TUCSON - Nine representatives from Tucson area agencies traveled to Guadalajara, Mexico, last month to finalize an agreement that promotes economic development in both areas.
The agreement was two years in the making, said John D. Grabo, director of marketing and international programs at University of Arizona's Office of Economic Development.
The agreement was signed by the UA Global Advantage program and Cadena Productiva de la Electronica, A.C.
It makes the two cities preferred but not exclusive partners, Grabo said.
"What it does from an economic development standpoint is give a preferred status to Guadalajara to co-develop programs that will stimulate the economies on both sides of the border," Grabo said.
The agreement calls for promoting university collaboration for technology commercialization, advancing tourism and conducting joint marketing efforts.
"One example is the two cities are both pursuing inland port initiatives and sharing information on how best to accomplish that," Grabo said. Inland port proposals include warehouses, distribution and light manufacturing.
International trade was identified as a growth opportunity in a regional economic development plan unveiled in March 2007.
Other area groups participating in the agreement include Tucson Regional Economic Opportunities inc., the Tucson Chamber of Commerce, the Metropolitan Tucson Convention and Visitors Bureau and Tucson Airport Authority.