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Ryan Companies wins City of Chandler RFP

Chandler City Council has awarded Ryan Companies the request for proposal for the premier downtown property known as Site 6, located on Arizona Avenue, directly across from Chandler’s award-winning City Hall.

Ryan Companies, a nationally recognized company specializing in office development, construction and management, proposes to develop and lease a mixed-use project consisting of two office buildings and related retail and restaurants. Their plan includes outdoor dining, pedestrian walkways and open space.

“We expect this to be a signature development project in downtown,” said Kim Moyers, Downtown Redevelopment Manger for the City of Chandler. “It is expected to open up much-needed office space, bringing jobs to downtown, while building on the momentum we have as an entertainment destination.”

The project is proposed to be built in two phases based on market conditions and pre-leasing. Staff will begin negotiations on a development agreement to be presented to the council by spring 2015.

The 4.25 acre site is vacant, and entirely owned by the city.

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Chandler opens RFP for retail, entertainment

The City of Chandler is looking for proposals to add mixed use development, including retail and entertainment to its downtown.

The City has opened a Request for Proposals (RFP) for the 4.6-acre property located on the southwest corner of Chandler Boulevard and Arizona Avenue commonly known as Sites 1-2-3. This property acts as the northern gateway to Chandler’s vibrant Downtown and is expected to be a catalyst for future growth of the area.

Over the last 15 years, Chandler’s Downtown has moved from being a place in need of redevelopment to a thriving destination location.  As such, the low vacancy rate has become an impediment to recruiting new business to the area.
There is an enormous demand for commercial space, with an office vacancy rate of 4.4 percent, and retail and restaurant vacancies at about 2 percent.

The University of Arizona and Arizona State University both have a presence in the area, and two new apartment complexes will bring 450 new housing units to market, complementing the fully-sold townhomes built over the last five years.

Site 1-2-3 is currently vacant and entirely owned by the City of Chandler, requiring no site assemblage.  The RFP will be open through Friday, Oct. 24, and is available at www.chandleraz.gov/downtown.

For questions, contact Kim Moyers, Downtown Redevelopment Manager at 480-782-3045.

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OnTrac Moves Corporate Headquarters, 850 Jobs To Continuum In Chandler

 

OnTrac, a regional overnight package delivery service in eight Western states, is moving its corporate headquarters to Chandler, and Continuum Business Park.

The new offices are located in the Price Corridor at 2501 S. Price Rd. The new building provides the company with additional space and the opportunity for future growth.  It will also allow OnTrac to grow its company culture and continue raising the bar for OnTrac’s standard of excellence.  The company will occupy 65,000 SF of space in the building, with an option to expand.

“We’ve begun construction and will spend in excess of $5M on the relocation of our corporate headquarters,” said Rob Humphrey, president of OnTrac. “And, we expect to bring more than 850 jobs to the City of Chandler over the term of the lease.”

“Chandler’s central location and quick access to the interstate and freeways make it an excellent choice for businesses that have a diverse workforce,” said Jay Tibshraeny, Mayor of Chandler. “We are seeing the benefits of that as businesses such as OnTrac and other notable companies choose to locate in the Price Corridor.”

OnTrac joins other employers in the Price Corridor in key industries of aerospace, life sciences, high technology R&D/manufacturing and advanced business services.

OnTrac is currently occupying space in Phoenix until improvements are completed.

 

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General Motors Selects Chandler as Site of its 4th IT Innovation Center

 

 

General Motors together with Gov. Jan Brewer, Chandler Mayor Jay Tibshraeny, the Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA) and the Greater Phoenix Economic Council (GPEC), announced today GM has selected Chandler as the site of its fourth Information Technology Innovation Center.

These IT Innovation Centers enable GM to in-source the company’s innovation capabilities, strengthening its global competitiveness.

With the announcement, GM expects to invest $21M in the new Chandler facility and hire 1,000 high-wage employees over the next five years.

“GM could have chosen to locate this premier facility anywhere in the country, so it is a tremendous credit to our state and everything we have to offer that GM has decided to build right here in Arizona,” Gov. Brewer said.

“Today’s announcement speaks volumes about the business-friendly environment we have created in Arizona, including our high-tech workforce, competitive tax policies and lean regulations. I could not be prouder of our state or what this announcement means for the future of the Arizona economy.”

With today’s GM announcement, Chandler joins previously disclosed locations for Innovation Centers in Warren, Mich.; Austin, Texas; and Roswell, Ga.

