona adults ages 25-64 achieving a professional certificate or college degree by 2030. The initiative seeks to strengthen the K-12 pipeline, increase Arizona’s educational attainment, and build the workforce to align with the state’s needs, all of which will have invaluable economic and social benefits for the state.
In addition to Governor Ducey, featured speakers at the announcement included, Eileen Klein (President of the Arizona Board of Regents, a Molera Alvarez client), Maria Harper-Marinick (Chancellor of the Maricopa Community College District Governing Board), aspiring students, and other educational and business leaders. Molera Alvarez is proud to be part of this alliance. To learn more about Achieve60AZ, visit achieve60az.com.
Molera Alvarez client, the Arizona Sports and Tourism Authority (AZSTA), is seeking to identify, solicit, develop and allocate funding for youth and amateur sports projects which will service a wide variety of sporting and physical activity experiences in Maricopa County. Currently, AZSTA is accepting applications for Quick and Program Grants. These grants are limited to a maximum of two thirds of the project’s total cost, and an award cap of $5,000. Grant funds are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis provided that the program’s criteria are met.
If you know of a deserving organization that may qualify for these grants, please visit www.az-sta.com, or call Robin Lea-Amos, Grants Program Coordinator at 623-433-7500.
On September 19, 2016, Jaime A. Molera presented to a joint meeting of Greater Phoenix Leadership, Southern Arizona Leadership Council, and Northern Arizona Leadership Alliance to discuss the outlook for the 2017 legislative session. Molera Alvarez (who represents these organizations) is working on an ongoing engagement strategy to increase these groups involvement and influence on various policy matters, including education, health, and fiscal issues. Molera said, “it was a true honor to present to such a distinguished group of Arizona leaders; Their commitment to a better Arizona truly is exciting.”
From left to right: Former Secretary of HUD Henry Cisneros & MA Managing Partner Ruben Alvarez
On September 27th, 2016 the Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce held their 20th anniversary DATOS breakfast with keynotes delivered by Sol Trujillo and Former Secretary of Housing & Urban Development Henry Cisneros. Over 1,000 community and business leaders gathered to learn more about the latest DATOS information. DATOS is an annual comprehensive report researched and produced by the Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, which focuses on the economic impact of Arizona’s Hispanic population. To view a complete copy of this year’s DATOS report, click here.
Source: No on Prop 205
Molera Alvarez Partner Jaime A. Molera participated in a tele-townhall on September 28th with Arizona Governor Doug Ducey discussing why Arizona must reject Proposition 205 – an initiative to legalize recreational marijuana in Arizona. “It was an honor to partner with Governor Ducey who is a champion for fighting for a better quality of life for Arizona,” Molera said. “Arizonans need to vote NO on this dangerous initiative.”
From left to right: Laura Verduzco, MA General Counsel James Ahlers, Enrique Franco, Consul General Claudia Franco Hijuelos, Carmen Martinez & Cesar Verduzco
Newly appointed Consul General of Mexico in Phoenix Claudia Franco Hijuelos led her first Mexican Independence Day celebration in Phoenix at City Hall on September 15th. Margie Emmermann and James Ahlers of Molera Alvarez joined the celebration with hundreds of public and private sector leaders and friends of Mexico.
From left to right: Peter Villegas (Coca-Cola), Ruben Alvarez (MA Managing Partner), U.S. Sen. Flake, Former Congressman Ed Pastor and Gonzalo De La Melena (AZHCC).
On August 26, 2016, the Congressman Ed Pastor Center for Politics & Public Service at Arizona State University and the Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce presented a Community Town Hall with U.S. Senator Jeff Flake. During the Town Hall, Sen. Flake addressed various issues impacting Arizona including the need to implement immigration reform and promote fair trade. The event was sponsored by Coca-Cola and Arizona State University.
Jaime A. Molera joined Andres Ramirez, Democrat campaign consultant, and Joseph Garcia, Professor at the Morrison Institute of Public Policy at Arizona State University, to discuss the upcoming November elections at a conference sponsored by the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC). “As a strong supporter of AIPAC and their mission, I was honored to discuss my impressions of what might occur in this election-cycle,” Molera said. “We had a lively discussion and while I didn’t convince my friends on the other side of the aisle…neither did they with me!”
Margie Emmermann, Molera Alvarez Vice President of Strategic Initiatives, spoke at the Borderplex Alliance panel on Innovation and Entrepreneurship in the Border Economy during the 2016 US-Mexico Summit held in El Paso, Texas/Ciudad Juarez, August 3-5, 2016. The summit brought together key business, government, and civic leaders from across the border with the goal of elevating the critical role border regions play in facilitating economic, social, and cultural transactions and transformations between our two nations. Roberta Jacobson, newly appointed US Ambassador to Mexico, and Carlos Sada, Mexico’s Ambassador to the US, addressed the audience on the importance of North American integration and the key role border regions play in US-Mexico relations. Several Arizonans were in attendance representing Arizona economic development entities including Lea Marquez Peterson, President & CEO of the Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Marisa Walker, Senior Vice President, Arizona Commerce Authority, and Garrick Taylor, Sr. Vice President of Government Relations & Communications with the Arizona Chamber of Commerce & Industry.
Jaime A. Molera was asked to introduce United States Senator John McCain at a forum of business leaders at the Arizona Chamber of Commerce. “Introducing John McCain and being able to talk about why Arizona needs him, now more than ever, was quite an honor,” Molera stated. “While folks might be less than enthusiastic with the choices at the top of the national ticket, I am confident Arizonans will eagerly and whole-heartedly support John McCain for another term in the U.S. Senate.”