Economic Development Archives

Greater Phoenix export market heats up Phasin Sritham

Greater Phoenix is now responsible for 68.3 percent of the state’s exports – up from 65.4 percent in 2014 – Community and Economic Development Director Christine Mackay announced in a presentation to the Mayor and City Council. Citing growing trade with Mexico, exports in the Phoenix metro area and the rest of Arizona are up… Read More →

AAED Arizona hands out 2015 Golden Prospector Awards stancikasn

The Arizona Association for Economic Development (AAED) has presented four Golden Prospector Awards and eight Golden Prospector Awards of Merit, to encourage and recognize excellence in economic development. Winning 2015 Golden Prospector Awards were: the Town of Gilbert for its multimedia promotions, “Standing Out from the Crowd at BIO International” and “Talk of the Trade… Read More →

Mountainside Fitness will host job fair

Mountainside Fitness

West Valley’s hottest new place to work out is also the hottest place to work! In anticipation of their new Arrowhead location, Mountainside Fitness will hold a job fair on October 7th and 8th from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the Hampton Inn, located at 8408 West Paradise Lane in Peoria. More than 100… Read More →

Phoenix ties San Francisco for No. 1 in tech job growth


Businesses looking for office space in the nation’s hottest tech markets should expect to pay a premium – and a hefty one in many of the top tech cities, according to a new research report by CBRE Group, Inc. The report, which analyzes the top 30 tech cities across the U.S. and Canada, showed an… Read More →

ACG-Arizona celebrates leadership for 10th Anniversary

wells fargo - home for veteran

ACG-Arizona is celebrating its 10th Anniversary as a leader in the Valley business community by bringing in one of America’s most renowned military leaders at a time of increasing instability in the world. He’s Admiral Eric T. Olson (RET.), former commander of the U.S. Special Operations Command responsible for having built and trained Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps special forces during a… 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 →

Phoenix IDA hires economic development, HR administrators

Business Management

The Industrial Development Authority of the City of Phoenix, AZ (“Phoenix IDA”), has appointed of Paul Magallanez as its community and economic development administrator and James T. Barham as its human resources and legal affairs administrator. “Paul and James bring tremendous economic development, human resources and legal skills to the Phoenix IDA team. Together, Paul and… Read More →

WESTMARC seeks Best of the West nominees

Jackrabbit Trail

WESTMARC is seeking nominees for its 23rd Annual Best of the West Awards, celebrating the best of Western Maricopa County, in partnership with Cox Communications, and with support from Gila River Indian Community, Republic Media, APS, CopperPoint Mutual Insurance, Arizona Cardinals, and Sub-Zero. The purpose of the Best of the West Awards program is to recognize… Read More →

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

Craft beer

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 →

Michelle Lawrie: Most Influential Women in Arizona Business


Michelle Lawrie, economic development director, City of Goodyear Prior to joining Goodyear, Lawrie was president and CEO of WESTMARC from 2011 through 2014. Greatest accomplishment: “Being able to strengthen WESTMARC by bringing new energy to its activities and events impacting the West Valley.” Childhood aspiration: “My grandfather was a big influence growing up, and while I… Read More →

Arizona Commerce Authority leads promotion initiative

Phoenix Sky Harbor, Economic Impact

The Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA) is launching a statewide promotion development project aimed at creating a fresh and unified message to enhance Arizona economic development and tourism, and encourage civic pride. The project – led by the ACA – will be a grassroots, public effort and engage leaders and Arizona citizens from all corners of the… Read More →

PAC Worldwide expands to west Phoenix


PAC Worldwide, a manufacturer of flexible protective packaging, has opened a second manufacturing location in the United States with a new location in Phoenix. A privately held company based outside of Seattle, PAC Worldwide also has manufacturing and distribution facilities in Ohio, Mexico and Malaysia. “PAC is excited to expand manufacturing to the West Coast,”… Read More →

WESTMARC turns West Valley into healthcare hotbed

Dr. Miles Howard utilizes da Vinci Robotic Surgery technology at Abrazo Arrowhead Hospital.

There was a time when many West Valley residents had to travel to downtown Phoenix or the East Valley for specialized healthcare services and treatments. Times have dramatically changed. “Whether it’s specialized pediatric care, trauma care, cutting-edge heart care, or state-of-the-art cancer care, you can find some of the leading providers of those services in… 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 →