The cream always rises

Michael Gossie, Managing Editor
It seems fitting that this issue of Az Business comes on the heels of Forbes Magazine naming Arizona the best state for future job growth. Th e Moody’s report
projected a job growth rate of 3.1 percent through 2019. Economic experts said Arizona has become a landing spot for expanding businesses because of its skilled workforce, available real estate and diversified economy.

A look inside this issue of Az Business reveals many of the reasons why Arizona has become such a hotbed for business growth and development. Some of the most dynamic businesses in Arizona are featured as finalists for the 2016 Industry Leaders of Arizona (ILoA) Awards, which recognize the contributions and impact of Arizona based companies on both the economy of Arizona and in the communities they serve.

State and local offi cials have announced several recent expansions into the state, including Gainsight, Northern Trust Bank, Home Depot and Santander Consumer USA Holdings Inc. The Greater Phoenix Economic Council, featured in a special report, is responsible for attracting many companies to the state and helping them grow once they get here. By 2020, experts say almost half of the workforce will be made up of Millennials.

While Millennials get a bad rap from many, there is no doubt they are shaping Arizona’s business landscape and making it their own. Meet some of Arizona’s most influential Millennials inside this issue.

What a great way to begin 2016.
Michael Gossie, Editor in Chief

Michael Gossie