International State of the Metro (Phoenix) ISOM19

Posted by: Doug Bruhnke on Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Last week we held the annual International State of the Metro for Phoenix with Rick Buss of City of Peoria providing the annual international report card, and government and business leaders sharing their views at this Global Chamber® signature event.

Overall the report card is getting better, and the grades are significantly better from the first official annual grades in 2012.

Thank you to all our keynote speakers including Rick Buss, Dr. László Szabó, Ambassador of Hungary to the United States, Cónsul General of Ecuador Laura Machuca Arroba, Consul General Emeritus of Honduras Tony Banegas, Rep. Tony Rivero, Chuck Kim of Executive Digital and Fanny Zylstra of Tgen. We were treated to an up-to-the-minute snapshot of everything global in the metro.

Special thanks to our primary sponsor Cresa Partners, including Rod Beach and Jeffrey Garza Walker who are right in the middle of helping local and landing firms occupy the best space for them, cost effectively. Thank you Rod and Jeffrey... keep up the good work! Also thanks to Tommy Bahama in Kierland for sharing the ISOM19 gift basket... won this year by Mike Patterson of Spencer Fane! Also a special thank you to our hosts AZ Cowork, and tremendous space geared toward SaaS and other tech companies and open to everyone.

Thank you as well to the #1 Ambassador of the State of Arizona, Barry Wong. Thank you for sharing the Proclamation from the Governor's office on International Women's Day and Month!

So how are we doing? What is the international state of the metro?

Below is the summary report card below from Rick, with more pictures below. The general consensus was that Rick did a great job of reporting on some of the key opportunities and issues related to international business in the region. His presentation went quite a bit deeper in the different areas. We were treated to his review and insights... having been involved with economic development for many years, got several cities.

One of the issues for Phoenix is a paucity of direct international flights, and the good news from another Global Chamber event earlier in the day was that then Mayoral Candidate, now Mayor-elect Kate Gallego, and in a few days Mayor Gallego, articulated a plan to increase these. Recognizing the problem and discussing solutions is the first step... and I'm sure our members will be ready to support growth in this area.

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