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Phoenix IDA hires economic development, HR administrators

The Industrial Development Authority of the City of Phoenix, AZ (“Phoenix IDA”), has appointed of Paul Magallanez as its community and economic development administrator and James T. Barham as its human resources and legal affairs administrator.

James T. Barham

James T. Barham

“Paul and James bring tremendous economic development, human resources and legal skills to the Phoenix IDA team. Together, Paul and James will help the Phoenix IDA advance its vision of strengthening economic development, jobs, home ownership and our communities through public-private partnerships,” said Juan Salgado, executive director of the Phoenix IDA.

Magallanez has worked in economic development and housing for 16 years. He previously served as the economic development director for the City of Tolleson. He negotiated development agreements on the City’s behalf, assisted developers in navigating through the zoning and permitting process and implemented economic development strategy

Paul Magallanez

Paul Magallanez

plans. He also served as the City of Phoenix’s deputy housing director for six years. A member of the International Economic Development Council, Arizona Association for Economic Development, Greater Phoenix Economic Council’s Board of Directors and Hispanic Leadership Forum del Oeste’s Board of Directors, Magallanez was honorably discharged from the U.S. Marine Corps in 1988. He earned his masters of public administration from Arizona State University.

Barham worked as an attorney at Kutak Rock LLP for seven years where he represented clients in tax-exempt and taxable public finance and secured lending transactions. He also consulted with clients to establish employee evaluation, incentive and disciplinary processes. His HR experience began as a human resources generalist at Aviano Air Base in Italy after being honorably discharged from the U.S. Air Force in 1993. In 2015, he earned a Professional in Human Resources certification. He is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management, National Association of Bond Lawyers and American Bar Association. He earned his law degree from Creighton University School of Law.

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Tucson IDA issues RFP for 2 acres in downtown

Today the Industrial Development Authority of the City of Tucson, Arizona, aka the Tucson IDA, issued a Request for Proposals for the property commonly known as “Block 175”, which is approximately 1.943 acres located in the heart of downtown Tucson.

Marilyn Robinson, the Tucson IDA’s president, said, “The Tucson IDA believes that the timing for a high quality, dynamic project is good.  We are looking forward to receiving innovative proposals that will leverage and enhance the location within the historic El Presidio Neighborhood while contributing to the vibrancy of downtown.  This is a great location on Church Avenue, two blocks from the Tucson Museum of Art, adjacent to the Historic Warehouse Arts District, across the street from the Lohse YMCA, a block away from the new Pima County Consolidated Justice Court building, and walking distance to the Modern Streetcar.”

The Tucson IDA has appointed Gary Molenda of Business Development Finance Corporation as its RFP Representative and copies of the RFP and collateral.

Mr. Molenda indicated that “Although the Tucson IDA does not expect to financially incentivize Proposals, the City of Tucson will have the power to potentially provide Government Property Lease Excise Tax Treatment or GPLET for a project developed on the property, effectively creating property tax abatement for up to 8 years.”

The Property is currently a parking lot located at the southwest corner of Church Avenue and Franklin Street, Tucson, Pima County, Arizona, with a formal address of 283 North Church Avenue.  The Property is further identified as Pima County Assessor’s Tax Code Number 117-10-089A and comprises approximately 84,626 square feet.


$100,000 grant aids rapid cancer detection program

A one-of-a-kind rapid cancer detection program developed through collaboration between local physicians, the Scottsdale Healthcare Research Institute and Virginia G. Piper Cancer Center at Scottsdale Healthcare has been awarded a $100,000 grant from the Industrial Development Authority (IDA) of Scottsdale.

The Rapid Detection and Assessment of Response (RADAR) program uses high-tech radiologic imaging and advanced analysis to quickly assess whether a tumor is responding to treatment. RADAR provides physicians with information to make timely decisions about a treatment’s effectiveness and whether an alternate treatment is appropriate, according to Ronald Korn, MD, PhD, medical director of Scottsdale Healthcare’s Virginia G. Piper Cancer Center.

“Through RADAR we hope to be able to rapidly detect cancers before they become incurable,” said Dr. Korn. “Once the cancer is detected and treatment has started, we hope to be able to rapidly assess the response rate to the current treatment plan. With this rapid detection, we will be able to change the course of treatment and make sure patients have the right treatment.”

