All across the state — and nation — there are questions surrounding the economy. Inflation is impacting the way we work and live. Housing costs have mad home ownership an unreachable dream for many, yet businesses are still struggling to attract and retain employees. But those companies may be able to learn something from the companies who have been voted as the Best Places to Work in Arizona.

The 100 Best Places to Live and Work in Arizona for 2023 earned the most support in voting for the 2023 edition of Ranking Arizona, the state’s biggest business opinion poll. 

“Workplace culture has become such a important factor to the bottom line,” says Amy Fricke, human resources manager at LGE Design Build, one of the companies that earned a spot on the list of the 100 Best Places to Live and Work in Arizona for 2023. “We had the pandemic, which was a transition for everybody. So creating the right culture and bringing in the right people that fit that culture helps make the business grow and the business succeed.”

So, how can companies build that culture needed to grow and succeed?

“Our culture is very specific,” says Todd Steffen, president at CORE Construction Arizona, which was also named to the list of the 100 Best Places to Live and Work in Arizona. “It’s written down. We actually put it down on paper probably in 2010, even though we’re a company that’s more than 80 years old. We started identifying and defining it clearly so that we could teach it and explain it.”

Steffen says culture at CORE begins with the idea of team and trust.

“If there is no trust, it’s hard to get anything of value done,” he says. “So, where does trust begin? Trust begins with me earning the trust of the people that I work with inside of our four walls. And once you develop a team internally and earn the trust of each other, you start to earn the trust of your building partners and your clients.”

Here are the 100 Best Places to Live and Work in Arizona for 2023. And in the coming days, learn more about some of the companies featured on this list with in-depth stories and video interviews:

Thursday: Burch & Cracchiolo

Friday: Canyon State Electric

Monday: CORE Construction Arizona

Tuesday: LGE Design Build

100 Best Places to Live and Work in Arizona

ABI Multifamily

Adolfson & Peterson Construction

Aker Ink PR & Marketing


Anderson Security Agency

Arizona Bank & Trust

Arizona Diamondbacks

Arizona Financial Credit Union

Arizona Oncology

Arizona State University

Asset Living

Aurora Behavioral Health System

Avison Young

azarchitecture/Jarson & Jarson Real Estate


Banner Behavioral Health Hospital

Banner Health

Bar Napkin Productions

Barclay Group

Bel-Aire Mechanical

Bennett and Porter Insurance Services

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Arizona Properties

Bivens & Associates

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona

Blue Signal Search

Burch & Cracchiolo


COLE Architects

CORE Construction

CVAM, Cardiovascular Associates of Mesa

Cachet Homes

Canyon State Electric

Capital Asset Management

Cawley Architects

City of Chandler

City of Flagstaff

City of Glendale

City of Mesa

City of Peoria

City of Phoenix

City of Scottsdale

City of Tempe

City to City Commercial


Comitz Stanley

Copa Health



Desert Financial Credit Union

Digital Air Strike

dpa architects

Engelman Berger



Guidant Law Firm

Haydon Building Corp



Hospice of the Valley

I Need An Angel Inc. Caregivers You Can Depend On

IMPACT Technology Recruiting


Kidder Mathews


LGE Design Build

Land Advisors Organization

Landings Credit Union


Lerner and Rowe Law Group

Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie

Mark-Taylor Companies

Mark-Taylor Residential


McCarthy Building Companies

Menlo Group Commercial Real Estate

National Bank of Arizona

NexMetro Communities

North&Co. Real Estate

OneAZ Credit Union

P.B. Bell

Pacific Premier Bank

Precision Air & Plumbing


ReThinc Advertising

Realty Executives

Republic Bank of Arizona

Salt River Project (SRP)


Speedie & Associates

Team Select Home Care

The CORE Institute

The CORE Institute

Todd & Associates

Town of Gilbert

Town of Queen Creek

Velocity Retail Group

ViaWest Group

WaFd Bank Arizona

Wells Fargo Bank Arizona NA

Wood, Patel & Associates