|Founded||June 15, 1972|
|Legal status||501(c)(4) nonprofit organization|
|Headquarters||Phoenix, Arizona, United States|
|Mission||To improve the economic prosperity and quality of life for the residents of Arizona through a strong public/private collaborations in advocacy, trade, networking, and information.|
|Arizona-Mexico West Trade Commission|
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 and Mexico.
Chaired by the Governor of Arizona, the AMC works to “improve the economic prosperity and quality of life for all Arizonans through strong, public/private collaborations in advocacy, trade, networking and information..” The AMC headquarters office was previously located in the Arizona State Capitol building and is now part of the Governor’s Economic Opportunity Office located in Phoenix, Arizona.
As of February 2017, Jessica Pacheco serves as the Board President and Marcos Garay serves as Executive Director.
The Arizona-Mexico Commission was 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.
The AMC consists of 13 working committees in the following fields: Agribusiness & Wildlife; Art and Culture; Economic Development; Education; Emergency Management; Energy; Environment & Water; Financial, and Legal Services; Health Services; Real Estate; Security; Tourism; Transportation, Infrastructure, and Ports; and Sports (Ad-Hoc). 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". Arizona Corporation Commission. Accessed on April 18, 2016.
- "Form 990: Return of Organization Exempt from Income Tax". Arizona-Mexico Commission. Guidestar. December 31, 2013.
- Arizona-Mexico Commission Member Handbook & Directory 2006, AZMC, State Capitol, Phoenix, Arizona, 2006.
- Introduction to AMC. http://www.azmc.org/about/i
- AMC Committees. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-04-22. Retrieved 2012-10-19.
- A Shared Vision. http://www.azmc.org/news-resources/a-shared-vision/