Greater Phoenix Economic Council Archives

Growing tech firms reflect emerging Arizona business sector

Self-Service Technologies, Technology

Don Hawley is the quintessential product of Silicon Valley. He went to college at the University of California, Berkeley, became a serial entrepreneur and founded and developed many successful technology companies in the San Francisco Bay area. So why is he doing business in Arizona? “Arizona is infinitely more business friendly,” said the founder, chairman… Read More →

Tractor Supply Company plans Arizona distribution center

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Tractor Supply Company (NASDAQ: TSCO), the largest rural lifestyle retail store chain in the United States, announced Monday plans to build a new distribution center in Casa Grande, Ariz. “The addition of a new distribution center in the Southwest is key to our western expansion strategy,” said Greg Sandfort, president and CEO. “Arizona’s proximity to… Read More →

Zenefits will create 1,300 Jobs at new Scottsdale office

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Today the Greater Phoenix Economic Council was joined by the Arizona Commerce Authority, Maricopa County and the City of Scottsdale in welcoming Zenefits to the Greater Phoenix region. Zenefits, the free, cloud-based human resources technology company that automates and eliminates time-consuming paperwork for small and medium-sized businesses, announced today plans to create over 1,300 new… Read More →

Funkhouser Appointed to GPEC Ambassador Committee

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The national law firm of Quarles & Brady LLP announced that David E. Funkhouser III, a partner in the firm’s Phoenix office, has been appointed to the Greater Phoenix Economic Council (GPEC) Ambassador Steering Committee, which is focused on ensuring GPEC’s Ambassador Program aligns with the organization’s key objectives and mission.  Members of the Steering… Read More →

Phoenix MBDA Hosts Global Business Conference

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The Phoenix Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) Business Center, in partnership with the Thunderbird School of Global Management, is hosting Phoenix MBDA’s 2nd Annual Global Business Conference and the concurrent Global Business to Business Trade Expo on Thursday, October 23 and Friday, October 24 at the Sheraton Phoenix Downtown Hotel. The expo will focus on… Read More →

Harper Getting Distinguished Service Award from GPEC

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  Plaza Companies President and CEO Sharon Harper will receive this year’s Distinguished Service Award from the Greater Phoenix Economic Council (GPEC), which recognizes significant individual contributions to economic development efforts in Arizona.   Harper will be honored alongside Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton, the recipient of the organization’s Outstanding Regional Contribution Award, and Dibble Engineering’s Rebecca Timmer, who will be named Ambassador of the… Read More →

WESTMARC Creates United Front To Boost West Valley

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“You can’t just say you ‘support regionalism,’ you have to believe it.” Surprise Mayor Sharon Wolcott is talking about attitude in the West Valley. Thirty minutes earlier in a separate conversation, Goodyear Mayor Georgia Lord made nearly the same comment. “We believe in regionalism and we put it into practice,” she says. “On this side… Read More →

GPEC position aligned with WTO ruling on tariffs

A ruling by the World Trade Organization earlier last week affirmed the position the Greater Phoenix Economic Council held in 2012, opposing the countervailing duties placed on Chinese-manufactured solar panels. The ruling by the World Trade Organization (WTO) counters the position taken by the International Trade Commission (ITC) in 2012, which imposed tariffs on Chinese-manufactured… Read More →

Broome taking part in Global Cities Initiative

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As part of the Global Cities Initiative, a joint project of Brookings and JPMorgan Chase, the Greater Phoenix Economic Council president and CEO Barry Broome, will join various business and elected leaders for a discussion on the development of a metropolitan export strategy. “The mayors and business leaders from the region have led in the… Read More →

GPEC Earns Economic Development honor

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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 →

Glendale adds economic development talent

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The City of Glendale Office of Economic Development has a new talented team member to tout: Kristen Stephenson has joined the city as an Economic Development Specialist. Stephenson spent 12 years with the Greater Phoenix Economic Council (GPEC), where she provided crucial economic and competitive analyses, including tax policy, incentive analysis and economic impact modeling… Read More →

GPEC Board Chair Calls for Veto of Senate Bill 1062

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Under the direction of the Chairman of the Board of Directors, James H. Lundy, the Greater Phoenix Economic Council (GPEC) will be sending a letter to Arizona Governor Janice K. Brewer urging the veto of Senate Bill 1062. As a premier regional economic development organization, GPEC works hand in hand with the Arizona Commerce Authority… Read More →

Top Things to Do This Week

Ballet Arizona
by in Date Night | Events | Lifestyle

It’s the week of Valentine’s Day, which means that this weekend will have plenty of lovely events to attend. Watch the sad love story of “La Bayadère: The Temple Dancer” at Arizona Ballet or see the majestic Arabian Horse Show and be awed by the beautiful creatures. No matter what you do this weekend, make… Read More →

Panel will discuss Cybersecurity at GPEC

by in Business News | Events | Legal | Tech

Members of Arizona’s business community are invited to the February meeting of the Arizona Aerospace & Defense Forum for a discussion centered on cyber-security including risks, trends and what businesses need to keep their businesses safe and secure online. This event will be hosted at the offices of Greater Phoenix Economic Council (GPEC) located at… Read More →