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Blue Bell Opens West Phoenix Branch

Blue Bell Creameries is expanding in Phoenix with the opening of a branch in West Phoenix. The new full-service, 13,000 square-foot distribution and sales facility at 5175 W. Watkins Rd. in Phoenix went into service this month. A grand opening on Thursday, July 11 at 10:30 am will feature Secretary of State Ken Bennett as he cuts the ribbon to the new branch – just in time for National Ice Cream Month.
Other state and city officials scheduled to join Blue Bell for the morning include Commissioner Bob Burns, State Senator Don Shooter, State Representatives David Gowan and Paul Boyer, and Phoenix City Councilman Jim Waring.

The public is also welcome to attend the ceremony which will include brief remarks from Secretary Bennett and West Phoenix Branch Manager Kyle McBride. After the ribbon cutting, ice cream, beverages and light appetizers will be served.

Blue Bell first came to Arizona in 2005 and has been a popular addition to area freezers ever since.

“The response to Blue Bell  in Arizona has been phenomenal.” explains Branch Manager Kyle McBride, “We were in leased space before.  Now we are opening a much larger facility to keep up with the demand. The larger facility will allow for continued growth and better serve the Phoenix area.”

The Phoenix West Branch is Blue Bell’s the second facility it has built in Phoenix. The Phoenix East Branch in Apache Junction opened in 2006.

The new branch office will serve Northern Arizona, West Phoenix Metro and Western Arizona – all the way to Lake Havasu City and Laughlin, Nevada. Blue Bell Ice Cream is sold at all major grocery stores in Arizona and other chain and independent stores, drugstores and convenience stores.  Blue Bell Ice Cream is also featured at all Carrabba’s, Outback Steakhouse, Ruby Tuesday’s and Houston’s restaurants.

Blue Bell maintains a unique delivery system, which allows delivery of all products directly to stores in Blue Bell trucks so that no one other than a Blue Bell employee handles the ice cream until the customer buys it.  This allows Blue Bell to maintain quality control of ice cream and frozen snack products all the way to the grocer’s shelves.  Any expansion, therefore, requires, at a minimum, the hiring of new driver-salesmen to service the stores.

The West Phoenix location is adding five to 10 new positions as part of the expansion.

Blue Bell Ice cream is the number-three selling ice cream brand in the U.S., although it is only available in 22 states. Known as “the Little Creamery in Brenham,” to ice cream lovers, Blue Bell was founded in 1907 in Brenham, Texas, a town of about 14,000 people located 70 miles northwest of Houston amidst the rolling hills of Central Texas.

According to McBride, the most popular Blue Bell Ice Cream flavors in the Phoenix area are Homemade Vanilla, Dutch Chocolate, and Cookies ’n Cream.

McBride joined Blue Bell in 1995 as a territory manager in Kansas City. In 2001 he was promoted to sales manager and in 2004 was named branch manager in Charlotte, North Carolina. In 2005, when Blue Bell entered Arizona, he was named branch manager of Phoenix East and in March 2013 was named branch manager of the new Phoenix West facility.

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Mesquite Solar facility ready for business

Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett, Maricopa County Supervisor Mary Rose Wilcox and Buckeye Mayor Jackie Meck today joined Sempra U.S. Gas & Power officials and community leaders to dedicate the 150-megawatt (MW) first phase of Sempra U.S. Gas & Power’s Mesquite Solar facility.

Located in Arlington, Ariz., about 40 miles west of Phoenix, Mesquite Solar 1 is part of Sempra U.S. Gas & Power’s massive 4,000-acre Mesquite Solar complex, with the potential to build out up to 700 MW of capacity. The Mesquite Solar Complex is well-positioned to be North America’s largest photovoltaic (PV) solar power installation.

“Mesquite Solar 1 represents a major step forward for the state of Arizona as we continue down the path toward our goal of establishing ourselves as the nation’s leader

in solar generation,” said Bennett.  “Sempra U.S. Gas and Power has demonstrated

remarkable leadership with this project, and we look to continue working together to fully build-out the Mesquite Solar Complex.”

“This is a shining moment for the state of Arizona as it continues to establish itself as a renewable energy leader,” said Kevin C. Sagara, vice president of renewables for Sempra U.S. Gas & Power. “There is so much to be proud of here.  Our project would not have been possible without all the tremendous support we received at the federal, state and local level.”

