Large corporations have also taken notice of the economic opportunities in Arizona. Google announced an innovative self-driving vehicle test program in April. And in May, Caterpillar announced that it is bringing a regional headquarters, along with hundreds of well-paying jobs to southern Arizona.
We are just getting started with our efforts to ensure that every business in America sees the benefits of starting or expanding in our state — just as Tuft and Needle, a mattress company start-up; or Dot Foods, the nation's largest food redistributor — have done.
This year, we consolidated agencies with duplicative functions into a one-stop shop for economic development, called the Governor's Economic Opportunity Office. This office not only analyzes how Arizona stacks up in terms of tax and regulatory climates of other states but will assist in matching small and large employers with the qualified workforce and financing they need.