GPEC Named ‘Best in Class’ Economic Development Group

Greater Phoenix Economic Council Sept. 25, 2017

The Greater Phoenix Economic Council (GPEC) is viewed as one of the top regional economic development organizations across the country, according to a new survey of U.S. corporate executives and location advisors released Monday at the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) Annual Conference in Toronto.

Conducted by Development Counsellors International (DCI) every three years, the “Winning Strategies in Economic Development Marketing” survey has tracked trends in economic development since its inception in 1996. For the first time, the survey also includes findings about how the current political climate affects business perceptions. 

GPEC ranked No. 2 “best in class” regional economic development agency, according to the site selection consultants who participated in the survey, with 15 percent identifying it as a top economic development organization.

“The Winning Strategies survey provides insights into the minds of key decision makers—from their perceptions on locations around the world to how they get the information that shapes those perceptions,” said DCI President Andrew T. Levine. “As the competition for business expansions and talent intensifies, this information can be crucial to communities looking to set themselves apart from other locations.” 

“It is an absolute honor for GPEC to be recognized by national site selection consultants as one of the top economic development organizations in the county,” said Chris Camacho, GPEC President and CEO. “While the team works day in and day out with our communities and stakeholders, and site selectors, we have the good fortune of having a strong board of directors, who are active in contributing to the organization’s success.” 

For a free copy of the full “Winning Strategies” survey report or an executive summary, visit 

About the Greater Phoenix Economic Council (GPEC)

A true public-private partnership, GPEC is the regional economic development organization for Greater Phoenix. Working with its 22 member communities, Maricopa County and more than 160 private investors, GPEC attracts quality businesses to this dynamic region. By creating a high-performance economy through capital investments

and jobs, Greater Phoenix companies enjoy a business climate where they can compete and thrive in today’s global economy. Since 1989, GPEC has worked to achieve an economically sound and sustainable region. For more information, visit 

About DCI

Considered the leader in marketing places, Development Counsellors International (DCI) specializes in economic development and tourism marketing. The agency has worked for more than 400 cities, regions, states, provinces and countries since it was established in New York City in 1960.

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