Phoenix plans to establish a trade and tourism presence in Mexico City.

The city is moving forward with a plan to spend $150,000 to $200,000 per year to hire a private consultant to represent its interests in Mexico City.

Phoenix officials said their move should send a message that Arizona's largest city is both open for business and interested in promoting tourism, particularly travel for medical purposes.

Officials said the representative likely will be housed in an existing consulting firm.

The Arizona Republic reported that part of the motivation is a belief by Phoenix officials that their city hasn't received its fair share of trade and investment from Mexico.