Author Archives: Melissa Bordow


GPEC: Plans To Revive The Economy

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Look past the Valley’s long, slow climb out of a difficult recession to the next 10, 20, even 100 years and you see a potential hotbed of wealth and productivity: a regional economy that has diversified from its traditional reliance on growth and housing. That’s the vision painted by board members and financial supporters of… Read More →

GPEC Leads Cooperative Effort To Draw More ‘Clean Tech’ Industry To Arizona

GPEC - AZ Business Magazine January/February 2012
January 12, 2012 by in AZ Business Magazine | Economy | Tech

Insight into innovation: GPEC leads cooperative effort to draw more ‘clean tech’ industry to Arizona Green technology is still a relatively small part of Arizona’s economy, but its potential for growth is a bright spot on the state’s horizon. “At a time when other economic engines have been sputtering, anticipated green job growth among Arizona’s… Read More →

GPEC’s Barry Broome Outlines Plan To Attract More High-Paying Jobs

Barry Broome, GPEC - AZ Business Magazine January/February 2012

Roadmap for the future: GPEC President Barry Broome outlines plan to attract more high-paying jobs, keep the ones we have The Greater Phoenix Economic Council ( GPEC ) is beginning 2012 with an updated roadmap, the first leg of a five-year strategic plan, says its CEO and President Barry Broome. Along with its historical mission… Read More →

Young Professionals Mentoring Up

Young Professionals - AZRE Magazine November/December 2011
December 12, 2011 by in Associations

BOMA’S YOUNG PROFESSIONALS REAPING BENEFITS OF LEARNING FROM ESTABLISHED INDUSTRY LEADERS The young professionals of BOMA Greater Phoenix knew that the seasoned veterans they met at the organization’s events were a wealth of information. Some had 20 or more years experience in property management and had weathered their share of mistakes and industry ups and… Read More →

BOMA Greater Phoenix: Tools Of The Trade

BOMA Greater Phoenix - AZRE Magazine November/December 2011
December 8, 2011 by in Associations

BOMA Greater Phoenix hammers home a trio of initiatives: advocacy, smart sustainability, better management practices It’s still a jungle out there. Commercial vacancy rates remain high, industry figures show, with some improvement in the industrial sector and a slight downtick in retail. But rates for office properties seem stuck at a persistent 26 percent. Additionally,… Read More →

Local Initiatives Support Corp., Raza Development Fund Capitalize $20M Loan Fund

Local Initiatives Support Corp. - AZRE Magazine September/October 2011
October 31, 2011 by in Building Green

Cities along the light rail to benefit from $20M development loan fund, capitalized by Local Initiatives Support Corp. and the Raza Development Fund, to build affordable housing and other sustainable amenities. Picture this: You get on Metro light rail at your workplace in Phoenix and disembark in Mesa in front of your favorite organic grocery store.… Read More →

Solar Panels And Installations Make Good Financial Sense

Solar Panels - AZRE Magazine July/August 2011
July 1, 2011 by in Building Green

Figuring out the bottom line return on investment figures for installing solar panels on commercial buildings is a bit like hitting a moving target. Incentives from utilities are apt to change and sow uncertainty in the market, thus access to capital can be iffy in these challenging economic times. But some business owners who have… Read More →

The Fight To Lure Solar Companies To The Valley Is Fierce

Solar Companies - AZRE Magazine March/April 2011
March 1, 2011 by in Building Green

The fight to lure solar energy companies to Arizona will be fierce in 2011, as states become more competitive in their efforts to land solar companies that are themselves battling for funding in a stagnant capital market. “(This year) will be more competitive than 2010 because the states are feeling more pressure and the idea… Read More →

BOMA Instructor Al O'Connor A Go-To Man

Al O'Connor - AZRE Magazine November/December 2010
November 1, 2010 by in Associations

BOMA Instructor Al O’Connor, Chief Engineer for The Great American Tower, a Go-To Man Being a good chief engineer for an office building is a lot like being a good magician. Everybody loves what you do, but not everyone realizes how much hard work, practice and expertise goes into making your job look easy. Take… Read More →

Housing Crash is Hurting The Valley’s Luxury Real Estate Market

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A meticulous five-bedroom, remodeled home sits nestled in one of Paradise Valley’s most beautiful neighborhoods. But the most remarkable thing about this home is not its one-acre lot, new flooring or up-to-date kitchen. It’s the “For Sale” sign that has graced the front yard for two years. Two years, two different realty companies and several… Read More →

Housing Crash Hurts The Valley’s Luxury Home Market

Luxury Home - AZ Business Magazine November 2008

High-End Distress: The housing crash is now hurting the Valley’s luxury home market A meticulous five-bedroom, remodeled home sits nestled in one of Paradise Valley’s most beautiful neighborhoods. But the most remarkable thing about this home is not its one-acre lot, new flooring or up-to-date kitchen. It’s the “For Sale” sign that has graced the… Read More →

State Leaders Prepare The Copper State For Explosive Growth

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An official letter from the state’s Lawn and Pool Use Enforcement Division says you must choose between taking out your green lawn or draining your swimming pool. You can’t have both, as the state has been severely restricting outdoor water use ever since the population of Central and Southern Arizona swelled to 10 million people… Read More →

Open Air Malls Continue To Gain in Popularity

Open Air Malls Continue To Gain in Popularity, 2008

Inside Out Open air malls continue to gain in popularity By Melissa Bordow On an unseasonably cool night in late May, shoppers meander the streetscapes of Scottsdale’s Kierland Commons, strolling among its upscale stores and restaurant patios. When it opened as part of a mixed-use development in 2000, Kierland heralded a new wave in outdoor… Read More →