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Money Ranks Gilbert 22nd Most Livable City

Gilbert, Arizona has received yet another recognition as one of the best places to live in the country. Time’s Money Magazine has ranked Gilbert as the 22nd Most Livable Small City in America. The study reviewed 781 cities with populations between 50,000 to 300,000, comparing factors ranging from the local economy and housing market to schools and healthcare. Gilbert was the only Arizona city to make the list. The average population of the 50 cities recognized is 87,500, with only two cities, including Gilbert, with populations over 200,000. The study also shows that, of the top 50 cities, Gilbert holds the 4th lowest average property taxes.

“We are honored to receive this recognition from Money Magazine,” says Gilbert Mayor John Lewis. “For a community of Gilbert’s size to be recognized as one of the most livable is an incredible achievement and is a reflection of our great residents, businesses, and schools.”

To see the full article, and the reasons behind Gilbert making this list, visit https://time.com/money/3312332/gilbert-az-best-places-to-live/.

clear energy systems coming to tempe

Gilbert Building its First CNG Station

Gilbert is moving forward with plans for its first Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) fueling station which will be located at Gilbert’s South Area Service Center on Greenfield Road. The facility is planned to have capacity to fuel up to 70 CNG truck in an eight-hour time frame at final build-out.

With a program budget of approximately $1,600,000, the station will provide fast-fill and time-fill components to meet Gilbert’s fleet needs. A public retail fueling component is also being considered for this site.

While alternative fueling facilities have been built in neighboring cities, this will be the first CNG fueling station located in Gilbert.

“We are excited to implement Gilbert’s first CNG fueling station,” says Environmental Services Manager Steven Pietrzkowsky. “CNG is a clean burning fuel that will considerably reduce our fuel costs while also allowing for quieter operations, which is important when servicing our residential areas.”

ET Environmental was selected to design and construct the new CNG facilities. “As avid proponents of the use of clean, domestic fuels, we are looking forward to working with Gilbert on this project,” says Todd Reasy, Project Manager for ET Environmental. Construction is scheduled to be complete in August 2015.

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Valley cities rank high for Hispanic business climate

The United States is often dubbed “a nation of immigrants.” But lately the path to American citizenship has been a rough road, especially for an increasing number of Hispanics. Whether they’ve entered U.S. borders lawfully or otherwise, many have felt the sting of marginalization, racism and discrimination in every kind of social environment. And despite the unfriendly welcome, they’re as motivated as ever to put down roots in American soil in order to find better opportunities and improve their lives.

For Hispanics who’ve successfully integrated into American society, they also have managed to contribute significantly to the economy. Their collective impact is reflected in the growing quantity of Hispanic-owned businesses in the country, which stood at 3.1 million in 2013. Together, they hauled in an estimated $486 billion in revenue, as reported by Geoscape and the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. Even the estimated 11.7 million undocumented immigrants in the U.S. bestow net positive gains on the national economy over time.

Equally as impressive, Hispanics opened businesses — many owned by self-employed individuals — at a rate more than twice the national average of 18 percent between 2002 and 2007, according to the most recent U.S. Census Bureau figures. Today, Hispanics and Latinos constitute the largest ethnic minority in the U.S. And by 2050, they could make up a third of the country’s population, quickly becoming what USHCC President and CEO Javier Palomarez appropriately described as “America’s business future.”

In celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month beginning Sept. 15, WalletHub, a leading personal finance social network, assessed the minority business climate within the 150 largest U.S. cities. It did so by examining 19 key metrics such as Hispanic entrepreneurship rates, corporate tax systems and the share of businesses owned by Hispanics.

Among the Top 20 best cities for Hispanic entrepreneurs, Metro Phoenix is represented by two cities — Gilbert and Chandler. Below are the rankings of each of them together with the top metrics.

Gilbert ranks No. 4 for Hispanic business climate:
4th – Hispanic Renters to Hispanic Owners Ratio
12th – Unemployment Rate of Hispanics
15th – Housing Affordability for Hispanics
18th – Length of Average Workday

Chandler ranks No. 10 for Hispanic business climate:
15th – Unemployment Rate of Hispanics
18th – Income Growth of Hispanics
18th – Length of Average Workday
19th – Hispanic Renters to Hispanic Owners Ratio

Freeman Farms

Fulton ‘Legacy’ at $15M before opening

While news headlines in August continue to declare sluggish new home sales figures in the Metro Phoenix market, one new Fulton Homes’ community in Gilbert is experiencing just the opposite.

As of Aug. 25, the Tempe-based homebuilder has sold 20 homes and has hit $15 million in sales at its Legacy at Freeman Farms community—and the models are not even open yet. Legacy’s single-level, 105-homesite community features floor plans ranging from 3,800 to 6,600 square feet, with 11-bedroom and six-bath options. Basements, a rarity in the Valley, are also. Price points begin at $575,000, some $300,000 more than the current average median price of a new home in Phoenix.

