Tuesday, January 22, 2013

City of Tucson Hires International Economic Development Specialist


The City of Tucson is pleased to announce the hiring of Juan Francisco
Padrés as the new Economic Development Specialist for International
Trade.  This new position fulfills Mayor and Council's directive to
further the City's trade position with Mexico and other countries.

Vice Mayor Regina Romero said, "I am very happy.  This is an
important step for the City of Tucson.  The Mayor and Council
the importance of developing our business relationship with Mexico.
is an important economic development step for the City of Tucson and I
look forward to a productive relationship with Mr. Padrés.

Mr. Padrés currently works for a major bank in the Phoenix area, but
has many ties to Tucson including both undergraduate and Master of
Business Administration degrees from the University of Arizona.  Mr.
Padrés also owned a small business in Tucson giving him first-hand
experience with government regulations and permitting.  A native of
Nogales, Sonora, Mr. Padrés maintains many important relationships in

"It's a great opportunity for the City of Tucson for long term
sustainability," said Ward 5 Council Member Richard Fimbres.  "We
now have to compete globally and this is a move in the right

As Economic Development Specialist for International Trade, Mr. Padrés
duties will include increasing direct foreign investment from Mexico
in Tucson, assisting Tucson businesses to expand their operations into
Mexico, and identifying economic opportunities with other countries in
addition to Mexico. Mr. Padrés will begin his appointment on February
4, 2013 as part of the City Manager's office of Economic Initiatives.