To attract and grow quality businesses, and advocate for Greater Phoenix’s competitiveness.
We are an inclusive, diverse family
We lead from
We remain on
We are agile and
adapt to change
We are committed to selfless service
By the Numbers
Over the last 34 years GPEC has fueled the regional economy, racking up some impressive stats along the way.
A Few Words From Our Leadership
President & CEO, GPEC
“The success of GPEC is measurable by the market’s diverse growth, including extraordinary investments from semiconductors and suppliers, combined with the strength of our partnerships with local communities and industry leaders. The work accomplished through these relationships has made Greater Phoenix known as a thriving and competitive region that fosters innovation and growth of emerging industries. Our commitment to collaboration is what furthers GPEC’s impact and promises a prolific future for the region.”
Chair, GPEC Board of Directors
President, Salt River Project (SRP)
“The future of Greater Phoenix is shaped largely by economic development, and GPEC’s work is a major driver of the innovation and pro-business environment the region is known for. GPEC’s strategic local relationships combined with its international presence emphasizes the region’s impact and importance at a global scale while amplifying new perspectives and creating growth opportunities for years to come.”
Bringing businesses to the region is what we do, changing lives is what drives us.
Meet just one of the individuals whose life was changed in part from the opportunities ACCO Engineered Systems brought to the region.
A Year of Action
An award-winning team, recognized as a global leader in economic development.
Leader of the Year
President & CEO
Excellence in Economic Development
7th straight year
Kristen Stephenson, CEcD
Member of the Year
Senior Vice President, Research & Analytics
Interactive Rising Star
Non-Profit Website Design
Art pieces sold
Featured in Axios newsletter and four blog Thought Leadership pieces
Virtual & in-person
Pieces of art
GPEC hosted national site selectors at the WM Phoenix Open to experience the momentum of the region and to learn about the latest regional advancements.
In conjunction with the WM Phoenix Open FamTour, GPEC partnered with Crossover VC to host capital firms at the Desert Tech Connect event, which brought together top founders, investors, athletes and entertainers.
Taiwan Tech Day was cohosted by TAITRA and GPEC, bringing together industry leaders and experts from Taiwan to showcase the latest in autonomous vehicles, communication technology, unmanned aerial vehicles and software.
Total audience size
In FY23 GPEC participated in eight international conferences and hosted eight market visits along with our partners, generating a total of 59 prospects.
With the first year of our three-year strategic plan completed, we reflect on the goals that drove our success. Together with GPEC’s 22 member communities, Maricopa County, more than 200+ private sector investors and regional partners, we have laid a solid foundation that will allow us to strategically build upon those successes over the next two years as we continue the work to advance the region.
3-Year Strategic Goals:
Lead an ambitious shared vision for the region’s economic future
Enhance the foundation
of the future economy
with a focus on emerging
FY23 Action Plan Goals:
Building on a comprehensive approach to economic development, FY23 will focus on working with partners to identify, articulate, and pursue objectives that will create impact on key economic imperatives and policy priorities.
GPEC has maintained an aggressive approach to economic development and will continue to be laser focused on excelling and innovating on business attraction, branding and cluster development strategies.
capacity to serve the
Greater Phoenix economic ecosystem and meet the needs of the market
Named the top economic development organization globally in FY22, GPEC will build on successful strategies to enhance the organization’s influence and longevity, honing world-class talent and delivering value for the region.
FY23 Performance Metrics
GPEC met each of its respective goals, hitting stretch on all but three metrics, target on one metric and contract on the remaining two.
New jobs created
Average high wage salary
FY23 Noteworthy Events
Regional Report: State of Black Business 2022
The second annual State of Black Business Report quantifies more data around Black-owned businesses and entrepreneurship in Greater Phoenix.
Ambassador Event: Arts & Culture in Greater Phoenix
Arts and culture are integral to the leading economies of the world, promoting cultural exchange and diversity, providing entertainment for citizens and tourists, and contributing directly to the market.
Through the support of local business, community, and statewide leadership, we’re proactively taking steps to assure that Greater Phoenix is the place for talent to be bred, community to be built and business to thrive.