Bullish on Global Phoenix

by Don Henninger

BullishI have always been bullish on Phoenix, and from the unique vantage point I enjoyed for 17 years on the publisher’s platform of the Phoenix Business Journal, I saw plenty of evidence to back up the optimism. And now just a few weeks into a new journey, I am even more convinced than ever that this region has the right people with the right spirit and energy that, collectively, will make the rest of the world stand up and take notice.

You may say that the world has already has taken plenty of notice of us for a few years — for the wrong reasons. That our “image” outside state borders has been shaken, stirred and spit up over a laundry list of events and calamities. We certainly have had some challenges on that front. But I don’t plan to spend time dwelling on them.

At the ground level, there are plenty of entrepreneurs who individually are doing the kind of work that will bring a brighter world view to this region. The Global Chamber is one of the bright lights. The Arizona Commerce Authority and others are strong advocates for  global business growth and globalization as well.

The spirit of independence and entrepreneurism has always been one of Phoenix’s strengths. We’ll build the region into a stronger global economic player, but it won’t happen overnight. We’ll do it one entrepreneur at a time. 

And then we’ll turn some global heads for all the right reasons.

Don Henninger is the principal of DH Advisors and advisor with the Global Chamber.®

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