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San Tan Tech Center, Courtesy of ViaWest

Arvato Digital Services moves to San Tan Tech Center

ViaWest Group announced today that Arvato Digital Services, LLC, a subsidiary of the multi-billion dollar global media and services company Bertelsmann, has signed a six-year lease for 33,048 SF of office space at San Tan Tech Center.  The ±129,187 SF property is located at 145 S. 79th Street in Chandler and is also home to the City of Chandler Innovations Center.  ViaWest Group purchased the property in 2014 and have performed extensive exterior and interior renovations to enhance the well-located building formerly occupied by Intel.

“ViaWest is excited to welcome Arvato to their first location in Arizona.  It was a pleasure working with members of Arvato’s team and the City of Chandler to consummate this transaction.  We look forward to a great partnership with Arvato for many years to come.  Attracting companies of this caliber serve to validate the quality and functionality of the property and outstanding Chandler location,” said Danny Swancey of ViaWest Group.

San Tan Tech Center is located south of the southwest corner of Chandler Boulevard and McClintock Drive, in one of the fastest growing urban centers and high-technology manufacturing cities in the west. The project is centrally located between the I-10, Loop 101 and new Loop 202 Freeways and is in close proximity to several million square feet of retail and restaurant amenities including Chandler Fashion Center.  The building is also home to the City of Chandler’s Science & Technology Incubator.  Chandler Innovations has been a great source of attracting new and established technology-related companies to Chandler and serves as a great competitive advantage for the city and surrounding region.

“The Chandler area has consistently outperformed the overall Phoenix market in attracting technology-related companies and is one of the top job-creating economies in the U.S.,” said Scott Baumgarten, Vice President with DTZ Office Group.  “When Arvato was looking for office space, San Tan Tech Center provided them a great location, efficient design, and abundant parking.   ViaWest’s thoughtful renovations and contemporary spec suite design allowed Arvato to visualize a finished product and provided a move-in ready space to accommodate their more immediate need for a hiring/training center,” DTZ’s Baumgarten added.

“We are pleased to welcome a company such as Arvato Digital Services to the region, an outstanding international business outsourcing company who has chosen to locate their latest operations center in the city of Chandler,” said Chris Camacho, president and CEO of the Greater Phoenix Economic Council.  “The financial services industry is one of the fastest growing industries in Greater Phoenix, and Arvato recognized the advantages of the deep talent base in this market to accelerate their future growth.”

“This is excellent news for the community as we continue to diversify an already robust employment base, particularly in west Chandler,” Mayor Jay Tibshraeny said.  “Arvato is a welcomed addition to the San Tan Tech Center, and I look forward to watching them grow and prosper for many years to come.”

Scott Baumgarten with DTZ represented the landlord. DTZ is currently marketing the remaining divisible vacancy consisting of 32,696 SF.  Sam Pruitt of Site Selection Group and Brian Black with Heiple & Associates represented the tenant.

Arizona State Credit Union Awards Scholarships

APS established Ed And Verma Pastor Scholarship

As part of APS’s commitment to Latino education, the company pledged $250,000 Wednesday to establish the Ed and Verma Pastor Legacy Scholarship, which will be administered through the Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce’s Arizona Emerging Leaders Initiative. The contribution will help provide scholarships to Latino students majoring in a STEM or a Public Policy field at any public university or college in Arizona.

Supporting STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) and other education programs became the APS Foundation’s focus in 2012. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Arizona students have a low proficiency ranking in those subjects in comparison to the rest of the country. The bureau states that of the 30 fastest-growing occupations projected through 2016, more than half will require mastery within the STEM subjects, making Arizona’s ranking an issue for the future of high paying jobs in the state.

“We want to build on the commitment to education shown by Ed and Verma, recognize them as strong role models, and instill their spirit of public service in our youth,” said Don Brandt, Chairman, President and CEO of APS, in announcing the pledge at the Chicanos Por La Causa 46th Anniversary dinner Thursday evening. “I invite other business leaders to join APS in honoring the Pastors by supporting this program and its commitment to Arizona’s Latino students.”

The Hispanic Chamber of Commerce launched the $3 million “Prosperity through Excellence Campaign” in 2013 with an emphasis on increasing economic opportunities for Latinos in Arizona. The Arizona Emerging Leaders Initiative is the Education Pillar of the campaign and is aimed at expanding the path toward college access and career success for young Latinos.

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Get Started Tucson announces finalists

Cox Business and Inc. magazine have announced the finalists of Get Started Tucson (#GetStartedTucson) taking place on Wednesday, May 14, 2014 at the Tucson Scottish Rite, 160 South Scott Avenue, Tucson, Arizona.

The prize package has also doubled including $5,000 cash, one free year of Cox Business service*, a robust marketing package from Cox Media, and Involta’s compliant cloud VM Ware virtual server for one year all valued at nearly $11,000.  The networking kicks off at 5:30 p.m. and spots are still available to attend the live, free event.  Registration is available at www.coxblue.com/getstartedtucson.

Over 20 businesses applied to present at Get Started Tucson. The businesses selected to pitch at the live event were selected based on innovation, ease of implementation and benefit to the community.  The five finalists are:

  • Darling Geomatics is a 3D scanning and modeling services for aerospace, defense, civil engineering, architecture, archaeology and entertainment industries.
  • Southwest Spirits is Tucson’s first Sonoran based distillery creating premium, local and organic vodka, gin and tequila.
  • Outski combines travel planning, booking tools, social collaboration and a built-in savings account in one online tool making planning for travel easy and accessible to anyone.
  • SmartStar provides digital educational games to empower young people by teaching practical real-life skills in a fun, engaging, and interactive experience.  SmartStar’s objective is to equip children with the critical-thinking and problem-solving skills needed for life.
  • Scraps on Scraps is a residential food waste/compostable material pick up company with a goal to help individual households reduce the amount of compostable materials in our landfills.

A representative from each of these companies will pitch their idea in 2.5 minutes to a distinguished panel of experts.  One winner will be named to receive a prize package valued at nearly $11,000 which includes:

  • $5,000 cash
  • Cox Business service for one year valued at $1,000
  • Cox Media marketing package valued at $3,300 including digital creative consultation, Google analytics consultation, web ads and Cox.com webmail campaign.
  • Involta’s compliant cloud IaaS  free VM Ware virtual server for one year valued at $1,500. Package includes:  Single Processor Power, 512 MB RAM, 5 GB Storage, 50 GB Metered Bandwidth, CentOS, Apache, Perl, PhP, MySql.

Local partners helping to make Get Started Tucson possible include Inside Tucson Business and Involta.

Local businesses not competing are encouraged to attend this free event for networking and learning opportunities from accomplished leaders in digital marketing, funding and business growth strategy.

The event will begin at 5:30 p.m. with networking and will include food and drinks.