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Governor Ducey proclaims October 'Arizona Manufacturers Month'

October 06, 2017

PHOENIX (Oct. 6, 2017) — Governor Doug Ducey has proclaimed October the fifth annual “Arizona Manufacturers Month” to celebrate the more than 4,600 Arizona manufacturers whose success has made Arizona into a leading hub in the U.S. In 2016, manufacturing accounted for 158,652 jobs in Arizona and an output of $24.4 billion. Manufacturing in Arizona creates high-quality, high-wage jobs, with an average annual salary of $72,419. 

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Bank of the West Announces Opening of New Office Facility in Tempe, Arizona

October 05, 2017

TEMPE (Oct. 5, 2017) – Bank of the West today announces the opening of a new office in Tempe, Arizona, at 1625 W. Fountainhead Parkway, expanding the Bank’s presence in central Arizona with an investment in the region that will include office space for a thousand people and the creation of a significant number of local jobs. Time lapse video shows Bank of the West signage going up in Tempe.

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Arizona Commerce Authority Launches Next Five-Year Business Plan; Calls for Attracting 80,000 Projected Jobs, $7 Billion in Capital Investment

October 04, 2017

PHOENIX (Sept. 14, 2017) -- The Arizona Commerce Authority has launched its next five-year business plan, following a vote of approval Sept. 14 by the ACA Board of Directors. The plan, titled “Leveraging Next-Gen Trends to Grow Arizona’s Economy,” outlines five aggressive new goals for the organization: Job creation, wage growth, capital investment, increased exports, and entrepreneurial ability.

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Walgreens to Bring Nearly 500 Jobs, Including 191 New Positions, to Chandler, Arizona

July 25, 2017

PHOENIX (July 25, 2017) -- Walgreens today announced it will bring nearly 500 jobs, including 191 new positions, to Chandler, Arizona as part of the relocation of its Tempe pharmacy operations support center. The current facility in Tempe will remain open as a pharmacy mail services support facility to allow for future growth. 

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Arizona Recognized As Top State for Economic Competitiveness

June 08, 2017

PHOENIX (June 8, 2017) – Two prominent trade publications -- Site Selection and Area Development magazines -- have honored Arizona with top recognition for large-scale economic development projects during 2016 in key industries, ranging from aerospace to finance to manufacturing. 

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Arizona Commerce Authority Announces Awardees in the Spring 2017 Arizona Innovation Challenge

June 06, 2017

PHOENIX (June 6, 2017) – The Spring 2017 round of the Arizona Innovation Challenge (AIC) has concluded as the Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA) today announced six awardees in its bi-annual business plan competition. The ACA provides $3 million in grants annually to the most qualified, innovative startups and early-stage companies. Each company receives up to $250,000 in capital to grow their business -- advancing innovation and technology commercialization opportunities in Arizona.

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Arizona Commerce Authority Announces Finalists in the Spring 2017 Arizona Innovation Challenge

May 30, 2017

The Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA) today announced the 10 finalists in the spring 2017 round of the Arizona Innovation Challenge (AIC), a business plan competition for promising early-stage companies in high-growth industries.

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Constant Aviation, Governor Ducey announce new location at Gateway Airport in Mesa, Arizona

May 22, 2017

PHOENIX (May 22, 2017) - Constant Aviation and Arizona Governor Doug Ducey today announced a major economic development win for the state with the news that Constant Aviation, a full-service maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) operation with a nationwide network, will establish a new operation at Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport in Mesa, Arizona.

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Financial tech company Upgrade coming to downtown Phoenix

May 11, 2017

PHOENIX - The Phoenix office of JLL has completed a new, 38,000-square-foot lease that will relocate FinTech company Upgrade Inc. from San Francisco into two floors at Renaissance Center I in downtown Phoenix. The move is the latest example of a Silicon Valley company expanding its essential business functions in Phoenix instead of taking more space in the Bay Area.

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DuPont Fabros Technology Inc., to develop data center campus in Mesa

May 10, 2017

PHOENIX (May 10, 2017) DuPont Fabros Technology Inc. (NYSE:DFT), a leading owner, developer, operator, and manager of multi-tenant wholesale data centers, has announced it has purchased an undeveloped 56.5 acre site on Crismon Road just north of Elliot Road in Mesa’s Elliot Road Technology Corridor. The company plans to develop a data center campus with capacity for up to 1 million square feet in the future.

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Arizona and Baja California Forge Closer Ties

April 20, 2017

PHOENIX (April 20, 2017)  Arizona and Baja California have entered into an agreement to grow the trade and commercial relationship between both states. Sandra Watson, President and CEO of the Arizona Commerce Authority (“ACA”) and Carlo Humberto Bonfante, Secretary for Economic Development of Baja California (“SEDECO”) today signed a Memorandum of Understanding designed to contribute to the strengthening of the cross-border supply chain in key industry sectors and medical tourism between the two neighboring states.

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Benchmark Electronics And Governor Doug Ducey Announce Corporate Headquarters Relocation To Arizona

April 18, 2017

PHOENIX (April 18, 2017) – Benchmark Electronics and Arizona Governor Doug Ducey today announced a major economic development win for the state with the news that Benchmark Electronics, a global engineering, design, and integrated electronics manufacturing company will relocate its corporate headquarters from Angleton, Texas to Arizona.

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Arizona Commerce Authority Announces Semifinalists in the Spring 2017 Arizona Innovation Challenge

March 20, 2017

PHOENIX (March 30, 2017) – The Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA) today announced 25 semifinalists in the Spring 2017 round of the Arizona Innovation Challenge (AIC), a bi-annual business plan competition for promising early-stage companies in high-growth industries.

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Embrace Your Inner Nerd: Arizona SciTech Festival Kicks Off

January 31, 2017

PHOENIX (Jan. 31, 2017) – Hundreds of organizations and communities across the state are gearing up for the 2017 Arizona SciTech Festival, an annual celebration of more than 1,200 events involving science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

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Arizona Commerce Authority Accepting Applications for Spring 2017 Arizona Innovation Challenge

January 19, 2017

PHOENIX (Jan. 19, 2017)  The Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA) today announced it has opened the application window for the Spring 2017 Arizona Innovation Challenge, one of the largest business plan competitions in the nation which helps early-stage technology companies scale their innovations.

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Ascensus Announces Plans for New Tech Park Office Location in Tucson, Arizona

December 20, 2016

DRESHER, Pa.- (BUSINESS WIRE) Ascensus, the nation’s largest independent retirement and college savings services provider, is pleased to announce that it plans to open a new office location in Tucson, Arizona by mid-2017. The new office will be located in the UA Tech Park at Rita Road, a research park owned and operated by the University of Arizona.

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Houzz Expands Operations into Arizona

December 13, 2016

TEMPE (Dec. 13, 2016) – Houzz, the leading platform for home remodeling and design, today announced that it has opened an office in Tempe to accommodate its growing sales and client services team. The new office, will initially create 150 full-time jobs over the next two years.

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Governor Ducey, Orbital ATK Announce Expansion Of Launch Vehicles Operations In Chandler, AZ

December 01, 2016

CHANDLER - Arizona Governor Doug Ducey, Chandler Mayor Jay Tibshraeny and Orbital ATK, one of the world’s leading aerospace and defense technology firms, today announced the expansion of the company’s Launch Vehicles Division operations into an additional facility in Chandler, Arizona.

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Lucid Motors Announces Casa Grande Electric Car Manufacturing Facility

November 29, 2016

PHOENIX – Governor Doug Ducey and Lucid Motors today announced the company has selected Casa Grande for its electric car manufacturing operation. The facility will bring over 2,000 projected new jobs and more than $700 million in capital investment to the region by 2022.

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Raytheon Plans Southern Arizona Expansion

November 18, 2016

TUCSON - Raytheon Company plans to expand its Southern Arizona operations by adding nearly 2,000 jobs at the Missile Systems business headquarters over a five year period. The company plans to hire workers at all skill levels with an emphasis on engineering and other higher-wage, technical positions.

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New ADP Office to Bring 1,500 Jobs to Tempe, Arizona

November 10, 2016

Governor Doug Ducey today announced that ADP® will open a new location in Tempe, Arizona in the spring of 2017.  This new office will create up to 1,500 new jobs and the company will invest more than $33.75 million in the Tempe community.  

