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WESTMARC seeks Best of the West nominees

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

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

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

Economic Engine Award

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

Quality of Life Enhancement Award

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

Excellence in Innovation Award

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

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

• West Valley Excellence in Leadership

• West Valley Regional Advancement

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

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

Megan Faust, Matt Anderson (second and third from left) and classmates receive guidance from Cox proctors during the executive MBA Business Strategy and Public Policy course.

MBA students raise taxes in capitol day exercise

In a twist of irony, about 40 executive MBA students acting as legislators and advocates voted in a slight increase in taxes to balance a mock state budget on Wednesday, July 22nd. The students, many of whom are employed in Arizona businesses, passed the final vote after two days of learning about policy making and budget decisions from some of the state’s top lawmakers, staff and leading advocates as part of a course called Business Strategy and Public Policy at the W. P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University.

Designed to give future business leaders an introduction to the legislative process and to develop skills necessary to be effective in the public policy arena, the course is one of only a dozen or so classes of its kind in the nation to be offered to executive MBA students.

“This is a unique opportunity for executive, master’s-level students, many of whom are interested in becoming business leaders, to learn about the processes at work at the state and national level and where they can have an influence for their industries throughout the process,” said Gerry Keim, professor of management at the W. P. Carey School who oversees the class.

Keim works closely with Cox Communications, which has coordinated and run the program for the past nine years at the state senate building at the capitol. The intensive workshop assigns each MBA student a role of advocate, state senator or representative. The class elects a governor, senate president and speaker of the house who then make subcommittee appointments. An abbreviated state budget is introduced and students interact based on their roles to pass a new balanced budget, as required by the Arizona State constitution.

Megan Faust, a corporate controller, was assigned to be a state senator.
“The role of a state legislator was very challenging and demanding,” said Faust. “The number of issues and constituents I needed to consider and then prioritize with limited state funds was made apparent to me in this mock budget session. I have a renewed respect and feel particularly grateful to the legislators we have in office for their time and energy invested to make tough decisions for our state.”

Reflecting the real process, the group had difficulty reaching a consensus on a unified budget. In the last hour and after two days of negotiation, the group voted in a slight tax increase, balancing the budget and completing the exercise.

“Making decisions like when to raise taxes, and on what constituents, is difficult.  No matter what decision you make, someone has to pay the bill,” said Matt Anderson, a physician who was elected senate minority leader. “Participating in this budget exercise was eye opening, and I now have a new understanding of the delicate balance our state leaders must find during each budget session.”

The class will go to Washington, D.C. later in July to learn about the federal process.

“Our founder, James Cox, believed in community and civic involvement.” said Michelle Bolton, director of government relations for Cox Communications.

“Some of the ways he led by example include serving as governor and as a member of congress for Ohio and running for president in 1920. To follow this corporate commitment, for the last 9 years, Cox has been proud to partner with ASU’s W. P. Carey School of Business to help educate students on the democratic process in our state.”

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Cox doubles internet speeds for Arizona customers

Cox Communications has announced that customers who subscribe to Cox High Speed Internet Ultimate will benefit from even faster speeds beginning in September.  This latest surge in maximum download speeds from 150 Mbps to 300 Mbps is the most recent in a series of speed increases in Arizona. Earlier this year, the company made the download speeds for Cox High Speed Internet Starter package five times faster; Cox High Speed Internet Essential became three times faster. This latest speed increase comes on the heels of the company beginning its rollout of gigabit speeds to residential customers in the Valley last fall. Cox’s residential gigabit service delivering speeds 100 times faster than the average speed in the U.S. today will be available in all Cox markets by the end of 2016. Cox has been offering multi-gigabit services to businesses across the Valley for more than 10 years.

“Cox continues to invest in our network and deliver what customers have come to expect from us: industry leading high speed Internet service and a customer experience like no other,” said John Wolfe Senior Vice President and Region Manager.  “Not only are we working hard to offer gigabit speeds to all valley residents, but we continue to increase speeds and add valuable features.”

Delivering on its promise to provide the best high speed Internet service, Cox has increased Internet speeds more than 1,000 percent on its most popular packages over the past 14 years including doubling the speeds of its most popular speeds late last year.  Along with a seamless streaming experience on multiple devices, with this latest speed increase, Cox High Speed Internet customers with the Ultimate service package will be able to:

  • Download a 5 GB high definition movie in two and half minutes
  • Download a 50 MB file in about one second
  • Download 10 MP3 songs in less than a second
  • Download a 25 MB YouTube clip in less than a second

“The benefits of an ultra-fast Cox High Speed Internet connection extend far beyond the home.  When our customers are on the go, they can enjoy free access to more than 1,200 Cox WiFi hotspots in Arizona, plus the nation’s largest WiFi network of over 400,000 Cable WiFi hotspots across the country,” said Wolfe. “These hotspots are located in public areas in Phoenix and Tucson, and nationwide, such as restaurants, malls, sports arenas and parks.”

In addition to increased mobility, Internet usage is doubling every two years and consumers are adding more and more devices to their home network. Today, the average home has more than six devices connected to the Internet and that number is expected to leap to 11 devices by 2017. Cox is committed to continually enhancing its service offerings to stay at the forefront of these trends. The company has been the broadband leader in its markets over the past two decades for speed, availability and customer choice.


Cox Communications honors Latina entrepreneurs

Cox Communications announced a partnership with Prensa Hispana newspaper, Azteca América Phoenix and the Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (AZHCC) to recognize successful Latina entrepreneurs whose innovative business strategies are perfect examples of many small businesses blooming in Arizona.

The one-of-a-kind campaign is back for the third year and it includes a series of 30-second spots produced by Cox Media in English and Spanish that highlight two outstanding Latina Entrepreneurs in Phoenix. The spots will run across the Cox channel line up throughout the month of June and July. Through the media partnerships, honorees’ stories will also appear on the pages of Prensa Hispana newspaper, Azteca América Phoenix’s channels and through communication vehicles of the Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

Latinas make up the single largest minority group among women-owned businesses. According to the 2014 State of Women-Owned Businesses Report, Latina entrepreneurs have an estimated 1,033,100 businesses as of 2014. In addition, Latina-owned businesses generated $71.1 billion in revenue and employed over 400,000 workers.

