Greater Phoenix at CoreNet Global Summit

Find us at CoreNet Booth 135

Greater Phoenix Economic Council (GPEC) is a nonprofit organization with a mission to attract and grow quality businesses and advocate for Greater Phoenix’s competitiveness. As a top economic development organization globally, GPEC works with 22 member communities, Maricopa County and almost 200 private investors to accomplish its mission and serve as a strategic partner to companies across the world as they expand or relocate.

GPEC’s business development team provides confidential, expert support including labor and economic impact data and analytics, streamlined real estate searches, and connectivity to decision makers.

GPEC Attendees

Mark Paratore

Vice President – Business Development

Ashley Busada, CEcD

Senior Director – Business Development

Regional Partner Attendees

Allison Grigg

Vice President – Business Development, Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA)

Kelly Patton

Manager – Economic Development, Arizona Public Service (APS)

Kelly Sandin

Assistant Director – Economic Development, Arizona State University (ASU)

Michael Martella

Project Manager – Economic Development, Town of Gilbert

MaKenzie Wilson

Program Manager – Economic Development, Town of Gilbert

Robert Ito

Project Manager – Economic Development, City of Goodyear

Nathan Wright 

Deputy Director – Economic Development, City of Phoenix

Karla Moran

Principal – Economic Development, Salt River Project (SRP)

Rob Millar, CEcD

Director – Economic Development, City of Scottsdale

Kirsten Hall

Project Manager – Business Attraction, City of Surprise

Marissa Garnett, CEcD

Project Manager – Economic Development, City of Queen Creek

Greater Phoenix: By the Numbers


Ranked 1st for talent attraction and regional competitiveness

Lightcast Scorecard, 2021


Ranked 3rd in the nation for small business job growth

Paychex/IHS Markit, 2021


Arizona ranked 5th for projected tech job growth from 2020-2030

Cyberstates, 2021

Industrial and office locates, 2020-2021

Recent Greater Phoenix Expansions

GPEC’s complimentary services


Operating cost comparison


Connectivity to key resources


Regional labor market data


Industry ecosystem analysis


Site selection assistance


Custom analysis