Arizona Governor Janice Brewer and Sonora Governor Guillermo Padrés Elias met Friday with elected officials and business leaders from Arizona and Sonora at the Arizona-Mexico Commission Plenary Session in Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico. The semi-annual event serves as a platform for meaningful international collaboration between the two states, with the ultimate goal of strengthening the bilateral partnership and enhancing the economic growth and quality of life in the Arizona-Sonora region. Arizona and Sonora also are continuously working together to invest in and improve the infrastructure at ports of entry to greatly facilitate the flow of cross-border trade and travelers. These investments have paid off as 2013 saw a significant increase in cross-border traffic through Arizona’s ports, a total of 48.3 million people compared to the 42.4 million in 2012, a 14% increase in just one year. This is only augmented by the value of goods crossing through the ports, over $28 billion annually.