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Ambassador Event: Funds for the Future

Greater Phoenix startups have increasing access to venture funding With a diverse industry base and variety of new funds committed to supporting local entrepreneurs, Greater Phoenix has emerged as one of the top alternatives for the growing number of startups leaving traditional hubs like Silicon Valley and New York. The region broke its venture capital […]

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Ambassador Event: Greater Phoenix Tech Story

Insight on Greater Phoenix technology, startup and venture capital ecosystems Greater Phoenix has evolved with the needs of industry since its emergence as a tech leader, supplying military technology after World War II. The region has grown into a home for a variety of next-generation ecosystems in the modern internet age. “We think we’ve entered […]

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Certified Ambassador Event: Non-Profit Organizations...

VSUW community plan addresses health, housing, education & workforce development When the pandemic forced education to go remote, Academia del Pueblo in Phoenix had two major priorities: keeping their students fed and keeping their students learning. The K-8 school’s partnership with Valley of the Sun United Way (VSUW) addressed shortcomings found in the system — […]

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Regional Report: Future of Energy

APS, SRP and Array Technologies discuss Arizona’s clean energy plans Arizona has a natural advantage when it comes to pursuing clean energy goals: sunshine. As the world works to decrease carbon emissions, Arizona is positioned to lead the development of new clean energy technology innovations. Power providers Arizona Public System (APS) and Salt River Project […]

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Ambassador Event: Post-Election Panel

Arizona election leaders discuss priorities for upcoming legislative session In the days following the Arizona midterm elections, a panel of local leaders joined a Greater Phoenix Economic Council Ambassador Event panel to talk about the results, expectations for the coming term and potential upcoming legislation that will benefit the region. Panelists included: Joe Barba, Director […]

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Ambassador Event: Arizona’s Water Position

Arizona utilizing variety of sources to address its water supply Drought has impacted Greater Phoenix and Southwest Basin states for the last 22 years and a shortage of Colorado River water reaching Lake Powell and Lake Mead has led to a dwindling supply and triggered a Tier 2a shortage as declared by the US. Bureau […]

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Ambassador Event: Affordable Housing

How Greater Phoenix is addressing increased housing prices Greater Phoenix has not been immune to the housing price increase experienced throughout the country. With the market adding nearly 100,000 residents each year and low supply stemming from a reluctance to build following the 2008 recession, demand has increased alongside the average price for a home. […]

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Regional Report: State of Black Business 2022

Second Black business report provides new data, recommendations for Arizona The second annual State of Black Business Report quantifies more data around Black-owned businesses and entrepreneurship in Greater Phoenix. The Black/African American community is the state’s fastest-growing demographic, with 33% growth from 2010-2020, heightening the importance of investing in the community to allow Arizona to […]

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GPEC: Strategizing a path forward for the region’s...

GPEC 101 Event Recap Greater Phoenix has matured over the last decade with surging growth in advanced manufacturing and tech, including semiconductor production. In establishing the region as a national hub for these industries, market priorities are shifting alongside the priorities of the Greater Phoenix Economic Council (GPEC). Business attraction is still at the forefront […]

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Ambassador Event: Arizona’s Craft Beer Industry

Greater Phoenix craft beer industry thrives with brewer-distributor relationships With more than 300 days of sunshine each year, Greater Phoenix offers a rare opportunity for craft beer brewers and consumers: year-round access to a patio seat and a pint of beer. The Arizona craft scene has grown significantly since 2008. Innovations from brewers like Chandler-based […]

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