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Scottsdale Cultural Council CEO Resigns

Scottsdale Cultural Council President and CEO William H. Banchs has announced his resignation from the nonprofit organization effective August 31. Banchs plans to return to Miami to pursue new professional opportunities.

“During Bill’s five-and-a-half-year tenure he worked successfully to completely restructure and reorganize the Cultural Council’s governance and management, and to strengthen its development programs,” remarked Ellen Andres-Schneider, chair of the board of trustees.

“This was all done in accordance with a new strategic plan he helped to create. These positive developments took place during an unprecedented recession, which occupied the majority of Bill’s tenure. On behalf of the board of trustees, I want to thank Bill for his persistence and determination in bringing about these positive outcomes, which have helped pave the way toward a bright future for the Cultural Council,” Andres-Schneider added.

“I have been very fortunate to have served one of the most comprehensive cultural organizations in the nation. The artistic experiences I have had at the Scottsdale Cultural Council have been on par with the best I have ever seen or heard anywhere,” noted Bill Banchs. “I particularly wish to thank the City of Scottsdale for its commitment to the arts, the Cultural Council staff for its dedication to such high standards of artistic excellence, and the board of trustees for its active engagement and participation in our efforts to strengthen the organization and broaden its audiences and base of private-sector support.”

Banchs began his position with the Scottsdale Cultural Council in January 2008. He previously served as president of the Miami-based National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts for 17 years.

The Cultural Council will appoint an interim CEO and begin a national search for a new president and CEO.

The Scottsdale Cultural Council is contracted by the City of Scottsdale to manage the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA) and Scottsdale Public Art.

Danielle Casey

Scottsdale Names Danielle Casey As Its New Economic Development Director


The City of Scottsdale hired Danielle Casey as economic development director, the top choice from an open recruitment that resulted in 111 candidates. She start June 10.

Casey has spent the past eight years with the City of Maricopa, including two years as economic development director and the last year as assistant city manager. She has more than seven years of experience in economic development as an analyst, manager and director and is the president-elect of the Arizona Association for Economic Development (AAED).

“It is a true honor to be joining the Scottsdale team,” she said. “The professionalism of the organization and staff was obvious to me in the thorough nature of the recruitment process.

“I am humbled to have been selected to lead the economic development department as it works to achieve the goals set forth as part of the Council’s strategic planning process, and am eager to begin my service to the City of Scottsdale.”

In Scottsdale, Casey will direct a staff of nine whose responsibilities include: business retention, expansion and attraction; supporting Downtown Scottsdale as a destination attraction for visitors and residents; and administering contracts for the Scottsdale Convention and Visitors Bureau and Scottsdale Cultural Council.

“Danielle is an energetic and creative professional who will be a very positive addition to our economic development team,” said Paul Katsenes, Scottsdale’s community and economic development executive director. “We are in a very exciting time as the character of Scottsdale’s economy evolves, and Danielle will play a very important leadership role as we move forward.”

Casey holds a bachelor’s degree from Arizona State University and a master’s degree from Northern Arizona University. She is a Certified Economic Developer (International Economic Development Council) and a Certified Economic Development Finance Professional (National Development Council).



Scottsdale to Host 1st Annual Commercial Real Estate Summit


Want to know what’s happening in the commercial real estate market in Scottsdale?

The First Annual Scottsdale Real Estate Summit is scheduled for April 12 from 8 a.m. until 4:15 p.m. at the Hilton Scottsdale Resort, 6333 N. Scottsdale Rd.

The title of the summit is “It’s all about Scottsdale,” and is being hosted by the Scottsdale Area Association of Realtors. It is designed specifically for commercial/residential agents, developers, business owners, government entities, investors and residents interested in economic development.

Speakers include Barry Broome of GPEC, Jim Keeley of Colliers International, Paul Kastenes of the City of Scottsdale, and Jim Pederson, founder and chairman of the Pederson Group.

Afternoon sessions will include such entities as DMB Associates, Macerich, the City of Scottsdale Aviation Department, the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, the Arizona Office of Tourism, Scottsdale Healthcare, and Hendricks Berkadia.

Speakers will focus on transportation, healthcare, tourism, retail, housing, growth in the airpark, economic initiatives in south Scottsdale and plans for the Loop 101 corridor within the SRPMIC.

Register online at  SAARonline.com. Continental breakfast and lunch are included in the registration. Call (480) 945-2651 for more information.





Northcentral University Expands Scottsdale Location

Northcentral University, an online graduate school, announced the grand opening of its expanded Scottsdale Academic and Administrative Center.

Northcentral University moved into its current location at 8667 E. Hartford Dr. in Scottsdale in April of 2011, leasing 26,750 SF of office space. Due to an increase in its student body over the past year, the university is doubling the size of its center to 54,215 SF. Sachse Construction was the general contractor; Rossetti was the architect.

