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Loose regulations have more teens trying e-cigarettes


The CDC says the number of teens smoking electronic cigarettes has tripled in one year. Use of e-cigarettes is not tracked in Arizona, but advocates say there is a need for tighter regulations, especially when it comes to younger people. Loose regulations have more teens trying e-cigarettes was last modified: May 1st, 2015 by Cronkite… Read More →

Experts: Central sports commission would boost Arizona


The 2015 Super Bowl kicked off an unprecedented run for the Phoenix metro area as the host of mega-sporting events. But if the Valley is going to continue to lure Super Bowls, NCAA championship football games and Final Fours, leaders in the sports community say the current system needs to be improved. “We’re playing with… Read More →

Phoenix Forward launched to spark business growth

Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton talks about Phoenix Forward, which will help with business retention and expansion.

Officials said local business expansion makes up 80 percent of new jobs. Phoenix leaders plan to help facilitate that growth and support business needs through the Phoenix Forward initiative, which launched Wednesday. The initiative is a partnership between the Phoenix Chamber of Commerce, the city of Phoenix, the Arizona Commerce Authority and Maricopa County. Phoenix Forward… Read More →

House, Senate panels forward bills to halt Glendale casino


WASHINGTON – Bills that would halt construction on a Tohono O’odham casino in Glendale passed committees in both the House and the Senate Wednesday. The Keep the Promise Act of 2015 – introduced by Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Rep. Trent Franks, R-Glendale – would “prohibit gaming activities on certain Indian land in Arizona until… Read More →

10 ways Ducey, Legislature helped Arizona businesses

Mayor Elaine Scruggs

Governor Doug Ducey promised an administration that would move at the speed of business. His first legislative session proved true to his word. The session was lightning-quick at 81 days, the fastest since 1968. Together the governor and Legislature passed into law over 300 bills, many of which will significantly enhance Arizona’s business environment, making our… Read More →

AXA Advisors Southwest earns Governor’s Award


The Governor’s Commission on Service and Volunteerism announced that AXA Advisors Southwest, a leading provider of financial services for consumers and businesses, has been named a recipient of the 2015 Governor’s Volunteer Service Award for its dedicating to volunteerism, fundraising and general community service. AXA Advisors Southwest was honored by Governor Doug Ducey’s office on… Read More →

Uber, Lyft get a lift from new Arizona law


Soon after his election, Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey made a drastic decision to pledge his support to ride-sharing companies such as Uber and Lyft by suspending the ongoing investigation into companies that were operating illegally under current Arizona law. In addition, the Arizona Department of Weights and Measures announced that it would no longer be… Read More →

Universities scramble to balance budgets after state cuts


At Northern Arizona University, Christopher Gass said he and other engineering students looked forward to having a new building to house the 3-D printers, machines such as laser cutters and other technology they need to complete capstone design projects. But with Arizona’s public universities losing $99 million in state funding in the recently approved state… Read More →

Experts share ‘wins and losses’ on Arizona state budget


Alberta Charney said she hasn’t heard much outrage from the business community over Arizona’s latest budget. “Maybe we are used to it,” said the research economist at the Eller College of Management at the University of Arizona. “We have seen so many cuts over the years.” The fiscal 2016 budget is no different. Gov. Doug Ducey… Read More →

East Valley Partnership hosts Statesperson’s Luncheon


The East Valley Partnership, a business advocacy group dedicated to improve business and quality of life in the East Valley region of Greater Phoenix, is hosting the Statesperson’s Luncheon at noon on Monday, March 30 at the East Valley Institute of Technology (EVIT) located at 1601 W. Main Street in Mesa, Ariz. Attendees of the… Read More →

Phoenix City Council approves 35-year streets, transit plan

Valley Metro Light Rail, Phoenix, Ariz.

A comprehensive plan to modernize Phoenix’s streets and public transit system over the next 35 years was approved Tuesday by the City Council. Besides tripling the number of light rail miles by 2050, the transportation plan calls for significant expansion of bus service and upgrades to the city’s aging streets. An additional three-tenths of one… Read More →

Former Tempe mayor joins Rose Law Group


Hugh Hallman has worn many distinguished hats over his 25 year career in law, education, politics and business; Mayor of Tempe, Statewide Candidate for Treasurer, Headmaster, Economist, and Civic Activist. But one title that has remained steadfast throughout his career, is serving as one of the state’s top attorneys. Scottsdale-based Rose Law Group pc announced the appointment… Read More →

Pango pay-by-phone app now available for Phoenix parking


Mayor Greg Stanton, City Councilmembers, representatives from Pango USA and the business community gathered today in downtown Phoenix to announce the Pango pay-by-phone app for on-street parking is now available in Phoenix. “This cutting-edge innovation is helping to create a great urban core in Phoenix that makes life easier for our residents and businesses, and… Read More →

Stanton: Super Bowl showcases re-branded Phoenix


In the midst of the Super Bowl excitement, Mayor Greg Stanton and the city’s Community and Economic Development Director Christine Mackay have unveiled a new campaign to send a clear message: Phoenix is hot for new economic opportunity. “We are about to welcome more than 1 million people to our city, and it’s important that… Read More →