Author Archives: Jesse A. Millard

About Jesse A. Millard

Jesse Millard is digital editor at AZ Big Media. He can be reached at jesse(dot)millard(@)azbigmedia(dot)com

Developing on tribal land: benefits and challenges developers face

Tribal lands
by in AZRE Magazine

Recently, the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community has been garnering a lot of development buzz.   While developing on tribal lands can be a complex process, developers are taking on the challenges in order to take advantage of other perks associated with building on tribal lands like various tax benefits. New projects in the Talking… Read More →

Bonnaroo organizers to host music festival in Phoenix

Music festival announcement

The Central Phoenix area will host another major music festival, which will be organized by the co-creators of Tennessee’s Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival and San Francisco’s Outside Lands Music Festival. Lost Lake Festival will be a three-day multi-format music festival at Steele Indian School Park from Friday, Oct. 20 to Sunday, Oct. 22. The organizers… Read More →

Rivulon moves forward with 2 upcoming office spaces

Rivulon
by in AZRE Magazine | Office

The 250-acre master-planned Gilbert development, Rivulon, is continuing to move along as its developers get ready to break ground on two 60,000-square-foot office spaces. Nationwide Realty Investors, the developers behind the mixed-use project near Gilbert Road and the Loop 202 SanTan Freeway, has been seeing a lot of office momentum lately as they gear up… Read More →

Clean Router wins 2017 Venture Madness

startup

After weeks of fierce competition, Clean Router won the 2017 Venture Madness startup competition on the final day of fast pitches at the Hotel Valley Ho on Friday. Clean Router took home a $10,000 prize as the Venture Madness champions. Clean Router allows parents to manage devices within their home to stop children from accessing internet pornography.… Read More →

Az Business magazine launches ‘Silicon Desert Insider’

Arizona is home to a diverse range of startups and technology firms that are changing the state’s economy. And many of these firms have big success stories. As more success stories happen, more innovations are found and issues arise, we here at Az Business magazine want to keep a pulse on this growing technology community –… Read More →

Chase gives $925K in grants to entrepreneurial nonprofits

Chase

Eight local nonprofits working to help underserved entrepreneurs in the Valley received nearly $1 million in grants from JPMorgan Chase. Chase is giving out $925,000 between eight nonprofits that help local entrepreneurs expand their business through mentorships, small business loans, business development and workshops. Chase made the announcement Monday morning at the Galvanize offices during… Read More →

GCU commercial hub to have $670M annual impact

GCU

A corner in a West Phoenix neighborhood that had been a hotbed of crime for years will now pump $670 million into the local economy each year as a commercial hub, thanks to Grand Canyon University. GCU has transformed the northeast corner of 27th Avenue and Camelback Road from what was once a run-down hotel,… Read More →

GPEC releases new global trade and investment strategy

Ample sunshine, decent weather, luxury resorts and great attractions make many think Arizona’s central industry is tourism. Soon, the world could be thinking of Arizona as a hub of sensor technology, if the Greater Phoenix Economic Council’s (GPEC) newest global trade and investment strategy pans out. During a Wednesday announcement, GPEC released the Metro Phoenix… Read More →

How Casa Grande secured the Lucid Motors manufacturing facility

Lucid Motors

Arizona beat out 12 other states competing for the location of a proposed $700 million electric car manufacturing plant. In late November, Gov. Doug Ducey announced that Lucid Motors, a Silicon Valley luxury electric car startup, plans to build its manufacturing center on 500-acres in Casa Grande next year. Lucid Motors, formally Atieva, narrowed down… Read More →

Gilbert-based online home buyer receives $260M investment

Gilbert-based online home-buyer platform OfferPad received a $260 million investment of combined equity and debt to help the technology company expand across the country, according to an announcement released Wednesday. OfferPad received the capital from private funds managed by Philadelphia-based investment management firm LL Funds LLC. OfferPad plans to expand its service nationwide in the coming years with… Read More →

What it’s like to ride in a Waymo self-driving car

Waymo
by in AZ Business Magazine | Tech

It’s an interesting feeling when the person behind the wheel of a moving car tells you they don’t have their hands on the wheel or their feet on the pedals. A mix of excitement peppered with a little bit of worry ran through my mind today as I took a ride in a Waymo self-driving… Read More →

How do we attract young people to the legal industry?

by in AZ Business Magazine | Legal

A career in law isn’t looking as attractive to young people as it might have before the age of slow growth, piling student debt and constant economic uncertainty. Between the fall of 2006 and the fall 2015, applications to American Bar Association accredited law schools decreased from 88,700 to 54,500, according to the Law School Admission… Read More →

People just aren’t saving enough money these days

The old line, “a penny saved is a penny earned,” seems to have been forgotten in recent years. It goes without saying how important it is to save. Without some sort of savings you can’t retire comfortably, meet sudden costs like healthcare emergencies, or afford that really expensive camera you’ve had your eye on. The… Read More →

The Wedge adds unique twist along Rural Road

Wedge
by in AZRE Magazine | Retail

What was formerly a 16,000-square-foot bookstore for the many Arizona State University students is now The Wedge, an 11,800-square-foot adaptive reuse retail hub in Tempe. Originally built in the 1970s, the flesh-tone brick bookstore located at 1015 S. Rural Rd., was retooled into retail space for up to six tenants. It stands as an example… Read More →

Renaissance Square sells for $151.25 million

Renaissance Square
by in AZRE Magazine | Office

A joint venture group purchased Renaissance Square, a two-tower office and retail plaza in Downtown Phoenix, for $151.25 million, a source close to the deal reported. In an announcement the new ownership group released Wednesday, future plans call for a $50 million upgrade to the office towers, with plans to update the lobbies, plaza and indoor/outdoor tenant conference center… Read More →