GPCC President & CEO Todd Sanders

Exactly one week ago, the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce (GPCC) hosted Mayor Greg Stanton for his final State of the City Address. As I listened to Mayor Stanton’s speech, I was encouraged by his message, as it reaffirmed the importance of the Chamber’s strategic economic partnership with the City of Phoenix.

During his six years as Phoenix’s Mayor, I’ve had the pleasure of developing a close, working relationship with Mayor Stanton and his team. This has resulted in a strong partnership between GPCC and the City of Phoenix, where we work together to increase our economic growth, support business retention and expansion efforts and to move Phoenix forward.

We’ve worked side-by-side with City of Phoenix leaders to make Phoenix more competitive in every way possible.

Growing our economy from within
Through our partnerships with the City of Phoenix and others, GPCC has completed more than 3,000 business and retention visits. These visits have been instrumental in shaping our economic development and workforce development efforts. By gathering key data, we’ve been able to connect business owners to essential business support services, identify key pain points that are hindering business growth in our region, as well as develop and implement workforce readiness solutions

Additionally, as Mayor Stanton indicated last week, we’ve also focused on building a new, stronger relationship with Mexico, our state’s top trading partner. The City of Phoenix has led the way bringing leaders from across the business community together to improve relations with Mexico.

Becoming a magnet for talent and workforce development
During his remarks last week, Mayor Stanton highlighted in the City of Phoenix’s efforts to connect people with workforce opportunities.

Since we know that 80 percent of new jobs come from existing businesses, GPCC has doubled down on growing our local economy. Through the Greater Phoenix Chamber Foundation (GPCF), we are tackling the biggest hurdle facing our economy: the lack of qualified talent to meet the needs of business. If we want to grow our economy, then business leaders need to be workforce developers.

In addition, GPCF has launched several platforms to connect potential talent to employers and education opportunities. From, a one-stop resource dedicated to bringing awareness to cybersecurity careers in Arizona, to the recent launch of a training program for financial services that was launched in partnership with the City of Phoenix’s Arizona@WORK office. This job-readiness program prepares individuals to pass the Series 7 License exam, a requirement for many financial services careers.

By strengthening our workforce and talent pipelines, we are making Phoenix a destination for employers and a place where our businesses want to plant roots.

From Mayor Stanton’s final State of the City Address, it is clear that Phoenix is moving forward and creating an economy that will sustain growth and support a diverse business community.

As Mayor Stanton prepares for his next chapter, I’m proud of the way that we’ve been able to come together and build a collaborative relationship that focuses on moving Phoenix, and Arizona, forward toward prosperous future.

Posted by Danny Imes