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6 2009 GREATER PHOENIX ULTIMATE GUIDE TO LIVING HERE welcome letter O n behalf of the more than 3,400 members, the directors and the staff of the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce, we are thrilled to present to you Greater Phoenix: The Ultimate Guide to Living and Doing Business Here — 2009. There's so much great information contained in these pages. Whether you're looking for a place for a business lunch or a company to partner with to grow your business, you'll find what you're looking for here. If you're moving or planning to move to the Valley of the Sun, this volume will give you all the practical information you need to start your new life. Our Valley continues to grow in size and popularity as a destination for visitors and new residents, and it's easy to see why. With 300 days of sunshine every year, plentiful housing and commercial space and activities ranging from the arts to sports to exciting community events, you'll soon see why some four million people enjoy everything we have to offer. Hopefully, you'll soon be one of those people, if you aren't already! The Chamber has called the Greater Phoenix area our home for more than 120 years. We offer companies throughout the Valley and the state opportunities to grow their business, to save money and to have a voice in government. Regular Chamber events and publications offer networking opportunities, avenues for professional development and marketing strategies that can help you attain your business goals. Many Chamber members take advantage of corporate partnerships such as those with Humana ( allowing significant savings on health insurance) and SCF Arizona ( offering savings on workers' compensation coverage). Members who get their workers' compensation insurance through SCF and participate in the Chamber's Association Safety Program received bonus dividend checks totaling more than a half- million dollars in 2008. We've also given our members one voice with our elected officials at the local, county, state and federal levels. We help legislators make informed choices about the issues that affect business owners of all sizes. The Chamber encourages all of our members to be a part of our advocacy efforts by participating in our Public Affairs and Issues committees. If you're already a member of the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce, we thank you for your membership and your dedication to our business community. Now, more than ever, we need to rely on the strength in our numbers. If you're not yet a member, visit www. phoenixchamber. com and click on " JOIN." Together, we can do great things. Welcome KATIE PUSHOR President & CEO Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce Andrew ( ANDY) K. McCAIN Chairman of the Board Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce