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Survey reveals trends in employer health plans

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September 17, 2012 by in Business News | Economy | Healthcare | Workforce

In spite of the passage of health care reform efforts, health care costs will continue to increase for both plan sponsors and their employees, according to the bagnall company, an Owner-Member Firm of United Benefit Advisors (UBA), the nation’s largest independent benefits advisory organization. Preliminary results released by UBA from its 2012 UBA Health Plan… Read More →

Phoenix lands 2 new massive warehouses

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Phoenix has landed two new warehouses totaling nearly 2 million-square-feet. The Arizona Republic reports that Fortune 500 retailer Marshalls is building a 1.2 million-square-foot distribution warehouse on 100 acres in southwest Phoenix. The discount retailer plans to hire 300 people for its new Phoenix facility. In addition, San Francisco-based developer Prologis Inc. is building a… Read More →

Intern Season: The Six Criteria To Allow Unpaid Internships

Intern Season: The Six Criteria To Allow Unpaid Internships

Here’s the six criteria a business must meet in order to allow unpaid internships. It’s no secret that today’s economy is tough. Students are working hard to learn needed skills in the career of their choice, while current members of our workforce are going back to school and training to learn a new trade. The… Read More →

Top 10 cities and states for job growth

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Unemployment and job growth remain big issues in the U.S. economy and in the current political campaigns. So now, more than halfway through the year, what are the top states and cities for job growth? Research Professor Lee McPheters of the W. P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University provides rankings and analysis… Read More →

Arizona State Credit Union earns honor

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August 21, 2012 by in Business News | Finance | Workforce

Arizona State Credit Union’s unwavering commitment to associates’ long-term financial well-being has earned the local financial cooperative national acclaim. An independent judging panel of employee benefits experts named Arizona State Credit Union one of the 2012 winners of The Principal 10 Best Companies for Employee Financial Security. Judges selected the credit union because of their… Read More →

Accelr8 Technology relocates to Tucson

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August 16, 2012 by in Business News | Economy | Tech | Workforce

After a competitive multi-state process, Accelr8 Technology Corporation announced that it is moving its headquarters from Denver to Tucson. Founded in 1982, Accelr8 develops instruments used for the detection of pathogenic microorganisms. Its BACcel rapid diagnostic system, in development, is the first technology that is able to count and identify dangerous pathogens and their drug… Read More →

Phoenix, Tucson mayors lead Mexico trade mission

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August 14, 2012 by in Business News | Economy | Workforce

The mayors of Phoenix and Tucson lead a trade mission to Mexico this week as part of effort to foster relations with Arizona’s largest trading partner. Phoenix’s Greg Stanton and Tucson’s Jonathan Rothschild will be joined by Phoenix City Councilman Michael Nowakowski, Phoenix City Manager David Cavazos, representatives from the Greater Phoenix Economic Council and… Read More →

APS takes proposals for solar facility

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August 9, 2012 by in Business News | Green | Workforce

Arizona’s largest utility company is taking proposals from solar developers and installers for a 32-megawatt facility in Gila Bend. Arizona Public Service Co. says it will accept bids starting Aug. 22 and is encouraging developers to participate in an upcoming webinar. The company has been investing in the development of 200 megawatts of solar photovoltaic… Read More →

Employers post biggest job gains in 4 years

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U.S. employers posted the most job openings in four years in June, a positive sign that hiring may pick up. The Labor Department said Tuesday job openings rose to a seasonally adjusted 3.8 million in June, up from 3.7 million in May. That’s the most since July 2008. Layoffs fell. The data follow Friday’s report… Read More →

Are You Happy? Ben Bernanke Wants To Know

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Ben Bernanke wants to know if you are happy. The Federal Reserve chairman said Monday that gauging happiness can be as important for measuring economic progress as determining whether inflation is low or unemployment high. Economics isn’t just about money and material benefits, Bernanke said. It is also about understanding and promoting “the enhancement of… Read More →

ShopOrganic Provides Natural Products Online

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shopOrganic provides health-conscious consumers with natural products online Cara Silverstein says passion and connection led to the development of an innovative Arizona-based and womenowned business. “We had all worked closely together at a previous employer,” Silverstein says. “We realized we made a great team and had a complimentary blend of skills to start a business… Read More →

Energy Supply And Demand – A Holistic Approach To Energy Independence

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Energy is the lifeblood of the economy. Arizona’s population and energy use are projected to grow for the foreseeable future and our economic prosperity is closely tied to the availability of reliable and affordable supplies of energy. While energy supply, energy demand and the natural environment are at a significant point of conflict, the effect… Read More →

