Navigating a Crisis: COVID-19 and Economic Development

Posted by: Yvonne Luker - Global Chamber on Thursday, October 1, 2020

We were pleased to be part of a webinar with energy, expertise and great discussion! Thank you Cresa Phoenix for inviting Global Chamber® and member City of Surprise to this excellent conversation. We received positive feedback that this was an engaging and educational conversation that brought fresh perspectives on the impact of COVID-19.

Watch and listen to the conversation HERE.

The speaker for Global Chamber® was our founder/CEO Doug Bruhnke. Doug provided perspectives on what he's seeing in Arizona, in different states and around the world. Overall the regions that have done a better job than Arizona and the US to handle Covid-19 are particularly aggressive about growth, including Japan, South Korea and Germany. They've barely missed a beat and have strategically been taking advantage of the situation.

Doug also recognized Mayor Gallego and the City of Phoenix for making excellent progress through this period, including landing a multi-billion dollar investment from Taiwan-based semi-conductor giant TSMC and initiating Export League PHX, read more on both.

It hasn't all been 'lollipops and unicorns' as Jeffrey and Doug exchanged... and some tough realities were shared, too.

We congratulate Cresa Phoenix not only for holding the conversation, but for their ongoing business activities that have contributed to keeping metro Phoenix and the state of Arizona in the mix for regional and global opportunities. We love working Jeffrey and the team!

Read more about Jeffrey Garza Walker and the team at Cresa below.

Congratulations to the success of the team at City of Surprise as well! Their economic development team is led by Jeanine Jerkovic, and her team member Samantha Pinkal contributed to the conversation at this event. You're both amazing! 

Jeffery Garza Walker

Senior Vice President at Cresa Phoenix

As Senior Vice President at Cresa, Jeffrey focuses on expanding the firm's capabilities in global portfolio services through key industrial clients with requirements in Latin America. Additionally, he assists companies in Latin America seeking to place operations within North America. His background as a Senior Director of Corporate Real Estate in North/Latin America with a top tier 4PL logistics company provides a capable skill set and 15 years of experience in commercial real estate brokerage/ development. Besides this advisory board, Jeffrey serves on the ASU MRED Real Estate Council, the ASU W.P. Carey Business School Mentor Program, the ZoomInfo Customer Advisory Board, and as the MBEIC Vice Chair, for the Pacific Southwest Minority Development Council. He has previously worked with Habitat for Humanity, the YMCA and served on the Salvation Army Board of Directors. Jeffrey is a U.S. Armed Forces Veteran and Phoenix Business Journal 40 under 40 recipient. He received his master’s in Real Estate Development from Arizona State University (in the inaugural year of the program), an MBA in Global Management from the University of Phoenix, and a bachelor’s in Spanish from Montana State University. 

About Cresa Phoenix: Cresa is the world's largest commercial real estate advisory firm that exclusively represents occupiers and specializes in the delivery of fully integrated real estate solutions. Visit Cresa Phoenix.

About City of Surprise: Surprise, Arizona is located in the northwest Phoenix Metropolitan area, just 45 minutes from Downtown Phoenix and the Sky Harbor International Airport. Residents and visitors enjoy the small-town feel with big-city amenities that only Surprise can offer. From community celebrations, art galleries and cultural experiences, to regional festivals, our multigenerational city has something for everyone.

Surprise is home to the southwest’s largest tennis and racquet complex, professionally designed golf courses, an urban fishing lake and aquatic centers. Each spring, our population explodes when we welcome the Kansas City Royals and Texas Rangers during the Cactus League Spring Training! Voted 2018’s Number 1 Spring Training Stadium in Arizona by USA Today*, Surprise Stadium offers the ultimate baseball fan experience complete with up-close and personal interactions with your favorite major leaguers! The stadium hosts minor league teams, national high school and college baseball tournaments, USA Professional Baseball teams, events and more during the Major League Baseball regular season.

Surprise is bounded by the expansive White Tank Mountain range to the west and the beautiful Sonoran Desert and Lake Pleasant Regional Park to the north. Outdoor enthusiasts will enjoy that hiking, fishing and camping are within a 20-minute drive when living-in or visiting Surprise. Our contiguity to the Phoenix Metropolitan area provides residents and visitors opportunities to experience all that a bustling metropolis has to offer including world-renowned shopping and dining, concert and sports venues, theatres, adventure excursions and more! Plus, Surprise’s proximity to scenic cities like Sedona, Prescott and Flagstaff, the always-open city of Las Vegas, Nevada, and the beaches and mega-metropolises in California mean that day-trips and weekend getaways are a road trip reality! Read more.

About Global Chamber® Phoenix and Global Chamber® Tucson: There are two of the 525 chapters of Global Chamber® in the state of Arizona. Read more about the activities of both at the links below. City of Surprise is within metro Phoenix.

About Global Chamber®: Global Chamber® is a growing and collaborating community of CEOs, executives and leaders in 525 metro regions around the world... connecting member businesses to new opportunities and advancing growth and success. It's the only chamber of commerce in the world operating in hundreds of locations that helps exporting, importing and investing members to connect through warm introductions to clients, partners, projects and resources. Global Chamber® is a registered trademark of Global Chamber, LLC.

 

 

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