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Gangplank is building the new economy.

In the years leading up to the Great Recession, Arizona’s employment growth rate was around 4% or 5% each year, second highest in the nation. Population explosion expanded the construction and service industries, which dominated employment growth in Arizona. Despite being top in job growth, the number of Arizonans enrolling in ACCHHS kept rising. Currently, the number of Arizonans at or below the poverty level is 50% higher than the national average.

These statistics emphasize job growth alone will not sustain an economy. Quality jobs in opportunity industries raise the standard of living. While effective economic development strategy has us continue to pursue those types of companies, forecasting shows manufacturing is shrinking and the days of large companies moving to Arizona for its low cost, high quality value proposition are numbered. The desire for a long-term, healthy economy demands a focus on innovation and allowing people to generate income from their ideas. A shift from a dependence on land development and tourism to the improvement of an environment for collaboration, creativity and the support for business success is imperative.

Read About the Arizona We Want

How We Began

Gangplank was born in answer to the problems many startups and creatives experience - lack of connection to talent and opportunities to collaborate. Gangplank has since evolved multiple initiatives and forged partnerships to change the way we live, work and play. Learn more...

People

At Gangplank, it doesn’t matter doesn’t matter who you are, how you dress, your race, age, gender, or occupation. Participants are seen only for ideas, ambitions, and creations. Learn more...

Social Capital

You don’t have to be Warren Buffet to give back. In the Gangplank community, participants can contribute immediately by trading social capital rather than economic capital. Learn more...

Engagement

Gangplank believes community can only be effective when its participants are engaged and invested in the outcomes. It is through this connection to place community members are excited about giving back and supporting others. Learn more...

Scalability

Gangplank's goal is to create a model that can be replicated in any environment, bringing innovative partnerships and uniting like-minded individuals around traits unique to their local community. Learn more...

The Arizona We Want

Gangplank's "big idea" is to fulfill the goal of creating quality jobs for Arizona by providing a welcoming environment for small business and startup companies, with support from the Gangplank community to help them grow and bring on additional knowledge workers. Learn more...

How Gangplank Interacts with the Community