A lot happened in Arizona this year. More jobs were added, the state finally recovered from the Great Recession and new leaders and generations continue to make great strides in Arizona’s business community.

To reflect back on 2016, a year filled with change, we wanted to share with you, the 10 most read stories from Az Business on azbigmedia.com.

Az Business honors Most Influential Women in Arizona Business


This year, Az Business magazine honored the most influential women in Arizona’s business community, who were selected from a pool of more than 1,000 candidates. The women were picked for the influence they have in their respective industries, and their track records of leadership and innovation at their companies.

Upcoming Phoenix Community built with Millennials in mind

Phoenix community
A rendering of Encanto Moon Valley (Photo Provided by Encanto Living)

Millennials make up the most workers in the U.S., and have grown up in an era of different tastes, thanks to technology. So, it’s no surprise that folks were excited to hear about a new housing development that would be built in the Central Phoenix area, tailored with Millennials in mind.

$3.5B manufacturer will move HQ to Phoenix

Downtown Phoenix
Downtown Phoenix

Arizona has been focusing on economic development, attracting businesses from across the country to move their headquarters to the state, or open up new offices. It’s no surprise that it was big news when a $3.5 billion manufacturing firm decided to move its headquarters to Phoenix from North Carolina.

Arizona’s water concerns, and how to avert crisis

Water treatment
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Water is one of the most important things to Arizona’s future. Without the state’s canal systems, much of the development that has occurred here never would have happened. So, it’s important to continue to try and avoid a water crisis in the future.

Two firms opening Phoenix offices, plan to hire 850

Phoenix Offices
Metro North Corporate Park

Two firms from out-of-state decided at the beginning of 2016 to locate offices in Arizona. And as a result, the firms were planning to hire a total of 850 employees, continuing Arizona’s economic development momentum.

Who are Arizona’s most influential Millennials?


Millennials now represent the largest piece of Arizona’s workforce. So, it’s no surprise that folks were interested in reading about some of the most influential Millennials in Arizona. Be on the look out for our next list of Arizona’s most influential Millennials next month.

Bob Parsons unveils state-of-the-art production studio


The billionaire founder of GoDaddy was very active this year, and this seemed to be one of his more interesting dealings this year. The Scottsdale studio can shoot television and commercials, have audio recordings and a whole lot more.

ACC Awards honor Arizona’s top in-house attorneys


The legal community is very prominent here in Arizona, and legal professionals gathered earlier this year to celebrate the best of in-house counsel.

Meet the Top 100 Lawyers in Arizona

Fennemore Craig

Every year, Az Business magazine’s editorial team partners with industry experts to determine the top 100 lawyers in the state. So, if you’re in need of legal advice sometime in the near future, you might want to consult this list.

Fiesta Bowl will now be PlayStation Fiesta Bowl

Playstation Fiesta Bowl
Ohio State coach Urban Meyer celebrating his win against Notre Dame at the 2015 Fiesta Bowl. (Photo courtesy of Fiesta Bowl)

The Fiesta Bowl is an Arizona staple, and this year it has a new title sponsor, that comes from a video game console.