- Associated Press - Thursday, April 14, 2016

PHOENIX (AP) - College football’s national championship game in Glendale earlier this year had a $274 million impact on Arizona’s economy.

At a news conference Wednesday, Arizona Organizing Committee Co-Chair Win Holden praised the Phoenix metro area for uniting to host such a large event.

Gov. Doug Ducey says the Jan. 11 College Football Playoff championship game between Alabama and Clemson showed metro Phoenix in its best light and also helps keep the region in the mix for future mega events.

Four of the 24 out-of-state business executives Arizona officials met with ahead of the game have made commitments to work in Arizona.

That’s according to Greg Linaman, the chief operating officer for the Arizona Commerce Authority.

He says those projects represent 650 total jobs and about $15 million in capital investment.

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