Outraged by what they see as exorbitant spending and questions of transparency, some lawmakers are considering taking back some of the power they gave the Arizona Commerce Authority last session.Read More »
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The Arizona Commerce Authority board of directors approved guidelines for its $25 million Arizona Competes fund, vowing close scrutiny of any company that wants a grant from the deal-closing fund.Read More »
At the Arizona Commerce Authority’s first four board meetings, more than two dozen business leaders and policymakers sat at a table that wrapped around half of the second-floor conference room in the Executive Tower, with so many others in attendance that chairs became scarce.Read More »
The man who was hand-picked by Gov. Jan Brewer to oversee a new agency charged with re-igniting Arizona’s struggling economy is set to collect a whopper of a paycheck. But Don Cardon’s idea of how to guide the Arizona Commerce Authority may run contrary to the governor’s own philosophical leanings about how the quasi-public group should go about luring new business to the state.Read More »
No members physically present, no answering of questions before or after the meeting and no details of the primary agenda item prior to official action on the matter.Read More »
For an agency that has claimed a commitment to transparency, the ACA's meeting Tuesday left some observers disappointed.Read More »
Gov. Jan Brewer will be racking up some frequent flier miles next month when she heads up a team of Arizona government officials and business leaders that will be traveling to China in hopes of attracting Chinese business investments in Arizona.Read More »
Gov. Jan Brewer announced the members of the Arizona Commerce Authority’s new board of directors on Monday, naming a roster of mostly familiar faces who have helped oversee the transition away from the old Department of Commerce that it replaced.Read More »
After two hours of discussion among Gov. Jan Brewer and members of the Arizona Commerce Authority on how to boost economic development in Arizona, Rep. Tom Forese delivered a surprisingly candid admonition of the governor.Read More »
Anyone who’s wondering how serious the Arizona Commerce Authority is about its proactive approach to recruiting new businesses need only look at President/CEO Don Cardon’s recent travel plans.
Just two days before the new public-private economic development agency held its final board meeting before the July 1 transition away from the Arizona Department of Commerce, Cardon returned from a 10-day trip to Europe.