Scottsdale Rotary Club discusses bridging Mexico, Arizona cultures

From left is Marcos Garay, AMC executive director, Mary Blank, club president, and John Thornton, past club president greeting Rotarians and their guests. (submitted photo)

From left is Marcos Garay, AMC executive director, Mary Blank, club president, and John Thornton, past club president greeting Rotarians and their guests. (submitted photo)

At a meeting held at Scottsdale McCormick’s Lakeside Ballroom, Rotarian John Thornton introduced the Rotary Club of Scottsdale members and guests, to Marcos Garay, executive director of Arizona-Mexico Commission.

In his statement when appointing Mr. Garay, Gov. Doug Ducey noted: “Strengthening Arizona’s relationship with our largest trade partner, Mexico, is an important priority for my administration; with his extensive experience and expertise, Marcos will help us take Arizona’s relationship with Mexico to new levels,” according to a press release.

Mr. Garay’s role at AMC is to connect Mexico to Arizona businesses.

He talked about the many ways businesses can take advantage of opportunities across the border and shared what makes Mexico such an attractive market, according to Mr. Garay:

  • Its proximity to Arizona;
  • Mexico is predicted to be the seventh largest economy by 2050;
  • Stability of Mexico’s currency;
  • Mexico’s GDP growth;
  • Mexico’s business economy already surpasses $1.3 trillion;
  • Mexico has a huge consumer base of 118 million people with a median age of 27;
  • Mexico’s growing middle class and affluent upper class with money to invest;
  • Mexico’s young and increasingly skilled workforce;
  • and, Mexico’s rapid truck and near shoring opportunities.

Mr. Garay encouraged Rotarians to participate in Mexico-U.S. humanitarian international projects. The Rotary Club is already supporting and has plans to complete several water-related, educational and entrepreneurial joint Mexico-U.S. Rotary International projects, the release stated.

For more information visit www.scottsdalerotary.org.

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