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The Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA) is the leading economic development organization with a streamlined mission to grow and strengthen Arizona’s economy. The ACA uses a three-pronged approach to advance the overall economy: recruit, grow, create – recruit out-of-state companies to expand their operations in Arizona; work with existing companies to grow their business in Arizona and beyond; and partner with entrepreneurs and companies large and small to create new jobs and businesses in targeted industries.

The ACA is overseen by a public-private sector board comprised of Arizona leaders in business and policy. The board is overseen by Arizona Governor Doug Ducey and co-chaired by Jerry Colangelo, partner of JDM Partners and chairman of USA Basketball. Joining them on the board is a group of prestigious private-sector business leaders, elected officials and university presidents.

The ACA’s executive management team drives the organization’s day-to-day operations, ensuring it maintains focus on the recruitment of quality companies and jobs to the state of Arizona. This team brings together the best and brightest in economic development, management and communications.


Arizona Business: News

GM hiring 1,000 after opening of Chandler tech center

AZCentral.com • 08.22.2014

The Detroit-based company on Friday formally announced the opening of its fourth national IT center, which will employ 1,000 workers in the southeast Valley (Greater Phoenix-area) as the U.S. economy continues a shift toward knowledge-based jobs in science and engineering.

Business leaders: Arizona has what it takes to thrive.

AZCentral.com • 08.15.2014

The ACA reports 17,154 quality new jobs created in fiscal 14. Impressive job totals are just part of the story. Chief Executive Magazine in May ranked Arizona as a Top-10 place to do business in the nation.

Startup central: Arizona a top business grower

AZCentral.com • 08.11.2014

Entrepreneurship and innovation in Arizona have led to successful businesses that are meeting everyday needs of residents and businesses.

Silicon Valley Bank Plans to hire 250 in Arizona, Makes $100M available to high-growth startups

AZCentral.com • 07.30.2014

The California bank expands in Arizona and plans to boost innovation in the state by making $100 million available to high-growth companies.

Phoenix ranks as Top 5 best city for small business

AZCentral.com • 07.23.2014

The National Federation of Independent Business has identified the top five U.S. cities for opening and operating a small business. Phoenix occupies the fifth spot on the list.

Winners of Spring 2014 Arizona Innovation Challenge take home $250K

AZ Tech Beat • 06.25.2014

Twice a year the Arizona Commerce Authority awards grant funding capital to a group of startups to help them grow their business and fuel innovation.

Sandra Watson, President and CEO of the ACA said, “This round of the Arizona Innovation Challenge demonstrates why Arizona continues to be recognized as a hub of innovation and technology.”

Phoenix tech is scorching

USA Today • 06.23.2014

The "Silicon Desert," as locals call it, is thriving, with start-ups taking advantage of the lower cost of living, tight-knit community and talent from one of the nation's largest schools — Arizona State University —  to help sprout new tech ideas.

Arizona Manufacturing: Its Evolution is Economic Prosperity

InBusiness Magazine • 06.5.2014

There is tremendous variety and many types of manufacturing businesses in the Greater Phoenix area. The total manufacturing output in Arizona was $21.9 billion in 2012, representing the highest manufacturing output ever recorded for the state’s GDP.

SF-based Weebly to bring 250 new jobs to its new Scottsdale office

AZ Tech Beat • 06.4.2014

Weebly, a global service that lets everyone create a high-quality website, has signed a 25,000-square-foot office lease in Scottsdale, Ariz., for the company’s North American customer operations headquarters.

Phoenix is the 8th best city for new grads

AZCentral.com • 06.3.2014

Phoenix ranks 9th on Forbes list of American cities with the fastest growing information sectors

AZCentral.com • 05.28.2014

The Phoenix metro area ranks ninth on a new Forbes list of American cities with the fastest-growing information sectors. Close to 2 percent of the jobs in the Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale area are information jobs, according to the list.

NFL Pro Bowl coming to Arizona

AZCentral.com • 04.9.2014

The Pro Bowl game will be played Jan. 25, 2015, a week before Arizona hosts the Super Bowl at University of Phoenix Stadium.