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Vector Space Systems Opens Manufacturing Facility In Pima County Aerospace, Defense And Technology Business & Research Park

October 13, 2016

Vector Space Systems, a micro satellite space launch company comprised of new-space industry veterans from SpaceX, Virgin Galactic, McDonnell Douglas and Sea Launch, today announced that it is locating its manufacturing facility to the Pima County Aerospace, Defense and Technology Business & Research Park. 

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Celebrating Small Businesses: Governor Ducey Proclaims October Arizona Manufacturers Month

October 05, 2016

To raise awareness of the significant impact small and medium sized manufacturers have on Arizona’s economy, Governor Doug Ducey has proclaimed October the 4th annual Arizona Manufacturers Month.

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Arizona’s Data Center Law Modernizes Economy

September 28, 2016

Arizona has emerged in recent years as a key state in the fast-growing data center technology market. Besides affordable energy costs, quality infrastructure and a talented workforce, the Grand Canyon State is situated in a geographic setting that’s largely free from natural disasters — an important attribute that safeguards these multimillion-dollar operations.

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Governor Ducey and the Arizona Commerce Authority Announce Expansion of McKesson Corporation in Greater Phoenix

September 22, 2016

McKesson, a healthcare services and information technology company, will occupy a 271,000-square-foot twinned office complex in the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community. The facility is currently under construction and is expected to be complete in early 2018. Upon completion, the new building will be home to McKesson’s existing Scottsdale-based workforce of more than 1,400, with room to accommodate nearly 2,200 total jobs over the next five years.

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Huhtamaki Signs Agreement to Ppurchase Goodyear, Ariz. Facility

September 19, 2016

Huhtamaki North America announced plans to open a new manufacturing and distribution center in Goodyear, Ariz., to serve west coast foodservice packaging and retail tableware markets.

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Logistics Technology Provider Truckstop.com Establishes Arizona Operations

September 14, 2016

Truckstop.com, a technology company that provides end-to-end logistics solutions for the transportation industry, today announced it has expanded its operations into Arizona. 

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Paul Shannon Hired as Director of Office of Economic Opportunity

August 18, 2016

Paul Shannon has been selected to serve as the director of the Office of Economic Opportunity. The office will serve as an analytics and strategy team under the Arizona Commerce Authority that will continually analyze how Arizona stacks up against other states, identify ways to drive down regulatory and tax burdens, and provide real-time data so policy makers and government can move at the speed of business to bring new business to Arizona.

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Rogers Corporation To Relocate Global Headquarters To Arizona

August 08, 2016

Rogers Corporation, a global leader in engineered materials solutions, announced today it will relocate its global headquarters from Rogers, Connecticut to Chandler, Arizona. 

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ZipRecruiter surpasses Tempe hiring goal in under 1 year

August 03, 2016

ZipRecruiter, an employer-employee job matching website, has outgrown its first Tempe location and is ready to scale up four-fold. The increase in hiring and floorspace comes after only a matter of months operating in the Phoenix market.

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Food Manufacturer SK Food Group Inc. Expanding Operations to Arizona

July 13, 2016

SK Food Group Inc. (SK Food Group), a Premium Brands company and leader in the manufacturing and wholesale food sales industry with two U.S. and two Canadian locations, announced today that it will expand its operations into Arizona.

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Arizona Commerce Authority, Arizona Zanjeros Launch Aerospace and Defense Company Database

June 23, 2016

Will Help Manufacturing Companies Find Growth Opportunities, Expand Arizona’s Economy

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Dexcom to Expand Manufacturing Operations to Greater Phoenix, Arizona

June 20, 2016

New State of the Art Manufacturing Facility will Help Meet Growing Demand for Continuous Glucose Monitoring Technology

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Arizona Commerce Authority Receives Silver Shovel Award for High-Impact Economic Development Projects

June 16, 2016

Area Development, the leading publication covering site selection and facility planning, has announced that Arizona is a recipient of a 2016 Silver Shovel Award in the 5 to 8 million population category.

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The Nation's Largest Food Industry Redistributor to Locate Distribution Center in Northwestern Arizona

June 07, 2016

Arizona Governor Doug Ducey, the Arizona Commerce Authority, Mohave County and Bullhead City are pleased to announce Dot Foods, the nation’s first and largest food industry redistributor, will be taking steps to establish a new distribution center in Mohave County, Arizona. 

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Arizona Commerce Authority Announces Grant Awardees in the Spring 2016 Arizona Innovation Challenge

June 07, 2016

The Spring 2016 round of the Arizona Innovation Challenge (AIC) has concluded as the Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA) today announced the six awardees in its bi-annual business plan competition.

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Kudelski Group to Create Second Headquarters in Phoenix

June 03, 2016

Leading global technology company expands to better serve US clients and establishes a U.S. based headquarters to leverage growth initiatives

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Oscar Expands Operations in Tempe

June 01, 2016

Oscar, a New York-based health insurance company, has announced an operational expansion to Tempe, Ariz. The company’s new facility will house the Oscar Concierge team and will be located at The Circuit, a new modern, adaptive re-use project near the Loop 101 and Loop 202 freeways.

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Arizona Commerce Authority Announces Finalists in the Spring 2016 Arizona Innovation Challenge

May 31, 2016

The Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA) today announced 10 finalists in the Spring 2016 round of the Arizona Innovation Challenge (AIC), a bi-annual business plan competition for promising early-stage companies in high-growth industries.

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Caterpillar Expands Presence In Southern Arizona With Surface Mining & Technology Division

May 03, 2016

Arizona Governor Doug Ducey today announced an economic development project win for the state with the news that Caterpillar Inc., the world’s leading manufacturer of construction and mining equipment, has selected Tucson, Ariz., as the new location for its surface mining and technology offices.

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Arizona Commerce Authority to Host Americas Competitiveness Exchange

April 07, 2016

Senior Officials from Around the World to Tour Innovation and Entrepreneurship Hubs throughout Arizona

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Arizona Commerce Authority Announces Semifinalists in the Spring 2016 Arizona Innovation Challenge

April 06, 2016

The Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA) today announced 25 semifinalists in the Spring 2016 round of the Arizona Innovation Challenge (AIC), a bi-annual business plan competition for promising early-stage companies in high-growth industries.

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ZipRecruiter, Governor Ducey Announce Opening of Sales and Customer Success Hub in Tempe, Arizona

April 04, 2016

ZipRecruiter, the market-leading hiring platform for small to medium-sized businesses (SMBs), and Arizona Governor Doug Ducey today announced the expansion of the company’s sales and customer service operations, which will be located in Tempe, Arizona at Hayden Ferry Lakeside.

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Governor Ducey, Orbital ATK Announce Expansion of Aerospace Engineering Operations in Gilbert, AZ

March 18, 2016

The expansion will add 60,000 square feet to the site that includes Orbital ATK’s Satellite Manufacturing Facility, one of the largest and most advanced spacecraft assembly and test facilities in the United States. With additional facilities in Chandler and Mesa, Arizona, Orbital ATK’s total footprint in the state is almost 800,000 square feet, contributing to over 1,750 high-tech and high-paying aerospace and defense jobs.

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Carlisle Companies Corporate Headquarters Moving to Phoenix

February 11, 2016

Carlisle Companies Incorporated, a $3.5 billion global diversified manufacturer, will relocate its Corporate Headquarters to Phoenix beginning in the second quarter of this year.

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New Census Bureau Figures Report Record Year for Arizona Exports

February 05, 2016

Preliminary data released this morning by the U.S. Census Bureau notes that Arizona's 2015 exports were $22.56 billion, representing Arizona's largest export year in recorded history.

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Arizona Commerce Authority Announces Winners in the Fall 2015 Arizona Innovation Challenge

December 22, 2015

The Arizona Commerce Authority has named six innovative early-stage companies as winners in the Fall 2015 round of the Arizona Innovation Challenge, its bi-annual business plan competition.

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Arizona Commerce Authority Announces Center for Entrepreneurship & Leadership Development

December 11, 2015

The Arizona Commerce Authority has expanded its programming to support and develop small businesses with the launch of the new Center for Entrepreneurship & Leadership Development, which will help prepare the CEOs of high-growth potential Arizona companies with revenues of over $1 million for success.

