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Arizona Governor Says State Will Lead Reopening Economy

Government and business leaders across the United States are turning an eye toward a phased reopening from the COVID-19-related shutdowns. The transition to re-start Arizona’s economic engine will be led by the state, and Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey is seeking recommendations to help accelerate a business and economic recovery.

Gov. Ducey outlined the “one step at a time” approach to “reenergize” Arizona’s economy. He said, “Arizona was leading in economic momentum heading into the downturn, and “Arizona will lead on the way out.”

The governor is soliciting recommendations from Arizona business and tourism leaders about the how best to revive the economy “in the coming weeks.” He plans to work with business leaders to prioritize steps to reopen Arizona’s economy gradually.

The first to potentially reopen could be manufacturing and construction industries. Restaurants and nonessential retailers would likely open later and encompass modifications such as reduced seating and plexiglass dividers. Factory floor plans may be redesigned to accommodate social distancing guidelines. Workers may start to return in phases or continue remote work if possible. Other changes to workplaces and businesses may include temperature checks for those entering a space, and the use of masks is likely to continue once things reopen.

Arizona’s executive order, slated to run through the end of the month, could change if needed.

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About Dennis Kaiser

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.