Report names ASU a factor in rapid expansion of Phoenix’s tech market
“The Greater Phoenix Tech Story,” a recent report by the Greater Phoenix Economic Council and a local commercial real estate business group, concludes that the Phoenix area is one of the country’s fastest-growing technology hubs — citing ASU as one of the key factors leading to that growth. Tech companies are building a talented workforce by hiring many of the university’s graduates, especially Fulton Schools graduates, according to report. Engineering is critical to the success of many of the companies, and in the Fulton Schools those businesses find students with an “entrepreneurial mindset” and a focus on being innovators, says James Collofello, Fulton Schools vice dean of Academic and Student Affairs. Students are encouraged to become “intrapreneurs,” and to gain the skills necessary to create new startup companies or join existing startups, Collofello says.