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GPEC named top 10 economic development organization

Site Selection announces 2017 Mac Conway Awards

PHOENIX (May 9, 2017) – The Greater Phoenix Economic Council (GPEC) has been named a recipient of the 2017 Mac Conway Awards for Excellence in Economic Development by Site Selection magazine, a national publication geared toward those in the decision-making process for expansions and relocations. The Mac Awards, named in honor of Site Selection founding publisher H. McKinley “Mac” Conway are awarded to the top local and regional US economic development groups of 2016.

“The true public-private partnership taking place in Greater Phoenix is undoubtedly why the region continues to be on the radar for so many companies during their site selection evaluation,” said Chris Camacho, president and CEO of the Greater Phoenix Economic Council. “It is an incredible honor to be recognized as a top economic development organization nationally, and is emblematic of the dedication of our staff, the collaboration with the business community, and the regionalism exhibited by the mayors and county supervisors in Greater Phoenix.”

This year’s Mac Conway Award winners were determined by an index that examines corporate facility investment projects in US metro areas as tracked by Site Selection’s proprietary Conway Projects Database in 2016. Scores are awarded based on six criteria: total projects, total investment associated with those projects and total jobs associated with those projects; and those same three numbers calculated per capita for the metro area.

“Locations throughout the US and in every region of the world compete aggressively for direct investment at home and from abroad,” says Site Selection Editor in Chief Mark Arend. “Those appearing on these rankings have demonstrated with actual project numbers and other measures that they have the location attributes most in demand by capital investors.”

More information on the award and recipients can be found here.

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About the Greater Phoenix Economic Council (GPEC)

A true public-private partnership, GPEC is the regional economic development organization for Greater Phoenix. Working with its 23 member communities, Maricopa County and more than 170 private investors, GPEC attracts quality businesses to this dynamic region. By creating a high-performance economy through capital investments and jobs, Greater Phoenix companies enjoy a business climate where they can compete and thrive in today’s global economy. Since 1989, GPEC has worked to achieve an economically sound and sustainable region. For more information, visit www.gpec.org.

Media Contact:

Michelle Kauk, 602-262-8602, or mkauk@gpec.org