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The 2015 Hammer Awards

The 2015 Hammer Awards Glenn Hamer December 31, 2015 It’s the time of year we’ve all been waiting for. Before we turn the calendar over to 2016, it’s time for Glenn Hamer’s annual super-sized Hammer Awards, where the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry president and CEO recognizes those whose accomplishments deserve a final shout-out,…

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Movin’ on up

Movin’ on up Glenn Hamer December 24, 2015 Arizona unwrapped an early present this week with news that our state’s population count has eclipsed Massachusetts and has moved into the number 14 slot nationally. People and businesses vote with their feet. If your state is growing, it’s a decent indication that your state is doing…

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A tale of two propositions

A tale of two propositions Glenn Hamer December 17, 2015 Voters next May will head to the ballot box with the opportunity to do something profoundly positive for the future of Arizona. In November’s election, though, they have the chance to inflict real damage on the state. Proposition 123 will appear on a May 2016…

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Proposition 123: It’s as easy as ABC

Proposition 123: It’s as easy as ABC Glenn Hamer December 2, 2015 Friends, I wanted to share with you the following statement the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry submitted in favor of Proposition 123. This argument will appear in the Secretary of State’s publicity pamphlet before the special election next May. Glenn The Arizona…

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Saving Civilization

Saving Civilization Glenn Hamer October 27, 2015 One of the most beneficial partnerships between the United States and Israel is in the area of missile defense. Aerospace and defense companies, which make up one of the most important segments of Arizona’s manufacturing economy, are making the world a safer place as a result of their…

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Fight for $15 is a Fight Against Jobs

Fight for $15 is a fight against jobs Glenn Hamer November 13, 2015 At the Republican debate last Tuesday, minimum wage policy received major attention; not only from the candidates inside the theatre, but also from the hundreds of protesters backed by labor unions gathered outside the event calling for a hike in the federal…

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Start-Up State Meets Start-Up Nation

Start-Up State Meets Start-Up Nation Glenn Hamer October 15, 2015   TEL AVIV – At an American Israel Public Affairs (AIPAC) dinner last year, Gov. Doug Ducey referred to Arizona as the “Start-Up State.” Having read Dan Senor and Paul Singer’s New York Times bestseller, Start-Up Nation: The Story of Israel’s Economic Miracle— a book…

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We’re Number 1

We’re Number 1 Glenn Hamer September 22, 2015 Arizona State University was just named the nation’s Most Innovative University by U.S. News & World Report. If college is about preparing for the future, ASU students couldn’t find themselves at a better institution. This recognition matters. ASU topped the likes of Harvard, Stanford and MIT, which…

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