February 09, 2017


Event in Phoenix Focuses on Efforts to Build the Economy, Promote Innovation within the State

PHOENIX, ARIZ. – As part of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s #LetsGrow Tour, the U.S. Chamber, in collaboration with the Arizona Chamber of Commerce & Industry and the Arizona Commerce Authority, hosted an event today looking at Arizona’s role in promoting economic growth both locally and nationwide.

The #LetsGrow Tour is a series of events the U.S. Chamber will hold across the country with elected officials, policy leaders, and business owners to hear about growth in their states and opportunities at the federal level.

“Arizona is full of thriving businesses, and they are thriving, in part, because they have champions working to build a better business environment at the state and federal levels,” said Suzanne Clark, U.S. Chamber Senior Executive Vice President. “We’re here to learn from Arizona’s successes in creating growth, jobs, and innovation and we want to hear ideas from local business leaders about what the federal government can do to get our economy moving again.”

Before an audience of local business and government leaders, Clark also pointed to the role the Arizona Commerce Authority and the Arizona Chamber play in advocating for the state’s business community, including an emphasis on promoting innovation and creating an environment where entrepreneurs can thrive.

“We appreciate the U.S. Chamber bringing its #LetsGrow tour to Arizona to get a closer look at how the business community and policymakers are working together to make our state a great place for startups and entrepreneurs,” Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry President and CEO Glenn Hamer said. “We believe Arizona is setting the standard for regulatory relief and pro-growth tax policies that unleash free enterprise, so we’re thrilled that our friends at the U.S. Chamber would want to learn more about what we’re achieving here.”

Held at the Uber Center of Excellence, the event featured remarks from Kirk Adams, chief of staff to Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey; Sandra Watson, president and CEO of the Arizona Commerce Authority; and General Manager of Uber Steve Thompson.

The #LetsGrow Tour was announced during U.S. Chamber President and CEO Thomas J. Donohue’s annual State of American Business address in January of this year and will include stops in several cities, including Chicago, Baton Rouge, Atlanta, and Detroit. It will conclude with a final summit in Washington, D.C. in March.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the world’s largest business federation representing the interests of more than 3 million businesses of all sizes, sectors, and regions, as well as state and local chambers and industry associations.