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Phoenix invests big in health care and biosciences hoping to boost economy and add jobs
September 13, 2020  |  Arizona Republic

Companies are investing billions in Phoenix’s bioscience and health care industries, which is expected to bring 7,000 new jobs.
Phoenix recovered more slowly than the rest of the nation after the Great Recession, taking years to recoup lost jobs.
But this time around, the region might see faster recovery from the COVID-19 recession.
One big reason is the city’s changing economic landscape, which has begun to rely less on construction and focus increasingly on sectors like health care and bioscience.
Those industries are more resilient in the face of economic changes, said Christine Mackay, community and economic development director for the city of Phoenix. She said the city has

seen significant growth in health care and bioscience over the past few years…
The idea is to create a center for different researchers, students and business entrepreneurs in the science field to mix together, according to Wexford’s vice president Thomas Osha.
“They can bump into new entrepreneurs, they can learn about new ideas, or they can just find talent,” he said.
The building (850 N. 5th Street) is expected to be complete this fall. Osha said he expects the space to attract new companies to Phoenix and said Wexford is in discussion to build another four or five more buildings in the area to create an innovation district in Phoenix.

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