Greater Phoenix Economic Council Archives

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 →

GPEC Launches Unique Program After California Passes Massive Tax Initiative

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by in Commerce | Economic Development | Job Creation

The Greater Phoenix Economic Council (GPEC) announced The California 50, a program that offers Golden State CEOs an insider’s look at the Greater Phoenix market. The first 50 qualified California-based CEOs who would like to evaluate the Greater Phoenix market for business growth opportunities will receive complimentary airfare and accommodations. The announcement comes on the… Read More →

Penley Appointed President of Thunderbird

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by in Business News | Education

The Board of Trustees announced that Larry E. Penley, Ph.D., has been elected president and chief academic officer of Thunderbird School of Global Management effective Thursday, November 1, 2012. The appointment  follows a search that attracted top-tier candidates from both business and academic organizations. Dr. Penley’s record of results over a distinguished 35-year career makes… Read More →

GPEC honors Maracay Homes’ president, House Speaker

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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

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

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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

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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 →

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

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by in Economy | Tech

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,… Read More →

Arizona Commerce Authority Celebrates Its 1st Anniversary

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by in Job Creation

With the Arizona Commerce Authority celebrating its 1st year, jobs remain the focus as the state’s CRE industry reaps the benefits. In August, Tempe-based First Solar purchased 635 acres in Pinal County for $9.8M and announced plans to build a generating station on the property. The rapidly expanding, clean-energy company is still constructing its solar module… Read More →

Coalition For Affordable Solar Energy Concerned Arizona Jobs At Stake

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by in Economy | Green | Workforce

The Coalition for Affordable Solar Energy (CASE) and the Greater Phoenix Economic Council (GPEC) are concerned that jobs will be lost in Arizona due to the SolarWorld anti-trade petition. Arizona is the third-largest employer in solar-related fields in America with nearly 5,000 jobs across 980 solar establishments in the state, according to the National Solar… Read More →