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Aug 3, 2013 1:26 AM by Sam Salzwedel

Business and government leaders visiting Mexico to expand economy

TUCSON - Mayor Jonathan Rothschild just returned from a trip to Mexico City to encourage economic relations.

He called it a "trade mission" and said it was a success.

"They also now understand that by paying attention and mutually working with our country," Rothschild said. "There's great opportunity to make both of our regions much more prosperous."

Bruce Bracker owns a chain of department stores in Nogales. He depends on Sonorans for about 80% of his business, so he is glad to see the mayor working on trade.

"We're there. We're knocking on their doors. We're very visible," Bracker said. "And I think it's a really positive step."

He also serves on the board for the Greater Nogales Santa Cruz County Port Authority, advocating for the region's economic interests.

"We want that truck traffic, that train traffic," Bracker said. "We want that to come through our state, because when it does, it creates jobs in our state."

Rothschild is hopeful the trade will grow more because Mexico's Port of Guaymas is expanding. The city is about 260 miles south of Nogales and receiving freight from Asia.

The Arizona Department of Transportation is working to make traffic flow more smoothly from Highway 189 to Interstate 19. That is the route trucks take from the Mariposa Port of Entry.

Mexico is working on their Highway 15, which runs into the port.

The ports have more infrastructure than manpower, according to Bracker. He wants more agents to move traffic. Arizona does not control that, but Bracker hopes the state's congressional delegation can encourage it.


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