Greater Phoenix Economic Council Archives

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

AZ Business Magazine - Digital Issue

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

Strategic Economic Development Plan
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

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 →