The 108th Arizona Town Hall, held in Tucson from April 24-27, 2016 focused on "Arizona & Mexico" to actively engage diverse participants in panel discussions on how best to leverage economic ties and develop partnerships across Arizona and Mexico for the benefit of the region.
After the event, Eric Marcus, SEDI's Executive Director, was asked to write an opinion-editorial piece, published online and in print on May 26, 2016.
Commentary: "Working together to develop Arizona-Mexico trade"
by Eric Marcus
"Mexico is Arizona's largest trade partner with almost $17 billion worth of goods traded between the two. In 2015, Arizona exports of goods to Mexico totaled $9.2 billion.
"Working together, we can create additional economic opportunities on both sides of the border - and that includes right here in Coconino and Yavapai County.
"At the recent Arizona Town Hall in Tucson, trade with Mexico was the focus of the discussion among more than 120 representatives from a variety of industries, governments and organizations from around the state.
"We learned that we all too often underestimate the Mexican economy. In fact, Mexico's economy is the 15th largest in the world and is projected to become the 6th largest by 2050..."