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John C. Lincoln Desert Volunteers honored

In recognition of the significant difference they make in the community, the Desert Mission volunteers of the John C. Lincoln Health Network have been chosen as a winner of the 2013 American Hospital Association’s Hospital Awards for Volunteer Excellence (HAVE).

The national HAVE Award recognizes volunteers who provide leadership in community outreach, particularly with innovative and measurable programs with external partners to address challenges in the community.

Desert Mission’s volunteers – about 500 of the almost 2,000 Network volunteers – were also recognized for demonstrating measurable contributions to the effectiveness of an existing community outreach and for achieving success by overcoming barriers.       Desert Mission’s volunteers work at the Food Bank, Children’s Dental Clinic, Lincoln Learning Center, Marley House Behavioral Health Clinic, Community Health Center and in Neighborhood Renewal.

“For 30 years, these awards have celebrated the contribution and value of hospital volunteers – women and men who go the extra mile for their patients and communities,” said Rich Umbdenstock, president and CEO of the American Hospital Association based in Washington, DC.

Desert Mission, founded in 1927, remains an integral part of the mission of the John C. Lincoln Health Network, and the depth of community outreach offered is unusual among hospital and health care systems in the United States.

That couldn’t happen without the volunteers who provide hours of service along with in-kind donations and monetary donations, said Cindy Hallman, executive director of Desert Mission and a vice president in the John C. Lincoln Health Network. At a minimum each day, volunteers provide the equivalent of 18 full-time positions across the spectrum of Desert Mission services.

“It’s so inspiring to me to see how warm and welcoming our volunteers are with our clients, and just to know they want to be here to support us because they believe in our work at Desert Mission,” Hallman said. “They are here every day with smiles on their faces, helping our clients, and that energizes me and my staff to help our clients meet their challenges.”

Linda Llewellyn, director of Volunteer Services for the John C. Lincoln Health Network, added “I am so proud of our volunteers! Their service improves the quality of life for so many people.”

Phoenix City Councilman Bill Gates noted that “Desert Mission has a long, successful history of partnering with the City of Phoenix to provide the basics for people in need of a little help to get back on their feet. The work has been especially vital during these tough economic times, serving as many as 35,000 people each year. I commend the hundreds of Desert Mission volunteers who dedicate their time to making a difference in our community.”

“To build a healthy community takes an integrated approach,” Hallman said. “You can’t just give a family a food box at Thanksgiving or just give children vaccinations, although Desert Mission does both. You need to get to know each family and work together toward success at every level. Integrated care is positively correlated with improved outcomes and service.

“We work together with our clients to help guide them to the right combination of resources – food, dental help, housing help, behavioral intervention and early childhood education – to meet their needs, including public benefits and other human services programs available in the community, and to pursue self-sufficiency and success,” Hallman said.

Desert Mission clients come from the immediate service area of the North Mountain hospital, where the household income ranges between $16,000 and $123,000, and from 30 to 45 percent of the population is at or below 200 percent of the federal poverty level. Nearly 100 percent of Desert Mission clients are at or below 200 percent of the federal poverty level.”

In recent years, during the economic downturn, Desert Mission has seen significant increases in a different type of client – families in crisis who are from a higher socio-economic and education level and who historically have been self-sufficient. Ironically, this group includes former Desert Mission donors who now turn to Desert Mission for assistance.

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2013 Top Lawyers list: Business/corporate law

Az Business magazine’s 2013 top lawyer list was created after the editorial department asked Arizona law firms to nominate their two best attorneys from 16 different categories for consideration. Those nominees were put on a ballot and were voted on by their peers in the legal community and the readers of Az Business magazine to determine the exclusive 2013 Az Business Magazine Top Lawyers list.

Jessica Benford
Ryley Carlock & Applewhite
602-440-4866
www.rcalaw.com
Benford counsels clients regarding general corporate representation, including corporate formation and governance. She also handles securities enforcement and regulation matters.

