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Andy Warhol exhibit coming to Phoenix Art Museum

Andy Warhol: Portraits opens at Phoenix Art Museum on March 4, 2015. One of the most influential artists of the 20th century, Andy Warhol was at the forefront of the Pop Art movement and known for his brightly colored images. This exhibition examines Warhol’s interest in capturing the likenesses of celebrities, as well as himself. On display will be more than 170 objects, including more than 90 screen print paintings, and more than 30 drawings, videos, paintings and photographs from his student days in the 1940s to the New Wave-era 1980s. Also on view will be an installation of Warhol’s reflective Silver Clouds, helium and air-filled metalized balloons.

 

The portrait subjects range from Prince and Queen Elizabeth II to Jackie Kennedy and Sylvester Stallone, along with many whose 15 minutes of fame has since faded. There are also several paintings, photographs, photobooth pictures and Polaroids of Warhol himself that predate today’s fascination with “selfies.” In working closely with The Andy Warhol Museum, Phoenix Art Museum was able to secure this exhibition of portraits. “This is a great opportunity to explore a single aspect of Warhol’s art, that spans the entirety of the artist’s career,” said Jerry Smith, curator of American and European art to 1950 and art of the American West at Phoenix Art Museum.

 

More than 25 years after his death, Andy Warhol undeniably remains one of the most influential figures in contemporary art. If he was alive today Warhol undoubtedly would be heavily involved with the fame, celebrities, reality television, ”selfies”, blogs, the Internet and social media with which modern day culture is obsessed. “Warhol recognized early on the growing trend of celebrity worship in our society, and of the powerful cult of famous personalities that dominates popular culture today,” said Amada Cruz, The Sybil Harrington Director at Phoenix Art Museum. She added, “He documented his social circle of society swans, movie stars and the demimonde of the 1960s and 1970s, providing a glamorous view of that era.”


Andy Warhol: Portraits will be on view at Phoenix Art Museum from March 4 to June 21, 2015. The exhibition was organized by The Andy Warhol Museum, one of the four Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh. Support was made possible through the generosity of Sue and Bud Selig, JPMorgan Chase & Co., J.P. Morgan Private Bank, Contemporary Forum (a support organization of Phoenix Art Museum), APS, Cohn Financial Group, LLC, Sharron and Delbert R. Lewis Exhibition Endowment Fund, Sharon and Lloyd Powell, Heather and Michael Greenbaum, Cox and The Phoenician. For additional information about the exhibition please visit phxart.org/exhibition/warholportraits.

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Arizona manufacturing jobs pay above average

Full-time manufacturing jobs for non-college degree workers pay a wage premium of more than $3,700 annually over jobs in other economic sectors and have a significant positive impact on the U.S. economy, according to a new report issued today by the Economic Policy Institute (EPI).

In Arizona, the report shows, the average manufacturing worker makes $18.71 an hour compared to $16.40 an hour for other workers, an annual wage difference of $4,804.80 for the usual 2,080 hours of full-time work per year.

Manufacturing jobs make up 6.2 percent of total state employment in Arizona, which ranks 37th in the nation by share of manufacturing jobs. In raw numbers, Arizona ranks 27th in manufacturing jobs with 155,100.

“This report makes clear just how crucial the manufacturing sector is to the nation’s economy,” said Scott Paul, president of the Alliance for American Manufacturing. “Manufacturing’s wage premium is a clear path to the middle class. But to bring those jobs back we must tackle the enormous U.S. goods trade deficit, and make a serious, long-term investment in transportation infrastructure.”

Despite this wage premium, recent manufacturing job growth has been hamstrung by the mushrooming goods trade deficit. The United States lost 5.7 million manufacturing jobs between March 1998 and December 2013, the report found, with the principal causes of job loss identified as the weak recovery from the Great Recession; and growing trade deficits, especially with China, Mexico, and other low-wage nations. The U.S. trade deficit in manufactured goods has increased sharply since 2009.

The EPI study, “The Manufacturing Footprint and the Importance of U.S. Manufacturing Jobs,” found that the sector employed 12 million workers in 2013, or about 8.8 percent of total U.S. employment, including a higher overall share of workers without a college degree.  On average, these workers made 10.9 percent, or $1.78, an hour more than similar workers elsewhere in the economy.

The report found that manufacturing plays a particularly important role in supporting jobs in a group of states in the upper Midwest and South. Complete data for employment in each state and for all 435 congressional districts and the District of Columbia are available in the EPI Manufacturing Employment Map.

In addition to the 12 million people employed in U.S manufacturing, the sector supports some 17.1 million indirect jobs, for a total of 29.1 million jobs directly and indirectly supported – more than one fifth (21.3 percent) of total U.S. employment in 2013.

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Dignity Health in Arizona invests in VisionGate

VisionGate has received financial backing from Dignity Health in Arizona for development of a revolutionary, non-invasive test for the early detection of lung cancer, the world’s deadliest cancer. Patient sputum samples are processed on the company’s patented Cell-CT® system – aptly named because it takes an optical CT scan of individual cells to generate digital, high-resolution, 3D images of each cell for early disease diagnosis, rare cell detection and research.

The investment aligns with Dignity Health’s commitment to provide patients with one of the most advanced lung disease programs in the Southwest through its Norton Thoracic Institute at Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center.

“We are committed to bringing the most innovative advancements in health care to our patients,” President and CEO of Dignity Health, Arizona Service Area Linda Hunt said. “VisionGate has a very promising technology.”

VisionGate’s wholly owned clinical laboratory in Phoenix will provide analytical services using the Company’s LuCED® lung cancer test based on sputum (phlegm) samples from patients who collect three morning coughs at home. Published clinical data demonstrates a high degree of accuracy in detecting early stage lung cancer with few to no false positives. LuCED will be added to the Thoracic Institute’s lung cancer screening program as part of a formal clinical trial.

Dignity Health’s investment will support VisionGate’s goal to commercialize LuCED and make it available to the public in 2015 through the launch of the VisionGate Biosignatures Laboratory (VBL) headed by VisionGate’s President, Scarlett Spring.

“It is critically important to have the potential of our technology confirmed by an esteemed organization like Dignity Health,” VisionGate CEO Alan Nelson, PhD, said. “With support from Dignity Health, the Phoenix area will emerge as the epicenter for improving the lives of patients at risk of lung cancer.”

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Apple plans $2B expansion in Arizona, Ducey says

Governor Doug Ducey announced Monday that Apple will be expanding in Arizona, with a $2 billion investment in Mesa on a command center for the company’s global networks — representing one of the company’s largest investments in history.

Apple said it will invest $2 billion over 10 years to open a data center in the Phoenix suburb of Mesa that will be the company’s fifth in the U.S. and serve as a control facility for its global networks.

The announcement comes four months after an earlier Apple plan for the 1.3 million-square-foot facility it bought in 2013 failed. The tech giant had a deal with Merrimack, New Hampshire-based GT Advanced to use the plant to make sapphire glass for its products, but the company declared bankruptcy in October after production issues developed. GT openly accused Apple of using a “classic bait-and-switch strategy” with a deal that he called “massively one-sided.”

After the GT failure, Apple said it would work to find another use for the plant. It also has been working to help more than 600 GT employees who lost their jobs.

“This multi-billion dollar project is one of the largest investments we’ve ever made, and when completed it will add over 600 engineering and construction jobs to the more than one million jobs Apple has already created in the U.S.,” Apple said in a statement. “Like all Apple data centers, it will be powered by 100 percent renewable energy, much of which will come from a new local solar farm.”

An Apple spokesman said construction on the new data center should start late next year, if not earlier. GT is storing advanced furnaces it planned to use in its Apple venture at the plant while the furnaces are being liquidated, delaying the immediate use of the plant.

