The mission of AAED is to serve as Arizona’s unified voice advocating for responsible economic development through an effective program of professional education, public policy, and collaboration.
The Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA) is the leading economic development organization with a streamlined mission to grow and strengthen Arizona’s economy. The ACA uses a three-pronged approach to advance the overall economy: recruit, grow, create – recruit out-of-state companies to expand their operations in Arizona; work with existing companies to grow their business in Arizona and beyond; and partner with entrepreneurs and companies large and small to create new jobs and businesses in targeted industries.
APS believes some of a community’s greatest assets are the businesses that call it home. Our economic development programs help Arizona communities retain successful hometown companies and encourage them to create more jobs. Arizona Public Service Company (APS) has been powering Arizona’s economic growth since its founding in 1886. Healthy, vital communities are an essential part of APS’s vision of “creating a sustainable energy future for Arizona.”
The purpose of the Entrepreneurship Outreach Network is to create a collaborative network of libraries, museums and community partners that advance and promote local innovation and entrepreneurship through knowledge sharing. The partners in the network provide community members with broad access to continuing education in entrepreneurship, mentors, service providers, and other community-based resources for current and aspiring small-business owners. To learn more about EON, click here.
The Arizona Technology Council is the driving force behind making our state the fastest growing technology hub in the nation; connecting and empowering Arizona’s technology community. As Arizona’s premier trade association for science and technology companies, the Council is recognized as having a diverse professional business community. The Arizona Technology Council offers numerous events, educational forums and business conferences that bring together leaders, managers, employees and visionaries to make an impact on the technology industry. Council members work toward furthering the advancement of technology in Arizona through leadership, education, legislation and social action. These interactions contribute to the Council’s culture of growing member businesses and transforming technology in Arizona
The purpose of the Buckeye Valley Chamber of Commerce is to provide leadership, support local businesses and build strong partnerships dedicated to promote business, education and community interests of Buckeye. The Buckeye Valley Chamber of Commerce is a membership organization of the business and professional community.
The Buckeye Main Street Coalition began in 1986. Main Street is an important part of a larger effort to enhance and preserve downtown Buckeye. The City of Buckeye designates a percentage of the City’s transaction privilege tax to be used for revitalization purposes. Main Street is responsible for finding effective uses for those funds, and to make formal requests to the City Council.
“BIEN” means “good” or “right” in Spanish and French. It is also an acronym for “Building an International Economic Network.” The purpose of BIEN is to create a business-to-business e-platform to connect individual businesses across international boundaries. Businesses in Arizona, Mexico and Canada can directly contact each other in order to partner and grow their businesses.
The Canada Arizona Business Council was formed to promote and increase bilateral Foreign Direct Investment, Trade, and Tourism between Canada and Arizona. The CABC brings together senior players in every industry on both sides of the border. Our networking capability assures “one degree of separation” from the decision makers in any field. These business leaders are the CEOs, Presidents, entrepreneurs, and professionals who will achieve our goals. Simply stated, the CABC facilitates business marriages at the decision maker level.
The Greater Phoenix Economic Council (GPEC) is one of the region’s premier economic development groups. GPEC has been working on behalf of businesses looking to relocate and expand – at absolutely no cost to the company – for more than 25 years. We are a public-private partnership representing Maricopa County, 22 communities throughout the region and more than 170 private investors.
Our mission is to attract quality businesses to the Greater Phoenix region from around the world, and to advocate and champion foundational efforts to improve the region’s competitiveness.
The Mission of the GMFTZ is to develop, grow, and promote Western Maricopa County and the Greater Maricopa Foreign Trade Zone to enhance economic development in the West Valley. GMFTZ will, through collaboration and leadership, provide the West Valley’s cities, towns, developers and businesses with the tools and support to create partnerships that will foster, maintain, and grow the premier foreign trade zone in the United States.
Founded in 1957, ICSC is the premier global trade association of the shopping center industry. Its more than 70,000 members in over 100 countries include shopping center owners, developers, managers, marketing specialists, investors, retailers and brokers, as well as academics and public officials. As the global industry trade association, ICSC links with more than 25 national and regional shopping center councils throughout the world.
The International Economic Development Council (IEDC) is the premier membership organization dedicated to helping economic development professionals create high-quality jobs, develop vibrant communities and improve the quality of life in their regions. Serving more than 4,600 members, IEDC represents the largest network of economic development professionals in the world. IEDC provides a diverse range of services, including conferences, certification, professional development, publications, research, advisory services and legislative tracking.
The Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG) is a Council of Governments (COG) that serves as the regional agency for the metropolitan Phoenix area. MAG is the regional air quality planning agency and Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for transportation for all jurisdictions in Maricopa County, including the Phoenix urbanized area and the contiguous urbanized area in Pinal County, including the Town of Florence and City of Maricopa. MAG provides regional planning and policy decisions in areas of transportation, air quality, water quality, and human services.
The Workforce Development Division (WDD) is known in the community as Maricopa Workforce Connections (MWC). It offers high-value, no-charge specialized services for area businesses and provides career seekers with complimentary employment resources to assist in obtaining or retaining employment.
The Maricopa SBDC delivers services to anyone who owns or operates a business or is planning to start a business. We work with businesses in every industry and at every stage of growth from start-ups to well-established companies. We’re Arizona’s largest and most accessible statewide source of assistance for small businesses.
The mission of the Urban Land Institute is to provide leadership in the responsible use of land and in creating and sustaining thriving communities worldwide. The ULI Arizona District Council was formed in the early 1980s, as a direct response to the need for educational forums and events at a local level. ULI Arizona has been a statewide convener for dialog among industry leaders, providing an unbiased and non-partisan exchange of ideas relevant to Arizona communities. ULI Arizona boasts nearly eight hundred members, and has one of the highest member participation rates of any ULI District Council.
WESTMARC—the Western Maricopa Coalition—is a public-private partnership of the 15 communities, the business community and the educational sector in the West Valley of Greater Phoenix. WESTMARC’s three key priorities are to: 1. Promote the West Valley; 2. Enhance Economic Development; 3. Increase Member Value