An Arizona border communities roadmap unveiled Tuesday calls for setting up a "Border Brain Trust" to help encourage job creation and attract new business.
The roadmap is an initiative of Gov. Jan Brewer to help capture and grow Arizona's share of cross-border trade and investment.
The plan identifies five opportunities:
Build upon Arizona border community assets.
Form new strategic alliances.
Harness Mexican economic shifts.
Leverage key commercial corridors for market connectivity.
Support emerging business development opportunities.
The roadmap stresses in order for Arizona's border communities to be successful, they must understand "the bi-national economy" and communicate a strong business case.
The plan discusses building on community assets, developing the labor force needed to meet industry demand, and focusing on business sectors that align with the economic vision.
The roadmap process involved a collaborative effort between the Arizona-Mexico Commission, Arizona Commerce Authority, Arizona Department of Transportation, and Arizona Office of Tourism working closely with the communities of Douglas, Nogales, San Luis, Somerton and Yuma.
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