Charles E. Davis
Davis Miles McGuire Gardner, PLLC
480-733-6800
www.davismiles.com
Davis has an “AV Preeminent” rating by the Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings system, which connotes the highest possible rating in both legal ability and ethical standards.

Gerald Gregory Eagleburger
Sanders & Parks, P.C.
602-532-5692
www.sandersandparks.com
Eagleburger’s practice includes all types of transactional, commercial/business and personal asset matters, including formation and governance of corporations, partnerships and limited liability companies.

Stephanie Fierro
The Frutkin Law Firm, PLC
602-606-9300
www.frutkinlaw.com
Fierro’s practice focuses on general counsel business law and estate planning. She brings the firm a wide range of experience and interests including all aspects of corporate transactional work, estate planning, and tax representation.

Jonathan B. Frutkin
The Frutkin Law Firm, PLC
602-606-9300
www.frutkinlaw.com
Frutkin is the principal attorney at The Frutkin Law Firm and brings areas of expertise in the practice areas of corporate and business law, corporate bankruptcy, and commercial litigation.

Phillip Guttilla
Polsinelli
602-650-2327
www.polsinelli.com
Guttilla Guttilla serves as general corporate counsel to his clients ranging from emerging growth companies to multi-national enterprises.

Gregory R. Hall
DLA Piper
480-606-5128
www.dlapiper.com
Hall regularly counsels clients on a broad range of corporate, securities and business-related matters and matters affecting corporate policy and strategy, including directors’ duties and responsibilities and other aspects of corporate governance.

Travis J. Leach
Jennings Strouss
602-262-5806
www.jsslaw.com
Leach focuses his practice in the area of corporate, securities, and finance. He also helps lead the firm’s Sports and Entertainment practice, coinseling professional athletes, coaches, entertainers, and ownership groups.

Brian Moll
Polsinelli
602-650-2302
www.polsinelli.com
Moll practices in the areas of corporate law, mergers and acquisitions, and commercial contracts. He has extensive experience in assisting businesses in all stages of their operations, from start-up to a mature business.

Robert A. Royal
Tiffany & Bosco, P.A.
602-255-6011
www.tblaw.com
Royal’s practice emphasizes intra-corporate dispute and director, officer and manager liability issues.

Terence W. Thompson
Gallagher & Kennedy, P.A.
602-530-8515
www.gknet.com
Thompson’s practice emphasizes corporate business acquisitions; public-private projects, including strategic joint ventures; Native American enterprises and projects; water/wastewater infrastructure development; sports facility financing; and physician-hospital contracts.

Nancy White
Steptoe & Johnson LLP
602-257-5213
www.steptoe.com
White’s practice emphasizes international and domestic transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, purchases and sales of capital assets and real property, project finance, asset-based financings, asset securitizations, and private placements of debt and equity securities..

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2013 Top Lawyers list: Bankruptcy/reorganization

Az Business magazine’s 2013 top lawyer list was created after the editorial department asked Arizona law firms to nominate their two best attorneys from 16 different categories for consideration. Those nominees were put on a ballot and were voted on by their peers in the legal community and the readers of Az Business magazine to determine the exclusive 2013 Az Business Magazine Top Lawyers list.

Joseph E. Cotterman
Andante Law Group of Daniel E. Garrison, PLLC
480-421-9449
www.andantelaw.com
Cotterman has more than 20 years of corporate restructuring, business bankruptcy, creditor’s rights, commercial litigation, and corporate and real estate transaction experience.

John R. Clemency
Gallagher & Kennedy, P.A.
602-530-8040
www.gknet.com
Clemency’s practice concentrates on workouts of troubled loans, business bankruptcies, and commercial litigation.

John Fries
Ryley Carlock & Applewhite
602-440-4819
www.rcalaw.com
Fries’ practice focuses on bankruptcy and creditors’ rights issues, and includes representing banks and other creditors against debtors with respect to the enforcement of their loan and credit agreements and defending the rights of lenders against other creditors.

Daniel E. Garrison,
Andante Law Group of Daniel E. Garrison, PLLC
480-421-9449
www.andantelaw.com
Garrison has more than 15 years of corporate restructuring, business bankruptcy, commercial litigation, and corporate and real estate transaction experience.

John J. Hebert
Polsinelli
602-650-2011
www.polsinelli.com
Hebert has been involved in all aspects of bankruptcy and insolvency practice for 35 years.

Ronald Horwitz
Jaburg Wilk
602-248-1071
www.jaburgwilk.com
Client list includes national banking associations, mortgage companies, finance companies, equipment lessors, credit unions and companies that finance real estate, manufactured housing, automobiles, and equipment.

W. Scott Jenkins, Jr.
Ryley Carlock & Applewhite
602-440-4890
www.rcalaw.com
The practice group Leader for the firm’s Bankruptcy, Creditors’ Rights, and Lending practice group, Jenkins is experienced in handling various types of commercial transactions and disputes.

Carolyn J. Johnsen
Jennings Strouss
602-262-5906
www.jsslaw.com
Johnsen is chair of the firm’s Business Restructuring & Reorganization Section and has extensive experience in every aspect of commercial reorganizations, representing both debtors and creditors

Christopher R. Kaup
Tiffany & Bosco, P.A.
602-255-6024
www.tblaw.com
Kaup’s practice is focused on the representation of creditors and debtors in complex commercial bankruptcy matters, creditors’ rights, and commercial litigation.

Joseph Wm. Kruchek
Kutak Rock LLP
480-429-4889
www.kutakrock.com
Kruchek provides advice on all aspects of bankruptcy, including enforcement of lenders’ rights, obtaining relief from the automatic stay to permit a lender to proceed with state law foreclosure rights and remedies, debtor-in-possession financing, adequate protection and plans of reorganization.

Alan Levinsky
Buchalter Nemer
480-383-1840
www.buchalter.com
Levinsky is a shareholder in the firm’s Insolvency and Financial Solutions Practice Group in Scottsdale. He focuses his practice on creditors’ rights, bankruptcy, collections, post-judgment enforcement, and replevin.

Lawrence Wilk
Jaburg Wilk
602-248-1000
www.jaburgwilk.com
Wilk represents secured and unsecured creditors and trustees in bankruptcy; creditors in state court proceedings, including foreclosure proceedings and state court receiverships; and debtors in complex Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings.

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Phoenix IDA Names 2013 Board Officers

The Phoenix IDA, a prominent industrial development authority established in 1981 to assist economic and community impact enterprises, announces the election of its 2013 board officers.  Bruce Mosby is president of the board; Donald Keuth is vice-president; Tommy Espinoza is treasurer; and Christa Severns is secretary of the Phoenix IDA board for a one-year term that commenced in January 2013.

Mr. Mosby, who has served on the board of the Phoenix IDA since July 2010, is a recognized professional in the hospitality, retail and restaurant industries with expertise in corporate expansion, entrepreneurial enterprises and retail operations. He served as Phoenix IDA treasurer in 2012.

Mr. Keuth is president of the Phoenix Community Alliance, a nonprofit organization formed in 1983 to help create a dynamic and vital central city core. He has served on the board of directors for the Phoenix IDA since October 2003 and served as Assistant Secretary in 2012.

Tommy Espinoza is president and CEO of Raza Development Fund, Inc., the largest Latino Community Development Financial Institution in the U.S with total assets in excess of $100 million. He has served on the board of the Phoenix IDA since July 2006 and served as Assistant Treasurer in 2012.

Christa Severens is the owner of Christa Severns Communications, which specializes in strategic planning and implementation of public relations and public affairs campaigns. She was appointed to the Phoenix IDA board in November 2011.

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Scottsdale Builder Wins 4th straight Eliant Award

Eliant recently announced Rosewood Homes as winner of the 2013 “Homebuyers’ Choice Award” for providing the “Best Overall Purchase and Ownership Experience” in North America. Rosewood was also recognized again for having the highest “First Year Quality” rating. This is the first time a homebuilder has been honored in four consecutive years and Rosewood Homes is the only Arizona builder to ever receive this prestigious award. The 2013 winners were chosen based on the results of surveys completed by more than 76,000 recent home buyers from across the United States and Canada.

