The Fifth Americas Competitiveness Exchange on Innovation and Entrepreneurship (ACE) invites key leaders and decision makers to experience first-hand successful projects and experiences in the United States.  The activity was carried out under the framework of the Inter-American Competitiveness Network (RIAC) Work Plan for 2016-2018 to facilitate the exchange of good practices, creation of partnerships for development and deepen collaboration on the 200 successful experiences that OAS Member States have shared in the 2012-2015 Signs of Competitiveness Americas Reports www.riacreport.org


This six-day tour showcased catalytic drivers such as advanced technology centers, innovation hubs, public-private partnerships, and strategic investments in the U.S. States of Arizona and California, including the cities of Phoenix, AZ; Chandler, AZ; Gilbert, AZ; Oracle, AZ; Tucson, AZ; San Luis, AZ; Yuma, AZ; Oceanside, CA; Carlsbad, CA; Vista Escondido, CA; San Marcos, CA; Imperial Valley, CA; and San Diego, CA. Featured sites on the tour where target, the following clusters: manufacturing, medical devices, water, agriculture, energy, and information and communication technology.


The ACE is the ideal opportunity for decision makers to establish long-term global/regional partnerships and to see the results and best practices of economic development in the Americas that seek to strengthen innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystems.  The activities of the week have been selected to help increase the prospect of advancing commerce and trade between participating economies, accelerate business opportunities and collaboration for all stakeholders.



For more information and updates on the Fifth ACE in the U.S. please visit the RIAC’s Social Media Account