2019 State of the State Address

(Photo: C-SPAN)

January 14th marked the beginning of Arizona’s 54th Legislature, 1st Regular Session. Elected members of the State Senate and House of Representatives were sworn in during the Opening Ceremony. In addition, Governor Doug Ducey delivered the annual State of the State address. He opened with an emphasis on bipartisan cooperation, citing its importance in achieving his number one priority: ensuring Arizona’s water future. The Governor emphasized the need to work together to ratify the Drought Contingency Plan by January 31st. The common goal Governor Ducey highlighted was the need for government consolidation through reducing unnecessary laws and establishing sunset provisions. He further discussed his plan for the future of school safety, which includes increasing the number of campus police and school counselors, implementing STOP orders, and furthering background check requirements. Governor Ducey touched on his education priorities of maintaining Arizona’s school choice options, reducing the teacher shortage, and advancing career and technical education opportunities. Finally, he highlighted the importance of securing Arizona’s future by raising the rainy-day fund to $1 billion from its current approximate $460 million. The Governor released his executive budget later that same week, which can be found here.

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Molera Moderates BioScience Panel

Jaime A. Molera recently moderated a panel with Arizona State Senator Kate Brophy-McGee (Chair – Health and Human Services Committee) and Arizona State Senator-elect Heather Carter (Chair – Higher Education and Workforce Development) for the Flinn Foundation’s BioScience Roadmap Committee. The Senator’s and Molera spoke about the need to strengthen our growing bio-science industry and the various mechanisms our state should employ to affect this area: stronger education, university research, and economic development policies. Molera said, “It is always an honor to present with these two policy makers. Senator’s Brophy-McGee and Carter are the transformational leaders for our state and I appreciate their intelligence, wit, and service to Arizona.”

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Mayor Williams and Molera Alvarez Attend Mexico Inauguration

Molera Alvarez Partners Ruben Alvarez and Jaime Molera organized a delegation led by Phoenix Interim Mayor Thelda Williams to attend the December 1 inauguration of Mexico President Andrés Manuel López Obrador in Mexico City. The delegation included Arizona business and tourism leaders and City of Phoenix Trade Representative José Andrés García. During the trip, Interim Mayor Williams met Mexico’s incoming Ambassador to the United States, Martha Bárcena, as well as Secretary of Foreign Affairs Marcelo Ebrard. 

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Molera Featured in the Chamber Business News

Jaime A. Molera was featured in the Chamber Business News segment “Ham(m)er Time.” During this segment, President and CEO of the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Glenn Hamer, sits down with guests to discuss an array of current events happening in Arizona. During Molera’s guest appearance on the segment, they discussed education, trade and tourism.

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Wichita Hosts Business Delegation from Querétaro

The City of Wichita, Kansas, and Mayor Jeff Longwell received a delegation from Colón, Querétaro, from December 10th to 12th on a business development mission organized by Molera Alvarez, Estrategia Global, and Kansas Global Trade Services. Colón Mayor Alejandro Ochoa led a delegation of industrial development, agribusiness and academic leaders in meeting with Greater Wichita area economic development leaders and advanced manufacturing companies. The mission included meetings and tours with Bombardier Learjet, the National Institute of Aviation Research at Wichita State University, and Midwest Corporate Aviation MRO (maintenance and repair organization). Colón is the hub of Querétaro’s thriving aeronautics sector, and is home to major operations of Airbus Helicopter, Bombardier, Safran and Delta-AeroMexico TechOps MRO, as well the National Aeronautical University (UNAQ).

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Molera Presents to Arizona Indian Gaming Association’s Tribal Leaders

Jaime Molera attended and moderated a panel for tribal leaders and allied organizations on the impact of the November elections. “The positive impact of tribal gaming is significant for Arizona,” Molera said. “But it’s important for tribes to continue to monitor and provide input in the political process. Elected officials on both sides of the aisle need to understand the value of tribal exclusivity.”

Pictured (from left to right): Jaime Molera, Judy Ferreira, Executive Director of AIGA, and Allison Gilbreath, Executive Director of AZ Manufacturers Council

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Phoenix Companies Educated on Exports by JPMorgan Chase-Supported Program

Molera Alvarez joined local business leaders in October at the Metro Phoenix Export Alliance (MPEXA) Export Explore Program to advise Greater Phoenix companies on export growth. The three-week training program, held at the office of the Greater Phoenix Economic Council, helps companies explore how to find new export opportunities and tap into local resources to reach global markets faster. MPEXA and its Export Explore Program are made possible through a grant provided by JPMorgan Chase & Co. The program concluded in November with a “pitch competition” in which the winning companies earned grants to cover future export-related business expenses.

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James Ahlers Appointed to U.S. Global Leadership Coalition

James Ahlers, Molera Alvarez Vice President of Global Initiatives and General Counsel, has been appointed to the Arizona Advisory Committee of the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition, or USGLC. The Advisory Committee is composed of business, faith, military, and community leaders who believe that Arizona benefits when the United States leads through development and diplomacy. Molera Alvarez congratulates all the members of the Arizona Advisory Committee, listed here.

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CoNecs NA/Molera Alvarez Partner Plays in Charles Schwab Pro-Am

Jaime Molera played with Team Cox Communications in the Charles Schwab Pro-Am with PGA Tour Champion Professional Paul Goydos (2016 winner). “I am very appreciative of Cox Communications and particularly John Wolfe (Senior Vice President and Southwest Region Manager for Cox) for this amazing opportunity. It was doubly an honor because our client, the Arizona Lodging and Tourism Association, led by Kim Sabow, was involved in securing this prestigious tournament for the Phoenix Country Club, getting a 10-year commitment from the PGA Champions’ Tour.” 

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Molera Alvarez Partner Supports Sen. Brophy McGee in Key State Senate Race

With support of Greater Phoenix Leadership, the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and Greater Phoenix Chamber, Sen. Kate Brophy McGee is the winner of one of the most expensive and closest races in Arizona Senate history. Pictured above is a shot of Jaime Molera’s commercial on behalf of the Arizona Chamber – Moving Arizona Forward organization. Molera stated, “Kate is one of the strongest leaders in our state senate and I was honored to have supported her re-election. Arizona’s business community stands with policymakers like her who are committed to a quality education system, a strong economy, and sensible government regulations.” 

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