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Partnership aims to spur business in AZ-Sonoran region

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An initiative called Global Advantage hopes to recruit technology companies from around the world to do business in the Arizona-Sonora region.

Gov. Jan Brewer and Sonora Gov. Guillermo Padrés announced the new partnership Wednesday. It is a collaboration between the University of Arizona Tech Parks and the Offshore Group.

"This venture will foster economic development and create jobs for Arizona and Sonora while attracting business investment worldwide," Brewer said.

Under the program, Global Advantage will allow companies to conduct advanced research and development at Tech Parks Arizona and provide high-tech manufacturing capabilities, administrative and support services and access to a skilled work force at one of the Offshore Group's facilities in Sonora.

"This partnership enables Arizona and Sonora to become a single region, working together not as two separate states, or countries, but as a single, unified economic region," said Padrés.

Later this year, the governors will lead a business and trade mission to Israel to meet with companies looking to become Global Advantage clients.

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