For more than 27 years, David Kitnick and his team have been recognized for providing exceptional quality, customer satisfaction and design excellence. Generous standard features, innovative floor plans and rich architecture combine with high quality construction and energy efficient features to make Rosewood Homes the top choice when purchasing a luxury home.

“There is no better honor than to have actual homeowners vote based on their personal experience with their builder,” said David Kitnick, President of Rosewood Homes. “At Rosewood, there’s only one way to do things: the right way. That’s why throughout the building process you’ll find our rigorous Rosewood Quality Assurance Program and our Rosewood Signature Construction, where we go above and beyond the industry standard for quality and craftsmanship,” said Kitnick. “Everyone affiliated with Rosewood is committed to providing industry leading customer satisfaction, quality and design with each new Rosewood home,” said Kitnick.

Rosewood Homes has neighborhoods in three prestigious locations in Arizona – DC Ranch, Vistancia and Estrella, and is in various stages of planning and development of four new neighborhoods opening in 2013 and 2014 including 33 Campbell Place in the Camelback Corridor. The exclusive, 18-home private gated 33 Campbell Place is slated to grand open late April with well-appointed homes ranging from over 2,340 square-feet to nearly 3,400 square-feet and providing authentic architectural detailing as well as highly sought after features such as: home offices, guest casitas, bonus rooms, courtyards and wine closets. Homes start in the $470s.

“Once again, Rosewood Homes is the undisputed leader in the delivery of an extraordinary customer experience,” said Bob Mirman, founder and Chief Executive Officer of Eliant.

The Eliant awards are presented annually by California-based Eliant, a customer experience management company that has been surveying buyers of new homes for 29 years. Eliant has earned an international reputation by providing a wide range of sophisticated customer experience management strategies for home builders, lenders, escrow firms, design firms and other companies interested in improving their customers’ loyalty.

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D-backs announce 2013 promotional schedule

The Arizona Diamondbacks have announced the 2013 promotional schedule, which includes three bobbleheads, a Wade Miley Garden Gnome and more than a dozen additional promotional items throughout the season. Individual tickets for each of these games, including Opening Day on April 1 vs. the St. Louis Cardinals, will go on sale on Mar. 4. Tickets can be purchased in person at the Chase Field Ticket Office, online at dbacks.com or by calling 602.514.8400. Fans can also access exclusive presale opportunities by becoming a D-backs Insider at dbacks.com.

The first of the three bobbleheads is the Aaron Hill #BiCycle Bobblehead that will honor Hill for his two cycles last season (June 8). The other two bobbleheads will feature fan favorites Paul Goldschmidt (Aug. 10) and Miguel Montero (Sept. 14). The Montero bobblehead will be given away on Hispanic Heritage Day.

New this year, the D-backs will host a street festival prior to three games throughout the season (Apr. 1, Apr. 13, May 11, Sept. 14) that will feature food trucks, D-backs inflatables and several activities before fans enter the stadium.

Also on the promotional schedule are several $5 College Nights, School Family Nights, Choir Nights and Senior Days as well as Stitch & Pitch (April 13), four educational field trip days (April 29-May 2) and events for the Girl Scouts (May 11), a Camp Day (June 19), Cheer Night (August 31) and a Band Night (September 28). Three Mystery Ball events are also planned for April 27, June 8 and August 10. The club will host post-game fireworks shows, presented by Gila River Casinos, following 10 Friday night home games.

