Alex Taylor, president and CEO of Cox Enterprises, Inc., will speak at the Economic Club of Phoenix virtual event on Thursday, Feb. 18, from noon to 1 p.m. The public is invited to attend the free event that will be hosted live on Zoom by Arizona State University’s W. P. Carey School of Business.

Although jobless claims fell at the end of the year, certain industries — restaurants, hotels, and motels — will continue to be under economic stress in 2021.

A W. P. Carey economist says the government should instead give money to the families, small businesses, and state and local governments that have lost the most income due to the pandemic rather than the broader distribution of money proposed.

The rise in the minimum wage has been debated in the Valley and around the country with some arguing that it hurts small businesses and others arguing that it's essential for workers at the bottom to make ends meet.

David Roberts of smart transportation leader Verra Mobility to speak at Economic Club of Phoenix event, hosted by the W. P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University.