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Arizona officials pitch state to foreign investors

President Donald Trump’s occasional tough talk on some international trade deals does not appear to have scared off foreign investors at the 2017 SelectUSA Investment Summit, which Arizona representatives called “probably the best yet.” This year’s summit, which brings companies from around the globe together with government officials and economic organizations to promote foreign direct… Read More →

Low pay for Arizona teachers lowers morale, retention

Arizona teachers salaries that are among the lowest in the nation drive down teacher morale and make retention difficult, education advocates say. Arizona elementary school teacher pay is the lowest in the nation when adjusted for statewide cost-of-living. While Arizona’s high school teachers pay ranks 49th of the 50 states, according to a Morrison Institute… Read More →

Diamondbacks see attendance boost with summer pass deal

Diamondbacks, Chase Field

April 26th marked the worst home attendance in Arizona Diamondbacks history. The announced crowd of 12,215 filled only 25.2 percent of Chase Field, surely raising a red flag for the organization. Enter the Diamondbacks’ “Ballpark Summer Pass,” a deal that proved hotter than Phoenix in July. After announcing they would sell summer passes for the… Read More →

Everything old is renewed as historic buildings are renovated

renovated historic buildings
by in AZRE Magazine

Old buildings have a story to tell. The story of Federal Pizza on Central Avenue, a restaurant that opened five years ago in a 1950s building, began with a surprise. When the restaurant’s construction team started to dig up the floor of what was the First Federal Savings and Loan to add plumbing for the… Read More →

Diversity is key to senior living development in Phoenix


Paula West, “over 65,” loves living in a mid-rise, downtown Phoenix condo, surrounded by a diverse group of people. Juanita Gonzales, 73, prefers living with her family in a large, suburban Litchfield Park home, where she passes down her Mexican culture to her daughter, son-in-law and grandchildren. Judy and Mel Kauffman, both in their early… Read More →

Despite the desert heat, rose industry flourishes in Arizona

rose industry

When you think roses, you might think California. But last year, Arizona exported about 75 percent of the rosebushes in the U.S., local rose grower Tyler Francis said. People may think roses can’t grow in the desert heat, but local horticulturist Noelle Johnson has dedicated her work to finding the variations that thrive here. “So… Read More →

Food-service jobs see record jump, despite wage increase

food-service jobs

Arizona added a record 15,100 food-service jobs in the first quarter of 2017, despite a voter-mandated Jan. 1 increase in the minimum wage that some analysts believed would cause a reduction in service industry jobs. Opponents of Proposition 206, which raised the minimum wage from $8.05 to $10 an hour, said one quarter’s worth of… Read More →

Arizona cyber experts warn that WannaCry outbreak just tip of iceberg

cybersecurity cloud

Arizona cybersecurity experts called the recent international cyberattacks known as “WannaCry” among the worst attacks they have seen, and they called it a warning about the country’s lack of cybersecurity preparation. “This is only the beginning of a very, very long list of bad stuff,” said Brett Scott, co-founder of the Arizona Cyber Warfare Range.… Read More →

Could renovated Sun Devil Stadium be looking for naming-rights deal?

There are 13 NCAA Football Bowl Series programs that have made naming-rights deals for their stadiums. Only two are members of the Pac-12 Conference, and Arizona State isn’t one of them. That could soon change. Sun Devil Stadium is in the midst of the second phase in a three-stage, $268-million renovation project. When complete, ASU… Read More →

Paving the way for CANAMEX, highway of the future

Imagine a road trip in 2030 on a super interstate highway that stretches from Arizonas border with Mexico to the U.S.-Canada border in Montana. And it wont be just a road on which you drive your car, but an economic investment to the communities through which is passes. Ian Dowdy, director of the Sun Corridor… Read More →

National park visitors spent $995 million at nearby businesses in state

The 12 million people who visited national parks in Arizona last year spent more than $995 million with nearby businesses, a $63 million increase from the year before, the National Park Service said. The service’s annual Visitor Spending Effects Report said that spending supported more than 15,000 jobs and generated $1.5 billion in economic activity… Read More →

Arizona tech sector takes steps to rise to prominence

When Vivek Kopparthi graduated from Arizona State University and wanted to start his own tech business, he looked no further than Arizona’s tech sector. Kopparthi’s Scottsdale-based company, Neolight, is developing neonatal phototherapy treatment for babies born with jaundice. When it came to get the company up and running and source talent, he relied on his… Read More →

Downtown Phoenix struggles with affordable housing in midst of development

“‘No’ is a hard thing to say to people who need help,” Joe Keeper said. As director of real estate development at Native American Connections, Keeper advocates for affordable housing in Phoenix, and he said he is constantly turning people away who don’t fit the requirements but need assistance affording rent in Phoenix. Development in… Read More →

Roads across Arizona experience growing pains

Mayor Sandy Moriarty is used to getting these messages: frustrated emails from residents blaming Sedona’s traffic problems on tourists, asking the city to stop marketing to them. Occasionally, she’ll pick up an angry call with similar exasperated “rants.” This small town of 10,000 people attracts 2.8 million annual visitors, according to Arizona Department of Transportation… Read More →

Diamondbacks, Suns enter new era with virtual-reality technology

What is it like to catch a fly ball, run the bases, take batting practice or face a major league pitcher? The Arizona Diamondbacks are allowing their fans to find out using innovative virtual-reality technology the team has unveiled at Chase Field. Next door at Talking Stick Resort Arena, the Suns have introduced their season… Read More →