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Arizona Commerce Authority Announces Finalists in the Fall 2015 Arizona Innovation Challenge

December 10, 2015

The Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA) today announced 10 finalists in the Fall 2015 round of the Arizona Innovation Challenge (AIC), a bi-annual business plan competition for promising early-stage companies in high-growth industries.

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The Apache Railway’s Future Brightens

December 01, 2015

The 98-year-old Apache Railway Company, a short-line railroad operating in Navajo County, Ariz., announced today that it has been purchased by an entity formed by Aztec Land and Cattle Company Limited and related entities. The deal will enable the railway to see its centennial and beyond.

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Cenlar FSB Expands Operations Nationally with Arizona Facility

November 18, 2015

Cenlar FSB (Cenlar), the nation’s leading loan servicing provider, today announced its first expansion outside of New Jersey with a West Coast Operations Center in Tempe, Ariz.

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Arizona Commerce Authority Announces Semifinalists in the Fall 2015 Arizona Innovation Challenge

October 19, 2015

The Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA) today announced 25 semifinalists in the Fall 2015 round of the Arizona Innovation Challenge (AIC), a bi-annual business plan competition for promising early-stage companies in high-growth industries.

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Arizona Commerce Authority to Lead Statewide Promotion Initiative

August 13, 2015

The Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA) today announced the launch of a statewide promotion development project aimed at creating a fresh and unified message to enhance Arizona economic development and tourism, and encourage civic pride.

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HPOne Expands Arizona Operations; Adds New Facility in Gilbert in Preparation for Growth by Year-End 2015

July 21, 2015

HPOne announced today that it will be expanding its presence in the Greater Phoenix area with the planned opening of a new 20,000 square foot operations facility in Gilbert, Arizona ahead of significant hiring through year-end 2015.

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US Department of Commerce, Aspen Institute Announce Arizona Commerce Authority’s Participation in the National ‘Communities that Work Partnership’

July 16, 2015

Seven regional site teams across the United States have been selected to participate in the Communities that Work Partnership, a new joint project of the Workforce Strategies Initiative (AspenWSI) of the Aspen Institute and the Economic Development Administration of the US Department of Commerce. The Arizona Commerce Authority was selected through a nationally competitive review process as one of the seven participating organizations.

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Gov. Ducey & AVIAGE SYSTEMS Announce 1st U.S. Expansion of Global Avionics Firm

July 16, 2015

Governor Doug Ducey today announced the opening of the first U.S. operations of AVIAGE SYSTEMS, a global Tier-1 civil avionics solution provider headquartered in Shanghai, China, which has selected Arizona as a site for high-quality research, design and manufacturing. AVIAGE SYSTEMS is a joint venture between General Electric Company (GE) and the Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC).

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Arizona Commerce Authority Announces Spring 2015 Arizona Innovation Challenge Grant Winners

July 01, 2015

The Spring 2015 round of the Arizona Innovation Challenge culminated today as the Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA) announced the six winning companies. These grant recipients represent early-stage Arizona companies that are creating innovative technological solutions with the potential for significant economic impact.

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Super Bowl XLIX And Related Events Generate An Economic Impact of $719.4 Million According To Study Completed By Arizona State University

June 23, 2015

A study completed by the Seidman Research Institute, W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University, determined that Super Bowl XLIX, the 2015 Pro Bowl and related events produced a gross economic impact of $719.4 million in the region. The announcement was made today at The Governor’s Conference on Tourism at the JW Camelback Inn in Scottsdale.

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Arizona Commerce Authority Announces Finalists in the Spring 2015 Arizona Innovation Challenge

June 18, 2015

The Spring 2015 round of the Arizona Innovation Challenge (AIC) continues as the Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA) today announced 10 finalists in its bi-annual business plan competition, which awards $3 million annually to talented entrepreneurs.

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Comcast and Governor Doug Ducey Announce 1,125 New Jobs, State-Of-The-Art Customer Support Center Coming To Tucson

May 21, 2015

As part of its ongoing commitment to provide an excellent customer experience, Comcast along with Governor Doug Ducey today announced plans to open a new customer support center in the fall of 2015 in Tucson, Arizona.

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Arizona Commerce Authority Announces Semifinalists in the Spring 2015 Arizona Innovation Challenge

May 11, 2015

The Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA) today announced 25 semifinalists in the Spring 2015 Arizona Innovation Challenge (AIC), its bi-annual business plan competition awarding talented entrepreneurs who are solving today's most challenge problems with technology-based solutions.

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Arizona Commerce Authority Announces New Recipients of its Rural Economic Development Program Award

April 07, 2015

The Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA) today announced that the Town of Sahuarita, City of Williams and City of Winslow are recipients of its annual Rural Economic Development Grant (REDG), a competitive program focused on improving infrastructure that will attract high-wage industry to Arizona’s rural communities.

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Invest Southwest and Arizona Commerce Authority Name CampusLogic the 2015 Venture Madness Champion

March 11, 2015

The education and medical technology industries in Arizona were strongly represented during this year’s Venture Madness competition. The event culminated with Gilbert, Ariz.-based CampusLogic emerging victorious as the Venture Madness Champion in the final round.

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Arizona Commerce Authority Launches New Start Up Section of AZCommerce.com Connecting all things Entrepreneurial in Arizona

March 05, 2015

The ACA today launched its new Start Up section at AZCommerce.com as part of its ongoing efforts to align resources, connect partners and strengthen Arizona’s vibrant innovation ecosystem supporting the state’s entrepreneurs.

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Northern Trust Expands in Arizona with Tempe Office, Will Create 1,000 Jobs

February 27, 2015

Northern Trust, a global financial institution headquarted in Chicago, publicly announced that the company will establish a new operating center in Tempe, supporting its national and international banking business. The center – expected to open in mid-2015 will grow to 1,000 full-time employees over the next three years.

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IRIS USA and Japanese parent select Surprise, Arizona for Western U.S. Regional Headquarters

February 17, 2015

IRIS USA, a leading consumer products company with operations serving retailers throughout North America, today announced plans to build a Western U.S. regional headquarters in Surprise, Ariz. The new 280,000-square-foot manufacturing and distribution facility will be located on 30 acres within the city’s Southwest Railplex Industrial District.

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Arizona SciTech Festival Launches 4th Annual Celebration of Science and Technology in Arizona

February 11, 2015

The Arizona SciTech Festival today announced the launch of its annual celebration of science and technology. The 2015 Festival is a statewide collaboration of 45 Arizona communities and more than 500 organizations conducting over 800 interactive events in February and March.

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Arizona Commerce Authority Announces Fall 2014 Arizona Innovation Challenge Grant Winners

January 26, 2015

The Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA) today announced the six winners of its Fall 2014 Arizona Innovation Challenge (AIC), its bi-annual business plan competition that awards talented entrepreneurs capital to grow their businesses, advancing innovation and technology commercialization opportunities in Arizona.

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San Francisco-based Revel Systems Expands with New Scottsdale Office

January 21, 2015

Revel Systems, the world’s leading iPad Point of Sale platform, today announced it has expanded operations into Arizona through a new Scottsdale office. The company will create 160 new jobs during the next three years to drive its global sales growth.

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Arizona Commerce Authority Announces Fall 2014 Arizona Innovation Challenge Finalists

January 20, 2015

The Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA) today announced 10 finalists in the Fall 2014 Arizona Innovation Challenge (AIC), its bi-annual business plan competition.

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Invest Southwest and the Arizona Commerce Authority Announce 64 Startups Selected for Venture Madness Competition

January 09, 2015

It’s game time: 64 of the most promising startup ventures in the southwest have been selected to compete in the second annual Venture Madness pitch competition, representing 23 different industries and three states, including Arizona, Colorado and Texas.

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Arizona Commerce Authority Announces Semifinalists in the Fall 2014 Arizona Innovation Challenge

December 02, 2014

The Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA) today announced 25 semifinalists in its Fall 2014 Arizona Innovation Challenge (AIC), a bi-annual business plan competition awarding $3 million annually to talented entrepreneurs.

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APAC Announces Major Expansion in Arizona, Will Bring 1,100 Jobs

November 24, 2014

APAC, a leader in global customer care solutions, is expanding operations at its three Phoenix and Tucson area offices, bringing more than 1,100 jobs to Arizona’s Sun Corridor over the next three years.

