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Restaurant Industry Starts To Simmer

Restaurant Industry

The American restaurant industry is starting to simmer. Consumers are spending more on meals, and foot traffic at establishments is improving, albeit from a diminished base, according to the 22nd edition of the Chain Restaurant Industry Review, released at this week’s Restaurant Leadership Conference by GE Capital, Franchise Finance. As sales trends recover, operators are translating… Read More →

Arizona Foundation For Medical Care Names Stinton As Its Executive Vice President

Stinton Named Executive Vice President

The Arizona Foundation for Medical Care (AFMC) board of trustees announced the appointment of Roger Stinton as the provider network’s new executive vice president. In this position, Stinton will be focused on continuing to grow AFMC’s role as an innovative preferred provider organization working to help employer groups – in Arizona and beyond – improve… Read More →

Short Supply, Rising Prices In The Phoenix Area Housing Market

Phoenix-Area Housing Market

Are we actually seeing the start of a housing shortage in the Phoenix area? A new report from the W. P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University reveals some surprising information for Maricopa and Pinal counties, as of February: Housing supply was down a huge 42 percent from the year before. Foreclosures were… Read More →

AAED Conference Will Focus On Healthcare, Energy, Aerospace, Technology

AAED Conference
March 26, 2012 by in Around Arizona | Calendar | Tech

The Arizona Association for Economic Development (AAED) will host its annual Spring Conference, May 9-12 at the Sedona Hilton Resort and Spa in Sedona.  The conference, “Catch Arizona’s Heatwave,” will focus on healthcare, energy, aerospace and technology. Cost for the conference is: $345 for member-practitioners, $395 for member-providers, and $495 for non-members.  The registration fee… Read More →

Valley Diversity Leader Establishes Specialty Bread Company

Specialty Bread Company

Christine French, a local entrepreneur and businesswoman, has established The French Bear Company to produce and market a specialty bread product with a unique shape and flavor. French, the founder and principle of Global Diversity Consulting, a Phoenix-based organization that partners with businesses to create diversity strategy and policy, is branching out with this specialty bread… Read More →

Phoenix Children’s Hospital Launches New Pediatric Liver Transplant Program

Phoenix Children’s Hospital - Pediatric Liver Transplant Program

Phoenix Children’s Hospital announced the launch of a new Liver Transplant Program in affiliation with Mayo Clinic-Arizona, the only pediatric liver transplant program of its kind in the region. United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) – the organization that manages the nation’s organ transplant system under a federal government contract –granted certification this week. Phoenix… Read More →

Country Thunder USA Returns To Arizona

Country-Thunder

Country Thunder USA will be back in Arizona from April 12 to 15. The music festival will be held in Florence, Ariz. – just outside of the Phoenix metro area. Country Thunder will feature many popular artists, including Dierks Bentley, Big & Rich, Blake Shelton, Craig Morgan, Jake Owen, Neil McCoy, Eli Young Band, Alan… Read More →

Tempe Festival Of The Arts

Tempe Festival of the Arts

On March 30th, 2012, the popular Tempe Festival of the Arts will return to the Mill Avenue District. A bi-annual event, the festival typically draws in more than 225,000 visitors over a three-day period. The Tempe Festival of the Arts, which is considered to be one of the top art festivals in the country, is… Read More →

Palo Verde Surpasses Production Record

Palo Verde

Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station achieved its 20th consecutive year as the nation’s largest power producer. The almost 31.3 million megawatt-hours produced in 2011 is the most ever generated by Palo Verde or by any other U.S. power plant of any kind. According to industry data, Unit 3 produced more electricity than any other reactor… Read More →

Celebrating Arizona Centennial Through Photographic Exhibit

Celebrating Arizona Centennial Through Photographic Exhibit
February 7, 2012 by in Around Arizona | Events

In celebration of the Arizona Centennial, a 50-photo exhibit will be on display presented by Alliance Bank in downtown Phoenix at CityScape. Running from now through the end of March 2012, the exhibit entitled “At Work in Arizona” will mark the 100th year since admitted to the Union when it achieved its statehood as the… Read More →

Centennial Series: Arizona’s History Impacts The Way We Live Our Lives

Centennial Series - AZ Business Magazine January/February 2012

100 Years of Change: From ‘Sesame Street’ to scientific breakthroughs, Arizona’s history impacts the way we live our lives During Arizona’s first century, every elementary school student in the state learned about the five Cs that drove Arizona’s economy — copper, cotton, cattle, citrus and climate. There is a chance that if you ask Arizona… Read More →

World-Class Tucson Resorts Are Diamonds In The Desert

Tucson Resorts - AZ Business Magazine November/December 2011

Diamonds in the desert: World-class Tucson resorts offer a wide range of amenities for romance or family fun By Michael Truelsen and Teresa Truelsen The Valley of the Sun is peppered with destinations for weekend getaways, but sometimes a drive down the 51, 101 or 202 doesn’t put enough distance between you and your daily… Read More →

