19th annual DATOS report documents growing economic influence of Arizona Latinos

GonzalodelaMelenaJrBy Gonzalo A. de la Melena, Jr.
President & CEO
Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

Arizona’s Latino population has nearly tripled over the past 25 years to 2 million people, and experts say it could double again over the course of the next generation. Not since the advent of the railroad and the arrival of a wave of white settlers into the Arizona territory in the late 1800s has the state undergone such a far-reaching demographic and cultural transformation.

For the past 19 years, the Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce has been documenting the growing economic influence of the state’s Latinos in a compelling and comprehensive report called DATOS: The State of Arizona’s Hispanic Market. Our 2015 edition will be released this year at a September 23 breakfast conference at the Arizona Biltmore. Continue reading

2016 Economic Outlook: Better than 2015, but no Boom!


The nation and Arizona can expect continued slow, steady growth through the remainder of the year and into 2016, and the Federal Reserve Bank may hold off its planned interest hike this month because of the market’s recent volatility, according to three speakers at the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce’s annual Economic Outlook Wednesday.

David Brancaccio, Jim Huntzinger and Elliot Pollack all agree the nation and Arizona are in good shape economically.

Brancaccio, the host of National Public Radio’s Marketplace Morning Report, discussed the economy from a global perspective; Huntzinger, chief investment officer for BOK Financial, examined the economy from a national view; and Pollack, CEO of Elliot D. Pollack & Company took a look at Arizona and the Phoenix area’s economic outlook. Continue reading