Governor Ducey Highlights Economic Success with Business Leaders


Governor tours Los Sombreros restaurant in Mesa

MESA, ARIZONA — Governor Doug Ducey today highlighted Arizona’s economic success at a restaurant in Mesa, followed by an extensive discussion with business leaders from the Phoenix East Valley.

“Over the past eight years, we have taken steps to allow small businesses like Los Sombreros to continue to thrive,” Governor Ducey said. “And it’s working. It’s no secret that Arizona’s economy is booming.”

The Governor toured the local restaurant with his co-owners, Kurt Riske and Tim Madden, who worked their way from employees to owners.

Riske said he was excited about where his business was headed thanks to Governor Ducey’s business-friendly policies over the last eight years. “We are excited for what he has done for the last eight years and especially for the pandemic. We are fortunate to be one of the few states that was basically able to continue operating, and that was huge for us.”

Los Sombreros is just one of many small businesses helping grow Arizona’s economy and create jobs.

This emerging economy unlocked Arizona’s historic 2.5 percent flat tax package a year ahead of schedule, shielding small businesses from a 77 percent tax increase.

The flat tax was a main topic of conversation among East Valley business owners at a roundtable discussion after the restaurant visit.

Sally Harrison, President and CEO of the Mesa Chamber of Commerce, thanked Governor Ducey for his leadership and how he has “continued to bring large and small businesses to Mesa. The support we’ve had from the governor’s office and the [Arizona Commerce Authority] it has been crucial for companies that choose Mesa.”

Harrison was one of the representatives of the East Valley Chambers of Commerce Alliance and members of the East Valley Chambers, including Apache Junction, Carefree and Cave Creek, gilbertQueen Creek, Scottsdale and Tempe at the round table.


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