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Phoenix FAM Trip

Image by Nichole Granja

The Greater Phoenix Economic Council (GPEC) is one of the Phoenix region’s premier economic development groups working on behalf of businesses looking to relocate and expand here. This public-private partnership representing Maricopa County, 23 communities throughout the region and more than 160 private investors.  

Key industries in Phoenix include:

  • Renewable Energy

  • Biomedical / Personalized Medicine

  • Advanced Business Services

  • Manufacturing & Distribution

  • Mission Critical

  • Aerospace & Aviation

  • Emerging Technology


Major industrial products manufactured by companies located in the metro area include aircraft parts, electronic equipment, agricultural chemicals, radios, air-conditioning equipment, leather goods, and native American crafts.



Bastian was invited on a FAM trip by the local Phoenix economic development agency to learn more about the region’s key business assets and industries. Key areas of focus: aerospace and manufacturing sectors. Bastian was one of five business journalists representing business and military national magazines.  She used her new information and knowledge to write about Phoenix’s key sectors for a national economic development magazine and its 40,000 readers.


Interviewing, writing, research, high-profile interpersonal communications with local and state government officials, military officials and C-suite executives.

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