Construction on Mesquite Solar 1 began in June 2011.  The solar project provided a boost to the local economy by creating more than 500 local construction jobs at peak along with 10 long-term positions. The landmark solar plant was completed in December 2012 and now generates enough emission-free electricity for about 56,000 homes.

The renewable power from Mesquite Solar 1 is sold to Pacific Gas & Electric under a 20-year contract.

Completion of Mesquite Solar 1 brings Sempra U.S. Gas & Power’s operating solar portfolio up to 300 MW. The company has another 308 MW under construction at its Copper Mountain Solar 2 and Copper Mountain Solar 3 facilities in Boulder City, Nev.

Sempra U.S. Gas & Power, LLC is a leading developer of renewable energy and natural gas solutions.  The company operates solar, wind and natural gas power plants that generate enough electricity for nearly 1 million homes, along with natural gas storage, pipelines and distribution utilities. The company is a subsidiary of Sempra Energy (NYSE: SRE), a Fortune 500 energy services holding company with 2012 revenues of approximately $10 billion.  The Sempra Energy companies’ nearly 17,000 employees serve more than 31 million consumers worldwide.  For more information, visit www.SempraUSGP.com.

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Brewer Declares May 'Arizona Small Business Month'

Arizona State Governor Janice K. Brewer approved the Arizona Small Business Association’s (ASBA) proclamation to declare May 2013 “Arizona Small Business Month.” The proclamation will be presented at ASBA’s 1st Annual Arizona Small Business Conference on May 16 at The Phoenician Resort in Scottsdale during the “State of Small Business Breakfast.”

Speaking at the State of Small Business Breakfast will be Governor Brewer, Secretary of State Ken Bennett, National Small Business Association President Todd McCracken and ASBA CEO Rick Murray.

“Declaring May as ‘Arizona Small Business Month’ celebrates our small business community for their great contributions to our State as entrepreneurs, innovators and leaders,” says Murray. “We thank Governor Brewer for honoring Arizona’s small business community in this way, and presenting this proclamation at our upcoming conference.”

Join the State of Small Business Breakfast on Thurs., May 16 at 8-9:00 a.m. at The Phoenician Resort (6000 E. Camelback Road, Scottsdale). The breakfast is part of ASBA’s 1st Annual Arizona Small Business Conference, which will also feature the 20th Annual Enterprise Business Awards Luncheon honoring the National Small Business Association award winners in Arizona, an all day conference with breakout sessions, Networking Mixer, and a Business Expo (free admittance).

To register, visit www.azsmallbizcon.com or call (602) 306-4000.

Jan Brewer

Brewer Declares May ‘Arizona Small Business Month’

Arizona State Governor Janice K. Brewer approved the Arizona Small Business Association’s (ASBA) proclamation to declare May 2013 “Arizona Small Business Month.” The proclamation will be presented at ASBA’s 1st Annual Arizona Small Business Conference on May 16 at The Phoenician Resort in Scottsdale during the “State of Small Business Breakfast.”

Speaking at the State of Small Business Breakfast will be Governor Brewer, Secretary of State Ken Bennett, National Small Business Association President Todd McCracken and ASBA CEO Rick Murray.

“Declaring May as ‘Arizona Small Business Month’ celebrates our small business community for their great contributions to our State as entrepreneurs, innovators and leaders,” says Murray. “We thank Governor Brewer for honoring Arizona’s small business community in this way, and presenting this proclamation at our upcoming conference.”

Join the State of Small Business Breakfast on Thurs., May 16 at 8-9:00 a.m. at The Phoenician Resort (6000 E. Camelback Road, Scottsdale). The breakfast is part of ASBA’s 1st Annual Arizona Small Business Conference, which will also feature the 20th Annual Enterprise Business Awards Luncheon honoring the National Small Business Association award winners in Arizona, an all day conference with breakout sessions, Networking Mixer, and a Business Expo (free admittance).

To register, visit www.azsmallbizcon.com or call (602) 306-4000.

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Andrew Thomas will run for governor

Former Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas says he’s planning to run for Arizona governor in 2014.

Thomas served as county attorney from 2005 until he resigned in 2010 to unsuccessfully run for Arizona attorney general.

A three-member disciplinary panel of the Arizona courts disbarred Thomas about a year ago for failed corruption investigations that he and county Sheriff Joe Arpaio launched against officials with whom they were having political and legal disputes.

Thomas is a Republican and he joins a growing list of candidates for governor.

