Let's Keep Our Eyes On The Ball

Chase Field during a Diamondbacks game

If your thoughts turn to baseball in the spring, you're not alone. As I - along with 48,540 others - welcomed the new season from seats at Chase Field on the last day of March, I couldn't help but think it was just the first step in a long journey, one that every fan hopes leads to the World Series in the fall.

The patience of a baseball fan comes in handy when thinking about our state's long economic comeback. As we all know, Arizona fell behind earlier than most states, but we've been slowly chipping away at the Great Recession's lead. Here's a look at some encouraging numbers we've added to the scoreboard recently:

We here at the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce are in the early innings of a new economic development initiative, which will focus on the retention and expansion of Valley businesses. We'll be looking for your help to make it successful, and we've drafted a couple of big hitters to head up the process. These community leaders share our vision of the importance of keeping Arizona businesses here and keeping them thriving, and we're thrilled to have them on our team. Ultimately this will mean new high quality jobs, stronger economic fundamentals and a better quality of life for all Arizonans.

While our Diamondbacks are off to a slow start, there is a lot of baseball yet to be played. As any fan knows, the long season means any one day's defeat is quickly forgotten with the opportunity to get back in the box and take your swings the very next day. 

Whether your game is baseball or business, you know "It's never over 'til it's over." With all the dedicated, hard-working business people like you in our membership, you can never count Arizona out.

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