Speaking to a crowd of more than 220 people at a Chandler Chamber of Commerce dinner recognizing the city’s top 100 businesses and stakeholders on Tuesday, Chandler Mayor Jay Tibshraeny said he was stung by a scorpion a few weeks ago, an incident that became a story in a local newspaper.
“It must’ve been a slow news day,” Tibshraeny said, intimating that Chandler has plenty more to share with the world beyond that. “There’s more to Chandler locally, regionally and globally. When it comes to Chandler, we’re not finished yet.”
As Tibshraeny puts it, More good things to come in the near future.
In the aftermath of Intel recently announcing plans for a $300 million expansion, Chandler Regional Medical Center planning to add more beds and expand its emergency department and add jobs as well as Infusionsoft planning to move from Gilbert into an expansive Chandler facility early next year, the city that outgrew Scottsdale a few years ago recently was recognized at the fourth-ranked city in the nation to bring in high-tech and start-up companies by Open Forum Magazine for entrepreneurs.
And Chandler still is continuing to attract businesses who are planning expansion despite other cities struggling to attract businesses and add jobs through the ongoing recession. In 2010, Chandler added 6,500 new jobs through places like eBay/PayPal, Triumph Aviation and International Rectifier, according to information from the Chandler Chamber of Commerce.
For its ranking, Chandler edged out Austin, Tex., a perennial power in attracting high-tech business, according to Terri Kimble, president of the Chandler Chamber of Commerce, which hosted of the sixth annual Top 100 dinner at the Hilton Phoenix/Chandler located near Chandler Fashion Center. The chamber’s membership is up 23 percent from a year ago with more than 1,000 members, Kimble said.
“This is a big ‘who’s who’ in business,” Kimble said of the event. “We wanted to focus on Chandler, the businesses and state of the community. Everyone here plays a vital role in the success of the city.”
During the event, the chamber recognized the large and small businesses — starting with No. 1 Inte1, No. 2 APS, No. 3 Banner Health and the fourth-ranked Chandler Unified School District.
But Kimble was quick to say everyone on the list is important and their contribution to the community is not to be underestimated: Sundt Construction (No. 97), Sound Packaging (No. 98), University of Arizona’s Chandler campus (99th) and Crane Aerospace and Electronics (100th with 110 employees).
During the event, a video was played, featuring a CEO or a representative speaking about what their company does and the role they play in the community.
Among the businesses expanding is Chandler Regional Medical Center, the city’s seventh largest employer. Chandler Regional is planning a 100-bed expansion including 32 beds in the ICU and expanding its emergency department, a $125 million project that will add 200 jobs next year.
Christine Mackay, economic director for Chandler, who attended the event, said, “From a business standpoint, Chandler has fared pretty well and we’ve continued to fare well. We’ve had our hiccups, but we’ve weathered the storm. Arizona seems to be rebounding faster than most from the recession and Chandler continues to be a part of that recovery.”
The Top 100 list is compiled by the number of employees a company has and even though they may not have a facility or office in the city such as a utility company or a construction company working on a project, they are considered businesses and stakeholders in the city, Kimble said.
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