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Stepping Stone apartments to host grand opening March 28

On Friday, March 28, from 10 to 11 a.m. at 1311 N. 14th Street,  Native American Connections (NAC) is hosting a grand opening celebration for Stepping Stone Place.  This newly constructed 82-unit, fully furnished one bedroom and studio apartments, was designed specifically to house individuals who are homeless and disabled.

A $12.5M development, Stepping Stone was financed with Low Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTC) through the Arizona Department of Housing, bringing $10.3M of private equity investment to Phoenix and creating over 200 jobs during a challenging housing market.   Local firms Chasse Building Team and Architectural Resource Team , partnered with NAC to build this quality housing community, while at the same time revitalizing the Central Phoenix neighborhood.  Additional funding came from U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), City of Phoenix, and the Federal Home Loan Bank Affordable Housing Program.

Confirmed guest speakers include:  Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton;   Phoenix District 8 Councilwoman Kate Gallego;  Field Office Director Tony Ramirez U.S. Housing and Urban Development;   Director Michael Trailor Arizona Department of Housing;   Arizona Market President Benito Almanza Bank of America;  Arizona Regional President Steve Johnson BMO Harris Bank;   CEO Merl Waschler Valley of the Sun United Way (VSUW).  The Honorable U.S. Congressman Ed Pastor is invited.  Stepping Stone residents will be giving tours and some will be available for interviews.

The development  of Stepping Stone was a “collective impact effort” explained Amy Schwabenlender, Vice President of Community Impact VSUW.   Merl Waschler, Valley of the Sun United Way President and CEO continues, “A roof over our heads and food on the table are the basic things we want for everyone in Maricopa County. BMO Harris Bank and our business supporters, donors, volunteers and partners will create a stronger community for us all.”

“Stepping Stone is another example of the effective, quality wrap-around services that Native American Connections provides to serve many of our community’s most vulnerable individuals,” commented Steve Johnson, BMO Harris Bank, Regional President. “Our partnership with them has been strengthened thanks to our strong ties with Valley of the Sun United Way. We are so pleased to play a part in helping to end chronic homelessness in our community.”

Native American Connections’ CEO Diana Yazzie Devine explains “Stepping Stone’s Permanent Supportive Housing model is a humane and dignified way to house homeless people, however, it also has a positive financial impact in the community by reducing the costs in other systems of care like hospital emergency rooms, police and fire first responders, and in the jails.”   Devine continues,  “NAC is committed to developing quality, safe permanent homes for homeless people that provide a broad range of resident services that empower, enrich and provide meaning to their lives.”

The Stepping Stone Grand Opening will also feature the unveiling of a mural by Native American artist Randy Kemp and several ASU students.  The contemporary mural is featured in the entry-way of Stepping Stone.   Kemp says of the NAC’s impact on the community, “Something amazing is happening here and it’s changing people; it’s allowing them to find stability and live their lives with a sense of security and purpose.”

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TGen recognized as ‘2014 Economic Driver’

The Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce has selected the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen) for one of its 2014 Impact Awards.

TGen was selected among small to medium business in the category of 2014 Economic Driver.

“These companies represent the spirit of the entrepreneur — a spirit that truly makes an impact on our community and our Chamber,” Todd Sanders, GPCC President and CEO, said in a press release. “It’s a privilege to honor those who continue to innovate, take risks, boost our economy and create jobs. Their ability, tenacity and sense of community are an inspiration to all.”

The IMPACT Awards honor the accomplishments of small and large businesses and the impact they have on the Valley’s business community and economy.

“TGen is honored to be recognized by the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce. Through our research into the human genome, we strive to not only make an impact on the Arizona economy, but also endeavor — though precision medicine — to help develop new tools, capabilities and therapies that benefit our patients, and benefit Arizona patients first,” said Tess Burleson, TGen’s Chief Operating Officer.

This year, GPCC recognizes two recipients in each of four categories: Community Champion, Economic Driver, Entrepreneurial Excellence, and Response to Adversity.

Small to Medium Business Category:

2014 Community Champion: Native American Connections

2014 Economic Driver: Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen)

2014 Entrepreneurial Excellence: Risas Dental and Braces

2014 Response to Adversity: NJOY, Inc.



Large Business Category:

2014 Community Champion: Phoenix Children’s Hospital

2014 Economic Driver: Sundt Construction, Inc.

2014 Entrepreneurial Excellence: The CORE Institute

2014 Response to Adversity: Phoenix Zoo

The 2014 IMPACT Businesses of the Year will be selected from these honorees and announced at the 27th annual IMPACT Awards luncheon, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. May 15, at the Arizona Biltmore. For more information, visit www.phoenixchamber.com/impact.

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Wells Fargo Supports Neighborhood Revitalization

Wells Fargo & Company announced it will donate $75,000 to Native American Connections (NAC) of Phoenix as part of a $6 million in grants awarded across 67 nonprofits through its 2013 Leading the Way Home® program Priority Markets Initiative to  help stabilize and revitalize neighborhoods impacted by the economy.   The Leading The Way Home® program Priority Markets Initiative provides grant support for neighborhood stabilization projects that are located in areas designated for revitalization to stimulate growth, stability and investment in distressed areas.

