Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Thanks to Republicans, businesses don't want to move to Arizona

Businesses outside Arizona have a skewed view of state
By Patrick O'Grady
Phoenix Business Journal

Arizona pitches itself as a great place to set up a business, but those outside the state have a different perception.

When 60 representatives of the Greater Phoenix Economic Council went to Washington last week, their targets included the national media, which tend to portray Arizona as a state rampant with gun-wielding immigration foes who are about to lose their homes as the state’s budget moves toward the edge of a cliff.

That’s not exactly the kind of image the business community wants to project when trying to land top-flight companies and beef up its renewable energy and biosciences portfolio, said Barry Broome, president and CEO of GPEC.

“We told them we’re more than immigration, and that day a story about the latest immigration bill is on the front page of The Wall Street Journal,” he said.

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