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

How can you find the best philanthropic fit for your company?

Think of the last nonprofit cause or event you supported. Chances are there was some sort of corporate sponsor, which played a big role in helping move the cause forward or make the event a success. “Businesses and nonprofits both have a critical role to play in making Arizona a place we are all proud to call home,”… Read More →

As ridership triples, Lyft opens driver hub in Phoenix

Lyft

The ride-sharing technology company Lyft — famous for its pink mustachioed cars — unveiled a hub for drivers in Phoenix as the company says it tripled its number of rides since last year. In 2016, Lyft contributed $40 million to the Phoenix area economy, said Drena Kusari, the ride-sharing company’s southwest region general manager. Lyft… Read More →

Phoenix consumer spending rises, small business benefits

There might be a break from a decline in consumer spending in Phoenix as year-over-year consumer spending increased nearly one percent in February, according to the Local Consumer Commerce Index released by JPMorgan Chase & Co. this month. In the past few years, there has been a general decline in consumer spending with lower growth from 2014 to 2016, but the… Read More →

Scottsdale-based cybersecurity firm raises $10 million in funding

cybersecurity cloud

Scottsdale-based cybersecurity firm working towards a future with no passwords, Trusona, raised $10 million in a Series B funding round, according to a Tuesday announcement. The online identity authentication service firm plans to use the new funding to accelerate its growth by doubling Trusona’s number of employees in the next three months, said Ori Eisen, Trusona’s CEO. Trusona currently has 15 people working at its… Read More →

Balancing risk: What to know when joining a nonprofit board

nonprofit board

Joining a nonprofit organization’s board of directors is a noble and powerful undertaking. As a new board member, you’re now playing a large role in the success of the nonprofit’s mission to assist the community. As a board member, you have to ensure that you’re carrying out the fiduciary duties, which is a mighty responsibility. Keep in mind, though,… Read More →

Energy innovations open opportunities for Arizona’s energy sector

energy storage

Many of the innovations happening in the energy sector involve solving intermittency issues brought to the table by renewable energy darlings like photovoltaic solar and wind generation. With photovoltaic solar providing the bulk of its energy during off peak hours and wind turbines unable to generate anything on a windless day, the energy sector has… Read More →

Here’s how Arizona can become a regional energy hub

Arizona as a energy hub

If you talk with energy experts in Arizona and across the world, they’ll tell you it’s an exciting time to be in energy. Advancements in solar, storage, smart grid technologies and beyond are making renewable energy cheaper and more innovative. And then there are the increasing renewable energy standards set in California, which is creating huge… Read More →

6 steps to reduce your risk of a DDoS attack

DDoS Attack

You’ve seen the splashy headlines about web services getting taken down by DDoS, or Distributed-Denial-of-Service Attacks, but have you ever worried about these attacks taking down your firm’s site? As recently as October 2016, internet traffic company Dyn was the victim of several DDoS attacks, which shut down websites and services across the East Coast.… Read More →

Don Lively talks mission of Arizona Summit Law School

When you hear about law schools, you’re often bombarded with a dearth of numbers about where the school ranks amongst competing institutions.   Don Lively, co-founder and president of Arizona Summit Law School, is trying to do something beyond chasing rankings. He hopes to make the legal industry more diverse with his school’s graduates.  “Law is the least diverse white-collar profession in… Read More →

Principal training program launches in effort to improve student achievement gap

Enterprise Bank & Trust

A partnership between Governor Ducey’s office and education groups launched a program across Arizona to train school principals in order to create more student success. In Gov. Doug Ducey’s 2018 executive budget recommendation, he called for $250,000 to match equivalent funds from the philanthropic community to expand school leadership and training opportunities through the Beat the Odds… Read More →

Phoenix is selling off surplus real estate … what are the deals?

Phoenix

It has been found that the City of Phoenix owns a lot of excess vacant land and as a result, Phoenix is hoping to sell the land parcels it doesn’t need to developers. The City of Phoenix owns about 1,400 plots of land, which is worth more than $150 million in total, according to a report by the… Read More →

Waymo offers self-driving car trial to public

Waymo self-driving car

Self-driving cars are increasingly becoming just another part of the future and the Google spin-off Waymo is helping that happen by offering its early rider program to the public in the Phoenix area. Waymo is giving folks in the Phoenix area the first chance to ride in its early rider program. Those who are accepted… Read More →

What to expect at Phoenix’s first Gino’s East of Chicago

Gino's East of Chicago

Home-sick Chicagoans will no longer have to fly off to Chicago or order a frozen pizza online in order to satisfy their Gino’s East of Chicago deep-dished pizza cravings. Gino’s first Phoenix location, and 18th overall, is set to open in Arcadia at 3626 E. Indian School Rd., on Monday, April 24 at 4 p.m. And… Read More →

Intel unveils largest corporate solar carport array in Arizona

Intel Ocotillo Campus Solar Arrays

Intel found a second use for its Ocotillo Campus parking lot in Chandler by installing a 7.7 megawatt solar carport array over 3,200 of its parking spaces. The solar carports provide enough energy to power about 1,160 American homes through the course of the year and will be used as part of Intel’s energy mix… Read More →

Westward Ho Apartments reopens after $17M renovations

Westward Ho
by in AZRE Magazine

One of Downtown Phoenix’s most prominent landmarks, the Westward Ho Apartments, has re-opened after its owners, Rhode Island-based Cathedral Development Group, completed $17 million worth of renovations. The renovations were focused on enhancing energy and water efficiency features, new cabinets, floors, fixtures and more at the landmark, which is located at Central avenue and Fillmore street.… Read More →