Economic Development Archives

GPEC Profile: Steve Cowman, CEO Of Stirling Energy Systems Inc.

by in AZ Business Magazine | Economy | Featured | Green | Tech

Steve Cowman CEO, Stirling Energy Systems Inc. (SES) With more than a hint of an Irish brogue, Steve Cowman sounds like he has found a home in what he calls the solar capital of the Southwest. The CEO of Stirling Energy Systems Inc. (SES) is enthused about the prospects for an expanding solar energy industry,… Read More →

GPEC Launches A New Website To Promote The Greater Phoenix Story

by in AZ Business Magazine | Economy | Featured | Tech

At a time when traditional newspapers are struggling or even vanishing, the Greater Phoenix Economic Council has launched a new Web site designed to provide information that offers a complete picture of what is going on in the Valley. One of the goals behind the formation of OGP — — is to offset some… Read More →

Measuring CityScape’s Impact On Downtown Phoenix

CityScape, a $900 million multi-use project nearing first-phase completion in the heart of Downtown Phoenix, will finally fill the so-called “hole in the doughnut.” Located on a 3-block tract centered at the zero-zero intersection of Central Avenue and Washington Street, CityScape is seen as the catalyst for long-overdue development in the city’s core. Key players… Read More →

TREO Is Working To Position The Tucson Region For Post-Recession Growth

The past year was unprecedented in the U.S. economy. As experienced nationwide, the recent credit and housing crises resulted in rapid job losses and extreme economic uncertainty. While the situation at the national and state level is critical, leaders in the Tucson region are working to take our destiny into our own hands, providing leadership… Read More →

Promoting Smart Growth In A Down Economy

Promoting Smart Growth in Down Economy
by in Blogs | Economy | Green

Please welcome Diane Brossart, president of Valley Forward Association, and guest blogger to the AZ Green Scene. This is the first blog of our exclusive monthly blog partnership series, where Diane will share her experience and insight regarding the state’s sustainable industry. Freezing impact fees to stimulate economic development runs counter to the principles of… Read More →

Hit Harder Than The Rest Of The Nation, The Valley’s Economy Is Starting To Show Faint Signs Of Recovery

An End in Sight
by in AZ Business Magazine | Economy | Finance

Don’t dust off that party hat just yet, but there are early signs that the worst recession in the Valley’s history is easing its stranglehold on the economy. To be sure, as fall approaches and the recession’s two-year mark looms in December, Phoenix residents and businesses still struggle with plenty of economic problems. But economists… Read More →

WESTMARC Unveils The Results Of A Work Force Labor Market Study

West Valley Industry Turnover

What started as an initiative from the city of Surprise Economic Development Department quickly turned into an unprecedented work force study on the entire West Valley spearheaded by WESTMARC. The study came about through a collaboration of communities, corporations, government entities and educational institutions that contributed more than $150,000 to fund the report. “West Valley… Read More →

Despite Tough Times, Economic Development Groups Continue To Woo New Businesses To Arizona

Wooing businesses to AZ in the recession

Economic development experts in Arizona hope to parlay the state’s convenient geographic location, and even a stagnant housing market, into attracting new businesses. Toss in relatively low taxes, a freeze on new regulations and a well-honed reputation as a business-friendly state, and recruiters have a tool box full of reasons why businesses should consider relocating… Read More →

CEO Series: Bob Matia

Bob Matia Managing Partner Squire, Sanders and Dempsey

Bob Matia Managing Partner Squire, Sanders and Dempsey What impact has the current recession had on the legal profession? With the credit markets being down as much as they were this time around, the flow of corporate legal business was definitely affected more than in past recessions. A lot of people view law firms as… Read More →