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Tractor Supply Company Announces Plans for a New Distribution Center in Arizona

November 17, 2014

Tractor Supply Company (NASDAQ: TSCO), the largest rural lifestyle retail store chain in the U.S., today announced plans to build a 650,000-square-foot Southwest Distribution Center in Casa Grande, Ariz., with plans to hire 250 employees to support the company’s western expansion.

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Science and Technology Innovation Winners Announced at Arizona Technology Council’s 2014 Governor’s Celebration of Innovation

November 13, 2014

The Arizona Technology Council in conjunction with the Arizona Commerce Authority, today announced the winners of the 2014 Governor’s Celebration of Innovation (GCOI) Awards  presented by Avnet, Inc.

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Zenefits Opens New Office in Scottsdale, Will Create 1,300 Jobs

November 12, 2014

San Francisco-based Zenefits, the free, cloud-based human resources technology company that automates and eliminates time-consuming paperwork for small and medium-sized businesses, announced plans to create more than 1,300 new full-time jobs with the launch of its new office in Scottsdale, Ariz.

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Orion Health Opens Development Center in Scottsdale, Arizona

November 06, 2014

Orion Health, a leading population health management company, today announced the opening of its new development center in Scottsdale. The Orion Health ‘Center of Excellence’ will serve as the company’s North American research and solution center, supporting big data analytics technology development, focused on providing decision support to clinicians and patients, and solution support for clients’ population health initiatives.

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State of Arizona Opens Trade and Investment Office in Mexico

October 07, 2014

The State of Arizona today announced the strategic expansion of its presence and investment in Mexico with the launch of the Arizona State Trade and Investment Office. The grand opening of the Arizona office located in Mexico City was the culminating event of an Arizona-led trade mission conducted this week to strengthen the state’s relationship with its number No. 1 trading partner.

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GoDaddy Sets New Workplace Standard with State-of-the-Art Facility in Arizona

October 07, 2014

GoDaddy, the world’s largest technology provider dedicated to small businesses, officially opened the GoDaddy Global Technology Center in Tempe. The new facility supports more than 1,100 colleagues, including engineers, developers and corporate staff, along with small business consultants at the 150,000-square-foot facility located in the ASU Research Park.

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Governor Jan Brewer Proclaims October Arizona Manufacturers Month

October 01, 2014

Governor Jan Brewer today announced her proclamation to establish October as Arizona Manufacturers Month. In its second year, this annual Arizona initiative highlights the state’s advanced manufacturing ecosystem, innovative companies and the industry’s role in propelling Arizona’s economy into its next era of growth. ManufacturingRevolution.com is a hub of information about Arizona manufacturing and provides information about events scheduled throughout the month.

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Arizona Commerce Authority and Arizona Technology Council Launch the new TechConnect: Arizona’s Technology Magazine

September 16, 2014

The Arizona Commerce Authority in partnership with the Arizona Technology Council today announced the launch of TechConnect: Arizona’s Technology Magazine. The new blog and digital e-magazine formats at AZtechconnect.com showcase Arizona companies, leaders and stories of innovation.

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Finalists and Select Winners Announced for the Arizona Technology Council’s 2014 Governor’s Celebration of Innovation

August 27, 2014

The Arizona Technology Council in conjunction with the Arizona Commerce Authority, today announced Student and Teacher Awards as well as Individual Award winners and Company Award finalists for the 2014 Governor’s Celebration of Innovation (GCOI) awards presented by Avnet, Inc. In its eleventh year, GCOI will be held on November 13 at the Phoenix Convention Center, 100 North Third Street, in the West Building, third floor from 4-8 p.m.

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Accolade Opens New Office in Scottsdale to Support Growing Customer and Consumer Demand

August 25, 2014

Accolade, a technology-enabled consumer engagement company dedicated to improving the healthcare experience while also lowering costs, has expanded its operations with the opening of a new office in Scottsdale, Arizona. The company expects the office to employ more than 300 by the end of 2016.

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Innovation Arizona Summit Brings Together Entrepreneurs and STEM Educators for Aug. 14 Conference

July 31, 2014

The Arizona SciTech Festival, MIT Enterprise Forum Phoenix and Arizona Commerce Authority today announced the second annual Innovation Arizona Summit to be held 8:30 a.m. - 7:30 p.m. August 14 at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts located at 7380 E. Second St. in Scottsdale.

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Silicon Valley Bank Continues Expansion in Arizona

July 30, 2014

California-based Silicon Valley Bank today announced its continued expansion in Arizona, with the addition of 250 jobs at its Tempe corporate operations over the next three years. Additionally, the company has committed to lend or invest $100 million to tech and life science companies based in Arizona over the next five years.

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HealthPlanOne Expands Operations with New Center in Phoenix, Plans to Hire 175 in 2014

July 14, 2014

HealthPlanOne, one of the nation’s leading Medicare and under-65 health insurance sales and customer acquisition companies, has announced plans to open a new location in Phoenix. With plans to hire 175 people this year, the new office will support the company’s brokerage business and its growing number of insurance carrier clients.

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18 Early Stage Companies Named Recipients of the Arizona Commerce Authority AZ Fast Grant

July 09, 2014

The Arizona Commerce Authority has selected 18 recipients for AZ Fast Grant, a highly competitive grant program that provides qualified Arizona-based, early stage technology companies with intensive training and technical assistance to commercialize their innovations, grow their businesses and create quality jobs.

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Arizona Commerce Authority Announces Spring 2014 Arizona Innovation Challenge Grant Winners

June 25, 2014

The Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA) today announced the six winning companies in its Spring 2014 Arizona Innovation Challenge (AIC).

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Arizona Commerce Authority Announces Finalists in its Spring 2014 Arizona Innovation Challenge

June 16, 2014

The Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA) today announced the final 10 companies in its Spring 2014 Arizona Innovation Challenge (AIC), a bi-annual business plan competition awarding $3 million annually to talented entrepreneurs.

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Weebly Opens North American Customer Operations Headquarters in Scottsdale, Arizona

June 04, 2014

Weebly, a global service that lets everyone create a high-quality website, has signed a 25,000-square-foot office lease in Scottsdale, Ariz., for the company’s North American customer operations headquarters. Weebly plans to bring more than 250 new positions to the city over the next three years.

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Arizona General Hospital to Open in the Phoenix-area, Create 300 New Jobs

June 04, 2014

Arizona General Hospital announced it will open a boutique, full-service health care facility in early 2015 in Laveen, Ariz. The 39,000-square-foot hospital will provide Phoenix-area residents 24/7 access to emergency medical care. Arizona General Hospital also plans to bring 300 new jobs and invest $75 million over the next three years.

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Nominations Now Open for the Arizona Technology Council’s 2014 Governor’s Celebration of Innovation Awards

June 03, 2014

The Arizona Technology Council in conjunction with the Arizona Commerce Authority, today announced that nominations are now open for the 2014 Governor’s Celebration of Innovation Awards (GCOI) presented by global technology distributor Avnet, Inc. and will be accepted until 5 p.m. on Friday, July 12, 2014.

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Leading Peer-to-Peer Lending Company Prosper Marketplace Expands with New Office in Phoenix

May 30, 2014

Prosper Marketplace, America’s fastest growing peer-to-peer lending company, today announced the opening of a new office in Phoenix – the first office outside the company’s San Francisco headquarters.

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Arizona Commerce Authority Announces Semifinalists in the Spring 2014 Arizona Innovation Challenge

May 07, 2014

Today the Arizona Commerce Authority announced 25 semifinalists in its Spring 2014 Arizona Innovation Challenge, a bi-annual business plan competition awarding $3 million annually to talented entrepreneurs.

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Arizona Commerce Authority Announces Second Round Recipients of its Annual Rural Economic Development Grant

April 22, 2014

The Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA) today announced that Mohave County, City of Nogales, City of Globe and Yuma County are recipients of the second round of its annual Rural Economic Development Grant (REDG).

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Arizona Commerce Authority Opens 2014 Arizona Innovation Challenge

March 03, 2014

The Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA) today announced the opening of its Spring 2014 Arizona Innovation Challenge (AIC), a business plan competition that awards the most money in the country for a technology commercialization challenge. The ACA will be accepting applications now through March 28, 2014. Applications must be submitted by 3:00 p.m. MST (Arizona time).