Homebuyer interest in Legacy has even outpaced that of past Fulton Homes’ communities, including the popular Fulton Ranch community in Chandler which opened in October 2006.

“We have been astounded by the enormous interest in Legacy,” said Doug Fulton, CEO of Fulton Homes. “These are among the largest homes we have even built. We are offering a luxury product with increased square footage, more bedroom space and room for vehicles, boats and storage to meet the demand of our customers. The sales spike even before the models open is a testament to both the quality homes we build and our awareness of what our customers are now looking for in a larger, modernized home.”

Located on S. Greenfield Road, Legacy will also feature swing-in motor courts, open spaces, ramadas, basketball and bocce ball courts, horseshoe pits and a shaded tot lot. Legacy is located near San Tan Mall and other amenities.

For further information, call 602-452-1000 or visit www.fultonhomes.com.

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Chandler, Gilbert Youfit starting fitness classes for seniors

Seniors in Chandler and Gilbert stand to benefit greatly from Youfit Health Clubs’ partnership in the nationwide “SilverSneakers” program.

SilverSneakers encourages seniors to take control of their health by enjoying more physical activity. It provides free fitness-club memberships for seniors at any participating club across the country. And many health plans are now offering it as a benefit.

As a result of Youfit’s participation, seniors with healthcare plans such as Humana, AARP, AvMed, and Universal Health Care can now enjoy free membership in any of Youfit’s 10 clubs in the Valley. And they’ll have access to specially-trained SilverSneakers Advisors.

“We’re really excited about our involvement in the SilverSneakers program,” said Rick Berks, President/Founder of Youfit Health Clubs.

“It’s a win-win situation. For seniors, it’s a great chance to get in shape, and enhance their overall health. And for us, it’s a chance to give back to the folks in the Valley of the Sun, who’ve supported us enthusiastically.”

In addition, two Youfit clubs in the Valley – in Chandler and at one of the two Gilbert locations (870 E. Williams Field Rd.) – are now starting free exercise classes for seniors as part of the program. Seniors can move to the music as they increase muscular strength, range of movement, and stamina for daily living activities. The SilverSneakers class uses hand-held weights, elastic tubing with handles, and a ball for resistance training.

“We’re very interested in helping seniors adopt a program of ‘active aging,’” Rick Berks said. “It helps them live healthier and more-active lives, and there’s a very beneficial social aspect, as well. And seniors are not restricted to seniors-only classes – they can also take classes given to the general membership, such as zumba or yoga.”

Gilbert launches tool for small businesses

Small businesses in Gilbert are seeing how they “size up,” with a new, free online tool offered by the Gilbert Economic Development Department. The SizeUp SBI tool allows users to access information that could help their business, including demographics information, competitor locations, potential workforce, and more.

At a launch party on Thursday, small business owners learned more about the tool and were able to try it out. JW Rayhons, with Rayhons Financial Solutions, says he enjoys using the tool for his financial clients.

“This tool really allowed us to provide something valuable to our clients that didn’t have that level of resources,” he said. “Thank you to the Economic Development Department for putting this together and bringing this resource to the business community.”

Anyone can access the free tool by going to Gilbert Economic Development Department website, www.gilbertedi.com.

San Privada, Mark-Taylor

First Mark-Taylor-built rental community in Gilbert now open

Luxury living options in the East Valley are expanding by the hundreds with Mark-Taylor’s opening of its first high-end community in Gilbert, Ariz. The 296-unit San Privada , located in the acclaimed Spectrum neighborhood at Val Vista Drive and Pecos Road, offers an ideal living experience for established professionals as well as those looking to get a taste of the Gilbert lifestyle, one of the most coveted zip areas in America.

“Gilbert is home to a large number of young, educated employees with aspirations to move up the corporate ladder,” said Mark-Taylor Vice President Chris Brozina. “San Privada provides residents a high quality place to reside at a time where they might be more focused on their ascending career, and not necessarily ready for the commitment that comes with home ownership. Ultimately, the hope is that those future business leaders remain immersed in the Gilbert lifestyle and choose to make the town their permanent home and raise families there.”

San Privada’s core location provides residents with the ever-coveted “walkability” that allows pedestrians to utilize the town’s sidewalks and landscaped paths to access shopping, restaurants and employment. Being within blocks of the San Tan Mall and area retail, including Costco, Best Buy, Walmart, Harkin’s Theater and Dick’s Sporting Goods, underscores a convenient location unlike any other in the Valley.

The community is an example of “The Next Generation of Mark-Taylor,” a slogan the company uses to describe the evolution of apartment communities over the last two decades. In fact, the unit sizes will be among the largest ever built in the Valley. Additionally, San Privada’s features include those typically found in a modern, custom home, such as granite kitchen islands, custom wood cabinets, clean steel appliances, distressed plank flooring, oiled-bronze fixtures, pendant lighting and direct-access garages.

