Stephane Frijia, Senior Vice President, Global Investment , Greater Phoenix Economic Council

Golf courses, resorts and retirement communities – if you think that’s all Greater Phoenix has to offer, then you’re not looking close enough! The number of businesses expanding operations or relocating to Arizona are at record levels. There is a bustling ecosystem of tech innovation and a higher education system that surpasses Harvard, MIT and USC in research and innovation. The history of our legacy industries has made our region the perfect location for Internet of Things and sensor technology companies to thrive. In this session, you’ll learn more about why businesses find our market appealing, the type of companies that have had success in our region, and how you can get involved in The Connected Place movement.

Stephane Frijia joined the Greater Phoenix Economic Council in 2011. As Vice President Business Development at GPEC, Stephane Frijia works primarily with international businesses and stakeholders to position the region as a global leader for foreign direct investment and trade.

Mr. Frijia is responsible for developing and overseeing GPEC’s international strategy, in coordination with the International Leadership Council composed of prominent business leaders and elected officials. In this role he provides support to international companies with market analysis and site-selection assistance as they expand into the region and manages foreign-based contractors for business development in key target markets. Mr. Frijia is a strong advocate for a more globally fluent and internationally diverse local economy; and through his work encourages others to do the same.

Mr. Frjiia was the project manager for the development of the Phoenix Metro Global Investment Plan – a 10 months project in collaboration with the Brookings Institution and JPMorgan Chase Global Cities Initiative. The project aims at creating additional awareness among community leaders and elected officials about the importance of attracting foreign-direct-investment (FDI) and to expand the level of resource currently devoted to FDI attraction.  Mr. Frijia continue to lead GPEC ’engagement for other Global City Initiative projects.