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Ben Cooper joins Rose Law Group

Scottsdale based Rose Law Group pc recently hired Ben Cooper, an experienced business consultant and former member of the Gilbert Town Council and Vice President of Business Development for the Greater Phoenix Economic Council (GPEC). Cooper joins Rose Law Group as a Senior Project Manager.

“It’s an honor to join Jordan Rose and her innovative team,” said Cooper. “I look forward to combining my land development experience and the knowledge and contacts I recently gained as a Town Council member in Gilbert to help clients achieve their goals wherever they are in the Valley and beyond.”

Cooper recently worked as a project management consultant, providing guidance to businesses of all sizes as they navigated the approvals process at the municipal, county, and state levels. During his time as a consultant, Cooper spent nearly five years as a member of the Gilbert Town Council. He was first appointed to the Gilbert Town Council to fill a vacancy, and was elected to a full term in May 2011 after receiving overwhelming constituent support. While on the Gilbert Town Council, Cooper was a member of the Gilbert General Plan steering committee and subcommittee on land use, growth areas, and transportation.

Prior to working as an independent project management consultant, Cooper was the vice president of strategy for the Greater Phoenix Economic Council (GPEC). During his seven years with GPEC, he supported the organization’s strategic initiatives, organized business development activities, and improved the region’s competitiveness in business by undertaking analyses in tax and fiscal policies.

“Over the last twenty years, Ben has repeatedly demonstrated his commitment to serving business owners all across the Valley,” said Jordan Rose, founder and president of Rose Law Group. “His experience in real estate and consulting, combined with his commitment to public service, will only help our clients as they grow in Arizona.”

Raised in Gilbert, Cooper earned his bachelor’s degree in 1995 from Brigham Young University, where he majored in International Relations. After graduating, he moved back to Arizona and earned his MBA from the Thunderbird School of Global Management in 1997, where he concentrated his studies in International Business.

Cooper is a music enthusiast and sings baritone in the East Valley Millennial Choirs and Orchestra. When he is away from the office, he enjoys spending time with his wife, Milena, and three daughters.

Strategic Economic Development Plan

Gilbert’s Strategic Economic Development Plan To Focus On Science, Technology

Economic Development Plan

The Gilbert, Ariz., Economic Development Office (EDO) is actively developing a strategic plan to attract companies and researchers from around the world to its community.

Operating under a mandate from its town council, the EDO organized citizen work groups and has held numerous meetings with business and community leaders to discuss opportunities, challenges and initiatives to enhance its economic policies, workforce development and marketing and branding. Eliciting input from the work groups ensured that the needs of the business community were fully understood and that all stakeholders would be represented in the strategic plan.

Economic development consultant Dr. Ioanna Morfessis was contracted by Gilbert to facilitate collaboration and prioritize recommendations within the work groups to help Gilbert achieve its goals.

“This five-year Strategic Economic Development Plan will effectively channel Gilbert’s resources into producing positive, measured results to meet its goals,” Morfessis says.

As a result of the Gilbert Town Council mandate and Summer 2011 work group meetings, it was determined that Gilbert should focus its economic development strategy on science and technology industries with an emphasis on biotech and life sciences. Gilbert is recognized as a regional leader in life science research and treatments for cancer and for research and therapies utilizing adult stem cells.

“Attracting companies from the biotech and life science industry sectors will strengthen Gilbert economically and provide immeasurable future benefits to our community as we work to become a net importer of these jobs over the next 20 years,” says Gilbert Mayor John Lewis. “I would like to personally thank the participants of our recent work group meetings for their time and valuable contributions to our strategic plan.”

“The Greater Phoenix region is emerging as a leader in personalized medicine, and Gilbert is a great example of a progressive and strategic effort toward the biomedical and health science community,” says Barry Broome, president and CEO of the Greater Phoenix Economic Council. “Gilbert’s wealth of health care assets, like MD Anderson, make it particularly well positioned under this mantle in the delivery of personalized care in the oncology sector.”

“Gilbert is fortunate to have several world-class anchor institutions, innovative private corporations and community assets that make it uniquely attractive to life science companies,” says Morfessis, founder of the international consulting firm, IO.INC.

Morfessis was recently recognized by the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) with the Lifetime Achievement Award for her esteemed career of empowering communities and companies to prosper. She was the founding president and CEO of the Greater Phoenix Economic Council, working with Gilbert and other regional communities to attract more than 200 firms that generated more than 165,000 new direct jobs during her tenure.

For more information about Gilbert’s Economic Development Office and the five-year Strategic Economic Development Plan, visit gilbertaz.gov/econdev.