San Luis, Arizona — Business and Government leaders from the Yuma County gathered in Yuma, Arizona on October 10, 2018, for the Arizona-Mexico Commission (AMC) Gateway to Arizona Yuma-San Luis. Among those in attendance were Mayor Gerardo Sanchez, Vice Mayor Maria Cecilia Ramos, City Manager Tadeo A. De La Hoya alongside Mayor Douglas Nicholls of the City of Yuma and Mayor Cecilia McCollough of the Town of Wellton.
This event came together after the 2018 AMC Annual Summit that happened back in June, in which the potential of displaying and celebrating the importance and uniqueness of all Arizona- Mexico Border Communities was discussed. During the AMC Gateway to Yuma-San Luis, a panel discussion took place with state and local officials including Mr. Kirk Adams, Chief of Staff to Governor Ducey, Ms. Jessica Pacheco, AMC Board President, and Mr. George Hammond, University of Arizona Research Center Director took place. This panel focused on topics such as the growth of new trade and economic policies on both sides of the border, the need of infrastructure improvement at the current Ports of Entries, and the importance of the communities’ communication with Governor Doug Ducey.
“It is crucial for Arizona to have a working relationship with Mexico,” said Mayor Gerardo Sanchez. “As much as it is crucial it is a vital part of our community. Events like this that focus on the working relationship and development of our border communities are key elements in the growth of our city and state,” he added.