The Greater Nogales and Santa Cruz County Port Authority is comprised of eight Charter Members—each of which is an organization or association that plays an important economic role in the county:
Board of Directors
The Port Authority’s affairs are directed by a Board of Directors, which consists of one person appointed by each of the Charter Members:
City of Nogales: Mayor Arturo Garino
Fresh Produce Association of the Americas: Allison Moore
Economic Development Foundation: Terry Shannon, Jr.
Nogales Community Development Corporation: Bruce Bracker
Nogales-Santa Cruz County Chamber of Commerce: Gustavo Acosta
Nogales U.S. Custom Brokers Association, Inc.: James B Manson
Santa Cruz County, Arizona: Rudy "Bugs" Molera
Santa Cruz Tourism Council: Fred Johnson
Asociación de Maquiladoras de Sonora: Les Harris
In addition to the Board of Directors, there is an elected governing body of officers that oversees the Port Authority. They are as follows:
Chairman: James B Manson
Vice Chairman: The Honorable Arturo Garino
Secretary: Bruce Bracker
Treasurer: Allison Moore
City of Nogales (http://www.cityofnogales.net)
The City of Nogales is dedicated to delivering responsive services that address our diverse community's needs and enhance the quality of life. The City of Nogales accomplishes this through fiscal discipline, continuous improvement, straight-forward communication, wise stewardship of resources, and excellent customer service.
Fresh Produce Association of the Americas (FPAA) (www.freshfrommexico.com)
Founded in 1944, the FPAA is a non-profit association of family-run businesses based in Nogales, Arizona. The FPAA is dedicated to helping member companies grow, harvest, market, and import fresh, flavorful produce from Mexico. They make sure that grocers, foodservice managers, and restaurateurs across America receive a cornucopia of delicious produce. From point of sale promotions to lobbying efforts at national and state levels, the FPAA is committed to representing the needs and interests of the produce industry.
Nogales Alliance: Port of the Future (www.nogalesalliance.org)
The Nogales Alliance: Port of the Future was formed to unite the business, trade, and manufacturing sectors to improve the economic well-being of the community and the quality of life of its citizens. The Nogales Alliance: Port of the Future was instrumental in pushing forward the vision of a Port Authority for Nogales and Santa Cruz County. Occupying an important bridge between government and the private sector, the Nogales Alliance: Port of the Future promotes private sector leadership and private-public sector cooperation. The organization facilitates network development and services to advance economic growth, education, and quality of life.
Nogales Community Development Corporation (http://www.nogalescdc.org)
The Nogales Community Development Corporation was formed in an effort to support and encourage economic and community development in Nogales and Santa Cruz County through building partnerships with local organizations. Their mission is: to help small businesses realize their potential through marketing assistance, business planning, and access to technology; and to help individuals realize self-sufficiency through financial literacy, individual development accounts, and home counseling, creating economic opportunities.
Nogales-Santa Cruz County Chamber of Commerce (www.thenogaleschamber.com)
The Nogales-Santa Cruz County Chamber of Commerce is an active advocate for business in the community. They are integrally involved in promoting business-friendly legislation. In addition, they are a leader in promoting the region. The chamber’s activities and initiatives are responsible for increasing revenues to the area. Some of their key initiatives include: The Governor's 2001 Rural Development Conference, The Bi-National Group for Bridges and Border Crossings, Commission Borderwalk reception and public forum, The 2001 Discover Santa Cruz County Visitor Guide, Custom County and City Map, Business Directory, and an Enterprise Fair.
Nogales U.S. Custom Brokers Association, Inc.
In Santa Cruz County, the Nogales US Customs Brokers Association plays a vital role as the liaison between US Customs and the private broker’s businesses, disseminating the latest regulations and requirements. Post 9/11, the need for accurate information is even greater with tightened responsibility falling on Transportation companies. The Nogales US Customs Brokers Association has approximately 16 member businesses that primarily deal with the logistics of moving goods across the border for the Produce and Maquiladora industries.
Santa Cruz County, Arizona (www.co.santa-cruz.az.us)
Santa Cruz County is Arizona’s smallest county but it has so much to offer it is quickly becoming known as one of the best places to live in the United States. Situated in one of the southwest’s most desirable markets to relocate, the county government is committed to managing smart growth, encouraging a healthy business climate, training our workforce, educating students of all ages, and in general, developing community plans that recognize the uniqueness of Santa Cruz County and its sub-regions.
Santa Cruz Tourism Council (www.toursantacruz.com)
A membership-based 501(c)6 organization that is dedicated to promoting tourism in the Santa Cruz Valley of Arizona through development of regional marketing tools and support of tourism-related industries. Membership connects businesses with one of the region’s strongest tourism networks. The organization does business as the Tubac-Santa Cruz Visitor Center with a visitor location in Tubac that serves as an official Arizona Office of Tourism Visitor Center. In addition, the Santa Cruz Tourism Council works with Arizona Office of Tourism to attract visitors from around the world and direct them to Santa Cruz Valley member destinations and services. They partnership with visitor centers throughout all of Santa Cruz County so that visitors to our county to encourage extended stays in the region.
Asociación de Maquiladoras de Sonora (www.amsnogales.com.mx)
The Maquila Association of Sonora represents all export-oriented manufacturing operations in the state of Sonora, principally located at the municipalities of Nogales, Agua Prieta, San Luis Rio Colorado, Hermosillo and Empalme. The industry represents an estimated annual payroll of $700 million and over $20 billion of imports and exports between Sonora and the United States. They produce products from simple wire harnesses and doors to automobiles and sophisticated avionic components.