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GPEC named top economic development organization

The Greater Phoenix Economic Council (GPEC) has been named a recipient of the 2017 Mac Conway Awards for Excellence in Economic Development by Site Selection magazine, a national publication geared toward those in the decision-making process for expansions and relocations. The Mac Awards, named in honor of Site Selection founding publisher H. McKinley “Mac” Conway are awarded to the top local and regional US economic development groups of 2016.

“The true public-private partnership taking place in Greater Phoenix is undoubtedly why the region continues to be on the radar for so many companies during their site selection evaluation,” said Chris Camacho, president and CEO of GPEC. “It is an incredible honor to be recognized as a top economic development organization nationally, and is emblematic of the dedication of our staff, the collaboration with the business community, and the regionalism exhibited by the mayors and county supervisors in Greater Phoenix.”

This year’s Mac Conway Award winners were determined by an index that examines corporate facility investment projects in US metro areas as tracked by Site Selection’s proprietary Conway Projects Database in 2016. Scores are awarded based on six criteria: total projects, total investment associated with those projects and total jobs associated with those projects; and those same three numbers calculated per capita for the metro area.

“Locations throughout the US and in every region of the world compete aggressively for direct investment at home and from abroad,” says Site Selection Editor in Chief Mark Arend. “Those appearing on these rankings have demonstrated with actual project numbers and other measures that they have the location attributes most in demand by capital investors.”

More information on the award and recipients can be found here.

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About Michael Gossie

Michael Gossie is an award-winning journalist who has earned more than 50 awards for writing, editing and design. He studied economics at Elmira College in Elmira, N.Y., and put his entrepreneurial spirit to work in 2007, using a 200-year-old family recipe to launch an Italian sauce company. He is a competitive marathon runner, Ironman triathlete and is most proud of being the founding president of the Steuben Arc Foundation in Upstate New York, which serves individuals with developmental disabilities, including his sister.