PHOENIX (August 20, 2018)—Cross-border opportunities to improve the economies of Arizona and Sonora will be the focus of an Ari-Son Megaregion meeting tomorrow that brings together Valley mayors and recently elected Sonoran officials.

The parties will meet at the Phoenician Resort Tuesday, August 21, 2018, to discuss the impact of Mexico’s recent presidential election and to share updates on tourism and other economic development initiatives. The agenda will include a welcome by Juan Ciscomani, senior advisor to Governor Doug Ducey on regional and international affairs, as well as remarks by Queen Creek Mayor Gail Barney, who chairs the Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG).

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"It is important to continue to build communication bridges between Arizona and Sonora," said Mayor Barney. "We look forward to learning more about the newly elected leadership in Sonora and how we can best work with them to increase economic development in both our regions."

Agenda topics will include “Mexico’s New Frontier," a look at the impact of recent elections and the National Regeneration Movement, and a discussion of SkyBridge Arizona, the nation’s first international air cargo hub to house both Mexican and United States customs. The service will be operated out of Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport and will enable e-commerce companies, manufacturers and other commercial interests conducting business in Mexico and Latin America to more efficiently transport goods between countries.

The Ari-Son Megaregion meeting will begin at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, August 21, in the Grand Ballroom of the Phoenician Resort, 6000 East Camelback Road, Phoenix. The meeting takes place during the annual conference of the League of Arizona Cities and Towns.

Along with Mr. Ciscomani and Mayor Barney, speakers will include Mesa Vice Mayor David Luna; Intermestic Partners President and CEO Marco Lopez; Ramirez Advisors International President Luis Ramirez; Arizona Commerce Authority Senior Vice President Marisa Walker; Visit Tucson Executive Vice President Felipe Garcia; Arizona Lodging and Tourism Association Executive Vice President David Drennon; and Buckeye Mayor Jackie Meck, who chairs the MAG Economic Development Committee.

An optional economic development tour will follow the meeting, with visits to ASU Skysong and Galvanize, a Phoenix incubator for companies building tech-enabled innovations.

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