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Chandler Price Corridor becomes hotspot for employers

Within the PHX East Valley, lies Chandler, a city with a proven plan to create a preferred location for new and expanding businesses.

Since the city’s inception in 1912, Chandler has strategically planned to be a welcoming destination for cutting-edge companies, innovative thinkers and lifestyle versatility, with proven success. Job growth in Chandler has increased by over 150,000 jobs since 1997.

The city’s corporate-friendly environment and diverse, well-educated workforce has drawn industry leaders from a diverse range of industries. While the location holds an international reputation for being home to high-technology companies, other organizations in the area conduct business in the industries of aerospace, life sciences, sustainable technology R&D/manufacturing and advanced business services.

“The Price Corridor is the foremost example in how strategic investment in infrastructure and long-term planning can positively shape a community,” said Micah Miranda, Economic Development Director. “This burgeoning high-technology center along with thriving neighborhoods, excellent schools and a dynamic shopping and dining scene, has made the Price Corridor a powerful magnet for notable cutting-edge industry leaders.”

Throughout 25 years of development, Chandler has equipped the area with well-placed recreational parks, numerous modern residential options and entertainment that only enhances the corridor as an ideal place to start or expand business. Specifically, the Price Corridor is comprised of Class ‘A’ office space, executive suites, light industrial parks, mixed use projects and corporate and technology campus settings.

“We have watched Chandler grow by embracing entrepreneurial spirit in both small and large organizations,” said Roc Arnett president and CEO of East Valley Partnership. “Chandler is a thriving city and key community in the PHX East Valley offering employees an ideal environment to work, live and play.”

Key employers located in the Price Corridor that provide the community with thousands of jobs include Orbital ATK, Bank of America, Wells Fargo, Amkor, Infusionsoft, PayPal, Microchip and many others. Employers that locate to the area have access to nearly two million people within a 30-minute commute.

The city has also seen a dramatic increase in population over the years. Chandler estimates that nearly 245,000 people to live in the city in 2015, reporting an approximate 7,000 population growth over five years.

Water Conservation, City of Phoenix

East Valley Partnership will host SRP forum on water

East Valley Partnership, a coalition of civic, business, educational and political leaders dedicated to the economic development and promotion of the East Valley of Greater Phoenix, is hosting a Salt River Project lunch forum, “Keeping Water Flowing” beginning at 11:15 a.m. Tuesday, June 9 at Tempe Mission Palms Hotel, located at 60 E. 5th St. in Tempe.

Attendees of the SRP Forum event will hear remarks from Governor Doug Ducey, SRP CEO and General Manager Mark Bonsall, and Sarah Porter, director of Kyl Center on Water Policy at Morrison Institute. 

“Arizona’s vitality comes from sound management, responsible action and finding smart solutions to complex problems. That’s especially true when it comes to how we manage our water,” said Governor Ducey. “Water is one of the most dynamic components of our state, and a crucial player in the health and strength of our economy – it’s imperative that we have our fair share. I look forward to working with our state’s leaders to protect this precious resource and ensure a prosperous future for Arizona.”

Governor Ducey will address the important role dependable, renewable water supplies have played in Arizona’s history and how water is essential for Arizona’s economic future.

“SRP has long understood the critical connection between economic development and dependable water resources,” said SRP CEO and General Manager Mark Bonsall, “and we are eager to work with Governor Ducey to tackle these issues.” 

The SRP Forum is open to the public. Individual registration is $75 for East Valley Partnership members and $100 for non-members. Table reservations can be made for $1,000 for members and $1,250 for non-members. Presenting sponsorship is available for $3,500.

Seating is limited and reservations are requested online at www.EVP-AZ.org  or by phone at 480-834-8335 ext. 201.

Content Marketing

Lavidge adds several new clients to roster

Lavidge, a full-service advertising, public relations, communications, consulting and interactive marketing agency, added several new clients to its roster.

Lavidge has partnered with East Valley Partnership, a coalition of civic, business, educational and political leaders dedicated to the economic development and promotion of the East Valley of Greater Phoenix. The partnership advocates for changes/improvements in areas such as economic development, education, transportation and infrastructure, arts, healthcare and other important areas. What’s more, the agency has signed with Barnet Dulaney Perkins Eye Center, a leading provider of advanced vision care and surgery, to assist in positioning as an industry leader; and VirTra, a global leading provider of the world’s most realistic and effective use of force and firearms shooting simulators.

Lavidge also expanded its representation of homebuilders and active adult communities with the addition of Meritage Homes and Meritage Homes Active Adult, to enhance the brand with a national advertising, sales and marketing campaign.

The agency will also lend web and interactive marketing support for IT solutions provider, OneNeck IT Solutions and facilitate a corporate website redesign for leading oil refiner and retailer, Western Refining.

“We’re grateful that our long-standing position as a results-driven, creative agency continues to bring outstanding clients to our door both locally and nationally,” said Bill Lavidge, CEO of Lavidge.


East Valley Partnership hosts Statesperson’s Luncheon

The East Valley Partnership, a business advocacy group dedicated to improve business and quality of life in the East Valley region of Greater Phoenix, is hosting the Statesperson’s Luncheon at noon on Monday, March 30 at the East Valley Institute of Technology (EVIT) located at 1601 W. Main Street in Mesa, Ariz.

