JERRY COLANGELO TO PROVIDE KEYNOTE ADDRESS AT AAED'S APRIL SYMPOSIUM ON ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

Topics include "Realities of an Economic Downtown," "Business Attraction" and "Business Retention and Expansion."

The Arizona Association for Economic Development (AAED) will host an economic development symposium on April 4 from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. It will be held at the Phoenix Convention Center’s West Building, 100 N. Third St. in Downtown Phoenix.

Former Phoenix Suns and Arizona Diamondbacks owner Jerry Colangelo will provide the keynote address at noon.  He will discuss his economic development efforts over the years, from building a vibrant downtown to being one of the architects of the newly-formed Arizona Commerce Authority.

Other symposium speakers and panelists from around Arizona will address “Realities of an Economic Downtown,” “Business Attraction” and “Business Retention and Expansion.”

The cost of the symposium is $65 for AAED members, $75 for non-members and $90 for late registrants.  To register or for more information, call AAED at (602) 240-AAED (2233), or visit www.aaed.com.  The registration deadline is Friday, March 30.  Vegetarian meals must be requested in advance. 

AAED was originally founded in 1974 as the Arizona Association for Industrial Development (AAID).  The organization, which was dedicated to expanding the industrial and economic base of Arizona, changed to its current name in 1991 to better reflect its broader mission. 

The strategic vision of AAED is to be the leading advocate of responsible economic development for all of Arizona by leading the facilitation of public/private cooperation and fostering teamwork to address the growth and quality of life issues that face Arizona.  For more information on AAED, visit www.aaed.com or call (602) 240-2233.