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Arizona Cardinals host game-day parties at Westgate

The Arizona Cardinals and Westgate Entertainment District have teamed up again this season to host a “Cardinals Preflight Party at Westgate” before every regular season home game at Westgate’s WaterDance Plaza, adjacent to the $6 million Bellagio-esque dancing fountains, starting with the team’s home opener vs. the New Orleans Saints on Sunday, Sept. 13.

The free, pre-game festivities, which are within walking distance of the stadium, begin three hours before kickoff and last year attracted thousands of fans per game to enjoy music, Cardinals Cheerleaders autograph sessions, Cardinals-themed inflatables, a photo booth, a beer garden for 21-and-over crowd and other fan-friendly interactive experiences.  Football fanatics don’t need a ticket to the game to participate in the fun and can catch the televised game after the festivities from any of Westgate’s 20 bars and restaurants.

Westgate will also offer events on-site during away games and viewing parties at select Westgate restaurants and bars.

“Westgate Entertainment District is the gathering place for football fans looking for a vibrant, exciting environment before home or away games,” said Jeff Teetsel, Westgate’s development manager. “Our partnership with the Arizona Cardinals on the preflight parties provides fans with a high-quality, festive outdoor environment alongside the more than 20 venues that we have to eat and drink.”

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WESTMARC seeks Best of the West nominees

WESTMARC is seeking nominees for its 23rd Annual Best of the West Awards, celebrating the best of Western Maricopa County, in partnership with Cox Communications, and with support from Gila River Indian Community, Republic Media, APS, CopperPoint Mutual Insurance, Arizona Cardinals, and Sub-Zero.

The purpose of the Best of the West Awards program is to recognize outstanding contributions to the image, lifestyle and economic development in Western Maricopa County. This region includes the cities, towns and areas of Avondale, Buckeye, El Mirage, Gila Bend, Glendale, Goodyear, Litchfield Park, Peoria, West Phoenix, Sun City, Sun City West, Surprise, Tolleson, Wickenburg, and Youngtown.

A panel of judges from outside our region will select the best from the following categories:

Economic Engine Award

Nominations for this award should include individuals, organizations, businesses, facilities, or programs which have created a significant economic impact for the West Valley. Nominees from both the public and private sectors and from a variety of industries are encouraged.

Quality of Life Enhancement Award

Nominees should include individuals, organizations, businesses, facilities, or programs which have enhanced the quality of life in the West Valley. Potential nominees could be educational opportunities, recreational programs or facilities, arts and culture venues, etc.

Excellence in Innovation Award

Nominees for this award should be individuals, organizations, businesses, facilities, or programs which demonstrate an innovative concept to accomplish one of the following: fulfill a need for West Valley citizens, preserve the West Valley’s assets or resources, create an economic benefit, etc.

Also presented at the Best of the West, and selected by WESTMARC’s Executive Committee (no entries are required), will be the following awards:

• West Valley Excellence in Leadership

• West Valley Regional Advancement

You are encouraged to submit nominations that you feel deserve recognition. To nominate yourself or someone else, download nomination forms here.

Submissions must be postmarked or delivered by 5 p.m. Friday, August 28, 2015 . The Best of the West Awards will be presented Thursday, November 5, 2015 starting at 5:30 p.m. at the Wigwam Resort.

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Cardinals player helps develop potty training system

Mike and Julie Leach HeadshotMike Leach, 15-year NFL veteran and current Arizona Cardinals player, and his wife Julie announce the launch of Potty Pals, an innovative, new potty training system they developed. Potty Pals is a multi-faceted system that makes potty training less frustrating for parents and more fun and rewarding for toddlers. It consists of a stuffed animal plush toy that sings and dances every time a child successfully goes to the restroom, a Potty Pals Club book and a Potty Progress Chart with stickers to track achievement. 

“Not only has Mike Leach been one of our team’s most dependable on-field performers, but he and Julie have been just as consistent in their tireless commitment to our community,” said Arizona Cardinals President Michael Bidwill. “I know the passion and energy they have devoted to this project and we are all thrilled to see their hard work paying off with the launch of Potty Pals. Families and our community will benefit from their successful efforts.”

Mike and Julie initially came up with the concept for Potty Pals several years ago while they were potty training their second child. They couldn’t find a comprehensive kit on the market similar to what they had in mind that not only reinforced positive behavior, but also made potty training less daunting. This led them to develop their own system, which was the initial idea for Potty Pals. However, it was the couple’s attendance of the 2014 NFL Consumer Products Boot Camp that spurred them to put a business plan in motion and mass-produce their unique invention. 

“The positive feedback we received at the NFL Consumer Products Boot Camp is really what encouraged us to formally develop the Potty Pals concept,” Mike said. “The Boot Camp taught us an immense amount about intellectual property rights, product testing and gave us the tools we needed to move forward with pursuing a serious business venture.” 

“We’re thrilled to see that Potty Pals is coming to market,” said Samantha Kleinman, manager of NFL Player Engagement. “Our goal in NFL Player Engagement is to assist players and their spouses with achieving success off the field, and it’s great to see that Julie and Mike took advantage of the resources available to them at our Consumer Products Boot Camp to turn Potty Pals into a reality.”

Potty Pals are available in four different character variations, which each have their own personalities, just like children:

·  Larry Lion is full of energy. He is always running outside to play with friends and joins in every sport he can. He isn’t afraid of anything.

·  Katie Kitty is a sweet soul who has a soft voice and enjoys helping others. She adores wearing ribbons in her hair. Her favorite thing in the world is a gentle hug. 

·  Dexter Doggie loves to read books and can’t wait to go to school. He enjoys craft time because he loves to draw and color pictures.

·  Penny Panda can twirl in her pink tutu just like the beautiful ballerinas. She’s always on the move and loves to joke and giggle. 

Potty Pals retail for $34.95 each and can be purchased through PottyPals.com or Amazon Marketplace. A portion of proceeds will be donated to Phoenix Children’s Hospital, one of the largest children’s hospitals in the country and an organization in which the Leach family is very involved. 

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Thirsty Thursday: Beer Cocktails for the Big Game

Traditionally, Thirsty Thursday is all about cocktails at our favorite restaurants and bars in the Valley. To kickoff the NFL season, though, we’re going to add a little beer to the mix.

Beer cocktails are increasingly making space on drink menus. It’s a great mixer, thanks to its carbonation, as well as its complicated flavor profiles that offer nearly infinite possibilities as far as mixing goes.

Here are some of our favorite ways to experience the best of both spirit worlds (with a few shout outs to our staff’s favorite teams):

The Angry Bird (Cardinals)
This punch ends up a bit pink when all is said and done, but it isn’t something a little food coloring can’t remedy! To make this drink, add about a cup of frozen raspberries, four bottles of raspberry beer (we like Leinenkugel’s Summer Berry Wheat), but there are plenty of raspberry ales out there, about two cups of frozen raspberry lemonade concentrate and a half cup of vodka. Mix these ingredients together and serve over ice. Add slices of lemon if you want!

The Chief (Kansas City Chiefs)
Since it’s so dang hot out there, you may want to wash your BBQ down with a watermelon and wheat beer smoothie. Here’s the Ziplist recipe.

The Black and Yellow (Pittsburgh Steelers)
Have some leftover white wine or champagne? Pour yourself half a flute of either drink, then top it off with Guinness (or another heavy stout). Enjoy with a Philly Cheese Steak — or Wiz Khalifa’s “Black and Yellow.” (It never gets old during football season, c’mon!) — You can also try this with cream soda, if you’re not a wine person!

