The Arizona-Mexico Commission (AMC), is a public/private, membership-driven, 501(c)(4) non-profit organization that formulates programs and action items impacting the relationship between Arizona, Mexico, and Latin America.
Chaired by the Governor of Arizona, the AMC works to “to improve the economic well-being and quality of life for the citizens of Arizona by promoting a strong, cooperative relationship with Mexico and Latin America through advocacy, trade, networking and information.” The AMC headquarters office is located within the Arizona State Capitol building in Phoenix, Arizona.
The Arizona-Mexico Commission was originally founded in March 1959 as the Arizona-Mexico West Trade Commission by Governor Paul J. Fannin and his Sonoran counterpart, Alvaro Obregon Tapia, at the University of Arizona's first Arizona-Sonora International Conference on Regional Development.
In 1972, Arizona Governor Jack Williams, announced the restructuring of the Arizona-Mexico West Coast Commission into the present-day AMC, establishing a formal mechanism under the Office of the Governor that promotes greater private sector involvement in the Arizona-Mexico relationship. With this transformation came the creation of six bilateral committees: Trade, Tourism, Banking and Finances, Health, Agriculture, and Livestock.
Two years later, in July 1974, in Guaymas, Sonora, these committees met formally at the first Plenary Session between the AMC and its sister organization, the Comisión Sonora-Arizona. (CSA). Since then, the AMC and the CSA have held bi-annual plenary sessions, alternating in location between Sonora and Arizona, to discuss and collaborate on programs targeting the vital relationships shared between the two states.
Chaired by the Governor of Arizona, the AMC is governed by an Executive Committee, a Board of Directors with approximately 20 members, and a membership of hundreds.
The AMC consists of 15 working committees in the following fields: Agribusiness; Art and Culture; Economic Development; Education; Emergency Management; Energy; Environment; Financial, Business, and Legal Services; Health Services; Real Estate; Security; Tourism; Transportation, Infrastructure, and Ports; Water; and Sports. Each committee is led by both a private and a public co-chair.
- 2011: The AMC signs “A Shared Vision for Arizona and Sonora.”
- 2007: Supported by the work of the AMC Emergency Management Committee, Arizona acquires a web-based alert and notification system now available to the State of Sonora and its communities.
- 2004: AMC Transportation Committee investigates and assesses the viability of the Port of Guaymas as a maritime addition to the CANAMEX Trade Corridor.
- 1996: The AMC puts forth recommendation and advocates for the creation of the CANAMEX Trade Corridor.
- 1994: Support by petitions from the AMC, the President of the U.S. and Department of the Interior resume and complete the Central Arizona Project.
- 1993: In collaboration with the University of Arizona, the AMC creates the Arizona Economic Indicators Report.
- Arizona-Mexico Commission Member Handbook & Directory 2006, AZMC, State Capitol, Phoenix, Arizona, 2006.
- Introduction to AMC. http://www.azmc.org/about/introduction-to-amc/
- AMC Committees. http://www.azmc.org/committees/
- A Shared Vision. http://www.azmc.org/news-resources/a-shared-vision/