Hermosillo Technology Industry Meet with City of Phoenix

In May, the City of Phoenix welcomed a delegation of technology firms from Hermosillo, Sonora, led by Cruz Javier Salazar, President of CITIC Sonora, the technology cluster for the region. Molera Alvarez organized several key meetings for the delegation, with prominent city officials like Hank Marshall, Executive Officer, City of Phoenix Community and Economic Development; Ruth Soberanes, Director Trade and Investment, Greater Phoenix Economic Council; and Ana Salido, International Trade and Investment Specialist, ProMexico. Additionally, delegates attended the Cybersecurity Summit of the Arizona Technology Council (ATC), where Steve Zylstra, ATC President & CEO, and Cruz Salazar signed a Memorandum of Understanding for their organizations to collaborate on regional opportunities.

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City of Phoenix Conducts Successful Trade Mission to Mexico City

Molera Alvarez recently organized a Trade and Protocol Mission, conducted by the City of Phoenix to Mexico City. The mission took place May 22 to 24, and its focus was to gain a comprehensive understanding of what is transpiring during this critical time in the US-Mexico relationship, and how it could impact our economies. The intention was to send a strong message that Phoenix continues to value the bilateral partnership. Key meetings were held to advance the dialogue, gain knowledge and solidify partnerships with strategic leaders. Attendees included Undersecretary for North America Carlos Sada, Secretariat for Foreign Affairs; The Mexican Council on Foreign Affairs (COMEXI); Confederación de Cámaras Industriales (CONCAMIN) and the American Society; Mexico Bureau Chiefs at both Bloomberg and KJZZ; and Lexica Insight Solutions, a top-ranking consumer research and public opinion consulting firm. Phoenix Economic Development leaders attending the mission and represented in the above photo in order of appearance are: Jaime Molera, Partner, Molera Alvarez; Ruben Alvarez, Managing Partner, Molera Alvarez; Ruth Soberanes, Director Trade and Investment, Greater Phoenix Economic Council; Undersecretary for North America Carlos Sada; Glenn Hamer, President & CEO, Arizona Chamber of Commerce & Industry; David Adame, President & CEO Chicanos por la Causa; Chris Camacho, President & CEO, Greater Phoenix Economic Council; and Gonzalo de la Melena, President & CEO Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

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Arizona Legislative Session Comes to an End

The Arizona 53rd Second Regular Legislative Session lasted 117 days and adjourned sine die on May 4. Of the 1,279 bills introduced this session, 346 bills were signed by Governor Doug Ducey and 23 were vetoed. Three main issues dominated this session: teachers’ pay, the opioid epidemic and school safety. In early April, Governor Ducey announced his plan to increase teachers’ pay, which would include a 20 percent overall increase by fiscal year 2020, resulting in an average teacher salary of $58,130. This issue ultimately caused teachers to strike for six days, because no legislation was introduced to include a pay increase. The Governor addressed the opioid epidemic during his State of the State address in January, and called for a special session to tackle this issue. The legislation produced during the special session established regulations on the prescribing and regulation of schedule II controlled substances, and also addressed recovery programs for opioid addiction. The school safety issue arose after the school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida. While legislation was introduced to address this topic, the bill (SB1519) did not make it through the full legislative process.

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Molera Alvarez hosts Harvard Law Professor Robert Bordone

Harvard Law School Professor and renowned negotiation expert Robert C. Bordone conducted negotiation workshops for more than 100 Arizona professionals on April 3, in a visit organized by Molera Alvarez and several community partners. The International Law Section of the Arizona Bar, chaired by Molera Alvarez General Counsel James Ahlers, coordinated the programs with support from the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University, Arizona Public Service, the Arizona-Mexico Commission, and several of Arizona’s top law firms. Professor Bordone is sought after by leading companies and government entities for his expertise in dispute-systems design and managing difficult conflicts.

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Arizona Lodging and Tourism Association Hosts a Successful Day at the Capitol

Arizona Lodging and Tourism Association (AzLTA) held, as one legislator noted, “one of the best industry days I’ve ever been to,” led by Kim Sabow, AzLTA CEO and President. Ms. Sabow added, “I was thrilled by the turnout, both in the legislators who attended, as well as the number of AzLTA members who came to discuss the importance and positive impact we make for Arizona on a daily basis.” 

Pictured above is Speaker pro Tempore, T.J. Shope, a strong advocate for Arizona’s tourism industry, posing with Arizona Coyotes’ mascot Howler.  

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Molera Alvarez Partner Heads Panel for Valley Young Professionals

Molera Alvarez Partner Jaime A. Molera moderated a discussion with Senators Kate Brophy-McGee (R – Dist. 28) and Sean Bowie (D – Dist. 18) for members of Valley Young Professionals (VYP). Molera noted that he was very happy with the depth and breadth of the conversation. “Both Senators were extremely candid and impressive about the major issues facing Arizona, and what young leaders can and should do to tackle these issues head-on.” Molera also led a discussion with Greater Phoenix Chamber Vice President of Public Affairs Mike Huckins on how major business community organizations (like the Greater Phoenix Chamber) engage on significant public policy issues. More information on the VYP visit can be found here.

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Ruben Alvarez Honored by Los Diablos

On Thursday, April 5, Molera Alvarez Managing Partner Ruben Alvarez was honored with the Los Diablos El Diablo Alumni Award. It is the highest honor awarded by the Los Diablos ASU Alumni Association, the official Latino alumni chapter for ASU. Founded in 1984, Los Diablos has raised and awarded over 2,000 scholarships to Arizona residents to attend ASU with a value over $3 million dollars. The best part of the evening was the “Toast and Roast” where his business partners, Jaime A. Molera and Lisa Urias, had the honor of “roasting” him on stage. Although Ruben left a little battered, it was wonderful evening benefitting the Los Diablos scholarship fund. 

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Molera Speaks to Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Board

There are many significant issues facing the Arizona Legislature, including education, water, and economic development. Jamie A. Molera recently spoke to the Board of Directors of the Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce about these issues, and about the major political battles we can expect in November, both statewide and nationally. In his speech, Molera noted the Arizona U.S. Senate race will likely be one of the most watched contests in the country. “The Hispanic Chamber is growing in influence and stature and I was very honored to present to these leaders,” Molera stated.

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Molera Alvarez Attends NAFTA Panel in Wichita, Kansas

This month the World Trade Council of Wichita hosted a program called “NAFTA’s Impact on Our Economy: A Conversation.” Molera Alvarez sent two representatives — James Ahlers, General Counsel and VP of Global Initiatives, and José Andrés García, the firm’s Mexico City-based representative — to attend the panel discussion on the North American Free Trade Agreement. Also attending the event were U.S. Representative Roger Marshall of Kansas’ First Congressional District; Alfonso Navarro Bernachi, Mexico’s Head Consul in Kansas City; and Jerome Pischella, Senior Trade Commissioner & Consulate General of Canada, Denver. The panel was moderated by Karyn Page, President & CEO of Kansas Global Trade Services, Inc. 

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Molera Speaks to Tucson Business and Political Leaders

Jaime A. Molera spoke to an array of Tucson area business and political leaders at the Southern Arizona Lodging and Resort Association (SALARA) on February 11th.  Attendees included Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild, Arizona Lodging and Tourism President & CEO Kim Sabow, and Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry President & CEO Glenn Hamer. “I was honored to present information on the value and significance of tourism in Arizona to such a distinguished group,” Molera said. “The work of our leaders, like Ms. Sabow and Mr. Hamer, reflect the importance of pro-business policies that make Arizona competitive.”

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