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Greater Phoenix export market heats up

Greater Phoenix is now responsible for 68.3 percent of the state’s exports – up from 65.4 percent in 2014 – Community and Economic Development Director Christine Mackay announced in a presentation to the Mayor and City Council.

Citing growing trade with Mexico, exports in the Phoenix metro area and the rest of Arizona are up sharply – more than 12 percent — while exports are declining throughout the rest of the country, Mackay said.

The progress report was delivered at the request of Mayor Greg Stanton, who set the goal to double Phoenix’s exports to Mexico by 2020 and double all exports by 2025. The news comes on the heels of last week’s announcement that ProMexico, the Mexican government’s global economic development agency, will open a trade office in Phoenix. Phoenix has opened a trade office in Mexico City and Stanton led nearly a dozen trade missions to Mexico since 2012. He will lead a delegation of Arizona mayors on another in October.

“Yes, it’s outside the normal realm for cities to engage in international affairs, but we had to grab the bull by the horns,” Stanton said of City of Phoenix efforts to boost exports. “We don’t have a choice, this is about our economy and creating jobs here locally. Exports will become an increasingly large part of our local economy and we need to continue our efforts full throttle.”

Mackay noted that Arizona is home to nearly 7,500 companies in the export marking creating 93,000 “traditionally pretty high-wage jobs.”

“The Mayor and this council are the ones paving the way,” Mackay told the Council.  “Not many other cities are doing this level of activity. It’s not just staff, you are on those trade missions and it’s having an impact.”

Through Stanton’s initiative and a partnership with the Arizona Commerce Authority, companies have been participating export readiness boot camp ExporTech since February.  Mackay reported that four of the first cohort of seven companies – Pinnacle Transplant Technologies, Dibble Engineering, Exos, Inc., Cavco Industrices– are now exploring export opportunities with Mexico.

The second cohort of ExporTech companies, which grew from seven to eight and now has a waiting list, started earlier this month.  It includes Cereus, Sun West Engineering, Inc., Movement Interactive, NeoLight, AguqSac, Old School Motorcycle Company, Prime Solutions Group and Wamore, Inc.

Stanton and the City’s Community and Economic Development Department continue to work with the Greater Phoenix Economic Council, JP Morgan Chase, the Arizona Small Business Association and others to carry out the Phoenix Metro Export Plan.  The comprehensive regional export plan was the product of more than a year’s work, and it will serve as a roadmap to regional success.

“The recent announcement of the ProMexico office opening in Phoenix, and Mayor Stanton’s commitment to ensuring strategic alignment with Mexican government leaders and corporate executives, have really helped improve our trade relations in the region,” said Chris Camacho, president and CEO of the Greater Phoenix Economic Council. “The Mayor and his economic development team have made it a priority to increase Phoenix’s export position, and the results have been incredibly encouraging.”


Stitch Fix to open fourth distribution center in Phoenix

Stitch Fix, an online personal styling service for the busy woman on the go, has announced plans to open its fourth distribution center in Phoenix, AZ. The new distribution center, located on West Lower Buckeye Road, will open in November 2015 and will help the company scale operations and better serve clients located in the Southwestern US.

The company plans to hire up to 600 employees for the 365,000-square-foot facility. Stitch Fix currently operates three other distribution centers in South San Francisco, CA, Indianapolis, IN and Dallas, TX. Stitch Fix is headquartered in San Francisco, CA, with offices in Austin, TX and Pittsburgh, PA.

“As we continue to grow and scale the company, we are looking for distribution center locations in markets that have the right amount of space, a great labor market, and allow us to better serve our clients in the region. Phoenix has the right mix of all of these elements, and will allow us to continue to scale our operations in a sustainable way,” said Stitch Fix COO Mike Smith. “We appreciate the warm welcome we have felt from the Phoenix business community, and are looking forward to building our Phoenix team.”

“Attracting a creative, successful and growing young company like Stitch Fix is a win for Phoenix,” said Mayor Greg Stanton. “We are thrilled to see hundreds of new jobs, and I am positive that our talented labor market will more than meet the company’s needs.”

“Stitch Fix is an exciting and dynamic company whose entrance into the market adds to the growing inventory of innovative companies in the region,” said Chris Camacho, president & CEO of the Greater Phoenix Economic Council. “The new operation in Phoenix will provide them with increased access to their growing customer base, as well as access to a robust workforce to fill the hundreds of new jobs this expansion brings.”

“I am pleased to welcome Stitch Fix to Southwest Phoenix and to add their name to the growing list of companies taking advantage of the outstanding distribution/manufacturing warehouse opportunities available in the area,” said Councilman Michael Nowakowski.

“Phoenix has a strong inventory of first generation industrial space, allowing Stitch Fix to select the best possible building for their growing business,” said JLL Managing Director Bill Honsaker, a member of the JLL team representing Stitch Fix in its lease negotiations. “They are only the third tenant over the last two years to sign a 250,000-plus-square-foot lease that wasn’t a build-to-suit. It is a great case study for other users looking to complete lease deals in the Phoenix market.”

JLL Managing Directors Bill Honsaker, Marc Hertzberg, Anthony Lydon and Hugh Scott, and JLL Senior Vice President Michael DeMaria, represented Stitch Fix in its lease. Don MacWilliam and Payson MacWilliam of Colliers International represented the building owner, Exeter Property Group.

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Celebrate 30 years of Phoenix arts and culture Oct. 3

The city of Phoenix will mark the 30th anniversary of the Phoenix Arts and Culture Commission with a celebration of the arts in downtown Phoenix on Oct. 3. The PHX Arts and Culture @ 30 Years Celebration, will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Phoenix Convention Center, Herberger Theater and on Monroe Street between Second and Third Streets in downtown Phoenix. The multi-site event will feature music, dance and theater performances, talks and art making demonstrations. This event is FREE to the public.

“The arts are the living heartbeat of Phoenix, and it’s been incredible to watch and help this community grow since the creation of the Phoenix Arts and Culture Commission 30 years ago.” Mayor Greg Stanton said. “That is why we tripled funding for the Commission when I took office – creating a strong economy and a vibrant arts community go hand in hand.”

In addition to the contributions of the nearly 100 arts and culture organizations, the celebration will also feature downtown public art tours, food trucks and activities for people of all ages. Nominees for the fourth annual Mayor’s Arts Awards will be announced from the main stage.

PHX Arts and Culture @ 30 Years is sponsored by the Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture, the Arizona Commission on the Arts, Reimagine Phoenix, City of Phoenix Water Services Department, Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport, and the Phoenix Convention Center and Venues.

The Phoenix Arts and Culture Commission was established in 1985 by the mayor and city council to “protect, enhance, serve, and advocate excellence in the arts for the people of Phoenix in their City.” Over the past 30 years Phoenix has experienced an exciting proliferation of arts and culture activity. The Phoenix Public Art Program has collaborated with artists and designers to create more than 180 major public art projects throughout the city. The expansion and creation of cultural facilities, such as the Phoenix Art Museum, Children’s Museum of Phoenix, Arizona Science Center, Phoenix Theatre, Ballet Arizona, Arizona Opera and Black Theatre Troupe, have dramatically changed the cultural landscape of Phoenix. A 30-year investment in a community grants program has nurtured the development of non-profit arts and culture organizations, which now number over 160 within the Phoenix city limits, and supported delivery of cultural services to Phoenix residents in the form of community outreach and arts learning programming. The non-profit arts and culture sector has become a $300 million economic driver for the city of Phoenix.


PAC Worldwide expands to west Phoenix

PAC Worldwide, a manufacturer of flexible protective packaging, has opened a second manufacturing location in the United States with a new location in Phoenix. A privately held company based outside of Seattle, PAC Worldwide also has manufacturing and distribution facilities in Ohio, Mexico and Malaysia.

“PAC is excited to expand manufacturing to the West Coast,” said James A. Boshaw, president and CEO of PAC Worldwide. “We see fantastic opportunities in protective packaging and small parcel mailers for a wide range of customers and industries. Our plant in Phoenix puts us in a position to best serve those opportunities and provides a foundation for future growth.”

With more than 700 people currently employed, PAC Worldwide plans to grow with the addition of more than 50 jobs in the new Phoenix facility. Shipping directly to dozens of countries, PAC Worldwide reaches thousands of customers in the courier, ecommerce, pharma and banking industries.

“Adding a new, global manufacturer like PAC Worldwide to our community helps the Phoenix economy take another step in the right direction,” said Mayor Greg Stanton. “I also admire PAC Worldwide’s commitment to using recycled materials to produce products that can then be recycled again. That shows doing the right thing for the environment is also good for business.”

Chris Camacho, president & CEO of the Greater Phoenix Economic Council added, “The quick access to California creates an advantageous market for manufacturing, coupled with a large talented technical labor force and pro-business environment found in Greater Phoenix. We join the city of Phoenix in welcoming PAC Worldwide to the region and look forward to seeing their growth within the market.”