Attendees of the Statesperson’s Luncheon will hear from Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema (AZ-9) and Congressman Matt Salmon (AZ-5) on various topics regarding the PHX East Valley. 

Attendees will have the opportunity to ask the two congress representatives questions related to recent bills, immigration, education reform and budget, and the most important issues in their respective districts. 

The Statesperson’s Luncheon is open to East Valley Partnership members and the public. Individual registration is $50 for members and $65 for non-members. Table reservations can be made for $600 for members and $750 for non-members. Seating is limited and reservations are requested by March 26 online at www.EVP-AZ.org  or by phone at 480-834-8335 ext. 201.

Superstition Vistas - AZ Business Magazine April 2008

Superstition Vistas: A New Master Planned Community

Golf has played an important role in residential development in Arizona for years. Maybe it’s time the planners, developers and builders took a mulligan.

Superstition Vistas, a 275-square-mile area in northern Pinal County about 30 miles east of Phoenix, represents a chance for a sort of developmental “do over.”

If we knew then what we know now, would metropolitan Phoenix look different? Would, say, the western half of Mesa have more job centers? Would the downtowns of various municipalities be closer to the geographic center of each instead of at one end where the town first developed? Would our freeways and other transportation be routed differently?

With questions such as those in mind, a team of consultants has started developing models for Superstition Vistas that will guide the development of the area over the next 50 years or more. The area eventually is expected to be home to about 1 million people.

Except for one section — the area known as Lost Dutchman Heights, which was auctioned in December 2006 — the Arizona State Land Department owns the entire tract. Superstition Vistas is about as close to a blank canvas as it gets in the development game.

The consulting team will look at finding a better use for the land, better use of water and lowering emissions for greenhouse gases.

“We’re not really reinventing the wheel,’’ says Robert Grow, whose consulting firm will lead the research effort. “We’re trying to tap into knowledge that’s already there.”

At the heart of what Grow calls “the visioning process” is the idea of sustainability. There’s also an effort to make it easier for the Superstition Vistas residents to find a balance in their lives, to be able to “work, live and play” — as the current development catchphrase goes — without hopping in a car and taking it out on a freeway.

Grow’s team includes Harris Interactive, the well-known polling and research company from Rochester, N.Y.; EDAW, a San Francisco-based environmental and regional planning firm; Fregonese Associates, a Portland, Ore., land planning company; and Robert Charles Lesser & Co., based in Washington, D.C., which offers expertise in real estate strategic planning and market intelligence.

Grow is the head of Robert Grow Consulting in Salt Lake City. He has been involved in regional vision planing for more than 40 metro areas, including New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.

Grow says all the firms were eager to participate, adding the project has the potential to show the world new ideas about how to make development work better with the environment.

“It’s unique,’’ he says. “There’s nothing like this that I know of.”

While Superstition Vistas may be larger than other master-planned communities, and its completion time frame longer, the concept is not new to Arizona.

“One difference is the others, such as McCormick Ranch, were mostly residential,’’ says Jay Butler, head of Arizona State University Polytechnic’s Realty Studies program.

One of the key elements behind Superstition Vistas is that jobs will be available for residents. Unfortunately, you can’t just build space and expect employers will come.

“It’s easier said than done,’’ Butler says. “You have to salt the mine a bit.”

Another challenge is to come up with a framework that will make sense economically, says Roc Arnett, president and CEO of the East Valley Partnership.

“It’s not just what people say they want but what they can afford and what they’ll buy,’’ he says.

Harris Interactive is spearheading efforts to ascertain what Arizona residents would like in an urban area. The consulting group is also creating a database about land use, water use and energy efficiency.

In May there will be an event involving the major stakeholders and the public. Grow stresses that the public will have input throughout the process.

The consulting team will eventually come up with scenarios for the steering committee. The steering committee is made up of the State Land Department, Pinal County, the town of Queen Creek, the cities of Apache Junction and Mesa, and others. Chuck Backus, the former provost at what is now Arizona State University Polytechnic, is chairman of the steering committee, which is facilitated by the East Valley Partnership and Pinal Partnership.

The municipalities that border Superstition Vistas have all made noise about making it part of their planning areas.

“I have asked everyone to stand down on any annexations until we come up with a plan,’’ says Mark Winkleman, the state land commissioner.

So it may be years before it’s decided whether Superstition Vistas is part of existing municipalities, its own city or some combination.

Since he came to the Land Department in 2003, Winkleman has been protective of Superstition Vistas. He has called the 176,000-acre area the most valuable asset of the more than 9 million acres the department oversees.

The department’s mission is to use the acreage set aside in a trust by the federal government in 1912 when Arizona became a state. Money generated through the land — by sale, lease or royalties — goes to fund K-12 education in Arizona and other state-supported entities.

In order to realize the full value of Superstition Vistas and ensure that any master plan is followed, Winkleman believes the department needs to operate with slightly different laws. He has pushed for reform to give the department flexibility in how it sells the land.

In 2006, there was a ballot measure that would have allowed that flexibility and created more oversight for the department. The Republican and Democratic parties, teachers, environmentalists and major news media backed the measure. Homebuilders and cattlemen backed a competing proposition. Voters rejected both measures.

“We’re operating under laws,’’ Winkleman says, “that were fine at the time of statehood.’’

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