Phoenix, Arizona - Key state agencies will be required to partner with private sector vendors to expand job opportunities for disabled Arizonans, under an executive order signed by Governor Ducey. The new “Employment First” policy applies to agencies that provide services to individuals with disabilities, such as the Department of Economic Security, to guarantee their policies are focused on helping individuals with disabilities prepare for and find quality employment. 

Tempe, Arizona - Benchmark Electronics, a leading global design, engineering and manufacturing company, broke ground on its new headquarters located at Rio Salado 2106 in Tempe, Arizona. Presiding over the ceremony, Governor Doug Ducey joined Paul Tufano, president and CEO, Benchmark, and Sethuraman Panchanathan, executive vice president, Knowledge Enterprise Development and chief research and innovation officer at ASU, to celebrate Benchmark’s new home in the Valley.

Phoenix, Arizona - A new report published by the Arizona Governor’s Office shows military installations in the state continue to be major economic drivers, responsible for tens of thousands of jobs and over $250 million in local and state tax revenue. The report, which was commissioned by the Arizona Commerce Authority in 2014 and prepared by the Maguire Company, states that Arizona’s six military installations and four National Guard operations are responsible for creating over 76,000 direct and indirect jobs and account for nearly $11.5 billion in annual economic output.

Phoenix, Arizona - Following a month of continued economic growth, Arizona’s unemployment rate has dropped to 4.5%, its lowest level since December 2007.

Nogales, Arizona - Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents from the Nogales Station arrested two United States citizens from Tucson, Arizona for smuggling one illegal alien in the trunk of a car stopped at the Interstate 19 immigration checkpoint Thursday evening.