Greater Phoenix Economic Council Archives

Arizona Commerce Authority Celebrates Its 1st Anniversary

Arizona Commerce Authority, AZRE Magazine November/December 2011
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

Coalition for Affordable Solar Energy
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 →

First Solar To Open Manufacturing Plant In Mesa

First Solar, Mesa
by in Green

First Solar is moving to Mesa after consolidating its Vietnam manufacturing plant. The First Solar manufacturing plant will bring approximately 1,200 jobs to Mesa. The plant is currently in its construction phase and the estimated completion for the manufacturing plant’s first phase will be in the third quarter of 2012. First Solar’s Reciprocal Benefits For Company and… Read More →

People To Know 2011 Industry Leaders And Photos

People to Know 2011 Reception & Awards Ceremony
by in Award Events

AZRE Magazine’s People to Know 2011 reception and awards ceremony was held on November 10, 2011 at the Scottsdale Waterfront. In attendance was Arizona’s largest local and national real estate audience, including the following People to Know recipients: attorneys, accountants, city planners, property managers, economic developers and brokers. Throughout the night, we also announced the… Read More →

New WESTMARC President Leverages GPEC Experience To Benefit Organization

WESTMARC Logo - AZ Business Magazine July/August 2011
by in AZ Business Magazine | Economy

In June, Michelle Rider was named WESTMARC president and CEO. On July 1, she officially replaced Jack Lunsford, who had held the post for seven years. For nine years, Rider has held key positions with the Greater Phoenix Economic Council (GPEC). How is the West Valley economy fairing compared to last year? The West Valley… Read More →

First Solar and Mesa Proving Grounds: East Valley Center for Economic Growth

First Solar
by in Building Green

CoreNet Global brought together panelists who were instrumental in the planning that led to First Solar’s decision to locate their second US manufacturing facility in the City of Mesa. On March 17, 2011, First Solar announced it was acquiring 135 acres within the Mesa Proving Grounds to build the first phase of a $300 million… Read More →

WESTMARC Announces New President And CEO

WESTMARC CEO & President, Michelle Rider

The new President & CEO of WESTMARC has been chosen — Michelle Rider. Chair Candace Wiest says WESTMARC is delighted to announce Rider has accepted their offer as CEO. Wiest commented on the selection process saying, “The skills we identified as critical were the ability to build relationships, strong background in economic development and public… Read More →

New Arizona Forward Initiative Hopes To Balance Future Economic Development With Sustainability Concerns

San Tan Valley Sunrise, Valley Forward initiative Arizona Forward

The future of Arizona’s economic development is one that is still being decided. In order to help push Arizona in the right direction, Valley Forward has launched an initiative called Arizona Forward. The more than 40-year-old group brings together business and government leaders to help improve the environment and livability of communities in the Valley.… Read More →

Linda Hunt, CEO, St. Joseph’s Hospital And Medical Center

CEO Linda Hunt - AZ Business Magazine Mar/Apr 2011

CEO Series: Linda Hunt Title: President Company: CHW Arizona/St. Joseph’s Hospital & Medical Center How is St. Joseph’s preparing itself to meet the changes being brought on by national health care reform and the state’s budget crisis? We’ve been on the ground from the very beginning. Catholic Healthcare West, our parent company, has really been… Read More →

The Fight To Lure Solar Companies To The Valley Is Fierce

Solar Companies - AZRE Magazine March/April 2011
by in Building Green

The fight to lure solar energy companies to Arizona will be fierce in 2011, as states become more competitive in their efforts to land solar companies that are themselves battling for funding in a stagnant capital market. “(This year) will be more competitive than 2010 because the states are feeling more pressure and the idea… Read More →

Greater Phoenix Economic Council Profiles

The GPEC building in Phoenix - AZ Business Magazine Jan/Feb 2011
by in AZ Business Magazine | Economy

Georgia Lord GPEC Ambassador Chairwoman Former Vice Mayor City of Goodyear As the wife of an Air Force officer, Georgia Lord has experienced myriad of cultures. Little did she know that while with him on assignment in Germany, she would get the opportunity to ride in a blimp bearing, coincidentally, the name of the city… Read More →

Renewable Energy Tax Incentive Program Helps GPEC Bring In The Shining Stars Of Solar

A Rioglass solar facility, GPEC

It makes sense that a city with an average of more than 321 days of sunshine a year is taking the lead in solar, thanks in large part to the tireless efforts of the energy source’s biggest crusader in Arizona: the Greater Phoenix Economic Council (GPEC). “I think if you look at comprehensively the way… Read More →

Developing the Road Map to Growth in the Sun Corridor

Arizona Mega-Region, Sun Corridor
by in Blogs | Economy | Events | Green

With the housing industry in the slumps and fewer construction jobs, now is the time for Arizona to look at ways to diversify its economy to guarantee a sustainable future. The region’s population is poised to grow from 5 million to 10 million by 2050, so we will also face the environmental challenges of accommodating… Read More →

People To Know’s Top Industry Leaders Of The Year Announced

PTK Top Industry Leaders 2010
by in Events | Real Estate

AZRE: Arizona Commercial Real Estate Magazine’s latest edition of Top People to Know (PTK) in Commercial Real Estate has just been published, and last night the winners of the PTK Top Industry Leaders were announced at a special event. PTK showcases the most influential people working in commercial real estate in Arizona in the categories… Read More →