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ACA helps foster manufacturing matchmaking


“‘What is the overview of manufacturing in the U.S. and Arizona?’ That’s the question no one is asking. It’s a landscape of profound changes — especially for manufacturers who up their game and move up the value chain.” Brian Sherman is filled with enthusiasm. As the senior vice president of business development for the Arizona… Read More →

GPEC Earns Economic Development honor


Cited as one of the Best to Invest Top U.S. Groups of 2013, the Greater Phoenix Economic Council (GPEC) has once again made Site Selection magazine’s annual ranking for top U.S. Economic Development Groups. “This recognition is a reflection of our elected and business leaders working together to promote Greater Phoenix and Arizona as business… Read More →

Brewer OKs tax cut law for manufacturers

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Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer on Friday signed into law a bill that eliminates sales taxes on electricity and natural gas purchased by manufacturers and mining smelters, a move she said was needed to make the state more attractive to large businesses. Brewer signed Senate Bill 1413 at a Capitol ceremony attended by a couple of… Read More →

Getting an angel to open the checkbook

by in Featured | Tech

Governor Jan Brewer touts her policies and business regulatory climate as the reason Arizona is growing new businesses. That may be a factor, but it’s not the major reason Arizona topped the Kaufman Foundation Index of Entrepreneurial Activity in 2012. If it were the case, Arizona would have been on top again in 2013—instead of… Read More →

Gigya brings 200 jobs with Arizona expansion

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A California firm that helps companies connect with customers through social media says it has opened a Phoenix office and plans to hire more than 200 employees within three years. Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer touted Tuesday’s announcement by Mountain View, Calif.-based Gigya as the latest sign that her efforts to cut business tax rates and… Read More →

Parsons Acquires Scottsdale-based Martz Agency


Valley entrepreneur and philanthropist Bob Parsons today announced the acquisition of Martz Agency by MP Agency, L.L.C., an organization owned by Parsons. The award-winning Scottsdale based marketing and public relations firm, which will be renamed Martz Parsons, will bring creative firepower to Parsons’ growing portfolio of businesses. Parsons has said that by looking at and… Read More →

Progrexion Announces Phoenix Office, Hundreds of Jobs

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Progrexion, the nation’s leading provider of services in the credit repair industry, today announced it is opening a new office in Phoenix, bringing hundreds of new jobs to the region. “We are excited to enter such a dynamic and high-quality market like Phoenix to meet our growth demands. We acquired 30,000 square feet in North… Read More →

Phoenix ranked Top 10 for foreign direct investment

by in Economy | Featured

Greater Phoenix was named one of fDi Magazine’s top 10 “American Cities of the Future” for foreign direct investment (FDI) strategy in 2013/14. Greater Phoenix ranked sixth among overall North and South American cities, and second in the United States behind Chicago. “One of GPEC’s primary objectives has always been an international presence and strong… Read More →

Sandra Watson – 50 Most Influential Women in Arizona Business

Sandra Watson

Sandra Watson – President and CEO, Arizona Commerce Authority Watson has more than 20 years of economic development leadership and experience. She and her teams have attracted hundreds of companies to Arizona that have invested billions of dollars in capital and created more than 65,000 quality jobs. Surprising fact: “My career in economic development began… Read More →

WinCo Foods Chooses West Phoenix For Southwest Distribution Headquarters


  Grocer WinCo Foods announced it will open an 800,000 SF distribution center in west Phoenix. The new facility, expected to be completed in about a year, will create up to 200 jobs in its first phase. “We are very excited about the development of our Phoenix Distribution Center,” said Michael Read, WinCo Foods’ Vice… Read More →

Shine coming off the Golden State

real estate - expanding to california

The Tax Foundation in its 2013 State Business Tax Climate Index tells us something most of already know: California has high taxes. Really high. In its state-by-state rankings, California checks in at 48, duking it out with New Jersey and New York at the bottom of the barrel. Breaking out the ranking in its component… Read More →

ZocDoc will bring 600 jobs to Valley


A New York company that helps patients connect with doctors through an online service is opening a Scottsdale office and will hire more than 600 workers in the next three years. ZocDoc is a free service for patients that also lets them book appointments online. Gov. Jan Brewer and Scottsdale Mayor Jim Lane announced the… Read More →

Retail Overview: Big Boxes, Big Decisions


  As a building owner of a vacant big box (or perhaps soon-to-be-vacant), there are a lot of factors that affect the return on your investment and the success of your asset. From our experience in working with owners as they analyze their asset, we have found that one common denominator applies to every situation… Read More →

Brewer, GM announce Chandler Innovation Center

Jan Brewer

Michigan-based General Motors (GM), together with Governor Jan Brewer, Chandler Mayor Jay Tibshraeny, the Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA) and the Greater Phoenix Economic Council (GPEC), announced today GM has selected Chandler as the site of its fourth Information Technology Innovation Center.  These IT Innovation Centers enable GM to in-source the company’s innovation capabilities, strengthening its… Read More →