About Phoenix

Phoenix is the sixth-largest city in the United States and has a population of 1.3 million. The Greater Phoenix Convention and Visitors Bureau provides local information on the Web at:

Want a Night Out? Catch a Night of Hoops

The America West Arena, home of the Phoenix Suns, is only one block from the Phoenix Civic Plaza Convention Center, and the Suns are making it easy for SC2003 participants to attend a professional basketball game. The Suns have reserved several special sections for SC attendees and are offering the tickets at $15 (regular price $30) and $43 (regular $70). All SC attendees at the Suns games will receive a Suns Hoops 'N Groups T-shirt and recognition on the jumbotron. Games scheduled for the week of SC2003 are:

--Saturday, Nov. 15, 7 p.m.: vs. Detroit Pistons
--Tuesday, Nov. 18, 7 p.m.: vs. Chicago Bulls
--Thursday, Nov. 20, 8 p.m.: vs. Orlando Magic

To learn more and to buy tickets, go to the special Suns Web page for SC2003 attendees http://www.nba.com/suns/tickets/igniting_innovation.html. Questions? Call Jeremy at 602-379-7853.

Weather in Phoenix

The average high temperature for Phoenix in November is 74 degrees, while the average low is 47 degrees. Current conditions can be found on the Web at:

High-Tech Finds a Home in Phoenix
Major High Tech employers in Greater Phoenix include Fortune 500 companies such as Intel, Motorola, Medtronic, and Sanmina-SCI. The region is also home to other high tech companies such as ON Semiconductor, Encompass Electrical Technologies, Suntron Corp., ST Microelectronics, AG Communication Systems, and Varian Electronics Manufacturing.

The Greater Phoenix High Tech cluster includes the computer hardware, electronic equipment, semiconductor, telecommunications and related industries. These industries develop, manufacture and distribute products such as office equipment, measuring and controlling devices, circuit boards and associated items to the market.

Greater Phoenix Advantages

Critical Mass:
•Greater Phoenix has a well-established base of firms in the high tech industry, including Intel, Motorola, Microchip Technology, and ON Semiconductor. The industry is now positioned to increase its effectiveness in higher-value business services.

•Employers in the area have access to a large pool of talented administrative, executive, and professional workforce, including those trained in business, professional and technical services.

•Greater Phoenix has a number of colleges and universities that offer programs of study in many aspects related to High Tech.

•Large amounts of land are available to High Tech companies for industrial development.

Recent Market Developments
•Many High Tech companies, such as Isola and Nikon SITECH, have recently located to Greater Phoenix.
•Employment in semiconductor manufacturing, which comprises one-third of Arizona’s High Tech manufacturing employment, is expected to grow 6.5% by 2008.
•Many companies, such as Intel and ON Semiconductor are expanding operations due to increased demand.