Apple company expects 150 permanent workers at the site, in addition to construction crews and contractors.

Apple also has committed to building and financing 70 megawatts of new solar power generation, enough to power more than 14,500 homes.

Republican Gov. Doug Ducey, who took office last month, said the quick work to seal the deal with Apple showed that Arizona is the best state in the country to work and do business and works quickly to makes deals happen.

“Apple is exactly the kind of high-tech innovative company we want in the state of Arizona and we showed them that Arizona is the place to be,” Ducey said.

He declined to say what additional incentives Apple was offered beyond a large package offered by previous Gov. Jan Brewer in 2013 and a $5 million tax credit for building solar generation the Legislature passed last year.

Ducey was joined at a press conference announcing the deal by Republican House and Senate leaders, who touted the agreement.

Minority Democrats who watched the press conference said they worried that Ducey’s proposed cuts to schools, universities and the state commerce authority’s incentive funds may hamper efforts to attract business.

“Economic development isn’t just having a low-tax climate,” said Sen. Steve Farley, D-Tucson. “Economic development means you have the people who are trained properly to actually be able to do the jobs that you’re encouraging companies to come here and take advantage of.”

GT’s October bankruptcy and ensuing effort to shut down the factory marked a surprising turn after state, local and business leaders previously bragged that the plant would be a major boost to the Arizona economy.

Then-Gov. Brewer had hailed Apple’s decision to open the plant in Mesa in November 2013, calling it a sign that the Arizona’s efforts to provide a pro-business climate were paying off. The state has cut business taxes and created several incentives designed to lure new manufacturing businesses in the past several years.

Apple’s data centers provide the computer muscle for the company’s iCloud, ITunes, Siri and other products.

 

 

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NB|AZ will air ‘Elevate AZ’ Super Bowl ad

In an effort to promote Arizona and the businesses that impact its communities and citizens, National Bank of Arizona (NB|AZ) announced the airing of its official “Elevate AZ” commercial during the broadcast of Super Bowl XLIX.

The commercial is a key portion of NB|AZ’s “Elevate AZ” campaign and will feature three Arizona businesses and two Arizona nonprofit organizations that exemplify what it means to “Elevate AZ.” Viewers will be invited to visit www.ElevateAZ.com to learn more about the organizations and how they have positively impacted the lives of many Arizonans.

NB|AZ is in a unique position to more clearly define Arizona and what it means to be an Arizonan while working to dispel some of the myths that many outside the state believe to be true.

“Too often Arizona is defined by those who do not live here and have no understanding of the strength of the people, communities and causes that drive this state,” Keith Maio, NB|AZ President and CEO, said. “The goal of the commercial is to elevate the conversation about Arizona on a national level and we feel our clients are leading that discussion.”

Through print, television and online channels NB|AZ will use “Elevate AZ” as the platform to discuss “What’s right with Arizona.”

The five Arizona businesses featured during the 30-second commercial will include K2 Adventure Foundation, Phoenix Group Metals, A Tumbling T Ranch, Ballet Arizona and Page Springs Cellars. Each business is a member of NB|AZ and has a unique impact on their patrons and communities on a daily basis.

Fans and members of the media pack US Airways Center Tuesday for Super Bowl Media Day. Photo by Shavon Rose, AZ Big Media

Here’s a guide to Super Bowl Central

Super Bowl XLIX is Arizona’s third Super Bowl in 19 years. This year’s Super Bowl is expected to drive in much needed revenue to Phoenix. With fans traveling from across the country to watch the Seattle Seahawks and New England Patriots battle for the championship.

The Super Bowl events got kicked off in downtown Phoenix when the NFL Experience opened Jan. 24. Verizon Super Bowl Central officially opens Jan. 28. There are over thirty different activities to do along Super Bowl Central, but there are some attractions that are a must.

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NFL Experience

Located inside the Phoenix Convention Center, the NFL Experience has everything fans could possibly imagine. The activities include autograph sessions with former and current players, displays, games, and a multitude of exhibits. $35 grants fans a pass to this all-day event.

Pepsi Hyped for Halftime

From Jan. 28-Feb.1, the Pepsi Hyped for Halftime stage located on Central in between Washington and Jefferson will feature a number of performances from local to national acts. As of now, Walk the Moon headlines Friday night and the Roots lead Saturday night. JT Hodges, Kat Dahlia, Wisin, and others are among the other scheduled bands.

The Grand Canyon Experience

The out of state fans most likely wont have the time to take a day trip up to one of the seven wonders of the world, so the Super Bowl committee is bringing the Grand Canyon downtown to 1st street and Jefferson. The Grand Canyon Experience is a 30-foot tall and 100-foot wide rock-climbing wall. The wall features 20 climbing positions ranging in difficulty. An 18-foot waterfall and 18-foot video screen atop the summit also accompany the attraction.

CitySkate at CityScape

If you haven’t gone yet, this is your final chance to go. CitySkate is Arizona’s only outdoor ice skating rink. It’s 5,442 square ft. of real ice right in the heart of downtown. For $12, skate all you’d like on the day of purchase. The ticket also includes skate rental.

Broadcast Zones

National television stations and shows such as CNN, MSNBC, NFL Network, The Today Show, and many more will broadcast straight from Super Bowl Central. Stop by 2nd street in between Washington and Jefferson to catch a glimpse of the anchors during their live broadcasts.

Puppy Bowl Café

Aside from the most watched sporting event all year, the Puppy Bowl has to be the cutest sporting event. The stars of Puppy Bowl XI will be at the Northwest Corner of Central and Jefferson at Chloe’s Corner for meet and greets.

Visit Phoenix Super-Sized Football

Unveiled in November, the 20-foot football sits on the northwest corner of Central and Washington. It’s the acclaimed landmark for all festivities on the Downtown campus for Super Bowl festivities. Fans are encouraged to take pictures with the oversized football and post photos on social media with the hashtag #SB49.

Verizon Super Bowl Central and the NFL Experience are open Wednesday- Friday 2 p.m.-midnight, Saturday 10 a.m.-midnight, and Sunday 10 a.m., 3 p.m.

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AZ Big Media launches elite job board

To help aid in the surging job market and provide like-minded employers and employees with a direct link to each other, AZ Big Media has launched a free job board.

“We wanted to provide the best businesses in Arizona with access to the most elite, business-minded employees in Arizona,” said Mike Atkinson, president and CEO of AZ Big Media. “We know we have elite readers who are always looking for career improvement. We also have a long-standing working relationship with the best hiring companies in Arizona. It only made sense to share these connections.”

AZ Big Media’s job board will have a very sophisticated readership and established user profiles. The average reader for AZ Big Media’s publications — with include Az Business, AZRE, Ranking Arizona, People & Projects to Know and Az Business Leaders — is age of 44, has an annual salary of $225,000, and an average net worth of $2.4 million. The latest statistics show that 88 percent of the total magazine readership is a C-level executive or owns his/her own business.

Another thing Az Big Media followers have in common is their passion for business. People who access it are doing so to read about the whats-happening and who’s-who’s of the Arizona business, real-estate, Scottsdale-local and tourism communities.

The site is currently accessible by both a link on the main website or at jobs.azbigmedia.com.

Companies and recruiting agencies are invited to post their newest job openings for free and know that the best-of-the-best in the business world are applying for the positions.

“Our official launch date for the site is February 4, but we encourage companies to register and post jobs prior to this date by visiting the site,” said Ashley Incardone, digital coordinator for AZ Big Media. “We want anyone looking for a dynamic addition to their team or for a step up in their career to know that this is a board they can trust will connect them to the best in Arizona business.”