“We are honored to highlight the accomplishments of these exceptional Latina entrepreneurs in Phoenix,” said John Wolfe, Vice President and General Manager, Cox Communications. “These Latina entrepreneurs are not only contributing to the thriving Arizona economy, but also to the communities that they live in.”

“The success of minority small business and women owned businesses here in Arizona is at an all time high,” said Mónica Villalobos, Vice President for the AZHCC. “The Cox Latina Entrepreneurs program is a testament to the growing force of accomplished Latinas in Phoenix and it’s with great pleasure that the AZHCC is partnering with Cox Business to support this wonderful program for the third year in a row.”

The individuals featured in the Phoenix campaign are:

Silvana Salcido Esparza: Owner of Barrio Café and Barrio Urbano
Silvana was born in Los Angeles, California and grew up in the San Joaquin Valley. Raised in a family whose ancestors were once appointed the official pastry chefs to Spain’s royal family, Esparza’s family immigrated to Mexico in the 1600’s. Silvana has been nominated for the prestigious James Beard award in 2010, 11, 12 & 14. Esparza now owns and operates Barrio Café and Barrio Urbano in Phoenix.

Lety Garcia: Owner and CEO of Prensa Hispana
When Lety Garcia and her husband, Manny Garcia, started the newspaper in 1990 the circulation totaled 5,000 and was primarily distributed in the Phoenix area. Today, it has a weekly circulation of 65,000, making it the leading Spanish newspaper publication in the valley catering to the growing Hispanic population.



Mark-Taylor announces Summer of Love Series

Mark-Taylor, Steve LeVine Entertainment & Public Relations and Cox Communications have announced the 9th Annual Summer of Love pool party series beginning on Saturday, June 6 and running until Saturday, August 29. These fun, interactive, poolside events offer a great time and a chance for one lucky winner to host their very own pool party at a Mark-Taylor community.

Now in its ninth year, the Mark-Taylor Summer of Love pool party series celebrates neighborhood, a sense of community, poolside fun and friends. Each event offers residents and the general public a chance to win a personalized pool party which includes a VIP cabana, playlist curated by the winner, and a Mark-Taylor swag bag. All guests can enjoy complimentary food and beverage, music spun by a live DJ, poolside games and more. Each pool party features a raffle/giveaway benefiting local charity group UMOM New Day Centers. UMOM provides emergency shelter and transitional housing to the homeless and ultimately helps families find permanent, affordable housing opportunities. The series will take place at 13 Mark-Taylor communities this summer including the following:

  • June 6 :: San Travesia – Scottsdale, Ariz.
  • June 13 :: Redstone at SanTan Village – Gilbert, Ariz.
  • June 20 :: Level at Sixteenth – Phoenix, Ariz.
  • June 27 :: San Privada – Gilbert, Ariz.
  • July 11 :: Onnix – Tempe, Ariz.
  • July 18 :: @51 – Phoenix, Ariz.
  •  July 25 :: Domus – Phoenix, Ariz.
  • August 1 :: San Lagos – Glendale, Ariz.
  • August 8 :: Remington Ranch – Litchfield Park, Ariz.
  • August 8 :: Allegro at La Entrada – Las Vegas, Nev.
  • August 15 :: San Sonoma – Tempe, Ariz.
  • August 22 :: San Cervantes – Chandler, Ariz.
  • August 29 :: San Marbeya – Tempe, Ariz.
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Nonprofits can apply for $10K Cox Charities grants

Cox Charities is asking  Arizona non-profits that focus on K-12 youth and education programs to submit proposals for grants valued at $10,000 or less. This year’s grant cycle will close June 3. The grant application can be found online at www.azfoundation.org/grants.

In 2014, Cox Charities distributed nearly $715,000 to 91 youth and education-focused nonprofits across the state. Cox Charities funds are raised through employee-driven fundraisers and personal contributions throughout the year, as well as community fundraising partnerships. Since its inception in 1996, Cox has awarded more than $5 million in grants to non-profit organizations for youth education programs that help build our next generation of community leaders.

Over the past 18 years, Cox Charities has funded local non-profits that focus on  science and technology, arts and culture, safe and healthy lifestyles, overcoming disabilities, mentoring, literacy, leadership development, social skills development, and other areas benefiting youth in Southern Arizona.

“Cox Charities is committed more than ever before to supporting our community’s children by funding youth and education-focused non-profits that provide vital programming. As we have for many years, Cox Charities supports the communities in which we do business,” said Susan Anable, vice president of public affairs, Cox Communications. 

Additional support is given to these communities through volunteerism by Cox employees.  Last year, one-third of Cox Arizona employees participated in the Cox Volunteers program, logging 32,000 volunteer hours.  In an effort to be the most trusted provider of communication and entertainment services, Cox supports Cox Charities grant recipients by encouraging Cox employees to volunteer time in support many past recipients such as the Phoenix Zoo, Boys & Girls Clubs, Childhelp, HandsOn Greater Phoenix, the Make a Wish Foundation, Homeward Bound to name a few. 

Funding will not be awarded for capital expenditures or general operations, or for the provision of healthcare/therapy services, basic needs, entertainment, or socialization/recreation programs. Funding will also not be awarded to pass-through organizations raising funds on behalf of other agencies.

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Cox Communications honors Valley’s ‘green’ heroes

Cox Communications, in partnership with The Trust for Public Land, is seeking nominations for Arizona’s fourth annual Cox Conserves Heroes awards program. A total of $20,000 will be donated to local environmental nonprofits on behalf of the winner and finalists.

Nominations are being accepted through 5 p.m. MT on May 18 at www.cox7.com/cox-conserves for volunteers in Phoenix and Southern Arizona who are creating, preserving or enhancing outdoor spaces.

A judging panel comprised of civic and environmental leaders will select three finalists who will then compete to be named Arizona’s 2015 Cox Conserves Hero. The winner, chosen through an online public vote, will receive $10,000 to donate to his or her selected nonprofit beneficiary. The two finalists each will receive $5,000 for their nonprofits of choice.

Nominee activities must be performed on a volunteer basis and may not be part of an individual’s paid employment.

Arizona’s 2015 Cox Conserves Heroes Timeline:

  • Nominations:  April 13 – May 18
  • Voting:  July 13 – August 10
  • Winner Announcement: August

Scottsdale’s Melinda Gulick, Tucson’s Brad Lancaster and Phoenix’s Greg Clark are previous recipients of Arizona’s Cox Conserves Heroes award. 