Bioscience a $36 billion boon industry in Arizona

AZCentral.com • 04.8.2014

Arizona's bioscience industry generates $36 billion in annual revenue, according to a study released Tuesday in Phoenix. The report from the Flinn Foundation identified 106,846 jobs in the bioscience sector.

SubZero buys land to expand in Goodyear

AZCentral.com • 04.1.2014

Sub-Zero Inc. has purchased land in Goodyear to expand its already large facility in the city. The Wisconsin-based company paid $2 million for an 11.5-acre parcel next to its 438,501-square-foot manufacturing and distribution operation in the PV303 business park at Interstate 10 and the Loop 303. Sub-Zero currently has as many as 400 employees at its Goodyear site.

American Airlines to add jobs in Phoenix

AZCentral.com • 03.19.2014

The new American Airlines, formed by last year's merger of Tempe-based US Airways and American, announced that it will be adding jobs in the Phoenix area, which reinforces its commitment to maintain a significant corporate and operational presence in Arizona.

Arizona named 3rd largest for job growth

AZ Tech Beat • 03.19.2014

The Arizona economy is off to a good start this year. According to numbers released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Monday, Arizona had the third largest job growth so far this year.

ACA ready for next Innovation Challenge

Phoenix Business Journal • 03.14.2014

The Arizona Commerce Authority’s Spring 2014 Arizona Innovation Challenge, a business plan competition that awards the most money in the country for a technology commercialization challenge, is accepting applications until 3 p.m. March 28.

Pinnacle Transplant Technologies Wins Venture Madness Competition

Phoenix Business Journal • 03.10.2014

Phoenix’s Pinnacle Transplant Technologies, which processes muscular skeletal tissue from human cadavers and then packages, sterilizes and distributes the tissue to physicians, beat out 63 other companies to win the Venture Madness championship.

Phoenix tissue bank wins Venture Madness competition

AZCentral.com • 03.7.2014

Phoenix-based Pinnacle Transplant Technologies was the winner in the Venture Madness business-pitch finals over Contatta in a dual of biotech vs. IT software. The human-tissue bank for medical transplants was established in 2010, had $7.4 million in revenue last year and has grown to 45 employees. The Venture Madeness competition, sponsored by Invest Southwest and the Arizona Commerce Authority, started with 64 developing companies.

Scottsdale startup Delivery-IT simplifies retail delivery

AZ Tech Beat • 03.4.2014

Scottsdale-based Delivery-IT's software platform helps retailers and customers with ordering, scheduling and same-day delivery of their favorite goods. In December 2013, the Arizona Commerce Authority selected Delivery-IT as a winner of its Arizona Innovation Challenge.

Google Fiber may come to Phoenix, Scottsdale, Tempe

AZCentral.com • 02.19.2014

Google announced that Phoenix, Scottsdale and Tempe are among a handful of metro areas that the Silicon Valley-based company is considering for its high-speed Google Fiber network.

Google Fiber a possibility for Phoenix, Scottsdale, Tempe

Phoenix Business Journal • 02.19.2014

Google announced today it will evaluate the cities of Scottsdale, Phoenix and Tempe to be part of a national high-speed Internet fiber network it is launching in nine U.S. markets.

32 Startups Advance to Round 2 in Venture Madness

AZ Tech Beat • 02.15.2014

Venture Madness, presented by Invest Southwest, in partnership with the Arizona Commerce Authority announced 32 startups advancing to round two in the head-to-head business pitch competition.

Venture Madness: technology changing economic development

The Next Silicon Valley • 02.4.2014

At the IEDC annual conference in Philadelphia, USA, last October, I participated in a panel entitled, “Transforming Economies: Economic Development 21.0”. The premise of the debate was based on how technology is transforming economic development in the 21st century, with global competition being oblivious to boundaries.

Zivelo moving HQ from Indiana to Scottsdale, will hire 70

The Phoenix Business Journal • 12.5.2013

Zivelo, a kiosk and digital sign manufacturing company, is moving its corporate headquarters to Scottsdale. The 5-year-old Marion, Ind.-based company will add at least 70 jobs to the Phoenix market when it moves into a 13,000-square-foot space at Fashion Square Mall in January.

MAC6 manufacturing incubator opens in Tempe

• 10.25.2013

Tempe business incubator MAC6 debuted its Park Lane Conscious Manufacturing Facility in Tempe Thursday night, and organizers are calling it the only manufacturing incubator in the country.