 

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ALL IN hosts exclusive Super Bowl parties

The gaming world experts at ALL IN Magazine announce their Super Bowl Weekend party line-up hosted at one of the most elite private estates in Paradise Valley. The three exclusive events takes place from Friday, January 30 to Sunday, February 1 and support ALL IN Cause.

The Friday evening party features a live performance from Jimmy Fallon’s The Tonight Show Band, The Roots. Saturday evening is a high stakes Celebrity Poker Tournament, while Sunday’s Ultimate Tailgate Party is devoted to the big game. These events are private with access by invitation only.

The almost five acre property is secluded at the foot of iconic Camelback Mountain, providing guests a private respite from public venues. Boasting a 3,000 square foot main lake and pristine landscape architecture, the estate will be transformed for each of the three themed events.

Friday, January 30: Kicking off Super Bowl weekend is a posh cocktail party featuring a live performance by The Roots. The four-time Grammy winners are one of the most respected hip-hop acts in the music industry and they are the official house band on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. Their headlining concert is presented by Rolling Stone magazine.

Saturday, January 31: The temperature is guaranteed to rise during the ALL IN Celebrity Poker Tournament. Beginning at 3:30 in the afternoon, celebrities from the world of poker including Phil Hellmuth, Vanessa Rousso and Chris Moneymaker will take their seats at the tables with prizes including a Phil Ivey Las Vegas Experience, a Cabo San Lucas five-star vacation for 10 people, a private trip for 12 people to Las Vegas aboard Enrique Iglesias’ Gulfstream Jet and a World Poker Tour Experience. Phil Ivey’s Ivey League hosts the evening.

Sunday, February 1: Game day ignites at the Legends of Sports Tailgate Party. The family-friendly event begins at 1pm with pre-game broadcasts as current professional athletes and sports legends mingle. Set up in a tented space, the big screen will catch all live coverage including post-game analysis.

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The cost to attend the Super Bowl in Glendale

Unlike alleged Foxboro footballs, ticket and travel costs to pro football’s championship game did not deflate over the weekend.  They went up.

Before the conference championship games took place, the average game ticket to Glendale cost $3,374, according to TiqIQ.  Now, the average ticket price is $4,174.50.  That price is only around 2 percent higher than it was for last year’s game at this time.

On the travel side, Patriots fans who bought their airline tickets last week could have paid as little as $343 roundtrip for travel departing January 31 and returning February 2nd.  Today, the range for roundtrip fares between Boston and Phoenix is $704 to $1,227.  Similarly, last week, the least expensive roundtrip fare from Seattle to Phoenix was $303.  Today, the range is $664 to $1,021.  Note – is it not unusual for airfares to increase as travel days get closer, especially last-minute.  And on the hotel side of the equation, rates for game weekend rooms are running anywhere between $117 and $1,999 a night.

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Revel Systems iPad POS expands into Scottsdale

Revel Systems, the world’s leading iPad Point of Sale platform, today announced it has expanded operations into Arizona through a new Scottsdale office. The company will create 160 new jobs during the next three years to drive its global sales growth. Revel’s Vice President of Sales, Bobby Marhamat will devote resources to create jobs and extend the local footprint in the Greater Phoenix market. Marhamat has been with Revel Systems iPad POS since June of 2014 and has successfully grown sales teams and business initiatives at companies such as Verizon Wireless and Sprint.

“Revel is building a world-class sales team here in Scottsdale, and we cannot wait to get started,” said Marhamat. “Thousands of food service and retail franchise operators and small-to-medium business owners worldwide depend on Revel’s POS platform to help grow their business. We expect 2015 will bring further interest and expansion in our offering and are excited to leverage Arizona’s vibrant talent pool to extend that momentum.”

“We’re excited to welcome Revel Systems to Arizona,” said Governor Doug Ducey. “Their decision to expand in Scottsdale is a strong testament to the pro-business climate, booming corporate base and highly-skilled workforce that have made the East Valley one of the most dynamic and fastest-growing areas in the country. I am committed to ensuring that great companies like Revel continue to look to Arizona as the premiere place to bring their business.”

“We thank Revel Systems for selecting Arizona to expand, and are excited to see its new Scottsdale operation, and innovative POS technology solutions for business, advance the growth of other entrepreneurs across globe,” said Sandra Watson, President and CEO, Arizona Commerce Authority. “Our state’s strategic Southwest location, proximity to key regional growth markets, and competitive cost of doing business continue to provide an attractive platform for today’s leading companies to thrive and achieve their corporate success.”

This Arizona expansion news follows Revel’s announcement in November 2014 where it secured $100 million in Series C funding to strengthen support and operations in order to meet rapidly growing demand and sales for its iPad POS solution.  Additionally, last month Revel opened a UK sales and operations center in Belfast, Northern Ireland, and an IT division in Lithuania.

The Revel iPad POS platform includes complete front-end order entry, POS system and payment processing, back-end personnel scheduling, time clock and payroll, inventory management, comprehensive product/menu management and advanced reporting to successfully measure and optimize business performance.

“We are thrilled to continue Revel’s significant growth with our first office in Arizona,” said Lisa Falzone, CEO and co-founder of Revel. “Our ultimate goal is to empower business owners to start and grow their own businesses, making their lives easier along the way. As we continue to expand Revel’s global reach, scaling a talented team of salespeople will be critical to Revel’s continued success.”

Revel’s new office will be located in the Scottsdale Innovation Center and is officially open for business January 12, 2015. Candidates interested in positions at the new location can contact Revel at jobs@revelsystems.com.

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Abrazo Health launches redesigned website

Abrazo Health, the second largest health care delivery system in Arizona, has launched a redesigned website.

The new website, www.AbrazoHealth.com, has a clean, modern design and enhanced site navigation and content. Features include:

  • Online emergency room check-in.
  • Portal for patients to access their medical records.
  • Our Stories section spotlighting Abrazo patients, staff and volunteers.
  • Community Involvement section highlighting how Abrazo gives back to the communities it serves.
  • Facilities directory including Abrazo hospitals, emergency centers, urgent care centers and physician practices.
  • Consumer-oriented health content enabling patients and visitors to quickly find the information they need.

“Our new website design makes it easier for patients to find the closest Abrazo facility, book an ER appointment and access their health information,’’ said Michele Finney, Market Chief Executive Officer.

The Abrazo system includes six acute care hospitals: Arizona Heart Hospital, Arrowhead Hospital, Maryvale Hospital, Paradise Valley Hospital, Phoenix Baptist Hospital and West Valley Hospital. In addition, the system consists of two emergency centers: North Peoria Emergency Center and West Valley Emergency Center; Abrazo Medical Group; Phoenix Health Plans; and School-Based Health Centers.

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What would you do with a billion dollars?

Last week, Representative Bob Robson , Speaker pro tempore of the Arizona House of Representatives introduced House Bill 2033 which would create a funding vehicle to enable our universities to maintain and expand our research infrastructure at that level.

At a time when the state is projecting a $500 million budget shortfall in fiscal 2014-15 and projected $1 billion shortage in the following fiscal year, some people might say that making bold investments at a time when dollars are tight is something we cannot afford to do. Yet, if we are truly committed to building a diversified and stronger economy, one that will benefit our state today and into the future, we can’t afford not to.

It was Robson’s bill in 2003 that made $500 million worth of financing available for the construction of new research facilities at our universities including the ASU Biodesign Institute, UA BIO5, Research Facilities at NAU, components of the Phoenix Biomedical Campus, and more. Economic analysis of this initial investment has shown that each dollar invested generated seven dollars in return.

These facilities and the work that occurs within their walls serve as a magnet to attract great talent. These facilities are places where our students gain the practical experience that will enable them to become our future leaders. These facilities are the place where we begin the process of discovery, development, and delivery that leads to the creation of life changing innovations that will benefit people here in Arizona and around the world.