As either a finalist or winner’s nonprofit of choice, the following Arizona organizations have received financial support from the Cox Conserves Heroes program: Arizona Native Plant Society, Desert Harvesters, McDowell Sonoran Conservancy, Mission Garden, Nina Mason Pulliam Rio Salado Audubon Center, Phoenix Mountains Preservation, Tigermountain Foundation and Wild At Heart.

The Cox Conserves Heroes program was created through a partnership between The Trust for Public Land and Cox Enterprises, the parent company of Cox Communications. Cox Conserves Heroes also takes place in Calif., Ga., Fla., La., Mass. and Va. Overall, nearly $500,000 has been donated to environmental nonprofits and more than 140 volunteers have been honored through the Cox Conserves Heroes program.

For more information, visit CoxConservesHeroes.com or Facebook.

Social Media: #CoxConservesHeroes and #CoxConservesHero


AXA Advisors Southwest earns Governor’s Award

The Governor’s Commission on Service and Volunteerism announced that AXA Advisors Southwest, a leading provider of financial services for consumers and businesses, has been named a recipient of the 2015 Governor’s Volunteer Service Award for its dedicating to volunteerism, fundraising and general community service. AXA Advisors Southwest was honored by Governor Doug Ducey’s office on Friday, April 17 during a special event in the recipients’ honors held at the East Valley Institute of Technology.

“The volunteer Service Awards were established in 2002 to recognize and thank Arizonans who have dedicated their time and talents to help address the needs most important to Arizona communities,” said Carla Friedman, youth program development director for the Governor’s Office for Children, Youth and Families. “A statewide panel of judges evaluated nominations for need, action, innovation and impact, and chose AXA Advisors Southwest based on its work with Elevate Phoenix, the AXA Achievement Scholarship Program and AXA Days of Service, among other activities.”

“We’ve raised funds to fill backpacks for kids in need and rolled up our sleeves to build homes for some amazing families in Arizona, not to mention created our own large-scale charity event – Weekend Jetaway Culinary Casino Classic – to give back in every way that we can,” says Dillan Micus, executive vice president of AXA Advisors Southwest. “It takes a village – and at AXA Advisors Southwest we become that village, all in the name of volunteering and raising funds for our nonprofit.”

Sponsors of the Governor’s Volunteer Service Awards include the Arizona State Fair, ASU Lodestar Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Innovation, ASU Office of University Initiatives, Cox Communications, Harkins Theaters, SRP, Fry’s and other businesses and organizations that are ardent supporters of volunteerism in Arizona.


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Cox Arizona hosts tech recycling event

On Earth Day, Wednesday, April 22, from 10:00am-6:00pm,  Cox Arizona will be partnering with CBS 5 to help reduce hazardous waste caused by improperly dumping electronics and will be a hosting an E-Waste Recycling drive. Cox Arizona invites Phoenix residents to drop off their old and unwanted technology, including everything from batteries and computers, to cell phones, at participating Valley Cox Retail Store locations.

“This Earth Day, we invite the public to have a hand in protecting our environment by recycling their unwanted technology and we’ll make sure they’re recycled properly,” said Susan Anable, Vice President of Public Affairs, Cox Southwest. “At Cox we strive to help the environment throughout the year by using solar power, recycling, and using fuel-efficient vehicles—this is one of many initiatives Cox supports to help reduce waste and energy consumption.”

“We are pleased to be able to partner with Cox Arizona and offer this resource,” said Ed Munson, CBS 5 Vice President & General Manager.  “So many people have these old items in the homes and just don’t know where or how to dispose of them.  This is a great opportunity to get rid of that old technology and keep Phoenix clean.”

As a thank you for keeping our environment clean, Cox retail store staff will hand out Cox Conserve logo’d grocery/shopping bags to those that bring in donations. 

Below are addresses of participating Cox Retail Stores:

  • Cox Solutions Store, 301 East Bell Road #100, Phoenix, AZ
  • Cox Solutions Store, 2040 East Rio Salado Parkway #128, Tempe, AZ

Below is a list of accepted materials:

  • Computers
  • Printers
  • Keyboards
  • Servers
  • Cell phones
  • Lap tops
  • Floppy drives
  • Video game systems
  • Cameras
  • Hard drives
  • Alkaline batteries
  • Modems
  • Routers
  • Cables and cords

To learn more about Cox Arizona’s green efforts, visit coxconserves.com. Nominations are now open for Cox Conserves Heroes, a program that recognizes local environmental volunteers and makes donations to local nonprofits on their behalf.


Cox increases Internet speeds for Arizona residents

Cox Communications announced that it has increased the speeds on two packages of Internet service for all Arizona customers. Cox High Speed Internet Essential will triple its speed from five megabits per second to 15 megabits per second. Cox High Speed Internet Starter will be five times faster, increasing from one megabit per second to five megabits per second. The new speeds automatically went into effect on March 23, 2015 (no customer action was needed to obtain the speed increase).

With speeds as fast as 1 Gig in the Valley, Cox is continuing to provide its customers the fastest speeds available.

“This is yet another of the many speed increases that Cox has implemented for our Internet customers in Arizona,” stated John Wolfe, Regional General Manager, Cox Southwest region. “It is the result of our investment in our network and commitment to offer access and choice to meet the needs of all our customers. We know this is especially important in today’s world where more and more devices are connected in the home.”

In fact, the increased speeds come on the heels of a double speed increase on the two most popular packages late last year.

“We will continue to invest in our network to bring our customers the best online experience possible, enhancing the value of the bundle of video, Internet, phone and home security services,” said Wolfe.

Cox also offers the most compelling combinations of speeds and features, with all customers receiving free cloud storage; 24/7 live, online sports coverage from ESPN; and McAfee Family Protection and Cox Security Suite Plus, a comprehensive package of Internet security tools to help ensure online safety with anti-virus, anti-spyware, anti-phishing, parental controls and more. Cox customers with the Preferred or higher package also have access to more than 300,000 WiFi hotspots when they travel so they can stay connected on-the-go.

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Cox Arizona strengthens field operations team

Cox Communications has announced that four Phoenix-area employees, Lance Zielinski, Vince Merseal, Jim Mayorga, and David Rosales, have been promoted and will each be taking on new responsibilities as field operations supervisors.

