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

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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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Ruben Alvarez Appointed to Phoenix Community Alliance Board

Ruben Alvarez was recently appointed to the Phoenix Community Alliance’s Executive Committee and Board of Directors. The Phoenix Community Alliance (PCA) is the premier business leadership organization that has been at the forefront of development in Downtown Phoenix for over 30 years. The organization articulates the vision of Greater Downtown Phoenix by formulating public policy and shaping key messages for the benefit of the city, state, and the entire region. As the advocacy affiliate of Downtown Phoenix Inc., the PCA provides engagement opportunities that link key stakeholders, identify synergies across sectors, foster collaboration, and connect key decision makers to resources and potential partners. Its membership consists of companies of all sizes, retail establishments, private professionals, and other community-based organizations helping to shape the future of Phoenix. For more information about PCA, please visit

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AMC Plenary Focuses on Arizona-Sonora Megaregion

U.S. Consul General in Hermosillo Karen Ogle & MA VP James Ahlers

Molera Alvarez participated in the plenary session of the Comision Sonora-Arizona/Arizona-Mexico Commission in Hermosillo, Sonora on December 1-2, 2016, representing the City of Phoenix in the cross-border meeting of Governors Doug Ducey and Claudia Pavlovich. VP of Global Affairs and General Counsel James Ahlers attended along with the City of Phoenix Hermosillo representative, Antonio Proto, and Hank Marshall, Executive Officer in the City of Phoenix Community and Economic Development Division. In addition to the two Governors and hundreds of public and private sector leaders from Arizona and Sonora, the meeting featured the participation of Mexico’s Foreign Affairs Secretary, Claudia Ruiz Massieu, and Mexico’s Secretary of the Economy, Ildefonso Guajardo Villareal. The event focused on bilateral efforts to leverage the assets of the Arizona-Sonora Megaregion.

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Molera Alvarez Partner Introduces U.S. Senator Flake at Chamber Board Retreat

Jaime A. Molera was given the great honor of introducing U.S. Senator Jeff Flake at the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Board of Director’s retreat.  Molera said, “Senator Flake is a long-time friend and I think the world of both him and his lovely wife Cheryl.  But more importantly, our business community needs to better understand the tremendous job he does for us as our Senator. Between him and John McCain, I believe Arizona has the best Senate team in the country.”   

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City of Phoenix Mexico Team Featured in Correo Magazine

Hank Marshall of City of Phoenix Community and Economic Development Division was featured in Sonora, Mexico-based Correo Magazine discussing the potential of the Arizona-Sonora Megaregion, particularly following the announcement of the Lucid Motors plant to be located in Casa Grande, Arizona. Also featured was Molera Alvarez VP of Global Affairs and General Counsel James Ahlers, as Mexico Trade Representative for the City of Phoenix, discussing the competitive advantages Arizona possesses due to its proximity to Mexico.

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Phoenix Entrepreneurship Panel Moderated by James Ahlers

Molera Alvarez VP of Global Affairs and General Counsel James Ahlers moderated a panel of experts on entrepreneurship at the VerdeXchange Conference in Tempe, Arizona, on December 8. The round table on “Phoenix as a Regional Tech Hub” featured Mayor Greg Stanton in a discussion of how Phoenix can define itself as a draw for entrepreneurs from around the globe. The other panelists were: Alicia Marseille, Program Manager, Arizona Women’s Education & Employment Inc., and Founder, WEGROW Phoenix; Tim Kelley, Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship and Economics, Grand Canyon University; and Ana Greif, President, Varela Consulting LLC.

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We have BIG news!

PrintWe are very excited to announce we will be relocating to a brand-new office space effective November 21, 2016! We will soon be located at 5343 N. 16th St. Suite 240 Phoenix, AZ 85016, which is on 16th St. and Missouri Ave. Our new office will be shared with the team at Urias Communications to better collaborate on CoNecs North America projects!

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