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Economic Development Offices in Arizona

Organization Name Contact Information Mission and goals Top officer, title

(602) 250-3613

400 N. Fifth St.
Phoenix 85004

To help our Arizona communities grow in a healthy and sustainable manner.

Established: 1886

David Bentler,
Statewide Economic Development Manager
Arizona Department of Commerce

(602) 771-1100
Fax (602) 771-1200

1700 W. Washington St.,
Ste. 600
Phoenix 85007

Through leadership and collaborative partnerships, to create vibrant communities and a globally competitive Arizona economy.

Established: 1985

Donald Cardon,
Central Arizona Regional Economic Development Foundation

(520) 836-6868

540 N. Camino Mercado, Ste. 2
Casa Grande 85122

To actively promote/preserve the economic strength of the region through actions focused on business recruitment, expansion/retention and international business development/alliances.

Established: 1984

Barry Albrecht
CEO, Executive Director
City of Douglas Economic Development

(520) 417-7316
Fax (520) 417-7143

425 10th St.
Douglas 85607

Not Disclosed

Established: Not Disclosed

City of Flagstaff Economic Vitality Division

(928) 779-7613

211 W. Aspen Ave.
Flagstaff 86001

To coordinate economic vitality efforts among regional agencies, to develop a diverse and sustainable economy; emphasizing bio-science, green industry, government and tourism.

Established: Not Disclosed

Stacey Button,
Economic Vitality Director
Greater Yuma Economic Development Corp.

(928) 782-7774
Fax (928) 782-7775

170 W. 16th St., Ste. 200
Yuma 85364

To expand economic activity within Yuma County by attracting commerce and industry and to assist in developing the region's existing industry to its fullest potential.

Established: 1995

Julie Engel,
President, CEO
Lake Havasu      
Lake Havasu City Partnership for Economic Development

(928) 505-7333

314 London Bridge Road
Lake Havasu City 86403

To create jobs and to diversify the local economy.

Established: 1994

Gary Kellogg,
Sierra Vista      
Sierra Vista Economic Development Foundation

(520) 458-6948

750 E. Bartow Drive, Suite 16, Sierra Vista, AZ 85635

Promote and preserve the economic strength of Southeastern Arizona through industry attraction and expansion, and international business alliance development.

Established: 1985

Mignonne Hollis,
Executive Director
Oro Valley      
Town of Oro Valley

(520) 229-4700

11000 N. La Canada Drive
Oro Valley 85737

To increase the quality of life for Oro Valley citizens and business community by developing a positive business climate and to ensure the long-term financial and economic sustainability.

Established: 1974

David Andrews,
Town Manager
Wickenburg Regional Economic Development Partnership

(928) 684-7700

2001 W. Wickenburg Way, Ste. 4
Wickenburg 85390

To create and coordinate economic opportunities for the residents of the greater Wickenburg region.

Established: 2006

Timothy Kanavel,
Maricopa County      
City of Avondale

(623) 333-1412
Fax (623) 333-0140

11465 W. Civic Center Drive
Avondale 85323

To attract and preserve quality retail and commercial development opportunities, create employment opportunities and enhance the quality of life for its residents.

Established: 1946

Dina Mathias, Economic Development Project Manager

City of Chandler Economic Development Division

(480) 782-3030
Fax (480) 782-3040

215 E. Buffalo St.
Chandler 85225

To facilitate programs that enhance the quality of life for Chandler residents and maintain economic development strategies focused on recruitment of new business, retention and expansion.

Established: 1912

Christine Mackay,
Economic Development Director
City of Glendale Economic Development Department

(623) 930-2983

5850 W. Glendale Ave.
Glendale 85301

To make a positive contribution to the economic base of the city by building relationships with existing businesses while working to attract new companies.

Established: 1910

Ed Beasley,
City Manager
City of Goodyear

(623) 932-3025
Fax (623) 932-3028

190 N. Litchfield Road
Goodyear 85338

To expand the economy through recruitment of capital investment, enhancing existing businesses, expansion of developable land and other investment opportunities to create a balanced lifestyle.

Established: 1994

Harry Paxton,
Economic Development Manager
City of Mesa Office of Economic Development

(480) 644-2398
Fax (480) 644-3458

20 E. Main St., Ste. 200
Mesa 85211

To formulate and execute a comprehensive strategic plan that leverages the community's current makeup and heightens its attractiveness, enabling continued economic stability and growth.

Established: 1992

William Jabjiniak,
Economic Development Director
City of Peoria

(623) 773-7735
Fax (623) 773-7519

9875 N. 85th Ave
Peoria 85345

To grow and diversify Peoria's economic base and improve the quality of life, culture and business climate for residents and businesses.

Established: 2002

Maria Laughner,
Economic Development Manager
City of Phoenix Community and Economic Development Department

(602) 262-5040
Fax (602) 495-5097

200 W. Washington St., 20th Floor
Phoenix 85003

To offer a diverse range of value-added business and work force solutions to build, revitalize and sustain a quality community for Phoenix businesses and residents.

Established: 1881

Don Maxwell,
City of Scottsdale Economic Vitality Department

(480) 312-7989
Fax (480) 312-2672

4021 N. 75th St., Ste. 102
Scottsdale 85251

To provide for the long-term economic sustainability of the community through a comprehensive and coordinated program of economic and tourism development.

Established: 1985

Harold Stewart,
Managing Executive Director
City of Tempe

Fax (480) 350-8812

31 E. Fifth St., Ste. 208
Tempe 85281

To provide a wide range of services designed to support small businesses as well as Fortune 500 corporations.

Established: 1990

Sheri Wakefield-Saenz,
Economic Development Director
MCCD Center for Workforce Development

(480) 731-8220
Fax (480) 731-8210

2411 W. 14th St.
Tempe 85281

To be an information resource center for current labor market information and work force trends, connector between regional employers and the MCCD's 10 community colleges and two skill centers.

Established: 1962

Mary Vanis,
Town of Fountain Hills

(480) 816-5100
Fax (480) 837-3145

16705 E. Avenue of the Fountains
Fountain Hills 85268

To enhance the town's economic base through business attraction, business retention and business vitality activities.

Established: 1989

Rick Davis,
Town Manager
Town of Gilbert

(480) 502-6891
Fax (480) 503-6170

90 E. Civic Center Drive
Gilbert 85296

In order to be responsible for the attraction and retention of business and industry to the community, the agency works to create capital investment and high-wage jobs.

Established: 1988


Tucson Regional Economic Opportunities, Inc.

(520) 243-1900
Fax (520) 243-1910

120 N. Stone Ave., Ste. 200
Tucson 85701

To provide insight, infrastructure, resources and development efforts to accelerate economic prosperity throughout the Southern Arizona region.

Established: 2005

Joe Snell,
President, CEO

Source: Phoenix Business Journal


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