As recently promoted field operations supervisors, each of these Cox Arizona employees will now be responsible for assuring the quality performance of installation and technical services of all Cox Communication products, including optimizing Cox Arizona’s network for the continued rollout of Cox Arizona’s 1G internet service throughout the Valley.

Lance Zielinski began his career with Cox in 2008.  Zielinski quickly progressed to an expert technician and then became one of the first Home Security technicians in the Valley. His expertise has earned him the role as the Home Security subject matter expert for Scottsdale, while also mentoring all new Home Security trainees at Cox Arizona. Zielinski was promoted out of Cox’s Scottsdale location.

 Vince Merseal began his career with Cox in 2005 as a field technician, and progressed to become one of the first employees to help install Cox Arizona’s recently launched 1G internet service. During his career with Cox Arizona, he achieved the recognition as a three-product expert, held the position as a field mentor, and also filled an interim field supervisor role.  He was promoted out of Cox’s Scottsdale location.

Jim Mayorga has been a dedicated Cox employee for the past eight years as a Universal home technician, as well as a mentor for the Avondale, Tempe, Union Hills and Mesa locations. Mayorga achieved an associate’s degree in computers and electronics, which led him to pursue a career in Cox’s technical field. Mayorga was promoted out of Cox’s Tempe location.

David Rosales has worked with Cox since 2007, and has held the role as a Universal home technician and as a field mentor at Cox’s Tempe, Scottsdale, Mesa and Avondale locations. Rosales was promoted out of Cox’s Tempe location.


Cox funds Phoenix Children’s Hospital tech project

Phoenix Children’s Hospital received a $200,000 grant from the James M. Cox Foundation. The grant will support the hospital’s “Connected Patient Project,” which provides customized patient care information on tablets.

Phoenix Children’s Hospital uses Journey Boards as tools to help families of a sick child identify what they need to know before taking their child home from the hospital. Parts of the Journey Board may also be applied to a clinic or emergency room visit.

The hospital is currently using print versions of the Journey Board. Through the grant, this information will be delivered utilizing technology, with 200 tablets being installed in patient rooms with interactive, customized content. The project will benefit 13,000 patients annually. In addition to the James M. Cox Foundation grant, Cox Communications is also funding the creation of 21 Journey Board apps, available in English and Spanish.

“For families, hospital stays can be a very intense and stressful time and it can be hard to retain information under those conditions,” said Teresa Boeger, director, Division of Family Centered Care at Phoenix Children’s Hospital. “Journey Boards help us ensure that comprehension is taking place and helps us identify gaps in understanding. We’re excited about the success we’ve experienced with the Journey Boards and are looking forward to taking it to the next level with the use of technology. Cox has truly been a friend of Phoenix Children’s as we continue to incorporate technology into patient care.”

Phoenix Children’s Hospital is Arizona’s only licensed children’s hospital and among the largest freestanding facilities of its kind in the country, with 385 licensed beds. The hospital operates satellite centers in the East Valley, Scottsdale, the Northwest Valley, Southwest Valley, Yuma and Flagstaff.

“Cox Communications continues to invest in Arizona’s technology infrastructure and communities by offering the fastest speeds available in the state,” said John Wolfe, Cox Communications senior vice president and southwest region manager. “Cox and Phoenix Children’s Hospital have been partners for more than a decade and Cox is pleased to be the hospital’s Internet provider. This grant will help the hospital deliver customized content to educate and comfort their patients’ families.”

The James M. Cox Foundation was named after Cox Enterprises’ founder and provides funding for capital campaigns and special projects in communities where Cox Communications, Cox Automotive and Cox Media Group operate.

“As a technology company, we are transforming our world with new products and services,” said Alex Taylor, Cox Enterprises executive vice president and great-grandson of James M. Cox, the company’s founder. “But this one in particular feels good because it helps children and their families at a time when they need it most.”

Cox Enterprises operates Cox Communications, Go Auto Exchange, Ready Auto Transport and Manheim in Arizona.


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.


Cox launches Phoenix WiFi hotspots

At today’s city of Phoenix Technology Summit, Councilman Bill Gates shared that Cox Communications has activated more than 500 city-wide Cox WiFi hotspots in the valley for Cox High Speed Internet customers and visitors to the valley who are cable internet customers in other areas of the country. The Cox WiFi hotspots are located in Phoenix’s City Council District 3 at locations such as the Phoenix Workforce Connection (7th St. and Mountain View), Sunnyslope Community Center (802 E. Vogel Ave.), and Palma Park (8940 N. 12’h St.), just to name a few. Cox will deploy more than 1,200 hotspots in communities valley wide by the end of the year, with a goal of more than 2,500 hot spots in metro Phoenix by the end of 2015.

“As users’ needs and behaviors continue to change over time, especially with the explosive growth of smart phones, tablets and other connected devices, Cox’s launch of a WiFi network, makes Phoenix a more attractive, livable, high-tech city,” said Councilman Bill Gates, Chair of the City’s Finance, Efficiency, Economy, and Sustainability Subcommittee. The Cox WiFi launch comes on the heels of the company’s announcement that residential gigabit internet speeds are now available in the Phoenix Metropolitan area,-Cox first market in the country to offer residential Gig service — offering consumers speeds 100 times faster than the average speed in the market today.

“In addition to the incredible speeds Cox offers in the home, our customers want access to reliable high speed Internet wherever they are,” said Susan Anable, VP of Public Affairs, Cox Southwest Region. “Cox has invested more than $3 billion in Arizona communities through infrastructure upgrades since 1996. This investment has readied us to take the step of offering hotspots all over the Valley, so our customers can access the Internet not just within the walls of their home, but to the corners of their community.”

In addition, Cox customers also have free access to the nation’s largest WiFi network of more than 300,000 cable Wifi hotspots across the country made possible by a collaboration of cable companies across the country, called Cable WiFi, launched in 2013.

“The addition of Cox WiFi hotspots throughout the Phoenix Metro area that link us to this nationwide network of Internet accessibility, is great not only for our residents, but for economic development and tourism,” said Gates.

Cox customers who are looking for WiFi access can go to www.cox.com/hotspots and enter their current location to find nearby hotspots. Users can also click on a WiFi icon on the map or download the Cox Connect app for iPhone and Android devices and immediately access directions to or from the specific WiFi hotspot address. Once a user has logged into a Cox WiFi or CableWiFi hotspot, his or her wireless device will automatically recognize and logon to other Cox WiFi and CableWiFi hotspots for up to two years. For more information, visit the Cox WiFi homepage at www.cox.com/wifi.