The D-backs 2013 promotional dates are available at dbacks.com/giveaways, with highlights below:

· 2013 Magnet Schedule, courtesy of Pepsi (First 50,000 fans on April 1 vs. Cardinals)
· APS Green Series (April 12-14 vs. Dodgers)
· Beat LA T-shirt, courtesy of Gila River Casinos (First 20,000 fans on April 13 vs. Dodgers)
· Jackie Robinson Day (April 25 vs. Rockies)
· D-backs Outdoor Recreation Night (April 27 vs. Rockies)
· Wade Miley Garden Gnome, courtesy of Sanderson Ford (First 20,000 fans on April 27 vs. Rockies)
· Faith & Family Night Concert, presented by Grand Canyon University (May 10 vs. Phillies)
· Mother’s Day Tote Bag, courtesy of Pepsi (First 5,000 moms on May 12 vs. Phillies)
· Boy Scout Night Sleepover (May 24 vs. Padres)
· D. Baxter Fan, courtesy of CenturyLink (First 10,000 fans on May 25 vs. Padres)
· D-backs Memorial Day Doubleheader (May 27 vs. Rangers)
D-backs Snapback Cap, courtesy of Budweiser (First 5,000 fans 21 and older at the 12:40 p.m. game on May 27 vs. Rangers)
· Aaron Hill #BiCycle Bobblehead, courtesy of Arizona Sports 620 (First 20,000 fans on June 8 vs. Giants)
· Bark in the Park, presented by Pet Club (June 9 vs. Giants)
· MLB Network Drawstring Bag (First 20,000 fans June 22 vs. Reds)
· D-backs Stars and Stripes T-shirt, courtesy of Ram Trucks (First 15,000 fans on July 5 vs. Rockies)
· D-backs Playing Cards, courtesy of Gila River Casinos (First 5,000 fans 21 and older on July 12 vs. Brewers)
· Native American Recognition Day (July 13 vs. Brewers)
· D-backs Beach Towel, courtesy of Gila River Casinos (First 20,000 fans on July 13 vs. Brewers)
· Back-To-School Backpack, courtesy of Cox Communications (First 5,000 kids on July 14 vs. Brewers)
· D-backs Luchador Mask (First 20,000 fans on July 27 vs. Padres)
· Paul Goldschmidt Bobblehead (First 20,000 fans on August 10 vs. Mets)
· Miguel Montero Growth Chart, courtesy of Arizona Milk Producers (First 5,000 kids on August 11 vs. Mets)
· D-backs Alumni Night (August 31 vs. Giants)
· Labor Day Game (September 2 vs. Blue Jays)
· Faith & Family Night Concert, presented by Grand Canyon University (September 13 vs. Rockies)
· D-backs Hispanic Heritage Day, presented by Budweiser (September 14 vs. Rockies)
· Miguel Montero Bobblehead, courtesy of Subway (First 20,000 fans on September 14 vs. Rockies)
· D-backs Luchador Cape, courtesy of Circle K (First 5,000 kids on September 15 vs. Rockies)
· Bark in the Park, presented by Pet Club (September 15 vs. Rockies)
· Roberto Clemente Day (September 18 vs. Dodgers)
· D-backs Car Show Street Festival (September 29 vs. Nationals)
· 2014 Magnet Schedule (First 20,000 fans on September 30 vs. Nationals)

The D-backs 4-Pack will be available starting March 4 and will allow fans to choose any four games with affordable seating options in all levels at Chase Field. Also on March 4, the D-backs Value Pack will be available for single-game purchase.  For $21, fans will receive a game ticket in the bleachers, a regular size hot dog, a 24 ounce drink, and a special offer from Subway®. For more information on ticket packages, visit www.dbacks.com/tickets.

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‘Top Lawyer’ voting nears end

Readers have only two days left to vote for Az Business magazine’s “Top Lawyers List.” To vote, simply go here:

Top Lawyers

The 2013 list will run in both the March 2013 issue of Az Business magazine, as well as the 2013 edition of Ranking Arizona. You can vote for attorneys who were nominated in these categories:

BANKING
BANKRUPTCY/REORGANIZATION
BUSINESS/CORPORATE LAW
COMMERCIAL LITIGATION
CONSTRUCTION LITIGATION
EMPLOYMENT/LABOR RELATIONS
ENVIRONMENTAL LAW
ESTATE AND TRUST LITIGATION
GOVERNMENT RELATIONS
HEALTHCARE
INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY
MERGERS AND ACQUISITIONS
REAL ESTATE
RENEWABLE ENERGY
SECURITIES AND CORPORATE FINANCE
TAX

Voting will end at the close of business on Friday, Dec. 14, 2012. Those attorneys receiving the most votes will make the 2013 edition of the “Top Lawyers List.”

