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Exporting Key to Region’s Economic Improvement

One way to strengthen Northern Arizona’s economy is to look to international markets. That’s where Export University comes in. Held last month in Flagstaff, Export University was a day-long training with government and industry extolling the benefits of international expansion. It’s like learning to ride a bike, says Andy Kruse, who is passionate about exporting. […]

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SBE Council Economist on Latest Inflation Numbers

Raymond J. Keating, chief economist for the Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council (SBE Council), offered the following statement in reaction to the CPI inflation numbers released this morning by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics: “Despite the continuing efforts by Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke to reassure that everything is under control regarding inflation, the CPI […]

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Navajo Nation Considers Smoking Ban

Navajo lawmakers will reconsider a smoking ban during the upcoming session in Window Rock this week. The bill would reportedly exempt tribal casinos at least until financing debts are paid off. A spokeswoman for tribal President Ben Shelly says he does not support the exemption because the president would prefer to protect the health of […]

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SBE Responding to Low Job Numbers

The Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council (SBE Council) issued the following statement on June’s employment data, which showed an anemic 18,000 jobs gain.  The U.S. Department of Labor also reported a downward revision (-44,000) in the job numbers for April and May. “The jobs numbers are not surprising given low business confidence, increased government costs, […]

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GPEC Deciding to Maintain Direction

The leadership of the Greater Phoenix Economic Council says they have persuaded current president, Barry Broome to continue with the organization. In an announcement released today, Chairman William Pepicello attributes much of the success of the Greater Phoenix Economic Council and the past year of corporate relocations and Arizona job creation to Broome’s leadership.  “In […]

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Presidio Development Moving Forward

At Flagstaff City Council’s noon meeting Tuesday, councilmembers voted to approve the Presidio in the Pines Surety Completion Agreement — an accord with the Phoenix-based American Contractors Indemnity Company (ACIC), which will complete work on the development as promised to the city in 2004. Sized at 91 acres, Presidio in the Pines is a mixed-use […]

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Poor Job Numbers Reflect Grim Policy Outlook

The Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council (SBE Council) said May’s jobs numbers are not surprising given flawed government policies that continue to jack up business costs and fuel uncertainty. The unemployment rate increased to 9.1 percent, and employers only added 54,000 jobs last month according to the U.S. Department of Labor. “Energy and health care […]

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Neighborhood Associations–An Economic Development Tool

A significant factor in economic development for our community is strong and involved neighborhoods. The city recently invested $1.8 million for improvements to the Southside in the form of new pavement, sidewalks, trash receptacles, and bicycle parking amenities. Because of that investment and efforts from the Southside Neighborhood Association, we are already beginning to see […]

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