The grand opening ceremony on Dec. 12 included a ribbon cutting attended by Scottsdale Mayor Jim Lane, as well as members of the North Scottsdale Chamber of Commerce.

“This is an exciting time for Scottsdale, to have a premier online graduate school like Northcentral University, expanding its presence here. Northcentral University brings additional job growth to North Scottsdale as well as a deep commitment to becoming an engaged member of the community,” Lane said.

The Scottsdale campus is home to Northcentral University’s academic and business operations; 220 employee work at the location.

“Northcentral University provides its students with a unique online learning experience,” said Dr. Scott Burrus, provost and chief academic officer. “Students have been attracted to our one-to-one teaching method based on the Oxford Tutorial Model, where they work directly with their faculty member and not in a team-based setting. Furthermore, 100% of our faculty, full-time and adjunct, hold doctoral degrees.”

Northcentral University has received several accolades, including the following rankings by U.S. News and World Report:

>> #5 Business School in Faculty Credentials and Training

>> #6 Education School in Faculty Credentials and Training

While Northcentral University offers bachelor’s degrees, 95% of the student body is enrolled in graduate programs.


Shop Small, Small Business Saturday in Scottsdale

Shop Small And Spend Small Business Saturday In Scottsdale

You’ve heard of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, but how about Small Business Saturday? On November 24, 2012, support local businesses and shop local — or, “Shop Small.”

According to the 2011 Small Business Saturday Consumer Survey by Echo Research, and commissioned by American Express, more than 100 million people nationwide took part in Small Business Saturday.

This year, the City of Scottsdale is encouraging Scottsdale residents to take part in the one-day event. They’ve even created a Facebook page for it, for both shoppers and businesses. Businesses can use the page to post information about their shops, special deals for Small Business Saturday and other products and services.Download materials such as this sign on Shop Small's website.

Shoppers can join Small Business Saturday Scottsdale on Facebook for a chance to win a $25 American Express gift card. Winners will be selected in time to use the gift cards on Nov. 24.

Shop Small’s website has made it easy to determine which small businesses are participating in Small Business Saturday with its “Where to Shop” tool. And for those businesses interested in participating, they can promote themselves with American Express’s free, downloadable marketing tools.

For more information about Small Business Saturday, taking place on November 24, visit shopsmall.com. And, don’t forget to check out the Small Business Saturday Scottsdale Facebook page.

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Water Works Engineers

Water Works Engineers Leased Space

Water Works Engineers LLC has leased nearly 5,000 SF at The Alter Group’s 187-acre Riverwalk Arizona business park in Scottsdale.

Water Works Engineers provides products and services to the municipal water and wastewater community and is hiring employees as part of its expansion.

The company’s customers include the City of Mesa, City of Phoenix and the City of Scottsdale.  Along with its office in Scottsdale, the company also has offices in California, Utah and Texas.

The Alter Group has developed 1 MSF of projects for its corporate users and has ranked No. 3 in the National Real Estate Investor survey of America’s top office developers.

For more information on Water Works Engineers and their projects, visit the website at www.wwengineers.com.

Sustainability Discussions at the GoGreen Conference

GoGreen Conference ’11 Sustainability Panel Discussions (Part II)

In the first part of the GoGreen Conference ’11 coverage, we reported that sustainability education and patience were the buzzwords of many of the panel discussions. Here’s why:

The panel discussion titled “Green Your Workplace: High Impact Change at Your Business,” moderated by Ed Fox, chief sustainability officer for APS, focused on how to turn the idea of going green and sustainability into governance. This challenge small and large businesses face was the topic of discussion among the panel, which included:

  • Bryan Dunn, senior vice president of Adolfson & Peterson Construction;
  • Jonce Walker, sustainability manager of Maricopa County;
  • Anthony Floyd, LEED AP, green building program manager of the City of Scottsdale;
  • and Leslie Lindo, president and co-founder of IKOLOJI.

Fox began the discussion asking the panelists how one would convince the leaders of companies to pursue incorporating green elements into the workplace.

Floyd suggested offering incentives and marketing materials and free literature to spur interest. Lindo agreed providing incentives to employees will help encourage them to make the changes second nature. She also suggested owners become educated themselves and have a strong advocate in the office.

Walker took a different approach and said reducing consumption to afford sustainability is one step a business can consider taking. The company must be efficient and through this efficiency, it will convince others that the extra cost will be worth it.

Walker continued to say that it helps to know all the benefits of turning your particular business green — environmental, economical, etc. — and know your audience.

“Ninety percent of clients are bottom-line driven,” Dunn said. They want to save energy and save money, he added. Two ways companies can do this is by making their own operations more efficient (switching your lighting to LED, for example) while also anticipating changes in the marketplace.

Dunn also said behavioral modifications must take place. You can switch to LED, but the appropriate actions must be taken by the staff, i.e. remembering to turn off the lights.