From left: Steve Atlas, Alice Atlas, Cox President Pat Esser, Allison Atlas and Jenna Atlas. The Atlas family is the first to sign up for the company’s coming gigabit Internet service.

Valley’s 1st Gigabit Internet home revealed

Cox Communications senior executives visited the first Arizona home to sign up for gigabit Internet service. Cox Communications President Pat Esser, Cox Communications Senior Vice President and Southwest Region Manager John Wolfe and Cox Enterprises (parent company of Cox Communications) CEO John Dyer met the Atlas family and thanked them for signing up for Cox’s new gigabit Internet, the first single family home in the state to embrace the nation’s fastest speed.

We’ve committed to rolling out gigabit speeds in all our markets as a broadband choice for all customers. The Atlas family is the first of many homes to embrace this ultra-fast Internet and the ‘Gig Life’ it brings,” said Pat Esser, president, Cox Communications. “Our pace of investment and innovation will only increase to continue to help business and residential customers connect to the things they care about most.”

Later this month, Cox Communications will activate its new ultra-fast gigabit Internet (100 times faster than the average speed today), known as G1GABLASTSM, to the first single family homes in Arizona, part of its plan to provide gigabit speed options to all its customers nationwide. The Atlas family was the first to sign up for the ultra-fast broadband service and will begin enjoying the new speeds by the end of October.

Cox has been delivering gigabit speeds to business customers for more than 10 years. In April this year, the company announced plans to deliver gigabit Internet speeds to all residential customers, starting with new residential developments this year. In Phoenix, Las Vegas and Omaha, Cox will also begin to deploy gigabit service to existing neighborhoods, starting with Phoenix in October.

In all Cox locations, the company will begin market deployment of gigabit speeds by end of 2016 to give more customers the choice of the ultra-fast service.

G1GABLAST from Cox – offering speeds as fast as 1,000 megabits per second – will deliver more speed, a powerful home network and rich broadband enabled services to customers. The service also includes the latest high-speed Wi-Fi router, one terabyte of cloud storage, Cox Security Suite and Family Protection and 10 email boxes each with 15 gigabytes of storage. G1GABLAST is available in the Phoenix market for $69.99 per month when combined with Cox’s most popular service bundles.

Cox has consistently and aggressively increased broadband speeds for years – 1000% over the last 13 years alone – boosted by network investments of $15 billion in the last decade. This year the company has doubled speeds in its most popular tiers (25 Mbps increasing to 50 Mbps; 50 Mbps increasing to 100 Mbps).


Cox begins offering residential Gigabit Service

Cox Communications today announced that its gigabit internet service for residential customers will be available in customer homes starting later this month. Marketed under the brand name “G1GABLASTSM,” Cox will offer speeds 100 times faster than the average speed in the U.S. today.

The service will be first available in parts of the Phoenix Metropolitan area, and will continue to expand there as well as in Las Vegas and Omaha, and in new developments in all Cox markets nationwide. In all Cox locations, the company will begin market-wide deployment of gigabit speeds to residential customers by the end of 2016. The company has been deploying gigabit speeds to businesses for more than 10 years.

“We are excited to deliver the choice of gigabit speeds to our customers,” said Cox Communications President Pat Esser. “Coupled with our 2,300 employees in the Valley and more than 20,000 nationwide, our latest investments and the deployment of the fastest speeds available are powering economic growth and development for businesses and residents of the communities we serve.”

G1GABLAST will be available in the Phoenix market for $69.99 per month when combined with Cox’s most popular service bundles, and will deliver more speed, a powerful home network and rich broadband enabled services to customers.  The service offers speeds as fast as 1 gigabit per second – will deliver more speed, a powerful home network and rich broadband enabled services to customers. G1GABLAST also includes the latest high-speed Wi-Fi router, one terabyte of cloud storage, Cox Security Suite and Family Protection and 10 email boxes each with 15 gigabytes of storage.

“Starting today, trained teams of Cox sales representatives will be personally reaching out, door to door, into the neighborhoods that will be the first to have 1G speed available.  Cox will continue outreach into neighborhoods as gig service becomes available, said John Wolfe, Senior Vice President of the Southwest region-Cox Communications.

Marketing and sales promotions will include broad digital advertising and social media, direct mail and print and outdoor advertising. Cox will be demonstrating the service at community events throughout the region and at its retail Cox Solutions Stores. Consumers also can sign-up at www.cox.com/giglife.

While focused on bringing gigabit speeds to its customers, Cox doubled the speeds of its most popular tiers of service this past summer. Cox High Speed Internet Preferred has increased from 25 megabits per second to 50 megabits per second. Cox High Speed Internet Premier has increased from 50 megabits per second to 100 megabits per second. These tiers represent more than 70 percent of Cox’s high-speed internet customers. Committed to offering access and choice, Cox has increased broadband speeds more than 1,000 percent over the past 13 years.

In the last 10 years, Cox has invested more than $15 billion in its communities through infrastructure upgrades to deliver video, phone and high-speed Internet and home security and automation service to homes and businesses in the company’s service area. Additionally, the company gives tens of millions of dollars annually in cash and in-kind contributions to support the communities in which it operates.


Cox names new Southwest Region manager

John WolfeCox Communications announced today that John Wolfe will take the reins as senior vice president and southwest region manager, effective immediately. The region is Cox’s largest nationwide and includes Las Vegas, Phoenix and Tucson metropolitan areas. Wolfe comes to the Southwest from Cox’s Northeast region, where he served as the senior vice president and region manager.

A nearly 30-year cable industry veteran, Wolfe has a demonstrated track record of success. After joining Cox in 1995 as part of the Times Mirror acquisition, he led the development of Cox’s government affairs, internal and external communications and corporate philanthropy strategies in New England, before being promoted to general manager, Northeast region in 2012. During his tenure as Cox’s Northeast region leader, Wolfe guided the company’s operations in Rhode Island, Connecticut and Ohio during a time of intense industry competition and company transformation.

