Arizona has been among the nation’s economic leaders for decades, but job growth isn’t a birthright.

No, we have to compete – now more than ever as we vie for quality employers and investment on a global stage. Those of us in Sierra Vista have long benefited from a favorable climate and magnificent natural setting that have helped attract new residents and build an economy fueled by growth.

Cecilia Mata is a member of the Arizona Board of Regents and owner of All Source Global Management LLC in Sierra Vista.