Author Archives: Eric Jay Toll


ACA helps companies bring ideas to market

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Not long ago, there were just five or six incubators and accelerators in Arizona.” Arizona Commerce Authority CEO Sandra Watson looks up to the ceiling in her office, she’s running the numbers in her head. “I think we now have close to 50 active in the state — plus collaborative workspaces, too.” For the entrepreneur… Read More →

Arizona Commerce Authority creates the art of the deal

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Apple is the most profitable corporation in the world. Why does the state give them this huge tax break? I own a business. “How come I can’t get the same deal?” The words are heard in a northeast Phoenix coffee shop. They reflect some of the sentiment bubbling under the surface when a new deal… Read More →

What will $1 billion in research buy us?

Dr. Marty Pagel of the University of Arizona Cancer Center. Photo provided by University of Arizona Cancer Center.

It’s quite a return on investment. Put a dollar in the pot. Five years later, take home double the money and improve the quality of life for Arizonans in the process. The investment strategy worked in 2003, so why not try it again, especially after those who were part of the last deal have taken… Read More →

ACA helps foster manufacturing matchmaking

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“‘What is the overview of manufacturing in the U.S. and Arizona?’ That’s the question no one is asking. It’s a landscape of profound changes — especially for manufacturers who up their game and move up the value chain.” Brian Sherman is filled with enthusiasm. As the senior vice president of business development for the Arizona… Read More →

When Visions Diverge

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When Visions Diverge: What Happens When Property Owners and Cities Want Different Land Use The crack of the gavel thunders through the room over the buzz of hushed whispers. Alone at the podium, the property owner stands stunned by the city council action denying the vision for a property. The investment in preplanned designs, attorneys,… Read More →

Valley sports venues a slam dunk for developers

USA Place includes a 390-room Omni International hotel, 65KSF events center and exhibit hall, 545 Class-A apartments, 180KSF of street level retail, 240KSF of office space and underground parking. Rendering courtesy of Concord Eastridge.

The Valley is already home to the largest concentration of Major League Baseball fields, used during the Cactus League Spring Training, but even more sporting venues are breaking ground and with them a variety of mixed-use retail, hospitality and multi-family developments. USA Place, Avenue Shoppes at P83 and Riverview Park are such milestone investments in… Read More →