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WESTMARC Creates United Front To Boost West Valley

“You can’t just say you ‘support regionalism,’ you have to believe it.” Surprise Mayor Sharon Wolcott is talking about attitude in the West Valley.

Thirty minutes earlier in a separate conversation, Goodyear Mayor Georgia Lord made nearly the same comment. “We believe in regionalism and we put it into practice,” she says. “On this side of the Valley, it’s not just words, it’s real.”

District 5 Maricopa County Supervisor, Clint Hickman, points out the window of his 10th floor office. “They place us so when supervisors look out the window, we’re looking at our district,” he said. Gazing across West Phoenix, the dome of University of Phoenix stadium is clearly visible in front of the White Tank Mountains. “I was born and raised in the West Valley,” he continues. “As a business owner, a public servant, and West Valley native, I believe we’re stronger for working together.”

Talk to any business leader about the West Valley, and the words heard are “regionalism,” “working together” and “diversity.” Maricopa County districts 4 and 5, and 15 communities from Surprise to Gila Bend, Wickenburg to Phoenix are starting to flex economic development muscle. When the synergies are totaled, the sum is the United Cities of West Valley.

The spirit of cooperation west of Interstate 17 is a break from history. As recently as a decade ago, West Valley cities were clawing for territory, car dealers, and the next power center. Tens of thousands of families were driving to qualify for affordable homes popping up in dozens of sprawling tracts. Politically, there may as well have been walls running down city limit lines.

Then came the recession. The economic downturn had a chilling impact on the West Valley. Faced with abandoned neighborhoods, empty strip centers and vacant warehouses, municipal revenue streams dribbled to nothingness. What was the norm wasn’t working.

The change started quietly. “It all began shifting over the past three to four years,” recounts Lana Mook, mayor in El Mirage. “We, the area’s mayors and business leaders, realized we would be a lot stronger working together than working separately.”

The challenge was bringing together the region’s assets and promoting the area. The catalyst had been sitting there since 1990. The Western Maricopa Coalition (WESTMARC) was the one place where mayors, businesses and public officials connected. In 2011, the WESTMARC board appointed a former Greater Phoenix Economic Council (GPEC) senior vice president to the role of president and chief operating officer. Michelle Rider took the reins of an old organization with a new charge.

The regional development organization took on a new focus. Its board of directors and Rider decided to leave business recruitment to organizations like GPEC, Arizona Commerce Authority and individual cities’ economic development departments.

“We saw our role as creating a strong environment in which business can flourish,” she explains. “We focus on three priorities. Our efforts are to promote the West Valley, enhance economic development and increase member value. We partner with GPEC and Arizona Commerce; they have the recruitment resources. We need to ensure when a business comes knocking on our door, we’re ready.”

“Let’s say there are a lot of misunderstandings about the West Valley outside the West Valley,” muses Mayor Lord. “Many of those misunderstandings are because people’s only experience with the Valley is sitting in traffic on I-10 when returning from California. They haven’t stopped here to explore.”

“I drive to work in the morning between two of the most beautiful mountain ranges in the state,” Supervisor Hickman says. “I look at the vast expanses of open land, the many homes, the business clusters we have, and realize, there’s a lot to offer.”

Site selection consultants look at many factors before plopping a business into a market. Key among those are similar firms, transportation and workforce. The West Valley has a well-kept secret. It is home to significant diversity in the three key siting factors. The region is home to a diverse collection of business sectors.

Mayor Wolcott lists the base: “Manufacturing and logistics, healthcare, advanced business services, aerospace and renewable energy businesses are located all over the region. We have the most diverse business and population base in the state.”

There’s another asset: Maricopa County west of I-17 has vast tracts of undeveloped, single ownership land.

“We learned from the rapid development in the East Valley,” explains Mayor Lord. “The cities in the West Valley have jealously guarded industrial land, Luke Air Force Base and our transportation corridors.”

One of the region’s major corridors has a significant cheerleader. Mayor Wolcott has pressed for improvements to Grand Avenue since she first took office. “This is a multimodal corridor that’s unique to the West Valley,” she says. “No other road in the state is like this. It connects ten cities and runs from the Capitol to Wickenburg; essentially, it runs all the way to Las Vegas.”

