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Romero Appointed to Teach for America Associate Board of Directors

Lorna Romero, Vice President of Communications and Advocacy, was recently appointed to the Teach for America Associate Board of Directors. In this capacity, Lorna will join a cadre of young professionals helping to advocate for Teach for America’s mission of addressing the education achievement gap and raise funds for the organization. ” I am excited to join such an impressive group of young professionals in assisting Teach for America’s mission in Arizona,” said Romero. “I have been a strong supporter of Teach for America and I look forward to increasing the organization’s awareness within the community.”

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Hermosillo Trade Office Opens, Attracts Investment in Phoenix

Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton and Councilman Michael Nowakowski led a delegation of Phoenix public and private sector leaders on a successful mission to the City of Hermosillo, Sonora, March 28 to 30, 2017, to officially open the City’s Northern Mexico Trade and Investment Office. Hermosillo Mayor Manuel Ignacio Acosta (“Maloro”), U.S. Consul General Karen Ogle, and Sonora business and government leaders joined the Phoenix delegation in celebrating the establishment of the City’s second trade office in Mexico. The Hermosillo office is already generating new trade and investment; it was announced during the opening that Hermosillo-based Etiquetas e Impresiones de Mexico, a custom printing and packaging company, is establishing operations in Phoenix.

Mayor Stanton & Councilman Nowakowski with representatives from Etiquetas a Impresiones de Mexico

The delegation advanced a strong economic agenda that included the signing of an MOU among the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Glenn Hamer), the Arizona Technology Council (Steve Zylstra), the Black Chamber of Arizona (Robin Reed), and the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce (Todd Sanders), with their counterparts at the leading business organizations of Sonora. The delegates visited multiple businesses using U.S. inputs to manufacture products in Hermosillo, gaining a stronger awareness of the importance of NAFTA and the connectedness of our supply chains. Mayor Stanton also opened the prestigious COPARMEX Business Summit with a panel on the importance of trade and the U.S.-Mexico relationship. City of Phoenix Economic Development Director Christine Mackay led the panel discussion with Glenn Hamer, Todd Sanders, and Steve Zylstra. Additionally, Phoenix-based non-profit 1Misson, joined by Mayor Stanton and Mayor Acosta, placed the first stone at an affordable housing project in the community of Miguel Aleman.

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Molera Alvarez Hosts Fundraiser for Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich

From left to right: Jaime Molera, Kim Sabow, Attorney General Brnovich, Eileen Sigmund, Cheryl Lombard and Ruben Alvarez

Ruben Alvarez and Jaime Molera, along with their host committee, held a fundraiser to support the re-election campaign of Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich. “General Brnovich is a proven leader for Arizona and he is showing how good policies can and should be emphasized over politics in such an important office as Attorney General,” remarked Jaime Molera.

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Molera Alvarez Presents to Arizona/Sonora Joint Legislative Committee

Molera Alvarez Partner Jaime A. Molera presented to a Joint Legislative Committee from the respective Arizona and Sonora, Mexico legislatures, on behalf of the Arizona Lodging and Tourism Association. Mr. Molera gave the committee information on the economic effects of tourism between Arizona and Mexico, as well as practical recommendations on how to expand our tourism impact. “It was an honor to present before such an august group of leaders,” Molera said. “I also was very pleased to reiterate the importance of free trade and the need to support efforts like the Neighbors For Good initiative (see www.neighborsforgood.com) led by USA Today Network and the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry.”

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Valley Partnership Leads Effort to Reform GPLET Program

Last week, Arizona Governor Ducey signed H.B. 2213 (GPLET Reform) into law, legislation that reformed a vital economic development tool in Arizona. Valley Partnership, with the assistance of the legislative affairs team at Molera Alvarez, spearheaded the effort to turn a problematic bill into an opportunity for reform and transparency to the state’s Government Property Lease Excise Tax program. Valley Partnership provided significant leadership at the Arizona Legislature, working closely with bill sponsor Rep. Vince Leach, the business community and local government partners on reforms to this important program. The end result: a compromise bill that was supported by all parties and received unanimous support at the legislature. Valley Partnership and the Molera Alvarez team look forward to future conversations about economic development in Arizona.