The Buckin’ Bronco (Denver Broncos)
(Disclaimer: This one is lifted from a 1980s Tom Cruise movie called “Cocktail.”) This drink will kick your opponents in the cup. Pour about a cup and a half of tomato juice, a bottle of lager, a splash of lemon juice and a raw egg with a few hits of hot sauce into a class. Stir and chug.

Tailgaters’ Delight: The Gridiron Punch
Throw your biggest jug into your truck bed and head to that tailgate party with this recipe in tow. You’ll be the favorite guys and gals in the lot. This beer, juice and soda mix is refreshing and perfect for big groups of guzzlers. Recipe here.

Beergarita (For the neutral out there)
This is exactly what it sounds like — a margarita with beer. You usually see photos of this drink as a large margarita goblet with an overturned Corona sitting shotgun. If you don’t have a fancy goblet, just mix about a cup and half of limeade, tequila and lager in a blender (with ice, if you prefer. Though you can serve this on the rocks, too.). Salt the rim of your glass with lime juice as a base.


Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee Announces Board

The Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee announces its Board of Directors for Super Bowl XLIX. The board of directors is comprised of business leaders that volunteer their time to drive the state’s efforts for Super Bowl XLIX.

The Host Committee is a private, non-profit Arizona corporation. The mandate of the Host Committee is to galvanize local stakeholders in a united approach to hosting the largest single-day sporting event by maximizing positive media exposure, fueling the economic engine of Arizona and leaving a lasting legacy long after the excitement of the Big Game. The board was assembled in 2013 to begin planning and to garner local corporate support and sponsors.

Board members include:
● Board Chair David Rousseau, president, SRP

● Brad Anderson, executive vice president, brokerage office services, CB Richard Ellis

● Michael Bidwill, president, Arizona Cardinals

● Jose Cardenas, senior vice president and general council, Arizona State University

● David Farca, president, ToH Design Studio

● Jim Grogan, chief operating officer, International Capital Investment Company

● Michael Haenel, executive vice president, Cassidy Turley

● Mike Kennedy, partner, Gallagher & Kennedy, P.A. (chairman, Super Bowl XLII Host Committee in 2008)

● Dan Lewis, senior vice president, Sovereign Finance

● Jeffrey Lowe, president, MidFirst Bank

● Mary Martuscelli, regional president for the private client reserve, U.S. Bank

● Andrew McCain, vice president and CFO, Hensley Beverage Company

● Patrick McGinley, vice president of property management, Vestar

● Steve Moore, president and CEO, Greater Phoenix CVB

● Jodi Noble, partner, Deloitte

● Jay Parry, president and CEO, Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee

● Earl Petznick Jr., president and CEO, Northside Hay Company

● Ken Van Winkle, managing partner, Lewis Roca Rothgerber LLP

● KJ Wagner, president and CEO, Willis of Arizona, Inc.

● David Watson, co-founder and managing partner, mybody and president and managing partner, Revolution Tea

● John Zidich, CEO, Republic Media Publisher, The Arizona Republic

“We have an impressive group of business leaders working together to meet the fundraising goals for Super Bowl XLIX and to maximize the opportunity to build the Arizona brand in this unparalleled global spotlight,” said David Rousseau, Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee chairman. “We want to promote Arizona as an ideal destination for businesses and tourists well beyond Super Bowl XLIX.”

Super Bowl XLIX is scheduled to be played at University Of Phoenix Stadium on February 1, 2015, marking Arizona’s second Super Bowl in seven years. In Super Bowl XLII at University of Phoenix Stadium on February 3, 2008, The New York Giants beat the New England Patriots 17-14. Arizona’s first big game, Super Bowl XXX, was held at Arizona State University’s Sun Devil Stadium in 1996, with the Dallas Cowboys beating the Pittsburgh Steelers 27-17.

For more information on the Board of Directors, please visit http://azsuperbowl.com/about-us/meet-the-team/


Pride Group, Salt River Fields strike deal

Locally-based Pride Group is taking over the Valley one venue at a time. The full-service event company aims to be the Single Simple Solution™ for their clients. As of May 1, 2014, Pride Group will be the exclusive event services provider for Salt River Fields. Among the many services Pride Group will offer, they will supply the venue with tables and chairs, mobile restroom suites, fencing, crowd control equipment, premium portable toilets, power generators, light towers, furniture and décor.

“Salt River Fields at Talking Stick is excited to have added Pride Group to its team,” says Salt River Fields at Talking Stick General Manager, Dave Dunne. “They are a tremendous partner and Salt River Fields is looking forward to working with them on all of our festivals, concerts and special events. Pride Group brings a professionalism that is unmatched in the industry and will only make our events that much better,” he adds.

Pride Group’s current client roster includes the Arizona Cardinals Football Club, University of Phoenix Stadium, Fiesta Bowl, Super Bowl XLIX, P.F. Chang’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon, Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park, Desert Mountain Club, City of Tempe Special Events, Arizona State University, the Senior & PGA Tours and now Salt River Fields.

“We are truly excited to partner long term with one of the most elite venues in Arizona,” says Pride Group CEO, Robb M. Corwin. “Their stellar customer service philosophies, desire to be the very best at what they do and attention to detail, put us in perfect harmony with one another.”

The two companies will work together to provide the best possible experience for those in attendance at any of the venue’s various events.


Cardinals will add Warner to Ring of Honor

Kurt Warner, the quarterback who led the Arizona Cardinals to their only Super Bowl appearance, will become the 14th person inducted into the team’s Ring of Honor.

Warner, with the Cardinals from 2005 through 2009, directed Arizona to NFC West titles in his final two seasons. The 2008 team advanced to the Super Bowl, losing to the Pittsburgh Steelers on a touchdown in the final seconds.

He had 22 career 300-yard passing games with Arizona and 22 consecutive games with a touchdown pass. He completed 65.1 percent of his passes for the Cardinals with a 91.9 passer rating, both franchise records.

The induction will take place at the team’s season opener against San Diego on Monday night, Sept. 8.

“I think now is the right time, especially with this being the first year of his eligibility (for the Pro Football Hall of Fame,” Cardinals President Michael Bidwill said at a news conference. “The first game on national television, we think it’s the right time, and he’s definitely the right player. You just look at his whole NFL career, but especially what he did here for the Arizona Cardinals.”

Warner also quarterbacked the St. Louis Rams to two Super Bowls, winning one of them but many felt he was past his prime when he arrived in Arizona.

“The thing that I always think about is how the Cardinal organization gave me an opportunity when not many teams out there were going to give me an opportunity,” he said. “The one thing that I always say to myself is, ‘I want to make sure that when a team invests in me, that they get their investment worth,”

The Cardinals were an NFL wasteland and Warner had been replaced with the New York Giants when he came to Arizona.

“A lot of people looked at the Cardinals organization and said, ‘Well, they’ll never get to this point,'” Warner said at news conference to announce the honor. “Everybody was looking at me and saying, ‘Well, he’s never getting back to that point.’ So I thought it would be a great marriage”

Warner is eligible for the Pro Football Hall of Fame this year. Eleven of the 14 people in the Cardinals Ring of Honor are in the Hall of Fame.

That group includes “some friends of mine — Dan Dierdorf and Aeneas Williams, all the Hall of Famers,” Warner said. “Just humbled to be considered in that group.”

