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Amanda Ventura

About Amanda Ventura

Amanda Ventura is an editor, award-winning writer and pop culture enthusiast. When she's not up against deadlines, she is exploring Arizona, trying recipes that require every dish in her kitchen be used, collecting 5K swag bags and race numbers and volunteering at a local animal shelter. Her bookshelf is full of autobiographies and her desk is covered in Sticky Notes. She dislikes the Oxford comma and still cannot believe she gets to meet and write about interesting people for a living.

Ed Robson donates $8 million to hockey arena project

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Ed Robson, founder and chairman of Robson Resort Communities in Arizona and Texas, has donated $8 million to his alma mater, Colorado College. The money will go toward a modern on-campus practice facility for the college’s hockey team. Robson played hockey while a student at Colorado College in the 1950s. The Edward J. Robson Arena… Read More →

Goldberg & Osborne offers free consumer guides

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Goldberg & Osborne, the state’s largest law firm in Arizona devoted exclusively to the practice of personal injury law, can now add “Consumer Advocates” to its role in helping people. The firm has announced the launch of its Consumer Guides library – a collection of free, online consumer guides to help individuals overcome many challenging… Read More →

Fountain Hills-based Launch Financial offers free teledoc benefit

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At a time when the insurance industry is seeing a wider variety of plan availability, types and packages, Launch Financial has announced the release of its Outlook Gap Plan powered by Pivot Health — the ultimate insurance supplement. A one-stop-shop for complementary deductible coverage, this gap plan is the first of its kind. It embeds death… Read More →

HomeSmart International launches school supply drive

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HomeSmart International recently announced the franchising company and more than half of its franchisees nationwide will partner together to launch a program dubbed Tools 4 Schools by HomeSmart to donate school supply necessities to thousands of children who desperately need them for the 2016-17 school year. The program is collecting donations from the company’s more… Read More →

Tips to fit health into your schedule

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Don’t let the excuses of long work days and extravagant business lunches collect at your waistline. Even a busy schedule is something that Angie Witte, a master personal trainer at LA Fitness in Phoenix can work around. All you need is 25 minutes. Witte’s workout will not only help you build strength, but jumpstart your… Read More →

Sheriff Joe Arpaio is keynote at journalism conference

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Your eyes don’t deceive you. Sheriff Joe Arpaio will be the keynote speaker at a journalism conference in Phoenix. You can leave the pink underwear at home, though. The keynote will be in an interview format with Arizona Republic columnist E.J. Montini. “America’s Toughest Sheriff” will discuss journalism and his reputation in the media —… Read More →

How will Luke Air Force Base shape the Valley?

An F-35 Lightning II assigned to the 61st Fighter Squadron at Luke Air Force Base takes off, July 29, 2015. Since 2010, the F-35 has flown more than 30,000 hours. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Staci Miller)

Luke Air Force Base sits on thousands of acres in the West Valley. It brings more than $2 billion in economic impact to Arizona every year. And it’s a point of pride among the U.S. military as well as a respected fighter pilot training base for our allies around the world. It is what has… Read More →

Tips to help you fall in love with fitness

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If you find yourself running on the treadmill and going nowhere, it may be time to mix things up. LA Fitness Master Personal Trainer Angie Witte says she loves having fun with her clients and encourages them to get out of their comfort zone and find exercises they enjoy doing. “It’s difficult to maintain that… Read More →

Luke Air Force Base helps West Valley soar

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At any given time, a Glendale or Goodyear resident may be able to look out their window and see fighter jets fly over their yard. Now, the West Valley is opening that window to the world. “(Luke) is a window to the world,” says Joe LaRue, executive vice president of Sun Health. “Every year, hundreds… Read More →

ULI Arizona’s AzTAP changes cityscapes

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When Arizona State Route 51 was built, traffic along the 32nd Street Corridor in Phoenix dropped from 50,000 cars a day to 18,000. While most cities could spend years and years trying to find consensus between the community, businesses, developers and city officials during such stark shifts, programs such as ULI Arizona Technical Assistance Panel… Read More →

ULI Arizona sparks discussions free of bias

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The Urban Land Institute is a nonprofit research and education organization supported by its members, dispersed throughout 95 countries. In Arizona, Deb Sydenham, FAICP, is executive director of an award-winning ULI District Council that approaches the industry with problem-solving programs throughout the year. No program is more well-known, though, than the intensive Trends Day —… Read More →

A look at a decade of ULI’s Trends Days

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Trends Day is exactly as it sounds — and nothing as it sounds. It’s a day when thought-leaders congregate around panels, keynotes and between coffee cups about the latest trends in development. However, it’s much more than that. It’s one day a year when every decision-maker steps out of the C-suite and shares eight valuable… Read More →

NAIOP Developing Leaders program gets national recognition

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Last year, NAIOP Arizona received national attention for its Developing Leaders program. “It’s a great program, because you overcome the lack of common ground with more seasoned professionals,” says Robert Guerena, vice president of development at Seefried Properties and 2015 chair of the developing leaders program. “You don’t know the right questions to ask a 30-… Read More →

NAIOP Arizona: Blood, Sweat, and Years

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At the helm of NAIOP Arizona, directing it into its fourth decade, is Voit Managing Director Tom Johnston. He has worked in commercial real estate for 19 years and been a member of NAIOP for most of them, he says. “When I first became a member, it was a rocking four years. Everything was grandiose,”… Read More →

Where obsolescence ends, new trend begins

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A flour mill, a bowling alley, a former shopping mall. All of these retail centers have one thing in common — they’re fated to become creative office space. The life expectancy of older office buildings hangs in the balance along the streets of Midtown and other sub-markets in Arizona that saw extensive growth in the mid-80s.… Read More →