But what was stressed was the acceptance of risk. While making your business more environmentally friendly and sustainable will help you save money in the long run, it will take some time to get there with few obvious returns. Or, as Fox put it, the few “low hanging fruit.”

In the following discussion, “Applying Sustainabilty Best Practices to Impact Community Equity and Diversity,” moderated by Dr. George Brooks, owner of Southwest Green and NxT Horizon Group and including Greg Peterson, founder of Urban Farm; Diane Brossart, president of Valley Forward; and Rosanne Albright, Brownfields Project Manager of the City of Phoenix, regenerative sustainability was the hot topic as well as education.

“Nature regenerates itself, not just sustains itself,” Peterson said. “Education is the key piece to sustainability.

Urban farming (or growing and sharing food), recycling land via the Brownfields Land Recycling Project, and the importance of parks and open space in the state were all covered in this discussion.

“Energy, food, health, poverty — they are all connected,” Brooks said. “Local sourcing and urban farms can help offset the costs of energy.”

Peterson’s final thoughts?

“It’s really a grassroots movement,” he said. “For those of you in the government, get out of our way.”

Visit the GoGreen Conference website at gogreenconference.net.


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Best Industrial Project 2011

Keller Electrical

Best Industrial Project: Keller Electrical

Developer: Chamberlain Development
Contractor: Sun State Builders
Architect: Winton Architects
Broker: DAUM Commercial
Size: 105,000 SF
Location: 1881 E. University, Phoenix
Completed: August 2010

The Keller Electrical project was one of the first buildings in Arizona to complete a solar rooftop energy system with APS. The 270KW system is capable of powering a substantial amount of the total building demand. Keller employs more than 100 workers at its state-of-the-art manufacturing, testing and office headquarters. Keller’s clients include APS, the City of Phoenix, the City of Scottsdale and most large motor companies worldwide. Keller is located on 6.55 acres at Sky Harbor Business Park. The project received new markets tax credit financing, a program designed to spur investment into low-income communities.

Honorable Mention: Power-One (Phase I & II)

Honorable Mention Industrial Project: Power One - Wespac

Developer: Power-One
ontractor: Wespac Construction
Broker: CB Richard Ellis
3201 Harbour Dr., Phoenix
January 2010

Southwest Build-it-Green Expo & Conference

Speaking Opportunities At The Annual Southwest Build-It-Green Conference

Don’t miss out! The annual Southwest Build-It-Green Expo & Conference is scheduled for April 15-16, 2011 and speaking opportunities are still available! Fill out your speaker form (PDF) today.

As the largest sustainability expo in Arizona, this is one event you won’t want to miss. Last year’s expo attracted more than 200 exhibitors and 10,000 attendees, with topics ranging from green awareness, to solar power, LEED certification, water filtration, and many more.

BIG also features guest speakers of local, national and international prominence. Among some of the speakers last year were Anthony Floyd, AIA, LEED-AP Green Building Manager for the City of Scottsdale; Dr. Tom Rogers, professor and Chair of Construction Management at Northern Arizona University; Diane Brossart, president of Valley Forward; James Brew from the Rocky Mountain Institute; Lori Singleton, manager of Sustainability Initiatives and Technologies at Salt River Project and many more.

In addition to the conference, the exhibits showcase products such as eco-friendly appliances and environmentally conscious landscaping techniques that aim to reduce Arizona’s carbon footprint. There are a wide variety of topics and something for everyone – homeowners and businesses alike.

For more information visit www.builditgreenexpo.com.

Red Awards 2010

Most Sustainable Project 2010

Appaloosa Branch Library

Wide arrays of environmental designs and products for the Appaloosa Library have been submitted for LEED Gold certification. Formerly used to accommodate overflow parking for Rawhide, most of the site has been restored with native vegetation that includes transplanted cacti and trees salvaged from the old lot. Building materials were selected to reduce the heat island effect, and to make use of locally produced products. Building design includes locations for collecting recyclable materials to minimize garbage that needs to be transported to landfills. Additionally, 93% of construction waste materials were recycled. An interactive flat screen monitor placed in the lobby displays the real-time operation of various systems, including energy consumption and solar energy generation. It can also provide historical trends, as well as generate alarms or alerts under certain conditions.

Developer: City of Scottsdale
Contractor: Haydon Building Corp.
Architect: DWL Architects + Planners
Size: 21,242 SF
Location: 7377 E. Silverstone Dr., Scottsdale
Completed: September 2009

Honorable Mention: Flagstaff Courtyard by Marriott Most Sustainable Project 2010

Developer: The Summit Group
Contractor: Wespac Construction
Architect: Mind’s Eye Architecture
Size: 101,869 SF
Location: 2650 S. Beulah Blvd., Flagstaff
Completed: August 2009

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