“The franchise dates back to 1898. When you think about the men that are in that Ring of Honor, there are now going to be 14,” Bidwill said. “They are the best of the best, not just in the Cardinals history, but really in the league too, because as you know, 11 of those 13 are also in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. We hope that Kurt finds his way into the Pro Football Hall of Fame very soon. ”

Bidwill noted the work Warner and wife Brenda do with their First Things First foundation.

“It’s not only about the way that he performed on the field and with the class that he performed on the field,” Bidwill said, “but also what he did off the field.”

From left: Stephen R. Lewis, Lieutenant Governor of Gila River Indian Community, David Rousseau, Chairman, Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee, Michael Bidwill, President of the Arizona Cardinals, Gregory Mendoza, Gila River Indian Community Governor, Jay Parry, President & CEO, Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee and Christopher Mendoza, District 4 Councilman. Also attached is a photo of Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee mascot, SPIKE.

Super Bowl Committee teams up with Gila River Community

The Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee announced its partnership with the Gila River Indian Community today during a press conference at the Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort and Spa in Chandler, Arizona. In attendance for today’s announcement were Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee Chairman David Rousseau, Gila River Indian Community Governor Gregory Mendoza, Arizona Cardinals President Michael Bidwill, and Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee mascot, SPIKE.

“We are proud to be partnering with The Gila River Indian Community and to work together to fuel the economic engine of Arizona,” said David Rousseau, Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee Chairman. “Our partnership will have multiple elements with a major focus on education, health and fitness for the youth of the Gila River Indian Community.”

A key component of the partnership will be working together to promote Arizona as the ideal location for businesses of all industries and sizes and a premier tourism destination well beyond Super Bowl XLIX. As part of the partnership, The Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort and Spa will be an official team hotel. The partnership will also include various economic and community initiatives to build relationships among all of Arizona’s cultural groups.

“The Gila River Indian Community is thrilled to be a sponsor of the Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee and to have the opportunity to help make the big game and all its associated events a success for Arizona. Our Community emphasizes partnership, economic opportunity and giving back to our neighbors in all we do and with every dollar we invest,” said Gila River Indian Community Governor, Gregory Mendoza. “So do the NFL and the Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee. That’s why we’re committed to joining forces and hosting quality events in association with the Super Bowl.”

To officially kick off the partnership, Arizona Cardinals alumni Kwamie Lassiter and Frank Sanders, along with SPIKE, hosted a football clinic for 25 kids of the Gila River Indian Community. The Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee will continue to support the efforts of the Gila River Indian Community to promote education, health, and fitness to its youth.

“The partnership between the Cardinals and Gila River Indian Community dates back to the opening of University of Phoenix Stadium in 2006,” said Cardinals President Michael Bidwill. “Like us, they believed that it would be a game-changer not only for our team but the entire community. Super Bowl XLIX is another critically important event for our state and it’s no surprise that Gila River is stepping up to help provide the considerable community support required to make it a success.”

Future community initiatives and events will be announced leading up to Super Bowl XLIX.


KTAR Sports 620 moves to FM dial

In a significant move to expand its audience reach and community impact, Arizona Sports 620 (KTAR AM) will today begin simulcasting on 98.7 FM, strengthening its multi-platform distribution.

“Putting Arizona Sports on FM is an opportunity too big to ignore,” said Scott Sutherland, vice president and market manager for station owner Bonneville Phoenix. “Our live, local and exclusive sports content has never been better. We have world-class local talk personalities who deliver powerful opinions and insights that engage, entertain and positively impact the communities we serve. We also have amazing team partners. And all of this attracts a passionate and loyal audience, which in turn, attracts a lot of marketing interest from small and medium business owners, major brands and C-Suite decision makers.”

Besides a stronger signal and better statewide broadcasting reach, Sutherland said more than 85 percent of radio listeners utilize the FM dial.

The move also brings to a close a decade-long run for The Peak (KPKX) music station. “We want to sincerely thank everyone at 98.7 The Peak for accomplishing great things over the past 10 years,” added Sutherland. With the move, Sutherland said 11 positions are being eliminated.

Distributed on FM and AM radio, on desktop, tablet and mobile devices via ArizonaSports.com, and through Apple and Android apps, Arizona Sports is the leading sports media brand in the Southwest.

Arizona Sports is the flagship broadcaster for the Phoenix Suns, Arizona Cardinals, Arizona Diamondbacks, Phoenix Coyotes, Arizona State University and broadcasts Arizona Interscholastic Association prep sporting events from around the state.

Pumpkin Patch, Scottsdale Living

Top 5 Things to Do in Scottsdale This Week

This weekend is all about getting outside and enjoying the fall weather! Here are some must-try/see events for this week and weekend. Don’t forget to share with us your photos of you enjoying these events with the hashtag #SL5 and follow us @scottsdaleliving on Instagram!

Oct. 17: Arizona Cardinals vs. Seattle Seahawks

An Arizona Cardinals football game, can appeal to a large spectrum of people from a die-hard fan or a family who is looking for an activity they can all enjoy together. This week the Cardinals host the Seattle Seahawks who are currently first in the NFC West. Even if your aren’t a football fanatic you will still enjoy the electric atmosphere. Before the game even starts, you can stop by The Great Lawn, which goes on for over 1,000 feet, where you will find Cardinals setting up their tailgates so they can get into game mode!

Location: University of Phoenix Stadium, 1 W. Cardinals Dr.,  Glendale

Time: 5:25 p.m.

Tickets: $40+

Oct. 17-20: The Great Pumpkin Festival

For four days, the Desert Botanical Garden will be home to the Great Pumpkin Festival. Guests will be able to participate in various fall-themed activities. Guests will be able to take a hayride out the the pumpkin patch, explore a hay bale maze, play some carnival games and admire all the animals at the petting zoo. The Great Pumpkin Festival is just the cost of admission to the garden and is free for children and members. Guests 12 and under also get a free pumpkin when they stop by the festival.

Location: Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 N. Galvin Parkway, Phoenix

When: Thursday & Friday: 8:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. | Saturday & Sunday: 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Tickets: $8 to $18

More information at: dbg.org

October 19: Taste of Chandler

On Saturday you can enjoy craft beers, fine wines, spirits and gourmet food selections from more than 40 East Valley Restaurants at TASTE, Chandler’s Culinary Festival. TASTE is all about being local; it features various local business and restaurants and is benefiting local charities. Attendees will have access to unlimited samples from the restaurants while supplies last. Tickets are required for this event, but they come with 12 drink tickets.

Location: 2855 W. Queen Creek Rd., Chandler

21+ Event

Tickets: $65, adv

More information: tastechandler.com

Oct.19: Scottsdale Showdown

This isn’t your average bull riding event. The Scottsdale Showdown is an all-star event where 20 of the best bull riders will hop on the 20 toughest bulls to find out who is No. 1. Even though bull riding offers non-stop action, the showdown will also present a concert and a tailgate. The Bud Light Bullpen Concert will feature country music by Montgomery Gentry, Jerrod Niemann and Maggie Rose. Grab cowboy hat, wrangle up a group of friends and head on over to the Scottsdale Showdown.

Location: WestWorld of Scottsdale, 6601 North Pima Rd.

Tickets: $55 to $150

More information at: scottsdaleshowdown.com

Oct 19-20: Arizona Taco Festival

A two-day extravaganza that is centered around 30+ taco teams who are battling it out to find out who makes the best chicken, beef, pork and seafood tacos. Five other awards will also be handed out for the best salsa, guacamole, veggie taco, anything goes taco and booth design. Taco lovers will also be able to watch Lucha Libre Wrestling matches, and enjoy live music all weekend long while they enjoy $2 tacos. If attendees feel like competing themselves, they can enter a hot chile pepper eating contest or an arm wrestling competition. The Taco Festival has other events planned that you won’t want to miss so make sure to fit the Arizona Taco Festival into your schedule this weekend.

