Mayor Visits Guaymas; Meets with Mexican Officials
Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild traveled to Mexico recently to help celebrate the opening of Mexico Sen. Claudia Arellano Pavlovich’s new constituent services office in Guaymas, Sonora. After the event, the mayor met with the senator to discuss his future trip to Mexico City to strengthen ties there.
The mayor’s visit to Mexico was also an opportunity to learn about investment at the Port of Guaymas and what it means for future business opportunities.
The two-day trip was the latest in a series of mayoral visits to Mexico to help improve relations and foster economic development between Arizona and Mexico.
“As always, our short trip to Mexico was productive,” said Mayor Rothschild. “I learned a great deal about the Guaymas Port expansion and made valuable contacts to help bring business from Mexico to Tucson.”
Rothschild and Nogales, Ariz. Mayor Arturo Garino were the only two U.S. officials on the trip and Mexican officials expressed appreciation for their presence.
As part of the two-day visit to Mexico, Mayor Rothschild met with several officials, including Guaymas Mayor Otto Claussen, Port of Guaymas Director José Luis Castro Ibarra and The Offshore Group’s Executive Vice President of Operations, Carlos Espriu.
Port of Tucson Expands Operations
The multi-modal rail facility known as the Port of Tucson recently added more miles of track and gained the ability to service international ocean shipping containers, giving the Tucson region more options when it comes to shipments via rail.
The international facility, located near Kolb Road and Interstate 10, creates more economic opportunities for Tucson, which now has the ability to process shipments to and from Asia directly, via rail through California ports.
Previously, exports bound for countries like Japan – such as produce from Mexico – would have to be repackaged into another shipping container in the United States and then trucked to a rail hub for transport to be repacked into yet another container when it arrived for the shipyard in Long Beach. Eliminating one of those steps at the Port of Tucson saves on overall handling costs for companies shipping the items.
“Having the Port of Tucson available for importers and exporters and having it located in both a Foreign Trade Zone and a State of Arizona Enterprise Zone, make Tucson and Southern Arizona much more attractive places to do business for companies that rely on import/export,” said Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild. “Along with biotech, IT, optics, solar, and other industries active in our region, I see logistics as becoming another industry cluster – one which benefits our economy directly and through the many advantages it provides local businesses.”
The Port of Tucson is owned and operated by Alan Levin and his family.
Meet Juan Padrés, Economic Development Specialist for International Trade
Recognizing the importance of developing Tucson’s relationship with Mexico, Mayor Jonathan Rothschild and the Tucson City Council recently directed the City Manager to hire an Economic Development Specialist for International Trade. Juan Francisco Padrés assumed that role in February.
“I hope to accomplish a great relationship with our counterparts in Mexico and ultimately increase employment in Tucson,” Padres said.
Padrés previously was employed at JPMorgan Chase in Phoenix and has many ties to Tucson, including earning both his undergraduate and Masters of Business Administration degrees from the University of Arizona. A native of Nogales, Sonora, Padrés maintains relationships in Mexico.
Padrés duties include directing foreign investment from Mexico to Tucson, assisting Tucson businesses wanting to expand operations into Mexico and identifying economic opportunities with Mexico and other countries.
Contact Juan Padrés at (520) 837-4079 or email Juan.Padres@tucsonaz.gov
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Annexation Benefits City of Tucson and its Residents
Annexation is a process cities follow to add adjacent land and properties to their jurisdictions. It benefits both the city and its population. Adding residents to the City of Tucson helps bring funds into our community, since state-shared revenue to cities is calculated based on population within the jurisdictions to pay for services, such as police, fire, parks and recreation and transportation.
With an incorporated valley, governments in the region get back more of their tax dollars, meaning more services and lower property taxes.
Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild says Tucson loses about $70 million each year, because of people living in unincorporated areas in Pima County, outside of city limits. The role of counties, as set forth in state statute, does not change with annexation. Visit our annexation page for more information or download the annexation brochure.