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Phoenix and Hermosillo Advance Entrepreneurship Exchanges

A Phoenix trade delegation organized by Molera Alvarez met with the leadership of the Monterrey Institute of Technology (the “Tec”) business incubator in Hermosillo, Sonora, on March 29, to further exchanges of entrepreneurship talent and ideas. The March visit followed up on the participation of entrepreneurship students from the Tec’s Hermosillo campus at PHX Startup Week in February. PHX Startup Week, sponsored by Chase Bank, welcomed the Tec students with support from the City of Phoenix and its Mexico relations team at Molera Alvarez, as well as Downtown Phoenix, Inc., and Arizona Public Service. The Hermosillo attendees were Luis Briones, pursuing a degree in Business Creation and Development, and Hector Torres, pursuing a degree in Industrial and Systems Engineering. Their participation in PHX Startup Week, and the follow-up visit to the Tec in March, further the goals of promoting Phoenix as a tech hub that draws talent from around the globe, and strengthening the regional entrepreneurial ecosystem.

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Phoenix Hosting 2017 National Council for La Raza Annual Conference & Family Expo

The National Council of La Raza (NCLR) is proud to exhibit its growth and success at their Annual Conference hosted by Phoenix this summer, which represents the largest gathering of the nation’s most influential individuals, organizations, institutions, and companies working with the Latino Community. The four day conference includes cutting-edge workshops and presentations from speakers of national and international prominence. Learn more about the conference and register here.

The NCLR National Latino Family Expo is one of the largest events in the country focused on providing resources and family-focused activities for the Latino community. Over three days of the Expo, every member of the family can find ways to be educated, entertained, and empowered. Everyone will discover something new in a fun and exciting environment. The Expo is FREE to attend. If your company is interested in sponsorship opportunities, please contact us.

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North America Now Forum Series: What’s Next

Join the City of Phoenix, Arizona Commerce Authority, Arizona Department of Transportation, Arizona-Mexico Commission, Transportation and Trade Corridor Alliance in collaboration with The Phoenix Business Journal for an interactive and candid discussion about current trends and challenges in the trilateral North America relationship. The forum will convene strategic partners, stakeholders, community leaders and elected officials for an interactive dialogue on how to support and elevate trade in our region. Speakers include Chris Wilson, Deputy Director, Mexico Institute Wilson Center, and Agustin Barrios, Former Mexican Congressman and President of the Mexico Image Foundation. The interactive panel will be led by Lisa Urias, Partner, CoNecs North America. For more information regarding the event, click here.

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3 Reasons Every Organization, Regardless of Size, Must Engage in Policy-Making

“Information is power”. “What you don’t know can hurt you”. These two old adages hold true for the intersection of businesses and government policy. Government regulations are a substantial component of how, where, and whether you do business. So, what if you could help direct the outcome of those policies instead of simply being subjected to them? In others words, make the policies happen for you instead of to you. Below are three reasons your organization must engage in policy making, to increase your profits, your profile and your influence.

1. Knowledge and Information

New forms of regulatory scrutiny appear every day at the local and state level. Prior knowledge of proposed regulation that affects your organization can help prevent significant consequences to your bottom line. Your ability to engage in the discussion will allow your organization to bring a voice to policies that only you can impart. If your organization isn’t aware of or engaged in, crafting the proposed rules, regulations and laws affecting your business, you are at the mercy of those who are engaging in the process. They will write the rules. You will just follow them.

2. Influence and Exposure

It is not only big business that can have an influence on government officials and policies. Engaging in the policy-making process allows you to not only influence those regulations that will affect your business, but will also increase your exposure with decision-makers and other policy influencers. Positioning your organization with political, business and community leaders will raise the profile of your organization through your engagement as an industry insider and expert.

3. Sustainability and Growth

Legislative policy, in particular state and local, can significantly impact your sustainability and ability to grow. Zoning restrictions, employment and labor rules, safety and health regulations, and business classification can all affect your profitability and whether you are able to grow your business. Unintended consequences of business regulations can have a disproportionate effect on smaller organizations, and without input from those most affected, policy-makers cannot fully grasp the significance.

For more information about how your organization can increase your profits, your profile and your influence, please contact Kristin Greene at kg@ma-firm.com.

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Molera Attends Greater Phoenix Chamber Delegation to DC

Jaime A. Molera took part of the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce’s (GPCC) Washington, DC delegation. The purpose was to meet with our congressional delegation, key leaders of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and a top representative of President-Elect Trump’s transition team. According to Jaime Molera, “this was an outstanding group and we had very timely discussion about issues which will affect Arizona. GPCC CEO/President Todd Sanders, did an excellent job of framing the positions of our delegation, particularly as it related to protecting and improving our economy – a great example of this is the need for NAFTA and trade with Mexico.” Pictured above is Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema with the GPCC delegation, and on the left a picture of U.S. Senator Jeff Flake meeting with our group.

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