Valley Partnership has announced the topic for its upcoming monthly breakfast on Friday, June 27. The panel at this month’s breakfast will feature a candid discussion about what Valley communities are doing right when it comes to recruiting new companies. Panelists will discuss site selection trends, the things Arizona is getting right, touch on the areas that still need improvement, and talk about what’s next for the Valley of the Sun.
The discussion panel will feature John Lenio, economist and managing director of CBRE’s Location Incentives Group; Auguste Goldman, chief people officer of Go Daddy, Inc.; and Justin Meritt, senior investment professional with Southwest Value Partners. The panel will be moderated by Christine Mackey, economic development director for the City of Chandler.
“As the economy continues to improve and major companies look to relocate, expand, or startup operations, economic development and real estate professionals are working alongside municipalities to create business friendly environments that will attract these major employers to the Valley,” said Richard Hubbard, president and CEO of Valley Partnership. “The Valley has already experienced some very big wins in this department and if we can continue to develop our recruitment and retention strategies it’s clear that in the coming years there will be even more to celebrate. Valley Partnership is excited to bring these experts together to educate our partners on site selection trends and what they mean for Arizona.”
In addition to the panel discussion the inaugural Valley Partnership Advocates Class of 2014 will graduate. The Valley Partnership Advocates Progam is an annual professional development program providing a select group of Valley Partnership’s younger leaders with a unique opportunity to leverage their involvement in the organization. The Advocates program is designed to coordinate exclusive access to top industry leaders and their successful development projects, within a professional experience focused on networking, mentoring, and philanthropic activities throughout a program year.