Since the creation of these facilities, Arizona’s Bioscience Industry has grown. Jobs in bioscience related fields have increased by 45 percent, nearly four times greater than the nation. While not every one of these jobs is directly related to our university research infrastructure, all of them depend on both it and the credibility is gives to our growing bioscience sector which in 2014 again moved up in the national rankings.

In 2014, the Flinn Foundation published the second generation of the Arizona Bioscience Roadmap, a renewed commitment and a plan developed collaboratively by leaders from across Arizona. In its opening pages it reads:

“To achieve the Roadmap’s vision, five transformative steps are recommended: make risk capital more readily available to Arizona’s early-stage bioscience firms; boost the research revenues of the state’s research-performing institutions; further develop the research infrastructure at the state universities; attract industry and research anchors; and develop ties to economic partners in neighboring markets. Achieving these steps will require a profound increase in investment, primarily from the private sector but with key public-sector investments playing a necessary and vital role. Going forward, Arizona should continue its strategy to focus resources and efforts on areas where it excels.”

It is not the State of Arizona’s job to accomplish all of these things. It will take all of us, working together, reaching out nationally and internationally, and in ways that are both creative and sustainable.

Representative Robson has again offered us a catalyst for innovation and economic growth. In science, a catalyst is a substance that speeds up a chemical reaction, but is not consumed by the reaction; hence a catalyst can be recovered chemically unchanged at the end of the reaction it has been used to speed up, or catalyze. HB2033 crates an economic catalyst which when it becomes law can generate the energy and economic impact we need to take our economy and our state to new levels of success, and through its design be recovered through the economic gains it will create.

Instead of lamenting on what we don’t have, it’s time to build on what we do. Now is our opportunity, as industry and as Arizonans, to get behind HB 2033 and catalyze strategic investments in Arizona’s future.

Joan Koerber-Walker is President and CEO of the Arizona Bioindustry Association and Chairman of the State Medical Technology Alliance in Washington, D.C.

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Growing tech firms reflect emerging Arizona business sector

Don Hawley is the quintessential product of Silicon Valley. He went to college at the University of California, Berkeley, became a serial entrepreneur and founded and developed many successful technology companies in the San Francisco Bay area.

So why is he doing business in Arizona?

“Arizona is infinitely more business friendly,” said the founder, chairman and CEO of Scottsdale-based Innovative Green Technologies, which creates environmentally friendly products that reduce emissions and save users money. “Favorable tax rates make it less costly to do business in Arizona compared with California, which is attractive to newer companies that have to watch their pennies. Arizona is also blessed with Arizona State University and the University of Arizona, which supply a constant stream of high-quality young talent, which is a great resource.”

Hawley isn’t alone. The recently expansions of Zenefits and Weebly into the Valley and the emergence of Valley-based WebPT and Infusionsoft as technology powerhouses reflect an exploding techn industry in Phoenix that is transforming the state’s economy.

“The technology ecosystem in Arizona has never been more robust and these recent business attractions are going to become more commonplace,” says Steven G. Zylstra, president and CEO of the Arizona Technology Council. “One of the vital attractions for startups in the Silicon Desert as compared with Silicon Valley is the drastically lower cost of living, especially in the area of housing. The word is getting out about Arizona.”

Valley economic developers are doing more than using lower tax rates and promises of sunshine to convince tech companies to relocate here, the state is building its home-grown success stories. A great example is WebPT, which launched its cloud-based physical therapy software in 2008 and has evolved from startup into one the fastest-growing software company in Arizona, creating more than 200 jobs in Phoenix.

“There are great incentive programs available to businesses looking to grow,” says Brad Jannenga, co-founder, chairman, president and chief technology officer at WebPT. “The Angel Tax Credit program offered by the state is a great opportunity for investors to have peace of mind when backing startups and knowing they can take a tax break when doing so. This was a major win for us when we went out for our Series A round back in 2010. Investors were lining up around the block partly because of the early stage success we had, but also largely because of the Angel Tax Credit.”

It’s the success of emerging companies like WebPT that are driving the robust growth of Arizona’s technology sector, says Barry Broome, president and CEO of the Greater Phoenix Economic Council (GPEC).

“What we’ve done on the policy side was working with the legislature and governor so they understand that even though the headlines belong to Apple and Intel and companies like that, it’s the hundreds if not thousands of small and medium technologically based enterprises that have the chance to be the next GoDaddy,” Broome says. “Maybe you get lucky and you get a Google or a Microsoft or maybe an Infusionsoft becomes a Microsoft. Having the ability to get those small companies to go to scale and having the economic development programs and policies in place to help them are where we’ve been most helpful.”

Jannenga credits organizations like GPEC for helping the technology sector grow by tirelessly looking at new ways to diversify the economy and working closely with Arizona’s universities to produce the next wave of talent needed to feed the workforce demands of the technology industry.

But Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton put it simply: “WebPT is a game-changer, not only in terms of showing the growth in the tech sector in Phoenix, but growth in the warehouse district in downtown Phoenix.”

Experts say Arizona has actually done a number of things well to build a business environment that fosters innovation and an entrepreneurial spirit.

“The state has emphasized economic development through support of key economic development groups like the Arizona Commerce Authority and GPEC,” says Jacque Westling, partner at Quarles & Brady in Phoenix. “(Arizona) has created and maintained some key tax incentives, such as the Refundable Research and Development Credit and the Angel Investment Tax Credit Program, promoted tech transfer from the universities and supported emerging areas of strength such as biotechnology, data centers, energy and other areas.”

Zylstra says having facilities with ready-to-go infrastructure in desirable hot spots such as downtown Phoenix and downtown Scottsdale has been a major part in attracting technology companies to the Valley.
“Knowledge workers like the type of amenities available in these locations,” he says. “When you add Arizona’s ample workforce, low taxes and low cost of doing business, the foundation is very strong.”

Jannenga says the state’s deep awareness of the emerging technology sector and what it means to our state’s economic future has been helpful to WebPT and other early stage companies.

“I think when people began to recognize that we couldn’t rely on the traditional engines that had previously fueled our growth — tourism and migration from colder climates chief among them — to provide the type of jobs we need, it caused a basic shift in how progressive leaders thought about the future,” says Don Pierson, CEO of SpotlightSales, which has developed a sales performance optimization tool.

With the foundation for building a successful technology sector in place, Pierson says he has seen tremendous growth in the software industry and expects that growth to continue.

“I think biofuels are really interesting,” he says, “and I’m always amazed by what comes out of the biotech area.”

Greg Head, chief marketing officer at Infusionsoft, agrees with Pierson that Arizona quickly becoming a center for software businesses.

“Right now, there are thousands of entrepreneurs incubating new innovations, hundreds of software business growing and employing more people and several bigger software companies like GoDaddy, LifeLock, Infusionsoft and WebPT that are growing fast,” Head says. “The Arizona software community is growing up quickly.”

Experts agree that diversifying Arizona’s tech sectors will continue to power its growth. Zylstra expects aerospace and defense and semiconductor and electronics to continue to be strong, “but IT, especially software and data centers, healthcare, bioscience and alternative energy will help lead us into the future,” he says.

“We need to have all tech industries thriving in Arizona,” says Mike Auger, CEO and founder of PikFly, a technology-driven same day delivery network for local businesses. “A focus in one area puts us into a corner. Semiconductors have been great for our state, but that is really what we are known for — we need to be known for all types of tech.”

While Arizona’s growth in the technology arena is impressive, the state must tackle one major issue to maintain that positive trajectory.

