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A feline first: Entrepreneur hopes to launch cat café

Melissa Pruitt: Future owner of LaGattara Cat Café.

Seventeen years ago, an entrepreneur in Taipei, Taiwan opened the world’s very first café with cats as the guests’ accompaniment. With this attraction being as bizarre as it sounds, word got out and the cafés began to blossom worldwide. These “cat cafés” have become such a trend that they have gained publicity on shows like… Read More →

Arizona official says proposed school regulations need tweaking

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An Arizona school superintendent testified Thursday that, without changes, proposed regulations implementing the law to replace No Child Left Behind could throw the state back into an “unfortunate” debate like the one over Common Core. Dysart Unified School District Superintendent Gail Pletnick was part of a panel of local education officials who told the Senate… Read More →

Legislators score big on small business legislation

Small Business Administration Awards

Nearly three-quarters of Arizona’s legislators received a perfect score on pro-small business legislation according to the Arizona Small Business Association.  Of the 11 priority bills ASBA promoted, 54 legislators voted with ASBA every single time.  The Arizona Small Business Association had an exceptionally productive session with all 11 of ASBA’s priority bills becoming law. State… Read More →

IIDA’s PRIDE Awards recognize excellence in interior design

EDUCATION DESIGN EXCELLENCE AWARD: SmithGroupJJR's project represents the first building for Saint Xavier University's new campus in Gilbert.

The International Interior Design Association is the only worldwide design organization that solely focuses on commercial work. It has more than 13,000 members in 33 chapters around the globe, including the IIDA Southwest Chapter. Annually, IIDA’s major events include the PRIDE Awards, recognizing excellence in interior design projects; the UnVeiled trade show; a charity build… Read More →

Arizona, New Mexico senators team up to prevent sale of tribal items

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Arizona and New Mexico lawmakers teamed up this week to sponsor a bipartisan bill that would prevent the auction of sacred tribal items. The Safeguard Tribal Objects of Patrimony (STOP) Act of 2016, sponsored by Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-New Mexico, would tighten penalties for people trying to export these items for sale online or in… Read More →

Drivers on most-traveled roads in Arizona to get new, improved freeways

most-traveled roads

Drivers will temporarily encounter construction delays but ultimately end with longer, wider freeways and other improvements to some of the most traveled roads in Arizona under a five-year plan from the Arizona Department of Transportation. Building the South Mountain Freeway in the southeast Valley and improving roads near Tucson, Scottsdale, Wickenburg, northern Arizona and along… Read More →

Arizona ranks as 18th worst state for food hardship

food

Despite Arizona officially recovering from the recession this year, millions of Americans live in households that struggle to put food on the table, according to a report, How Hungry is America?, released by the Food Research & Action Center (FRAC). The report found one in six Americans (16 percent) said in 2015 that there had been times… Read More →

Phoenix lands at No.11 on CBRE ‘Tech Talent’ report

Coldwell Banker Commercial Advisors

Phoenix is solidifying its position as one of the nation’s leading tech markets, jumping nine spots to number 11 on CBRE Group Inc.’s annual “Scoring Tech Talent” report which ranks 50 U.S. and Canadian markets according to their ability to attract and grow tech talent. Phoenix also ranked No. 6 on the list overall of top… Read More →

The Trump wall, Brexit and Arizona trade relations: What Mexico’s top diplomat has to say

Brexit

Global competition, trade agreements and the budding economic relationship between Arizona and Mexico were on the agenda this week at the annual conference of the Arizona-Mexico Commission. Claudia Ruiz Massieu, the Mexico Secretary of Foreign Affairs, discussed how she feels about Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey, the impact of a proposed wall along the Mexico border… Read More →

Ducey signs executive order revoking public funds for lobbyists

Ducey

Governor Doug Ducey signed an executive order Wednesday that ends state contracts with professional lobbyists, ending a long-standing practice of state government entities spending public money on lobbying, according to the governor’s office. The executive order affects all government-funded contract lobbyists at all state agencies, boards and commissions. Ducey signed the order in an effort… Read More →

Uber offers free rides to help cancer patients

Uber Pitch

Want to help raise money for cancer patients while receiving a free ride from Uber to your destination? Starting June 30 and running through Dec. 31, anyone who downloads the Uber app and uses the new user promo code, GIVEHOPE, will receive their first ride with Uber for free (up to $15), with an additional… Read More →

Tucson Developers buy Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain

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by in AZRE Magazine | Newsmakers

David Mehl of Cottonwood Properties and Humberto S. Lopez of HSL Properties announced the formation of a new partnership that has completed the purchase of The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain resort. The hotel will continue to be managed under a long-term management contract by The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C.  The hotel is one of only ten… Read More →

UMB Bank expands team in Phoenix

Jim Patterson, CEO of UMB Bank in Arizona.

UMB Bank, n.a., a subsidiary of UMB Financial Corporation (Nasdaq: UMBF), has announced several promotions and new hires to its team in Phoenix. Frank Gorman and John Damiris have been promoted to commercial banking team leads, and Kevin Herbst was promoted to business banking team lead. Joseph Ponce has been hired as a private banking client… Read More →

NewACunit.com aims to reinvent AC industry

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A newly-formed local e-commerce company newACunit.com has announced it is offering customers the opportunity to purchase reduced-price high-quality new air conditioning units online and select an installer from a group of pre-screened licensed professional installers. The Arizona-based company is the only one of its kind in the country and was created to solve many of… Read More →