MAC6 opening manufacturing space with 12 companies

• 10.18.2013

What: Grand opening of MAC6 Conscious Manufacturing Incubator/Park Lane Manufacturing facility, a 38,000-square-foot industrial manufacturing space, with an introduction of the 12 manufacturing startup ventures that will launch in the new incubator.

Mass Mutual to bring new jobs to Phoenix

• 10.17.2013

Insurance giant Mass Mutual will hire more than 200 people locally over the next year or so as it opens a new Phoenix facility, its first corporate office in the western United States.

State pushing certified rural business sites

• 10.8.2013

One seminar at the 2013 Arizona Governor’s Economic Development Conference held Wednesday in Flagstaff discussed the state’s new economic development marketing tools for rural areas of the state.

Brewer touts improving business climate

• 10.4.2013

The 2013 Arizona Governor’s Economic Development Conference Wednesday at the High Country Conference Center in Flagstaff featured its namesake delivering the keynote address: Gov. Jan Brewer.

Forbes lists Arizona No. 1 for projected job growth

• 09.26.2013

Arizona ranks at the top of the charts among U.S. states for projected job growth over the next five years, according to Forbes magazine and Moody’s Analytics.

Arizona, Texas Head List Of Best States For Expected Job Growth

• 09.25.2013

The Great Recession had devastating effects across the U.S. and few places were as hard hit as Arizona. The state was booming on the strength of its tourism and real estate markets during the 2000s. Median home prices jumped 70% between 2003 and 2006—only Nevada had bigger gains—fueling more building and construction jobs. 


Progrexion expands credit repair business to Phoenix, will hire 300

• 09.20.2013

Progrexion, a Salt Lake City-based provider of credit repair services, is opening a 33,000-square-foot Phoenix office and will hire at least 300 people, which will include sales agents and call center positions.

Arizona Technology Council names Governor’s Celebration of Innovation winners

• 08.28.2013

The finalists and winners have been announced for the Arizona Technology Council‘s 10th annual Governor’s Celebration of Innovation awards, presented in partnership with the Arizona Commerce Authority.

Phoenix among 10 best cities for small business

• 08.27.2013

Phoenix is one of the 10 best cities U.S. for small business, according to NerdWallet. In a new ranking from the financial information website, Phoenix is the 10th best city for small business.

Construction begins on massive State Farm development in Tempe

• 07.31.2013

Construction began Wednesday on the 2 million-square-foot State Farm Insuranceregional headquarters just north of Sun Devil Stadium on the banks of Tempe Town Lake.

Grand Canyon University to buy 160 acres in Mesa for new campus

• 07.30.2013

Grand Canyon University, which will be releasing its second quarter earnings later today, plans to buy 160 acres in Mesa to develop its second campus.

Luke AFB in Glendale readies for new F-35s

• 07.29.2013

With the arrival of the first wave of F-35 Lightning II fighter jets at Luke Air Force Base just months away, construction is under way on facilities where pilots will be trained and the planes will be maintained.

Asurion plans to hire 500 in Phoenix, invest $12M in new tech center

• 07.23.2013

Asurion, a Nashville, Tenn.-based consumer technology protection services provider, announced today it is expecting to invest $12 million in its new Phoenix technical support center and hire 500 new employees by the end of the year to fill the center.

Phoenix, schools, health care companies launch Health Care Sector Partnership

• 07.19.2013

The city of Phoenix is teaming up with Maricopa Community Colleges and 35 health care companies to build a stronger workforce.

Strongwatch looks to grow with Freedom-on-the-Move

• 07.12.2013

Strongwatch, winner of a $250,000 Arizona Commerce Authority Innovation Challenge grant last month, is looking to grow two- or three-fold over the next few months.

Phoenix No. 1 for economic growth, Tucson second

• 07.8.2013

The latest Metro Monitor Report from the Brookings Institute shows strong economic growth for Phoenix.

New Phoenix to Mexico City route landing at Sky Harbor

• 06.26.2013

Mexico’s Volaris Airlines is bringing some new service to Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. The low-cost airline will start service between Phoenix and Mexico City and Guadalajara this fall, Mayor Greg Stanton announced today.

