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Boeing’s Mesa Operations Land Major Defense Contract

Apache Longbow
by in Economy

Arizona is on the receiving end of a multimillion-dollar defense contract. The Boeing Company announced that it has received a $247 million contract to begin initial production of the U.S. Army’s AH-64D Apache Block III helicopter, the most advanced multi-role combat helicopter in the world. The helicopters will be assembled, flight-tested and delivered from the… Read More →

Jobs Grow Modestly; State’s Unemployment Rate Is Unchanged

by in Economy | Featured

The state added 16,000 jobs in September, mostly due to the start of the new school year. Despite the modest gains, the Arizona Department of Commerce reported today that the state’s unemployment rate remains at 9.7 percent Sept. 2010 Aug. 2010 Sept. 2009 United States 9.6% 9.6% 9.8% Arizona 9.7% 9.7% 9.4% Year-over-year, total non-farm… Read More →

Charles Schwab Bringing Hundreds Of Jobs To Phoenix


The investment services company Charles Schwab announced today that it is expanding its operations in Phoenix, which could result in up to 900 new jobs over the next five years. The company’s main Valley location is at 24th Street and Lincoln Drive. Schwab plans to hire 200 new employees by the end of the year,… Read More →

Vacancy Rising In Phoenix Despite Construction Pullback

Vacancy Rising in Phoenix
by in Economy | Real Estate

Though employment growth will stimulate an increase in retail sales in 2010, the job additions will not be sufficient to prevent the vacancy rate in Phoenix from rising for the fifth consecutive year, according to the latest Retail Research market update from Marcus & Millichap. Unlike previous years when excessive construction drove vacancy increases, lagging… Read More →

Newly Formed Arizona Commerce Authority Convenes Its Inaugural Board Meeting

Photo from Wikimedia Commons.
by in Blogs | Finance | Workforce

Vowing that “today the rubber hits the road,” Gov. Jan Brewer and Jerry Colangelo assembled and introduced 35 state leaders representing diverse backgrounds for the inaugural board meeting of the Arizona Commerce Authority. The private-sector board will work to align diverse assets and opportunities within the state to compete economically in both domestic and international… Read More →

Arizona’s Unemployment Rate Climbs In August

by in Economy | Workforce

Despite some gains in the governmental sector, the state’s unemployment rate for August rose one-tenth of a percent to 9.7 percent as private sector hiring was flat, according to the Arizona Department of Commerce. Usually, Arizona’s economy generates jobs in August, but last month only 28,000 jobs were created. That was still better than August… Read More →

ASU, Crayola & More Making Sustainable Impact

by in Blogs | Education | Green

When it comes to sustainability, it’s a great time to be proud of Arizona.  This week we’ve gathered stories about ASU making the green honor roll, Phoenix being a top city for graduates and others. Please feel free to send along any interesting stories you’d like to see featured in the roundup by e-mailing Shelby Hill.… Read More →

Valley Forward: Barbara Lockwood

Barbara Lockwood, APS
by in AZ Business Magazine | Green

Barbara Lockwood Director of Renewable Energy Arizona Public Service Barbara Lockwood is a chemical engineer who doesn’t consider herself an environmentalist at heart, yet there she is — director of renewable energy for Arizona Public Service. “It’s not something that’s innate in me,” Lockwood says about the environment. “I got into it from a… Read More →

Don’t Let It Go To Waste, A Biogas Future

Developing an organics-to-energy biogas facility.
by in Blogs | Green | Tech

Ever wonder if you can actually do something useful with all the garbage we produce? Well it turns out we can! The city council in San Jose, Calif., recently announced that the city was in talks to develop an organics-to-energy biogas facility. The facility would be the first of its kind in the United States,… Read More →

Green Jobs, Good Future

Job Increase
by in Blogs | Economy | Green

We are all very aware of the plight our economy is facing, but there is one bright spot in the darkness of the recession — green jobs. According to a study by the Pew Charitable Trusts, the number of green jobs in the United States grew 9.1 percent from 1998 to 2007. Traditional jobs, on… Read More →

The Credit Crunch Is Leading Many Organizations To Outsource Asset-Intensive Legacy Processes

Money Crunch

Market conditions are always a driving force in organizational spending, and the current environment is no exception. But in 2009, in addition to cost reduction, companies are now evaluating whether they can maximize their scarce credit availability by outsourcing capital-intensive IT functions that were traditionally “off limits” to these sorts of exercises or simply not… Read More →

Color Repro Consulting

Lisa Nisleit of Color Repro Consulting

Lisa Nisleit Color Repro Consulting Title: President Est.: 2001 | Lisa Nisleit was working for a large format printing company in 2001, when a client suggested she branch out on her own. She liked what she was doing and her accounts were satisfied with her performance, but Nisleit was frustrated that all the services… Read More →

First Job: Philip Francis

Philip Francis Chairman and CEO, Petsmart

Philip L. Francis Chairman and CEO, Petsmart Describe your very first job and what lessons you learned from it. I’m going to give you two. I grew up on a farm, so the first thing I remember is cleaning up barns and building fences and bailing hay, and I worked for room and board. What… Read More →

Bob McGee – President And CEO, Southwestern Business Financing Corporation

Bob McGee Southwestern Business Financing Corporation

Fourth generation banker Bob McGee, president and CEO of Southwestern Business Financing Corporation, sees a rough year ahead for small businesses in Arizona. When McGee says rough, he means rough compared to Arizona’s customary booming economy. “We may only have 2 to 3 percent growth in the state, but as long as we have water… Read More →