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Ducey makes major impact during 1st year in office


Resting on a table in the center of Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey’s meeting room at the state capitol is an Arizona State University football helmet signed by Jake Plummer and Pat Tillman. “I am a proud Sun Devil,” Ducey gushes. But the state’s “first fan” can also boast about another first: Ducey is the first… Read More →

Avondale Ranked No. 1 in 2015 Digital Cities Survey

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For the third consecutive year, the City of Avondale came out on top in the 2015 Digital Cities Awards. Run by the Center for Digital Government, the awards are a competitive honor with hundreds of municipalities contending each year.  The program recognizes cities that use technology to engage their citizens, provide exceptional municipal services, innovate,… Read More →

As Obamacare enrollment opens, insurers tweak plans


As open enrollment begins this weekend for the third year of Obamacare, insurance carriers in Arizona are “still trying to figure … out” which types of plans work best for them and for their customers. An estimated 100,000 Arizonans who could have received discounts on marketplace health coverage did not enroll this year. They were… Read More →

Tempe advances plan to increase renewable energy


Mayor Mark Mitchell and the Tempe City Council motioned to approve a 20-year agreement with SolarCity that will put Tempe on the map as an energy efficient city. “I so move to approve this,” said Councilwoman Lauren Kuby, sporting a big smile. Mitchell and the council hope the approval will advance the city’s plan to… Read More →

Stanton leads Arizona mayors on Mexico trade mission

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Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton is leading a delegation of six Arizona mayors and more than two dozen business leaders and experts to the Mexican capital on a mission to expand trade opportunities with prominent business and political leaders. The delegation arrived in Mexico City on Sunday. This morning they met with leaders of ProMexico, the… Read More →

Phoenix lawyer urges Congress to block ‘joint employer’ rule


Phoenix lawyer Mark Kisicki called on Congress Tuesday to “restore stability in labor relations” by reversing a National Labor Relations Board ruling that he said will cause “significant economic upheaval” if left untouched. Kisicki was one of several witnesses testifying to a Senate committee on an August change to NLRB regulations so that any company… Read More →

Ducey touts benefits of pollution prevention in Arizona

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DuringPollution Prevention Week, Gov. Douglas A. Ducey encouraged Arizona residents to save money, and help the environment by managing their waste in a sustainable manner. “The history of pollution prevention week with the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality is that these types of activities are so important to our mission and what we do,” said Caroline… Read More →

Watergate figure John Dean will lecture at ASU


John W. Dean, the former counsel to President Richard Nixon and a key figure in the Watergate scandal, will explore the cover-up’s influence on American politics and journalism during a lecture at Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. Dean will be interviewed by Cronkite faculty member and former Washington Post… Read More →

Fennemore Craig grows government affairs practice

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Fennemore Craig, a leading Mountain West law firm, announced Alexis Glascock has joined the firm’s Phoenix office and will focus her practice in government affairs. Prior to joining the firm, Glascock worked with the Government Relations group at Gallagher & Kennedy where she lobbied for clients including the Arizona Association of Health Care Plans, the… Read More →

Rep. Kyrsten Sinema: Most Influential Women


Rep. Kyrsten Sinema, D-AZ, 9th District Greatest accomplishment: “We took immediate action when we learned about the tragedies at the Phoenix VA. Since last summer, we’ve held three veterans resource clinics, established a mental health working group, and passed laws to increase accountability and improve the quality of VA healthcare.” Childhood aspiration: “In first grade, I told… Read More →

Big crowd honors Arizona’s Most Influential Women


A crowd of nearly 500 people packed Chateau Luxe in Phoenix Thursday night to honor Az Business and AZRE magazines’ Most Influential Women in Arizona Business. “The Most Influential Women issue of both magazines is easily our most popular issue of the year,”said AZ Big Media  Publisher Cheryl Green. “This year, we had more than 2,000 women… Read More →

Arizona beer has an economic kick in terms of jobs, taxes

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When Rob Fullmer, the executive director of the Arizona Craft Brewers Guild, says “everything is improved by the presence of a brewery,” he’s talking about the economic buzz it brings and not the alcoholic kind. “Anytime you can put a business between two breweries, you’ll see a much more foot traffic in that area, and… Read More →

Business community brings down hammer on CCEC

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One of the most important things going on in Arizona politics right now is something you may not even know about. Arizona’s Citizens Clean Election Commission (CCEC) is working hard to change state election laws by proposing new rules that would sweep countless businesses under its jurisdiction in unprecedented ways. The business community has already… Read More →

GPEC CEO will participate in White House Panel

Chris Camacho

The Greater Phoenix Economic Council (GPEC) President & CEO, Chris Camacho, will be speaking at the White House today during the 4th annual White House Forum on Economic Development, hosted by the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) and SelectUSA. More than 50 economic developers from around the nation will attend the one-day event, where they… Read More →