“I’m excited to welcome PAC Worldwide to 4570 W Lower Buckeye Rd. where they will be leasing a building with approximately 166,000 SF and bringing additional jobs to the local area,” said District 7 Councilman Michael Nowakowski. “This company’s move into the area is a reflection of the growing attraction and excitement the West Valley and Estrella areas have to offer organizations.”


Phoenix ranked No. 1 for energy efficiency

The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy has ranked Phoenix the Number 1 big-city local government in the nation for energy efficiency. The Council lauded the city for achieving its 2015 goals for reducing greenhouse gas emissions in local government operations and then resetting its targets to be even more stringent.

The City of Phoenix shared the Number 1 ranking for local governments with Denver and New York. The overall energy efficiency ranking for Phoenix was 18th out of 51 large cities.

“When it comes to energy efficiency, the City of Phoenix leads by example. We don’t ask others to do what we aren’t willing to do ourselves,” said Mayor Greg Stanton. “So it was gratifying – but not surprising – to see our local government lead the nation in energy efficiency.”

Stanton added, “Our goal as a metropolitan area is to break into the top 10 and ultimately top this list in all categories in the coming years, and we are heading in the right direction.”


VincentBenjamin creates 40 new jobs in Phoenix

VincentBenjamin Group (VB), a leading provider of professional recruiting, staffing and project consulting services headquartered in Phoenix, today announced that they have completed their expansion to move into new headquarters located in the Esplanade. The move increases VincentBenjamin’s Phoenix footprint to 12,000 square feet and allows the company to execute on its plan to add 40 additional high-paying jobs to the Phoenix economy.

The jobs will primarily consist of sales and account management roles to meet increasing hiring demand with VincentBenjamin clients. The company also intends to add managers and staff to its corporate operations team. On average, compensation for the newly created jobs will range from $50,000 to $100,000+.

Mr. Vincent Dorazio of VincentBenjamin stated, “Phoenix, Ariz., has always been home to us and we are excited to be a part of the economic resurgence taking place throughout the Valley. While we are experiencing high-growth in each of our four markets, we are enjoying particularly strong growth in Phoenix.”

Phoenix Forward, a collaborative economic development initiative between the City, Chamber, and Arizona Commerce Authority, intends to foster and leverage existing business relationships in Phoenix to help facilitate the growth of jobs and investment.

City of Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton, said, “We are very glad to have a young, entrepreneurial company like VincentBenjamin growing and expanding in the City of Phoenix. We wish them great success in their new space and continued prosperity here in Phoenix.”

“VincentBenjamin has clearly established itself as one of the top recruiting, staffing and consulting firms in the Phoenix market. Finding quality talent and building a strong workforce are of the highest concern for businesses today,” said Todd Sanders, president and CEO of the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce.

“By choosing to grow and expand here in Arizona, VincentBenjamin is not only creating quality jobs for Valley residents, but also creating a sense of responsibility for the success of both the client and candidate that is truly unique.”

Phoenix Council Member Sal DiCiccio stated, “Jobs are always a welcome addition to the Phoenix economy and high paying jobs like these are outstanding. The continued growth of VincentBenjamin is a testament to the friendly business climate we’re building here.”

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Phoenix library a finalist for nation’s highest honor

For making “significant and exceptional contributions” to the community, Phoenix Public Library is among 30 finalists for the nation’s highest library honor, the National Medal for Museum and Library Service. 

“Our library system is second to none in the range of services and innovations it provides,” said Mayor Greg Stanton, who nominated the library for the award. “To achieve such a distinction for this industry’s most prestigious award is not only an honor for Phoenix Public Library, but also a point of tremendous pride for every Phoenix resident.” 

More than 150 applications were submitted for the medal, which is awarded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and celebrates libraries’ impacts on individuals, families and communities across the nation. 

For the Phoenix Public Library, this includes such services as more than 70 early literacy story times each week, staff taking reading programs to more than 70,000 students a year and issuing library cards to kids, as well as partnering with St. Mary’s Food Bank to provide almost 8,000 Kids Café meals annually, along with a literacy and/or STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) activity. 

In addition, each year more than 8,000 high school students receive hands-on help with college preparation classes, free placement testing and scholarship services, and each day library staff provides one-on-one job-readiness mentoring, resume building and employment search assistance to anyone who seeks it. 

“I congratulate the Phoenix Public Library for being named a finalist for the National Medal for Museum and Library Service,” said Phoenix City Councilwoman Laura Pastor, who chairs the council’s Parks, Arts, Transparency and Education Subcommittee. “I am proud of our library system and the outstanding programs they provide to our residents. They deserve this recognition.” 

Ten National Medal winners will be named in the spring, and representatives from winning institutions will travel to Washington, D.C., for an awards ceremony. 

Winning institutions also will receive a visit from StoryCorps, a national nonprofit organization that records, preserves and shares stories of Americans all over the country. 

You can view the entire list of finalists and learn more about the National Medal here: www.imls.gov/medals. And you can share your story about how Phoenix Public Library has helped you at www.facebook.com/USIMLS.
Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton at Art d'Core Gala at Crescent Ballroom.

Stanton lauds downtown Phoenix for creativity, growth at Art d’Core Gala

Crescent Ballroom played host to the second annual Art d’Core Gala Saturday night.

Art d’Core Gala was presented by Artlink, Downtown Phoenix Inc. and the City of Phoenix’s Office of the Mayor. The event celebrated the arts and culture of downtown Phoenix and kicked off the festive season that will occur over the coming weeks.

Attendees were encouraged to dress in creative formal attire and each guest did not disappoint. From bright cocktail dresses to decorative suits, Crescent Ballroom was adorned with sea of creatively styled outfits.

The Phoenix Theatre opened the gala with a musical number. The tap routine was pulled from its current show Anything Goes, which premiered over the weekend.

Artlink President Catrina Kahler delivered opening remarks, followed by Downtown Phoenix Inc. CEO David Krietor. He expressed that downtown Phoenix is becoming more like the model downtown cities that Phoenix has aimed to become.

“If you want urban, and you want diverse, and you want interesting, downtown Phoenix and the core part of Phoenix have never been stronger than they are now,” Krietor said.

Mayor Greg Stanton then addressed the crowd for his annual “Celebrate Downtown Address,” which had the crowd cheering for all the things the city has accomplished.

Stanton highlighted the recent Super Bowl success as well as the landscape changes the city has been working toward. Last year, the city broke ground on more than one million square feet of commercial space.

“I have made it my No. 1 priority as mayor of this city to build an innovation based export economy that lifts everybody up and that starts right here in our downtown,” Stanton said.

He also lauded the universities in downtown Phoenix that are working together to bring a greater change.

Through partnerships with Arizona State University, University of Arizona and Northern Arizona University, the city is able to build and produce tech startups, medical advancements and other innovations downtown. As for the arts, Stanton thanked ASU for making an investment in the warehouse district that opened up more spaces for artists.

Music in the city has also bloomed including the upcoming Viva Phoenix festival as well as Crescent Ballroom, which plays host to a variety of shows every week.

Current construction on Roosevelt Row is aiming to make the area more walk able for pedestrians and more shaded than ever before. In downtown, the new Complete Streets policy has made the streets more accessible to pedestrians and bicycles, including the new Grid Bike Share.

In addition, he toasted the growth in events, the arts community, those who make downtown what it is and the overall improvement of downtown Phoenix.

The remainder of the night was filled with music, dancing, and mingling as well as a raffle.

Although the kickoff celebration is over, the main event is still to come. Art Detour 27 takes place in downtown Phoenix March 7 and 8. Over the weekend, this self-guided tour will allow people from all over the Valley to experience the arts and culture that downtown has to offer.


Scottsdale’s Bentley Gallery Relocating to Downtown Phoenix

Bentley Gallery, a leading contemporary art gallery in the Southwest since 1990, has announced plans to relocate to its downtown Phoenix warehouse space.

The gallery will be located at 215 East Grant Street in the historic Bentley Projects complex. This space will accommodate Bentley’s current staff and enable expansion for the gallery’s future growth. Bentley Gallery plans to relocate at the end of October 2012.

“Art gallery traffic across the country has decreased significantly and galleries can no longer rely on walk-in clients to drive sales,” said Bentley Calverley, owner and director of Bentley Gallery and Bentley Projects. “With the changing global art market and our client’s rapid increase in technological sophistication, we needed to refocus our evolving business. It made sense to take advantage of our existing Phoenix location. Phoenix has been conscious of the contribution art makes to the city and has been supportive of the local art scene, and CityScape and ASU have greatly enhanced the downtown environment.”

Calverley added, “And because our artists are making larger scale work, we need bigger walls and higher ceilings to showcase it in the best way possible.”