Location: Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, 7555 N. Pima Rd.

Tickets: General Admission: $12 Single Day, $20 Weekend; VIP: $85 Advanced Online / $100 at Door; Kids 12 and under are free

  • Tequila Expo: $20 (Saturday Only)

Time: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., daily

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Cassidy Turley Completes $1.07M Sale of Deer Valley Industrial Property

Cassidy Turley sold 21601 N. 21st Ave., a ±13,068-square-foot warehouse property in Phoenix. Bunker Hill, LLC. (Phoenix), purchased the property for $1,078,000 ($82.49/psf) from High Altitude Holdings, LLC (Anthem, Ariz.). John Pompay of Cassidy Turley’s Industrial Group represented the buyer. Eric Bell and Mike Ciosek, with VOIT Real Estate Services negotiated the transaction for the seller.

Bunker Hill, LLC is a provider of ESD safe and static control equipment. The family owned and operated business has serviced the EOS/ESD Industry since the 1980’s. Bunker Hill, LLC plans to occupy ±7,468square feet of the building.
Built in 2000, 21601 N. 21st Ave. is a one-story warehouse-office building on .76 acres with freeway access to the Loop 101 and I-17 Freeway.

Architectural Photography by Michael Baxter, Baxter Imaging LLC

Cardinals to Host Game Day Parties at Westgate

The Arizona Cardinals and Westgate Entertainment District have teamed up this season to host a fan-friendly, Cardinals pre-game party before every home game at Westgate’s WaterDance Plaza, adjacent to the $6 million Bellagio-esque dancing fountains starting with the team’s home opener vs. Detroit on Sept. 15.

The pre-game festivities will begin three hours before kickoff and will include live music, free Cardinals Cheerleaders autograph sessions, Cardinals-themed inflatables, photo boards and stands and other fan-friendly and interactive experiences. The Cardinals will also provide an outdoor beer garden on the plaza as another venue for fans to enjoy the pre-game atmosphere before walking over to University of Phoenix Stadium.

Westgate Entertainment District has long hosted game-day activities, but this will mark the first season that such entertainment is coordinated with and hosted by the Cardinals.

“Westgate has always been a pre-game hub of fan activity, and we look at this cooperative relationship with the Cardinals as a way of expanding upon and broadening that experience,” said Jeff Teetsel, Westgate’s development manager. “The result will be a festive, Cardinals-themed fan environment, with an outdoor beer garden to complement the more than 15 restaurants we have.”

“We know that Cardinals home games are a day-long event for so many fans and pre-game traditions and rituals are a very big part of their game day experience,” said Ron Minegar, the Cardinals Executive Vice President/Chief Operating Officer. “Providing as many quality options as possible only enhances that. We think this Westgate activation along with the pre-game festivities on the Great Lawn as well as new initiatives being rolled out on the plaza area around University of Phoenix Stadium will ensure that the Cardinals game day atmosphere remains among the best in the National Football League.”

Westgate Entertainment District offers easy and convenient $10 game-day parking during regular season games in the five parking lots that surround the center. A parking map and information can be found at www.westgateaz.com/visitorinfo/parking. For more information about Westgate and a retailer directory, visit www.westgateaz.com.  For more information about the Arizona Cardinals and the 2013 schedule, visit www.arizonacardinals.com.


Former NFL Player Opening Luxury Spa in Chandler

David Barrett, a former Arizona Cardinals cornerback, is opening a boutique-style luxury salon and spa in Chandler. In his NFL career, Barrett played for the Arizona Cardinals and then later traded to the New York Jets. After retiring from professional football, Barrett has embarked on a new mission: to create a beautiful upscale salon and day spa near the Cardinals’ training facility.

“It has been my dream to open a day spa, salon and ink studio ever since I left the NFL, “ owner David Barrett said. “With the opening of D’Antonio’s Signature Day Spa & Ink we will bring a new offering to the area that fills the luxury salon and spa niche in the East Valley,” he said.

D’Antonio’s caters to the East Valley’s high-end clientele with a new salon, spa, and ink studio. The sleek interior is finished with dramatic designer fixtures and features a canary and pewter color scheme throughout. This lavish day spa is accessorized with eye-catching artwork, dramatic decor and glamorous chandeliers. D’Antonio’s is designed to balance masculine and feminine energy with a design that appeals to both men and women.

D’Antonio’s Day Spa offers clients a combination of services ranging from professional hair stylists, barbers, nail technicians, licensed estheticians, and a body art/tattoo artist. D’Antonio’s offers women’s haircuts, color, and extensions as well as a range of men’s hair design options. A full service nail salon is also available as well as facials, peels, waxing and massages. Part of D’Antonio’s signature services includes scalp massage therapy using luxurious hair oils blended with aromatic herbs and florals custom blended for the salon.

D’Antonio’s also offers a high-end tattoo studio, the first of its kind in Arizona. This luxury, appointment-only atelier is ideal for elite clientele who want their ink done by top artistic talent in chic and private surroundings. With body art becoming increasingly popular, an upscale art gallery-type studio is becoming ever more prevalent and desirable.

Located just minutes from the Arizona Cardinals’ training facility, D’Antonio’s is geared towards serving East Valley residents with a high-end day spa and salon experience. D’Antonio’s Signature Day Spa & Ink sets a new standard in the luxury salon and spa market. D’Antonio’s is scheduled to open in early August.

To learn more about D’Antonio’s Day Spa or to make an appointment visit their website: www.d-antoniosdayspa.com or call 480-878-4860 to schedule an appointment.

D’Antonio’s Signature Day Spa & Ink

2040 S. Alma School Rd. Suite #22

Chandler, Arizona 85286

(480) 878-4860


Cardinals’ Fitzgerald Hosts Charity Dinner at Morton's

Morton’s The Steakhouse and Arizona Cardinals Wide Receiver Larry Fitzgerald have teamed up to host the 5th Annual Charity Dinner, Fitz’s Supper Club, ‘Celebrities at YOUR Service,’ on Monday, August 26. Fitzgerald, Arizona Cardinal teammates and celebrity friends take the stage in the ‘Speakeasy’ where they pass plates instead of a ball, donning aprons instead of jerseys. The once-a-year-celebration includes a ‘Big Easy’ cocktail reception, silent and live auctions, entertainment, and an exceptional four-course meal paired with fine wines.

For the 5th annual celebration, Fitzgerald and Morton’s have decided to jazz it up with a 1920s speakeasy vibe. In addition to great food, wine and company, the evening will feature an exciting live auction led by ABC15 sportscaster Paul Calvisi and Arizona Sports 620 radio host and former Arizona Cardinals special teams all-pro Ron Wolfley. The event begins at 7 PM with a silent auction followed by dinner and live entertainment. Fitz’s Supper Club is the ultimate event to see and be seen, drawing a host of celebrities that are ‘at YOUR service’.

All event proceeds will benefit The Larry Fitzgerald First Down Fund, which supports youth organizations throughout the country through resources and funding. Last year’s event raised over $200,000 for the foundation! The first ever Morton’s Celebrity Servers Dinner with Fitzgerald was held in 2009 and was such a huge success that it led to the execution of an entire dinner series. Special thanks to the event’s presenting sponsor, The Starkey Hearing Foundation, www.starkeyhearingfoundation.org.

Tickets for the evening are $600 per guest which includes valet, tax and gratuity. Seating is limited. For more information or to make a reservation, please call 480-951-4440. Morton’s The Steakhouse is located at 15233 N. Kierland Boulevard, Scottsdale, AZ 85254.


Cardinals’ Fitzgerald Hosts Charity Dinner at Morton’s

Morton’s The Steakhouse and Arizona Cardinals Wide Receiver Larry Fitzgerald have teamed up to host the 5th Annual Charity Dinner, Fitz’s Supper Club, ‘Celebrities at YOUR Service,’ on Monday, August 26. Fitzgerald, Arizona Cardinal teammates and celebrity friends take the stage in the ‘Speakeasy’ where they pass plates instead of a ball, donning aprons instead of jerseys. The once-a-year-celebration includes a ‘Big Easy’ cocktail reception, silent and live auctions, entertainment, and an exceptional four-course meal paired with fine wines.

For the 5th annual celebration, Fitzgerald and Morton’s have decided to jazz it up with a 1920s speakeasy vibe. In addition to great food, wine and company, the evening will feature an exciting live auction led by ABC15 sportscaster Paul Calvisi and Arizona Sports 620 radio host and former Arizona Cardinals special teams all-pro Ron Wolfley. The event begins at 7 PM with a silent auction followed by dinner and live entertainment. Fitz’s Supper Club is the ultimate event to see and be seen, drawing a host of celebrities that are ‘at YOUR service’.

All event proceeds will benefit The Larry Fitzgerald First Down Fund, which supports youth organizations throughout the country through resources and funding. Last year’s event raised over $200,000 for the foundation! The first ever Morton’s Celebrity Servers Dinner with Fitzgerald was held in 2009 and was such a huge success that it led to the execution of an entire dinner series. Special thanks to the event’s presenting sponsor, The Starkey Hearing Foundation, www.starkeyhearingfoundation.org.

Tickets for the evening are $600 per guest which includes valet, tax and gratuity. Seating is limited. For more information or to make a reservation, please call 480-951-4440. Morton’s The Steakhouse is located at 15233 N. Kierland Boulevard, Scottsdale, AZ 85254.

Banner MD Anderson Lantern Of Hope

$2M Grant from Piper Supports Fight Against Cancer

With a generous $2 million grant from Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust, the Cancer Has Met Its Match campaign benefitting Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center is near its $20 million goal. The grant from Piper Trust, in support of the campaign, provides funding for capital, programs and services that will impact patients, their families and the community.

Launched in January 2011, the Cancer Has Met Its Match campaign has attracted support from more than 1,000 individual, corporate and foundation donors that share an interest in fighting cancer. The campaign has been on a path to success since its inception thanks to the involvement of dozens of dedicated community and business leaders who comprise the campaign cabinet.

In particular, Richard Adkerson, president and CEO of Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold, has been invaluable as the chair of the campaign, while Arizona Cardinals’ star receiver Larry Fitzgerald has taken an active role as honorary chair. Additional outstanding leadership has been provided by co-chairs Steve Rizley, senior vice president of Cox Communication and Kari Yatkowski, founder of Corporate Citizen.

Located in Gilbert, Ariz., the Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center, part of the Phoenix-based nonprofit Banner Health system, relies on philanthropic support to fund education and outreach activities, patient support programs, the latest technology and more. Another significant gift received in Fall 2012 from the James M. Cox Foundation will fund the creation of the Center for Cancer Prevention and Integrative Oncology, which will incorporate traditional cancer treatments with evidence-based integrative therapies, such as acupuncture, yoga or meditation, to aid pain and stress management.

The Cancer Has Met Its Match campaign seeks to raise the remaining $311,000 by June 30, 2013. A second fundraising effort will follow to secure support for additional capital and programmatic efforts associated with the ongoing expansion of Banner MD Anderson. Work is currently underway on a 130,000-square-foot expansion project at Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center which will double the total clinic exam rooms to 60, add three linear accelerators used in radiation treatment and include 13 additional infusion bays. It will also expand the Laboratory Intake Center and Welcome Center, as well as the Cox Center for Integrative Oncology and Cancer Prevention.


Arizona Opera's New, $5.2M Center Opens on Central Avenue


Arizona Opera opened its new $5.2M, 28,000 SF Opera Center on Central Avenue in Phoenix.

The building project, in partnership with the City of Phoenix, included two phases. Phase 1 houses an intimate black box performance venue, rehearsal space, and orchestra loft and patron viewing gallery. General contractor was Brignall Construction; architect was Motley Design Group.

Phase 2 features administrative offices, box office, costume, wig and make-up shops, as well as educational and meeting facilities. Phase 2 made adaptive re-use of the previous Walsh Brothers building.

The Opera Center joins other cultural venues such as Phoenix Art Museum, the Heard Museum and Phoenix Theatre in the “uptown” arts district, which is easily accessible via METRO Light Rail.

The Opera’s Opera Center, was built in partnership with the City of Phoenix, which provided $3.2M in city bond funds.

“We are thrilled to have found such a perfect location for our new home, near our sister arts organizations and directly on the light-rail route,” said Scott Altman, general director of Arizona Opera.

The first full opera production will be held in April 2014 in the black box theater, while rehearsals, master classes and workshops will be held in the theater as early as April.

Arizona Opera will continue to present main stage productions in Tucson Music Hall and Symphony Hall Phoenix.



Liberty Property Trust to Develop Liberty Center at Rio Salado


Liberty Property Trust announced that it will develop a sustainable, mixed-use business park on 100 acres purchased from the City of Tempe last month.

The company is developing a site plan for the new park which will be known as Liberty Center at Rio Salado.

“After several years of continued success at our nearby Liberty Cotton Center , we sought opportunities that would allow us to continue to offer national and regional tenants opportunities to relocate to or expand,” said John DiVall, senior vice president and city manager for Liberty’s Arizona region.

“Liberty Center at Rio Salado is centrally located in the heart of Metro Phoenix and it will offer a terrific mix of office, flex and industrial space, and, we anticipate, hotel and retail locations.”

The Tempe City Council approved the purchase of the first 80 acres of land at Priest Road and Rio Salado Parkway in February. Liberty has the option to purchase 20 more acres at the location once development has begun.

“The City of Tempe offered its land for this project because we recognize that it is our role to encourage high-quality development and foster the growth of our local economy,”  Tempe Mayor Mark Mitchell said. “We are proud to welcome Liberty Center at Rio Salado to Tempe and look forward to watching it thrive, provide jobs and add to our community.”

Liberty also plans to announce the development of its first speculative building on the site later this year. All buildings it develops at the park will be designed to meet LEED certification with a focus on energy efficiency.

The park will offer visibility from Arizona Route 143 and the Loop 202, within minutes of Sky Harbor International Airport. Liberty has launched a website featuring information about the park and the surrounding area: libertycenteraz.com.

“This is a prominent piece of real estate that will allow tenants many benefits, from its central location to the airport and major highways to access to a strong, well educated labor pool,” DiVall said. “We expect to grow here for many years to come.”

Liberty Property Trust owns and manages more than 2 MSF of space in Phoenix, Tempe, Goodyear and Tolleson.

Some of its holdings include Liberty Cotton Center, Liberty 303 Business Park, Liberty Tolleson Center, Liberty Sky Harbor Center, and the LEED Gold and Energy Star certified 8501 E. Raintree Dr. office building.


Beau Lane Named Ad Person of the Year

Beau Lane, Chief Executive Officer of E.B. Lane, was named Ad Person of the Year at this year’s Phoenix ADDY Awards. The award was presented March 2 at the 28th Annual ADDY Awards Gala hosted by The Phoenix Ad Club and AD 2 Phoenix.

The ADDY Awards are the advertising industry’s largest and most representative competition, with the mission to recognize and reward creative excellence in the art of advertising. The Ad Person of the Year is one of the most prestigious awards presented at the event, with the winner chosen by the Ad2 Phoenix board of directors. Among a multitude of nominations, the winner must be an industry leader who is dedicated to making a positive impact through local community service, a contributor to the betterment of advertising, and presently active in advertising, marketing or communications.

Beau possesses extensive experience in sales and marketing, and supervises the daily operations and management activities of E.B. Lane in Phoenix and Denver. He has supervised successful advertising programs for numerous high profile clients, including Cable ONE, National Bank of Arizona, Arizona Cardinals and the Arizona Lottery, winners of four ADDY awards. Most notable, under Beau’s leadership, E.B. Lane oversaw the marketing efforts of Super Bowl XLII in 2008, and played an instrumental role in bringing the Super Bowl back to Arizona in 2015.

“It is rewarding to receive recognition as Ad Person of the Year,” Beau Lane CEO of E.B. Lane said. “I am fortunate to have such hard working and talented associates delivering exceptional results for our clients. Receiving spotlight recognition for our work along with one of our valued clients, the Arizona Lottery, is especially gratifying.”

In addition to Beau’s award, E.B. Lane earned four ADDY Awards this year for Arizona Lottery campaigns, including awards for the New $2 Powerball Jackpot Chasers and Hall of Winners Gaggle, in the television category, and an award for The Arizona Lottery Gift Shop campaign in the digital advertising category. In addition, E.B. Lane, in conjunction with True Story Films took home an ADDY in the sales promotion category for Arizona Lottery’s How the Money Helps: CASA spot, and partner, audioEngine|west won an ADDY in the music with lyrics category for the New $2 Powerball Jackpot Chasers TV spots.

To view the winning Arizona Lottery advertisements and the digital Gift Shop, visit www.arizonalottery.com. For more information about E.B. Lane, visit www.eblane.com.

Kurt Warner Home (6)

Super Bowl Open House at Kurt Warner's Estate

With Super Bowl XLVII just days away, Concierge Auctions is pleased to announce that former National Football League quarterback Kurt Warner, a Super Bowl record holder and sports broadcaster whose career is regarded as one of the greatest stories in NFL history, will sell his gated residence without reserve on February 27th during a live auction. Perfectly set on over one acre in one of Paradise Valley’s most exclusive neighborhoods, 6712 East Cheney Drive is a uniquely-designed contemporary estate with a convenient location near the exclusive Camelback Country Club. Originally offered for $5 million, the luxury property will be sold to the highest bidder in cooperation with Christine Donnelly of HomeSmart International.

“My family and I completely enjoyed living in this home, but it is time for us to move on,” stated Warner. “I’m relying on Concierge Auctions and Chrissy Donnelly to get the job done. I have watched and been impressed by Concierge’s success with selling other unique properties across the nation and am confident they will generate a fair price and a rightful new owner.”

Designed by renowned Phoenix architect Edward Chavez of Chavez & Associates, 6712 East Cheney Drive was constructed with dramatic living spaces framed with geometric built-ins, gently sloping curves and architecturally-designed elements. The circular driveway and stone fountain leads to a dramatic 24-foot-tall foyer, where a variety of elements come into play including custom circular glass. The estate contains six bedrooms and five and a half bathrooms, a state-of-the-art kitchen with a bar and breakfast nook and a formal dining room. There is also an office, gym, games/billiards room and multiple cozy living areas throughout. The dual master suites can be directly accessed by the home’s metal staircase or elevator. Expansive sunny balconies overlook the diving pool and fountains, which connects to a 62-lap pool and private spa. The dramatic landscape can also be enjoyed through a series of both panoramic and clerestory windows. Additionally, there is a one-bedroom, one-bathroom detached guest house, complete with a full kitchenette.

“This home is a one-of-a-kind work of living art,” Donnelly stated. “Once featured on HGTV’s Celebrity Holiday Homes, it’s dramatic and luxurious, perfect for entertaining guests and spacious enough for a large family. Its unique architectural design leads to so many interesting living spaces, while the fixtures and finishes add a luxurious touch that must be seen in person. The Warners spent many years raising their children here and have nothing but good things to say about the home and the area.”

Warner first achieved stardom while playing for the St. Louis Rams, where he won a Super Bowl MVP award. He also played for the New York Giants, and led the Arizona Cardinals to the Super Bowl in 2008. He owns the three highest single-game passing yards totals in Super Bowl history. As an ode to his talent, Concierge Auctions will host a Super Bowl Open House at the property on February 3rd, starting at 4pm. Visitors will watch the game poolside on the big screen and get a sneak peak of the property.

Paradise Valley is a small, affluent town that is home to 12 resorts, making it one of Arizona’s premiere tourist destinations. The area is known for its incredible real estate and notable residents, including many professional athletes. In addition to Warner, boxer Muhammed Ali, basketball star Steve Nash and baseball pitcher Randy Johnson all call Paradise Valley home. The city is conveniently located between two large municipalities – the City of Scottsdale to the east and the City of Phoenix to the west. The estate is a short eight-mile drive to the Scottsdale Airport, one of the largest single-runway airports in the United States, and 13 miles from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, which offers nearly 1,200 daily flights to major transportation hubs around the world.

“Launching the auction of Kurt Warner’s home just days before the Super Bowl is especially exciting,” stated Laura Brady, President of Concierge Auctions. “Not only does the home have a star-studded history but also a notable architectural pedigree. Just as Mr. Warner has been successful on and off the football field, we intend to achieve his goal of selling on auction day.”

The auction of 6712 East Cheney Drive will be held on February 27th. A 3% commission is offered to the buyer’s representing broker. The property will be open for preview daily from 1 to 4pm. See Auction Terms and Conditions for full details. For more information visit ParadiseValleyAuction.com, call 877.751.8051, or join the social discussion at #KurtWarnerAuction.


Cardinals name Keim GM

The Arizona Cardinals have chosen to stay in-house with the promotion of Steve Keim to general manager as the search for a new head coach goes on.

The 40-year-old Keim has worked for the franchise for 14 years. He joined the Cardinals in 1999 as a scout, became director of college scouting in 2006 and director of player personnel in 2008 before being named vice president for player personnel last year.

At a news conference on Tuesday, the hulking Keim, with his trademark shaved head, said he is driven by two specific memories of his time with Arizona.

“One is obviously the day that I stood on the field in 2008 when we won the NFC championship and all that confetti was sticking to my sweaty head. That thought drives me,” he said. “The other thought that drives me is when I was sitting at our game against Seattle this year and we lost 58-0 and making a pact with myself that that will never happen again.”

Cardinals President Michael Bidwill said the fact that other teams were interested in Keim shows his value.

Bidwill said he felt he owed it to the organization to conduct other interviews even though his “initial impression was that Steve was going to be a natural fit.”

Westgate Entertainment District

Generating Big Business out West

Nearly all retailers and restaurateurs will tell you that the key to having a successful business is largely based on the old adage – location, location, location.

For several national entertainment and restaurant brands with Valley-wide locations, revenue figures indicate that the West Valley now ranks number one in market share, with their top-producing stores at Westgate Entertainment District in Glendale.

The bolstering of year-over-year revenue figures for nearly all of the big-name tenants at Westgate is largely attributed to the support of iStar Financial, who took ownership of Westgate Entertainment District in September of 2011. More than $300,000 in improvements and beautification have been made to Westgate’s common areas over the past year. Additionally, a strong focus has been placed on a better targeted and promoted events schedule, the hiring of Vestar to aggressively market and manage the property and the engagement with tenants to refocus their marketing and promotional efforts.

“By far, my most profitable store in Arizona is at Westgate,” said Rip Riva, owner of Johnny Rockets and JR Burger Grill, who has four other Valley locations of the popular all-American restaurant, including Scottsdale Fashion Square, Shops at Norterra, Arrowhead and Gateway Pavilion in Avondale. “I’ve been in the restaurant business for 40 years and have owned more than 30 different franchise restaurants. There’s now a synergy at Westgate that you can’t find anywhere else. With all of the events taking place, we’re seeing a constant increase in new customers. In the past few months, there is a new feeling, a new look and a new attitude. I’ve been at Westgate since the beginning and I just extended my lease another five years.”

Similarly, AMC Theatres at Westgate, which is the largest AMC in the state featuring 20 screens and an IMAX, is the top revenue producing AMC Theatres in Arizona. Yard House, with three Arizona locations, notes Westgate as its biggest revenue generating restaurant in the state. And, Saddle Ranch Chop House, with one location in Old Town Scottsdale and the other at Westgate, cites Glendale as its top-producing restaurant.

“The West Valley is a big market for us,” said Jeff Hall, owner of Which Wich at Westgate. “Westgate is our cornerstone location and our success there has allowed us to expand to other parts of the state including Tucson and two soon-to-open locations in the East Valley. We’ve seen about a 15 percent increase to our top-line revenue over last year. Between the concerts, on-site and nearby sporting events, movie theatre and very loyal office lunch crowd, there’s a formula there that just works.”

In September, Just Sports expanded their Westgate location, adding an additional 1,000 square feet to the existing 2,000 square feet, making it the company’s flagship location. Their Glendale location is their highest producing store among 18 stores on the West Coast.

Westgate Entertainment District encompasses more than 25 restaurants, retailers and entertainment venues including Yard House, The Shout! House, Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville, Kabuki Japanese Restaurant, Johnny Rockets, Which Wich and AMC Theatres. More than 250 events take place a year ranging from live music every Friday and Saturday night at Fountain Park to Bike Nights, Radio Disney Wednesdays, a holiday ice rink and fan experience events.

Westgate is anchored by Jobing.com Arena, home to the NHL’s Phoenix Coyotes, headlining concerts and major events, and is adjacent to the University of Phoenix Stadium, home to the NFL’s Arizona Cardinals.

For more information about Westgate Entertainment District and a retailer directory, visit www.westgatecitycenter.com.

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Glendale CVB Rising in the West

Game on!

Cities like Glendale, Peoria, Goodyear, Surprise, and the other 14 cities that make up the West Valley are capitalizing on the rapid expansion of tourism and hospitality amenities — particularly spring training baseball facilities and other sports-related events — to grab a bigger share of the $18 billion that Arizona’s 37 million annual visitors spend.

As tourism in the West Valley continues to grow, the Glendale Convention & Visitor’s Bureau (CVB) is playing a bigger and more vital role to help drive visitors to West Valley hospitality businesses.

“The region provides the local and out-of-state traveler with an experience like no other,” says Lorraine Pino, Glendale CVB manager. “We are home to nine Cactus League spring training teams, the Arizona Cardinals and Phoenix Coyotes, Phoenix International Raceway, Wildlife World Zoo and Aquarium, great outdoor festivals, historic districts in each of our cities, performing arts centers and unique shopping venues. And, of course, you can be an astronaut for the day at our Challenger Space Center.”

Despite this diverse range of attractions, tourism is a relatively new industry in the West Valley. As a result, not every community in the area is equipped to implement independent marketing and promotion initiatives. Glendale CVB organizes and facilitates these initiatives, partnering with more than 100 restaurants, shopping malls, sports facilities, resorts and hotels, and service organizations.

“We work closely with our hotels — such as the Renaissance Glendale Hotel & Spa, Wigwam Resort, Hilton Garden Inn Avondale and many more — to provide lead generation and conference assistance,” Pino says.

Glendale CVB also serves as a liaison to large-scale entertainment such as Cirque du Soleil, which was held at University of Phoenix Stadium this summer, and mammoth events such as the Super Bowl, which will return to Glendale in 2015.

“When the Super Bowl was last held in Glendale in 2008, the Glendale CVB was not yet in existence,” Pino says. “But now that our bureau is in place for the 2015 game, the region will be in a better position to capture a greater share of visitor spending.”

Economists estimate that hosting a Super Bowl has an economic impact of $300 million-$500 million on the region.

“In addition, realizing that this mega event impacts the entire metro area and several destinations statewide, the Glendale CVB will be working with other tourism and hospitality organizations throughout the Valley to ensure that we provide the greatest fan experience possible, and to host the best Super Bowl possible,” Pino says.

By the end of 2012, Glendale will welcome yet another visitor destination when the Tanger Outlets Westgate is completed. The 328,000-square-foot retail development will feature 85 brand-name outlet stores and is expected to bring an additional 5 million-6 million annual visitors to the area.

With economic growth in the West Valley expected to continue its upward trend for years to come, Pino insists that communities must work together to realize the greatest benefit from an increasing number of visitors.

“It’s important that we all work together and pool our resources to achieve economies of scale,” Pino says. “This is the very reason the Glendale CVB came into existence: to serve as a regional organization to promote and showcase the 14 West Valley cities and to bring tourism business to the area. This regional approach is what will be needed for our hospitality businesses to continue to grow.”

Innovation unites Arizona’s economic engines

When Arizona became a state 100 years ago, it was easy to identify its economic engines, those industries, innovators and locations that drove the state’s economy and employment.

They all started with C — copper, cotton, citrus, cattle and climate.
A decade later, it’s not so easy.

“We must find ways to diversify our economy, including investing in bioscience and technology, health science and innovation,” Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton says. “We are coming out of the recession, and we need to move forward in a strategic way.”

Today’s economic engines are doing just that. They innovate, they collaborate, and the only one that starts with C is CityScape, and the only copper you’ll find there is Copper Blues Rock Pub and Kitchen and the cotton is at Urban Outfitters.

But today’s economic engines have to clear vision and direction for driving Arizona’s economy during its second century.

The Biodesign Institute at ASU
What it is: The Biodesign Institute at ASU addresses today’s critical global challenges in healthcare, sustainability and security by developing solutions inspired from natural systems and translating those solutions into commercially viable products and clinical practices.
Economic impact: The Biodesign Institute has met or exceeded all of the business goals set in mid-2003 by attracting more than $300 million in external funding since inception, and generating more than $200 million in proposals advanced in 2011 alone.
Companies it has helped grow: Licensed next-generation respiratory sensor technology to a European medical device developer; executed an exclusive license agreement for DNA sequencing technology to Roche, which includes a sponsored research agreement to develop devices in collaboration with Roche and IBM; and launched two Biodesign Commercial Translation companies.
Latest news: Led by electrical engineer, Nongjian Tao, ASU researchers have formulated a new sensor technology that will allow them to design and create a handheld sensor that can contribute to better diagnosis of asthma.
Michael Birt, director of the Center for Sustainable Health at the Biodesign Institute at ASU: “By establishing biosignatures centers, we hope to build a global network that will provide the scale necessary to overcome scientific limitations while creating a global platform to share methods, results and experiences.”

