The Daily Courier
- Being competitive as a region can help foster economic development,
but competition within the region can have the opposite effect.
was one of the points that a Phoenix economic-development expert made
during his remarks to a fledging group in the Prescott area this past
Barry Broome, president and CEO of the Greater Phoenix
Economic Council, was the speaker at a kick-off breakfast for a local
group, the Greater Prescott Regional Economic Partnership (GPREP).
Broome urged the 90 or so local business and government leaders at the meeting to find a common strategy and identity.
The Phoenix group formed in 1989, Broome said, "Because (each community) had different strategies."
more detrimental, he said, was the competition that Phoenix-area
communities were engaging in amongst themselves. "They saw each other as
competitors," Broome said, adding that such an atmosphere is "the most
"When communities compete with each other, they waste a
ton of money," he said. "(The Phoenix organization) formed out of
crisis." More here.