Innovation Arizona summit leaves entrepreneurs with candid advice

• 06.12.2013

Spending more time on customer feedback, hiring as best you can and firing fast, and embracing social media were just some of the many pieces of advice given yesterday at the inaugural Innovation Arizona summit for entrepreneurs.

Arizona Commerce Authority names Innovation Challenge winners

• 06.12.2013

• Gingerbread Shed is a Tempe company that runs Elevate Tickets, a provider of ticketing, marketing and event services created for major music festivals in North America, including Country Thunder.

GPS company Garmin expands presence in Chandler

• 06.12.2013

GPS company Garmin announced that it will expand its presence in Chandler and add 141 software and product-development jobs over the next three years, according to a Chandler news release.

Garmin expanding in Chandler with nearly 150 new jobs, $11 million investment

• 06.11.2013

Garmin International Inc., an Olathe, Kansas-based GPS device manufacturer, announced today it is expanding its operations in Chandler, a city with a growing cadre of technology jobs.

Entrepreneurs eye unmanned aircraft

• 06.10.2013

Stephen Rayleigh’s unmanned aircraft does aerial photography from an altitude of 300 feet with images so crisp a runner’s shadow is visible on the pavement.

Arizona in running for civilian site to test unmanned aircraft

• 06.8.2013

Arizona’s bid to land one of six federal test sites for unmanned aircraft touts the state’s existing military testing facilities, wide-open public lands and good flying conditions.

Mortgage servicer set to hire 1,000 in Chandler

• 06.6.2013

Fast-growing Nationstar Mortgage, one of the largest non-bank mortgage-servicing companies in the nation, is hiring hundreds to staff its new operations center in Chandler.

Hopes high for inaugural Innovation Arizona Summit

• 06.6.2013

Innovators and entrepreneurs are invited to attend the inaugural Innovation Arizona Summit to connect with resources, service providers, growth-support groups, business executives, investors and incubators.

AZ companies winning substantial U.S. defense contracts

• 06.5.2013

When you think of booming industries in Arizona, you may think of solar technology, farming, even tourism. But military defense is quickly climbing to the top of that list, and it's paying off for Valley companies.

Arizona congressional delegates tackle state’s manufacturing challenges

• 06.4.2013

Education and the need for more skilled workers in the state’s manufacturing sector was front and center at the Arizona Manufacturers Council’s 2013 Manufacturer of the Year Summit I emceed this morning at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Phoenix.

Arizona Commerce Authority picks 10 finalists for innovation challenge

• 05.31.2013

The Arizona Commerce Authority has chosen 10 finalists for its Spring 2013 Arizona Innovation Challenge, which awards qualified, innovative startups and early-stage companies money to grow their business.

WinCo Foods plans massive Phoenix warehouse, 300 new jobs

• 05.31.2013

WinCo Foods LLC — an employee-owned discount grocer based in Boise, Idaho — has handed over nearly $12 million in cash for a massive west Phoenix lot where it plans to erect an 800,000-square-foot warehouse within the next year and bring about 300 jobs to the Valley.

ACA names 27 semifinalists for spring Innovation Challenge

• 05.10.2013

The Arizona Commerce Authority announced 27 companies today as semifinalists for its Spring 2013 Arizona Innovation Challenge.

2013 Best and Worst States for Business

• 05.9.2013

In its ninth annual survey of CEO opinion about the best and worst states in which to do business, 736 CEOs—the highest response on record—rendered their verdict. Business leaders were asked to grade states with which they are familiar on a variety of competitive metrics that CEOs themselves regard as critical.

CEO survey ranks Arizona 6th-best for business

• 05.8.2013

A national business magazine has rated Arizona as the sixth-best state for business. Chief Executive surveyed CEOs, who bumped Arizona up four spots from last year.

Godaddy.com announces expansion, new hiring

• 05.8.2013

Scottsdale based godaddy.com is expanding to tempe... with a new 150,000 square foot building.

Scottsdale-based GoDaddy to build new Tempe facility

• 05.8.2013

Web host GoDaddy plans to break ground soon on a new facility in Tempe to replace an existing one, bringing at least 300 permanent, new jobs to the project and renewed commitment to the region.