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Governor’s task force making right moves on sales tax

One of the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s top legislative priorities for 2013 is to simplify our state’s sales tax system.  Our sales tax is so complicated that you might be surprised to learn that Arizona does not technically have a sales tax. Rather, we have a transaction privilege tax (TPT), something that requires certain merchants to pay for the “privilege” of selling taxable items and a use tax, which is aimed at consumers who purchase certain goods to pay.

Thanks to the leadership of Gov. Jan Brewer and the state Legislature, we have made tremendous progress in tax reform over the past two years. Our corporate income tax rates, capital gains tax rates, business equipment and property assessments are all being reduced to put the state in a better competitive position and to win back the jobs we lost in the Great Recession.

But when it comes to the TPT and use tax, the state is out of kilter. After the expiration of the temporary one-cent sales tax in June 2013, our overall sales tax burden (state and local) will be among the 15-highest in the country. However, perhaps even more problematic than the tax rate will be the incredible complexity of the system, which places substantial administrative burdens on companies – particularly small businesses – and also leads both to willful and inadvertent tax avoidance.

Gov. Brewer on May 11 wisely issued an Executive Order establishing the Transaction Privilege Tax Simplification Task Force, premised on the following three points:

> Arizona has one of the most complex sales tax systems in the country;
> Taxpayers have expressed a clear desire to see reforms enacted that will modernize and simplify the TPT; and
> It is in the interest of taxpayers and state and local governments to make the tax code easier to understand, comply with and administer.

Lead by one of the state’s smartest and savviest tax and policy experts, the governor’s director of policy, Michael Hunter, the task force recently released a draft report. The report, which in an easy to digest 22-page document captures the group’s 17 meetings conducted over a five-month period.  The key recommendations:

State law should allow only a single audit, in accordance with existing statutory schedules, including a multi-jurisdictional audit if applicable.
The current tax structure for contracting activity is a mess and should be transitioned to a tax on materials at the point of sale, which if done properly should ease compliance and increase the overall pot of tax dollars available to local communities.
The State Legislature should act to ensure that Arizona is well-positioned to benefit from the taxation of online retail and remote sales.
The state, cities and towns should standardize TPT licensing
When fully implemented, the online portal required by legislation authored by Rep. Rick Gray (HB 2466) should be expanded to issue all TPT licenses and allow for all TPT tax returns to be filed through the portal.

These are all sound, commonsense ideas. While there is much work to be done to implement all of these recommendations, it is exciting that we have taken the first step to simplify a tax system so complicated that few Arizonans even know what it’s called.

Glenn Hamer is the president and CEO of the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry. The Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry is committed to advancing Arizona’s competitive position in the global economy by advocating free-market policies that stimulate economic growth and prosperity for all Arizonans. http://www.azchamber.com/

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Polsinelli Shughart Elects 21 New Shareholders for 2013

Polsinelli Shughart congratulates 21 of its attorneys elected to shareholder from our Chicago, Denver, Kansas City, Phoenix, and St. Louis offices effective November 1, 2012. The firm is committed to the development of its attorneys and ongoing growth to better serve clients.

“We’re pleased to recognize and reward our new shareholders for their hard work and dedication to our clients,” said Polsinelli Shughart Chairman Russ Welsh. “Their professional achievements help ensure that together, our firm will continue to create value to help our clients succeed. We’re excited to share the news.”

The promotions to shareholder are occurring during an exciting period of growth for Polsinelli Shughart. In 2012, the firm added 78 attorneys nationwide to help meet our clients’ needs. Dallas and Los Angeles offices were added in 2011. The firm focuses on health care, financial services, real estate, life sciences and technology, energy and business litigation.

