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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 →

WESTMARC seeks Best of the West nominees

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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 →

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 →

TREO widens focus, changes its name to Sun Corridor Inc.


Tucson Regional Economic Opportunities, Inc. (TREO) today announces that the organization will expand its footprint across Southern Arizona, changing its name to Sun Corridor Inc. TREO has been providing economic development support for the entire Southern Arizona megaregion for several years, assisting in key expansions of several employers, advocating for military installations, including Ft. Huachuca;… Read More →

Boomtown! is latest tech firm to expand to Scottsdale


San Francisco-based Boomtown! is the latest tech company out of California to announce their plans to expand their operations to Scottsdale. Founded in February 2014, the company has continued to grow, and has selected the Greater Phoenix region for its first expansion. Boomtown! fixes everyday merchant technology problems in real time, providing on-demand installation and… Read More →

GPEC names Chris Camacho new CEO


The Greater Phoenix Economic Council (GPEC) Board of Directors unanimously selected Chris Camacho as the organization’s fourth president and CEO during a special meeting today. Camacho has served as executive vice president of GPEC since joining the organization in 2008. He oversaw the organization’s top line performance measures, including domestic and international business development and… Read More →

ACA names Arizona Innovation Challenge finalists

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The Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA) today announced 10 finalists in the Fall 2014 Arizona Innovation Challenge (AIC), its bi-annual business plan competition that awards talented entrepreneurs who are solving today’s most challenging problems with technology-based solutions. Each year in the spring and fall, the ACA awards to the most qualified, innovative startups and early stage… Read More →

REIAC Forms Alliance with MRED Program at W. P. Carey School of Business

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February 6, 2014 by in Associations | Business News

The Southwest Chapter of REIAC, an organization of real estate executives involved in developing, acquiring and/or financing real estate, has formed a partnership with Arizona State University’s Masters of Real Estate Development (MRED) program at the W. P. Carey School of Business. REIAC has provided $5,000 in scholarships for the 2013-14 academic year and recently… Read More →

Arizona Commercial Real Estate Experts predict slow recovery leading to better 2015

Marina Heights rendering courtesy of DAVIS.

In the ’90s, the joke was that the state bird was a construction crane, says AAED’s Executive Director Joyce Grossman. She motions out the window of her downtown Phoenix office and says, “You look around here, and you see cranes in the air. That means jobs.” Arizona isn’t seeing the growth it did in the… Read More →

Christine Jones Talks to American Subcontractors Association Panel


On Tuesday, the American Subcontractors Association of Arizona hosted a gubernatorial candidate panel to discuss policies vital to economic development and improvement of the business environment for the construction industry. Former Go Daddy Executive Vice President Christine Jones, Secretary of State Ken Bennett, Mesa Mayor Scott Smith and State Senator Al Melvin participated in the… Read More →

Economic development groups are bullish on Arizona

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They are our sales representatives, those intrepid souls knocking on doors in California, China, Germany and New York. They are the smiling faces standing behind CEOs, mayors and the governor when a new business arrival is announced. They are the economic development organizations of Arizona. It’s an alphabet soup of agencies, but they are working… Read More →

Confidence Builds: Developers see aggressive optimism in marketplace

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Investing in spec buildings may – or may not – be an anomaly in the marketplace. Dan Withers, president of D.L. Withers Construction says he’s seeing risk-taking entrepreneurs coming back into the market. “It’s been difficult for people to assess the timing in this recession,” he says. “There is enough optimism out there that we… Read More →

Utilities aim to provide infrastructure to meet Arizona’s continued growth and ensure a vibrant economy

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When economic developers head into the marketplace to sell Arizona’s benefits to interested relocation prospects, one item on that list is plentiful: reliable and well-priced utilities. While some cities deliver electric power in addition to sewer and water, the power grid is essentially divided between Arizona Public Service, Salt River Project and Tucson Power &… Read More →

The Voice of Development: Joyce Grossman, AAED

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Joyce Grossman became executive director of AAED in 2011. She has a B.A. from the University of California-Davis and a M.P.A. from California State University, Sacramento. Prior to joining AAED, Grossman was a deputy director with the City of Phoenix. She helped in attracting the International Genomics Consortium/Translational Genomics Research Institute to Phoenix. AZRE caught… Read More →