The Governor of Arizona, Janice Brewer, has proclaimed february 1 through 4, 2011 the official Arizona Brazil Week recognizing that:
- Brazil is one of the largest and most prosperous nations in the world, and recognizes the importance of promoting global trade with the United States and the State of Arizona; and
- Arizona recognizes the important role Brazil plays in the new global economy and endeavors to forge strong alliances with leaders in Brazilian technology, innovation, education, and industry in general; and
- The people of Arizona and Arizona State University endeavor to deepen the cultural, educational, artistic, and economic ties with the people of Brazil; and
- Arizona is home to thousands of Brazilian-American citizens and their contributions to the cultural, educational, artistic, and economic landscape adds to the unique multi-cultural fabric of our great State.
Brazil is well known for its soccer, canarval, coffee, its friendly and outgoing people but many ignore the fact that Brazil is the largest and only Portuguese speaking country in South America and is also quickly becoming the fastest growing economy of the Americas.
The AZ Brazil week’s festivities celebrate the ongoing dialogue and emerging partnerships between ASU and Brazilian universities, government, and business. ASU is hosting a delegation of students, university representatives, government officials, and innovation-related businesses from Brazil. In addition, the local community is invited to celebrate Brazilian culture through dance, film, literature, business and architecture events being held at ASU.
The Arizona Brazil week is sponsored by ASU SkySong. As per Kate Wells, who is the media contact for this event, there are two very important parts that should be focused on this week. One being the visit from the award-winning student delegation, and the other the Innovation Learning Lab where there will be indepth discussions about US/Brazil trade. Also discussions on how universities are becoming ‘hotspots” for global companies wishing to do business in the US.
The events are being held At ASU SkySong, where there’s a number of international companies that have chosen to be located in Phoenix because they are provided almost a concierge-like service to them; ASU SkySong connects those companies up with the resources of ASU, an educated workforce, and in-house services like technology transfering (patents and licences) and business incubation.
The Innovation Learning Lab is Friday, February 4th, 2011 from 8:30am to 12:30pm, at SkySong, the ASU Innovation Center, 1475 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, Arizona. The event is open to the public by reservation only, and is free of charge. More information can be obtained directly with Kate Wells at 602.703.5231 or via email: [email protected]
This is certainly great news to the Brazilian Community in Arizona that has grown significantly and have been contributing to the cultural development of the Phoenix metro area with music, arts and dance events and to Arizonians. For now with the opportunities given by the Arizona government and the help of ASU Skysong, the economic development between the US/Arizona and Brazil is very promising.