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Roadmap Action Plan

This page provides up-to-date information on the progress and steps being taken towards implementing each of the goals in the Roadmap document.

TRADE AND INVESTMENT

Goal #1: Establish Arizona as a leader in High Value Trade and Investment

ACTION PLAN to Expand Global Commerce:  

  1. USE A SUPPLY CHAIN STRATEGY TO FURTHER DEVELOP THE TRADABLE GOODS SECTOR

    Businesses in the tradable sector are highly dependent on the supply chain. Developing supply chains for the industries that Arizona wishes to maintain, grow, and attract is an important strategy. Understanding target industry supply chains can provide insight for business retention and recruitment efforts. There are also growth opportunities at various points in the supply chains, particularly those in manufacturing industries that have re-shored into North America. Linking transportation improvement strategies directly to the supply chain effort is one way to develop this sector.

  2. STRENGTHEN RELATIONSHIPS AND BUSINESS LINKAGES WITH ARIZONA'S KEY TRADE PARTNERS

    In addition to proximity, one of the reasons the trade relationship between Arizona and Mexico is strong is because of Arizona's deep engagement with Mexico on policy, government-to-government relations, collaborative infrastructure planning, and cooperative economic development. The same approach would strengthen sustainable relationships with the state's major domestic trade partners, California and Texas, as well as key international partners such as Canada and the United Kingdom.

  3. ATTRACT A HIGHER PERCENTAGE OF FDI TO ARIZONA

    FDI in Arizona remains a small percentage of the state's total private industry employment. However, with the increase in projects over the past five years, FDI has had a tremendous positive economic impact on Arizona. Arizona's marketing strategy should include increased attention to foreign investment.

  4. DEVELOP MULTIDIRECTIONAL AND MULTIMODAL LOGISTICS HUBS

    Implement policy changes and improvements to ensure Arizona ports of entry and other select locations are strategically positioned to become multidirectional and multimodal logistics hubs.

  5. FACILITATE TRAVELER MOVEMENT FROM MEXICO AND CANADA

    Leverage and expand trusted traveler programs so business visitors and tourists have easy access to the entire state.

  6. DOUBLE ARIZONA'S EXPORTS TO MEXICO BY 2025

    Implementation will require a variety of strategies, but beginning steps include:

    • Implement a strategy to promote and develop the Pacific Western Corridor between the western states of Mexico and the U.S. with the recognition that Arizona is the primary gateway between western Mexico and the U.S.
    • Work with the private sector and Mexican government to reduce the time delays that impact the flow of goods and people at the Querobabi military inspection station in Sonora, a key point along the main highway leading from western Mexico into Arizona.
    • Focus efforts on improvements to older highways in the corridor that slow trade movement.
    • Market the value of the western trade corridor to the private sector, particularly the manufacturing and fresh produce sectors in Mexico.
    •  Identify ways to expedite the processing and value-add potential of fresh produce and other perishable commodities at Arizona's ports of entry.
    • Follow through with current plans by several government entities to open an Arizona trade office in Mexico City, and match those efforts with sufficient additional staffing and marketing in Arizona.
    • Improve Arizona's rail-based trade with Mexico by facilitating an ongoing dialogue between rail service operators, logistics service providers, federal inspection agencies, and industry representatives with the purpose of increasing capacity and finding opportunities for manufactured goods, autos, minerals, and produce to take more advantage of rail. A first step might be a pilot program to ship fresh produce from the Arizona border region to key distribution hubs in the Midwest and/or East Coast.

 

CONNECTIVITY

Goal #2:
Develop an Integrated Transportation System Supportive of Arizona's Economic Goals

ACTION PLAN to Bolster Connectivity to Markets:

  1. SUPPORT KEY COMMERCE CORRIDORS

    The Key Commerce Corridors plan represents Arizona's major statewide transportation initiative for the next 20 years. Essentially, no progress can be made on the Key Commerce Corridors without a reliable and sustainable funding source. In order to make progress, two steps must be taken:

    • The TTCA is the ideal entity to take on the task of educating officials and the public regarding the linkages between high-value trade and investment and critical transportation infrastructure
    • In partnership with other key stakeholders, the TTCA can help to mobilize a broader transportation stakeholder group to explore funding ideas and champion the concept of additional funding for transportation.
  2. BETTER LINKAGE BETWEEN HIGHWAYS, RAIL, AIR, AND SEA FOR CARGO MOVEMENT WITHIN ARIZONA AND ACROSS ITS BORDERS

