Christine Mackay, who has more than 21 years experience in economic development, including 16 at the municipal level, is Phoenix’s new director of community and economic development, City Manager Ed Zuercher announced.

Mackay has been with the city of Chandler since 1998, beginning as a research assistant before advancing to senior economic development specialist. In 2008, she was named Chandler’s director of economic development, overseeing such efforts as downtown redevelopment, tourism, small business and entrepreneurship strategies, and university partnerships.

More than 150 businesses expanded or located to Chandler in the last five years, representing more than $6 billion in capital investment and 22,000 new jobs for the East Valley city. Mackay also opened and manages the Innovations Technology incubator, which is now home to more than 20 early stage companies.

Mackay has received many local and statewide awards, including “Economic Developer of the Year” in 2007 by the Arizona Association for Economic Development, “Leader of the Year for Economic Development” in 2010 by the Arizona Capitol Times and “50 Most Influential Women” in 2012 by AZ Business Magazine.

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