Chris Camacho

Water: Key Resource in Greater Phoenix and the Semiconductor...

Committing to a sustainable future for economic growth by Chris Camacho Water, one of the most important elements in the semiconductor manufacturing process, has always been a precious resource in Arizona. Its conservation and management have been a priority for generations, even predating statehood. More than any other state, Arizona understands the importance of long-term […]

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To maximize economic growth, we must invest in Arizona’s...

Honing creativity to build the future economy of the Grand Canyon State by Chris Camacho and Patrick McWhortor Arts and culture programs are widely accepted as a mode to build community, celebrate and enhance Arizona’s beauty, recognize the cultures that have shaped our way of life over the years and foster mutual respect as we […]

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Addressing the growth paradox

Chris Camacho & Kathleen Lee share how Arizona’s competitiveness depends on maintaining growth while reducing stress on local resources by Chris Camacho and Kathleen Lee Arizona competitiveness policies over the past decade have built a more diversified, prosperous, and resilient economy and led to income growth faster than the national average and better than 41 […]

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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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GPEC President and CEO Chris Camacho Reappointed to...

August 17, 2022

Camacho was first named to the Investment Advisory Council in 2019, serving a two-year term Greater Phoenix Economic Council President & CEO, Chris Camacho, was reappointed to the Secretary of Commerce’s Investment Advisory Council (IAC), operating under the current Secretary of Commerce, Gina Raimondo. “It’s a great privilege to work alongside the talented and diverse […]

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Convening the Community Part 2: The Economic Imperatives

10 areas of focus for Greater Phoenix’s next stage of growth As Greater Phoenix continues to grow, we must be strategic about how that growth occurs. Growth for growth’s sake is not going to lead to an equitable economy. By deploying intentional strategies and developing innovative collaborations, the market will maintain the current trajectory and become […]

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Convening the Community: Part 1

The 2030 vision of the Greater Phoenix economy Every region hits an inflection point in which it must develop and implement an intentional growth strategy to assure it continues to innovate and stay ahead of the curve in order to remain competitive on the international stage. If successful, a region can thwart decline and spring […]

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Regional Report: Semiconductors

Greater Phoenix becoming global semiconductor industry hub Major investment to the Greater Phoenix economy from domestic and international semiconductor companies has presented the region with an opportunity to become a world leader in the industry. In 1990, almost 40% of the global semiconductor chain was produced in the U.S., but production capacity is now around […]

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GPEC named top economic development organization for...

Site Selection announces 2021 Mac Conway Awards  For the fifth year in a row, we have received a 2021 Mac Conway Award for Excellence in Economic Development by Site Selection magazine. The Mac Conway Award, named in honor of Site Selection founding publisher, H. McKinley “Mac” Conway, is awarded to the top 20 local and regional U.S. economic development groups of […]

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Three AAED members named top 50 economic developers...

February 12, 2021

PHOENIX (Feb. 12, 2021) – The Arizona Association for Economic Development (AAED) has announced three of its members have been named to the 2021 North America’s Top 50 Economic Developers by Consultant Connect, a service for educational and networking events for economic developers and site selectors. Chris Camacho, president & CEO of the Greater Phoenix […]

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