“To remain the first choice of quality renters, we’re constantly looking internally at what features we can improve, without becoming too trendy, but maintaining a timeless appeal,” said Brozina. “San Privada is the perfect example of that, with a fitness facility that is nearly 4,000 square feet in size and units that are among the largest in metro Phoenix. Those elements never go out of style and the residents appreciate the attention to lifestyle.”

Residents will also have access to a spinning studio, a cyber café with Mac and PC options, a social lounge, an outdoor cabana that includes a poolside kitchen, and the quintessential lagoon-style pool setting that has become a recognizable Mark-Taylor trademark over the years.

Rents range from $960 to $1800, with one, two and three-bedroom units now available to lease.

46-inch Fulton technology

Fulton Homes Utilizes Interactive Touch Screen Display

Fulton Homes has always had the touch when it comes to quality homebuilding. Now the Tempe-based residential builder is integrating a modern “touch” with innovative technology.

Fulton Homes will unveil a massive interactive 46-inch touch screen at its newest community “Legacy” in Gilbert when sales commence in August. Located in the main sales office, the touch screen will allow homebuyers to effortlessly search the more than 6,000 floor plan options available, all color-coded by lot size and square footages of rooms. Buyers will also be able in real time to easily connect with Google Maps to zoom in on all Fulton Homes communities and click on specific lots to determine size and elevation. Customers will also be able to automatically register for a Fulton Homes account.

“This will be are most technology-advanced sales office to date,” said Doug Fulton, CEO for Fulton Homes. “We decided to unveil the latest technology at Legacy, our newest community. The new touch screen adds a new element to the existing presentation screens we now have in our sales offices. In the future we expect to incorporate the same touch screen technology at our other sales offices as well.”

Located on S. Greenfield Road in Gilbert, Legacy is a 105-homesite community that features floor plans up to 6,600 square feet, with 11-bedroom, six-bath options and basements available. The list of Legacy’s interested buyers has swelled to nearly 400, easily outpacing that of past Fulton Homes’ communities.

Isagenix Entryway Rendering

Isagenix International comes to Rivulon development

Columbus-based Nationwide Realty Investors announced today that it has signed a lease with Arizona based health and wellness leader Isagenix International, LLC to occupy a 3-story single-tenant building at its master-planned Rivulon development in Gilbert, Ariz. Also completed is a land swap agreement with LA Fitness. Nationwide Realty Investors President and COO Brian J. Ellis made the announcement.

The Isagenix lease agreement launches the first phase in the 250-acre Rivulon development located at the corner of Gilbert Road and the AZ Loop 202. The 150,000-square-foot building for Isagenix is scheduled to be completed in late 2015 as part of the approximately three million square feet of Class A office planned for the project.

“We are excited to kick off the first phase of development at Rivulon with the construction of three new buildings and significant infrastructure improvements,” said Ellis. “The commitment by Isagenix to locate their worldwide headquarters at Rivulon allows us get construction underway and will begin to establish Rivulon, and the Gilbert market, as a best of class business district.”

“We are extremely excited about the future new home for our worldwide headquarters,” said Kevin Adams, chief executive officer of Isagenix. “Gilbert is a wonderful, thriving community within the greater Phoenix area and is a great location for us to further our mission. Additionally, as our company has grown significantly over the past few years, this new facility will ensure adequate space to meet our current growth needs while helping us plan for our future.”

The 4-story, 125,000 square foot speculative office building originally planned for this site, will shift slightly east, and be located adjacent to the Isagenix building on the AZ Loop 202. Construction on the speculative office building will begin in the second half of 2014 with anticipated completion in fall 2015.

Gilbert, Ariz., is a committed partner in the Rivulon project. “Nationwide Realty Investors has an outstanding reputation for high-quality developments and we are proud to have an excellent relationship with them as they develop premier first-class office space at Rivulon that will enhance Gilbert’s central business district,” said Gilbert Mayor John Lewis.
Isagenix is represented by Pat Williams and Andrew Medley of Jones Lang LaSalle and Nationwide Realty Investors is represented by Fred Darche and John Cerchiai of Lee & Associates.

Nationwide Realty Investors has also agreed to a land swap deal with LA Fitness to allow for an LA Fitness facility to be built adjacent to the Isagenix building. The fitness facility will serve as a key amenity for Rivulon tenants and residents. Construction of the LA Fitness building will begin this month, with anticipated opening in March 2015. LA Fitness is represented by Walt Brown of Diversified Partners and Nationwide Realty Investors is represented by Fred Darche and John Cerchiai of Lee & Associates.

“We are excited about the progress of this development and the recent office and retail commitments,” said Gilbert’s Office of Real Estate and Economic Development Director Dan Henderson. “Rivulon is a key part of the community’s long-term growth and sustainability.”

