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2009 GREATER PHOENIX ULTIMATE GUIDE TO LIVING HERE 25 Greater Phoenix is just the starting point for some of Arizona's world- class attractions. CLOCKWISE FROM LEFT: Skywalk at the Grand Canyon, Monument Valley, near Kayenta, Ariz., the red rocks of Sedona; a bald eagle surveys the scene. photos: The arizona republic

26 2009 GREATER PHOENIX ULTIMATE GUIDE TO LIVING HERE business Business Resource Guide Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce www. phoenixchamber. com 602- 495- 2195 Business leads and tools for growing businesses, saving money and having a voice in government. Greater Phoenix Economic Council www. gpec. org 800- 421- 4732 Help for moving a business to Phoenix or expanding it. Arizona Department of Commerce Small Business Services www. azcommerce. com/ BusAsst/ SmallBiz 602- 771- 1100 Information on everything for small business needs. Maricopa Community Colleges Small Business Development Center www. maricopasbdc. com 480- 784- 0590 Free business counseling and resources as well as low- cost seminars and workshops. Arizona Technology Council www. aztechcouncil. org 602- 343- TECH ( 8324) The largest technology association in Arizona, representing the interests of technology companies statewide. business, the Greater Phoenix area is the best place in the nation for recruitment and attraction, says Expansion Management magazine. On top of that, it's the third youngest region in the U. S. with an average age of 33. In fact, the number one reason businesses relocate to Phoenix is the ability to get young talent, said Barry Broome, president and CEO of the Greater Phoenix Economic Council. Looking for educated workers? U. S. News & World Report ranked the Thunderbird School of Global Management's M. B. A. in international business No. 1. Add to that Arizona State University, the nation's largest public university with more than 67,000 students. The Maricopa Community Colleges have an enrollment of about 276,000, which prepare students for further university study and also provide job training. And that's just a handful of local schools. Businesses also flock to Phoenix is because it's close to the economic powerhouse of California, it's along the CANAMEX Corridor for trade and it has a centrally located international airport, Phoenix Sky Harbor. " Really what you have is the stage set for Phoenix to compete in the global economy," said David Drennon, director of community and public affairs for the Arizona Department of Commerce. " They can connect anywhere in the world." Affordable and accessible All of these advantages would mean little if businesses couldn't operate profitably. But economic factors are also one of the main reasons for relocating, Broome said. " On key indicators like workers compensation and unemployment insurance, we're one of the top three markets in terms of affordability," Broome said. The market in Arizona is deregulated, too, and it's a right- to- work state with a low union presence. For individuals, taxes and prices remain affordable as well, and the housing market is reasonably priced and diverse. " You get to choose your lifestyle here," said Diane Scherer, CEO of the Phoenix Association of Realtors. Neighborhoods contain everything from $ 100,000 condos to multi- million-dollar mansions, from resort living to single- family homes in quiet suburban photoS: The ARizona Republic