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Hundreds of new jobs coming to Scottsdale
New jobs are coming to the Valley. The New York company ZocDoc is bringing a second U.S. office – and more than 600 jobs – to Scottsdale.
The positions will be added over the next three or four years in a variety of areas. The company provides a free service for patients to find doctors and book appointments online. CEO Cyrus Massoumi says ZocDoc chose Arizona for its abundance of skilled workers, its business-friendly environment – and the weather.
Here, he says, no tsunamis or winter storms will disrupt business.
“I was told there was the occasional sandstorm that may interrupt the golf game but other than that, we’re knowing that we’re going to be operating,” he said, as Governor Jan Brewer chuckled in the background. “And I think that’s really pleasant for us.”
This marks the fourth big jobs announcement in the state in a matter of weeks and each time Brewer has been alongside business leaders touting the state’s success.
Economist Alan McGuire says Arizona is getting better at recruiting the right types of industries.
“And no single one of those announcements is going to change the world, but they all contribute to the progress of a growing economy in a very attractive and very dynamic state,” he said.
McGuire sees all this as a sign of momentum, which might mean more than the jobs themselves. ZocDoc is expected to hire more than 60 people by the end of the year.