    The following steps could provide better linkages for improved cargo movement:

    • Develop a rail working group, possibly as part of the Freight Advisory Committee, to address connectivity and long-term improvements.
    • Develop an air cargo working group, similar to the rail group noted above. Action Item 3 below further expands on the issues surrounding air cargo.
    • Use rail, air, and truck availability as part of the Arizona economic development story, adding availability as an asset for attracting and growing export-oriented companies.
    • Promote freight-related economic development opportunities in the Sun Corridor, the central Arizona region encompassing the state's most populated cities and metropolitan areas, by assessing the existing global supply chain, identifying value-added opportunities, and developing a freight framework that diversifies the regional economic base.
  3. DEVELOP AN AIR CARGO STRATEGY FOCUSING ON THE ROLE PLAYED BY AIR CARGO IN BUILDING A HIGH-VALUE TRADABLE GOODS SECTOR

    Develop a working group consisting of airports, cargo personnel from passenger airlines, air cargo carriers such as UPS and FedEx, shippers, and manufacturers who specialize in high-value goods. Work with the state's larger airports on a long-term strategy for additional air cargo service. Include international air freight in the strategy, both by encouraging direct service and by leveraging availability in California.

  4. USE CREATIVE STRATEGIES TO HELP FUND TRANSPORTATION IMPROVEMENTS AND CAPACITY

    Arizona must identify and pursue new ideas to fund, finance, and allocate revenues for transportation improvements. Creative ideas for an era of reduced federal funding include new state and local revenue sources, private infrastructure, P3s, user fees, local funding, and high-impact, low-cost projects to meet infrastructure needs.

  5. ENSURE A SAFE, RELIABLE TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM TO SUPPORT TRADE

    Ensuring that Arizona has a safe, reliable, and adequate road transportation system to support trade is the responsibility of ADOT. Although the state's rail lines are owned and managed by private parties, ADOT and other state and local agencies continually work with these private ventures to ensure seamless multimodal connections. While the major airports statewide are operated by local governments or authorities, ADOT and other state agencies also work with these airport operators to ensure seamless multimodal connections between ground and air transport. By serving as a facilitator and convener, ADOT can help ensure that the modes are communicating and working together in support of a transportation system that enables trade.

  6. IMPROVE AIR SERVICE BETWEEN ARIZONA AND MEXICO

    Arizona and Mexico would both benefit from additional passenger and cargo service. For example, the state of Sinaloa, Mexico, which is the source of much of Arizona's multi-million-dollar produce industry, currently has no direct air service to any Arizona city. Arizona needs a coordinated approach for improved cargo, business travel, and tourism service from more Mexican destinations.

  7. DEVELOP A STRATEGY TO BRING MORE PRIVATE CAPITAL INTO THE STATE TO ENCOURAGE ADDITIONAL INVESTMENT IN ALL TRANSPORTATION MODES AND IN FACILITIES SUCH AS MULTIMODAL LOGISTICS HUBS AND INLAND PORTS

    A clear plan of action that delineates Arizona's needs, supported by appropriate policies and consistent marketing, can bring the necessary private investment into the state in support of economic development goals.

 

ALIGNMENT

Goal #3:
Ensure Alignment of Arizona's Vision for Transportation and Trade

ACTION PLAN to Ensure Strategic Alignment

  1. STRENGTHEN THE ARIZONA BRAND AS A LOCATION FOR INVESTMENTS

    Identify and assess those factors that attract existing foreign companies into the state and identify common strengths and prevalent factors to build upon for future attraction efforts.

  2. IDENTIFY, DEVELOP, AND MAINTAIN GOOD DATA

    Determine key data points in support of the TTCA efforts to implement the Roadmap by identifying and pursuing data sources and maintaining the data set to ensure its ongoing relevance.

  3. BECOME ADVOCATES FOR TRADE AND TRANSPORTATION

    Take the key messages established in the Roadmap and carry them consistently to elected officials at all levels, stakeholders, and the media. Use a variety of venues to discuss the importance of the tradable goods sector, the need to grow exports, and the role of a robust transportation system in supporting a vibrant economy.

  4. DEFINE RETURN ON INVESTMENT (ROI)

    TTCA needs to define the market opportunities and define the projected ROI in our trade initiatives for the media, general public, and elected officials.