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BioInspire earns ‘Excellence in Innovation’ award

BioInspire, the Peoria-based incubator for medical device companies, accepted an “Excellence in Innovation” award at WESTMARC’S Best of the West award ceremony this week.

The award is the latest recognition for BioInspire, whose goal is to help start-up companies in the competitive field of medical device innovative gain a competitive edge.

The BioInspire facility is a joint effort between Plaza Companies, the City of Peoria and BioAccel.   The Plaza Del Rio campus is the home of BioInspire is operated by BioAccel and is the brainchild of the City of Peoria Economic Development Office and Sharon Harper, the President and CEO of Plaza Companies. BioAccel offers first-class working space, technical and business assistance and collaborative opportunities.

A partnership between Plaza Companies, City of Peoria and BioAccel/BioInspire has produced results in the form of new jobs in the West Valley and in positioning Peoria and the West Valley as a hub for innovation and technology.

WESTMARC’s Best of the West Awards is the West Valley’s most prestigious business recognition event, celebrating the best in Western Maricopa County for more than two decades. The event, on Nov. 5, was held at Phoenix International Raceway and honors outstanding contributions to the economic development, innovation and quality of life in the West Valley. A diverse panel of outstanding leaders, specifically chosen for their community and business expertise and located outside of the West Valley, determines the winners from a large selection of deserving entries.

Awards are presented in the categories of Economic Engine, Excellence in Innovation and Quality of Life.

“BioInspire is especially deserving of an award that has the word ‘Innovation’ in it. BioInspire gives companies the chance to tap into business, marketing, research and development and other resources that give them the best opportunity for success,” Harper said. “With health care emerging as one of the country’s most important issues, now more than ever we need companies that can truly innovate in the medical field and this is what BioInspire is helping companies to do. It also means more jobs in the West Valley and will help to attract even more companies and more jobs.”

“We want Peoria to be a signature destination not only for visitors but for businesses,” said Scott Whyte, economic services director for the City of Peoria. “BioInspire reflects our message that we are looking to grow our economic base and that we will pursue partnerships, projects and initiatives that make sense and  help further this goal. BioInspire adds vibrancy and symbolizes the essence of innovation. It’s a perfect symbol for Peoria’s aspirations. We thank WESTMARC for recognizing the importance of this initiative with this award.”

“Great partnerships help foster innovation and drive economic success,” said MaryAnn Guerra, CEO of BioAccel. “That’s what we have with BioInspire, which is helping to bring jobs, products and ideas to Peoria in the form medical innovation.”

Plaza Companies, with office locations in Peoria and Scottsdale, Arizona, is an award-winning leader in the development and management of medical office properties, technology and bioscience facilities, and senior housing communities. Founded in 1982, Plaza Companies is a full service firm with a portfolio of more than 5.5 million square feet valued at more than $1 billion. For more information about Plaza Companies, visit www.theplazaco.com.

BioAccel is a unique, fully independent, non-profit organization created to provide funding and business expertise to develop early stage life science technologies that drive local economic development efforts. BioAccel accelerates the development of new companies, drives economic development, and creates new biomedical products, which over time will become available to the general public. For more, go to www.bioaccel.org.

The City of Peoria boasts 160,000 residents. To regular vacationers and smart home buyers, Peoria has long been one of the most desirable locations in the Grand Canyon State. 
The city of Peoria provides excellent municipal services by anticipating community needs, creating partnerships, promoting sustainability and embracing diversity.

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Hyatt Regency Scottsdale named Best of the West

Readers of Meetings Focus West magazine have chosen Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort and Spa as a 2012 “Best of the West” property in the Western United States, Western Canada and Mexico.  The “Best of the West” award is based on the resort’s quality of meeting space, guest rooms, staff, service, food and beverage, the availability of technical equipment, amenities, activities and value.  The resort was chosen by top national meeting planners as an outstanding meeting facility for its exceptional service, comfort, charisma and ability to blend business and pleasure, ensuring guests have a unique meeting experience.  Only 50 properties in the Western region were selected for the award.

