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.

Where is the Valley still struggling? Where is there hope on the horizon? Rebound Arizona turned to a W. P. Carey economist to see what 2021 looks like amid the pandemic.

In a national study by labor-analytics firm Emsit, metro Phoenix is ranked top again by its ability to attract and retain high-quality workers and other economic-development factors. However, Maricopa County still has issues, according to an ASU economist.

KJZZ's The Show spoke with ASU economist Bart Hobijn about how challenging it is to look ahead when we remain in the eye of the pandemic’s storm.