Among the new shareholders is Ryan A. Berry  in Polsinelli’s Phoenix office. Berry specializes in corporate and securities law. He earned his law degree, summa cum laude, from the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law in 2005.

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Arizona SciTech Festival Opens Call for 2013 Events

Through a partnership formed between Arizona Science Center,  Arizona State University, Arizona Technology Council Foundation and the Arizona Commerce Authority, the Arizona SciTech Festival is gearing up for its second annual event designed to excite and inform Arizonans of all ages about how science, technology and innovation affects their everyday lives and will expand their economic future. After a successful Festival kick-off conference that brought together over 375 partners in industry, education, research, entrepreneurship, community, arts and culture, now is the time for all Arizonans to submit their ideas for events for the 2013 festivities.

“Our Festival network is growing and so is the excitement for the 2013 Arizona SciTech Festival,” said Dr. Jeremy Babendure, Festival director. “The 2012 inaugural Festival was a great success with over 200 amazing expos, celebrations, exhibitions, discussions, and tours delivered to over 220,000 young people and adults in venues located not only in Greater Phoenix and Tucson, but also in communities such as Casa Grande, Flagstaff and Showlow. We’re calling on all Arizona citizens to help us reach our goal of doubling those numbers by submitting their ideas and spreading the word about the Festival through their networks.”

Become a Collaborator Today! Deadline is November 10.
Although the 2013 Arizona SciTech Festival will take place throughout the state February 9 – March 17, all ideas for activities year round are welcome.  ACollaborator Portal (http://azscitechfest.org/collaborator-portal) on the Arizona SciTech Festival website serves as a place to submit events that are already organized, as well as a repository to match the needs between individuals and organizations that have ideas for content or venues to offer.

Specifically, the Collaborator Portal allows individuals and groups to do the following:
· Sign on as an official Collaborator
· Post an official Arizona SciTech Festival event that will go on the website and program schedule
· Post a venue – if you have a location and are looking for content, the Collaborator Portal can help those with content find your location
· Post your content – if you have content and are looking for a venue, the site can help match you with those who have locations
To become an official Collaborator and submit your events or ideas, please visit the portal today.  November 10, 2012 is the deadline for posting.

“The Arizona SciTech Festival would not be possible without the generous support of its sponsors,” said Steven G. Zylstra, president and CEO of the Arizona Technology Council. “These generous businesses, agencies, institutions and individuals are ensuring that the future of Arizona is full of innovation and growth.”

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Survey Projects Pay Increases Across Arizona in 2013

Mountain States Employers Council (MSEC), a leader in human resource and employment law services for the business community, announced the findings of its recent employee pay projections survey and found that Arizona employers are anticipating a 2.8 percent pay increase in 2013. The projected increase is higher than the 2.4 percent projected increase for 2012.

Survey findings were collected from 580 organizations in Arizona, Colorado and Wyoming and represented a cross-section of industries, including the government, manufacturing, natural resources, non-profit, technology, financial and real estate, insurance, health care, retail and wholesale, service, construction, and utilities.

“Our survey data indicates that employers in Arizona are looking more positively at economic conditions in 2013 and projecting continued improvements in employee pay,” said Patty Goodwin, director of surveys for Mountain States Employers Council.  “Mountain States Employers Council surveys member organizations throughout the year to build an understanding of compensation budget and views related to economic conditions.  Survey data can then help employers across the state with total compensation planning and benchmarking for their organizations.”

