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GPEC honors Maracay Homes’ president, House Speaker

by in Business News | Economy | Real Estate

The Greater Phoenix Economic Council (GPEC) honored Arizona House Speaker Andy Tobin and GPEC Board Director Andy Warren, president of Maracay Homes, at its annual dinner. Speaker Tobin was awarded GPEC’s Outstanding Regional Contribution award for his successful legislative efforts to help increase Arizona’s economic competitiveness, particularly with this year’s passage and enactment of HB2815,… Read More →

GPEC makes case against solar tariffs

by in Business News | Economy | Green | Tech

In support of the prospering solar industry in the Greater Phoenix metro area, City of Goodyear Mayor Georgia Lord testified against proposed tariffs on Chinese-manufactured photovoltaic cells and modules at a hearing of the International Trade Commission in Washington. The City of Goodyear is a member of the Greater Phoenix Economic Council (GPEC) and home… Read More →

GPEC announces new Board of Directors

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by in Business News | Economy | Workforce

The Greater Phoenix Economic Council (GPEC) announced the appointment of its Board of Directors for the 2013 fiscal year. Alliance Bank of Arizona CEO James Lundy will lead the Board of Directors as chairman. He previously served as vice chair on GPEC’s Board. “As the economy starts to rebound, we face new challenges but also… Read More →

GPEC: Plans To Revive The Economy

Look past the Valley’s long, slow climb out of a difficult recession to the next 10, 20, even 100 years and you see a potential hotbed of wealth and productivity: a regional economy that has diversified from its traditional reliance on growth and housing. That’s the vision painted by board members and financial supporters of… Read More →

GPEC Leads Cooperative Effort To Draw More ‘Clean Tech’ Industry To Arizona

GPEC - AZ Business Magazine January/February 2012
by in AZ Business Magazine | Economy | Tech

Insight into innovation: GPEC leads cooperative effort to draw more ‘clean tech’ industry to Arizona Green technology is still a relatively small part of Arizona’s economy, but its potential for growth is a bright spot on the state’s horizon. “At a time when other economic engines have been sputtering, anticipated green job growth among Arizona’s… Read More →

GPEC’s Barry Broome Outlines Plan To Attract More High-Paying Jobs

Barry Broome, GPEC - AZ Business Magazine January/February 2012

Roadmap for the future: GPEC President Barry Broome outlines plan to attract more high-paying jobs, keep the ones we have The Greater Phoenix Economic Council ( GPEC ) is beginning 2012 with an updated roadmap, the first leg of a five-year strategic plan, says its CEO and President Barry Broome. Along with its historical mission… Read More →

AZ Business Magazine January/February 2012

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Arizona Business Magazine January/February 2012 The Centennial Issue In this special Arizona Centennial issue of AZ Business Magazine, we not not only take a look back on the Arizona’s rich history, but also look ahead at another 100 promising years, asking experts in various fields, “What’s in store for Arizona’s next century?” Flip through, and… Read More →

GPEC Hosts Forum For New And Expanding Businesses

by in Green | Small Biz | Tech

The Greater Phoenix Economic Council ( GPEC ) hosted a forum on Dec. 8 to welcome three green and sustainable businesses to Arizona. While Arizona provides particular benefits for these businesses, including climate, educated workforce and tax credits, these businesses will provide benefits for Arizona and its communities by creating jobs, in addition to upholding… Read More →

Q&A Bill Pepicello, GPEC Chairman And University Of Phoenix President

Bill Pepicello, chairman of GPEC and president of University of Phoenix - AZ Business Magazine Jan/Feb 2011

What are your top goals as chairman of GPEC? First, and foremost, my goal is to build on the momentum that Michael Bidwill, GPEC’s immediate past chairman, and Barry Broome, GPEC’s president and CEO, have driving the region toward new high-quality jobs. … I also want to expand on their vision and ideas to build a… Read More →

GPEC Profile: Candace Wiest, President And CEO Of West Valley National Bank

Candace Wiest President and CEO, West Valley National Bank Even before West Valley National Bank opened its doors on Dec. 23, 2006, a decision was made to join the Greater Phoenix Economic Council. Becoming an active member of GPEC made good business sense. “What I like about GPEC is its economic development focus,” says Candace… Read More →

GPEC Profile: Mike Tully, President And CEO Of AAA Arizona

Mike Tully President and CEO, AAA Arizona As president and CEO of AAA Arizona, Mike Tully has a keen interest in getting the state back on the road to prosperity. That probably explains why for the past seven years Tully, who joined AAA Arizona in 1998 as chief financial officer, has been a member of… Read More →

GPEC Profile: Craig Robb, Executive Vice President And Director Of Finance And Administration, National Bank Of Arizona

Craig Robb Executive vice president and director of finance and administration, National Bank of Arizona With a 17-year career in land development prior to joining National Bank of Arizona seven years ago, Craig Robb was a natural to become an active member of the Greater Phoenix Economic Council. Robb, executive vice president and director of… Read More →

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 →

Q&A With Michael Bidwell, Chairman Of GPEC, President Of The Arizona Cardinals

Michael Bidwill Chairman, GPEC President, Arizona Cardinals Why did you opt for a second term as GPEC chairman? It is an honor to serve a second year as chairman of GPEC. The organization is doing meaningful work, and I wanted to help build upon that work. I think it’s also important to provide consistency in… Read More →