On June 9, Gerardo Anaya, Mayor of Somerton, Arizona, and Jorge Pivac, Mayor of Puerto Peñasco, Sonora, signed the ratification of the sisterhood agreement between their cities.
The ceremony was held within the framework of the “2022 Sonora Regional Fishing and Aquaculture Festival”, organized by the Intercultural Center for the Study of Deserts and Oceans (CEDO), in Puerto Peñasco, Sonora.
Among the authorities and regional leaders who accompanied the mayors during the ceremony were Jerry Cabrera, Administrator of the Mayor’s Office of Somerton, AZ; Jorge Lozano, Attorney for the Mayor of Somerton, AZ; Marlene Lara, Director of Economic Development for Somerton, AZ; Omar Saenz, Director of Tourism of Puerto Peñasco, Sonora; Maritza Montijo, Director of Cabinet and Government Affairs of the Municipality of Puerto Peñasco, Sonora; Pablo Pérez, representative of the US Consulate General in Nogales, Sonora; Nélida Barajas, Executive Director of CEDO and Nazzer Méndez, Director Executive of 4FrontED.
The ratification of the agreement is to strengthen the following areas:
Cooperation on issues of economic development, public health, culture, tourism, and education.
Share information on good governance practices, public works, transportation, technology, infrastructure, and housing.
Support on issues related to the environment, energy conservation, and the green economy.
“We are renewing this agreement to exchange ideas that can help our communities grow, promote our events together, as well as the tourist offer we have,” said Gerardo Anaya, Mayor of Somerton, Arizona.
“Peñasco will continue to be a bridge for economic, tourism, and infrastructure development for the mega-region that includes Sonora, Arizona, and Baja California,” said Jorge Pivac, Mayor of Puerto Peñasco, Sonora.
4FrontED is a binational initiative that promotes economic development, infrastructure, tourism, and education in the binational megaregion that includes Yuma County, Arizona; Imperial County, California; San Luis Rio Colorado, Sonora, and Mexicali, Baja California.