2022 Economic Outlook
2022 Economic Outlook
As 2021 draws to a close, we have been reminded of two consistent truths about the human experience: life is unpredictable, and people are gifted with the ability to innovate, adapt, and respond. The pandemic and its aftermath posed serious challenges for businesses worldwide, and yet so many found a pathway forward, not simply to survive, but to succeed.
In Arizona, as elsewhere, that innovation and ingenuity start locally – within our families, our city and county governments, and our business enterprises, all calling upon their greatest strengths to generate fresh ideas and creative approaches. The Arizona business community weathered the storm of 2021, with new businesses starting, established businesses forging ahead, and out-of-state business choosing the unique economic vitality of the Grand Canyon State.
Within this diverse commercial community, certain questions emerge – what will the Arizona economy in 2022 look like? And what is the best response to potential economic uncertainty?
To help provide those answers, more than three hundred members of the Arizona Business Community responded with their insights and expectations to the Udall Shumway, PLC – Southwest Business Credit Services “2022 Valley Economic Forecast Survey”. The survey respondents are leaders in a variety of Arizona businesses - construction materials suppliers and contractors, lenders and credit managers, legal, medical and engineering professionals, retailers, hoteliers and other service providers. Their views are the leading edge, boots-on-the-ground predictors of Arizona’s 2022 economic performance. The 2022 Forecast Survey participants are the life-force of Maricopa County’s commercial experience. Their opinions do not simply give insight into Arizona’s economy – their expectations will significantly shape it.
Udall Shumway, PLC is a proud co-sponsor of this survey. Based in Mesa in the rapidly growing East Valley, Udall Shumway has served Valley businesses and consumers since 1965, offering litigation, transaction, family law, school law, probate, labor and employment, bankruptcy, construction law, and appellate services. While the name “Udall” is often associated with Arizona’s historic political and judicial landscape, the firm’s partners have their eyes fixed firmly on Arizona’s future by providing innovative legal strategies and thought leadership to clients.
Southwest Business Credit Services (SWBCS) also proudly co-sponsors this survey. SWBCS was formed in 1927 and is a leading supplier of business credit information to more than five hundred southwestern companies. Among its services, SWBCS organizes and administers industry credit groups and provides professional education and certification. SWBCS is a key strategic innovator in the Arizona construction industry, leading the delegation to create Arizona’s Business Credit Month and, since 1999, hosting Arizona’s largest annual construction credit conference.
Udall Shumway and Southwest Business Credit Services wish to thank our extraordinary distribution partners – the East Valley Partnership, the Mesa Chamber of Commerce, and Visit Mesa. These three organizations, each a long-standing Valley business advocate, provide critical voices for advancing Arizona’s amazing economic future. Their assistance in facilitating survey participation among their members was critical to the success of the survey, and we are grateful for their generosity.
As with our previous two economic forecasts for 2020 and 2021, the simplest questions have the clearest answers. How do we plan during times of uncertainty? By combining innovation with a focus on the respective strengths of our individual companies. And where will that effort lead? To an even more durable version of our companies and business community. And just as in 2021, shining through the percentages and bar graphs that predict the 2022 Arizona economy, is the grit and determination of Valley business leaders – like you. One cannot help but take inspiration and feel optimism in the face of such resolve.
Udall Shumway PLC and Southwest Business Credit Services offer the 2022 Valley Economic Forecast to assist you in your financial planning in the coming months. Once again, we are proud to take this journey with you.