Looking Up In Downtown Phoenix

Downtown Phoenix
December 24, 2011 by in Around Arizona | Snapshot

Looking Up In Downtown Phoenix Conquering the skyline is part of becoming a major city. I have always been intrigued by the beauty in architecture. The structured lines and distinct shapes are such a contrast to the elements of nature that surround them. I finally got a chance to take a bit of a test… Read More →

Casino Del Sol Resort Hotel Expansion

Casino Del Sol Resort Hotel

I had the chance to check out Casino Del Sol Resort Hotel in Tucson and its brand new, multimillion-dollar hotel expansion. From the second I walked in, I was taken back by the effort that went into making this hotel stand above the rest. The ceilings were high, the rooms were spacious, and the pool… Read More →

Arizona Casinos Add New Amenities, Including Night Spots

Arizona Casinos - AZ Business Magazine September/October 2011

When AiRIA nightclub opened at Gila River Casinos Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino in 2009, a new trend in tribal gaming in Arizona came full circle. There was now a hip, Las Vegas-style nightclub at an Arizona casino. It represented the last piece in the puzzle. “Gaming guests want more than what’s been offered… Read More →

10 Top Arizona Landmarks And Sights

centennial top10
September 1, 2011 by in Around Arizona | Lists | Travel

10 Top Arizona Landmarks And Sights Despite the typical images of a colorless and dry land that the word “desert” brings up in our minds, Arizona has a lot more to offer than varying shades of brown. Arizona landscapes and sights are unique and often breathtaking. They show the long, rich history of Arizona before… Read More →

Centennial Series: 100 Years of Notable Arizonans

100 Years of Notable Arizonans, Arizona Centennial Series

Arizonans who made a notable impact to Arizona & American history:   100 Years of Notable Arizonans:   Dr. Richard Carmona Served as the 17th U.S. Surgeon General during the Bush Administration Raul H. Castro First Hispanic governor of Arizona; U.S. ambassador to Argentina Cesar Chavez (1927–1993) Labor rights activist; union organizer Barry Goldwater (1909–1998)… Read More →

Arizona Green Jobs Continue to Increase

Arizona Green Jobs Increase

Arizona Green Jobs: Energy efficient and green jobs in Arizona are booming. Thanks to consumer demands for energy-saving services and products, the green workforce is increasing with multiple jobs created and available across the state. Arizona green jobs have grown from about 29,000 in 2003 to 37,000 in 2010, according to the Sizing the Clean… Read More →

Glendale CVB Expands Its Mission, Scope By Serving Entire West Valley

Glendale CVB - AZ Business Magazine July/August 2011

Glendale CVB – Whether travelers are visiting for leisure or business, Glendale has blossomed from being considered a one-day destination to a highly sought-after travel experience both nationally and internationally in a single decade. And to successfully market Glendale’s increasing expansion as the host city of sporting and mega-events — as well as the entire… Read More →

Arizona Centennial Series: 10 Historic Buildings Still Standing

Arizona Centennial Series: 10 Historic Buildings Still Standing
August 1, 2011 by in Around Arizona | Real Estate

Historic Buildings – Arizona has a history that ranges from historic wonders, such as the Grand Canyon, to remarkable buildings. Each year the Arizona Preservation Foundation releases their Arizona Most Endangered Historic Places List which informs the public and increases awareness. The following includes 10 historic buildings still standing, significant from Arizona’s past: 10. Strawberry Schoolhouse –… Read More →

Vintage Boutiques Around the Valley

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July 31, 2011 by in Around Arizona | Lists

Vintage Boutiques – For those looking to avoid the larger department stores and malls, give those smaller, locally-run boutiques a try. The Valley has many vintage boutiques where you’ll find affordable ’60s, ’70s, ’80s and ’90s attire as well as high-end upscale vintage clothing — to give your look a fun, funky twist. For those… Read More →

Cult Movies Find Its Home At The Royale, Downtown Mesa

The Royal Independent Arthouse, Mesa, Ariz.

While the majority of the population was in line for midnight showings of the newest and last installment of Harry Potter, I made my way to a much less crowded theater in downtown Mesa. The Royale Independent Arthouse is the new permanent home of the “Midnite Movie Mamacita,” which shows independent films and B-movies. Entering the cozy… Read More →

Snapshot: MLB All-Star Parade 2011

MLB All-Star Parade, Phoenix, Ariz.

On the fine, summer afternoon of July 12 in Phoenix, I took a trip on the Valley Metro Light Rail into the city to see the All-Star Game Parade. After taking in the sights for a bit, I picked out a nice spot along the side gate and settled in to watch all sorts of… Read More →

Treat Yourself At Some Of The Top Day And Spa Resorts In The State

CopperWynd, Fountain Hills, Ariz. - AZ Business Magazine July/August 2011

Even if you only have a day or even a few hours, you can still get away from it all at one of the many fine day and resort spas that can be found in the state. If you want to find the best places to relax, take a look at the following spa guide,… Read More →