5 C's of Credit

Gilbert Offers Support to Emerging Small Businesses

GGilbert’s Development Services Department is launching a new program called Taking Care of Small Business (TCSB) which will provide support to emerging small businesses. The TCSB program guides owners through the development permitting process that is required when starting a new business.

“As Gilbert continues to grow, so do the number of small businesses,” says Development Services Director Kyle Mieras. “The goal of the Taking Care of Small Business program is to provide free assistance and support to small business owners as they begin their journey of opening a new business in Gilbert.”

For more information on the Taking care of Small Business program or to participate, visit www.gilbertaz.gov/TCSB or call Gilbert’s Development Services Department at 480-503-6719.

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Gilbert among best cities for families

With Father’s Day coming up on Sunday and the school year making way to free time with family, the personal finance social network WalletHub today followed up on its analysis of the Best & Worst Places to Staycation in 2014 with an in-depth look at the Best & Worst Cities for Families.

WalletHub compared each of the 150 largest cities in the U.S. based on 31 key metrics – ranging from crime rates and school system ranks to housing costs and even the number of parks per capita – in order to help families across the country identify the ideal location to put down roots. It’s wedding season, after all, and a lot of newlyweds will be making such crucial decisions in the months to come.

Here are 2014’s Best Cities for Families:

1. Plano, Texas
2. Sioux Falls, South Dakota
3. Overland Park, Kansas
4. Fremont, California
5. Irvine, California
6. Virginia Beach, Virginia
7. Lincoln, Nebraska
8. Anchorage, Alaska
9. Gilbert, Arizona
10. Amarillo, Texas

goodyear

Goodyear is U.S.’ 6th fastest-growing city

The city of Goodyear is the sixth fastest-growing city in the United States, according to rankings released by the U.S. Census Bureau on Thursday.

The Census Bureau ranked the top 15 fastest-growing cities in the U.S. with San Marcos, Texas coming in as No. 1. The town of Gilbert, which came in at No. 12, was the only other municipality in Arizona to make the list. Many of the other ranked cities were in Texas and throughout the West.

The ranking comes just weeks after the Boulder, Colorado-based National Research Center completed the Goodyear Citizen Satisfaction Survey in which the city received numerous high marks. Among the high grades Goodyear received from residents include: being considered a good place to live (95 percent approval); fire and police departments were near or above 90 percent; and feeling safe in neighborhoods was at a whopping 97 percent.

Goodyear Mayor Georgia Lord said she believes that the ranking strengthens the validity of the citizen satisfaction survey, and that Goodyear will continue to be a fast-growing city.

“The ranking goes to show you that Goodyear is a not only a good place to live, work and play, but that the city continues to attract people of all ages,” Mayor Lord said. “We not only have a highly-educated workforce [20 percent have bachelor degrees] and one of the highest average incomes in the state [$73,000], but also a wide-array of job opportunities and housing.”

Goodyear’s population, which currently is 73,832, soared 245 percent between 2000 to 2010, according to the American Community Survey year estimates.

“If you move to Goodyear, it’s by choice,” Mayor Lord added. “People move here because they want to live here and retire here.”

To view the entire list of fastest-growing cities, go to: http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/census-bureau-fastest-growing-cities-2012-13-23829449.

Flancer's Mesa

Flancer’s Café & Pizzeria serves prickly pear perfection

Flancers, Prickly Pear ChickenFlancer’s Café & Pizzeria has two locations in Gilbert and Mesa. The restaurant features salads, sandwiches and pizzas with unique flare. However, Flancer’s has become a local favorite because of its use of the prickly pear.

How did the prickly pear become a favorite among diners? Owner Jeff Flancer explains that the prickly pear items started 12 years ago with an order of prickly pear syrup for a catering job. The restaurant then needed to use the rest of the syrup after the event, so it ran a special on a prickly pear chicken sandwich. Now, the sandwich is the second most popular item on the menu.

The prickly pear items have extended from the popular sandwich to include a prickly pear caesar chicken salad and the Flancer’s spiked prickly pear lemonade. The restaurant also has made some desserts with prickly pear whipped cream and flavoring.

Flancer explains that the local customers love the prickly pear items and it brings a lot of repeat business. Some people get scared to try the different items, and sometimes even think it is undercooked because of its pink color, but overall the dish is a Flancers, Spiked Lemonadesuccess. They have entered the prickly pear sandwich into several competitions and even won a New Times contest with the best use of prickly pear.

Flancer’s also makes its own bread and green chile mayonnaise that customers love. The sweet and spicy creates a beautiful blend.

The restaurant participates in the community through charity work such as its annual pizza eating contest. It has raised $30,000 through its charity events and help of customers and sponsors.

Ultimately, Flancer says, that his restaurant is serious about the food yet has fun every day.

