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Lori Collins Joins Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport Authority as Director of Business and Economic Development

MESA, Ariz. — Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport Authority (PMGAA, Authority) is pleased to announce the appointment of Lori Collins as Director of Business and Economic Development. Ms. Collins brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in strategic planning, economic growth initiatives, airport management, and commercial real estate to the Authority. She joins PMGAA with a proven track record of success in driving economic development in various Phoenix area municipalities.

As Director of Business and Economic Development, Collins will be responsible for executing Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport’s (Airport, Gateway Airport) Strategic Business Plan, cultivating relationships with local, regional, national, and international businesses, and working with aeronautical and non-aeronautical companies interested in relocating or expanding at Gateway Airport. Lori’s broad experience and unique understanding of greater Phoenix market dynamics will benefit Gateway Airport's reputation as a premier aviation and business location.

"We are delighted to welcome Lori Collins to the PMGAA Team as our new Director of Business and Economic Development," said J. Brian O'Neill A.A.E., Executive Director/CEO of PMGAA. "Her knowledge, previous experience, and understanding of the Airport’s operation make her the perfect fit for this management position. PMGAA is confident that Lori will hit the ground running in her new role.”

Collins previously served as Deputy Director of Economic Development for the City of Mesa where she spearheaded numerous initiatives resulting in significant business expansion and job creation. In that role, she also worked extensively with SkyBridge Arizona, Gateway East (The Boyer Company), Gulfstream, Virgin Galactic, and Aviation Performance Solutions (APS). These projects represent nearly 700 acres of development opportunity for Gateway Airport.

"Gateway Airport is an important transportation asset that is the focal point of a dynamic and growing regional employment corridor,” said Collins. ”It is well known for being business-friendly and forward-looking, and I am honored to join the team.

Collins is a lifelong Arizonan and has over 20 years of experience working in economic development in Mesa, Phoenix, and Chandler.

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Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport Authority Media Contact: Ryan Smith, Director, Communications and Government Relations Phone: 480-988-7617 Email: