Greater Phoenix Economic Council Archives

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 - AZ Business Magazine Jan/Feb 2011

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 →

Business And Community Leaders Are Trying To Figure Out What Health Care Reform Will Mean In Arizona

Health Care Reform in Arizona - AZ Business Magazine Nov/Dec 2010

For government and business, providers and patients, the U.S. health care reform legislation promises a new world of costs and care. Most individuals without insurance will be able to get it. Those who have insurance already probably will have to pay more for it. Hospitals, doctors and others in the front lines of health care… Read More →

Green News Roundup – Building A Green Economy, Solar Power & More

Green Economy
by in Blogs | Economy | Green | Politics

Welcome to our weekly green news roundup. This week we’ve gathered stories about the benefits of making your home energy efficient, building a green economy and solar in Arizona. Feel free to send along any stories you’d like by e-mailing me at Also visit AZ Green Scene for informative articles on sustainability endeavors in… Read More →

GPEC Profile: Candace Wiest, President And CEO Of West Valley National Bank

Candace Wiest President and CEO, West Valley National Bank Even before West Valley National Bank opened its doors on Dec. 23, 2006, a decision was made to join the Greater Phoenix Economic Council. Becoming an active member of GPEC made good business sense. “What I like about GPEC is its economic development focus,” says Candace… Read More →

GPEC Profile: Craig Robb, Executive Vice President And Director Of Finance And Administration, National Bank Of Arizona

Craig Robb Executive vice president and director of finance and administration, National Bank of Arizona With a 17-year career in land development prior to joining National Bank of Arizona seven years ago, Craig Robb was a natural to become an active member of the Greater Phoenix Economic Council. Robb, executive vice president and director of… Read More →

GPEC Profile: Steve Cowman, CEO Of Stirling Energy Systems Inc.

by in AZ Business Magazine | Economy | Featured | Green | Tech

Steve Cowman CEO, Stirling Energy Systems Inc. (SES) With more than a hint of an Irish brogue, Steve Cowman sounds like he has found a home in what he calls the solar capital of the Southwest. The CEO of Stirling Energy Systems Inc. (SES) is enthused about the prospects for an expanding solar energy industry,… Read More →

Q&A With Michael Bidwell, Chairman Of GPEC, President Of The Arizona Cardinals

Michael Bidwill Chairman, GPEC President, Arizona Cardinals Why did you opt for a second term as GPEC chairman? It is an honor to serve a second year as chairman of GPEC. The organization is doing meaningful work, and I wanted to help build upon that work. I think it’s also important to provide consistency in… Read More →