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Development director highlights Chandler’s recent successes

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Posted: Friday, February 1, 2013 7:50 am

At the Chandler Chamber of Commerce’s economic update luncheon Wednesday at the Hilton Phoenix/Chandler, City of Chandler Economic Development Director Christine Mackay followed a spirited state budget overview presentation by highlighting some of the incoming businesses and development opportunities for Arizona’s fourth most populous city.

In addition to noting that just a day prior, the Crowne Plaza San Marcos Resort had been sold and would continue to run a resort, Mackay highlighted recent openings of a number of restaurants, including Nando’s Mexican Food, Firehouse Subs and Chop — an upscale steakhouse in the Downtown Ocotillo development — as well as the planned openings of Jimmy John’s, Five Guys and Starbucks adjacent to the Target on Ocotillo Road and Arizona Avenue, across from Hamilton High School.

Wellness-related developments included the continued construction of a Banner Health facility and the addition of new towner — with more than 100 new beds — at Chandler Regional Medical Center. Mackay also referenced Chandler Regional’s recent achievement of Trauma 1 accredidation.

In the finance and insurance sector, Mackay said the city was proud to retain QBE First, an insurance firm out of Australia. QBE First was looking for a new facility for its existing Chandler call center and despite a national bid process, the company will keep its 700 local jobs in Chandler, she said. Eventually, the site will be home to 1,100 jobs.

According to chamber CEO Terri Kimble, Mackay has helped bring in or expand 150 companies in Chandler, helping the city to more than 21,000 jobs, while adding more than 600 million square feet of industrial and office space and more than $8.9 billion in capital investment over Mackay’s five years in her current role.

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