Arizona Ranked 6th Nationally for Business

• 05.8.2013

Governor Jan Brewer today celebrated news that Arizona has been ranked the 6th-best state in the nation in which to do business. That’s according to the 2013 report from Chief Executive Magazine, which surveyed more than 700 CEOs nationwide. Arizona’s ranking reflects a four-spot climb from last year’s report.

Brewer announces new GoDaddy tech center in Tempe

• 05.8.2013

A Scottsdale-based web-hosting company is building a new technology center at Arizona State University's research park in Tempe. GoDaddy plans to house 1,300 engineers, developers and customer care representatives in a new two-story, 150,000-square-foot facility. Three hundred of the workers will be new hires.

Go Daddy building new office at ASU Research Park, to hire 300

• 05.8.2013

Scottsdale-based Web giant Go Daddy is opening a new technology and customer service center in Tempe at the Arizona State University Research Park.

Top 10 Best States for Starting a Business

• 04.30.2013

To encourage residents to start their own businesses, U.S. states are investing in entrepreneur mentorship programs and pumping up their high-tech workforce. 

ZocDoc plans to hire 650 for new Scottsdale office

• 03.27.2013

ZocDoc, a New York company that helps patients book doctor appointments online, is opening an office in Scottsdale and planning to hire 650 people within the next three years.

Scottsdale lands health service

• 03.27.2013

A New York-based digital health-care service called ZocDoc that connects patients and doctors is bringing 60 jobs to Scottsdale this year.

ZocDoc hiring, opening office in downtown Scottsdale

• 03.27.2013

A new company is setting up shop in Arizona and is expected to hire hundreds of workers in the coming years.

Arizona Jobs: Gov. Jan Brewer announces 600 ZocDoc jobs coming to Scottsdale

• 03.27.2013

Hundreds more jobs are coming to the Valley. Gov. Jan Brewer and Scottsdale Mayor Jim Lane announced Tuesday that 600 new jobs will be opening up in Scottsdale.


ZocDoc is opening Arizona office

• 03.27.2013

A New York company that helps patients connect with doctors through an online service is opening a Scottsdale, Ariz. office and will hire more than 600 workers in the next three years.

Brewer touts mortgage-center jobs headed to Tempe

• 03.25.2013

After a near-death experience, the mortgage industry appears to be making a recovery along with the housing market, translating into new jobs.

Union Bank To Establish Mortgage Operations Center In Tempe, Arizona

• 03.25.2013

Union Bank, N.A., a full-service commercial bank headquartered in San Francisco, is expanding into Arizona with a new 42,000 square foot mortgage operations center in Tempe, a Phoenix suburb.

Bank expansion creates 250 new Tempe jobs

• 03.21.2013

A commercial bank headquartered in San Francisco is bringing 250 jobs to the Valley. Union Bank announced Thursday it is opening a new mortgage operations center in Tempe, which will ultimately employ several hundred mortgage professionals.

Union Bank opening mortgage operations center in Tempe, 250 jobs available

• 03.21.2013

A commercial bank is expanding its mortgage operations center to Tempe, Ariz. and will be bringing 250 jobs to the area.

Union Bank expanding into Tempe with 250 new jobs

• 03.21.2013

Arizona’s efforts to capitalize on California’s recent tax hikes by luring businesses may be paying off.

Canadian-Based ZyTech Building Systems Locates Manufacturing Center in Glendale, Arizona

• 03.13.2013

ZyTech Building Systems, a Canadian-based provider of roof trusses, floor systems, wall systems and lumber packages to homebuilders and contractors, will locate its advanced manufacturing facility in Glendale, Arizona, providing building systems to companies throughout Arizona and neighboring states.

ZyTech Building Systems expands in Glendale with plans to hire 300

• 03.13.2013

ZyTech Building Systems, a Canadian lumber distributor and roof truss manufacturer, is expanding its U.S. presence this month in Glendale.

Chandler to be home to GM’s newest IT innovation center

• 03.7.2013

General Motors’ new IT innovation center planned for Chandler will mean 1,000 new jobs in metro Phoenix, but the work there will have a global reach.

Phoenix job market boosted by GM, USAA announcements

• 03.7.2013

The still recovering regional job market received a boost this week with military insurer USAA’s announcement it was adding as many as 1,000 jobs at its Norterra campus in north Phoenix.