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Invest Southwest Announces Venture Madness Final 16 and Keynote Speaker at Inaugural Event

February 25, 2014

Venture Madness, presented by Invest Southwest in partnership with the Arizona Commerce Authority, introduces the final 16 competing startups in this unique, head-to-head business pitch competition that culminates March 5-7 at Talking Stick Resort in Scottsdale, Ariz.

 

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Leclerc Foods USA Expanding with a New Facility in Phoenix

February 12, 2014

Leclerc Foods USA, a North American leader in the cookies, snack bars and crackers industry, is pleased to announce the expansion of its food manufacturing operations in Phoenix, Arizona.

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Arizona Commerce Authority Opens Second Round of its Annual Rural Economic Development Grant

January 21, 2014

The Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA) today announced the second round of its Rural Economic Development Grant (REDG), an annual $2-million competitive grant focused on improving infrastructure that will attract high-wage industry to Arizona’s rural communities.

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Stonegate Mortgage expanding with new Scottsdale home

January 17, 2014

Stonegate Mortgage Corporation, a leading, publicly traded mortgage company focused on originating, financing and servicing U.S. residential mortgage loans, has commenced operations in its newest expansion location; Scottsdale, Ariz.

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Arizona Commerce Authority Announces Fall 2013 Arizona Innovation Challenge Grant Winners

December 17, 2013

The Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA) today announced the six winning companies in its Fall 2013 Arizona Innovation Challenge (AIC). 

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Arizona Commerce Authority Announces Finalists in the Fall 2013 Arizona Innovation Challenge

December 06, 2013

The Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA) today announced its finalists in the Fall 2013 Arizona Innovation Challenge (AIC), a bi-annual business plan competition that awards the most money in the country for a technology commercialization challenge.

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Arizona Commerce Authority Announces First Round Recipients of Annual Rural Economic Development Grant

December 05, 2013

The Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA) today announced that the Town of Prescott Valley and City of Coolidge are recipients of this round of its annual Rural Economic Development Grant (REDG), which is a $2-million competitive grant program focused on . . .

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Zivelo Expands, Brings Jobs To Arizona

December 04, 2013

ZIVELO, a kiosk and digital signage manufacturing company based in Marion, Ind., is expanding its company profile by moving its corporate headquarters to Scottsdale, Ariz. The five-year-old company, recognized as one of the fastest growing tech companies in the U.S. by both Inc. and Forbes, plans to add at least . . .

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Arizona Commerce Authority Announces 25 Semifinalists in the Fall 2013 Arizona Innovation Challenge

November 04, 2013

The Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA) today announced its 25 semifinalists in the Fall 2013 Arizona Innovation Challenge (AIC), a bi-annual business plan competition that awards the most money in the country for a technology commercialization challenge.

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Governor Jan Brewer Proclaims October “Arizona Manufacturers Month”

October 02, 2013

In conjunction with National Manufacturing Day, Governor Jan Brewer today issued a proclamation to establish October as Arizona Manufacturers Month. The initiative is a partnership between the Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA), Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Arizona Manufacturers Council (AMC) and Arizona Technology Council to highlight the state’s manufacturing ecosystem and its role in propelling Arizona’s economy into the next era of growth.

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2013 Arizona Governor’s Economic Development Conference In Flagstaff To Bring Together State Leaders To Discuss Best Practices in Economic Development

September 26, 2013

The Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA) today announced its program for the 2013 Arizona Governor’s Economic Development Conference. 

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Progrexion Announces Phoenix Office and Hundreds of Jobs

September 19, 2013

Progrexion, the nation’s leading provider of services in the credit repair industry, today announced it is opening a new office in Phoenix, bringing hundreds of new jobs to the region. “We are excited to enter such a dynamic and high-quality market like Phoenix to meet our growth demands. We acquired 30,000 square feet in North Phoenix for a sales call center and plan to add hundreds of hires initially. . . 

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20 Early Stage Companies Named Recipients of the Arizona Commerce Authority AZ Fast Grant

September 17, 2013

The Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA) has selected 20 recipients of its AZ Fast Grant program, a highly competitive grant providing qualified Arizona-based, early stage technology companies with intensive training and . . .

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Arizona Commerce Authority Launches Certified Sites Program Specifically Supporting Business Expansion in Rural Arizona

September 12, 2013

The Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA) today announced the launch of its Certified Sites program that will enhance the visibility of commercial sites in rural Arizona that are ready for business and available for base industry employers.

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Arizona Commerce Authority Opens Rural Economic Development Grant to Bolster Job Growth in Rural Arizona

September 11, 2013

The Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA) today announced the opening of its Rural Economic Development Grant (REDG), a $2-million competitive grant focused on. . . 

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ClearCall Opens in Chandler; Hiring Now

August 27, 2013

ClearCall Solutions, a direct response sales and marketing company, has moved into the Chandler Airpark area in order to expand and accommodate its projected growth. ClearCall Solutions operates an inside sales center, representing ADT Security Services and Dish satellite services.

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Arizona SciTech Festival Brings Together Arizona Industry Leaders For Sept. 4 Kickoff Conference

August 13, 2013

Hundreds of the state’s business, science and education leaders will gather in Scottsdale for the Second Annual Arizona SciTech Festival Kickoff Conference on Sept. 4. The conference will be held 7:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts located at 7380 E. Second Street. 

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Arizona Commerce Authority Opens Fall 2013 Arizona Innovation Challenge

August 08, 2013

The Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA) today announced the opening of its fall 2013 Arizona Innovation Challenge (AIC), a business plan competition that awards the most money in the country for a technology commercialization challenge.  The ACA will be accepting applications now through September 13, 2013. Applications must be submitted by 3 p.m. MST.

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Asurion, Nation’s Leading Technology Protection Company, To Hire 500

July 23, 2013

Asurion, the global leader in technology protection services, announced today they are looking to invest $12 million and fill over 500 positions by the end of the year in their newly established Phoenix, Ariz. technical support center, located at 21030 North 19th  Avenue in Phoenix.

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Spring 2013 Arizona Innovation Challenge Winners

June 12, 2013

The Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA) today announced the six winning companies in its spring 2013 Arizona Innovation Challenge (AIC).  This group of grant recipients represents a diverse cross-section of inventive Arizona entrepreneurs who are creating technology solutions with potential global implications.

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Garmin Expands and Adds Jobs in Chandler

June 11, 2013

Garmin, the world leader in Global Positioning Satellite (GPS) devices is expanding its operations in Chandler, AZ.  After a competitive, nationwide process, the company will build a 60,000 square foot building in the Chandler Corporate Center where it has leased space for the last five years.

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Innovation Arizona to Bring Together State’s Innovation Ecosystem, Investors for First-Ever Statewide Summit

June 06, 2013

The MIT Enterprise Forum Phoenix and the Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA) announced today the launch of Innovation Arizona, a first-ever summit committed to strengthening Arizona’s entrepreneurial ecosystem. The summit will take place June 11 from 3-8pm at Tempe Center for the Arts.

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WinCo Foods chooses west Phoenix for southwest distribution headquarters

May 31, 2013

WinCo Foods, an employee-owned discount grocer, today announced it will open an 800,000-square-foot distribution center in west Phoenix. 

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Spring 2013 Arizona Innovation Challenge Draws Competitors From Around the Country

May 09, 2013

The Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA) today announced the 27 companies, from the more than 185 applicants, that will move on as semifinalists in the Spring 2013 Arizona Innovation Challenge (AIC).

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GoDaddy Global Technology Center Breaks Ground in Tempe

May 07, 2013

Governor Jan Brewer today was proud to stand with GoDaddy, the Web’s top platform for small businesses, as executives with the Arizona based company announced plans for a significant expansion in Tempe. The expansion is expected to generate 300 quality, new jobs for the fast-growing provider of Web domain names, Web hosting and SSL.

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Arizona Commerce Authority Awarded $5 Million Grant to Operate State’s Manufacturing Extension Partnership

May 03, 2013

The Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA) is pleased to announce it has been awarded a $5 million grant ($1 million per year for five years) from the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s (NIST) Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) program to run Arizona’s MEP Center.  The Center will serve as a catalyst for strengthening manufacturing in Arizona, accelerating manufacturing’s ongoing transformation into a more efficient and powerful engine of innovation.