What it is: A highrise mixed-use development in Downtown Phoenix consisting of residential, retail, office, and hotel components. The project covers three downtown Phoenix city blocks and is located between First Avenue and First Street, and between Washington and Jefferson streets.
Economic impact: Officials credit the evolution of Downtown Phoenix — led by CityScape — with helping the Valley land the 2015 Super Bowl, which will bring an economic impact of an estimated $500 million.
Companies it has helped grow: In addition to entertainment venues and top-notch restaurants, business leaders calling CityScape home include Alliance Bank, Cantor Law Group,  Fidelity Title, Gordon Silver, Gust Rosenfeld, Jennings, Strouss and Salmon, PLC, Polsinelli Shughart, RED Development, Squire Sanders and UnitedHealthcare.
Latest news: The 250-room boutique hotel, Hotel Palomar Phoenix by Kimpton, opened in June.
Jeff Moloznik, general manager, CityScape:  “The most progressive and entrepreneurial talent in the Valley have convened at CityScape. The impact our tenants’ businesses have brought to Downtown Phoenix is noticeable and significant. In an area that once lacked a central core, there is now energy, creativity, enterprise and excitement all day, every day in once central location.”


What it is: Intel is a world leader in computing innovation. The company designs and builds the essential technologies that serve as the foundation for the world’s computing devices.
Economic impact: Since 1996, Intel has invested more than $12 billion in high-tech manufacturing capability in Arizona and spent more than $450 million each year in research and development. Intel is investing another $5 billion in its Chandler site to manufacture its industry-leading, next-generation 14 nanometer technology.
Companies it has helped grow: Intel has been a catalyst for helping to create Chandler’s “tech corridor,” which includes Freescale, Microchip Technology, Orbital Sciences, Avnet, Amkor, and Marvell Technologies.
Latest news: Intel and ASU’s College of Technology and Innovation (CTI) are developing a customized engineering degree for some of the chip maker’s Arizona-based employees. The program is based on CTI’s modular, project-based curriculum and upon completion will provide a Bachelor’s of Science in Engineering degree from ASU, with a focus in materials science.
Chandler Mayor Jay Tibshraeny: Intel likes the partnership it has with Chandler, likes doing business in Arizona, and they’re a very good corporate citizen.”

Phoenix Mesa-Gateway Airport

What it is: Formerly Williams Gateway Airport (1994–2008) and Williams Air Force Base (1941–1993), it is a commercial airport located in the southeastern area of Mesa.
Economic impact: The airport helped generate $685 million in economic benefits last year, and the airport supports more than 4,000 jobs in the region.
Companies it has helped grow: Able Engineering & Component Services, Cessna, Hawker Beechcraft, Embraer, CMC Steel, TRW Vehicle Safety Systems Inc..
Latest news: The Airport Authority’s Board of Directors announced Monday the airport will undergo a $1.4 billion expansion. There is also an effort to privately raise $385 million to build two hotels and office and retail space near the airport.
Mesa Mayor Scott Smith: “Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport has gone through tremendous growth and expansion and has truly arrived as a major transportation center in the Valley.”


What it is: A 1.2-million-square-feet mixed use space that gives entrepreneurs and innovators the resources they need  to grow and thrive, and provide them an exceptional home for when their businesses begin to take off.
Economic impact: Projected to generate more than $9.3 billion in economic growth over the next 30 years, according to an updated study by the Greater Phoenix Economic Council.
Companies it has helped grow: Emerge.MD, Channel Intelligence, Adaptive Curriculum, Alaris, Jobing.com/Blogic, webFilings.
Latest news: Jobing, an online company that connects employers and job seekers nationally, relocated its corporate headquarters from Phoenix to SkySong.
Scottsdale Mayor Jim Lane: “It is hard to think of a business attraction initiative the city has recently used that has not mentioned SkySong as a major attribute. SkySong has a national reputation and as it grows it will continue to elevate Scottsdale’s standing.”

Talking Stick

What it is: This economic engine encompasses a complex that includes the 497-room Talking Stick Resort, Courtyard Marriott Scottsdale Salt River, Casino Arizona at Talking Stick Resort, Talking Stick Golf Club, and Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, the spring training home of the Colorado Rockies and Arizona Diamondbacks.
Economic impact: Salt Rivers Fields аt Talking Stick accounted fоr 22 percent оf the the attendance for Cactus League baseball, which generates more thаn $300 million а yeаr іn economic impact tо the greater Phoenix metropolitan area economy.
Companies it has helped grow: In 2011, nearby Scottsdale Pavilions — which features 1.1 million square feet of select retail and mixed-use properties — became The Pavilions at Talking Stick. Pavilions has added Hobby Lobby, Mountainside Fitness, Buffalo Wild Wings and Hooters.
Latest news: Salt River Fields at Talking Stick will be one of the ballparks selected to host the first round of the 2013 World Baseball Classic in the spring.
David Hielscher, advertising manager, Casino Arizona and Talking Stick Resort: “Our property’s diverse, entertainment-driven culture and convenient locations allow us limitless opportunities for future expansion and development.”

Translational Genomics Research Institute

What it is: TGen is a non-profit genomics research institute that seeks to employ genetic discoveries to improve disease outcomes by developing smarter diagnostics and targeted therapeutics.
Economic impact: TGen provides Arizona with a total annual economic impact of $137.7 million, according to the results of an independent analysis done by Tripp Umbach, a national leader in economic forecasting.
Companies it has helped grow: TGen researchers have collaborated with Scottsdale Healthcare, Virginia G. Piper Cancer Center, Mayo Clinic, Ascalon International Inc., MCS Biotech Resources LLC, Semafore Pharmaceuticals Inc., Silamed Inc., Stromaceutics Inc., SynDevRx Inc., and Translational Accelerator LLC (TRAC). and many others.
Latest news: When TGen-generated business spin-offs and commercialization are included,  Tripp Umbach predicts that in 2012 TGen will produce $47.06 for every $1 of state investment, support 3,723 jobs, result in $21.1 million in state tax revenues, and have a total annual economic impact of $258.8 million.
Michael Bidwill, president of the Arizona Cardinals: “TGen is one of this state’s premier medical research and economic assets, and is a standard-bearer for promoting everything that is positive and forward-looking about Arizona.”

University of Arizona’s Tech Park

What it is: The University of Arizona Science and Technology Park (UA Tech Park) sits on 1,345 acres in Southeast Tucson. Almost 2 million square feet of space has been developed featuring high tech office, R&D and laboratory facilities.
Economic impact: In 2009, the businesses that call Tech Park home had an economic impact of $2.67 billion in Pima County. This included $1.81 billion in direct economic impacts such as wages paid and supplies and services purchased and $861 million in indirect and induced dollar impacts. In total, the Tech Park and its companies generated 14,322 jobs (direct, indirect, and induced).
Companies it has helped grow: IBM, Raytheon, Canon USA, Citigroup, NP Photonics, and DILAS Diode Laser.
Latest news: A 38.5-acre photovoltaic array is the latest addition to the Solar Zone technology demonstration area at Tech Park. Power generated from the facility will be sold to Tucson Electric Power Co., providing power for  about 1,000 homes.
Bruce Wright, associate vice president for University Research Parks:  “By 2011, the park had recaptured this lost employment (resulting from the recession) with total employment increasing to 6,944. In addition, the number of tenants had expanded from 50 to 52 reflecting the addition of new companies in the Arizona Center for Innovation and the development of the Solar Zone at the Tech Park.”