“I spend more of my time as mayor in economic development recruiting and retention than I do anything else,” Stanton says. “The reality is this: the companies are concerned about workforce development. Do we have the pipeline of employees that they are going to need as their companies grow?”

Jannenga agrees that Arizona needs to invest heavily into all levels of our education system and diversify our skilled workforce.

“The places where we’re falling short is we’re not delivering the engineering talent necessary for the tech sector to really take off,” Broome says. “We need to make a big move on the production of engineers and make a big move on the production of information communication technology people.”
Broome says that big move can come from anywhere from community colleges to higher education to unique specialty certification programs that are putting students through six-month boot camps and producing a qualified workforce. He cites the Maricopa Corporate College as a unique training program that is developing and delivering customized workforces.

“You’re going to see continued movement in creating new educational options and a huge infusion of these intermediate training strategies to build the technology sector,” Broome says.

Creating a viable workforce to feed the needs is of the technology industry is a must to maintain the state’s robust growth and quality of life, experts say.

“We either grow the tech sector of the economy or we will fail,” Broome says. “That’s how important it is. It’s where the wages are. It’s where the high-end people are. It’s the part of the economy that is most sustainable. If you’re not building a tech sector, you’re relying on your current industries to remain relevant and we know from history that just doesn’t happen.”

Broome says the Valley has learned from companies like Motorola and General Motors than mature companies in mature industries contract and fade away, so it forces the business community to continually recycle its economic strategy around new industries.

“From my perspective, you’re looking at a make-it-or-break-it situation,” Broome says. “The reason the economy is so sluggish is because it’s waiting for consumption. It’s waiting for government spending and it’s waiting for retail spending and it’s waiting for construction and home buying. When your economy can only recover on that basis, you’re going to continue to have ebbs and flows and dips and falls. Even a place like San Francisco, which has a very difficult business climate because it’s expensive to the point of being unimaginable, its net year-to-year economic growth is much more robust than Phoenix and the rest of the country because its economy is built around talent, innovation and the high-tech sector. If we do a good job and build that out better, there’s no reason why Phoenix can’t be the most exciting community in the United States.”

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Taking advantage of Arizona’s R&D tax credit

Research and development (R&D) tax credits are available to companies that bear the financial risk of developing new or improved products or processes. And claiming them can be lucrative, since they offset a company’s tax liability, making more cash available to invest in ongoing projects. Companies that perform qualified R&D and meet certain requirements can claim a 20 percent tax credit at the federal level, and many states offer their own R&D tax credit, usually at a rate of five to 10 percent. But both federal and state levels considered, Arizona takes the cake, offering companies that perform R&D the most generous tax credit rate in the nation at 24 percent. Furthermore, it offers this benefit in the form of a refundable credit to qualifying businesses.

Why refundable matters

In some cases companies may not be able to use the full amount of the credit Arizona awards them. This could be because they’re operating at a loss or because the amount they’re awarded exceeds their Arizona tax liability. With the refundable credit option, qualifying businesses may elect to receive the excess in the form of an immediate cash payment rather than carry it forward to offset a future liability. The refundable opportunity is limited to companies with fewer than 150 full-time-equivalent employees; the nonrefundable credit has no such limit.

Act quickly

While Arizona places no annual cap on nonrefundable R&D credit claims, the total amount of refunded payments allowed each year is limited to $5 million, so timing is critical if your company hopes to claim the refundable credit. Funds are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis until the $5 million is exhausted. For the 2013 tax year, the refundable option was depleted by the end of February. It’s uncertain how quickly this reserve will go for the 2014 tax year.

Eligible refundable credit applicants must obtain pre-approval by submitting an application prior to filing their tax return, and a full R&D credit calculation needs to be submitted with this application. You’ll need to begin an R&D study immediately to allow for its timely completion and submission.

Who can claim the credit?

Both the refundable and nonrefundable Arizona credits are available to individuals, companies, and all types of pass-through entities, such as S corporations. You may be surprised to learn that the tax definition of R&D is quite expansive: A wide range of businesses can qualify for the credit, from companies in the food and beverage, apparel, and agriculture industries to those involved in construction, manufacturing, and energy production. Don’t let the common misconception that R&D tax credits are limited to large high-tech companies keep you from taking advantage of this lucrative opportunity.

Next steps

Whether you’re interested in pursuing the refundable or nonrefundable Arizona credit, consult a team dedicated to understanding the technical requirements of the R&D credit—including Arizona’s particular requirements — to help you navigate the process.

Peter Henderson is manager and Tom Sanger is partner at Moss Adams LLP.

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Aerospace & Defense Forum will discuss best practices

Members of Arizona’s business community are invited to the Jan. 13 meeting of the Arizona Chapter of the Aerospace & Defense (A&D) Forum, where attendees will learn how to successfully work with Boeing Defense, Space and Security (BDS) from a quality perspective. The event is hosted by the Phoenix office of international law firm Greenberg Traurig at the firm’s Phoenix office.

Bill Valencia, director of Boeing BDS West Region Supplier Quality Operations, will lead the discussion on Boeing BDS’ current activities, supplier product quality strategies, as well as how documentation changes to AS9100 and AS9102 will impact industry suppliers. Valencia also will highlight The Boeing Company overall, and the difference between Commercial and BDS will be covered.

WHAT: Doing Business with Boeing (BDS) from a Quality Perspective

WHERE: Greenberg Traurig, 2375 E. Camelback Rd., Suite 700, Phoenix, AZ 85016

WHEN: Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015; 7 – 7:30 a.m.: Registration/Continental Breakfast/Networking; 7:30 – 9 a.m.: Meeting

COST: A&D Forum Member: Free; Non-member: $30 (before Jan. 6) and $40 (after Jan. 6)

RSVP: Members and non-members must register to attend. To register click here

SPEAKER: Bill Valencia, director of Boeing BDS West Region Supplier Quality Operations

Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee CEO Jay Parry. Photo by Shavon Rose, AZ Big Media

Super Bowl’s impact on economy may last long after game

Early in the planning process for the 2015 Super Bowl, Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee CEO Jay Parry was giving a presentation to Greater Phoenix Leadership and she referred to some of national perceptions of Arizona as “misperceptions.”

“An individual walked up to me after the presentation and said, ‘You did a great job, but just one point of clarification,’” Parry recounts. “‘Those are not misperceptions, those are reality.’ That was a good point. Some of those things are real, but there are so many positives about Arizona that offset the negatives.”

Parry, who was an executive with both the Phoenix Suns and WNBA champion Mercury before taking her role with Super Bowl committee, says that when the eyes of the world turn to Arizona for the Super Bowl on February 1, it will be the perfect time to showcase the progressive and innovative nature of Arizona. Az Business caught up with Parry near the future home of Super Bowl Central to talk strategy before the big game.

What has been your biggest challenge as CEO of the Super Bowl Host Committee?
There is so much positive excitement about Arizona hosting the Super Bowl. People want to be supportive and they want it to be a big success for Arizona, so everyone wants to be involved. Channeling all that interest and excitement and figuring out a way to put it to the best use to make the event amazing has been a challenge.

Why do you think this Super Bowl is generating so much more buzz locally than when Arizona last hosted the game in 2008?
We’ve really worked to build that buzz. We got the bid in 2011 and started working on all the community events and buildup in 2012. We know that to make this a big success for Arizona and have the positive impact that we want, it takes getting the whole community involved and excited. We have a volunteer board of directors of 20 Arizona leaders and they’ve been instrumental in creating meetings and introductions to corporate leaders here. Trying to make all those stakeholders a part of the process has been our goal and it’s gotten everyone excited about the event.