“The West Valley has an extraordinary mix of transportation modes,” echoes Mayor Mook. “We have both (Union Pacific) and (Burlington Northern) rail roads, a collection of spurs, (Loop) 303, I-10 and some day, I-11.”

The biggest asset in the region is its workforce. “Goodyear is the sixth fastest growing city in the United States,” Mayor Lord says with pride.
The rest of the West Valley is growing rapidly. In 2010, the region was home to 39 percent of the County’s population, according to the Maricopa Association of Governments. By 2040, MAG says the share will climb to 46 percent for the region.

“Every work day you can almost feel the land tilt,” says Mayor Wolcott. “The roads are filled with our residents driving out of our region to go to work. We have a significant, well-educated workforce who’d rather work closer to home.”

More than half the Northwest Valley’s workforce commutes into Deer Valley, Central Phoenix and the Scottsdale Airpark.

“We want our residents to stay closer to home, and we’re working as a region to make that happen,” Mayor Lord is emphatic about cutting the commutes.

Manufacturing, medicine, aerospace, renewable energy and advanced business services. These are the roots of the “West muscle” promoted by WESTMARC.

Rider is passionate about all of this. “We’re bringing our members together as a powerful force to make these assets known. There’s a story to tell, and we’re getting the word out.”

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Motorcycle Mechanics Institute building sells for $6M in Deer Valley

CBRE has completed the sale of the Motorcycle Mechanics Institute (MMI) Building located at 2932 W. Deer Valley Rd. in Phoenix. The 41,739-square-foot technical training facility commanded a sale price of $5.975 million.

Barry Gabel and Chris Marchildon with CBRE’s Phoenix office represented the seller, 2932 DVR, LLC. The buyer, Hyperion Fund, LP, was represented by Eric Wichterman and Mike Coover with Cassidy Turley.

Deer Valley is a prime area for large corporate users like Universal Technical Institute’s Motorcyle Mechanics Institute. Investment opportunities like this are unique and sought after because the asset provides the opportunity to acquire a well-located, 100 percent triple-net leased facility with a strong-credit tenant on a long-term lease,” said CBRE’s Gabel.

The MMI Building is 100 percent leased to UTI on a long term lease. It is one of three buildings that comprise the MMI campus. The building is located on Deer Valley Road, the main street serving the market, and half mile west of the Interstate 17. The property also benefits from its adjacency to numerous retail services, residential neighborhoods including multi-family developments and other strong corporate users.

Headquartered in Scottsdale, Ariz., UTI, a NYSE (UTI) publically traded company, is the leading provider of post-secondary education for students seeking careers in automotive, diesel, collision repair, motorcycle and marine technicians. UTI has more than 170,000 graduates from 11 locations througout the country within its 48 year history.

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113,880 SF industrial showroom project to break ground in May in Deer Valley

The 17/Union Hills Business Center, a two-building, 113,880 SF industrial and showroom project is expected to break ground May 2014 at 2350-2400 West Union Hills Drive in Phoenix.

The multi-tenant project consisting of 61,320 SF and 52,560 SF buildings will feature 24’ clear height, dock and grade level loading, ESFR fire protection and fenced truck courts. Space availabilities begin at 4,755 SF. Each suite will offer at least one dock door and one grade level door, with many of the suites offering multiple dock doors per bay.

The property is currently owned by Jim Chamberlain whose company Sun State Builders has been constructing and developing industrial and office buildings in the Phoenix area for 40 years. Greenwood & McKenzie, a real estate investment company in Tustin, CA, will be purchasing the project upon its completion in November. Carl Greenwood and his partner Jim McKenzie have been acquiring projects from Jim Chamberlain for almost 35 years. Wes Balmer with Balmer Architectural Group was selected as architect. Lee & Associates Arizona principals Matt Hobaica and Jeff Conrad were chosen to market the property.

“Sunstate, along with Carl and Jim, have been involved with this infill site for some time. After assessing current market conditions, they have determined it is time to put the land into production,” said Conrad.

