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Transportation and Trade Corridor Alliance completes strategic Roadmap

Plan outlines job growth, trade, economic development through infrastructure
July 11, 2014

PHOENIX – As announced at the recent Arizona-Mexico Commission Plenary Session, the Transportation and Trade Corridor Alliance completed its Roadmap, a comprehensive document designed to support moving Arizona toward a more globally competitive second century, focused on high-value trade and investment, market connectivity, and alignment of policy and actions. The Roadmap was constructed by a group of experts from the public and private sectors, brought together by Governor Jan Brewer to develop a plan to position Arizona in a fast-growing global marketplace.

The result of more than a year of work, the TTCA Roadmap makes a clear case for the need to continue to add modern and efficient transportation infrastructure to ensure Arizona’s connectivity to both domestic and global markets. This infrastructure connectivity provides the means to attract new businesses and industries, create jobs, foster trade and economic development, and secure investment and new wealth.

The entire TTCA Roadmap can be found at azttca.org/PDF/Roadmap.pdf.

“I am proud to unveil this Roadmap while underscoring the time and talent that went into developing this plan for Arizona’s future,” said John Halikowski, the director of the Arizona Department of Transportation and the co-chair of the Transportation and Trade Corridor Alliance. “It is critical that we view transportation as a necessary investment to position Arizona for global competitiveness and success. The Roadmap ties together economic development and transportation to promote trade and job growth, capitalizing on our competitive advantages of doing business in Arizona.”

The Transportation and Trade Corridor Alliance was created in 2012 at the direction of Governor Brewer. Halikowski co-chairs the TTCA Steering Committee with former Arizona Congressman Jim Kolbe. Serving as vice chairs are Margie Emmermann, executive director of the Arizona-Mexico Commission and the governor’s policy advisor for Mexico and Latin America, and Sandra Watson, president and CEO of the Arizona Commerce Authority. Other leaders from the transportation and business communities head up the five TTCA subcommittees: Freight; Trade and Economic Development; Education and Communication; Logistics and Supply Chain Development; and Mexico and Ports of Entry. TTCA leaders recognize that these key partnerships must reach out across the public and private sectors to accomplish the objectives set out in the Roadmap.

“The TTCA’s aggressive goal to double trade with global markets was developed as a statewide goal with input from broad-based community leaders,” said Emmermann. “It is clearly understood this goal has a much greater chance of success if we truly align efforts statewide. The TTCA is committed to partnering with all entities to strengthen Arizona’s position as a globally competitive force.”

Arizona’s opportunities are in tradable goods and services to both domestic and foreign markets. The Roadmap outlines how connectivity to these markets will help ensure Arizona’s success in the global marketplace and will facilitate an export-based economy for our state. Arizona sits in the middle of an economically powerful mega-region with accessibility to three dynamic world-class markets: Southern California, central Texas and northern Mexico. It is this advantageous location for Arizona that provides the opportunity for stronger north-south and east-west connections to major markets through existing and future transportation infrastructure.

“The TTCA Roadmap represents a significant step forward in the linkage of trade and its role as an economic driver for Arizona, and the needed transportation system to support and grow that trade,” said Kolbe. “In a world that is increasingly global in nature, supply chains are far flung and more numerous than ever.  The Roadmap provides a useful tool for business and political leaders to understand how these supply chains can be integrated with the transportation infrastructure to grow the economy and improve lives for all Arizonans.”

The TTCA Roadmap supports a plan to invest $20 billion over 20 years to improve Arizona’s existing transportation infrastructure while adding new infrastructure, focusing on Key Commerce Corridors. TTCA leaders maintain it’s this investment in infrastructure that will create the opportunity for robust connectivity. Leaders recognize that investment and connectivity is critical in order to reach a major goal set out in the Roadmap — double Arizona’s trade with Mexico and other global markets by 2025, while solidifying Arizona’s accessibility and global competitiveness.

“The TTCA Roadmap sets the long-term vision for maximizing Arizona’s infrastructure assets and strategic advantages for global business,” said Watson. “By aligning public and private sector goals, we are creating a foundation to strengthen our transportation infrastructure system and bolster Arizona’s connectivity to international markets. This will reinforce Arizona’s standing as a hub for global commerce, increase international export trade and attract new foreign direct investment into our statewide economy.”

For more on the Transportation and Trade Corridor Alliance, visit azttca.org