1030 N Colorado Street

Commercial Properties, Inc., announces 22,186 sf office space lease in Gilbert

Commercial Properties, Inc. is pleased to announce the lease of 22,186 SF of office space located at 1030 North Colorado Boulevard in Gilbert, Arizona. Tyson Breinholt of CPI’s Tempe Office represented the new tenant, Ready Auto Transport, LLC, in this transaction. The property is a 37,037 SF multi-tenant building just east of South Country Club Drive, on the corner of West San Angelo Street and North Colorado Street.

According to Breinholt, “The new tenant, Ready Auto Transport, LLC has over 30 years of experience transporting automobiles throughout the United States. The company endeavors to provide the most accurate and cost effective auto shipping services available throughout the nation.”

Chris Hook and Michael Conner of CBRE represented the Landlord.

Tyson Breinholt may be contacted for additional information at 480.966.7513

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American TapHouse rolls out new happy hour

American TapHouse, a high-energy, family-oriented restaurant, is rolling out a brand new happy hour that offers delicious award-winning food at a price everyone can smile about. Open since November of 2013, the Gilbert restaurant is a great dining spot in the East Valley with plenty to offer.

Seven days a week at American TapHouse you can enjoy their new happy hour from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Choose their Award Winning Wings for $3 served in your choice of buffalo, BBQ or house dry rub. Also on the menu is their Beer Queso Cheese Dip for just $4. This bowl of cheesy goodness is served with three warm pretzel sticks. Sink your teeth into their Carnitas Sliders for $5. This tender shredded pork is served on three soft jalapeno rolls with pepper jelly and fries.

Three Olives drink specials are offered for $3 all day every day and from 9:00 p.m. to close American Taphouse’s reverse happy hour offers $3.00 well drinks and food specials seven nights a week.

If you can’t make it out to happy hour, American TapHouse will deliver any of their mouthwatering dishes off their regular lunch or dinner menus to your door. All of their burgers are charbroiled to order with Certified Angus Beef ®. Try their Caballero Burger, stacked with lightly fried onion and poblano strings. American TapHouse also serves farm fresh salads and American comfort foods like their Mom’s Meatloaf, Chicken Fried Steak and Adult Mac & Cheese. In addition,American TapHouse has a full list of award winning pizzas. For those who want to try any of their 24 beers on tap or selection of wines, American TapHouse offers FREE delivery for everything on their menu if you live within a three mile radius. Located at 1026 S. Gilbert Rd., American TapHouse is one of the few restaurants with this special delivery permit.

For menus and more info: AmericanTH.com.

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New East Valley Women’s Professional Group Launches

The Phoenix-metro-based Women of Scottsdale and Central Phoenix Women groups proudly announce the launch of a third, localized chapter, East Valley Women being added to serve women business professionals who live or work in Tempe, Mesa, Gilbert, and Chandler. East Valley Women will meet on the third Tuesday of every month from 7:30am to 9am at the Hilton Phoenix/Mesa in Mesa, Ariz., beginning on Tax Day, Tuesday, April 15, 2014.

The new East Valley Women group is a sister organization of the esteemed Women of Scottsdale, founded in 1998 and Central Phoenix Women, founded in 2006 by Linda Herold. Herold retired in December 2013, and named JoAnn Holland CEO of the groups. It is under her stewardship that the East Valley Women group has launched. The groups endeavor to support women beginning their professional career, business and professional leaders, women in government, women in education and those who have retired to create a deep and long-lasting community of mutual support.

The group has named community alumna Jodi Towns as the Inaugural Director of the new east valley group and she will serve a two-year term; promoting membership and business sponsorship for the new chapter, as well as acting as Master of Ceremonies at monthly meetings. As the new Inaugural Director, Towns intends to further the spirit of community support with a focus on communities east of Phoenix and Scottsdale. She will continue as the Director of Practice Management for LifeScape Premier, a Scottsdale-based concierge medical practice that has been actively involved in supporting and sponsoring Women of Scottsdale and Central Phoenix Women for several years, and is looking forward to launching the nascent East Valley group.

“I’m honored to uphold and extend the tradition and support that these fine groups provide business women in our communities,” says Towns. “With the new group serving the East Valley we’ll be able to reach, serve and bring more fantastic women into the fray.”

The groups’ CEO and founder is equally pleased with the chapter developments. “Jodi has been such a passionate advocate for our existing groups and we’re thrilled to have her leading the charge for the East Valley,” states JoAnn Holland. “We look forward to continued success under her direction with the new East Valley Women chapter.”

For more information about East Valley Women, please like them on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/eastvalleywomen

To sign up for the breakfast on April 15th please contact JoAnn Holland – CEO and Founder at ceo@eastvalleywomen.org or Anita Welsch – anita@eastvalleywomen.org or 480-567-8131

satellite

Orbital Begins Building 81 Satellites in Gilbert

Orbital Sciences Corporation, one of the world’s leading space technology companies, announced that it has started production of 81 satellites for the Iridium NEXT program as part of a contract between Orbital and Iridium’s prime contractor, French-Italian aerospace company Thales Alenia Space. Orbital will complete the assembly, integration, test and launch support phases for this second-generation global communications satellite constellation at its satellite manufacturing facility in Gilbert, AZ. The commencement of production also signifies the opening of a Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ) at the Gilbert facility, which allows Orbital to reduce program costs by importing foreign-sourced hardware from Thales Alenia Space.

