Arizona & Mexico Town Hall
April 27, 2018
Hotel Lucerna
Hermosillo, Sonora

Through the consensus-building process, the diverse participants will actively engage in panel discussions about how best to leverage economic ties and develop partnerships across the border region.

If you are interested in attending, please use the registration link below.

Space is limited.

Date & Attendance Requirements: Participants and guests with gather in the evening on April 26 for an optional social networking dinner. Active participation by each participant during the full day on April 27 is essential. Attendance of the full day is required. Dress code is business casual.

Activities & Meal Programs: Participants spend the bulk of their time participating in facilitated discussions designed to build consensus for future action. Meal programs will feature speakers on the topic.

Thursday, April 26

  • Trolley Tour of Hermosillo - Passengers will be picked up at 6:00 p.m. in Hotel Lucerna's Lobby. The tour will last one hour and passengers will be dropped off at Plaza Zaragoza, which is a three-minute walk to Está Cabral.

  • Social networking dinner at Está Cabral

Friday, April 27

  • Morning Program
    • Special Remarks: Juan Francisco Moreno, Board Member, Private Initiatives Liaison in Hermosillo, Sonora, Arizona-Mexico Commission; Attorney, Gomez del Campo & Moreno LLP; Yamilett Martínez Briseño, General Director, Liaison and International Cooperation Office, Office of Governor Claudia Pavlovich Arellano, State of Sonora
    • Factual Overview: Jonathan Koppell, Dean & Professor, College of Public Service & Community Solutions, Arizona State University
  • Lunch Program
    • Panel Presentation: Gerardo Vázquez, President, INDEX Sonora; Elia Tello, Consul General of the United States of America, Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico
  • Closing dinner at Quinta de Anza

Registration Steps

  1. Online Registration and payment - Space is limited.
  2. Hotel Reservations*
    *The reservation website defaults to Mexican Pesos. To view the rates in USD, click the globe icon in the top right corner of the webpage, select USD and save changes. It will automatically update.
    For assistance with reservations, contact the Arizona Town Hall office by email or by phone.

The last day for refunds for cancellations is Wednesday, April 18, 2018.

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Travel Tips from Arizona to Hermosillo


  • Exchange USD $100 at your local bank or at the border before entering Mexico - this will give you enough monies for likely cash expenses during the trip (e.g. tolls, tips, etc.).
  • Obtain Mexican Car Insurance (Mexpro is a suggestion).
  • Bring your valid U.S. Passport.
  • Bring your valid U.S. Driver's License to show you can lawfully drive a car.
  • Travel during daylight hours is preferred.
  • International travel information for Mexico.


  • Google Maps Route from Tucson.
  • Hermosillo is approximately a 4-hour drive from Tucson and a 6-hour drive from Phoenix.
  • If you are interested in carpooling, please contact the Arizona Town Hall office by phone at (602) 252-9600 or by email at
  • Directions from Tucson: US Highway 19 driving south of Tucson to Exit 4 Mariposa Road. Follow signs to Mariposa Truck crossing driving west 5 kilometers (3 miles) to the border. Cross the border into Mexico via the Mariposa border crossing. Please note it is open from 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. After you cross into Mexico at the Mariposa border crossing, you will be traveling on Mexican Highway 15. Follow the signs to Hermosillo Cuota Mex Highway 15. You will pay three tolls on your way to Hermosillo (Nogales, Magdalena, and Hermosillo). At the KM 21 marker inside Mexico, you will see a large gated parking area on your right-hand side and signage indicating you must stop to obtain a personal tourist permit (which is free). Everyone needs a personal tourist permit. You will need to fill out a form that includes your contact information, passport #, expiration, destination in Mexico, etc. If, during your visit, you do not intend to go further south than Guaymas, you DO NOT need to obtain a permit for your vehicle. For those simply attending the event in Hermosillo, you DO NOT need to obtain a vehicle permit.
    Please note that Highway 15 is currently undergoing major upgrades between the Nogales, Sonora and Santa Ana, Sonora – a 60 mile stretch of highway. The construction work is affecting northbound and southbound lanes of traffic. In many instances, travel is reduced to one lane on each side of the highway or northbound and southbound traffic is directed to travel in adjacent lands on one side of the highway. While there is signage marking the detours, the route can be confusing. Please use caution when driving in the construction areas. After passing through the town of Santa Ana, there is limited or no construction the rest of the drive down to Hermosillo. Given the construction, the drive time from the Mexican border to the venue should be approximately 4 hours.
  • If you are not carpooling with other attendees, the recommended option for transportation to and from the event spots is to request an Uber pickup. Taxis are available as well.

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