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Strong Ties To NASA’s Mars Program Fuels Money Into State’s Economy

Narrow Angle Camera Nasa Mars Mission University of Arizona

Millions of miles away and dragging a broken wheel, the Mars rover Spirit illustrates how the stars have aligned for Arizona and its growing position in space research and exploration. Besides the engineering miracle of functioning on just three working wheels, Spirit’s broken fourth appendage is unintentionally digging a trench, unearthing fresh proof the Red… Read More →

Jeff Roberts – Vice President Of Real Estate Development At Opus West

Jeff Roberts Opus West

About 10 years after its Phoenix headquarters opened in 1979, Opus West came up against a major recession in the Valley. It survived that test and is weathering today’s economic downturn with the same tactics. A division of the Minneapolis-based Opus Group real estate development company, Opus West is going head-to-head with Arizona’s moribund economy… Read More →

Bob McGee – President And CEO, Southwestern Business Financing Corporation

Bob McGee Southwestern Business Financing Corporation

Fourth generation banker Bob McGee, president and CEO of Southwestern Business Financing Corporation, sees a rough year ahead for small businesses in Arizona. When McGee says rough, he means rough compared to Arizona’s customary booming economy. “We may only have 2 to 3 percent growth in the state, but as long as we have water… Read More →

John F. Long Didn’t Just Build Houses In The West Valley, He Also Built A Community


About the only person who would disagree about calling the late John F. Long the father of the West Valley would be John F. Long. For more than 60 years, the man described by friends and colleagues as quiet and unassuming, held the vision that transformed the West Valley from fields to thousands of homes… Read More →

State Leaders Prepare The Copper State For Explosive Growth


An official letter from the state’s Lawn and Pool Use Enforcement Division says you must choose between taking out your green lawn or draining your swimming pool. You can’t have both, as the state has been severely restricting outdoor water use ever since the population of Central and Southern Arizona swelled to 10 million people… Read More →

Two New Spring Training Stadiums Set To Debut In The West Valley

Two new spring training stadiums
by in AZ Business Magazine | Travel

With football, hockey, baseball and possibly USA Basketball joining the mix, the West Valley is becoming an active sports mecca for the rest of the Valley. Recent additions to this bustling hub of game activity are new Cactus League training facilities in Glendale and Goodyear that will come online for the 2009 spring training season.… Read More →

As More People Lose Their Homes, Banks Are Left Holding The Keys


Acquiring real estate through foreclosures is not exactly the type of transaction banks relish. That’s especially true in a down market that is overloaded with raw land and homes — and a paucity of potential buyers. Estimates of the amount and value of acquired real estate through foreclosures are difficult, if not impossible, to come… Read More →