As Senior Vice President of Business Development at GPEC, Mitchel Allen-Rivera specializes in providing market analysis and site-selection assistance to manufacturing and distribution companies looking to expand or relocate to the region. He has facilitated corporate expansions leading to the creation of more than 6,100 jobs, resulting in an investment impact of more than $1.7 billion to the Greater Phoenix region. His recent experience involves projects in the high-tech electronics manufacturing, plastic injection molding, and distribution spaces. He is currently working with more than 70 companies in a variety of industries, including biotechnology, healthcare and manufacturing.
Prior to joining GPEC, Mitchel was with the City of Chandler as an Economic Development Specialist where he focused on business attraction, retention and expansion, as well as collaborated with regional and state agencies. He also managed the 60,000-sqaure-foot Innovations Science and Technology Incubator in Chandler, which opened in 2011.
Mitchel was born and raised in Tempe, Arizona, where he earned his bachelor’s degree from Arizona State University. Mitchel serves on the board of directors of the Arizona Association for Economic Development (AAED), and is a member of NAIOP and SIOR. He is also a mentor for Year Up and New Pathways for Youth.
He was recently awarded Economic Developer of the Year 2017 by the Arizona Association of Economic Development and was also named one of North America’s Top 50 Economic Developers by Consultant Connect in 2017.