Well-known in the communications industry for leading teams and working effectively with people, Wolfe’s abilities contributed to the Northeast’s company-leading customer satisfaction scores in 2012 and 2013. Prior to Cox, he served as director of public information for the National Cable and Telecommunications Association and managing editor for Cablevision magazine.

Wolfe’s appointment follows company veteran Steve Rizley’s recent retirement announcement.

“With his tremendous leadership abilities, combined with a strong sense for what it takes to compete in our industry, I am confident that John will ensure the Southwest region remains a focal point for aggressive investment, growth and innovation, starting with Cox’s Gigabit Internet deployments this year,” said Paul Cronin, senior vice president of customer experience for Cox. “Under John’s direction, Cox will continue to lead Arizona and Nevada as a significant employer, community contributor and technology enabler.”

Cox recently announced plans to offer Gigabit Internet speeds, 100 times faster than the average Internet speed in homes today, starting later this year with new developments nationwide. In addition, the company is aggressively upgrading existing neighborhoods in Phoenix and Las Vegas metro areas in the Southwest region. The first customers are expected to come online in Phoenix in October.

Wolfe will relocate to Phoenix, the company’s Southwest region headquarters, and site of a recently created national call center of excellence.


Mesa Schools, Cox Begin Pilot Program

Cox has announced the continuation of its participation in Connect2Compete for two more years and pledged $15 million in support of broadband adoption initiatives through 2016. The broadband adoption program offers discounted high speed Internet service to low-income families with children who qualify for the National School Lunch Program.

Locally, Cox Arizona also announced a partnership with Mesa Public Schools to help connect low-income families who qualify for Connect2Compete with the tools needed to bridge the digital divide for school-aged children.

Today, more than 15,000 families have enrolled in Cox’s Connect2Competeprogram, bringing broadband service to their homes and helping close the digital divide for some of America’s most vulnerable residents. Since 2012, Cox has actively promoted the Connect2Compete program in partnership with dozens of community organizations, agencies and officials to help spread the word about the program. Across its 18 state footprint, more than 500,000 flyers have been distributed to families in 6,500 schools, and nearly 200,000 public service announcements have aired on its cross-channel cable network lineup.

“Connecting youth to technology is a core value of Cox Communications, and has guided our community investment initiative for decades. But in today’s digital economy, the Internet is a critical educational resource for America’s youth and their families,” said Pat Esser, Cox President, when he announced Cox’s renewed commitment to Connect2Compete. “Together with Connect2Compete, we are making great progress in bringing Internet service to more low-income families in the communities we serve.”
The partnership with Mesa Public Schools is a pilot program in which a $10,000 grant to Good Tech America, underwritten by Cox Arizona, is offering 100 refurbished computers to Mesa families for just $10 when they sign up for Connect2Compete.

“Cox’s involvement in Connect2Compete has demonstrated the powerful impact a company can have on its local school districts and their students,” said Dr. Michael B. Cowan, superintendent of Mesa Public Schools. “We applaud Cox’s is commitment to closing the digital divide for our families and their willingness to expand Internet access to low-income households in Arizona.”

Cox has made the Connect2Compete program enrollment easier for families by expanding low-income eligibility programs from beyond just the National School Lunch Program. Other legibility programs include Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

For more information on Cox’s Connect2Compete program, visit www.connect2compete.org/Cox.


Cox Arizona hiring more than 150

Cox Communications is recruiting for multiple full time sales and customer care positions as well as part time collections positions for its Phoenix locations. Additionally, Cox is hiring several bilingual sales and retention employees for the Phoenix area’s national Cox Spanish Center of Excellence.

Interested candidates can apply online now at the Cox website’s Careers page found at www.Cox.com.

Cox employees receive competitive benefits and perks such as:
• Medical and dental insurance on day #1
• Vision insurance
• Discounted Cox TV, Internet and phone services
• Tuition reimbursement
• Pension
• 401 (k) plan

Cox Arizona prides itself in its exciting and fast-paced work environment that strives to engage employees through community involvement and personal growth. In addition to topping numerous J.D. Power and Associates’ lists, Cox has been named one of Top Best 25 Places for Women to Work, and Cox employees give back to the communities through the more than 39,000 hours of volunteer services logged by employees last year.

Experts: Slow, steady economic recovery for Arizona

Our economy continues to slowly improve, with the healthcare and biosciences industry having the most potential for local employment growth. That was just one of the positive signs that came out of last week’s Economic Outlook 2015, presented by the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce (GPCC) and Cox Communications. Nearly 800 business leaders attended the 32nd annual event at the Arizona Biltmore on Friday, September 5, 2014, to hear an analysis of the state’s economic challenges and what opportunities lie ahead for Arizona’s economy.

Attendees gained insight from local, national and global economic experts, including presentations by Dr. Quincy Krosby, Chief Market Strategist at Prudential Annuities, local Valley economist Elliott Pollack of Elliott D. Pollack & Company, and financial markets expert Jim Huntzinger of BOK Financial.

In an exclusive GPCCTV video, Pollack points out the positive developments he sees and why continued economic growth will be slow for Arizona.

Stated Pollack, “I’m more optimistic than I was a year ago. The housing market is going to improve and continue to grow, but very slowly. While it’s a little disappointing in the housing market, overall it’s not a bad picture. There is no recession on the horizon. Consumer confidence surveys are really starting to improve in a meaningful way. But essentially, things are moving forward.”

Huntzinger, executive vice president and chief investment officer of BOK Financial, provided a national perspective of the economy and his impression of improving economic indicators, the impact of events overseas and the outlook for the markets.

“I feel pretty confident about the way the economy is setting up right now,” said Huntzinger. “The U.S. economy is stable and improving. The auto industry is doing quite well. The retail industry is doing OK. Manufacturers are improving. We have a slow-growing, but deliberate economy that’s gaining some steam.”

Prudential Annuities Chief Market Strategist Dr. Quincy Krosby, a former diplomat with an impressive career in international finance, provided a global perspective and discussed the current status of industries abroad, future economic drivers and the role Phoenix plays in the global economy. In this exclusive GPCCTV video of Dr. Krosby, she shares how events on the other side of the globe can impact the entire world and American economies.

“A healthy global economy is good for all countries…we’re always optimistic,” stated Krosby. “Terrorism is the biggest worry in a volatile climate, but the U.S. economy is resilient.”

Cox Communications once again showcased its mobile technologies with the Cox Media Mobile Survey, which asked attendees at Economic Outlook 2015 to share their sentiments via text message on local industry growth, national policy and local industry growth.

