PHOENIX — The U.S. Secretary of Commerce has given Phoenix the President’s “E” Award to recognizes the city’s excellence in exporting.
“Successful exporting means jobs here in Phoenix,” Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton said after accepting the award Monday in Washington, D.C.
Phoenix is only the fifth city to win this award in 54 years. Stanton said the award usually goes to companies, not cities.
Stanton said Phoenix received the award because of the city’s focus on increasing exports and because of the success of that effort.
“I want us to be a leading city, so I’m not going to defer to anyone,” he said. “I want Phoenix to be the one leading the charge on exporting.”
The mayor credited the city council, Phoenix’s Economic Development Department and the Greater Phoenix Chamber for making exports a high priority.
“The cities around the country that have the highest percentage of their GDP — gross domestic product — based upon exporting are cities with the highest wages and the highest educated workforce,” Stanton said. “That’s what Phoenix wants to be.”
“Most of the customers on this planet are not in the United States,” Stanton added. “So if you limit your customer base to just those in the United States, you’re leaving out 96 percent of this globe.”
The awards committee noted Phoenix’s sponsorship of 13 trade missions over the past three years.