Member Name: Taylor Gillings
Position: Economic Development Specialist
Company: Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce
Phone: (602) 495-6490
The Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the City of Phoenix, Arizona Commerce Authority, and Maricopa County, has introduced a new economic development initiative, Phoenix Forward. Phoenix Forward is a focused business retention and expansion program that unites the unique skill sets and resources of its partners. I focus on two sectors: Transportation & Logistics and Advanced Business & Financial Services.
I reach out to companies within these sectors that have a presence in Phoenix, and engage in a dialogue. I focus on three aspects when meeting with businesses: Listen. Facilitate. Narrate. I listen to what the business needs, and diagnose how to address those needs. I facilitate an interaction between different components. It may be leading a business to resources at the local or state levels, or it may be promoting business-to-business contacts. Thirdly, I create a narrative for the company and for the region.