The following five states are seen as competitors to Arizona for economic development. (I listed them in order I personally feel are most competitive to least competitive)
- New Mexico
I think that Portland, OR and Boulder, CO are two cities that are really attracting the right kind of people for innovation. I firmly believe we need to play to our strengths and not try to replicate their success. However, it is worth taking a look at what policy decisions especially at a State level have been made to help those cities foster a talent pool.