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Annual League of Arizona Cities and Towns Conference

The Annual League of Arizona Cities and Towns Conference took place on August 20-23. Local leaders from across the state gathered in Tucson to cover topics ranging from water conservation to opportunity zones. Several legislators also received awards for their dedication to public service, including state Senators Kate Brophy McGee and Sean Bowie. Molera Alvarez was a Bronze Sponsor of the event. Photo: League of Arizona Cities and Towns

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Phoenix Suns in Mexico

With the assistance of Molera Alvarez, Phoenix Suns executives traveled to Mexico City this month to promote the upcoming Suns vs. San Antonio Spurs game slated to take place in Mexico City on December 14, 2019. The game is one half of a two-part series of NBA games that will be held over two days in Mexico City. While on the trip, the Suns were able to meet with various business leaders to foster new key bi-national relationships to help position Los Suns as Mexico’s team. For more information about the team and game tickets, visit: nbaevents.com/latinamerica/mexicogames.

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Spotlight on Banner | Aetna

Unsatisfied with the health insurance options in the Arizona market, Banner Health and Aetna joined together to create the innovative joint venture, Banner|Aetna, a separately licensed, Arizona-based insurance company that launched in 2017 to serve commercial and public entity organizations across Arizona. Since inception, Banner|Aetna has grown to cover more than 300,000 members. The goal of Banner Health and CVS|Aetna, which collectively employ over 50,000 employees in Arizona, is to align incentives and leverage the strengths of both entities to transform the way healthcare is delivered in Arizona. Banner|Aetna is committed to delivering high quality, affordable health care while improving the care delivery system and member experience. Their performance network plans offer significant cost savings when compared to typical broad network offerings. On the care delivery front, Banner|Aetna has delegated utilization management functions to the delivery system and developed a multidisciplinary care team that provides face-to-face support for the care needs of high-risk patients. Banner|Aetna is also focused on delivering an improved member experience by launching new initiatives such as welcome kits, integrated customer service and a brand new virtual primary care offering – delivered by 98point6 – which provides convenient and low-cost primary care through a text based solution backed by AI technology. Learn more about Banner|Aetna here. Photo: Banner|Aetna

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Welcome Our Summer Interns!

CoNecs NA and Molera Alvarez are excited to welcome Jules and Dylan, our summer interns, to our team! Jules is part of the Phoenix Indian Center’s Future Inspired Native American Leaders Program and will be helping CoNecs NA with various projects before heading off to the University of New Mexico. Dylan is a rising junior at the College of the Holy Cross in Massachusetts majoring in Political Science with a concentration in Peace and Conflict Studies and will be helping the Molera Alvarez team to gain more experience in public policy.

 

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North American Mayors Summit

This month, the inaugural North American Mayors Summit was held in Los Cabos, Baja California Sur, Mexico. The event brought together government officials and business leaders from across the U.S., Canada and Mexico, including the President of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador. The conference included panels dedicated to various issues surrounding local governments, including sustainability, innovation, public safety and digitalization.

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2019 Legislative Session Recap

The 54th Legislature, Second Regular Session, lasted 135 days before adjourning sine die on May 28, at 12:58 a.m. Of the 1,318 bills introduced this Session, 320 bills were signed by the governor and 11 were vetoed. There were several topics that consumed this legislative session. The main issue that arose early was the Drought Contingency Plan. In Governor Ducey’s State of the State Address, he recognized the need to ratify the Drought Contingency Plan and the short time frame to do so; it had to be ratified by January 31, 2019. Through SJR1001 and SB1227, the Drought Contingency Plan passed out of the House and Senate with overwhelming support. Another issue that lasted throughout the Session was tax conformity. Full conformity to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act would generate additional revenue for Arizona. Because of that, there was debate on whether to offset that additional revenue with a lower state income tax rate. There were ultimately two bills introduced to address the issue, which Governor Ducey vetoed. Conformity was ultimately addressed in the budget with a plan that lowers the tax rate and makes changes to the child tax credit, standard deduction and charitable contribution deduction.

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Business to Business Mission to Mexico City

Molera Alvarez’s City of Phoenix Mexico Trade Representative team coordinated a City of Phoenix trade mission to Mexico City focused on connecting Phoenix-based companies with Mexican industry experts and potential partners to facilitate trade. Eight Phoenix-area businesses in the areas of biotech, clean tech, sports, development finance, and commercial real estate met with the Mexican Undersecretary of Tourism, Mexico City Ministry of Economic Development, and business counterparts in related fields. A variety of potential partnerships and exchanges were proposed, and Molera Alvarez will continue to support participating businesses on both sides of the border to ensure ease of doing business.

 

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Correctional Professionals Day at the Capitol

Arizona Correctional Professionals Day took place at the Arizona State Capitol to honor both state and private prison correctional officers. Before the program, State Senator Frank Pratt gave the officers an update on the legislative session and answered questions. CoreCivic’s Will Barnow emceed the event, while the Town of Florence Mayor Tara Walter, U.S Marshal David Gonzales, State Representative Regina Cobb, and State Senators Sonny Borrelli, and Vince Leach all gave remarks to express the important role that correctional officers play in keeping Arizona safe. 

Photo: Will Barnow, Senior Director – State Partnership Relations, CoreCivic

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PCA Hosts City Council Candidate Forum

Phoenix Community Alliance’s Public Affairs Committee, chaired by Molera Alvarez Managing Partner Ruben Alvarez, hosted a candidate forum for Phoenix City Council candidates. Attending were District 5 candidates Vania Guevara and Betty Guadardo, and District 8 candidates Carlos Garcia and Michael Johnson. Alvarez moderated the forum, where the candidates discussed their positions on affordable housing, infrastructure and transportation, economic development, homelessness and other issues relevant to a thriving city and successful downtown. The city election took place on March 21, 2019 and Betty Guardado and Carlos Garcia won their respective council races. They will take office on June 6, 2019.

 

 

 

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