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.
At yesterday's Commerce Authority board meeting, Don Cardon said he returned on Sunday from a swing through Europe that he said was part vacation, part ACA business venture, and included business stops in Ireland and Albania.Read More »
Tobin didn't attend today's Commerce Authority board meeting, instead sending Forese in his stead.Read More »