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Jaye O'Donnell was named director of Mesa's Office of Economic Development, after working there for 14 years. Previously, she served as marketing and business development manager, and then as assistant director since 2012. City Manager Chris Brady praised her for helping Mesa evolve from a suburb to an international business hub and emphasized her understanding of the role of a skilled workforce in economic growth.
In the past decade, Phoenix's economy underwent a transformation from a real estate-driven one to a diversified base including health, defense, aerospace, and microchip industries. Chris Camacho, CEO of the Greater Phoenix Economic Council, highlighted that the city’s GDP tripled since 2001 due to this change.
The County of Humboldt issued a Request for Proposals for economic studies and analyses to boost its pandemic recovery scheme, known as Project Rebound. It aims to position the county's economy to thrive post-COVID.