Mexico Trade Team Presents 2018 Election Report

The City of Phoenix Mexico trade team, managed by Molera Alvarez, presented its first Mexico Transition Outlook Report last week, analyzing the results of the historic July 1 elections. The sweeping victory of presidential candidate Andrés Manuel López Obrador and his Morena or “National Regeneration” party means significant changes to the political and commercial environment of Arizona’s number one trading partner. Mexico trade representatives for Central Mexico, José Andrés García, and Northern Mexico, Antonio Proto and Ana María Araque de Proto, presented the report to members of the business and economic development community during a visit to Phoenix this week. To view the report, click here.  

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Molera Presents at Arizona Lodging and Tourism Association Conference

Jaime A. Molera presented to over 350 members of the Arizona Lodging and Tourism Association (AZLTA) about the negative consequences to our economy if Proposition 207 were to pass. Prop. 207 is the income tax hike initiative that would increase Arizona’s income taxes to the fifth highest in the country. Molera stated at the conference, “According to economic analysis, our small business community, including our tourism industry, would be the hardest hit.” He went on to say, “We should commit to supporting our K-12 system, however this is simply the wrong plan – it hits small businesses disproportionately, it contains zero accountability, and it will kill investment in our great state.”

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MA and CoNecs N.A. General Counsel Gives Insight on U.S.-Mexico Relations

Molera Alvarez and CoNecs N.A. General Counsel and expert on U.S.-Mexico relations, James Ahlers, recently provided insight to Telemundo on our country’s current trade relationship with Mexico under President Trump and with the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) negotiations that are currently taking place. To hear the full clip, click here

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MA Sponsors the Arizona League of Cities and Towns 2018 Conference

The League of Cities and Towns annual conference was held August 22 to 24 at the Phoenician Resort in Phoenix. This conference gives Arizona cities and towns, large and small, the opportunity to network and share information on their respective issues and challenges. Panelists from the federal, state and private sectors discussed varying topics such as transportation, universities, the 2020 census, and economic development. The event’s Showcase of Cities and Towns gives every participant the chance to highlight what their community is known for, much to the delight of all. Molera Alvarez has been a proud sponsor of the conference for the last several years. Pictured are Claude Mattox, Molera Alvarez VP, and Mark Mitchell, Mayor of Tempe.

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The Western Way Endorses Commissioner Andy Tobin’s Energy Plan

The Arizona Chamber of Commerce recently held their annual Environmental & Sustainability Summit in Prescott, Arizona. One of the key panels was a discussion about the future of Arizona’s energy policy. Amanda Reeve moderated a water and energy panel that included Commissioner Andy Tobin and Commissioner Justin Olson. Commissioner Tobin addressed his proposed Energy Modernization Plan, an alternative to the disastrous Clean Energy Initiative proposed by California billionaire Tom Steyer, which could be on the ballot in November. Tobin’s plan proposes to have an 80 percent Clean Energy portfolio by 2050, including nuclear, solar, wind, hydro and bio-mass. The plan, endorsed by Molera Alvarez client The Western Way, is currently going through the Corporation Commission rulemaking process.  During the panel, the Commissioner credited The Western Way for their help in this process, saying, “Thank you to The Western Way for your clear thoughts on how to bring forward meaningful energy policy.”

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CoNecs N.A. and Molera Alvarez Remember Senator John McCain

Since the passing of Senator McCain we have asked ourselves, what does it mean to serve? Sen. McCain embodied the definition of service – to his country in battle, to his family and friends, to the State of Arizona in the House and the Senate. Sen. McCain believed in serving a cause greater than himself and understood that we are all part of the larger fabric of this great nation. His statement that “we are all more the same than we are different,” embodied his understanding of our diverse communities, as he embraced all people, boldly and without fear. Today we want to recognize the honorable, fierce, and noble man that he was. Gracias Sen. McCain. Descanza en Paz…

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Honoring Our Hometown Heroes

Recently, the Phoenix Police Reserve Foundation received a $50,000 donation from Gonzo’s Hometown Heroes Fund. Former Arizona Diamondback and World Series hero Luis Gonzalez presented the check on July 6 during the D-back’s pre-game festivities. The donation from Gonzalez’s charity fund will be used to equip volunteer reserve officers to help them better protect our community. Molera Alvarez VP Claude Mattox is a proud board member of the Phoenix Police Reserve Foundation.

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Seminar at State Bar Convention Gives Insight on Foreign Direct Investment

At the State Bar Convention in June, the International Law Section of the Arizona State Bar, chaired by Molera Alvarez General Counsel James Ahlers, hosted an informative seminar on foreign direct investment in Arizona. The program, entitled “Invest in the West: Guiding Your Foreign Clients through Arizona’s Business Climate,” featured practical advice from experienced international attorneys, as well as state and federal officials, on representing foreign clients doing business in Arizona. The panel also featured executives from Hermosillo-based ProAutomation, LLC, which has established operations in Tucson. The program was co-chaired by Matthew S. Apfel, Apfel and Associates, PC, incoming Chair of the International Law Section.

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Hill International Wins Joint Contract with Phoenix’s Aviation Department

Hill International was awarded a $47.5 million joint contract with Red Brick to provide construction management services to the City of Phoenix’s Aviation Department for their upcoming Capital Improvement Program (CIP). The CIP is comprised of a five-year development plan for projects at the three airports controlled by the City of Phoenix: Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, Phoenix Goodyear Airport, and Phoenix Deer Valley Airport. Molera Alvarez was proud to assist Hill International in their successful bid. For more information on this contract, visit their website.

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Molera Alvarez Partner Speaks at AZLTA Board Meeting

Jaime A. Molera recently spoke at the Arizona Lodging and Tourism Association Board Meeting. During this meeting, he addressed the negative impacts that the Invest in Education Initiative will have, especially on the tourism industry. Becoming a high-tax state would severely harm the tourism industry and the residents and visitors who rely on Arizona properties, attractions, and destinations for jobs and tax revenues. Many of Arizona’s lodging and tourism small businesses would end up paying higher tax rates than larger corporations. Molera, former Superintendent of Public Instruction, is leading the No Campaign against the Invest in Education Initiative, Arizonans for Great Schools and a Strong Economy. For more information on this effort, visit @AZGreatStrong on Twitter or Facebook.

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