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Taking It To The Streets On Food Truck Friday

The Phoenix public market and Food Truck Friday stimulate the community and economy. Each Friday on Central and Fillmore, students, seniors and dressed-down businessmen and women mingle and munch at an event that not only satiates the appetite, but stimulates the economy, too — the Friday Food Truck event at the Phoenix Public Market. In… Read More →

Celebrating Entrepreneurship ~ Nominations Open For Spirit Of Enterprise Awards


Their entrepreneurship helps create new jobs and boost our economy. That’s why we should all be involved in celebrating the importance of Arizona’s best businesses. You can honor your favorite Arizona company by nominating it for the 2012 Spirit of Enterprise Awards from the W. P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University. The… Read More →

OptumRx Adding 400 New Jobs In Arizona

new jobs pharmacy

OptumRx, a leading pharmacy benefits management (PBM) organization and one of the Optum companies of UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH), said it will create at least 400 new jobs in Tucson over the next 12-18 months. The announcement was made at a news conference Thursday, attended by Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer and Stephen J. Hemsley, CEO… Read More →

Business Podcast: The Dave Ramsey Show 1/12/12

Dave Ramsey Podcast
by in Podcasts

Dave Ramsey, a renown financial guru and speaker, delivers his daily radio show through podcasts hosted on his website and the iTunes store. Utilizing interviews with others, call-ins from listeners, and more — Dave Ramsey gives a realistic perspective on how to properly handle your finances and the stresses that come along with doing that.… Read More →

Economic Forecast: Arizona, U.S. to Show Improvement in 2012

Economic Forecast
by in Economy

Improvement in both the Arizona and U.S. economies can be expected next year, but full recovery is still a few years away. That’s according to experts who spoke Wednesday at the 48th Annual Economic Forecast Luncheon, co-sponsored by ASU’s W.P. Carey School of Business and JPMorgan Chase.  More than 1,000 people packed into the Phoenix Convention… Read More →

Politicians Need To Travel, But They Also Have To Be Aware Of The Pitfalls

Political junkets

In light of the Fiesta Bowl scandal, we can expect a higher level of scrutiny when it comes to our elected officials and their travel. People will be very fixated on our politicians’ trips abroad and the reasons for them. This isn’t a new issue, but it is an issue that sometimes goes unnoticed and… Read More →

The Five C’s of Arizona

by in Economy | Infographics

Copper, cattle, cotton, citrus and climate. These “Five C’s” were the core of Arizona’s economy when it first became a state. Though not as important today, they assist in bringing residents and tourists alike to Arizona. If you went to elementary school here you may have heard of these in the classroom. If not, here… Read More →

GPEC’s Revamped International Leadership Council Looks To Bring Foreign Direct Investment To Arizona

SkySong is a mixed-use development in Scottsdale with a focus on global industries. - AZ Business Magazine Jan/Feb 2011

The Greater Phoenix Economic Council (GPEC) is sharpening its international approach with an aim toward bringing more foreign direct investment to the state. To that end, GPEC has restructured its International Leadership Committee (ILC). “My vision is to put Arizona on the radar,” says Rudy Vetter, senior vice president of international business development at GPEC.… Read More →

Studies Show That Every Dollar Invested In Tourism Returns At Least Double That Amount

Enchantment Resort in Sedona - AZ Business Magazine Jan/Feb 2011

Forests of Saguaro cacti lit by fiery red and orange sunsets, gun-toting cowboys staging shoot-outs, and the Grand Canyon’s striated walls looming over the Colorado River. One would think these distinctly Arizona images could sell themselves. Unfortunately, Arizona’s tourism industry is learning the hard way that it takes more than just the state’s natural beauty… Read More →

GPEC’s President And CEO, Barry Broome Talks About Getting The Valley’s Economy Back On Track

Barry Broome, GPEC president and CEO - AZ Business Magazine Jan/Feb 2011

Give us a look ahead at Greater Phoenix’s major industries. The emergence of solar and renewable energy has been, and will continue to be, a big opportunity for us. We need to learn, as a market, how to be involved in new technology initiatives. There are going to be wins, losses and volatility, but the… Read More →

Q&A Steve Chucri, President and CEO Arizona Restaurant Association

Steve Chucri, president and CEO Arizona Restaurant Association - AZ Business Magazine Jan/Feb 2011
by in AZ Business Magazine | Economy

-In 2002, Steve Chucri was lobbying at the state level when the Arizona Restaurant Association president and CEO position was presented to him. Chucri now uses his political and lobbyist backgrounds to help Arizona’s restaurant industry navigate today’s tough issues. An executive committee board member with the Arizona Tourism Alliance, Chucri discusses strategies to create… Read More →

Valley Forward’s Goals Are Important To Dan Litteral’s Company, Apollo Group

Green Law - Valley Forward’s Goals Are Important To Dan Litteral’s Company, Apollo Group
by in Executive Lifestyle | Featured | Green

Dan Litteral Vice President/Legal & Associate General Counsel Apollo Group/University of Phoenix Dan Litteral has been in higher education and has practiced regulatory law for more than 20 years, and that experience has enhanced his involvement with Valley Forward. Litteral joined Valley Forward in 2007 through Apollo Group and the University of Phoenix, which have… Read More →

Construction Spending Up 0.7%, Driven By Surge In Power, Public Projects

Real Estate/Construction in Arizona
by in Economy | Real Estate

Total construction spending increased by 0.7 percent in October, driven largely by growing demand for power projects and public construction, the Associated General Contractors of America noted today in an analysis of new Census Bureau data. The new data, however, indicated continued weakness in many construction categories, including private nonresidential and single family construction, association… Read More →

Shop Local For The Holidays

by in Executive Lifestyle | Green | Lists

We all know major department stores have big holiday sales, but so do local stores. Local stores also have the added bonus of being good for your conscience. They’re greener – many of their products aren’t shipped in from all over the world – and they help the local economy more than chain stores. See… Read More →