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ZocDoc Opens Phoenix-Area Office to Improve Customer Service Standards, Increase Sales

March 27, 2013

ZocDoc, a free service for patients to find doctors and book appointments instantly online, together with Governor Jan Brewer, Scottsdale Mayor Jim Lane, the Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA), and the Greater Phoenix Economic Council (GPEC), today announced. . .

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Union Bank selects Tempe for expansion

March 21, 2013

Union Bank, N.A., a full-service commercial bank headquartered in San Francisco, today announced it is expanding into Arizona with a new mortgage operations center in Tempe, which will ultimately employ approximately 250 mortgage professionals, including application processors, underwriters, and other operations support and management positions.

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ZyTech Building Systems Chooses Glendale for New Location Thanks to Partners GPEC and ACA

March 12, 2013

Glendale is the new home for ZyTech Building Systems, a provider of roof trusses, floor systems, wall systems and lumber packages to homebuilders and contractors for track housing, custom homes, multi-family, commercial and large span projects.

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General Motors Selects Arizona as Site of Country’s Fourth IT Innovation Center

March 06, 2013

Michigan-based General Motors (GM), together with Governor Jan Brewer, Chandler Mayor Jay Tibshraeny, the Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA) and the Greater Phoenix Economic Council (GPEC), announced today GM has selected Chandler as the site of its fourth Information Technology Innovation
Center.

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Netherlands/Luxemburg-based STEALTH Software announces it has selected Arizona for its U.S. headquarters

February 19, 2013

Netherlands and Luxemburg-based STEALTH Software, together with Governor Jan Brewer and the Arizona Commerce Authority, announced today it has selected Arizona as the site of its U.S. headquarters.

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24 Early Stage Companies Named Recipients of the Arizona Commerce Authority AZ Fast Grant

January 29, 2013

The Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA) has identified 24 recipients of its AZ Fast Grant program, a highly competitive grant providing qualified Arizona-based, early stage technology companies with intensive training and technical assistance to commercialize their innovations, grow their business and create quality jobs. More than 70 small businesses applied for this round of funding.

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Direct Energy expands, creates jobs in Arizona

January 09, 2013

Direct Energy, one of North America’s largest energy services providers, is expanding the company’s footprint in Arizona with a new, comprehensive call center, which will will play an important role in the company’s growth. 

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Arizona Commerce Authority Announces Fall 2012 Arizona Innovation Challenge Winners

December 21, 2012

The Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA) today announced the six winning companies in the Fall 2012 Arizona Innovation Challenge (AIC). The bi-annual business plan competition awards qualified, innovative startups and early stage companies up to $250,000 in grant funding capital to grow their business, ultimately advancing innovation and technology commercialization opportunities in Arizona.

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Winners Announced for Arizona Technology Council’s 2012 Governor’s Celebration of Innovation

November 09, 2012

At a prestigious annual gala awards ceremony held at the Phoenix Convention Center, the Arizona Technology Council in conjunction with the Arizona Commerce Authority, today announced the winners of the 2012 Governor’s Celebration of Innovation (GCOI) Awards presented by Avnet, Inc. The annual event spotlights how innovations in science and technology are applied to build a sustainable economy for Arizona’s future.

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Arizona Commerce Authority Announces Fall 2012 Arizona Innovation Challenge Semi-Finalists

November 02, 2012

The Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA) today announced the 25 companies, from the more than 200 applicants, that will move on as semifinalists in the Fall 2012 Arizona Innovation Challenge (AIC).

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Arizona Commerce Authority Awarded $1.8 Million Advanced Manufacturing Jobs and Innovation Accelerator Grant

October 11, 2012

The Arizona Commerce Authority is pleased to announce it has been awarded a $1.8 million Advanced Manufacturing Jobs and Innovation Accelerator Grant from a consortium of five federal government agencies. . .

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Arizona Commerce Authority Announces Recipients of its 2012 Excellence in Economic Development Awards

September 14, 2012

The Arizona Commerce Authority is pleased to announce the recipients of its 2012 Excellence in Economic Development Awards.

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Arizona Commerce Authority Awards Vision Grants To Five Rural Areas

September 05, 2012

The Arizona Commerce Authority is pleased to announce the five awardees of its Vision Grants, a reimbursable grant program designed to enhance the economic development infrastructure of rural regions around the state. 

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Arizona Commerce Authority and Bioaccel Join Arizona’s First-Of-Its-Kind Statewide Business Accelerator: AZ Furnace

August 27, 2012

The Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA), and BioAccel announce their collaboration with AZ Furnace, Arizona's first-of-its-kind statewide business accelerator program that encourages entrepreneurs from across the country to find and commercialize innovations developed within the state's universities and research institutions. Partners already include Arizona State University (ASU), Northern Arizona University (NAU) and the Dignity Health Group.

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QBE FIRST announces lease for Chandler operations center

July 16, 2012

QBE FIRST, part of QBE Insurance Group Limited, has signed an 11-year lease on a new operations center located at 2700 Frye Road in Chandler. The 183,000-square foot facility will house a significant QBE FIRST call center and is expected to accommodate more than 1,000 associates. 

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Clear Energy Systems Breaks Ground on New Tempe Location

June 07, 2012

Clear Energy Systems, an innovator in mobile and distributed power generation systems, broke ground today at its new location at Elliot Business Park in Tempe. The new facility is located at 7825 S. Hardy Drive. The 158,000 square foot building will feature 30 foot clear heights, a steel roof structure, energy efficient features and concrete paved truck areas.

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Infusionsoft Announces Move of Corporate Headquarters to Chandler

May 31, 2012

Infusionsoft, creator of the all-in-one sales and marketing software for small businesses, announces today that it will relocate from Gilbert to a new 86,000 square foot headquarters in Chandler, Ariz. at the end of this year. Infusionsoft worked closely with the City of Chandler and the Arizona Commerce Authority to find the perfect home at Allred Park Place in the Price Corridor.

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Six Technology Start-Ups Win The Spring 2012 Arizona Innovation Challenge

May 12, 2012

Six start-up companies have won the Arizona Commerce Authority's Spring 2012 Arizona Innovation Challenge. The ACA awarded prizes between $100,000 and $250,000 to companies at a luncheon ceremony in downtown Phoenix. The winning companies were selected from a pool of more than 300 applicants. After a four month evaluation and review process, which included in-person pitches, a panel of expert evaluators selected the winners.

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Governor Jan Brewer Takes Bold Action to Boost Arizona Economy

May 11, 2012

Building upon last year’s historic Economic Competitiveness Package, Governor Jan Brewer today signed into law a new measure aimed at accelerating Arizona’s economic turnaround. In a separate but related move, the Governor signed an Executive Order establishing a special task force that will be charged with identifying ways in which to simply the State’s complex code for sales tax.

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Governor Jan Brewer: Arizona a Top 10 State for Business

May 02, 2012

Governor Jan Brewer today announced that Arizona ranks 10th-best in the nation in terms of its business climate, according to the 2012 report from Chief Executive Magazine. This ranking represents a three-spot climb from Arizona’s ranking at this time last year.

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Finalists Named for Arizona Innovation Challenge

May 02, 2012

The Arizona Commerce Authority selected ten companies as finalists for the first round of the 2012 Arizona Innovation Challenge. These companies will make a final pitch to a panel of expert judges in hopes of winning a share of $1.5 million to commercialize their innovative technology ideas. Winners will be announced on May 15.

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ACA To Hold Free Export Seminar

April 19, 2012

As part of its ongoing commitment to provide Arizona small businesses with the tools needed to expand, the Arizona Commerce Authority, through the State Trade and Export Promotion Program (STEP), will hold a free workshop aimed at educating small and medium sized businesses on becoming first time exporters or entering new export markets. "Exporting Makes Dollars and Sense" will take place on April 24 from 8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. at Dobson Lecture Hall, Mesa Arts Center, One East Main Street.

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ACA Awards $1.5 Million to Rural Communities

April 12, 2012

The Arizona Commerce Authority awarded $1.5 million from the Rural Economic Development Grant Program to 8 communities which will be leveraged to create up to 180 new jobs which represent approximately $6.6 million in new payroll and nearly $10.5 million in new capital investment to the state. Grants range in value from $60,000 to $460,000, and will be used to assist rural communities foster economic development projects that represent job growth and capital investment in base industries.

