Sandra Watson Archives

Tech Council announces winners, finalists for Innovation Awards

Self-Service Technologies, Technology

The Arizona Technology Council and the Arizona Commerce Authority announced Individual Award winners, Company Award finalists and Student and Teacher Awards for the 2016 Governor’s Celebration of Innovation Awards (GCOI) presented by Avnet. The awards honor the visionaries of Arizona’s technology ecosystem whose passion and dedication energize Arizona’s rapidly growing technology community. “We were pleased to… Read More →

ACA names director of the Office of Economic Opportunity

Debra Schooler

The Arizona Commerce Authority Thursday selected Paul Shannon as its director of the Office of Economic Opportunity. The office will serve as an analytics and strategy team under the Arizona Commerce Authority that will continually analyze how Arizona stacks up against other states, identify ways to drive down regulatory and tax burdens and provide real-time data so… Read More →

Arizona Commerce Authority launches aerospace database

Apache Longbow

The Arizona Commerce Authority and Arizona Zanjeros aerospace and defense industry sub-committee launched a comprehensive database designed to connect aerospace and defense companies with Arizona-based suppliers. The database will serve as a go-to resource for Arizona’s aerospace and defense companies and the state’s growing supply chain. It contains detailed profiles of more than 1,250 companies with a… Read More →

ACA announces 2016 Arizona Innovation Challenge winners


The Spring 2016 round of the Arizona Innovation Challenge (AIC) has concluded as the Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA) announced the six awardees in its bi-annual business plan competition on Tuesday. The ACA provides $3 million in grants annually – $1.5 million in the spring and $1.5 million in the fall – to the most qualified, innovative startups… Read More →

New York-based Oscar Health expands into Tempe

The Circuit

Oscar, a New York-based health insurance company, is expanding its Oscar Concierge team into Tempe at The Circuit, an adaptive re-use development near the Loop 101 and Loop 202 freeways. Oscar is a new kind of health insurance company designed to put people first. Through a high-tech, data-driven approach, easy-to-understand language and a unique set… Read More →

College Football Playoff has $273.6M economic impact


The 2016 College Football Playoff (CFP) National Championship generated $273.6 million in economic impact, highest among Arizona’s eight college football title games, according to a study by the L. William Seidman Research Institute at Arizona State University’s W.P. Carey School of Business. An estimated 65,401 visitors came to Arizona for the 2016 College Football Playoff… Read More →

Orbital ATK will expand operations in Gilbert, add jobs


Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey and Orbital ATK, one of the Valley’s leading aerospace and defense technology firms, announced, Friday, the expansion of the company’s engineering operations in Gilbert. The expansion will add 60,000 square feet to the site that includes Orbital ATK’s Satellite Manufacturing Facility, one of the largest and most advanced spacecraft assembly and… Read More →

CEOs say education is Arizona’s No. 1 business challenge

Enterprise Bank & Trust

In a first-of-its-kind survey of Arizona-based businesses about the state’s overall business climate, findings show that the number one business issue in the state is education, and that the number one priority for local and state governments should be increasing K-12 public funding. The concern around education as it applies to job readiness was underscored through… Read More →

Census report shows record year for Arizona exports


Preliminary data released this morning by the U.S. Census Bureau notes that Arizona’s 2015 exports were $22.56 billion, representing Arizona’s largest export year in recorded history. Additionally, Arizona exports were 6.2 percent higher than 2014, making it the 4th fastest growing export economy in the U.S. “These impressive trade figures are further evidence that Arizona is… Read More →

ACA announces Innovation Challenge winners


The Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA) has named six innovative early-stage companies as winners in the Fall 2015 round of the Arizona Innovation Challenge (AIC), its bi-annual business plan competition. “The Arizona Commerce Authority is proud to provide ongoing support to our state’s vibrant entrepreneurial ecosystem,” said Sandra Watson, Arizona Commerce Authority President and CEO. “Advancing… Read More →

ACA announces Fall Innovation Challenge finalists

Self-Service Technologies, Technology

The Fall 2015 round of the Arizona Innovation Challenge (AIC) continues as the Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA) today announced 10 finalists in its bi-annual business plan competition. The ACA provides $3 million in grants annually – $1.5 million in the spring and $1.5 million in the fall – to the most qualified, innovative startups and… Read More →

Canadians help heat up Arizona economy

Icefields Parkway, Banff; Jasper National Parks, Alberta, Canada
by in AZ Business Magazine | Economy | Featured

Canadians love escaping the cold and traveling south to soak up the Arizona sun, but Arizona is becoming more than just a vacation destination for Canadians. Arizona’s economic climate offers Canadian companies a great place to enter the U.S. market, and Canadian companies are taking advantage of Arizona’s favorable business climate. More than 350 Canadian… Read More →

Arizona Commerce Authority leads promotion initiative

Phoenix Sky Harbor, Economic Impact

The Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA) is launching a statewide promotion development project aimed at creating a fresh and unified message to enhance Arizona economic development and tourism, and encourage civic pride. The project – led by the ACA – will be a grassroots, public effort and engage leaders and Arizona citizens from all corners of the… Read More →

Hundreds of healthcare jobs added to Arizona labor market


Arizona’s healthcare sector has grown faster than the national average in the past year, and HealthPlanOne’s recent announcement to add hundreds of new jobs with its new Gilbert facility continues this trend in the Valley. One in every five jobs added in the state over the past year was in healthcare. The HPOne Gilbert facility… Read More →