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GPEC Ranked No. 1 Regional Economic Development Organization by National Site Selectors

Published: 09/18/2023
Updated: 11/07/2023

PHOENIX (Sept. 18, 2023) – Greater Phoenix Economic Council (GPEC) ranks as the No.1 regional economic development organization (EDO) in the country, according to a new survey of site selectors released today at the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) Annual Conference in Dallas. 

Conducted by Development Counsellors International (DCI) every three years, the “Winning Strategies in Economic Development Marketing” survey has tracked trends in economic development since its inception in 1996. In the survey’s 10th edition, GPEC ranked as the No. 1 regional EDO out of the 68 groups listed by participating site selection consultants. GPEC recently reached its 34th year advancing Greater Phoenix and in that time has facilitated more than 980 locates, creating over 180,000 high-quality jobs and more than $65 billion in capital investment. 

“Greater Phoenix continues to see incredible growth and has become a hub for numerous innovative industries supported by the region’s pro-business ecosystem and spirit of collaboration,” said GPEC’s President and CEO Chris Camacho. “We remain dedicated to building an environment where emerging businesses and new ideas are encouraged and advanced while providing valuable research and resources for our site selection partners, which is key to building a competitive future for the region.” 

“One of the most powerful findings from this year’s Winning Strategies study is that we are seeing a significant increase since 2020 of business decision makers who plan to outsource a portion of the site selection process to a consultant or real estate broker in the year ahead”, said Julie Curtin, president of DCI’s economic development practice.  “An economic development organization that has nurtured relationships and served as an effective “go to EDO” for the needs of site selection consultants should be well positioned for expansions and relocations.” 

To view DCI’s full “Winning Strategies” survey report, visit www.aboutdci.com/winning-strategies. 

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About Greater Phoenix Economic Council
The Greater Phoenix Economic Council (GPEC), globally recognized as a top economic development organization (EDO), works to attract and grow quality businesses and advocate for the competitiveness of Greater Phoenix. A data-driven regional EDO, GPEC works with 22 member communities, Maricopa County and more than 200 private investors to accomplish its mission and serve as a strategic partner to companies across the world as they expand or relocate to Greater Phoenix. Over the past 34 years, GPEC has fueled the regional economy by helping over 980 companies, creating nearly 182,000 jobs and more than $65 billion in capital investment. Greater Phoenix is in a relentless pursuit of innovative and entrepreneurial-focused companies looking to thrive and scale in a vibrant, dynamic region. There is an undeniable spirit in the region; one rooted in strength, collaboration and resilience. Greater Phoenix is Greater Together. For more information about GPEC and how we can assist your businesses, visit www.gpec.org 

For media inquiries, contact Kalia Pang at kpang@gpec.org or 602.262.8615. 

About DCI
Development Counsellors International (DCI) is the leader in travel, economic development and talent attraction marketing. Since 1960, DCI has worked with more than 500 cities, regions, states and countries, helping them attract business investors, visitors and workers. DCI has offices in New York and Denver. For more information, visit aboutdci.com.