Uber officially opens its
so-called “Center of Excellence” today with great fanfare and speeches
from governor Doug Ducey and Phoenix mayor Greg Stanton hailing the
mobile phone app-based car service as an economic engine that augments
public transportation in the Phoenix metro area. Uber senior
vice-president and former Obama advisor David Plouffe says Arizona was a
natural place to base the center because of the talent pool and current
workforce.

 

Plouffe
also says the San Francisco-based company is growing in Arizona, having
already hired more than 100 people for the center with plans for 200
more by the end of the year and service set to start in Yuma on Friday.

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