Arizona’s top economic development official is stepping down.
Don Cardon announced Wednesday that he will step down as Arizona Commerce Authority president later this year after a transition period.
Cardon was director of the state Commerce Department last year when it was reorganized as the quasi-private authority.
That change was made under an economic development redesign approved by Gov. Jan Brewer and the Legislature.
Cardon says he’ll be returning to his personal business activities.
Brewer says a nationwide search will be conducted to find a replacement.
In another development, authority Co-Chairman Jerry Colangelo announced that the authority’s private fundraising arm has obtained corporate commitments for nearly $1 million for a three-year period.
Some of the money will be used to pay half of the compensation for the authority’s CEO.