“Ten years ago, this factory was created with large scale production in mind,” said Jason Yocum, Orbital’s Senior Program Director for the Iridium NEXT production program. “Today, at the Gilbert facility, we produce cutting-edge satellites that are executed with the highest degree of excellence and professionalism. As always, we appreciate the support we have received from the Town of Gilbert as we begin to use this unique facility for its intended purpose – as an international high-rate satellite production factory.”

Orbital worked closely with the Town of Gilbert to develop the new FTZ, enabling the company to develop a highly efficient satellite production line. Orbital will integrate a total of 81 satellites for the constellation, including 66 low-Earth orbit operational satellites, six in-orbit spares, and nine ground-backup spacecraft, over the next three years. Orbital’s responsibilities also include ground support equipment, primary and hosted payload integration, shipment and launch integration services.

“We thank Orbital for their partnership and cooperation in creating Gilbert’s first Foreign Trade Zone,” said John Lewis, Mayor of Gilbert, AZ. “It takes a tremendous amount of effort to prepare for a project of this magnitude and we are excited for this international effort to be happening here in Gilbert.”

Scheduled to begin launching in 2015, Iridium NEXT will fully replace Iridium’s current satellite constellation of 66 cross-linked low-Earth orbit (LEO) satellites that cover 100 percent of the globe. It will dramatically enhance Iridium’s ability to meet the rapidly-expanding demand for truly global mobile communications on land, at sea and in the skies.

“Over the past three years, our teams have been working diligently to produce the best-designed satellite and to validate that design in preparation for production,” said Scott Smith, Chief Operating Officer, Iridium Communications Inc. “Team members from all over the world have been working together to challenge the processes, build hardware for validation testing and work to make this process as efficient as possible. All of this hard work has paid off and we look forward to a steady production of high quality satellites for our new network from this facility.”

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Gilbert Will Host USA BMX Open House

Representatives from the Town of Gilbert will host a second open house on April 8, from 6pm-8pm, at the Council Chambers at Town Hall, to discuss the potential partnership with USA BMX to develop a new facility in Gilbert. This open house will address the details of a potential agreement to go before Council for approval at a later date.

Gilbert has been selected by USA BMX as the preferred location for their new facility. The facility will include a covered BMX arena, training facilities, BMX Hall of Fame and Museum, Bike Park and the USA BMX Headquarters.

Officials from the Town of Gilbert will provide detailed presentations to address questions regarding cost, funding, traffic, location, economic impact, and other matters, followed by a question and answer session and table discussions.

“This partnership will enhance Gilbert’s tourism and economic development efforts,” says Economic Development Director Dan Henderson. “The project’s potential location will provide greater opportunities for visitors to spend their dollars here in Gilbert.”

“This project is consistent with the Parks Master Plan which clearly outlines regional partnerships and park amenities that attract other amenities,” says Parks and Recreation Director Rod Buchanan.

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Local salt company launches new bacon products

Local salt purveyors Aaron and Liz Eckburg have been busy. These two serial entrepreneurs have parlayed their love of pork products and salt and have launched a new line of bacon aptly named, “Bring Home the Bacon” this month at the Gilbert and Fountain Hills Farmers’ Markets, and are working to bring it to local grocery store shelves in the very near future.

“There’s a hole in the market for locally made, artisan bacon and we are filling it,” said Co-Owner of go lb. salt, Aaron Eckburg. “This is heritage bred pork with no hormones or antibiotics. It’s one of the highest quality bacons that will be on the market in the United States today.”

The bacon will launch in four initial flavors offered in thick-cut, convenient, half-pound packages. These bacons for every occasion are: Applewood Maple, Savory Herb, Chocolate and Black Truffle. Applewood Maple, Savory Herb and Chocolate are $11 and Black Truffle is priced at $17.

“As far as we can tell, we have created the world’s only black truffle bacon and we’re excited to share our premium proteins with bacon lovers everywhere,” said Aaron Eckburg.

Bring Home The Bacon is premium, dry cured bacon and it boasts 35-50% less sodium than most brands.

“We’ll soon offer the bacon for sale on our website with earth-friendly, insulated packaging that is entirely biodegradable,” added Eckburg.

Bring Home the Bacon’s whimsical packaging showcases their newly appointed mascot “Pigsley” a friendly cartoon piglet who debunks bacon myths and touts the product as the “best bacon you’ll ever eat.”

Go lb. salt has offered various home curing kits on their website that teaches home cooks how to dry age beef, make their own bacon or corned beef.