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Arizona Commerce Authority Names 25 Semifinalists for The Arizona Innovation Challenge

March 26, 2012

The Arizona Commerce Authority announced 25 companies will move on as semifinalists for the first round of the 2012 Arizona Innovation Challenge. A panel of expert judges evaluated more than 300 applications from start-ups, judging each on a set of criteria including technology potential, marketing strategy, management team, and the potential for job and wealth creation. Finalists will be named in mid-April, with winners selected in May. Winning companies will receive anywhere between $100,000 to $250,000.

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OptumRX Expands Operations in Southern Arizona

March 22, 2012

The Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA) welcomes OptumRX, a division of United Health Care, to Tucson. The company, which provides a range of pharmacy services aimed at reducing health care costs and improving health, will open a customer service facility in Tucson. The expansion will create 400 quality jobs by the end of 2013.

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Calgon Carbon to Construct Carbon Reactivation Plant in Gila Bend

March 13, 2012

The Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA), the Greater Phoenix Economic Council (GPEC), and the Town of Gila Bend today announced Calgon Carbon Corporation will construct a new water treatment carbon reactivation plant in Gila Bend, AZ. This will initially bring 25 high-quality jobs to the state, with the potential to increase to 62 new jobs over a three year period, and represents a multi-million dollar investment in the state.

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Recruitment of new ACA President and CEO Moves Forward

March 02, 2012

The Arizona Commerce Authority today announced it selected DHR International to conduct its nationwide search for a new president and CEO. In addition, Governor Jan Brewer has appointed a six-member selection committee, which will work directly with DHR International to recruit, interview and ultimately make a candidate recommendation to the Governor and ACA Co-Chair Jerry Colangelo.

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ACA Awards $184,832 in Fast Grants to Early Stage Companies

February 21, 2012

The Arizona Commerce Authority awarded $184,832 in FAST Grants to 25 Arizona small businesses. The grants -- which range from $5,000 to $7,500 per company, will be used to help initiate the commercialization process. A full list of award winners is below.

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Arizona Commerce Authority’s Innovation Challenge Receives Record Number of Applications

February 07, 2012

The Arizona Commerce Authority received more than 300 company applications for the second Arizona Innovation Challenge - nearly tripling the amount received last year. A panel of expert judges has begun evaluating each start-up, and expects to announce semi-finalists in early March.

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Statement from the President & CEO Don Cardon

January 11, 2012

Anyone who knows me knows I speak openly from the heart. I live life with faith and family as my foundation, and rely heavily on passion, tenacity and integrity in a determination to succeed—but always reminding myself that life is not about me. With that in mind, every decision I make must align with these values.

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Governor Brewer and the ACA Cut the Ribbon on “Innovation Forward”

January 06, 2012

The ACA has a steadfast commitment to providing start-ups and entrepreneurs with the tools needed to bring their vision to light and expand their operations. Encouraging start-ups - especially those with a focus on manufacturing, exporting and technology - will help solidify Arizona's economic strength and ultimately ignite job creation.

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Silicon Valley Bank Expands to Arizona

January 03, 2012

Silicon Valley Bank (SVB), financial partner to the innovation sector and the premium wine industry, is expanding its operations to Arizona, creating hundreds of well-paying, financial sector jobs in the state over the next few years. SVB will open a new IT and operations facility in Tempe in 2012 to support its continued growth.

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Magna Announces New Facility in Arizona for Renewable Energy

December 13, 2011

Magna International Inc. announced today that its Cosma International operating unit will strengthen its manufacturing presence in the renewable energy market by opening a manufacturing facility in Phoenix, Arizona. Cosma is a leading global metalforming supplier in the automotive industry, and has recently expanded into non-automotive markets.

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ACA Reopens AZ Fast Grant Program

December 13, 2011

As part of its ongoing efforts to assist early stage technology companies, The Arizona Commerce Authority is launching the AZ FAST Grant Program. This competitive grant program provides seed money to technology based companies to help initiate the commercialization process. Companies with less than 30 employees and revenues lower than $2 million can receive up to $7,500 for professional consulting services to help bring their product to the next stage of completion.

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ACA Helps Small Businesses With New Export Initiative

December 02, 2011

The Arizona Commerce Authority is launching the State Trade and Export Promotion (STEP) program with a trade mission to Montreal. Earlier this year, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) awarded the ACA $656,000 in grant money to help small businesses (those with less than 500 employees) enter export markets for the first time or to expand into new markets.

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Arizona Plays Host to Major International Solar Conference

November 29, 2011

The Arizona Commerce Authority welcomes Solarpraxis' PV Power Plants USA 2011 to downtown Phoenix. The two day conference, which expects more than 200 participants, brings together experts
from around the world to discuss the current market and future of the solar industry. The conference provides an important link between European and North American solar markets.

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Dental innovation company opens state-of-the-art facility in Scottsdale

November 01, 2011

Global Dental Science, LLC today announced it is opening a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Scottsdale at Scottsdale Airpark. The company expects to create 150 new jobs over the next year with an initial investment of $5 million.

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Clear Energy Systems Announces Major Expansion in Arizona

October 24, 2011

Clear Energy Systems, a manufacturer of portable electric generation systems, is expanding its operations in Arizona, creating hundreds of new jobs, increasing Arizona's exports globally and investing in the local economy. Joined by Governor Jan Brewer, the Arizona Commerce Authority and the Greater Phoenix Economic Council, the company announced its plans to invest $10 million to launch its new Genesis 1000 power generation system in Arizona.

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California clean technology company expands to Peoria

October 19, 2011

Maxwell Technologies Inc., a San Diego-based clean technology company that manufactures ultracapacitors, today announced a new industrial facility in Peoria at Mack Arrowhead Commerce Park. The company will create 150-200 new jobs over the next three years with a capital investment of $26 million.

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Arizona Grant Recipient Wins National Video Contest

October 17, 2011

The Arizona Commerce Authority congratulates the Mohave County One Stop Career Center, for winning first place in a national video contest held September 14, 2011 in Washington, D.C. The video was selected as the top winner in the U.S. Department of Labor’s “Faces of Success” contest at the ARRA (American Recovery and Reinvestment Act) Grantees Technical Assistance Institute.

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Arizona Commerce Authority Announces Funding for Businesses and Jobs for Arizonans

September 28, 2011

ACA President and CEO Don Cardon made several significant announcements at the ACA Board of Director's Meeting on September 27.  These will put Arizonans back to work, provide much needed investment to the state, and set Arizona on a path toward economic recovery.  Since the Arizona Competitiveness Package became law in February, ACA's business client portfolio has increased 350 percent on average per month.

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Arizona Offers Aggressive Incentives for Renewable Energy Companies

July 05, 2011

Fueled by aggressive, new business incentives, Arizona is quickly becoming the premier location for renewable energy companies. The Arizona Commerce Authority will feature those new incentives and business opportunities available to companies at Intersolar North America, the leading annual solar industry exhibition and conference in San Francisco, July 12-14.

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Arizona Grant Awardees to be Featured in Fall Report to Congress

July 05, 2011

This week, the Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (ETA) will be sending a reporter to Arizona to gather success stories and photographs to be published in a document for congress this fall. The companies featured will be those who have successfully participated in the State Energy Partnership Grant (SESP).

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ACA’s Arizona Innovation Challenge Announces Final Three Winners

April 04, 2011

The Arizona Commerce Authority announced today it has awarded three additional innovative technology companies with a share of $1.5 million as part of the Arizona Innovation Challenge. The money will be used to speed development and aid in the commercial launch of promising technology.

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ACA’s Arizona Innovation Challenge Winner Announced

March 16, 2011

The Arizona Commerce Authority has selected the first five innovative Arizona companies to receive a portion of $1.5 million to speed development and the commercial launch of promising technology. The winning proposals showcase each company's ability to attract outside capital investment, create wealth through fast growth, provide quality, high wage employment opportunities, and generate export sales and tax revenue.

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Governor Jan Brewer Signs Landmark Economic Legislation

February 17, 2011

Governor Jan Brewer this evening signed into law one of the most significant pieces of economic legistlation in Arizona state history.

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Ulthera to Expand Operations

February 10, 2011

Ulthera, Inc. – a global, growth-stage medical device company pioneering aesthetic and medical applications using its therapeutic ultrasound platform technology – will expand its operations to now include the manufacturing of various components of its patented technology.