How does being CEO of the Super Bowl Host Committee differ from running a professional sports team?
There are a lot of similarities. But what I’ve learned is that there is nothing as big as the Super Bowl. It goes way beyond football. I attended the Super Bowl when Arizona hosted it in 1996 and in 2008, but when I got off the plane for the Super Bowl in 2013 in New Orleans, I said to myself, “This is so much bigger than I remember it being.” What I’ve realized is that there is a different dynamic from year to year. While some of the things stay the same, each host community brings its own stamp of personality to the event. Arizona’s hospitality industry is tailor made to host mega events and Arizona has become such an expert at it that we have a nice platform to work from. It just gets bigger and bigger.

How has adding the Pro Bowl to the mix impacted the planning process for the Super Bowl?
What we’ve been able to do is take the infrastructure and the planning for the Super Bowl and back it up a week. There is so much overlap with parking and transportation and aviation and volunteers, that it really made sense to have it span the whole week. Hosting the Pro Bowl is just another amazing coup for our state and a feather in our cap. When you take the perfect trifecta of the Pro Bowl, Waste Management Phoenix Open and the Super Bowl, all eyes from around the world will be on Arizona.

How has the Valley’s ability to host a Super Bowl changed since we last hosted the game in 2008?
Getting a Super Bowl is such a competitive process. For us to be selected to host again after seven short years is a testament to Arizona. The investment in the infrastructure in downtown Phoenix — from the light rail to the remodeled Convention Center to the extra restaurants that have been added to CityScape to the 3,000 hotel rooms in downtown Phoenix — is really what’s different for 2015. When we hosted the NFL in 2013, we walked through downtown Phoenix and ended up at the Hotel Palomar Phoenix on the pool deck. We looked out over Phoenix and the head of events turned to me and said, “This is a completely different place than it was in 2008.” That was a major win for us because they realized how much was done, and not just in Phoenix, but in Mesa and Tempe and Scottsdale and all the neighboring communities.

How will your efforts to make the 2015 Super Bowl a regional experience impact the visitor?
We want to make sure the entire Valley and the state gets to show its unique personality. Each of our communities is unique. From a visitor’s standpoint, the big difference will be Super Bowl Central, which will be located in downtown Phoenix. What the NFL learned from Indianapolis three years ago was the idea of a fan campus, where it’s the epicenter of activity. It has a lot of merit for visitors and they really enjoyed that, so the NFL built on that and we adopted that idea and created Super Bowl Central, which will be the biggest thing that Arizona has ever seen with its 12-block campus. Fans can migrate there and experience free family-friendly fun for the week leading up to the game, and then also have spokes throughout the Valley where they can enjoy other activities.

How do you think that super week — the Pro Bowl, Phoenix Open and Super Bowl — will impact Arizona’s tourism industry?
The sum total will be bigger than anything we’ve seen in Arizona before. The economic impact for the Super Bowl alone is estimated at more than $500 million. The Thunderbirds have measured the economic impact of the Waste Management Phoenix Open at more than $200 million. You add in the Pro Bowl on top of that and we don’t have a best guess yet, but you’re talking almost three-quarters of a billion dollars in economic impact for just that week. But what I get most excited about is the seeds that we are planting that week with all the exposure, all the media, all the visitors. It’s an enormous commercial for Arizona.

How do you hope business leaders and economic development leaders take advantage of Arizona’s role as host of the 2015 Super Bowl?
There is a lot of intention around capturing and growing that economic impact. We have a couple programs that the host committee leads. One is our CEO Forum, where we invite CEOs from outside of Arizona to come to Arizona for the weekend of the Super Bowl. We’ve created a three-day curriculum for them to meet local CEOs, learn why we are a pro-business environment and give the reason to relocate their business or expand their business in Arizona. We hope that builds more of an emotional connection with Arizona so they have real reasons and proof points why Arizona is different. The focus on economic development has been spearheaded by (Arizona Cardinals President) Michael Bidwill and (Salt River Project President) David Rousseau. Both of them have long standing commitments and have demonstrated ongoing business leadership in various local forums and organizations to build the Arizona business community.  So capitalizing on this with Super Bowl XLIX was a natural extension.”

What accomplishment as CEO of the Super Bowl Host Committee gives you the most pride?
We want it to be the best Super Bowl yet. By doing that, it will keep us in that regular rotation for hosting future Super Bowls and mega events, which is a lasting legacy from an economic development standpoint. Introducing the world to Arizona and demonstrating what our brand really is — progressive, youthful, energetic, committed to business — and telling that story on behalf of Arizona and creating a positive brand image would be a fantastic legacy for all of us.

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Slow job market impacts higher education

In the United States, recent news surrounding the economy is optimistic as the country’s GDP grew at a rapid 3.9 percent during the third quarter of 2014. The nation has now recovered all of the 8.7 million jobs lost during the recession, and the national unemployment rate has dropped to 5.8 percent, the lowest since July 2008. Some states who had been hovering at an unemployment rate of 8 percent have also seen a steady drop, but remain above the national average. Arizona is among these states, with the unemployment rate at 6.8 percent in recent months.

When there is an economic downturn, people have historically gone back to school as the value of a higher education increases, which for some outweighs the benefits of returning to the job market. Higher Ed Growth, a leader in post-secondary education marketing, has analyzed its data over the past year to pinpoint trends in higher education as a result of the recovering economy. Its findings show that the nation as a whole is currently experiencing reduced growth in college enrollments compared to previous years as students enter the job market again.

However, Arizona has seen an increase in students enrolling in higher education institutes from 2013 to 2014.

The Enrollment Pursuit Report released by Higher Ed Growth at the beginning of the year illustrated multiple changes in the higher education industry that reflect the current shift in the job market. Developments in both technology and health care are driving an increase in career opportunities to those fields. Degrees within the health care industry have grown more than 15 percent since 2011 as students pursue more in-demand fields. Business degree enrollments are down by about 10 percent, and because business degrees account for a majority of online programs, there has also been a decrease in online class enrollment in recent years.

In Arizona, certificate-level programs saw a decrease of about 18 percent, while associate and bachelor-level degrees increased. This differs from national statistics, which show a steady increase in certificate-level programs. This indicates that Arizonans are investing more time and resources into their education than those in other states.

As the Arizona economy continues to recover and reach a lower unemployment rate, the enrollment rate will likely drop as well. The most significant change in higher education will likely be a shift in degree types offered as new programs are both created and phased out. Students will continue to flock to degrees within health care and technology, and schools should focus their efforts on these along with other programs that are high demand and have high job placement rates.

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The effect of mergers on healthcare real estate

Healthcare in America is changing and bringing real estate with it. Healthcare networks are growing their market shares, and healthcare mergers and acquisitions have been on the rise in the first half of 2014, according to an August report by Berkery Noyes. Deal volume increased during that time by 18 percent, to the tune of $5.45B, according to the report. This is something Arizona has a front row seat to. In July 2013, Tenant Healthcare bought Vanguard Health Systems, which operates Abrazo Health Care, the second largest health care delivery system in Arizona. Last October, Scottsdale Healthcare and John C. Lincoln Health Network finalized its system-wide affiliation. In August, Banner Health announced it acquisition of University of Arizona’s medical facilities and programs. Scottsdale-based Healthcare Trust of America, Inc. (HTA) acquired six medical office buildings (MOBs), outside of Arizona, from ProMed Properties for $200M, the largest MOB acquisition of the first half of 2014.

“Most medical real estate in the Valley has been built around a hospital trying to draw patients into their beds,” says Ensemble Real Estate CEO Randy McGrane. “They’ve invested capital into them, and that’s how they get a return.” However, that idea, catalyzed by the Affordable Care Act, technological advances and general market conditions, is becoming outdated, says McGrane. It’s more profitable for networks to have out-patient care spread within communities, away from the hospital and closer to patients. This is evidenced by the dozens of ambulatory care facilities Banner Health has constructed throughout regions.

