AMC Policy & Advocacy

For a comprehensive look at the Arizona Manufacturers Councils’ federal and state policy priorities for the current year, please reference the Arizona Chamber’s 2019 Business Agenda (pages 7-11).

Throughout the years, the AMC has been instrumental in achieving key legislative victories for the manufacturing community.  Here are just a few:


  • Defeated Prop. 207: Small Business Tax Hike Initiative that aimed to raise income taxes on all Arizonans, with small businesses disproportionately affected. Negative provisions included:
    • Unfairly taxing some small business at nearly twice the rate of corporations.
    • Higher taxes for all Arizonans due to the elimination of bracket inflation indexing.
    • Arizona would have become the 5th highest taxed state in the nation for small businesses, up from the 38th highest.
  • HB 2154: Data Security, established business-friendly protocols for businesses responding to customer data breaches.
  • HB 2167: Arizona Commerce Authority Reauthorization, renewed the ACA, the state’s economic development arm, for another six years.
  • HB 2434: Regulatory Fintech Sandbox, made Arizona the first state in the nation to enable temporary, real-market testing of innovative financial products, services, business models and delivery mechanisms without incurring regulatory costs and burdens that may otherwise be imposed.

More Wins

  • SB 1416 in 2017 updates Quality Jobs and Quality Facilities tax credits; extends R&D credit; accelerates depreciation under certain conditions; and protects private sector investment in modernized public infrastructure.
  • SB 1413 in 2014 ensures that manufacturers will no longer pay sales tax on electricity or natural gas consumption, bringing Arizona into alignment with most states around the country;
  • HB 1442 in 2012 encourages world-class manufacturing projects by allowing the government to share in the financing of necessary infrastructure for large, high-dollar projects that create a sudden and significant need for public infrastructure; and
  • HB 2815 in 2012 removes the cap on income-tax credits available to companies that create qualifying new jobs in the manufacturing or export-related industries, and expands to other manufacturers a tax credit once only available to the renewable energy industry.  It also reduces the capital gains tax by 25% and extends the net operating loss carry forward from 5 years to 20 years.

Providing a strong voice to the manufacturing industry.

AMC Leadership

Arizona Manufacturers Council welcomes Allison Gilbreath as new executive director

Gilbreath will serve as Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry vice president of strategic initiatives in new role

PHOENIX (March 16, 2018) The Arizona Manufacturers Council has named Allison Gilbreath as its new executive director. Gilbreath will also serve as the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s vice president of strategic initiatives.
The Arizona Manufacturers Council is the official Arizona affiliate of the National Association of Manufacturers and works to promote a positive business climate for manufacturing and related industries in the state. In addition to advocating for pro-manufacturing public policy, the AMC also produces the annual Manufacturer of the Year Awards and Summit, and the annual Environmental and Sustainability Summit.
“Allison’s breadth of experience and understanding of the issues that are important to job creators in the manufacturing sector will serve the Arizona Manufacturers Council incredibly well,” AMC Chair Dawn Grove said. “I am encouraged to have Allison on board and am confident that she will amplify the voice of our manufacturers, helping them compete in the global economy and create more high-paying jobs in Arizona.”
Gilbreath joins the Chamber from the Greater Phoenix Economic Council, where she was vice president of business development and where she worked with companies across multiple industries looking to establish a presence in Greater Phoenix. Prior to GPEC, she spent nearly 10 years at the Arizona Commerce Authority, most recently serving as vice president of business attraction.
In addition to overseeing manufacturing issues, Gilbreath will work on legislative issues and initiatives relating to the Chamber’s technology and infrastructure priorities.
“We are thrilled to welcome Allison to the Chamber,” Arizona Chamber President and CEO Glenn Hamer said. “She knows what it takes to create jobs, and she has earned an outstanding reputation among business leaders and government officials across the state. I know she is going to do great things for the Arizona Manufacturers Council and the Chamber and will be an effective voice at the state Capitol, before state agencies, and regulatory bodies.”
In her career, Gilbreath has been involved in the attraction of tens of thousands of new jobs and billions of dollars in new capital investment to Arizona.
“I’m excited to get started,” Gilbreath said. “Arizona’s manufacturers represent some of the most innovative and creative leaders in the state’s business community. I am looking forward to advancing the AMC agenda and taking a leadership role advocating for tech and transportation infrastructure priorities.”
Gilbreath is a graduate of Middle Tennessee State University. She resides in Phoenix with her husband, Matt, and their two dogs, Stella and Tucker.
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The mission of the Arizona Manufacturers Council is to promote and enhance a positive business climate for manufacturing and related industries that operate within Arizona.
The Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry is committed to advancing Arizona’s competitive position in the global economy by advocating free-market policies that stimulate economic growth and prosperity for all Arizonans.
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Manufacturing Resources

Presentations from the 2018 Environmental & Sustainability Summit

Each August the Arizona Manufacturers Council, together with longstanding member Snell & Wilmer, convene leaders in industry and environmental policy for a robust two day conference in beautiful Prescott, Arizona. If you missed this year’s conference, we’ve made available this year’s presentations and agenda, and we hope you’ll join us next year. Special thanks to each of our event sponsors, presenters, contributors, and attendees.

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