Economic Club of Phoenix

Virtual guests at the first-ever Annual Economic Outlook webinar, sponsored by the Economic Club of Phoenix, answered a set of questions about what's driving the local and national economy. Now you can answer.

Top economic experts from ASU who are regularly interviewed in the press for their expertise in the national, state, and local economy, as well as trends in commercial and residential real estate, will examine the impact of recent events and explain what's around the corner, discussing how COVID-19, stock market volatility, and the upcoming election will shape our economic future.

When you compare employment numbers in February 2011 to February 2010, Arizona added 20,000 jobs in certain sectors that posted job growth. During the same period, however, the state lost 15,000 jobs in certain sectors that lost jobs, including construction, financial services, and local government. The net gain was only about 5,000. Economist Lee McPheters pulls the numbers apart, using data from Job Growth USA, a W. P. Carey School of Business web tool that provides the latest job data from the 50 states and 350 metropolitan areas, including a breakdown of 37 industry sectors. To see the data, including history back to 1991, see wpcarey.asu.edu/bluechip/jobgrowth. The Economic Minute is a regular feature of the Economic Club of Phoenix luncheons.

Elinor Ostrom, the 2009 recipient of the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences, told the audience at the Economic Club of Phoenix Luncheon that there's ample evidence to prove that polycentric, or multilevel, approaches — even relatively easy fixes that can be implemented by local communities, businesses, and individuals — can begin to address the crises.

Tod C. Holmes, executive vice president and chief financial officer of Republic Services, Inc., which provides non-hazardous solid waste collection services, was the featured speaker at the Economic Club of Phoenix, where he told the story of how the industry as a whole and Republic, in particular, has evolved from waste disposal to waste management.