Author Archives: Erin Davis


How has Phoenix lost its ‘low-cost alternative’ label?

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by in AZ Business Magazine

For a long time, Phoenix was touted as the low-cost alternative for companies looking to relocate or expand. While Metro Phoenix still competes heavily on cost as an advantage, the Valley offers so much more value to companies – a skilled workforce, strong communities, public-private partnerships, the leading university for innovation for two years in… Read More →

Does your zip code correlate with your health?

Valley Metro - Bike Equals One Less Car
by in AZ Business Magazine

Did you know that according to statistics, 80 percent of how long we live is based on how we live — our lifestyles, habits and culture — while only 20 percent is based on genetics or our access to basic healthcare. In 2004, Dan Buettner joined with National Geographic to identify specific locations that exhibited… Read More →

Creating the Grand Canalscape

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When a child first opens a box of Legos, he sees a random pile of attachable pieces. Once his imagination has been sparked, those singular pieces connect together to produce a masterpiece — a town, spaceship or creature. The City of Phoenix, Arizona Forward, SRP and many other public and private entities aren’t much different… Read More →

What land development trends and issues will we see in 2017?

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by in AZRE Magazine

In “A Tale of Two Cities,” “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.” A 2017 preview of land development for Phoenix and outlying regions may not be as dramatic as being best or worst, but it assuredly is a tale of two markets. Residential land development will call the shots… Read More →

Arizona boldly grows into deep space exploration hub

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by in Aerospace | AZ Business Magazine | Tech

Space: the final frontier. These are the voyages of local Arizona aerospace enterprises. If you think for a minute that Arizona enterprises don’t measure up to “The Enterprise,” think again. We may not have Spock, Kirk or warp drive, but what Arizona does have is an impressive list of some of the most progressive aerospace… Read More →

IIDA’s PRIDE Awards recognize excellence in interior design

EDUCATION DESIGN EXCELLENCE AWARD: SmithGroupJJR's project represents the first building for Saint Xavier University's new campus in Gilbert.

The International Interior Design Association is the only worldwide design organization that solely focuses on commercial work. It has more than 13,000 members in 33 chapters around the globe, including the IIDA Southwest Chapter. Annually, IIDA’s major events include the PRIDE Awards, recognizing excellence in interior design projects; the UnVeiled trade show; a charity build… Read More →

Q&A: Closing the commercial real estate gender gap

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by in AZRE Magazine

Though the income differences between men and women in commercial real estate are shrinking, a significant income gap still exists along with a gender gap when it comes to opportunities and advancement. So what can women in the commercial real estate industry do to narrow that gap and create more opportunities? AZRE talks business, leadership… Read More →

Valley Partnership leaders weigh in on the future of development

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Valley Partnership’s mission is advocating responsible development. The advocacy group represents the commercial, industrial and masterplanned real estate development industry by presenting a balanced, pro-development perspective and the Valley’s best industry education and networking opportunities. But what should be the 25- or 30-year vision for Valley Partnership? What role do Valley Partnership’s leaders think the… Read More →

Q&A: Valley Partnership’s Cheryl Lombard talks politics

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by in AZRE Magazine | Executive Q&A

It’s been a little more than a year since Cheryl Lombard took over as Valley Partnership’s president and CEO. In her role, Lombard is responsible for leading and managing Valley Partnership, including developing and executing strategies, and managing the association’s resources, expertise and leadership initiatives. AZRE sat down with Lombard to talk about her challenges… Read More →

Escape the heat, 7 San Diego getaway ideas

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Most Arizonans have at least one summer-reprieve escape. A five-hour drive is a minor price to pay for a break from the Valley’s toasting temps. This summer, try setting your sights on nearby, Carlsbad, Calif. Just a few hours from the sizzle, Hilton’s Cape Rey resort is much more than simply a hideaway from the… Read More →

Does Arizona have enough water for the drought?

In this July 18, 2014 photo, the bathtub ring of light minerals that delineates the high water mark on Lake Mead is seen at Hemenway Harbor in the Lake Mead National Recreation Area in Nevada. A 14-year drought has caused the water level in the reservoir to shrink to its lowest point since it was first filled in the 1930s. (AP Photo/John Locher)
by in AZRE Magazine

Although Arizona may not collectively be singing in the rain, some comfort can be had in knowing that water has been conserved with calculated intention. In fact, in Arizona State University’s 2011 “Watering the Sun Corridor” report, you’ll find a closing quote stating, “Water, among all things, has been what Arizona does really well.” But… Read More →

After Hours: Graycor’s Jennifer Delaporte and her orchids

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Graycor Business Development Manager Jennifer Delaporte says clients aren’t much different than orchids — and if anyone would know, she would. Delaporte’s love affair with orchids started almost 20 years ago in college, but her passion was fueled during her two-year stint in Hawaii, where she lived with her husband on an orchid farm on… Read More →

Amenity packed senior living facilities are the place to go

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The face of senior living and assisted care facilities is changing. From Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRCs) and stand-alone memory care and rehabilitation facilities, to entrance-fee models and rental options and hybrids of all of the above, continuum care is departing from a sullen and depressing nursing home stigma. There is no better place to… Read More →

Revamping the ground floor

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If you believe the days of ground-floor glory and grandeur have gone asunder, think again. The lively lobbies and first-floor streetscapes so admired in golden eras of old are making a comeback. Take a look at how two projects are meshing the best of ground-floor throwback with new-age amenities to create a hybrid of first-floor… Read More →

Cancer survivors take the stage in ‘A 2nd Act’

Women on stage after a performance of "A 2nd Act: Survivorship Takes the Stage" in Chicago.

Everyone loves a good story, but ask any cancer survivor and they’ll tell you their cancer story doesn’t end when treatment does. Once a survivor leaves the cocoon of her medical care, she feels cast adrift with no safety net. There is no Humpty Dumpty moment when all the pieces of her life are put back… Read More →