by the Arizona Commerce Authority
Arizona is known for our spirit of opportunity, and under Gov. Doug Ducey’s leadership we are getting things done! Our state continues to receive national accolades for our progress. Here are a few recent highlights:
- Arizona has received media coverage in The New York Times Magazine and Phoenix Business Journal for our attractiveness to California businesses seeking a better business climate.
- The Phoenix Business Journal highlights Arizona’s impressive double-digit growth in advanced industry jobs.
- Arizona is ranked #1 in the nation for Aerospace Manufacturing Attractiveness in a 2016 PwC report.
- A July 2016 update from the Bureau of Economic Analysis shows that Arizona’s gross domestic product (GDP) growth is strongly outpacing projections. Arizona’s real GDP increased at an annualized growth rate of 2.6 percent in the first quarter of 2016, well above the national rate of 1.2 percent. Our state posted the highest GDP growth rate in the Southwest region and tied for the fifth highest growth rate in the nation.
- In June, Forbes recognized the Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale area as the “clear rising star” on its list of Cities Winning the Battle for Information Jobs, outside of San Francisco and Silicon Valley. Growth in information employment in Arizona was 7.51 percent in 2015, and grew by 39.29 percent from 2010 to 2015.
- Also in June, Kiplinger Magazine ranked Arizona as the state with the second-fastest projected job growth rate in the country for 2016 at 3.2 percent.
In May, Arizona was ranked #6 overall on Chief Executive Magazine’s annual “Best States for Business” list, representing a three-spot climb from last year’s report. Arizona was also ranked #2 in the Southwest region.
- The Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA), chaired by Governor Ducey, supports the growth of Arizona’s economy by helping businesses of all sizes create high-value jobs for our citizens and invest capital into our communities. During Fiscal Year 2016, which ended on June 30, the ACA closed 105 projects representing 17,629 projected jobs with average wages of $50,803 and $980.2 million in capital investment.
Governor Ducey’s vision for ACA 2.0 is to increase this success by streamlining economic development efforts, being more efficient with taxpayer resources, enhancing the state’s marketing efforts, and creating a one-stop shop for businesses small and large.
The governor isn’t just committed to making government work better, he is also ensuring our state provides the best environment for job creators. Arizona leads the nation in supporting innovative, 21st-century business models. Unnecessary regulation on ridesharing has been lifted, and outdated laws preventing homesharing have been removed. Entrepreneurs now have more access to capital through crowdfunding.
Arizona was recently called the “hottest new place for autos” by Fortune Magazine, which noted that our state is “fast becoming a key center of the burgeoning self-driving car industry.” Google, Uber, and GM have all established testing programs for self-driving cars in Arizona, thanks in large part to the Governor’s executive order allowing autonomous driving.
With momentum like this, Arizona’s economic future looks bright!