The Deer Valley submarket has proven itself to be one of the most dynamic industrial submarkets in the Greater Phoenix area. Vacancy for Class A, multi-tenant industrial space is tight for small to mid-bay users looking for frontage opportunities with immediate proximity to Interstate 17 and the Loop 101. “The 17/Union Hills Business Center is well-positioned to capture the pent-up demand for this new product,” said Hobaica.

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Wells Fargo employees get time off to volunteer

Shirley Burns, David Decker, and Sandy Whitver have been awarded a Volunteer Leave Award from Wells Fargo. These awards are presented annually to a select group of Wells Fargo team members and enable them to take up to four months off, while still receiving full pay and benefits, to focus on a community-based volunteer project of their choice.  These three individuals are among 24 Wells Fargo team members across the country to receive an award this year.

Shirley Burns
Operations Analyst
Wells Fargo Technology & Operations, Chandler
Burns will receive 45 days of paid leave supporting the Back-to-School Clothing Drive Stiches of Love program.  The organization’s mission is to provide new school uniforms and outfits, backpacks and school supplies for children in need.  She will create a filing system and database to help the organization keep track of donors, business partners, volunteers, and participating schools. Burns resides in Mesa.

David Decker
Operations Manager
Community Banking Business Direct, Phoenix
Decker will receive three weeks of paid leave to support Justa Center of Phoenix.  The Center is a day resource center for elderly homeless people, age 55 and older. Justa Center is the only senior-focused day center in the U.S. and its mission is to help members address the problems that led to their homeless situation, which can include catastrophic medical issues, job loss, substance abuse, and/or mental health issues. Decker will work with Justa Center directors to establish a nonprofit estate moving business that will to move clients’ belongs into new housing.  The decision to move forward with this project was approved some time ago, but they were unable to proceed because they did not have a dedicated resource.  Decker will fill that need during his leave.  Decker resides in Cave Creek.

Sandy Whitver
Operations Analyst
Wells Fargo Technology & Operations, Chandler
Whitver will receive one week of paid leave to the Back-to-School Clothing Drive New Beginnings program.  During her leave, Whitver will help prepare for and participate in New Clothes, New Beginnings, a week-long distribution held in July where approximately 6,000 pre-selected Title 1 students come and pick up a back pack containing school supplies, a school uniform, personal items , and select an outfit and accessories.  Whitver resides in Deer Valley.

“Wells Fargo team members from across Arizona are out in our communities making a difference in the lives of others on a daily basis,” said Pam Conboy, Lead Regional President for Wells Fargo Arizona. “Each year our team members volunteer their time and talent in communities across the country, helping thousands of individuals, families, and nonprofit groups. Our Volunteer Leave Program is one way that we honor this community involvement, and recognize our most exceptional team member volunteers like Shirley, David and Sandy.”

Wells Fargo’s Volunteer Leave Program was established in 1976. Wells Fargo team members who have been with the company for five years, and who meet other criteria, may apply. Winners are chosen annually based on their personal commitment to the organization, their proposed project, and the potential impact that their project goals will have on addressing a specific social issue.

Wells Fargo encourages team members to get involved in the communities where they live and work. In 2012, 57,036 team members reported a total of 1.5 million community involvement and volunteer hours, an 8.2% increase over 2011, and a contribution valued at $32.7 million1. Examples of volunteer activities included Habitat for Humanity builds; restoring parks and public land; and delivering financial education to 153,902 individuals and families using Wells Fargo’s Hands on Banking® program.

Trauma Program Manager Lori Moxon, RN, left, with (from left) John C. Lincoln Deer Valley Hospital CEO John Harrington Jr., Level III Trauma Medical Director Ian Thomas, DO, ADHS Trauma Development Section Chief Daniel Didier, John C. Lincoln Trauma Services Medical Director Alicia Mangram, MD, and Deer Valley Hospital Medical Director Mary Ann Turley, DO, celebrate the presentation of the hospital’s Level III Trauma Center designation from the State of Arizona.

John C. Lincoln Deer Valley Hospital now Level III Trauma Center

The Arizona Department of Health Services Bureau of Emergency Medical Services and Trauma Systems Monday granted John C. Lincoln Deer Valley Hospital’s application to be designated as a Level III Trauma Center, hospital CEO John L. Harrington Jr. announced.

