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

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?

Copyright: hxdbzxy / 123RF Stock Photo
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

pennies

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 →

Gov. Ducey takes a ride in self-driving Waymo car

Gov. Doug Ducey and Jennifer Haroon in the backseat of the Waymo car. (Photo by Shavon Rose Photos, courtesy of Waymo)
by in AZ Business Magazine | Tech

Earlier this week it was announced that Google’s self-driving car project would be spun off into an independent company called Waymo. And to help kick-off the new company, Gov. Doug Ducey took an inaugural demo ride inside of a Waymo car. With Ducey’s detail following close behind, the car drove him off and took him… Read More →

Ways to find relief from healthcare costs to boost bottom line

doctor-ipad

The average annual workplace family health premium has been on the rise since the turn of the century. From 2001 to 2006, there was a 63 percent increase, it rose another 31 percent from 2006 to 2011 and we got hit with another 20 percent increase in the last five years, according to analysis from the Henry… Read More →

Tech effect: Arizona’s thriving software and optics industries

Kitt Peak National Observatory on February 28, 2016, near Tucson, Arizona. A view of the WIYN 0.9m telescope looking west from Kitt Peak National Observatory near Tucson, Arizona. (Photo: neilld / 123RF Stock Photo )
by in AZ Business Magazine | Tech

If you grew up in Arizona, the Five C’s of Arizona — copper, cattle, cotton, citrus and climate — have been drilled into your head as the first mainstays of Arizona’s economy since elementary school. Arizona’s economic base has morphed over the years, transitioning into a more knowledge-based economy. In the 1990s, after an economic… Read More →

The next tech hub: Downtown Phoenix Warehouse District

Downtown Phoenix Warehouse District
by in AZRE Magazine

More than 100 years ago, Phoenix’s Warehouse District was a bustling area where trains would crisscross the streets, bringing wholesale goods and produce in and out of the region. Then the urban flight of the 1950s and 1960s swept the nation, and Phoenix wound up with a severely empty warehouse district. For the many building owners in the area, it… Read More →

HEAT Forum recap

HEAT Forum

On Wednesday, Oct. 5, experts from Arizona’s Healthcare, Energy, Aerospace and Technology industries convened to discuss innovation, challenges and success stories within their industries at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge.   [View the story “HEAT Forum” on Storify] HEAT Forum recap was last modified: October 6th, 2016 by Jesse A. Millard

Q&A: Dr. Maria Harper-Marincik, first latina MCCD chancellor

Maricopa Community Colleges

During the last legislative session, the Maricopa Community College District was snubbed from state aid, and this year, its longtime Chancellor Rufus Glasper stepped down to pursue an opportunity as a CEO for an education nonprofit.   Sitting in for someone who’s leaving behind a 13-year legacy and facing upcoming financial troubles doesn’t seem to have Dr.… Read More →

Taking flight over Arizona in a WWII era B-25J bomber

Dave Baker in the cockpit of the B-25J Bomber, "Maid in the Shade," flying over the East Valley. (Photo by Jesse A. Millard)

Sitting inside of a B-25J Mitchell medium bomber as its engines roar is a surreal experience. Your body shakes to its core as the smell of fuel and the deafening sound of the propellers surround you. And then, the B-25J, which flew 15 combat missions during World War II, takes off above Falcon Field. And you’re flying in a… Read More →

What’s happening in Arizona this election season?

Phoenix Election Day - Propositions 1 & 2

For those of you who have been paying attention to this election season since its start last summer, fatigue is an understatement. With just a little more than a month away from Nov. 8, the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce hosted a panel of experts who offered their projections and insights on this roller coaster… Read More →

Valley posts high percentage of luxury apartment construction

Infill development

Cranes are everywhere in Downtown Phoenix and around the Valley as development continues to explode. But what exactly are they building? Chances are it’s some sort of luxury development, whether it’s apartments to rent or condominiums to buy. These high-end multifamily properties seem to have always popped up in Scottsdale, but Phoenix especially has enjoyed… Read More →

Brewery opening taproom at popular uptown Phoenix corner

beer

Tempe-based Huss Brewing Company is opening up its second location this December in Uptown Phoenix, near Central Avenue and Camelback Road. Huss Brewing will open its newest flagship taproom at the recently renovated Uptown Plaza, where Lou Malnati’s Pizzeria and Shake Shack recently opened. The new taproom will mainly focus on Huss Brewing’s locally crafted,… Read More →