Bentley Gallery represents important artists from the United States and Europe, whose work includes painting, sculpture, drawing, photography, video, and site-specific installation. The gallery also deals in Asian and African antiquities and secondary market works from the late 19th century and the Modern era.

“We are excited about Bentley Gallery’s decision to relocate to Phoenix,” said Phoenix Mayor, Greg Stanton. “With this move, the gallery will be positioned to take advantage of the many opportunities available from doing business in Phoenix, while working alongside innovators in our city. Bentley Gallery will greatly enhance Phoenix’s cultural landscape.”

Bentley Gallery will launch the move to Phoenix with a November exhibition by Japanese-American sculptor, Jun Kaneko. Arizonans are familiar with Kaneko’s large-scale ceramic “dango” sculptures permanently on display at Sky Harbor Airport’s Terminal 3, and his ceramic tile wall in front of the Phoenix Art Museum.

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Goodyear Mayor Appointed To Defense Task Force

The City of Goodyear announced that Mayor Georgia Lord will serve on the U.S. Conference of Mayors’ (USCM) Defense Transition Task Force. The mission of the task force will be to determine strategies for cities to deal with reductions in defense spending and transition issues that they will likely face as the nation shifts from combat roles in Iraq and Afghanistan. Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton serves as chair of the Defense Transition Task Force.

In 2011, Congress created a bi-partisan deficit “super committee” as part of a compromise to raise the debt ceiling. The group met for three months and was tasked with reducing federal spending by $1.5 trillion over 10 years, but failed to create a plan. As a penalty for the group’s failure, mandatory across-the-board spending reductions will be imposed beginning Jan. 2, 2013. The defense portion of these mandatory cuts is $492 billion, in addition to $487 billion in defense cuts already being implemented at the Pentagon.

“If indeed these cuts amounting to nearly $1 trillion over the next 10 years must be made, then I want to fight for a strategy to ease the impact on the people who have served in wars past and the current conflict against global terrorism,” said Mayor Lord, who spent 24 years as a military wife before her husband, Ron, retired as a Colonel from the Air Force. “It goes without saying national defense is vital to everyone, especially to our residents, our employers and our community. It has been a part of daily life in Goodyear for nearly 100 years.”

With global security and aerospace company Lockheed Martin located at Phoenix Goodyear Airport and numerous military personnel that operate out of nearby Luke Air Force Base currently residing in Goodyear, Mayor Lord will look to protect jobs for Goodyear citizens working in the defense industry as well as limiting the economic burdens of defense cuts for Arizona residents.

Overall, Arizona ranks among the Top 5 states in the U.S. in defense contracts, as well as in the Top 10 in aerospace contracts. According to a George Mason University study, the $500 billion in defense sequestration would lead to a loss of 50,000 jobs in Arizona, in addition to a loss of $2.5 billion in income and a $5 billion decrease in gross state product within the state.

In addition to the Defense Transition Task Force, Mayor Lord also supports Luke Forward for F-35 aircraft training at Luke Air Force Base and is a member of the Luke West Valley Council to address community issues affecting the military base. She also currently serves on the Maricopa County Association of Governments (MAG) Regional Council and Transportation Policy Committee, Greater Phoenix Economic Council (GPEC) Board of Directors, Westmarc Board of Directors, the League of Arizona Cities Executive Committee, West-MEC Bond Committee and the Arizona Tax Commission.

For more information on the U.S. Conference of Mayors, visit usmayors.org.

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Concord Eastridge: Downtown Phoenix's Newest Residential Housing Project

A new residential housing project will take over one of Phoenix’s most visible vacant lots in downtown to construct the two-building project of Concord Eastridge.

Sitting on 2.89 acres of vacant land in the Evans Churchill neighborhood of downtown Phoenix, Concord Eastridge will meet the demands of students and young professionals seeking an urban lifestyle. The two-building project is the first of its kind supporting downtown student housing for the growing education sector of Arizona State University’s downtown campus, University of Arizona’s College of Medicine and the Phoenix Biomedical Campus.

The project, designed to be an attractive option for upper level students, new graduates and young adults within the community will boast approximately 325 apartment units and 5,000 square feet of retail space. The project on its own is being recognized for the positive impact it will have for the downtown Phoenix economy as the newest housing addition to the Roosevelt Row area.

Join Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton, Concord Eastridge CEO Susan Eastridge and financing partner Tom Trubiana of EdR, Tuesday, March 6, 2012 for the groundbreaking of the ceremony at 10 a.m. at the Southwest corner of Fourth Street and Garfield in downtown Phoenix.

To learn more about the new project, visit concordeastridge.com