Our Work


In partnership with public and private sectors, the strategic mission of the Port Authority is to strengthen the regional economy, improve international trade and spur tourism and community development by making the international ports of entry and surrounding areas the most efficient and effective for generations to come.

Founded in December 2004, the Greater Nogales Santa Cruz County Port Authority (GNSCCPA)—or the Port Authority, for short—brings together the key stakeholders from the Ambos Nogales area together to address issues that impact our ports of entry.

  • Its founding chairman, Terry Shannon, Jr., lead the organization for the first 4 ½ years of the organization, from 2004-2009
  • James B. Manson lead the organization from 2009 to 2012
  • Bruce Bracker lead the organization from 2012 to 2015
  • Current chairman is Guillermo Valencia

We work with local, state, federal and international partners to:

  • Improve Arizona’s largest port facilities
  • Streamline the crossing process at the Nogales ports of entry
  • Enhance economic development in the Nogales-Santa Cruz County region

Board Members

Members of the Port Authority are key decision makers in the region’s economy, shaping the future for Ambos Nogales.

Core Strategies

The Port Authority identified the following core strategies as the bases for its five-year plan:

  • Improve the key ports of entry in all aspects so that they function as effectively and efficiently as possible.
  • Recognizing that the Ports of Entry are key to the region’s economy, act as a strong advocate and champion for nurturing, growing and promoting economic development opportunities and enhancing the quality of life in the region.
  • Improve the Port Authority’s visibility and broaden the understanding of what we do and the impact on the region.
  • Build the capacity to support the community’s vision for the Port Authority and move the goals and objectives forward.

"A Greater Nogales" coalition in partnership with: