Author Archives: Erin Davis


Impact Players: Arizona’s tourism industry pumps up economy

by in AZ Business Magazine | Economy

November 29, 2016 was a significant day for the Arizona Lodging & Tourism Association (AzLTA). Why? Take a seat – or jump out of one – this is good. On that chilly day in Tempe (by Arizona standards), an industry analysis by Oxford Economics revealed that in 2015, 42.1 million people enjoyed overnight accommodations in… Read More →

Arizona’s tourism industry gears up for legal challenges

by in AZ Business Magazine | Legal

The numbers clearly prove that Arizona’s lodging and tourism industry flourishes as the state’s second-leading sector in terms of positive economic impact. Despite the success of this multi-billion-dollar industry, a subtle foe continues to attempt the throttle vitality of a thriving market. But Arizona is not alone in facing this threat. In December, Anderson Cooper… Read More →

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

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

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?

land development trends
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

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

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

commercial real estate gender gap
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

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

Cheryl Lombard
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

San Diego

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?

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

Jennifer Delaporte)

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

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 →