Key findings from the survey included:
> Pay increase projections by location. Of the three states surveyed, employers in Arizona reported the highest pay increase projection at 2.8 percent, while Colorado and Wyoming came in at 2.4 percent and 2.2 percent, respectively.  Metro Phoenix employers projected a 2.9 percent pay increase; Tucson employers surveyed predicted a 2.6 percent increase.
> Arizona non-profit and public sector employees projected to see greatest increase. Non-profit employers across Arizona are forecasting raises of 3.4 percent in 2013; government employers (not including utilities) are projecting a 3.1 percent increase.
> Arizona manufacturing industry reports lowest projected increase. Manufacturing employers report a 1.9 percent projected increase in pay for 2013, and come in the lowest of industries participating in the survey.
> Compared to previous years, Arizona employers’ projections are up from the 2.4 percent increase in pay estimated for 2012. By industry, Arizona’s public employers last year reported the lowest pay projection at 0.0 percent and the retail/wholesale industry the highest projection at 2.8 percent.

“Mountain States Employers Council watches a number of economic and compensation indicators to assist Arizona decision makers in planning future salary adjustments and the surveys help provide a complete look at the local market,” said William L. Smith, Jr., MSEC vice president.  “Our goal is to support local organizations by serving as a clearinghouse of business, economic and human resources information used in the development of personnel policies, benefit design, and compensation plans.”

For more information, visit MSEC.org.

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NASCAR Mexico Series will race at PIR in 2013

The most popular motorsports series in Mexico will make its U.S. debut next season at Phoenix International Raceway, according to an Associated Press report.

The NASCAR Toyota Series will run at Phoenix on March 1 in conjunction with the Sprint Cup, Nationwide and K&N West Series. The race will be the 2013 season opener for the series, which runs Mexican V8 stock cars.

George Silbermann, NASCAR vice president of regional and touring series, said the race further develops a vision by chairman Brian France to offer racing that appeals to U.S. Latinos. NASCAR took its second-tier Nationwide Series to Mexico for four races from 2005-08.

“Mexico has a long and rich motorsports heritage but not necessarily in stock car racing,” Silbermann said Monday. “The whole Mexican motorsports culture has followed either open-wheel racing or sports car racing. Brian made it very clear that a strategic goal of his was to reach a growing fan base and connect with Mexican-American fans here in the states. It was a seed that was planted in 2005 and it has now grown into a tree.”

NASCAR and PIR officials scheduled a Tuesday news conference in Phoenix. The event will be a 75-lap race with a scheduled break after 50 laps for pit stops.

The series was launched in 2004 as the “Desafío Corona.” NASCAR sanctioned it in 2007, and it was called the NASCAR Corona Series. It became the NASCAR Toyota Series this year, and has run 125 races, all in Mexico.

Bryan Sperber, president of PIR, said he jumped at the opportunity to host the first series race in the U.S. and the demographics of his track’s fan base made it a natural fit.

“I look at this as a real opportunity for sports to bring people together,” Sperber said. “It’s no secret in terms of NASCAR that we want to broaden our consumer base and reach the Latino market. NASCAR Mexico allows us to reach out potentially to new race fans but also give exposure to this series and its drivers.”

It’s welcome exposure for 20-year-old points leader Daniel Suarez, who has relocated to Charlotte, N.C., in an attempt to climb through the NASCAR ranks.

Suarez has been identified as part of the NASCAR’s Next 9 — a group of nine drivers who are under 21 and represent the next wave of young talent. He’s on track to become the youngest champion in series history, and won his first race in May at Mexico City.

Suarez said the chance to run at the same track on the same weekend as the premiere Sprint Cup Series gives Mexican drivers an opening to showcase their talent to prospective owners and sponsors.

“People can see what is going on in Mexico,” he said. “There are fans who know nothing at all about racing in Mexico. This series is the best in Mexico, the racing is the best. We have more fans, the best drivers, the best sponsors and the chance to race in America is a very big first step.”

The race at PIR is a one-year agreement, per NASCAR guidelines. But Silbermann said it’s part of a long-term plan for NASCAR.

“This is an important race for making the connection on both sides of the border,” he said. “From a business standpoint, a lot of the series sponsors and partners see the value of a race in the U.S., and everyone sees the value in building the sport among Spanish speaking audiences. We believe the race will shine a spotlight and be a pleasant eye-opener for fans when they see the high caliber of talent in that series.”