Phoenix Mayor and Arizona Leaders Discussed Mexico's Economic Impact on the Southwest in June 4th Panel Event

PHOENIX, June 12, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Azteca Phoenix 41, Fundación Azteca America and Zócalo Public Square brought together Phoenix business and community leaders for a panel discussion at the Heard Museum on June 4TH, welcoming an audience of clients, local leaders and community members for an open discussion on what Mexico's economic growth means for the Southwest. Azteca's partnership with Zócalo underscores the network's ongoing commitment to inform and serve the U.S. Hispanic audience through a series of free public discussions to engage and inform those in Azteca station cities.

Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton, Héctor Romero, CEO at Signum Research, and Margie A. Emmermann, former Arizona-Mexico Commission Executive Director engaged in a thought-provoking conversation around the important local issues of U.S.-Mexico relations and the effects of Mexico's growth on Arizona – economically, socially and culturally. The panel was moderated by Fernanda Santos, Phoenix Bureau Chief at The New York Times.

Select quotes from the panel follow:

  • "Mexico has more free trade agreements than any other country in the world. We could learn from that in the U.S." – Greg Stanton, Phoenix Mayor
  • "Where universities lead, politicians follow. Arizona State University is doing a great job with university partnerships in Mexico." – Greg Stanton, Phoenix Mayor
  • "I want America to stay the greatest economy in the world." Greg Stanton, Phoenix Mayor
  • "We need to think bigger in all of North America. We need to be a trading block to compete globally." – Margie A. Emmermann, former Arizona-Mexico Commission Executive Director

The next panel will be taking place in Los Angeles. The conversation will focus on Mexican filmmakers and actors in Hollywood, with panelists Academy Award-winning Director Alejandro González Iñárritu, University of Texas film historian Charles Ramírez Berg, and Ambassador Eduardo Medina Mora.

About Azteca America's Network

Azteca America engages Spanish-language viewers by creating unique, passionate and enlightening content that is relevant to the daily lives of our audience. Wholly owned by Mexican broadcaster TV Azteca, S.A.B. de C.V. one of the two largest producers of Spanish language content in the world, Azteca America complements its Mexican programs with an innovative lineup of shows from third-party producers and distributors to ensure the finest programming for its audience. The company provides tailored, multi-platform advertising solutions for clients seeking to reach the most dynamic consumer group in the country.

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About Fundación Azteca America

Fundación Azteca America ( is a non-profit organization, created by Grupo Salinas (, to serve as a vehicle to promote the well-being of the communities where they operate. Following the successful formula of Fundación Azteca (the Mexico-based, award winning, non-profit organization) they believe in working together with other Grupo Salinas companies. Azteca America donates screen time, its most valuable asset, to Fundación Azteca America in order to educate, fundraise and create awareness on important issues facing the Latino community in the United States. Twitter: @FAztecAm

About Zócalo Public Square

Zócalo Public Square, a proud affiliate of Arizona State University, is a not-for-profit Ideas Exchange that blends live events and humanities journalism. Zócalo partners with educational, cultural, and philanthropic institutions, as well as public agencies, to present free public events and conferences in cities across the U.S. and beyond, and to publish original daily journalism that is syndicated to more than 160 media outlets. Visit Zócalo at and

CONTACT: Press Relations: Daniel McCosh Grupo Salinas Tel. +52 (55) 1720-0059

Source: Azteca America