Author Archives: Don Harris

About Don Harris

Don Harris is a freelance writer in Phoenix who reports on a variety of business-related topics. He also serves as copy editor/reporter for Arizona Capitol Times. Immediately prior to joining the Capitol Times in 2001, for nearly nine years Harris was a public information officer for two state of Arizona agencies, first with the Department of Commerce and then the Department of Insurance. Harris also covered politics, organized labor and general news events for The Arizona Republic for 19 years, periodically serving as an assistant city editor. At The Republic, Harris covered the Arizona House of Representatives for 10 years, as well as five national political conventions and most major Arizona political races. He has received several journalism awards in Arizona and Chicago, where he had been a reporter for a daily newspaper for a number of years.

Who To Watch: John Chan

John Chan Interim Director Phoenix Convention Center Despite a slumping economy, the newly expanded Phoenix Convention Center experienced a phenomenon expressed some years ago in a movie — “If you build it they will come.” Indeed, convention delegates came in record numbers in 2009, attracted by the usual Phoenix amenities, including weather and reasonable prices.… Read More →

Author Says Parents Should Unplug Their Kids From Electronics And Plug Them Into Nature

December 1, 2009 by in AZ Business Magazine | Featured | Green

Getting kids back in touch with nature is critical to raising healthy children, according to author and journalist Richard Louv. His most recent book, “Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder,” focuses on the relationship between children and nature. Louv links the lack of nature in the lives of today’s electronically… Read More →

From Eyesore To Eye-Pleasing, Rio Salado Has Changed Dramatically Over The Years

December 1, 2009 by in AZ Business Magazine | Featured | Green

Once an ugly swath of usually dry land that often served as a dumping ground, Rio Salado today offers the best of both worlds — economic development opportunities and a riparian haven for environmentalists. Options for education and entertainment round out the dream planners had 40 years ago for the Salt River as it winds… Read More →

Local Groups Are Working To Protect The Link Between Water And Energy

Light Bulb - Power Center
December 1, 2009 by in AZ Business Magazine | Featured | Green

It’s a given that oil and water don’t mix, but Arizona’s two key resources — water and energy — are inextricably linked. Experts from the public and private sectors are exploring the water-energy nexus, how the two resources are connected and what needs to be done so Arizona continues to have a sufficient supply of… Read More →

Lawrence Odle, Air Quality Director For Maricopa County

Lawrence Olde
December 1, 2009 by in AZ Business Magazine | Featured | Green

Lawrence Odle Air Quality Director, Maricopa County www.maricopa.gov Lawrence Odle’s initial field of study — wildlife toxicology specializing in rattlesnakes — would have kept him busy in Arizona. Yet, that’s not the career he chose. Odle, the air quality director for Maricopa County, says he was a “starving senior” at the University of California at… Read More →

Valley Forward: Tracy Williams

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December 1, 2009 by in AZ Business Magazine | Green

Tracy Williams Area Manager Altrade Supplies www.altradesupplies.com Is there a better way to become interested and involved in environmentally friendly issues than with the Girl Scouts? That’s what opened Tracy Williams’ eyes to recycling and the need to protect our environment. It started when she was a Girl Scout and continues today with six of… Read More →

Valley Forward: Barbara Lockwood

Barbara Lockwood, APS
December 1, 2009 by in AZ Business Magazine | Green

Barbara Lockwood Director of Renewable Energy Arizona Public Service www.aps.com Barbara Lockwood is a chemical engineer who doesn’t consider herself an environmentalist at heart, yet there she is — director of renewable energy for Arizona Public Service. “It’s not something that’s innate in me,” Lockwood says about the environment. “I got into it from a… Read More →

Valley Forward: Lynn Paige

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December 1, 2009 by in AZ Business Magazine | Green

Lynn Paige CEO PerfectPower www.perfectpowernetwork.com When Lynn Paige, CEO of PerfectPower in Phoenix, first joined the company six years ago she lacked a background in solar energy. But it didn’t take her long to see the light. She was brought in to grow the company, which designs and installs solar energy systems, focusing primarily on… Read More →

Valley Forward: Colin Tetreault

December 1, 2009 by in AZ Business Magazine | Green

Colin Tetreault Master of Arts Student Arizona State University, School of Sustainability schoolofsustainability.asu.edu As a student at the Arizona State University School of Sustainability, Colin Tetreault is exploring ways for the business community to play a greater role in enhancing the global environment. It’s a natural blend of interests for Tetreault, who is pursuing a… Read More →

Arizona’s Credit Unions Are Reaching Out To Small Businesses

credit unions reaching out to small business
September 1, 2009 by in AZ Business Magazine | Featured | Finance

Relative newcomers to the field of making business loans, credit unions nonetheless have become key players in today’s tight-money economy. Barely 10 years ago, credit unions concentrated mainly on savings and checking accounts, and made personal, auto and home loans. But the Credit Union National Association says credit unions nationally originated $6.5 billion in business… Read More →

The ACULA Formed A Partnership To Help Peer Credit Unions In Antigua

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September 1, 2009 by in AZ Business Magazine | Featured | Finance

Arizona credit unions are reaching out to professional colleagues in the former British colony of Antigua, offering instruction, training and guidance to help credit unions on the tiny Caribbean island expand and modernize. Working through the World Council of Credit Unions (WOCCU), the Arizona Credit Union League & Affiliates has established a partnership with the… Read More →

The ACULA Has Transformed Over The Decades

credit unions transformation
September 1, 2009 by in AZ Business Magazine | Featured | Finance

In the 75 years since the formation of the Arizona Credit Union League & Affiliates, the organization’s role has changed markedly as its membership soared. Actually, the first credit union law in Arizona was introduced, passed by the Legislature and signed by the governor in 1929. Thus, Arizona became the 29th state to enact a… Read More →

The Business Community Is Ringing A Cautionary Bell On Further Cuts To The State’s Education System

The Business Community Is Ringing A Cautionary Bell On Further Cuts To The State’s Education System

Good schools are good for business. It’s that simple. Contrary to popular belief, incentives and tax breaks aren’t necessarily the only things businesses take into account when considering a move to Arizona or an expansion of a local operation. Sure, they want to make money, but the quality of the education system, from K-12 through… Read More →

Despite Tough Times, Economic Development Groups Continue To Woo New Businesses To Arizona

Wooing businesses to AZ in the recession

Economic development experts in Arizona hope to parlay the state’s convenient geographic location, and even a stagnant housing market, into attracting new businesses. Toss in relatively low taxes, a freeze on new regulations and a well-honed reputation as a business-friendly state, and recruiters have a tool box full of reasons why businesses should consider relocating… Read More →

Infrastructure Companies Are Big Winners Under Plan To Jumpstart Economy

Stimulus Effect

Construction companies, big and small, figure to be the primary beneficiaries of some $4.2 billion in federal stimulus money that will flow into Arizona in the months ahead. But economists and industry officials say businesses across the board will share in what could be a spending bonanza. Clearly not everyone is in construction. Yet, as… Read More →