Adam Waitkunas To Moderate Data Center Economic Development Panel
The Milldam Public Relations president will lead a discussion to explore how economic development incentives are helping boost data center growth in Arizona at CAPRE’s Greater Phoenix Data Center and Cloud Infrastructure Summit.
Milldam Public Relations has announced that president and founder, Adam Waitkunas will be speaking at CAPRE’s Greater Phoenix Data Center and Cloud Infrastructure Summit. The event will be held tomorrow, February 28th at the Orange Tree Golf Club in Scottsdale, Arizona.
During the conference, Waitkunas will moderate a panel titled, Beyond the Headlines: Policy & Incentives in Arizona That Boost Data Center growth, that will focus on how various economic development tools are helping boost data center growth throughout the state of Arizona. Additionally, the panel will look at whether there is broad understanding of various tax incentives and if there is a learning curve for public sector executives when it comes to technology infrastructure and overall data center policy issues. Additionally, Waitkunas will look at whether or not there is a public perception issue when it comes to sweeping incentives for the technology sector as a whole, and how companies and government officials can help alleviate those concerns.
Joining Waitkunas on the panel will be a distinguished panel of public policy experts and data center executives including: Mark Bauer, managing director/national director – Data Center Solutions, Jones Lang LaSalle Americas, Inc.; James Grice, partner, Bryan Cave LLP; Jay Kramer, partner Fennemore Craig; Michael Ortiz, Digital Infrastructure Solutions, Keyser; Andy Tobin, commissioner, Arizona Corporation Commission and David Valenzuela, chief business attraction officer, Economic Development Services Department, City of Peoria.
According to a report from Data Center Frontier, the Phoenix data center market is on track to enter the top five markets in the US. One of the leading factors for this growth is the favorable business environment for colocation providers. Phoenix currently has 1.61 million square feet of commissioned data center space.
“As competition between states and local governments for data center developments has exploded, this panel will highlight what’s working for Arizona,” said Adam Waitkunas, President, Milldam Public Relations “I look forward a deep dive on Arizona incentives with my fellow panelists to determine the nuances and what it takes for developers and public policy officials to be successful.”