Building a More Sustainable, Diversified Economy
I am committed to bringing more jobs to Phoenix by strengthening our regional and international partnerships.
Strengthening Our Partnership with Mexico
Mexico is Arizona’s largest trading partner and we must continue to foster our economic and cultural ties across the border. Since I’ve taken office, I’ve led three trade missions to Mexico, meeting with government and business leaders in places like Hermosillo and Mexico City to build on our $5.7 billion annual trade with Mexico.
I also lead a delegation of city and business leaders from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, the Greater Phoenix Economic Council, Phoenix Chamber of Commerce, Phoenix Convention and Visitors Bureau and various Phoenix community organizations. We’ve talked about ways to support more investment in Phoenix and strengthen our cultural ties across the border.
The more collaboration we can have on Mexico, working with city council members, our business community, leaders and businesses in Mexico to increase our trade relations the better sustainable economic future we can count on for Phoenix.
Focusing on High-Tech California Companies
I also traveled to California and the Silicon Valley to explore partnerships with high-tech companies considering relocation and expansion outside of California. By meeting face-to-face with business leaders, I made it clear I want Phoenix to be at the top of their expansion list by offering the best city and the best workforce in the region.
As Phoenix leads Arizona into a new and strong economic future, we’ve got to think outside the box to attract business and jobs. As these companies continue to grow faster after the recession, we want to partner with them and offer them the best city with the best work force in the country so we can be mutually successful.
My first year and a half in office I met with the top 100 companies in Phoenix to learn about each individual company, what they need in the 21st-century workforce and how Phoenix can help. I found that our workforce needs more job training and more preparation for our kids in school to be competitive and be the best they can be.
I’m working on ways our kids can be globally competitive by establishing College Depot, a full-service college planning center for students and families that offers free workshops and one-on-one advisement on college planning, financial aid, searching for scholarships and more. College Depot has been a huge success expanding from the Burton Barr Central Library to four additional Phoenix Public Library branches including: Cesar Chavez, Cholla, Palo Verde and South Mountain Community Libraries. In Phoenix, we want to make sure all our kids are the best prepared for college and beyond.
Small and local businesses are the foundation for a strong Phoenix economy.
I helped initiate two major plans to help our businesses succeed.
- First with the city council, we passed a program to enhance local and small business’ participation for city procurements. Local sourcing is key for our homegrown businesses and this procurement program allows them to compete for city business for goods and service contracts under $50,000. Additionally, we’ve streamlined the way businesses can electronically submit their building plans to the city. This speeds up the process, so the sooner they can open their doors, the better for our economy. With innovation and technology, we are supporting our local businesses and putting Phoenix ahead to build a strong economic future.
- My office, along with the city council and city manager, ASU and Mayo Clinic formed a partnership to create jobs and educational opportunities in northeast Phoenix, which will serve as an international destination for renowned medical care at Desert Ridge.