Democrat and former Arizona Board of Regents Chairman Fred DuVal, Republican and ex-Tempe Mayor Hugh Hallman and Americans Elect party candidate John Mealer have already formally filed to run.

Republicans Sen. Al Melvin and Secretary of State Ken Bennett have formed exploratory committees.

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Will Bennett block Brewer from seeking 3rd term?

Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett says he might try to block Gov. Jan Brewer from getting on the ballot if she tries to run for another term.

Brewer has floated the idea that term limits don’t prevent her from running again because she wasn’t elected to the partial term she held after Democrat Janet Napolitano resigned in 2009.

Bennett himself is a possible candidate for governor. He has a committee to explore such a candidacy. He has said he believes that term limits bar Brewer from running again.

His office processes candidate filings but he told Phoenix station KTVK during an interview aired late Sunday that his office might not accept Brewer’s paperwork.

He noted that both he and Brewer swore to uphold the state Constitution.

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Scottsdale company opens first vehicle charging station

A Scottsdale-based company is opening the first of 26 planned charging stations for electric vehicles along Interstate 10 in Arizona.

Officials with GOe3, Secretary of State Ken Bennett and members of the Clean Cities coalitions are having a ribbon-cutting ceremony Saturday at the Bowlin Travel Centers’ Picacho Peak Plaza between Phoenix and Tucson.

The company says travelers can make a 20-minute stop at Picacho to charge up their electric vehicle with either a DC fast charger or 70 amp charger.

GOe3 officials say the Arizona charging stations will be part of a network of 1,000 stations that will stretch along I-10 as well as I-8 and I-40. They say they want to make coast-to-coast travel via electric vehicle a reality by 2015.

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Arizona Voter Registration Numbers Increase

Secretary of State Ken Bennett has announced that Arizona’s number of registered voters has risen to 3,151,615.  An increase of 17,381 since the last report in February.

Of the state’s 3.1 million voters, 1,134,094 are Republicans, 952,907 are Democrats and 1,037,007 have either registered with independent parties or not designated a party preference.

Libertarians make up a little less than one percent of the state’s total registration with 22,530, while 4,929 voters are currently registered as members of the Green Party.  Additionally, the Americans Elect Party has enrolled 148 voters since joining the state’s other recognized political parties last year.

“It’s an encouraging sign when we see an uptick in voter registration,” Secretary Bennett said. “Important choices lie ahead and we urge voters to participate in the process during the next seven months of the election cycle.”

The latest voter registration figures compiled by county, congressional district and legislative district are available on the Secretary of State’s website, www.azsos.gov by calling 1-877-THE-VOTE.

Success Awards

Success Awards Recognize 12 Arizona Businesses

Twelve Arizona small businesses and their achievements will be honored at the 2012 Success Awards and Legislative Lunch on March 29.

The event is hosted by the Arizona Small Business Development Center Network (AZSBDC) and scheduled to take place from 11:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. on the House Lawn of the Arizona State Capitol Complex, 1700 W. Washington Street in Phoenix. Arizona Capitol Times publisher Ginger Lamb will serve as emcee of the event, which is expected to attract more than 300 guests, including members of the Arizona Legislature and government, business and community leaders from across the state.

Arizona Senate President Steve Pierce, Speaker of the House Andy Tobin and Secretary of State Ken Bennett will all participate in the program, which recognizes the achievements of small businesses across Arizona. The 2012 Success Awards winners include:

Best Finishing, Inc. — Tucson, AZ Master Award Winner

Community Tire Pros & Auto Repair — Phoenix, AZ

Cotton Clouds, Inc. — Safford, AZ

Criollo Latin Kitchen — Flagstaff, AZ

Drug Valet, Inc. — Tempe, AZ

Gutierrez Canales Engineering, PC — Yuma, AZ

K-Bar RV Resort — Show Low, AZ

Kinetic Muscle, Inc. — Tempe, AZ

Kool Treats, LLC — Douglas, AZ

Sierra Seed Company LLLP — Nogales, AZ

Sorellas Elite Fashion — Safford, AZ

Tender Hearts Senior Care, Inc. — Prescott, AZ

The AZSBDC Network is Arizona’s largest and most accessible source of assistance for small business, with 28 locations across Arizona, including 11 Service Centers and 17 satellites and/or meeting sites. The Network recently also became the host of the new (March 2012) Arizona Procurement Technical Assistance Center (AZPTAC) network, which is headquartered in Glendale and has satellite locations in Mesa, Tucson and Yuma.