The Greater Nogales and Santa Cruz County Port Authority is comprised of seven Charter Member Organizations—each of which is an organization or association that plays an important economic role in the county:
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
The Nogales Santa Cruz County Economic Development Foundation is responsible for oversight of Foreign Trade Zone #60, located in Santa Cruz County, Arizona. Foreign Trade Zones (FTZs) are designed to promote American competitiveness by encouraging companies to maintain and expand their operations in the United States. Federally designated sites encourage U.S.-based operations by removing or reducing tariffs, minimizing processing fees and expediting the transport of goods from the Port of Entry.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection-Office of Field Operations
U.S. Customs and Border Protection-Border Patrol
U.S. General Services Administration
Arizona Department of Transportation
Commercial Corridor Working Group
Consejo Empresarial de Nogales, Sonora
Municipality of Nogales, Sonora
Mexican Consulate General-Nogales, Arizona
U.S. Consulate General-Nogales, Sonora
Nogales-Santa Cruz County Chamber of Commerce