“The greater Phoenix area is a fantastic hub of emerging technical talent – from university graduates to working professionals. GM needs these kinds of world-class and skilled employees to be as successful as we want to be,” GM Chief Information Officer Randy Mott said.

“Chandler is the perfect addition to our overall Innovation Center market strategy, locating in great communities that are on the leading edge of innovation and technology.”

GM’s IT Innovation Centers are part of a companywide transformation to improve performance, reduce the cost of on-going operations and increase its delivery of innovation.

“This is exactly the type of technology employer we need in Chandler and in our state,” Chandler Mayor Tibshraeny said. “The GM Innovation Center is a perfect complement to Chandler’s Price Corridor, and furthers the City’s reputation as a regional hub for innovation and high-tech businesses.”

GM will begin recruiting and hiring software developers, database administrators and system analysts immediately. The new Innovation Center is expected to be operational by 1Q 2014.

 

 

“We are thrilled with GM’s selection of Arizona and its significant increased investment in our community. The company’s long-term commitment grows and strengthens our economy in the form of quality jobs, high wages and capital investment, building on the technology and economic base in our state,” said Sandra Watson, president and CEO, Arizona Commerce Authority. “It has been wonderful working with GM’s team throughout this process, and we look forward to a continued successful partnership for many years to come.”

 

“General Motors could not have found a better innovation partner than the City of Chandler, which has worked hard to earn its well-deserved status as one of the western U.S.’s top technology cities,” said GPEC President and CEO Barry Broome. “GM’s investment is testament to our skilled workforce and quality lifestyle, as well as competitive and uncomplicated business landscape. Indeed, today’s announcement is a win for the entire region, and we look forward to developing a lasting partnership with General Motors.”

 

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The Rockefeller Group Presses Forward with Plans for Extension of Coronado Street at Chandler 101

 

The Rockefeller Group announced that it is moving forward with plans for a southern extension of Coronado Street in Chandler. The road will serve as primary access to Chandler 101, the mixed-use project the company is developing in Chandler’s prestigious Price Corridor.

“The Rockefeller Group is pleased to start this important phase in the development of Chandler 101,” said Mark Singerman, Regional Director, The Rockefeller Group. “We believe that the construction of the road to the project will aid us in securing one or more anchor office tenants.”

Chandler 101 will be located at the intersection of Loop 101 and Chandler Boulevard and will include 844,000 SF on 22 acres with 8- to 10-story office towers, restaurants, retail, and a parking structure on the Southeast corner of Chandler Blvd. and the 101 Freeway.

Arizona State University announced in 2011 that it will locate its newest W.P. Carey Evening MBA and Custom Corporate MBA programs at Chandler 101.

According to Christine Mackay, Economic Development Director for the City of Chandler, there is a tremendous need for additional Class A office space near the 101 Freeway and Chandler Boulevard.

“We have been approached by a number of companies looking to locate in Chandler but right now we do not have the contiguous Class A office space available that they require. We are confident that Chandler 101 will serve that need,” Mackay said.

The Coronado Street extension not only will aid The Rockefeller Group in securing an anchor tenant for the project, but it will serve as a shortcut for commuters looking to head east on Chandler Blvd. and avoid the northbound Price Road/Chandler Blvd intersection.

The intersection of Loop 101 and Chandler Boulevard has one of the highest traffic counts in the Southeast Valley of the Phoenix metro area. The Loop 101 freeway carries more than 120,000 cars per day, and Chandler Boulevard and Price Road combined have more than 60,000 per day.

“Extending Coronado Street south and connecting it to Price Road has been part of the city’s transportation plan for more than five years,” Mayor Jay Tibshraeny said. “The Rockefeller Group will invest more than $3 million to construct the road. We’re excited that this road will aid the congestion at Price and Chandler while speeding up the timeline for breaking ground on Chandler 101.”

Singerman said that in the first half of 2013, The Rockefeller Group will work with the city staff and its team of consultants including the architect, civil engineer, landscape architect, geotechnical engineer, dry utility consultant and traffic engineer to design the road. He expects to name a general contractor during that time and break ground on the extension by summer.

 

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Rock the Block! Chandler Accepting Applications for Vendors

The 3rd annual Achen-Gardner Construction “Rock the Block!” presented by Mark-Taylor is accepting applications for retail, arts, crafts and food vendors for their block party taking place in downtown Chandler on Nov. 10.