“It was a natural progression from our kits to making actual bacon to sell around the state and nation. We’re passionate about pork,” said Eckburg.

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Banner Estrella offers new weight loss services

As the obesity rate continues to rise in the nation, Banner Estrella Medical Center will soon offer a broad range of new weight loss services for adults who are overweight or morbidly obese. The services will bring bariatric surgery options to Banner Estrella and serve as an extension of the distinguished bariatric program at Banner Gateway Medical Center in Gilbert.

The comprehensive program will include several surgical options, along with a pre-surgical information seminar, a psychological assessment, a nutrition assessment and counseling, exercise support, insurance guidance, and support groups. The team of experts includes experienced bariatric surgeons, dietitians, nurses, psychologists and other health professionals.

West Valley patients will initially be seen at Banner Gateway Medical Center, until the Banner Estrella clinic opens in mid-May.

“As the preferred provider of surgical care in the West Valley, it makes sense for Banner Estrella to begin offering these treatment options to patients struggling with obesity,” said Deb Krmpotic, CEO of Banner Estrella Medical Center. “Effective weight loss surgery is life-changing, allowing these patients to enjoy a more active lifestyle and positive self-image.”

Patients who undergo bariatric surgery at Banner Estrella will recover in the new patient tower at the hospital.

“Clinical studies have shown bariatric surgery to be very effective for long-term weight loss, and there are many options now available,” said Dr. David Podkameni, medical director for the bariatric surgical programs at both Banner Estrella and Banner Gateway medical centers. “Our goal is to focus on the best option for each patient, providing them with ongoing education, treatment and support.”

For more information or to schedule an appointment call (480) 543-2606 or visit www.bannerhealth.com/estrellabariatrics.

Copper Point, ORION

Copper Point Business Park Sells for $12.75M

ORION Investment Real Estate announced the closing of Copper Point Business Park, a three-building, two-story, Class-A office/retail complex, located in the Gilbert, for $12.75M ($117 per SF) to West Coast Capital Partners.

“Copper Point was an excellent strategic addition to West Coast Capital Partnersí portfolio.  As an underperforming, yet well located and very attractive asset, it plays ideally to West Coast’s core strength of consistently adding value through intensive management and aggressive marketing.”, said Braxton Glass, Vice President at ORION.

The property is located on the southwest corner of the Loop 202 and Val Vista Drive within minutes of Main Street Commons, Gilbert Mercy Hospital and Westcor’s San Tan Village Mall.

Copper Point Business Park was developed in 2008 with attractive architecture and quality construction.  The property has excellent visibility and strong demographics with the average household income exceeding $75,000 within 1 mile of the property.

The Seller was IED Copper Pointe LLC based in Las Vegas.

Braxton Glass of ORION Investment Real Estate in Scottsdale negotiated the transaction. Braxton focuses on investment sales of office and medical office properties.

Graves, Jennifer

Jennifer Graves Joins Gilbert's Office of Real Estate and Economic Development

Gilbert, Arizona’s Office of Real Estate and Economic Development has hired Jennifer Graves, CEcD, as Business Retention and Expansion Economic Development Administrator. Jennifer brings more than 13 years of economic development experience ranging in market research, strategic planning, and business retention and expansion.

Jennifer earned an MS in Applied Economics from the University of North Texas and a BS in Regional Development from the University of Arizona. In 2009 she also earned her Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) designation. She is a member of the International Economic Development Council and is currently serving as the Secretary/Treasurer on the Executive Committee for the Arizona Association for Economic Development (AAED) Board of Directors.

As the Business Retention and Expansion Economic Development Administrator, Jennifer will focus on supporting the growth of local businesses. She will execute initiatives and activities to facilitate local business retention and expansion, including real estate selection, completion of job training grant applications as appropriate, conducting market research, providing project management and general economic development assistance.

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Gilbert approves Saint Xavier University Development

The Gilbert Town Council approved a development agreement on Thursday, Nov. 7 that will allow for the construction of Saint Xavier University’s (SXU) 87,000- square-foot satellite campus in the downtown Heritage District of Gilbert, Arizona.

The proposed four-story building will provide students premier access to state-of-the-art technology, smart classrooms, nursing labs and student lounges, as well as gathering and study space. In addition, Gilbert plans to construct a 300-car parking facility located just east of the SXU Gilbert campus.

“It has always been part of our economic development plan to have a faith-based university located in downtown Gilbert. We are thrilled to welcome Saint Xavier University, Chicago’s oldest Catholic University,” said Gilbert Mayor John Lewis. “It’s very important that we can offer our residents opportunities to obtain advanced degrees in a number of academic disciplines within this environment.”

SXU’s Gilbert campus initially plans to offer undergraduate degree completion, adult degree completion and graduate degree programs in the academic disciplines of: Liberal Arts, Business and Nursing. Meeting the lifelong learning needs of a diverse student population has always been an essential component of the Saint Xavier mission. Pending approval by the Arizona accrediting agencies and the Higher Learning Commission, as well as endorsement by Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Phoenix, classes could begin as early as Spring 2015.