“Health systems and physician groups have been forced to compete for market share in the pursuit of volume and reduced overhead expenses,” says HTA’s Executive Vice President, CFO, Treasurer and Secretary Robert Milligan. “From a medical office perspective, this has resulted in tenants that are better credits, looking for larger blocks of space and focused on key locations that will help their practices generate volume. Locations that can offer these features have and will continue to benefit from this consolidation trend.”

As a result, there are more off-campus development happening. The one exception, McGrane notes, may be one at Banner Estrella, for which the medical network recently placed and RFP. Existing on-campus buildings, therefore, are suffering vacancies higher than 25 percent in some cases. Highest and best use for these buildings over time, McGrane says, includes facilities that support a hospital’s known specialties or encourage post-acute care and rehabs, which are more cost-effective to invest in, given the reimbursement systems established by the ACA.

“It’s a painful change,” McGrane says. “Ultimately, it will end up being a better system…We have so much clinical advancement, but we haven’t developed the underlying system to go with it.”

“The great thing about these larger tenants is that they are focused primarily on driving volume into their practices,” Milligan says. “This means that they are focused on office space that allows the physician to utilize the infrastructure of a hospital or surgery center and also provides for an efficient patient experience. Cost, while important, is becoming a secondary factor. We are actively investing in our buildings to attract these larger tenants who will be the long term providers of healthcare in this country.”

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Arizonans’ holiday spending tops national average

Arizona residents plan to open their wallet wider than much of the rest of the country by spending an average of $1,248 over the holidays; that’s more than 10 percent higher than the national average of $1,129, both figures according to the BMO Harris Bank Holiday Spending Report. Slightly more than one-third (36 percent) report they will regret how much they spend.

The commissioned report is the final in a series of surveys by BMO that examined the holiday shopping behaviors of consumers between Thanksgiving and New Year’s.

Most Arizonans (81 percent) said they generally stick to their holiday budget, and one-in-ten (11 percent) set aside spending money specifically for the holidays. However, the survey also revealed:
·         More than two-thirds (67 percent) said they make impulse purchases, above the U.S. average of 64 percent
·         More than one-third (36 percent) say that in January they often regret how much they’ve spent
·         Half (52 percent) stress about spending the ‘right’ amount on a gift, regardless of how great the gift might be

Sixty percent say they will spend about the same amount on gifts that they did last year.
The survey also showed that 16 percent of those living in the Grand Canyon State say they will go into debt because of holiday spending, five percent higher than the national average.

“Holidays are a joyful yet sometimes stressful time of the year. Before the season arrives, set a realistic plan of how much you want, and can afford, to spend,” said Steve Zandpour, Arizona Retail Regional President, BMO Harris Bank. “If you can stick to your budget and avoid going into debt you will be in a better financial position as you begin the New Year.”

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Super Bowl helps Arizona stay green

The Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee and the NFL are teaming with Verizon to collect and safely recycle electronic waste in the Phoenix area.  The recycling event is open to the public and gives local residents an opportunity to actively participate in the “greening” of their community as part of Super Bowl.

The collection takes place on Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015 from 7:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Desert Ridge Market Place in North Phoenix behind the AMC Theater Building. All electronic items turned in for recycling will be handled by SMS, an e-Steward Certified recycler, that will dispose of the items in an environmentally responsible manner and keep items out of the local landfills.

Recyclable items include laptop and desktop computers; CRT (cathode ray tube) and LCD (liquid crystal display) monitors and televisions; computer cables, mice and keyboards; gaming consoles; telephones and answering machines; stereo and audio equipment; paper shredders; alarm clocks; printers; cameras; conferencing equipment; remote controls; earphones; small electronic appliances (such as coffee makers, toasters, toaster ovens and can openers); microwave ovens; vacuum cleaners; and electronic toys without batteries. Hard drives will not be wiped, and all batteries should be removed prior to turning in any items.

“The Super Bowl is a monumental one-day event. As a Host Committee it’s our mantra to leave a lasting legacy in our communities that extends beyond Feb. 1, 2015,” said Jay Parry, president and CEO of the Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee. “Beginning with the Host Committee’s first tree planting in April 2014, we’ve worked with all our community partners and the NFL to identify ways including solid waste collection, food recovery, material repurposing and a sports equipment and book donation drive that will leave a positive ‘green legacy’ in our backyard.”

“The NFL has spent more than two decades addressing the environmental impact of Super Bowl events and activities,” according to NFL Environmental Program Director Jack Groh. “This project with Verizon and the Host Committee lets everyone share in the greening of Super Bowl in their own community. Keeping e-waste out of local landfills is a way for all of us to do something positive.”

James Gowen, Chief Sustainability Officer at Verizon, said, “New electronics are very popular gifts each holiday season, but we all need to know where and how we are discarding our old devices. As more phones and tablets enter the marketplace, Verizon remains committed to collecting used models, helping to curb the rise in electronic waste.”

Verizon has collected 1.8 million pounds of e-waste at similar events since the launch of its recycling rally program in 2009. Verizon, together with SHI, ensures accredited and certified recycling vendors such as SMS in Phoenix, are selected for the events.

In addition to recycling e-waste, Verizon will collect no-longer-used cell phones, batteries, chargers, accessories and tablets as part of its Hopeline® from Verizon program, which provides support for non-profit domestic violence organizations and agencies nationwide. Since its launch in 2001, Verizon has donated more than 180,000 phones to victims and survivors and awarded millions of dollars in cash grants to support domestic violence prevention and awareness initiatives.

 

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Pinnacle West declares quarterly dividend

Pinnacle West Capital Corporation’s Board of Directors today declared a quarterly dividend of $0.595 per share of common stock, payable on March 2, 2015, to shareholders of record on February 2, 2015.

Pinnacle West Capital Corp., an energy holding company based in Phoenix, has consolidated assets of about $14 billion, nearly 6,400 megawatts of generating capacity and about 6,400 employees in Arizona and New Mexico. Through its principal subsidiary, Arizona Public Service, the Company provides retail electricity service to nearly 1.2 million Arizona homes and businesses. For more information about Pinnacle West, visit the Company’s website at pinnaclewest.com.

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Nomination deadline nears for Healthcare Leadership Awards

Az Business magazine is dedicated to bringing the stories of healthcare leaders, innovators, researchers and advocates to its readers. Each April, Az Business shines a special spotlight on the medical industry through its annual Healthcare Leadership Awards.

Arizona’s healthcare industry is a tremendous economic engine for the state and is making Arizona a better place to live, work and recreate. The selection committee is looking for the physicians, hospital administrators, researchers, medical companies and healthcare innovators who are making a difference in our communities.

The categories include:

• Healthcare Advocate of the Year
• Insurance Provider of the Year
• Researcher of the Year
• Medical Research Company
• Legal Advocate of the Year
• Medical Company of the Year
• Bioscience Company of the Year
• Physician of the Year
• Healthcare Executive of the Year
• Medical Center of the Year
• Lifetime Achievement Award

Now is the time to get your nominations in for the 2015 Healthcare Leadership Awards. Is there someone in the healthcare industry who you think deserves this honor? Is there a healthcare facility or company that is impacting the community is serves? Az Business wants to know. Click here to nominate a person, facility or company today. Nominations must be completed by Dec. 29, 2014.

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New Year fun at Talking Stick Resort

Dust off your dancing shoes, shimmering party hats and get ready to bid farewell to 2014 at Talking Stick Resort and Casino Arizona! This year, both venues are ringing in the New Year with live headline performances, all-you-can-eat buffets and a variety of entertainment options.