The first trauma patient arrived just hours later.

Patient care services in the Deer Valley Emergency Department have been expanded to qualify for the higher Level III Trauma Center designation and to better serve people injured in the North Valley. Emergency care for traumatically injured patients at the Deer Valley Hospital has been upgraded with additional resources and staff education.

“My goals are to enhance the quality of care patients already receive at the Deer Valley Hospital by using my 15 years of trauma experience to develop a core team of specially-trained trauma staff,” said trauma program manager Lori Moxon, RN, BSN.

The Level III designation requires that surgeons on call have Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) accreditation from the American College of Surgeons. ATLS teaches a standard approach for trauma assessment and treatment so the most time-critical interventions are performed first.

“Our program will be even better than that,” said hospital Medical Director Mary Ann Turley, DO. “At Deer Valley, our trauma doctors –  available within  30 minutes – will be the same board certified trauma surgeons who care for patients at the Level I Trauma Center at John C. Lincoln North Mountain Hospital.”

John C. Lincoln’s trauma surgeons hold dual board certification in both critical care and trauma surgery. Trauma orthopedic surgeons and anesthesiologists will be on call.

According to Alicia Mangram, MD, care at the Level III Trauma Center at Deer Valley will be coordinated with higher acuity medical services available at North Mountain’s Level I Trauma Center, where she is medical director.

“This is the first time that a Level I Trauma Center has collaborated with a Level III Center to ensure the same quality and best clinical practice for our patients,” Harrington said. “It is a very exciting resource, not only for our patients, but also for the EMS crews who provide emergency response service for our community.”

With its plans to transform itself into a Level III Trauma Center, Deer Valley is launching a G-60 program for trauma patients aged 60 and older. The program, instituted last year at North Mountain, is designed to improve outcomes and reduce mortality and morbidity for older trauma patients by providing more intensive and coordinated inpatient care.

The Level III Trauma Center will also offer injury prevention community outreach programs similar to those presented by North Mountain’s Level 1 Trauma Center, Moxon said. “Since this will be a network endeavor,” she explained, “our plans are to incorporate the many excellent community educational programs developed by injury prevention/outreach coordinator Kim Shatto, RN BSN, that focus on the cause and prevention of our major traumatic injuries.”

The facility will also provide data about patients, their diagnoses, care and outcomes to the state Department of Health Services Bureau of Emergency Medical Services and Trauma Systems.

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Harrington Jr. Named CEO Of John C. Lincoln Deer Valley Hospital

Long-time Valley hospital executive John Harrington Jr. begins service as CEO of John C. Lincoln Deer Valley Hospital Monday, May 14. Harrington started his career in health care administration 33 years ago as the assistant vice president of operations at the hospital’s former parent facility, then known as Phoenix General.

Harrington comes to John C. Lincoln from Banner Del E. Webb Medical Center in Sun City, where he was CEO. His previous leadership experience includes serving as the CEO at Banner Heart Hospital, Paradise Valley Hospital and the Arizona Heart Hospital.

In March, Harrington was one of four hospital executives in the United States named to serve a three-year term on the Board of Governors of the 46,000-member American College of Healthcare Executives. He also spent 10 years on the board of directors of the Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association, including service as chairman of the board.

“John brings a wealth of knowledge and experience – both locally and nationally – to Deer Valley.  He is well known as a dynamic and compassionate leader,” said Rhonda Forsyth, president and CEO of the John C. Lincoln Health Network. “I am confident that John is the right fit for our organization – our mission, culture and vision.”

“I am really excited about this new opportunity. I live in Moon Valley so the two John C. Lincoln hospitals are my neighborhood hospitals,” he said. “John C. Lincoln always has had a great reputation. I look forward to supporting an already strong culture and developing a fulltime senior team to continue to move us forward.”

Harrington earned a BS in microbiology with a minor in business from the University of Pittsburgh. He earned a master’s in public health with a specialty in hospital administration in 1980.

For more information on John C. Lincoln Deer Valley Hospital, visit John C. Lincoln Deer Valley’s website at jcl.com/hospitals/deer-valley.