GM to Hire 1,000 for Tech Center Near Phoenix

• 03.7.2013

General Motors says it will hire 1,000 workers to staff an information technology center in Chandler.

GM to hire 1,000 for high-tech Chandler innovation center

• 03.6.2013

General Motors announced today it has selected Chandler as the site of its fourth Information Technology Innovation Center, with plans to hire 1,000 high-wage employees and invest $21 million in the new facility, planned to open early next year.

General Motors unveils plans for Chandler IT center with 1,000 jobs

• 03.6.2013

General Motors’ new IT innovation center planned for Chandler will mean 1,000 new jobs in metro Phoenix, but the work there will have a global reach.

Raytheon, Boeing score $103M in defense contracts

• 03.6.2013

Sequestration budget cuts have yet to stop the flow of U.S. defense spending including the Pentagon on Tuesday awarding contracts to Boeing Co. in Mesa and Raytheon Missile Systems Co. in Tucson totaling $103 million.

What’s driving business to Arizona?

• 03.5.2013

Arizona Commerce Authority CEO Sandra Watson on the factors drawing businesses to Arizona from states such as California.

Strengthening Arizona’s economy

• 03.4.2013

Arizona’s economy is growing again. And for recession-weary Arizonans, the improved outlook for jobs and economic prospects is a welcome change.

States sending recruiters to help lure companies from California

• 02.28.2013

FBN’s Adam Shapiro speaks with Arizona governor Jan Brewer on why she believes Arizona is more business-friendly than California.

Stat Doctors: bringing the diagnosis to your laptop

• 02.28.2013

It used to be doctors made house calls. Those days are long gone -- or are they? A Scottsdale company called "Stat Doctors" is pioneering a way for doctors to make virtual house calls.

Stealth Software To Invest $2 Million To Establish Its US Headquarters In Phoenix, Arizona

• 02.20.2013

Netherlands and Luxemburg-based software development firm, STEALTH Software, will invest $2 million to establish its U.S. headquarters in Phoenix, Arizona, creating approximately 200 jobs.

Software firm to open US office in metro Phoenix

• 02.20.2013

A software development and marketing company based in the Netherlands has announced plans to open its U.S. headquarters and hire 200 people in metropolitan Phoenix.

Software company chooses Arizona for headquarters; 200 jobs planned

• 02.20.2013

A Dutch company that makes software helping government agencies and private firms safely store data has chosen the Phoenix area for its U.S. headquarters.

STEALTH Software bringing 200 jobs to Phoenix area

• 02.19.2013

Stealth Software BV, a European software company, is locating its U.S. headquarters in the Phoenix area.

Brewer: new jobs coming to Arizona

• 02.19.2013

Netherlands and Luxemburg-based Stealth Software has selected Arizona as the site of its U.S. headquarters.

Dutch firm to open headquarters in metro Phoenix, bring 200 jobs

• 02.19.2013

Gerard Warrens thought it would take three months to choose a U.S headquarters for his fast-growing cyber-security company, but after six weeks he was sold on Arizona.

Software firm to open US office in metro Phoenix

• 02.19.2013

A software development and marketing company based in Luxembourg has announced plans to open its U.S. headquarters and hire 200 people in metropolitan Phoenix.

Software firm to open US office in metro Phoenix

• 02.19.2013

A software development and marketing company based in the Netherlands has announced plans to open its U.S. headquarters and hire 200 people in metropolitan Phoenix.

Tucson tech: 4 firms get FAST grants to help put discoveries in marketplace

• 02.12.2013

One Tucson company is developing a new cancer diagnostics platform based on the defensive systems of tumor cells. Another is developing advanced systems for unmanned aircraft.

STEPping out: Program Helps Smaller Businesses Market Their Products Overseas,Increase Sales and Provide More Jobs to Arizona Workers

• 02.4.2013

One businessman imagines a Latin rock star singing with his microphone. Another pictures an Australian beauty with his temporary tattoo emblazoned on her shoulder. Still another imagines a rocket in China with its pressure being monitored and controlled by his device.