Vendor booths are available in either 10’ x 10’ or 10’ x 20’ spaces. Accepted vendors will have the opportunity to feature and sell their products and services for the entirety of the event.

Rock the Block! is an annual family-friendly block party that celebrates the fun, dynamic lifestyle that Chandler offers while promoting Chandler-based businesses. Last year the block party attracted more than 12,000 guests.

The event will feature:

● Live entertainment on three stages

● A 12,000 SF. Kids Zone including interactive games, face painting, giant inflatables and a zip-line hosted by Arizona Bounce Around

● More than 100 retail, arts and crafts vendors

● Various food vendors including some of the top food trucks in Arizona

● Beverage vendors featuring two beer gardens and a VIP area

The event will run from noon until 8 p.m., on Arizona Ave. between Chandler Blvd. and Frye Rd. in Chandler.

Vendor applications can be found at the Rock the Block! official website : chandlerblockparty.com.

Deadline for submissions and payment is Oct. 19. For more information, please contact David at david@slentertainment.com or call (480) 284-6033.

 

 

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New Intel R&D Facility In Chandler Expected To Create Almost 1,000 Construction Jobs

Intel Corp. is adding a $300M research and development facility at its Chandler campus — a project that is expected to create almost 1,000 construction jobs.

Intel today announced plans for the 2-story, 285,000 SF facility that will be used to expand its packaging operations.

“This significant investment in R&D reflects Intel’s principal role in defining the future of technology,” said Babak Sabi, Intel vice president and director, Assembly and Test Technology Development.

“The innovation set to take place within the walls of this new research center will influence technology trends for years to come, and we’re delighted to bring that distinction to the community of Chandler and the State of Arizona.

“This speak for jobs,” Sabi said. “That’s what this is about.”

The facility will create several hundred Intel jobs and nearly 1,000 construction jobs. Hiring for Intel positions will occur over the next 18 months. About half of the positions will be filled by individuals with advanced engineering degrees.

Other positions are open to candidates with technical degrees and relevant experience. Military veterans with technical training are often well suited for a variety of roles within the company and Intel will specifically recruit veterans for these positions.

“Intel recognizes that highly skilled military veterans are a valuable resource,” Sabi said. “They bring real-world experience and proven expertise that complements the Intel culture.”

Intel’s new Chandler facility will be built to support packaging operations for the company. The research conducted in Chandler is strategic to the company’s future product roadmap and will promote Intel’s leadership role in technology innovation.

“For more than three decades, the City of Chandler has been a proud partner with Intel as it continues to expand here in our community,” Chandler Mayor Jay Tibshraeny said. “Intel’s dedication to research and development is commendable and will ensure a long and prosperous presence here in the region. This announcement once again shows Intel’s continued commitment to Chandler and confirms that the state of Arizona is a great place to do business.”

News of this additional investment comes as Intel forges ahead with construction of Fab 42, its new manufacturing facility in Ocotillo. Upon scheduled completion in 2013, Fab 42 will be the most advanced, high-volume semiconductor manufacturing facility in the world. Intel’s combined investment in the two new Chandler facilities will exceed $5.3B.

Site preparation for the R&D facility began in June; construction is expected to be completed in the second half of 2013. The building is designed to pursue LEED certification. M + W Group will be the design/builder for the project.

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QBE First Leases Operations Center In Chandler

QBE FIRST, part of QBE Insurance Group Limited, signed an 11-year lease on a new operations center at 2700 Frye Rd. in Chandler.

The 183,000 SF facility will house a significant QBE FIRST call center and is expected to accommodate more than 1,000 associates.

“This facility offers us the ability to grow, not only in the number of people we employ but also our infrastructure and information technology capabilities,” said Steve Lindstrom, regional operations executive for QBE FIRST.

QBE FIRST, through a business it and its affiliates acquired from the Balboa Insurance Company in mid-2011, has been a long-standing employer in the City of Chandler.

“As one of the largest employers in Chandler, QBE FIRST is pleased to remain a partner in the community and we look forward to continued growth in the future,” said QBE FIRST Chief Executive Officer CD Davies. “This facility will serve as a showcase for visiting clients and become a major servicing center for our customers.”

“It is great to have QBE expanding into the Chandler business community,” Mayor Jay Tibshraeny said. “This announcement shows the confidence they have in Chandler. We look forward to continuing this partnership and appreciate their recognition of a talented regional workforce to help them grow. A lot of people worked very hard to make this happen and we welcome QBE’s continued expansion in the Price Corridor.”

