As many Valley residents are beating the heat in July and enjoying time to relax this summer, the Chamber isn’t missing a beat. We are starting FY23 off strong with new leadership and goals that build upon our successes over the last year.  Simultaneously, we have been hard at work gearing up for the Primary Election.

We invite you to view the newly released 2022 Annual Report, illustrating achievements made in FY22 including a successful Legislative Session, further development of the Chamber’s DEI Program, and expansion of ElevateEdAZ, just to name a few. I am proud to report the Chamber saw continued growth and innovation that allowed us to offer new benefits and opportunities for our 2,400 members.

As we embark on a new fiscal year, our primary focus remains on supporting Arizona’s business community during this period of economic recovery. I look forward to working with our incoming Board leaders and members as we navigate these ever-changing times and develop solutions that provide direct value to our members and the community at large.

We are proud to have Erin Mettille, Public & Social Impact Leader, Slalom Consulting, serving as the 2022-2023 board chair, succeeding Christina Noble, Chief Growth Officer of Sonora Quest Laboratories. Scott Smith, Managing Partner or TowerHunter, will serve as chair-elect.

On August 2nd, Arizona is holding its Primary Election. This election, like all elections before it, is critically important and will set the tone for the future throughout the state of Arizona. From the race for Governor, all 90 seats in the Legislature, and a seat in the U.S. Senate, among several other key elected offices up for a vote, there’s no doubt the 2022 election will be instrumental in shaping the direction of Arizona’s economic recovery.

For nearly 40 years, the Greater Phoenix Chamber’s Political Action Committee (PAC) has identified and supported pro-business candidates for state and local offices, regardless of political affiliation.

This year, the PAC—led by a board of policy experts and business professionals—endorsed 38 candidates for the state legislature.

Our team of Public Affairs experts works with our PAC Board to vet candidates on your behalf. As a part of this rigorous process, the PAC Board reviews voting records of incumbents, interviews new candidates, and only endorses those who share our vision for promoting economic prosperity and strong communities. You can view this year’s endorsements here.

While so much is happening around us, I urge you to stay engaged in our country’s political process—casting your ballot is one of the best ways to make your voice heard, advocate for the issues you care about and support your community. I hope you’ll join me in voting for candidates that will move Arizona forward and support our region’s economic prosperity.

You can stay up to date on this year’s election through the Chamber’s Public Affairs Dashboard and through our Voter Resource Page. I also invite you to attend Legislative Wrap-up breakfast on August 28th.

Posted by Annelise Patterson