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Arizona Commerce Authority Awards Economic Development Funds to Rural Organizations

February 07, 2011

The Arizona Commerce Authority announced today that the awarding of $2 million dollars to 21 rural organizations throughout Arizona via the Rural Economic Development Grant Program. Estimated to create more than 500 full-time jobs and 80 part-time jobs, applications were received from 75 organizations in just 30 days in response to the request for proposals.

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Semifinalists Are Announced for the ACA Innovation Challenge

February 04, 2011

The "Top 25" has been selected as competitions narrows for the ACA's Arizona Innovation Challenge. Beginning early next week, the ACA will award $1.5 million to companies creating jobs in Arizona for innovators in renewable energy and sustainability, bio and life sciences, electronics, information technology, aerospace and defense, and advanced manufacturing. 

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Gov. Brewer, Mayor Gordon celebrate Power-One’s Grand Opening

January 31, 2011

Today Power-One, Inc. (NASDAQ-PWER), the world's second-largest manufacturer of power inverters for the renewable energy industry, opened its first North American manufacturing facility in Phoenix that will eventually employ 350 people. Power-One's Phoenix facility will produce its industry-leading photovoltaic (PV) and wind inverters that convert renewable energy into a useable form of electricity for distribution on the utility grid.

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ACA’s Arizona Innovation Challenge commits funding for early-stage tech ventures

January 27, 2011

In a window of less than thirty days, the Arizona Commerce Authority received 108 proposals competing for the Arizona Innovation Challenge. The ACA will award $1.5 million to companies creating jobs in Arizona for innovators in renewable energy and sustainability, bio and life sciences, electronics, information technology, aerospace and defense, and advanced manufacturing.  

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Governor Jan Brewer Announces Vigorous Policy Agenda

January 18, 2011

Governor Jan brewer today released her comprehensive policy agenda with an emphasis on Economic Competiveness, Education State Government and Renewed Federalism. Arizona will, again, be a magnet for business relocation, formation, and growth; capital formation and investment; employment and personal income growth; and prosperity for all Arizona businesses and citizens.

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UK-based Cleantech Company Moving to Phoenix to Supply Power-One

December 17, 2010

FAIST, a multinational United Kingdom-based company, will establish its first U.S. presence in Phoenix with FAIST GreenTek LLC to manufacture steel and metal structures, expanding the region’s renewable energy supply chain.

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Boost for Weatherization Assistance in Arizona’s Tribal Communities

December 10, 2010

The Arizona Commerce Authority's Weatherization Assistance Program is awarding $1 million to the Inter-Tribal Council of Arizona (ITCA) to provide energy efficient upgrades for an estimated 126 family homes of 19 Arizona Native American Tribes. The funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) comes from weatherization training dollars targeted to increase the amount of homes weatherized in Arizona.

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Governor Jan Brewer Announces Don Cardon Will Stay as President and CEO of Arizona Commerce Authority

November 30, 2010

Arizona's aggressive economic growth plans took significant steps forward today as Governor Jan Brewer announced two more developments in the evolution of the Arizona Commerce Authority and its innovative private/public model.

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Boeing Announces $247 Million Contract for Additional Business in Arizona

October 28, 2010

The Arizona Commerce Authority looks forward to welcoming attendees to Aviation Week’s Aerospace and Defense Supply Chain Conference being held at the Arizona Biltmore November 1-3, 2010. The Aerospace and Defense industries together represent one of the largest sectors of Arizona’s economy with an $8.8 billion gross state product providing more than 93,800 jobs.

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Advanced Energy Storage Company Transforming Industry with Breakthrough Technology Selects Arizona Over Southwestern States

October 28, 2010

The Greater Phoenix Economic Council, in collaboration with Arizona State University and The Arizona Commerce Authority, announces a chief expansion of one of the greatest advances in energy storage technology.

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Governor Jan Brewer Dedicates Funding to Advance Research into Major Diseases

October 28, 2010

Governor Jan Brewer today announced the awarding of $2.2 million to Science Foundation Arizona in order support the creation of an Arizona Biosignature Laboratory that will focus on research into major diseases including lung cancer, Alzheimer’s and kidney diseases.

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Governor Jan Brewer Awards Grant to NAU

October 21, 2010

Some of Arizona’s most promising new business innovations in Northern Arizona received a boost today as Governor Jan Brewer awarded a one million dollar grant to support Northern Arizona University (NAU) and Northern Arizona Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology’s (NACET) incubator program to
advance technology and build emerging new businesses with high wage jobs in Northern Arizona.

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Nonfarm Employment Up Over the Year by 0.5%; Unemployment Rate Unchanged at 9.7%

October 21, 2010

Arizona’s unemployment remained unchanged at 9.7% for September. The U.S. rate also remained unchanged at 9.6%. Over the year, Total Nonfarm employment was up a modest 0.5% in September. The trend in over-the-year employment losses in Arizona slowed after June 2009 when the losses hit bottom at -8.4%.

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Governor Jan Brewer and Intel Announce Massive Expansion in Arizona

October 19, 2010

Arizona Governor Jan Brewer joined executives from Intel Corporation today to announce the company’s plans to invest between $6 billion - $8 billion in manufacturing to support future technology advancements in its American facilities – including Intel’s factory site in Chandler.

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Governor Jan Brewer Names First Members of Rural Business Advisory Council

October 18, 2010

Governor Jan Brewer introduced the first members of the Rural Business Advisory Council during her remarks at the Governor’s Rural and Regional Development Conference on Friday. The Council, established by Executive Order on September 8, will provide direct assistance to the Arizona Commerce Authority and rural communities in organizing, coordinating and implementing business development
strategies to diversify economies by bringing in new business and creating jobs for Arizonans.

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Governor Jan Brewer Announces Funding for the State’s Aerospace and Defense Industry

October 15, 2010

Citing Arizona’s potential to become a world-class center for aerospace and defense (A&D) industries, Governor Jan Brewer this week allocated $1.3 million to boost the state’s A&D industry and help the state become more globally competitive in this growing and fast-paced sector.

 

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Governor Jan Brewer Welcomes Ventana Medical Systems Expansion, 500 Jobs

October 13, 2010

Following yesterday’s historic solar economic development and jobs announcement with Sempra Generation in Arlington, Arizona, a leader in cancer diagnostics is significantly expanding its presence in Arizona. Governor Jan Brewer announced Ventana Medical Systems Inc., a member of the Roche Group based in Oro Valley, will be adding up to 500 jobs as it advances its personalized healthcare solutions for cancer patients around the world.

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Governor Jan Brewer Announces Sempra Generation Photovoltaic Solar Power Plant

October 12, 2010

Arizona Governor Jan Brewer joined executives from Sempra Generation today to announce the company’s plans for a large scale photovoltaic solar power generation plant. The planned Mesquite Solar Complex will be built in Arlington, Arizona, on former agricultural land near existing transmission lines.

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Arizona, America’s Solar Leader, to Highlight State Solar Incentives

October 07, 2010

The Arizona Commerce Authority will be representing the state of Arizona at Solar Power International,
North America’s largest solar conference, in Los Angeles on October 12-14.

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Governor Jan Brewer Welcomes International Rectifier Corporation’s Expansion in Arizona

September 30, 2010

Governor Jan Brewer joined Chandler Mayor Boyd Dunn today in announcing International Rectifier
Corporation is expanding its operations in Arizona. The company is a global leader in power management technology, developing and manufacturing power semiconductors and integrated circuits.

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Governor Jan Brewer Dedicates Funding to Advance Algae Technologies and Innovations

September 28, 2010

Governor Jan Brewer joined Chandler Mayor Boyd Dunn today in announcing International Rectifier
Corporation is expanding its operations in Arizona. The company is a global leader in power management technology, developing and manufacturing power semiconductors and integrated circuits.

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Governor Jan Brewer and Jerry Colangelo Hold First Board Meeting of the Arizona Commerce Authority

September 23, 2010

Governor Jan Brewer and Jerry Colangelo today assembled 25 leaders representing diverse industry backgrounds for the first Board meeting of the Arizona Commerce Authority. The private-sector leadership Board, as envisioned by the Authority’s President and CEO, Don Cardon, will work to align
diverse assets and opportunities within the state to compete economically at the highest level in both domestic and international markets to create high-quality jobs for Arizonans.

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