Serving as the leading statewide advocate for responsible economic development in Arizona since 1974, AAED’s foundation has been rooted in three fundamental pillars that continue to affect positive change and increase Arizona’s competitive position to attract investment and create jobs.
Continued learning is paramount to ensure all practitioner and private sector members are current on new tools and programs that will enhance Arizona’s competitiveness. Key educational components include workforce symposiums, the launch of the Arizona Economic Development Academy, the Governor’s Statewide Development Conference, the AAED Spring Conference, and the Tribal Economic Development Forum.
In addition, AAED’s Professional Education Committee has established an organizational partnership with the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) to encourage economic development practitioner certification.
These key programs have served over 1,500 practitioners and private sector partners within the past 12 months.
AAED is one of the leading advocates for legislative policy that contributes to a business-friendly operating environment.
In 2010, AAED and its members championed efforts in support of SB1403, the Renewable Energy Tax Incentive Program. Since its inception, the passing of this legislation has resulted in the investment of 14 new companies; creating 6,300 new jobs; and generating $1.82B in capital investment for the state.
In 2011, AAED and its members again mobilized support for the passing of the Governor’s Competitiveness Package or HB2001. This resulted in several positive tax cuts and reforms including the creation of a $25M deal closing fund and a reduction in corporate income tax.
AAED’s monthly lunch programs, quarterly roundtables, symposiums and monthly mixers are all designed to encourage collaboration and the continued exchange of ideas and information. These events also allow for AAED members to engage with other economic development-focused professional groups within the state.
As AAED moves into its 39th year of existence we must continue to keep these fundamental building blocks at the forefront of our activity. It is through this continued focus that will allow AAED and its members to strengthen Arizona’s economy, expand new and existing industries and create jobs.