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Commerce quandary: Sharp differences over picking winners and losers with state money (access required)

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.

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Commerce Authority going global, field offices in China, Europe, Mexico and Canada targeted (access required)

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.

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Mixing work and pleasure in Albania

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.

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