“GPEC places a significant emphasis on attracting investment from internationally-based firms as a prime source of growth and employment in the region, so we are pleased to welcome Australia-based QBE to Chandler,” said Barry Broome, president and CEO of the Greater Phoenix Economic Council. “Together with partners like the Arizona Commerce Authority, we will continue to work toward creating quality job growth in Greater Phoenix.”

QBE FIRST plans to begin moving into the new facility sometime during the fourth quarter of 2012. Regent Properties is the owner/developer of the property.

The lease was arranged by Jones Lang LaSalle on behalf of QBE and Bill Blake, Principal with Lee & Associates on behalf of Regent. “We’re grateful to the City of Chandler and the pro-business attitude of city leaders for making this project possible,” Lindstrom said. “And because the building is located next to the Chandler Fashion Center, it will also add revenue to the food and retail shops nearby. All in all, this facility is a win-win for QBE FIRST and the City of Chandler.

“This decision demonstrates Arizona’s competitiveness and the optimal operating environment Governor Jan Brewer, the legislature and business community have been building in order for employers like QBE FIRST to continue to operate here and grow,” said Sandra Watson, Executive Vice President and COO of the Arizona Commerce Authority. “The ACA is pleased to see QBE FIRST grow in Chandler while maintaining good jobs and creating more opportunities for Arizona workers as it expands.”

For more information on QBE First, visit their website at www.qbefirst.com.

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Infusionsoft Moving Its Corporate Headquarters To New Chandler Office

Infusionsoft, which creates sales and marketing software for small businesses, is relocating from Gilbert to a new 86,000 SF headquarters in Chandler at the end of this year.

Infusionsoft worked closely with the City of Chandler and the Arizona Commerce Authority to find a new home at Allred Park Place in the Price Corridor. Expecting to grow to 1,000 employees over the next three to four years, Infusionsoft will occupy the entire two-story building.

Willmeng Construction of Mesa is the general contractor and Balmer Architectural Group of Phoenix is the architect. CBRE will handle the leasing of space.

“We invested a great deal of time in our search for the ideal home for Infusionsoft as we continue this next phase of explosive growth,” says Clate Mask, CEO and co-founder of Infusionsoft. “Chandler’s Price Corridor represents a budding center for tech companies and talent. In the City of Chandler and the Arizona Commerce Authority, we’ve found true partners committed to our expansion, and to the success of our small business customers.”

Mayor Jay Tibshraeny of Chandler goes on to say, “Infusionsoft is a perfect fit for Chandler and the high-tech, creative class workforce we continue to recruit. Collaborative partnerships are critical in this knowledge-based economy, and we know Infusionsoft will be a stellar addition to the technology hub being created in the Price Corridor.”

Infusionsoft is rapidly approaching 300 employees, growing its workforce at a rate of 15% per quarter, and is currently hiring across all departments. With more than 32,000 users in 62 countries, Infusionsoft’s Web-based all-in-one-one sales and marketing software helps small businesses get more customers, increase sales and save time.

Infusionsoft integrates CRM, email marketing, e-commerce and marketing automation into one simple-to-use system that helps small businesses automatically market to prospects and customers. In the 1st quarter of this year, Infusionsoft customers captured 11 million leads with the software and $281M in e-commerce dollars were processed through the Infusionsoft shopping cart.

“Infusionsoft is a rising star in Arizona, and the ACA is pleased to see this company realize such success,” said Don Cardon, president and CEO of the Arizona Commerce Authority. “Infusionsoft was one of the first companies to take advantage of Arizona’s Angel Tax Credit to raise seed funding, and subsequent venture capital.  One of the ACA’s main priorities is growing our own — we provide assistance to help Arizona companies expand. Infusionsoft is a marquee employer in a growing industry sector.  The ACA is proud to have them as a partner in Arizona.”

Mask continues, “In this new location, we’ll create a world-class headquarters that represents the vibrancy and innovation of Infusionsoft. It will become the training center for small businesses in Arizona, and worldwide, to get the tools and education to help power their success.”

Working with the developer, Douglas Allred Company, Infusionsoft is creating a remarkable new work environment that will help the company continue to be one of the Best Workplaces in America and a Best Places to Work in the Valley.  The new space is designed to give employees a culture of inclusiveness, innovation and fun. Infusionsoft’s team will occupy the entire building, which is the first major speculative office building to be built in Arizona since 2009.