Thirty-three percent of attendees who responded said that the healthcare and biosciences industry has the most potential for local employment growth.
Twenty-seven percent of respondents indicated that their number-one concern next year from an economic perspective was election results, while 25 percent of survey respondents indicated that international unrest was their top concern.
Global risks were also on everyone’s mind, with 26 percent of survey respondents citing political and social instability as the top global risk, while 18 percent of respondents indicated that fiscal crises in key economies were high on their radar.

Full results of the Cox Media Mobile Survey are available, along with the presentations and interviews from Economic Outlook 2015, at http://www.phoenixchamber.com/eo2015.

The GPCC has been hosting this event since 1982, and uses it as an opportunity to bring the community together to learn about both the global and local economic indicators. The Chamber’s Economic Development Annual Report was also presented during Friday’s event. The report communicates the Chamber’s commitment to support community businesses in their efforts to grow, retain and expand and can be found online at www.phoenixchamber.com/yearinreview.

“The Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce is proud to work with a strong community partner like Cox Communications to present the state of the economy from a local, national and international perspective to business leaders across the Valley,” stated Todd Sanders, president and CEO of the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce. “Although Arizona’s economic recovery remains on a slow, but steady path as the presenters stated at this year’s event, I am confident that Arizona will see continued improvements in job growth, consumer spending and economic development in 2015.”

Added Sanders, “In collaboration with the City of Phoenix and the Arizona Commerce Authority, the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce’s PHOENIX FORWARD>> initiative will deliver a strategic and sustainable, economic development plan. This initiative focuses on strengthening and growing existing business in three key industry sectors: Health Care & Biosciences, Transportation & Logistics and Advanced Business Services. Together, we will remove barriers to success for the region’s businesses and grow Arizona’s economy from within.”


Long-time Cox leader Rizley announces retirement

Cox Communications Senior Vice President and General Manager Steve Rizley will retire at the end of the year. During his 34-year career at Cox in Phoenix, Rizley motivated and galvanized those around him, and created unique relationships with his employees, customers and the Southwest community through his many years of service to area non-profits. Rizley announced his retirement to employees last month.

In announcing Rizley’s decision to retire, Paul Cronin, Sr. Vice President of Operations, Cox Communications said “It’s never easy to say good-bye to a friend and colleague, especially one that has been a part of the Cox Family and the cable industry for more than 30 years. As general manager, Steve worked tirelessly on his employees’ behalf each day, and made sure Arizona was at the forefront of new product launches for our customers, including brining the company’s first gigabit residential product offering to the Valley and the latest Internet speed increases to customers statewide.”

Rizley has long been a community advocate for organizations including the American Red Cross, Greater Phoenix Leadership, Arizona Historical Advisory Commission, and Cox Charities to name a few, and is a past-chair of the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce and campaign cabinet co-chair for the Banner/M.D. Anderson Cancer Center capital campaign. He has also received several prestigious business and industry awards and honors including the National Cable & Telecommunications Vanguard Award and the “Man of the Year” from the American Cancer Society, as well as the Cable Television Advertising Bureau’s President’s Award.

“Steve’s well-deserved reputation was built on much more than his professional excellence serving Cox’s Southwest Region. During his time as Chairman of our Board of Directors, he left his mark on our Chamber and the business community with strong, visionary servant leadership that has helped shape our organization and our state. We are all indebted to Steve for his dedication and service, and I, personally, am proud to call him my friend.” said Todd Sanders, president and CEO of the Greater Phoenix Chamber of

”It has been a great pleasure and inspiration having a leader like Steve at the helm for Cox for so many years. While the company has enjoyed great success in Arizona and Nevada under Steve’s leadership, he has also made our communities stronger with his commitment to local service and business leadership,” said Susan Anable, Vice President of Public Affairs, Cox Communications Southwest Region.

The company said it plans to announce Rizley’s replacement in the coming weeks.

Cox building

Cox Communications building to be redeveloped as apartments

ORION Investment Real Estate announced Thursday night the closing of a single-story office/warehouse building, located at 160 S. MacDonald in Mesa, Arizona for $750,000 to Cardinal Capital Management, Inc.

“The buyer plans to redevelop the site into an apartment community and wanted to be close to the future light rail stations,” says Nick Miner, Vice President at ORION. The buyer plans to develop either supportive housing or market rate housing and is further assessing the market for the final direction of the development.

The property was built in 1981 and sits on approximately 2.51 acres. The office/warehouse includes a grade-level overhead door for shipping and features a large enclosed yard for parking and storage. It is located a short walk from Main Street in downtown Mesa and the future light rail. Downtown Mesa offers numerous dining amenities, retailers, hotels, museums and the Mesa Arts Center.

Nick Miner, CCIM of ORION Investment Real Estate in Scottsdale negotiated the transaction. Nick focuses on investment sales of office and retail properties.


Internet speeds double for Cox customers

Cox Communications announced that said it will continue its commitment to customers by doubling the speeds on two of its most popular packages of Internet service for all customers this year. These speed increases will make multiple devices running simultaneously in the home a quicker experience.

* Cox High Speed Internet Preferred level will increase from 25 megabits per second to 50 megabits per second.

* Cox High Speed Internet Premier level will increase from 50 megabits per second to 100 megabits per second.

These packages represent more than 70 percent of Cox’s high-speed Internet customers. The new speeds will automatically go into effect beginning Monday, completed by July 31. Customers do not have to take any action and this action does not require any change in rate/cost.

With speeds as fast as 150Mbps, Cox is continuing to provide its customers the fastest speeds in Arizona. The increased speeds come on the heels of the company’s announced plans to offer gigabit speeds beginning in Phoenix this fall, and to all Cox customers nationwide by 2017 is a core part of our product roadmap. Cox has always been and will continue to be committed to delivering customers enhanced and evolving services.

“This increase marks our continuing commitment to providing customers the fastest speeds available in the state, while responding to their needs for more speed and bandwidth allowances without a change in their current rate,” stated Steve Rizley, Sr. Vice President/General Manager, Cox Communication Southwest. “We know this is especially important in today’s world where more and more devices are connected through their WiFi network throughout their home. And we will continue to invest in our network to bring our customers the best online experience possible.”

