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Arizona Chamber of Commerce picks former Ducey aide Danny Seiden as next CEO

The Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s board of directors selected Danny Seiden, an attorney and former aide to Gov. Doug Ducey, as its new chief on Thursday. ... Read more»

Intel uses White House to announce resumption of $7B Chandler factory plan

Intel CEO Brian Krzanich used the Oval Office as a backdrop Wednesday to formally announce the company’s $7 billion investment in a new chip plant in Chandler, a long-delayed project that is expected to create as many as 3,000 high-tech jobs in Arizona.... Read more»

Phoenix gains in tech jobs, but still lags other cities

A national economic development expert says the Phoenix metro area shows promise when it comes to attracting science and tech jobs. A new Brookings Institution report ranks Phoenix 50th nationally in full-time workers employed by “advanced industries” out of 100 metro areas. ... Read more»

First lady invites Arizona teen to join her for State of the Union

Joe Hudy is not your average 16-year-old. The self-described “maker” from Anthem has been to the White House to demonstrate one of his inventions, has traveled the world to show off other creations and has landed an internship at Intel. All before graduating high school. But Joe said he was still excited to be back in Washington, invited to joinMichelle Obama to watch the State of the Union address.... Read more»

Business leaders: Common Core Standards will improve workforce

While executives said the standards will boost the number of job candidates with strong math and critical reasoning skills, they also urged lawmakers to provide funding to train teachers on implementation. All schools are required to use the standards by next school year. ... Read more»

Manufacturing’s next wave: Highly skilled workers

Intel Corp.'s Ocotillo Campus is proof that the company is expanding and soon will be in the market for 1,000 workers to operate a $5.2 billion fabrication plant. The minimum calling card is a two-year technical degree or equivalent experience in areas like process design, automation software and packaging and assembly technology.... Read more»

Factcheck

Obama's trillion-dollar exaggeration

President Obama has repeatedly and falsely claimed that “right now, we’re scheduled to spend nearly $1 trillion more” in tax cuts for the “wealthiest 2 percent of Americans.” That’s simply not true.... Read more»

Obama talks tech jobs in Az campaign swing

In the shadow of a $5 billion Intel plant being built in Chandler, President Obama said Wednesday that high-tech manufacturing can get the U.S. economy on track. He touted a simple plan to "build stuff, make stuff and sell stuff all over the world."... Read more»

Brewer, Obama have tense exchange

President Obama was met with a bit of an Old West showdown Wednesday when he arrived in Phoenix and was greeted by Gov. Jan Brewer with what appeared to be a terse exchange of words.... Read more»4

Brewer touts new $5B Intel plant

Intel Corp.'s decision to invest $5 billion to build chip-manufacturing plant in Chandler is sign that making Arizona more enticing for businesses will pay off, Gov. Jan Brewer said Friday. A spokesman for the chip maker said the timing is coincidental.... Read more»