New Year’s Eve at Talking Stick Resort
Talking Stick Resort invites guests to count down the clock and ring in 2015 when the property hosts its Annual New Year’s Eve Fire & Ice Party on Dec. 31. The resort will kick off the holiday soiree with dinner followed by the musical performance of the Legendary Soul Man, Sam Moore, and local favorite Boogie Knights. Fans will be entertained as the Grammy Award winner performs a collection of his greatest hits including “Soul Man,” “Hold On! I’m Coming” and “Plenty Good Lovin.” A live DJ will also keep the party going in the Salt River Grand Ballroom all night. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for dinner and the show with the concert beginning at 9 p.m. Must be 21 or older to attend.
Talking Stick Resort’s New Year’s Eve Fire & Ice Package options:
•    Sam Moore and Boogie Knights concert $99 per person
•    New Year’s Eve dinner and concert $150 per person
New Year’s Day Brunch at Talking Stick Resort
Make the first day of 2015 unforgettable by attending Talking Stick Resort’s New Year’s Day Ballroom Brunch on Jan. 1.  Kicking off at 10 a.m., the four-hour brunch will be every foodies dream and will include breakfast pastries, seared chicken breast, shrimp and crab gumbo, million dollar pork belly, a smoothie station, herb rubbed New York strip and dessert tray. A signature omelet station and iced seafood display featuring crab claws, poached shrimp and honey smoked salmon will also be included.
New Year’s Day Ballroom Brunch options:
•    Adults $65
•    Children (five to 12-years old) $22.95
Raven’s Annual New Year’s Eve Gala: Puttin’ On the Ritz
Celebrate the New Year in style! On Dec. 31, Talking Stick Resort will host Raven’s Annual New Year’s Eve Gala: Puttin’ On the Ritz. Hosted in the two-story Showroom, the black tie celebration will epitomize the essence of glamor and will include two full bars, cocktail specials, a complimentary appetizer buffet and the sounds of The HIPNOTIX, an acclaimed five-member band performing a variety of genres including pop, funk, Top 40 and R&B. There will not be a dull moment as DJ KILO entertains guests with his dance-infused set list during intermission. Free valet parking will also be available as well as a complimentary champagne toast at midnight. Guest are encouraged to wear semi-formal to black tie attire. Doors open at 8 p.m. To purchase tickets, contact the Talking Stick Resort Box Office at (480) 850-7734. For a limited time, attendees can also take advantage of a special $259 hotel room rate for New Year’s Eve by calling 1 (866) 877-9897 and use the code “RAVEN”.
Raven’s Annual New Year’s Eve Gala Package options:
•    Advance tickets are $65 per person; $125 per couple
•    Day of event tickets are $75 per person
•    Booth or table for four with bottle service is $700 and includes a reserved table with server, bottle of your choice (Bombay, Jack Daniels, Captain Morgan or Kettle One), bottle of Veuve Clicquot and four admission tickets
•    Booth or table for six with bottle service is $850 and includes a reserved table with server, bottle of your choice (Bombay, Jack Daniels, Captain Morgan or Kettle One), bottle of Veuve Clicquot and six admission tickets
New Year’s Eve Party at Degree 270
Visit Talking Stick Resort’s 14th floor and ring in the New Year at the highest nightclub in the Valley, Degree 270. Ring in the New Year with a live DJ playing top hits throughout the evening. Revelers will enjoy breathtaking views of the Camelback Mountains, party favors, a spacious dance floor and a champagne toast at midnight. Doors open at 8 p.m and VIP bottle service is available. For more information, call (480) 850-8702. Must be 21 or older to attend.
Degree 270 New Year’s Package options:
•    Six drinks or beverages, party favors and champagne toast for $100 per person
New Year’s Eve at Casino Arizona
Head to Casino Arizona on Dec. 31 and revisit the era of leg warmers, shoulder pads and big hair during the property’s Ultimate 80s Dance Party. Hosted in the Showroom, the extravaganza will include a delicious dinner followed by dancing and performances by the acclaimed tribute act, The Whip-Its. Dieter and Ivanka Hump, a European dominatrix known for her whip and leather attire, will have the crowd in an uproar as they share comedic commentary in between their musical renditions. Audiences will feel as though they’ve traveled back in time as the performers take on 80s classics such as Rick Springfield’s “Jessie’s Girl,” Blondie’s “One Way or Another” and many more. A dinner buffet and champagne toast at midnight are also included. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and dinner will be served at 7 p.m. with the concert beginning at 9 p.m. To purchase tickets, call the Casino Arizona Box Office at (480) 850-7734, or visit www.Ticketmaster.com. Must be 21 or older to attend.
Casino Arizona New Year’s Package:
•    General admission tickets are $85 per person for dinner and show. Includes two drink tickets, champagne toast and dinner buffet
•    Standing room only show tickets are $65 per person. Includes two drink tickets and champagne toast.
New Year’s Eve at Arizona Room Patio Grill
Relive the 90s at Casino Arizona’s Arizona Room Patio Grill on Dec. 31 with six-member live band, Empire Records. Covering a collection of 90s anthems like Christina Aguilera’s “Genie in A Bottle,” Vanilla Ice’s “Ice, Ice Baby” and Nirvana’s “Come As You Are” just to name a few, guests can honor the New Year with old classics. The party will include a dinner buffet and champagne toast at midnight. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for dinner and show and the concert begins at 9 p.m. For more information, call the Casino Arizona Box Office at (480) 850-7734.  Must be 21 or older to attend.
Arizona Room Patio Grill New Year’s Package options:
•    General admission tickets are $85 per person for dinner and show. Includes two drink tickets, champagne toast and dinner buffet
•    Standing room only tickets are $65 per person. Includes two drink tickets and champagne toast. Doors open at 8:30 p.m.
Talking Stick Resort (TSR) is a AAA Four Diamond Rated Resort and a central landmark within the emerging Talking Stick Cultural and Entertainment Destination (TSCED). Located in Scottsdale, Ariz., just east of the Loop 101 on Indian Bend Road, TSR is independently owned and operated by the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community. The 240,000 square property offers culturally rich experiences and luxury accommodations throughout its 496 deluxe rooms, 98,000 sq. ft. casino, 11 restaurants and lounges, world-class spa, 650-seat showroom, 25,000 sq. ft. grand ballroom, thriving cultural center and more than 100,000 sq. ft. of indoor and outdoor meeting space.

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Cox Arizona announces multiple employee promotions

Cox Communications has announced that three Phoenix-area employees, Zabrina Mogro, Scott Martin and Scott Magee Jr., have been promoted and will each be taking on new responsibilities as field supervisors.

With more than a combined 30 years of experience at Cox Arizona, each of the new field supervisors will be responsible for leading a team of Cox field technicians and overseeing their team’s repairs and maintenance of Cox residential services.

Zabrina Mogro has worked for Cox as a Universal Home Technician in field operations since 2007 where she also served as a mentor for other technicians. She served four years in the United States Air Force as an Air Traffic Controller before arriving at Cox. Mogro has been promoted out of Cox’s Tempe location.

Scott Martin began his career at Cox in 2006. During his time with the company, he has progressed and has held the positions of an Expert Technician with Home Security, a mentor to other technicians, and has also served in an interim leadership role. Passionate about development and leadership, he is a 2014 graduate from the Cox Communications Building Blocks Leadership Course and has also been involved in several special projects including the 2008 Super Bowl and Gigablast at Cox. He has been promoted out of Cox’s Scottsdale location.

Scott Magee Jr. started his telecommunications career in 1999 working as a Cox contractor with Western Cable. During his time in Field Operations, he became a three-product expert while also mentoring other technicians and serving in an interim leadership role. He has also been promoted out of Cox’s Scottsdale location.