Mighty McDowell: The rise, fall, rebirth of Scottsdale’s southern core

By Kelly Corsette,Communications and Public Affairs Director, City of Scottsdale


When Cox Communications scoured locations for its next generation high-speed Internet service, it sought a smart, hip, tech-savvy customer base.

It selected a luxury apartment development rising immediately east of SkySong, the ASU Scottsdale Innovation Center – in the heart of Scottsdale’s McDowell Corridor.

The city council made revitalization of the McDowell Corridor and southern Scottsdale a key priority during recent strategic planning sessions, and the Cox announcement is another significant signpost on its road to recovery.

McDowell-1969-2014-Animation-SmThat road is getting much busier, with many more projects planned, underway or recently completed.

“Things are moving in the right direction, no doubt,” said Scottsdale Mayor W.J. “Jim” Lane. “We put the component elements in place, and we are seeing results in the form of more activity and investment.”

Highs and lows on McDowell Road
Through the past four decades, McDowell Road in Scottsdale has witnessed the highs and lows of growth, recession and renewal as the regional economy boomed, then busted and is now slowly but steadily recovering.

When the “McDowell Motor Mile” was home to auto dealers from every major brand, it accounted for the lion’s share of city retail sales taxes. The intersection at Scottsdale and McDowell roads was one of the busiest in the entire Valley – until the freeways opened.

Los Arcos was the Valley’s first indoor mall and another major economic engine for the city, but the mall struggled as newer centers with more stores and better amenities opened. By 2000, the mall was closed and soon after, the ground stood empty, much like it had in 1969 just before the mall went up.

After discussions to build a hockey arena for the Phoenix Coyotes fell through, officials with both the city and Arizona State University saw an opportunity for something special in the strategically located McDowell Corridor – a place where academics and tech startups could merge, grow and create a new chapter for the Scottsdale economy.

City council member Virginia Korte has seen all that and more during her long career in business and community work in Scottsdale.

“My family has been vested on McDowell for more than 40 years,” says Korte. “I have witnessed the rise and fall of the McDowell corridor, and I believe it will rise again.”

SkySong takes flight
Nearly 10 years ago, the City of Scottsdale and the Arizona State University Foundation reached an agreement to redevelop the corner of Scottsdale and McDowell roads into what would become SkySong – a 42-acre development that enjoys a unique relationship with Arizona State University.

The city invested more than $80 million to help build SkySong.

In addition to locating its own innovation units at the center, ASU provides tenant companies with direct access to relevant research, educational opportunities and cultural events on its campuses.

For several years after SkySong opened its doors in 2008, the project was an island, as much of the surrounding property remained vacant lots and empty properties.

But the landscape at SkySong has evolved quickly in the past two years, with additional office buildings (290,000 square feet) under construction, and tenants moving in to the new the SkySong apartments on the site. The project’s first retail component, more than 10,000 square feet of stores and restaurants, was announced in May.

Residential revival
Next door to SkySong, luxury apartments called “San Travesia” will welcome residents by the end of the year. These will be among the first in the nation to offer Cox’s new gigabit Internet service, which seems a perfect fit for the young professionals working at SkySong and elsewhere in the many software and technology companies that call Scottsdale home.

Further west, an old car dealership is being re-cast as modern urban residential. “Las Aguas” will include more than 150 apartments, with walk-up access right from the McDowell sidewalk, as well as 18 “carriage house” units built atop garages. Most residents will park in the two-story structure remaining from the previous auto dealership.

“With residential in place, the retail will return,” says Korte. “McDowell will re-establish an identity, a real sense of place as a destination with everything people want.”

Creative re-use
Nearby, designer Jeff Berghoff has taken another defunct dealership and turned it into the headquarters for his landscape design, installation and maintenance company.

Berghoff is on the board of the Scottsdale Gateway Alliance, a new private group focused on southern Scottsdale and the McDowell Road Corridor. His story is an example of the new, creative thinkers who are pushing McDowell beyond its historic reliance on auto dealers.

“It hit me that I have a growing business, and I have a lot of employees,” Berghoff says in a video on the Gateway Alliance website, “and this would be a really great space to move my business.”

Upgrading infrastructure
Cox’s decision to launch its latest technology on McDowell shows the high priority that businesses and people place on modern infrastructure. Earlier this year, Google identified Scottsdale (along with Phoenix and Tempe) as a potential target community for Google Fiber, its ultra high-speed Internet product.

Google is evaluating a checklist and information provided by the city, and later this year should announce whether they will bring the product to Scottsdale.

“When you have this much interest from technology giants like Cox and Google that tells me that Scottsdale is in a great position for the future,” says Mayor Lane.

Since 2007, the private sector has invested about $400 million in the McDowell Corridor. The city is upgrading its infrastructure as well.
•    See a map of private investment on the McDowell Corridor (pdf/1.5mb)
A $2 million project will widen the McDowell Road bridge over the Indian Bend Wash Greenbelt to add bike lanes and a protected pedestrian path, allowing people to directly access the parks and amenities in the greenbelt. Construction should begin late summer 2014 and take about one year.

The city also will widen the sidewalk on the north side of McDowell between Scottsdale and Miller roads to meet accessibility standards and, where possible, separate it from the curb to improve pedestrian safety. Construction should begin late in 2014 or early in 2015.

Beyond asphalt and concrete, the city will invest nearly $450,000 in transit money to increase the frequency of bus service on McDowell and Thomas roads, and add a SkySong stop to a route that includes the Phoenix Zoo and Desert Botanical Garden.

What’s next on McDowell?
Scottsdale’s McDowell Corridor shows how cities evolve, how neighborhoods and business districts are created, change and re-emerge. City leaders expect that story to be a strong one in the coming years, for one factor has remained constant.

The McDowell Corridor has and continues to be a lynchpin, a crossroads that connects unique and economically significant Valley landmarks to one another.

To the south, more than 60,000 students attend classes at Arizona State University. To the north, Downtown Scottsdale has emerged as one of the most diverse and dynamic city centers in the state. Papago Park’s stunning rock formations and cultural attractions rise to the east and to the west, the Loop 101 Freeway provides a strategic transportation link.

Connecting it all is the McDowell corridor, steeped in history and reinvigorated by millions of dollars in public and private investment.

“I can’t help but feel optimistic about McDowell,” says Korte, “because all I see is positive stuff happening.”