West Valley poised to be a key employment hub, experts say

Paul Komadina of CBRE moderates a panel about growth in the West Valley at the CBRE office Tuesday. Panelists were Deborah West of Farmers Direct Service, Rusty Kennedy of CBRE, Tim Cozatt of Akos, Brian Mueller of Grand Canyon University and Valentin Hernandez of CBRE. / Photo Corina Vanek / Phoenix Business Journal


Area already home to a strong workforce that commutes to the East Valley for work

By Corina Vanek | Phoenix Business Journal

It might take a trailblazer to set up some of the first back-office hubs in the West Valley, but the area is well-positioned for growth in many industries, including outside of the traditional industrial projects that have become the norm, experts told an industry forum.

Employers, real estate professionals and education leaders at a Tuesday morning event hosted by Westmarc and CBRE highlighted opportunities in the West Valley to capitalize on a workforce that heavily commutes east to go to work.

The West Valley contains about one-third of the metro Phoenix population, now at 1.6 million. However, about 62 percent commute to other parts of Maricopa County for work, according to research done by Jessica Morin, senior research analyst with CBRE.


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