The Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce (GPCC) recognized eight outstanding Valley businesses at its 26th annual IMPACT Awards last month, with Grand Canyon University earning the IMPACT Businesses of the Year for the Large Business Sector.

A decade after facing the prospect of closing its doors, Grand Canyon University (GCU) has opened up a world of possibilities for thousands of students—and the local economy—through an energetic reinvention. The longtime educational resource is helping create jobs and the next generation of workers to fill them.

With new leadership, new ideas and a new business and operation plan, GCU has reversed a downward financial trend that threatened its very existence. Now the school has more students, faculty and staff than ever, all teaching and learning at the heart of a multi-million dollar expansion.

The new residence halls, classroom buildings and world-class sports arena have kept local construction firms busy, while attracting students who will contribute to our workforce for years to come. For more information, visit


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