$255K Grant Provides Job Training For Veterans

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Arizona Women’s Education & Employment (AWEE) has been awarded a $255,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Labor to continue funding job training and support services for homeless and formerly incarcerated veterans in Arizona. The grant is one of 90 totaling more than $20 million awarded through the Department of Labor’s Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program… Read More →

Wells Fargo Supports Arizona Food Banks In Annual Drive

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A proud supporter of food banks across Arizona, Wells Fargo is pleased to announce it is conducting its annual summer statewide food drive July 16 to Aug. 3. The event collects donations for food banks that span the entire state and remains the only statewide food drive held in Arizona– with collection bins in all Wells… Read More →

AEC – Creating an Energy Roadmap To Bolster Arizona’s Renewable Sector

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The Arizona Energy Consortium is creating an Energy Roadmap to complement Arizona’s existing energy sources and bolster the state’s renewable sector, which stretches from solar and wind power producers to energy-efficiency companies. Think about being a placekicker and each time you line up to attempt a game-winning field goal, the goal posts shift. That’s how… Read More →

Arizona Energy Consortium – Power Brokers Leading The Charge

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The Arizona Energy Consortium is establishing the energy roadmap to create a brighter economic future for Arizona. The following individuals are leading the charge. Robert Bowling Company: First Solar   Position with Arizona Energy Consortium: Co-Chair of the Workforce Development Committee, which focuses its efforts on current barriers to Arizona’s energy workforce development, as well… Read More →

Office Fragrance’s Becoming Real Issue

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Office fragrance is becoming a real issue. Asthma. Fragrance sensitivity. Allergies. It may sound “rash,” but many types of fragrances in the workplace can trigger anything from breathing issues to hives to nausea to headaches — and everything in-between. These reactions can be so bad, in fact, lawsuits are being filed — and won —… Read More →

Residential Customers Rank SRP Highest In West, U.S.

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Salt River Project’s electric customers continue to give SRP high marks for customer satisfaction. In a report issued by J.D. Power and Associates, SRP received the top score for residential electric service in the Large Utilities segment in the western United States for the 11th consecutive year and the highest total among the nation’s largest utilities for the… Read More →

Strength Of Bioscience Helps Brighten Arizona’s Employment Outlook

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Bioscience brings strength to Arizona’s employment opportunities. Arizona’s economic doldrums are finally starting to appear in the rearview mirror. “Here in Arizona, the state ranked No. 12 in job creation (in 2011),” says Lee McPheters, director of the JPMorgan Chase Economic Outlook Center at ASU’s W. P. Carey School of Business. “That’s a vast improvement… Read More →

Karen Finley, Redflex Traffic Systems

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Karen Finley, President and CEO at Redflex Traffic Systems, shares what it is like to be the CEO of Redflex Traffic Systems and gives advise to women who aspire to have a C-Level managment job. Are there misconceptions about Redflex? One of the myths about the photo-enforcement industry is that we are always filming everybody.… Read More →

All Work And Go Play – Corporate Team-Building Activities

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Corporate team-building activities abound from Old West hootenanny’s to serene red-rock settings to zipping around a race track Great teamwork builds business faster than any technology. And as we slowly emerge from the Great Recession, corporate team-building activities are making a comeback. Spending on business group travel and activities increased nearly 8 percent in 2011,… Read More →

Data Centers Flock To Metro Phoenix

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More developers of data centers where companies store equipment for online communications are choosing Phoenix for their real-world destination. The Arizona Republic reports analysts say geographic and economic factors are making metropolitan Phoenix a top-10 market for data centers. Analysts speaking at a seminar in Chandler on Friday say the area offers low taxes, cheap… Read More →

Ronald McDonald House Charities Names New Director

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Bethany Anne Eppley, who spent the past 14 years as Director of Development with Florida’s largest regional legal aid organization, has been named Development Director for Ronald McDonald House Charities of Phoenix (RMHC). “Beth brings an incredible depth of experience to the Ronald McDonald House that will enable us to take the organization’s fund-raising and… Read More →

First Job: Bo Calbert, SW President McCarthy Building Companies

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Bo Calbert, Southwest President McCarthy Building Companies, discusses his first job as a caddy and the things that helped him get to where he is today in the construction industry. Bo Calbert Title: Southwest President Company: McCarthy Building Companies What was your first job? When I came home from the last day of sixth grade,… Read More →