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John McCain to attend Valley Partnership breakfast

Valley Partnership has announced the topic for its upcoming monthly breakfast on Friday, August 28. This month’s program will feature an update on the Valley’s restaurant driven development, including a look at the underlying economic factors at play and how adaptive reuse has become a driver for development.

The panel will feature Matt Pool, owner of Matt’s Big Breakfast; Lorenzo Perez, owner of Venue Projects; and Buzz Gosnell, Owner of DWG Phoenix. Moderating the panel will be Chris Gerow, Senior Vice President at NAI Horizon.

Perez’s company is developer and builder of The Newton, a popular retail adaptive reuse project at Central and 3rd Avenues. It is home to Southern Rail and Changing Hands Bookstore. Pool’s Matt’s Big Breakfast is a Valley staple. The restaurateur is currently completing improvements on his third Phoenix location at 32nd Street and Camelback Road in the space previously occupied by Noca. DWG Phoenix, a strategic acquisition and redevelopment firm, is currently transforming the former Crown Imports building between Missouri Avenue and Bethany Home Road into an 18,000-square-foot restaurant and retail complex.

“Recently, the Valley has seen significant growth from the restaurant sector. As the local economy continues to improve and the population’s earning potential increases, there is greater opportunity for restaurateurs in the market,” said Cheryl Lombard, CEO and President of Valley Partnership.

“Many of these projects are also getting creative with their real estate and adaptive reuse has become an integral part of the Valley’s restaurant and retail development landscape. These types of projects not only spur economic growth and bring vibrancy to their communities, but they are also excellent examples of responsible development.”

Valley Partnership is pleased to have Arizona Senior Senator John McCain make a special appearance this month as well. The Senator will update partners on Congress and take questions from the audience.

“We are honored Senator McCain will be joining us this month,” Lombard continued. “As an advocacy group for the development community, Valley Partnership realizes our members have a stake in federal policy. Our organization prides itself on creating opportunities for partners to learn about issues affecting the business, development and commercial real estate communities. We appreciate policy leaders like Senator McCain taking the time to address our members and answer questions they may have.”

Alexander Building Company is the August breakfast sponsor.


Sky Harbor Offers Holiday Travel Tips

July is a busy travel time at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, and passenger traffic for the July Fourth Holiday is expected to peak before the holiday on July 2nd and 3rd and after on July 6. America’s Friendliest Airport® has several travel tips to make your trip easier and more enjoyable.

Save Money with Convenient Parking: Prepaid Discount Parking gives travelers the opportunity to park in the terminal garage at a reduced price. Travelers can avoid the summer sun by booking and prepaying for their parking using an easy online reservation system. Discounted parking is available in the Terminal 2, Terminal 3, or Terminal 4 garages. Those using Prepaid Discount Parking should take a ticket when entering the garage, then present the ticket and the prepaid parking confirmation (printed or on a smartphone) to the cashier upon exit. To reserve parking, visit skyharbor.com/prepaidparking.

Check your bags before arriving at the terminal – Early Bag Check is a handy service that gives travelers flying American, Southwest or US Airways the opportunity to check their bags before they arrive at Terminal 4 and avoid the ticket counter lines. The service is available at East Economy Parking, the 44th Street PHX Sky Train Station® and at the Rental Car Center. Early Bag Check is free, though airline bag fees still apply. For additional information, including hours of operation at each location, visit skyharbor.com/earlybagcheck.

Additional important travel tips:
* Arrive at the Airport two hours before your flight departs, especially if you are parking in economy areas or checking bags.
* Looking for a handy pick-up and drop-off spot? Save time by dropping off and picking up your party at the 44th Street PHX Sky Train® Station rather than at Terminal 4. The station offers Early Bag Check and kiosks to print your boarding passes. It also offers a quick, five-minute ride to Terminal 4 on the PHX Sky Train ®. Wait for your party free of charge at the Cell Phone Waiting Lot or use a four-hour parking meter to ride the train in to meet your party. To access the 44th Street PHX Sky Train Station from the 202 Red Mountain Freeway, exit at 44th Street and head south. The PHX Sky Train Station is on the southwest corner of 44th Street and Washington.
* Look through your purse or carry-on bag before you come to the Airport. A forgotten weapon can cause you delays, hassles, and even fines. Make your travel experience hassle-free: double check your bag BEFORE you come to the airport. Visit tsa.gov for information about what can be placed in your carry-on. And, remember, fireworks are prohibited.
* For updated information on parking lot and garage availability, visit skyharbor.com/FindASpot or call our 24-hour parking hotline at 602-273-4545.
* Visit skyharbor.com on your smartphone or tablet to access our award-winning mobile website. Check your flight status and find out which shops and restaurants are near your gate. Arrive early and grab a bite to eat at one of our new restaurants. Enjoy traveler favorites like Matt’s Big Breakfast, Four Peaks Brewery, Blanco Tacos and more.

Photo: Chef Guido Saccone, Cibo

Top 5: Phoenix Favorites, Restaurants (Fall-Winter 2012)

The Top 5 Phoenix Favorites — as voted on by Experience AZ readers:

Matt’s Big Breakfast

801 N. 1st St.,
Phoenix, AZ 85004
(602) 254-1074
Using only cage-free eggs from humanely raised chickens, Angus beef, grain-fed natural Iowa pork and local organic produce, this breakfast hot-spot only serves high quality dishes.

Pizzeria Bianco

623 E. Adams St.,
Phoenix, AZ 85004
(602) 258-8300
Come for the pizza — as it has been rated as the best pizza in the U.S. by Bon Appétit, the New York Times, Vogue, and Rachel Ray; and, it has also been recognized by Martha Stewart, Oprah, GQ and Gourmet.

Carolina’s Mexican Food

1202 E. Mohave St.,
Phoenix, AZ 85034
(602) 252-1503
Carolina’s Mexican Food offers fantastic Mexican food, catering, and even dedicates itself to help the community by donating to nonprofit organizations, such as the Free Arts for Abused Children and Phoenix Day.

The Fry Bread House

4140 N. 7th Ave.,
Phoenix, AZ 85013
(602) 351-2345
Locals love the green chili stew, the restaurant’s small, rustic charm, the red chili burro and, of course, the fry bread.


603 N. 5th Ave.,
Phoenix, AZ 85003
(602) 441-2697
Located in a restored 1913 bungalow, Cibo’s intimate environment combined with its artisanal pizzas and house-made, fresh pasta create an unforgettable evening.

Experience AZ Fall-Winter 2012