Greater Phoenix Economic Council Archives

Karen Dickinson joins Polsinelli

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National law firm Polsinelli has added Karen Dickinson to its Phoenix office. Dickinson has extensive experience negotiating and advising on complex international and e-commerce legal issues involving international contracting, joint ventures and alliances, software and intellectual property licensing, joint developments, trademark prosecution and licensing, and web development. “I chose to move my practice to Polsinelli… Read More →

GPEC targets international business executives

by in Business News | Economy

The Greater Phoenix Economic Council (GPEC) this week officially launched an international toolkit and forum series, called “Doing Business in Greater Phoenix, U.S.A,” with additional support from the City of Phoenix. The toolkit is designed to assist foreign companies with investment and expansion decisions in the United States and, specifically, the Greater Phoenix region. From… Read More →

GPEC hosts forum with 4 new companies

by in Business News | Economy | Events

On May 29, the Greater Phoenix Economic Council (GPEC) will host a forum featuring some of its locates, or businesses that GPEC and its partners have assisted in expanding or relocating to the Greater Phoenix region. The companies, who have relocated or expanded from Minnesota, New York, Canada and the Netherlands, will discuss their decision… Read More →

Youngtown becomes GPEC’s 21st member community

Downtown Phoenix
by in Business News | Economy

The Town of Youngtown recently joined the Greater Phoenix Economic Council (GPEC) as its 21st member community. Youngtown is located at the Agua Fria River between Peoria, Sun City and El Mirage, and has a current population of approximately 6,200. “We’re thrilled to have the Town of Youngtown on board at GPEC,” said GPEC President… Read More →

Concerts Take The Center Stage At Musical Instrument Museum In April

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by in Events

Musical Instrument Museum marks the start of a series of events focusing on concerts, bringing performances by local and national artists to the Valley. Mini Music Makers Series Mondays and Wednesdays in April (1, 3, 8, 10, 15, 17, 22, 24) 9:30-10 a.m. for children ages 0-18 months 10:15-10:50 a.m. for children ages 18 months-3… Read More →

Brewer, GM announce Chandler Innovation Center

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Michigan-based General Motors (GM), together with Governor Jan Brewer, Chandler Mayor Jay Tibshraeny, the Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA) and the Greater Phoenix Economic Council (GPEC), announced today GM has selected Chandler as the site of its fourth Information Technology Innovation Center.  These IT Innovation Centers enable GM to in-source the company’s innovation capabilities, strengthening its… Read More →

GPEC analyzes impact of potential defense cuts

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by in Economy | Featured | Tech

The Greater Phoenix Economic Council today released findings and recommendations from its Aerospace and Defense Market Intelligence Program, a two-phase initiative that took an in-depth look at the region’s aerospace and defense companies to determine their strengths, weaknesses and readiness for the sequestration, federally-mandated automatic spending cuts scheduled to take place on March 1 unless… Read More →

GPEC puts together a science and technology strategy

technology
by in Business News | Tech

Even when the state was known for copper, cattle and citrus, Arizona has relied on being an innovator to drive its economy. “Arizona’s economic position has historically been defined by science and technology,” says Steven M. Shope, president of Mesa-based Sandia Research Corporation, “especially if you look back to the 1940s and 1950s, when the… Read More →

Energy Consortium’s Roadmap puts state of path to build industry

srp installs solar energy systems
by in Business News | Energy

Imagine Arizona as the energy hub of the Southwest — where major regional transmission lines tie into infrastructure in the state and serve a growing regional demand for energy. Arizona would be a place where an increasing percentage of jobs are related to the energy industry, whether in manufacturing, generation, transmission, energy efficiency, service or… Read More →

GPEC executive wins national ‘40 Under 40’ award

Chris Camacho
by in Featured

GPEC Executive Vice President Chris Camacho, 32, has been recognized as a rising star among the nation’s top economic development professionals. Development Counsellors International (DCI), a New York-based firm that specializes in economic development marketing, named Camacho to its distinguished “40 Under 40” panel, the first-ever awards program recognizing young talent in the economic development… Read More →

GPEC boosts state’s economy by attracting more foreign direct investment

Funding Startup Companies Jumpstart Economy
by in Business News | Economy

The Greater Phoenix Economic Council’s California 50 program — which aimed to fly 50 Golden State CEOs to Phoenix for an opportunity to tour and explore the region’s business-friendly environment — proved to be so popular that they expanded it to 100 a week after its launch. But it may be GPEC’s pitch to CEOs… Read More →

GPEC helps region build solid foundation amidst economic downturn

SRP Study Reveals How Businesses Reacted, Adapted To Economy
by in Business News | Economy

The economic downturn rattled almost every industry in Arizona at its foundation. “The recession served as a necessary wake-up call for both the Valley and the entire state,” says Andy Warren, CEO of Maracay Home and Greater Phoenix Economic Council board member. “In the years leading up to the recession, many people in Arizona had… Read More →

Direct Energy bringing 500 jobs to Valley

From left: Steven Murray, president of Direct Energy; Jim Lundy, chairman of GPEC; Kevin Sullivan and Matt George of the Arizona Commerce Authority. Photo by Huan Vo/Az Business
by in Business News | Economy | Energy

Wednesday marked the official announcement of the expansion into Arizona of Direct Energy, a multibillion-dollar energy company which promises to create about 500 new jobs by the end of this year. Based in Houston and specializing in upstream production and downstream delivery, Direct Energy is one of North America’s largest energy services providers with approximately… Read More →

GPEC expands ‘California 50’ program

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by in Business News | Economy

Less than a week after the Greater Phoenix Economic Council (GPEC) launched the California 50 program, the organization today announced it is expanding the program – which aims to fly 50 Golden State CEOs to the Phoenix metro region for an opportunity to tour and explore the market – to 100 California-based CEOs due to… Read More →