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Broome leaving GPEC for San Diego

Barry Broome (File photo)

Barry Broome (File photo)

After six years at the helm of the Greater Phoenix Economic Council, Executive Director Barry Broome is leaving for a new job in San Diego.

Today GPEC announced that Broome, who joined the organization in 2005, had accepted a job as head of the San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation. Broome will begin his new job on Aug. 1.

“I have been truly honored to be a part of GPEC,” Broome said in a press statement from GPEC. “This six-plus years I have invested in the organization, the region and the state have been among the most personally rewarding in my economic development career.

Under Broome’s watch, GPEC successfully pushed a 2009 bill creating new tax incentives for solar companies, which GPEC credited with helping to bring 11 solar projects to the Valley. GPEC was also a strong proponent of the 2011 Arizona Competitiveness Package, which included a number of policies the group had advocated for, such as a tax credit for companies bringing new jobs to the state.

Sen. Michele Reagan, a close ally of Broome, said Broome raised GPEC’s profile and lobbying efforts at the Legislature and helped rally the business community for a common purpose.

“Before Barry there was not a lot of involvement between GPEC and the Legislature. That was a big change. He would come down and get to know us and get to know the businesses in our district,” Reagan said. “Someone is going to have big shoes to fill.”

GPEC Chairman Bill Pepicello, president of the University of Phoenix, said Broome “elevated GPEC’s capabilities.”

“The organization has ramped up its business attraction outcomes; become a credible, go-to resource for the state’s policymakers; is an invaluable partner to Maricopa County and mayors across the region; and is a national leader and benchmark for economic development agencies across the state,” Pepicello said in a press release.

GPEC spokeswoman Melissa DeLaney said the council’s board of directors will name an interim director soon, followed by a nationwide search for Broome’s successor.

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