Dr. Korn added that revolutionary methods of advanced imaging and analysis have the potential to detect treatment responses as early as hours after the start of therapy.

“We have entered into a whole new era of treating cancer,” explained Dr. Korn. “Scottsdale Healthcare is one of the few centers in the country, if not the world, that will be developing and using advanced imaging technologies and analysis to deploy its RADAR program. It is just one example of our efforts to lead Arizona in targeted therapies and personalized medicine through the Scottsdale Healthcare Research Institute and Virginia G. Piper Cancer Center.”

“The Industrial Development Authority is honored to provide this critical funding to the RADAR program,” said Marc Grayson, president of the IDA Board of Directors. “The IDA believes that the RADAR program will have a positive impact on cancer services for our community and ultimately many patients will benefit from this.”

“The work being doing today through RADAR is paving the way for a new future where physicians will have a better understanding of effective, personalized cancer treatment and offer hope to many patients and families,” said Dr. Korn.

Patients with cancer should consult with their personal physician to determine eligibility for participation in the RADAR program. Additional information is available by contacting a research patient care coordinator at 480-323-1339; toll free at 1-877-273-3713; or via email at clinicaltrials@shc.org.

The Industrial Development Authority (IDA) of Scottsdale is committed to expanding economic development and business enterprise for Scottsdale, Arizona by making grants from income raised though the issuance of tax-free bonds for qualified applicants in the fields of education, research, health care, housing, non-profit, manufacturing and others. The primary mission of the IDA is to promote the retention, expansion and attraction of businesses and commercial enterprises in Scottsdale and to expand employment opportunities. The IDA is also committed to supporting projects that impact the social, cultural, environmental and physical needs of the Scottsdale community and therefore improving the quality of life for its citizens.

The Virginia G. Piper Cancer Center at Scottsdale Healthcare offers comprehensive cancer diagnosis, treatment, research, prevention and support services in collaboration with leading scientific researchers and community oncologists. The Scottsdale Healthcare Research Institute is committed to accelerating breakthrough therapies for treating devastating and debilitating disorders to improve patients’ health and quality of life through working with leading researchers, physicians and clinical teams.

Scottsdale Healthcare is a community-based, non-profit health system that includes Scottsdale Healthcare Thompson Peak Hospital, Scottsdale Healthcare Shea Medical Center and Scottsdale Healthcare Osborn Medical Center, the Virginia G. Piper Cancer Center at Scottsdale Healthcare, Scottsdale Healthcare Primary Care centers, the Scottsdale Healthcare Research Institute and other entities. A leader in medical innovation, talent and technology, Scottsdale Healthcare was founded in 1962 and based in Scottsdale, Ariz. For more information, visit www.shc.org.

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Phoenix IDA Names 2013 Board Officers

The Phoenix IDA, a prominent industrial development authority established in 1981 to assist economic and community impact enterprises, announces the election of its 2013 board officers.  Bruce Mosby is president of the board; Donald Keuth is vice-president; Tommy Espinoza is treasurer; and Christa Severns is secretary of the Phoenix IDA board for a one-year term that commenced in January 2013.

Mr. Mosby, who has served on the board of the Phoenix IDA since July 2010, is a recognized professional in the hospitality, retail and restaurant industries with expertise in corporate expansion, entrepreneurial enterprises and retail operations. He served as Phoenix IDA treasurer in 2012.

Mr. Keuth is president of the Phoenix Community Alliance, a nonprofit organization formed in 1983 to help create a dynamic and vital central city core. He has served on the board of directors for the Phoenix IDA since October 2003 and served as Assistant Secretary in 2012.

Tommy Espinoza is president and CEO of Raza Development Fund, Inc., the largest Latino Community Development Financial Institution in the U.S with total assets in excess of $100 million. He has served on the board of the Phoenix IDA since July 2006 and served as Assistant Treasurer in 2012.

Christa Severens is the owner of Christa Severns Communications, which specializes in strategic planning and implementation of public relations and public affairs campaigns. She was appointed to the Phoenix IDA board in November 2011.