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Economic Development Committee

Karla Moran

Committee Co-Chairs: Mike Hoover, City of Surprise and Karla Moran, SRP


The Economic Development Committee is focused on regional strategies to enhance the West Valley’s economic development capabilities. The key priority of this Committee has been to developing and now implementing the workforce development strategy -West Valley Pipeline. The Committee works to inform members about business attraction tools, such as the Greater Maricopa Foreign Trade Zone, and West Valley economic drivers and assets. This Committee also leads the planning for the Annual Economic  development Summit.

"Our top priority to grow our regional economy is to create the talent and workforce needed to attract high-wage jobs for people in the region. The West Valley has one of the most businessfriendly environments in the country. Through our partnership with WESTMARC, Phoenix has tremendous access to business, elected and education leaders to strengthen this region as one cohesive community."

Daniel Valenzuela, Phoenix City Councilmember, WESTMARC Executive Committee

"WESTMARC is the go-to resource for West Valley data, including workforce statistics, business sector trends and quality of life indicators. They capture and report insights into West Valley life that may surprise some and inspire others, like the fact that 34% of the finance/insurance workers in Maricopa County live in the West Valley! It is WESTMARC data that confirms what many sense – the West Valley business climate is healthy and the forecast is favorable."

Nicole Stanton, Managing Partner, Quarles & Brady

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