Guest Column: Mickelson story illustrates this point: You can thrive in Arizona, not in California

• 02.1.2013

Pro golfer Phil Mickelson brought up an important issue that many people around the nation are facing today - they are being overtaxed and essentially penalized for their success in life.

ACA’s Venture Ready program graduates first tech company

• 02.1.2013

The Arizona Commerce Authority has graduated the first company from its Venture Ready program, which was designed to create more technology businesses and high-wage jobs here by a means other than recruiting them from out of state.

Arizona Commerce Authority names Fast Grant winners

• 01.31.2013

Twenty-four early-stage Arizona technology companies have won grants from the Arizona Commerce Authority to help with training and technical assistance for growing their business, creating jobs and commercializing their innovations.

Four Tucson firms win $23,000 in early-stage grants

• 01.31.2013

Four Tucson firms are among 24 early-stage Arizona technology companies that have won grants from the Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA) to help with training and technical assistance for growing their business, creating jobs and commercializing their innovations.

Unmanned Aircraft could give flight to Arizona econmy

• 01.25.2013

Arizona has profited greatly from war technology over the course of its history. World War I brought Egyptian cotton farming and tire production to Arizona and hatched the city of Goodyear.

States recruit California businesses

• 01.18.2013

Arizona Commerce Authority CEO Sandra Watson on efforts to lure California businesses to Arizona.

Surprise start-up firm among six awarded by state for ‘innovative’ business plans

• 01.7.2013

A Surprise startup company is among six such firms across the state to be awarded grants from Arizona to help establish and expand their business.

Arizona Commerce Authority tabs 6 companies for Innovation Challenge awards

• 12.21.2012

The Arizona Commerce Authority has named six companies, including four in the Phoenix area, to receive Innovation Challenge grants.

Pima County welcomes new corporate headquarters and manufacturing center

• 11.16.2012

An innovative building design and manufacturing company announced Wednesday it is establishing its corporate headquarters and a manufacturing center in the Tucson region, with the potential to bring 600 jobs within the next five years.

Aris Integration moving to Tucson, will hire 600

• 11.16.2012

Aris Integration LLC has picked Tucson to set up its corporate headquarters and will hire 600 people for a manufacturing center by 2017.

Tucson tech: US grants to help foster aerospace, defense in state

• 11.13.2012

New efforts to boost Arizona's aerospace and defense sector are about to take off, aided by recent federal grants worth $1.8 million.

Tech firm to open plant in Tucson

• 10.3.2012

A California-based maker of magnetic components and related products for high-tech applications is opening a plant in Tucson that is expected to employ up to 200 people in five years.

Integrated Technologies Group To Open Tucson, Arizona, Manufacturing Facility

• 10.3.2012

A technology manufacturer with focus on magnetic, servo systems and specialty cable products for the semiconductor, medical, energy, industrial automation and aerospace industries, Integrated Technologies Group, will open a manufacturing complex in the Tucson, Arizona, with plans to hire 200 employees.

Gary Tooker to be given lifetime achievement award at Governor’s Celebration of Innovation

• 09.27.2012

Gary Tooker, the former chairman and CEO of Motorola Inc., will be honored at the Governor’s Celebration of Innovation this year for his lifetime of work promoting Arizona’s tech sector.

SunGard expands Scottsdale data center

• 09.27.2012

SunGard Availability Services is expanding data center space at its Scottsdale location as demand for its services continues to grow.

Boeing gets $136M contract to convert Apache helicopters

• 09.25.2012

Boeing Co. has received $136 million order from the U.S. Army to transform Apache helicopters into upgraded Apache Longbow helicopters.

Southbound, Arizona’s top export partner is Mexico

• 09.20.2012

It is the fastest growing state with the fastest growing middle class in Mexico. In 2011, its economy grew 7.5 percent and a housing boom - unlike anything seen in the region for decades - is under way.

Havasu awarded for partnerships bringing ASU to town

• 09.20.2012

The Arizona Commerce Authority awarded Lake Havasu City an excellence in economic development award last week for the city’s work in establishing the newest Arizona State University campus.

Startup connects businesses with colleges, research centers

• 09.20.2012

Matt Gottesman, who co-founded 10XMultiple.com, a company offering a due-diligence analytics platform, is looking for two things to put his business in a better position: seed funding and additional technologies.