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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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AzLTA Presents 2019 Unity Dinner

The Arizona Lodging and Tourism Association (AzLTA) hosted their annual Unity Dinner on May 22 at the JW Marriott Camelback Inn Resort and Spa. The event was emceed by Molera Alvarez Partner Jaime Molera, and Kim Sabow, AzLTA President and CEO. There was a packed house to honor the recipients of the Honoree of the Year and Lifetime Achievement awards, Michael Bidwill (Arizona Cardinals) and Donald Brandt (APS). In addition, State Senators Sean Bowie and David Livingston received the 2019 Advocate of the Year Award for their continued support and dedication to protecting the tourism industry. AzLTA is the statewide voice of advocacy at the state and national levels for Arizona’s $21 billion lodging and tourism industry.

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New Client Spotlight: GuardTop

Molera Alvarez is excited to add GuardTop to our amazing list of clients. GuardTop is a family owned business with a long-standing history in the Arizona asphalt industry and has recently expanded its operations to Phoenix. GuardTop has delved into the green market with various products such as Tire Rubber Modified Surface Sealer (TRMSS), which uses 20-27 recycled tires per lane mile, and their patented CoolSeal by GuardTop®, an asphalt sealcoat which reflects the sun rays as opposed to absorbing them. Not only do these products aid in fighting climate change, but are also made with environmentally friendly, recycled materials and LEED eligible. To learn more about GuardTop, click here.

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Applications Open for Export Explore

The Export Explore Program from Metro Phoenix Export Alliance (MPEXA) is open for applications until April 29. The program helps businesses in the Metro Phoenix area realize their export potential through workshop training and a final pitch competition to receive a grant donated by J.P.Morgan Chase & Co. For more information and to apply, click here.

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