“We are honored to be part of the growing legacy of Gilbert and the State of Arizona, and we are pleased to share our own 168-year legacy of rigorous, values-based higher education,” said president Christine M. Wiseman, J.D. “We look forward to building partnerships within the Gilbert community, creating a collaborative learning environment, and working with motivated students from all walks of life.”

“As we finalize our plans for the Gilbert campus, a Senate-endorsed faculty task force will engage the academic and mission-based issues in order to continue guiding this development,” adds Paul DeVito, Ph.D., provost of Saint Xavier University.

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Bioindustry honors Innovators at AZBio Awards

The Arizona Bioindustry Association (AZBio) today announced that more than 350 leaders from across the State of Arizona will be gathering at the Phoenix Convention Center on October 10, 2013 to celebrate AZBio’s 10thanniversary as Arizona’s statewide bioindustry association and to recognize the leaders, innovators and companies that are making Arizona one of the fastest growing bioscience states in the nation.

“Over the last decade, Arizona’s bioindustry has delivered an aggregate job growth of 45% (2002-2011) and an increase in the number of healthcare and bioscience firms by 31%,” shared AZBio President and CEO Joan Koerber-Walker. “This is the result of executives, innovators, researchers, educators, and elected leaders working together to embrace possibilities and collaboratively create a fast growing industry that is creating high wage jobs and addressing some of our greatest challenges: improving health and creating new industries that leverage our natural resources and our steadily increasing collection of internationally recognized talent.”

In addition to honoring the hundreds of organizations that have worked together over the last 10 years to create and drive life science innovation in Arizona, the AZBio Awards recognize specific thought leaders and industry leaders for their contributions. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn about and gain insights from:

  • Thomas M. Grogan, M.D., Founder of Ventana and SVP Medical Affairs at Ventana Medical Systems, Inc., a member of the Roche Group and recipient of the AZBio Pioneer Award for Lifetime Achievement honoree.
  • Linda Hunt, President and CEO of Dignity Health Arizona, the 2013 Jon W. McGarity Arizona Bioscience Leader of the Year.
  • Amanda Grimes of the Mesa Biotechnology Academy in the Mesa Public Schools, recipient of the Michael A. Cusanovich Arizona Bioscience Educator of the Year Award for inspiring students to explore careers in the biosciences.
  • Orphan drug pioneer Leslie Boyer, M.D., founding director of the VIPER Institute at The University of Arizona. With her team of international collaborators developed the FDA approved anti-venom for the scorpion’s sting.
  • John W. Lewis, Mayor of the Town of Gilbert, Arizona recipient of the AZBio Public Service Award for his leadership in attracting and supporting the development of world class research, manufacturing and clinical services in Gilbert.
  • The team from Arizona Bioscience Company of the Year – W.L. Gore & Associates, Inc., Arizona’s largest life science employer. The Gore Medical Products Division has provided creative therapeutic solutions to complex medical problems for more than 35 years. During that time, more than 35 million innovative Gore Medical Devices have been implanted, saving and improving the quality of lives worldwide Gore has been granted more than 2,000 patents worldwide ranging from polymer processing to medical devices.
  • Dr. Robert Bowser, AZBio Fast Lane Award winner for pioneering new diagnostics for ALS and traumatic brain injury at Iron Horse Diagnostics, Inc.
  • Dr. Garrett Smith, co-founder of Nasseo, Inc., the Fast Lane Award winning company that has developed the FDA approved TiArray™ Dental Implant.
  • Jeff Martin, CEO of Fast Lane Award winner Yulex Corporation and the team that delivers Yulex’s Guayule BioRubber Emulsions and BioRubber Solids that have medical, consumer, and industrial applications to grow an increasingly diverse market community with ultra-pure, high-performance products.
  • And executives from Algae Biosciences, Ventana, Pfizer, Genentech, EY, Northern Arizona University/TGen North, Regenesis Biomedical, Ulthera, VWR, and NACET.

The 8th Annual AZBio Awards will be held Thursday, October 10, 2013 at the Phoenix Convention Center. In addition to the Gala Awards Luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., the VWR Company Showcase and Student Discovery Showcase sponsored by NAU will highlight the work of Arizona’s current and future life science leaders from 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. and again from 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. so that attendees can see the work being done across the industry and interact with the leaders and future leaders who are driving bioindustry innovation. The event is open to the public and tickets are available for purchase at AZBioAwards.com.

“Almost 100,000 Arizonans are embracing possibilities every day across Arizona’s healthcare and life science sector. Through their efforts, we are making life better here at home and around the world by discovering, developing, and delivering life science innovations,” added Koerber-Walker. “AZBio is honored to have the opportunity to work with them and to bring so many of our leaders together in one place on one day so our community can meet them and learn about them too.”