Set amidst flowering cacti, breathtaking sunsets and framed against the majestic McDowell Mountains, Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort and Spa at Gainey Ranch combines nature, culture and the spirit of the destination with contemporary sophistication and legendary comfort to create a unique southwestern experience.  The resort offers luxurious guestrooms, suites and casitas; the unparalleled Spa Avania; Center Stage Bar; five restaurants; Canyon Market and Camp Hyatt for young resort guests.  In addition, the resort offers 27 holes of championship golf, a newly transformed 2.5-acre water playground, world-class tennis, the Native American Learning Center, destination-specific “Experiential Offerings” for leisure guests (seasonally)/groups (year round) and a total of 70,000 square feet of indoor/outdoor function space.

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WESTMARC seeks ‘Best of the West’ nominations

WESTMARC is seeking nominations for its 20th anniversary Best of the West Awards ceremony scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 1, at the Renaissance Glendale Hotel.

At the anniversary event, WESTMARC will announce three West Valley award winners: Economic Engine Award, Quality of Life Enhancement Award and the Excellence in Innovation Award. Nominations are due Wednesday, Sept.12, by 5 p.m. Nominations can be emailed to events@westmarc.org or mailed to WESTMARC’s Peoria office at 14100 N 83rd Avenue, Suite 150. The cost for each nomination is $25 for members and $50 for non-members. Nomination forms are available www.westmarc.org and require one to three high resolution images.

“The Best of the West Awards will recognize outstanding contributions to the image, lifestyle and economy in the West Valley,” said Michelle Rider, president and CEO of WESTMARC. “With all the significant activity in the West Valley this past year, the challenging part will be narrowing our awards to only three winners.”

Nominations are sought from those individuals and organizations west of Interstate 17. The Economic Engine Award will recognize individuals and organizations which have created a significant economic impact in the region. Nominees will be judged on economic impact in proportion to the size of the nominee or to the population.

Potential nominees for the Quality of Life Enhancement Award will recognize educational, community, arts and recreational programs, facilities or leaders enhancing the quality of life in the West Valley.

The Excellence in Innovation Award will recognize individuals and organizations demonstrating an innovative concept or fulfilling a need that preserves the region’s assets and resources and create an economic benefit for West Valley residents.

A special 20th anniversary award will be presented at the ceremony to the Luke Forward community engagement campaign which was pivotal to the recent effort to secure the new F-35 training center at Luke Air Force Base. WESTMARC will also present the John F. Long Lifetime Achievement Award and the WESTMARC Leadership Award.

“A special thank you to our Presenting Partner, Cox Communications, and all of our sponsors for their continued generous support,” added Rider. Sponsorship opportunities are still available.

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Hyatt Regency Scottsdale earns Best of the West honor

Readers of Meetings Focus West magazine have chosen Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort and Spa as a 2012 “Best of the West” property in the Western United States, Western Canada and Mexico.  The “Best of the West” award is based on the resort’s quality of meeting space, guest rooms, staff, service, food and beverage, the availability of technical equipment, amenities, activities and value.  The resort was chosen by top national meeting planners as an outstanding meeting facility for its exceptional service, comfort, charisma and ability to blend business and pleasure, ensuring guests have a unique meeting experience.  Only 50 properties in the Western region were selected for the award.

Set amidst flowering cacti, breathtaking sunsets and framed against the majestic McDowell Mountains, Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort and Spa at Gainey Ranch combines nature, culture and the spirit of the destination with contemporary sophistication and legendary comfort to create a unique southwestern experience.  The resort offers luxurious guestrooms, suites and casitas; the unparalleled Spa Avania; Center Stage Bar; five restaurants; Canyon Market and Camp Hyatt for young resort guests.  In addition, the resort offers 27 holes of championship golf, a newly transformed 2.5-acre water playground, world-class tennis, the Native American Learning Center, destination-specific “Experiential Offerings” for leisure guests and a total of 70,000 square feet of indoor/outdoor function space.