Denyse Airheart has been named Interim Director of Economic Development for the City of Maricopa. In this role Airheart is responsible for attracting new industry, business, and investments to the City of Maricopa and coordinating economic development activities with other City divisions, departments, and the community.
“I am pleased to have Denyse Airheart join our executive team,” said City Manager Gregory Rose. “Denyse’s more than seven years of experience in business development and recruitment will serve as a significant asset fulfilling the City’s vision of a prosperous future.”
Airheart joined the City of Maricopa in August 2013 to support and broaden the City’s retail, commercial and industrial base. Airheart manages a number of noteworthy tasks such as marketing the community to retailers and employers, the business retention and expansion program, shop local and the Maricopa Advocate Program. Airheart takes pride in serving as a liaison to the business community, citizen committees, non-profit organizations, special interest groups and neighborhoods by proactively providing information specific to the City’s economic development department. Airheart received her bachelor’s degree from California State University Fullerton and holds a Master’s in Business Administration.
“It’s both an honor and a privilege to have the opportunity to continue to move economic development efforts forward for the City of Maricopa,” said Denyse Airheart.
The Economic Development Director reports directly to the City Manager and the Department is responsible for business recruitment, retention, and expansion operations; implementation, and oversight of an international economic development strategy; contract creation, monitoring, and compliance; workforce development programs; collaboration with community development partners; budget and financial development.
City Manager Rose will appoint an Economic Development Director in the next few months.
Cox Communications has announced Stephanie Barat Healy as its new director of public affairs for Southern Arizona. Healy will be responsible for all Cox Public Affairs and Community Relations activities in Pima and Cochise counties.
“We are honored to have Stephanie heading up our southern Arizona Cox Communications Public Affairs team,” said Lisa Lovallo, Vice President and Market Manger, Southern Arizona. “Stephanie and her family have been in Tucson for many years. She cares deeply about our community and has a proven track record of bring diverse groups together to address public policy issues in a collaborative, sensitive and positive way. She will be a great addition to our team.”
Prior to Cox, Healy held the position of executive vice president for the Southern Arizona Leadership Council (SALC). Her experience directing and implementing public policy and external relations activities for SALC will make for a smooth transition into her new role at Cox.
Healy has also served as president of the Hospital Council of Southern Arizona where she managed all aspects of a not for profit membership organization that included fourteen regional hospitals with a purpose of working collectively to improve the region’s health care climate and system.
Healy also held the position of Director of Economic Development for the Tucson Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce where she oversaw the division’s development of programs that promoted Tucson as a center for global trade and investment.
Healy became a Flinn-Brown Academy Fellow in fall 2011 after being nominated and accepted into the Arizona Center for Civic Leadership; a unique statewide program to nurture and develop leaders. She has also been recognized by Tucson Lifestyle as a key community leader working to build Tucson’s high-tech economy.
After relocating from Chicago nearly seventeen years ago, Healy resides in Tucson and is married to Tim Healy, vice president of Brokerage Services for CB Richard Ellis in Tucson. The Healys have two children.
Elected and community officials from the City of Goodyear will join leaders from Banner Health on Thursday, Nov. 1 to break ground on a Banner Health Center located at Cotton Lane and Estrella Mountain Parkway.
Joining Banner leaders at Thursday’s ground-breaking will be Goodyear Mayor Georgia Long and Goodyear Director of Economic Development, Harry Paxton. The 18,000-square-foot center will open next summer. The Goodyear center comes on the heels of four similar ground-breaking celebrations Banner Health christened last week in the east Valley.
“We are pleased to be able to expand Banner’s presence in the Valley through this new health center,” said Jim Brannon, Chief Executive Officer for Banner Medical Group. “Through our community health centers we look to provide high-quality, convenient healthcare for the whole family — from young families to mature adults and everyone in between.”
Goodyear’s Banner Health Center will offer primary care including family medicine, internal medicine and pediatrics. In addition, rotating physician specialists are expected to be scheduled onsite to meet patient needs. Basic imaging and laboratory services are available onsite for added patient convenience.
The Banner Health Center in Goodyear will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Fridays and from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays.