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Arizona Business Leaders Submit Plans to Governor for Reopening Economy

Arizona business and industry leaders are submitting input for consideration, as the state figures out plans to reopen its economy. Governor Doug Ducey requested ideas from companies in advance of the COVID-19 stay-at-home order that expires April 30, so he can decide the next steps.

The Arizona Commerce Authority was assigned the task of gathering the input and coordinating efforts with businesses. Input has been received from the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the East Valley Chambers of Commerce, Gilbert Chamber of Commerce, the Arizona Technology Council and additional feedback is coming from Westmarc, the West Valley economic development group.

Ideas so far touch on the link between public health and economic success, the need for guidelines for businesses and communication about how and when they could return to operation, legal liabilities for companies stemming from COVID-19 issues, multiple phases of opening, social distancing and sanitizing/hygiene practices, customized plans to manage capacity and other practices unique to an industry or company, as well as long-term recovery considerations.

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Dennis Kaiser is Vice President of Content and Public Relations for Connect Commercial Real Estate. Dennis is a communications leader with more than 30 years of experience including as a journalist and in corporate and agency marketing communications roles. He is responsible for Connect’s client content operations and is involved in a range of initiatives ranging from content strategy, message development, copywriting, media relations, social media and content marketing services. In his most recent corporate communications roles, he led a regional public relations effort across Southern California for CBRE, played a key marketing role on JLL’s national retail team, and was responsible for directing the global public relations effort at ValleyCrest, the nation’s largest commercial landscape services company. In addition to his vast commercial real estate experience, Dennis has worked on communications and launch strategies for a number of residential projects such as Disney’s Celebration in Florida, Ritter Ranch in Palmdale California (7,200 homes, 22,000 acres), WaterColor in Florida and PremierGarage in Phoenix. Dennis’s agency background included firms such as Idea Hall and Macy + Associates. He has earned an outstanding reputation with organization leaders as a trusted advisor, strategic program implementer, consensus builder and exceptional collaborator. Dennis has developed and managed national communications programs for Fortune 500 companies to start-ups, both public and private. He’s successfully worked with journalists across the globe representing clients involved in major-breaking news stories, product launches, media tours, and company news announcements. Dennis has been involved in a host of charitable and community organizations including the American Cancer Society, Easter Seals, BoyScouts, Chrysalis Foundation, Freedom For Life, HOLA, L.A.’s BEST, Reach Out and Read, Super Bowl Host Committee, and Thunderbirds Charities.

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