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Greater Phoenix has become a top place to perform research due to the qualified candidates graduating from Arizona's universities, the variety of tax credits and the amount of profit that can be made

Phoenix metro healthcare industry outpacing national...

September 10, 2015

GPEC’s Healthcare Leadership Council launched a new website designed to showcase the innovation capacity and robust ecosystems of the Greater Phoenix healthcare and bioscience sectors. With the region’s healthcare and bioscience sectors expected to grow 31.9% over the next decade, outpacing the projected national average at 19.5%, the site provides an inventory of the resources available and showcases the growth within Greater Phoenix.“The GPEC Healthcare Leadership Council, led by Linda Hunt and Dr. Stuart Flynn, gathers the who’s who of healthcare and biosciences in the Greater Phoenix region,” said Chris Camacho, president and CEO of the Greater Phoenix Economic Council. “The council’s forward thinking idea to centralize the assets and resources around the region allows us to further promote our growth in these industries.” For more information, read the full release. 

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Greater Phoenix has become a top place to perform research due to the qualified candidates graduating from Arizona's universities, the variety of tax credits and the amount of profit that can be made

PAC Worldwide expands to west Phoenix

August 11, 2015

PAC Worldwide, a manufacturer of flexible protective packaging, has opened a manufacturing location in Phoenix. The company also has manufacturing and distribution facilities in Ohio, Mexico and Malaysia with more than 700 people currently employed, and the new Phoenix facility will add more than 50 jobs.“The quick access to California creates an advantageous market for manufacturing, coupled with a large talented technical labor force and pro-business environment found in Greater Phoenix," said Chris Camacho, president & CEO of the Greater Phoenix Economic Council. "We join the city of Phoenix in welcoming PAC Worldwide to the region and look forward to seeing their growth within the market.”For more information, read the full press release. 

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Greater Phoenix has become a top place to perform research due to the qualified candidates graduating from Arizona's universities, the variety of tax credits and the amount of profit that can be made

GPEC President & CEO to participate in White House...

July 30, 2015

The Greater Phoenix Economic Council (GPEC) President & CEO, Chris Camacho, will be speaking at the White House today during the 4th annual White House Forum on Economic Development, hosted by the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) and SelectUSA.Read more in the full press release.

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Greater Phoenix has become a top place to perform research due to the qualified candidates graduating from Arizona's universities, the variety of tax credits and the amount of profit that can be made

Greater Phoenix Economic Council records another banner...

July 16, 2015

GPEC recorded another exceptional fiscal year (which ended June 30th) with the location and expansion of 32 companies, which will add more than 6,200 jobs across the region during the first year of operation and generate nearly $900 million in capital investment.“Our communities’ mayors and their economic development teams do a tremendous job showcasing the business-friendly climate and deep talent pool that makes Greater Phoenix a top choice among leading companies to grow their operations,” said Chris Camacho, president & CEO of GPEC.For more information, read the full press release.

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Greater Phoenix has become a top place to perform research due to the qualified candidates graduating from Arizona's universities, the variety of tax credits and the amount of profit that can be made

Zenefits continues rapid growth with new office in...

June 30, 2015

Last fall, Zenefits announced its first major expansion out of San Francisco, as the company looked to further grow its operations. In just over six months, Zenefits has now announced a second site in Greater Phoenix with a new location in Tempe. “With small businesses across the country wanting to take the HR headaches out of managing their companies, the demand for our HR automation software is off the charts,” said Parker Conrad, CEO and co-founder of Zenefits. “With this fast growth, we need more people to join our team – and a place to put them. We are delighted that we found such a great space here in Arizona.”Read the full release, here.

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Greater Phoenix has become a top place to perform research due to the qualified candidates graduating from Arizona's universities, the variety of tax credits and the amount of profit that can be made

New day in Arizona for relationship with Mexico

June 30, 2015

GPEC President and CEO Chris Camacho recently joined Arizona Governor Doug Ducey during his first trade mission to Mexico. During the trip, the more than 40 business, university and government leaders met with Mexican business and government officials to discuss the important ties between Arizona and Mexico.“Arizona and Mexico share more than an important border for global commerce, but are also connected by the rich historical, social and cultural ties,” said Camacho. “Governor Ducey’s leadership, and the work of David Farca, president of the Arizona Mexico Commission, has set a new tone and reinvigorated dialogue with Mexico City.”Read the full release, here. 

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Greater Phoenix has become a top place to perform research due to the qualified candidates graduating from Arizona's universities, the variety of tax credits and the amount of profit that can be made

Mt. Baker Vapor to move operations to Mesa

June 11, 2015

One of the world’s largest online e-liquid producers and retailers, Mt. Baker Vapor, has officially announced their plans to relocate from Bellingham, Wash. to Mesa, Ariz. The decision came after the state of Washington introduced two bills that if passed would tax the sale of vaping equipment and ban online sales. “Mt. Baker Vapor’s desire to locate in Arizona reinforces our state’s reputation as the best place in the country to do business,” said Sandra Watson, President & CEO of the Arizona Commerce Authority. “Arizona’s pro-business environment, connectivity to world markets and strong talent pool make it a preferred place for companies to scale their businesses in a global economy. We are pleased to welcome Mt. Baker Vapor and look forward to supporting their continued success.” Read the press release here. 

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Greater Phoenix has become a top place to perform research due to the qualified candidates graduating from Arizona's universities, the variety of tax credits and the amount of profit that can be made

New metropolitan Phoenix export plan will help region’s...

May 28, 2015

A regional export plan for Greater Phoenix has been unveiled. The export plan assesses Greater Phoenix’s export climate, sets market-based goals for increasing exports and outlines specific steps that will be taken to promote the region’s economic development efforts. The plan will be overseen by the Metro Phoenix Export Alliance, a new organization composed of C-level industry executives, state leaders and university experts. “With this export plan, Greater Phoenix is acting on what our research shows is untapped potential to grow the region’s economy and support higher-quality jobs,” said Marek Gootman, Brookings director of strategic partnerships and global initiatives.Read more.

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Greater Phoenix has become a top place to perform research due to the qualified candidates graduating from Arizona's universities, the variety of tax credits and the amount of profit that can be made

Booker expands operations to Scottsdale

May 28, 2015

Booker, the leading platform for service commerce, will be expanding to Scottsdale. Booker will be moving into SkySong, the ASU Innovation Center, joining more than 70 other companies affiliated with SkySong. Booker will also be joining the ranks of other major tech companies that have chosen to expand to Greater Phoenix. “We are excited to become a part of the unique ecosystem in Scottsdale’s SkySong ASU Innovation Center,” said Josh McCarter, Booker CEO. "Scottsdale's talent pool, world-class technology presence, and university partnerships make it an ideal place to expand our business and continue our mission of helping small and medium service businesses grow intelligently while serving their customers better."Read the press release.

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Greater Phoenix has become a top place to perform research due to the qualified candidates graduating from Arizona's universities, the variety of tax credits and the amount of profit that can be made

Arvato digital services leases 33,048 SF in Chandler

May 28, 2015

Arvato Digital Services, LLC, a subsidiary of the multi-billion dollar multinational mass media company Bertelsmann, has signed a six year lease for office space at the San Tan Tech Center in Chandler. This is Arvato’s first Arizona location.“We are pleased to welcome a company such as Arvato Digital Services to the region, an outstanding international business outsourcing company who has chosen to locate their latest operations center in the city of Chandler,” said Chris Camacho, president and CEO of the Greater Phoenix Economic Council. Read more.

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