“Wells Fargo is bringing much needed support to enable these nonprofits to help stabilize and revitalize local communities,” said Michael Riley, Metro West area president for Wells Fargo Arizona. “We believe the work of the nonprofit community is a critical conduit to revitalize neighborhoods in cities that have been deeply affected by the challenging economy.”

Native American Connections, is actively involved and experienced in community revitalization efforts and was identified by Wells Fargo as being in need of extra help with large-scale neighborhood revitalization projects. Priority Markets Initiative program grants can be used for any costs associated with the development or redevelopment of the project. Recipients must be an IRS 501c3 organizations with successful histories of building or renovating housing for low-to moderate-income homebuyers.

“Native American Connections first partnered with Wells Fargo in 2004 for our very first Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) development,” said Diana Yazzie Devine, NAC chief executive officer. “The experience helped us grow our capacity to develop high quality, affordable housing serving a range of our client’s needs throughout central Phoenix.  Wells Fargo supports NAC’s strategies of building along Phoenix’s new light rail system, selecting difficult urban infill sites that increase density, reduce parking, building green, and embracing our mission of ensuring our residents have access to much-needed support systems and employment. We would like to thank Wells Fargo for their years of continued support and we look forward to our work together in the future.”

Native American Connections will use the grant funds to make additional energy efficiency improvements to Urban Living on 2nd (UL2), and to further reduce building operating costs and individual unit energy costs.  UL2, opening January 2014, is a 70-unit LIHTC development offering affordable housing along the light rail line at 650 North 2nd Avenue in Phoenix.  Wells Fargo provided construction financing for the project.
Wells Fargo’s Leading the Way Home® community outreach program helps communities stabilize their current housing situation while advancing homeownership to build strong communities into the future. Since 2009, the Leading the Way Priority Markets Initiative grant program, funded through the Wells Fargo Housing Foundation, has provided more than $25 million to nearly 100 communities.

The Leading the Way Home Program Priority Markets Initiatives are administered through the Wells Fargo Housing Foundation. Since 1993, the Wells Fargo Housing Foundation has invested more than $284 million in support of affordable housing and community revitalization programs, and delivered 4.7 million in volunteer hours to build or rehabilitate more than 5,000 homes.

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2013 Native American Connections Parade

The 2013 Native American Connections Parade Grand Marshall is Arizona local Tony Duncan!  The 5-Time World Champion Hoop Dancer and 2013 Native American Music Awards “Artist of the Year” exemplifies this year’s parade theme: “Native American Pride: Celebration of Culture through Art, Music, and Dance.”

Tony Duncan (Apache, Arikara and Hidatsa) has performed for audiences worldwide including performances at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, The National Museum of the American Indian, The Billboard Music Awards, The Tonight Show and The White House. Duncan has great achievements in both music and dance. As a flute player he is currently signed to the largest and oldest Native American music label, Canyon Records. He has released six albums to-date, including his latest album titled “Earth Warrior” a 2013 NAMA Record of the Year Nominee.

Duncan has toured with acclaimed Native American artists such as R. Carlos Nakai and Joanne Shenandoah, as well as Nelly Furtado. Duncan was the featured dancer on Nelly Furtado’s music video, “Big Hoops.”  Currently, he is working on his upcoming album, “Native Son,” which will be released later this summer.

The 2013 parade will be from 9 – 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 12 in Downtown Phoenix, starting at 3rd Street and Oak. Bring the whole family to watch and learn as the parade marches to  Steele Indian School Park. The judges and emcee station will be located at 3rd St. and Earll, where spectators can view each entry perform for two minutes.  This year’s emcees include renowned Native American journalist Patty Talahongva and nationally recognized Native American business leader Jason Coochwytewa.

Native American Connections would like to acknowledge the direct and in-kind sponsors for the 2013 parade which include: Chasse Building Team, Perlman Architects of Arizona, Architectural Resource Team Inc., Eide Bailly CPAs & Business Advisors, Lotzar Law Firm P.C., Clear Channel Media, Wells Fargo Bank, the City of Phoenix, and Pima Awards & Promotional Products.

About the 31st Annual Native American Connections Parade:
The Native American Connections Parade is a celebrated tradition and signature event of Arizona’s Native American Recognition Days which occurs every year in October.  The parade is produced by Native American Connections and features nearly 100 entries every year.  The community is invited to come and share in a rich cultural exchange through the vibrancies of Native American art, music, and dance in heart of Downtown Phoenix.  Parade entry applications are now being accepted.

About Native American Connections:
Today, Native American Connections owns and operates 15 different service sites that provide wellness and recovery services and affordable housing to more than 10,000 individuals and families annually.  Native American Connections’ mission is to improve the lives of individuals and families through culturally appropriate behavioral healthcare, affordable housing, and community development.  Today NAC serves all people who seek out its services. to learn more, click here.

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Bankers Trust honors Native American Connections CEO

As a reflection of its growth in the Phoenix market, Bankers Trust hosted a Grand Opening celebration at its new, larger location at 2325 Camelback Road, Suite 100, just one block north of its former North 24th Street address on Tuesday. To commemorate a key factor in the branch’s growth ― its emphasis on giving back to the community ― the event included presenting the first-ever Bankers Trust Community Partner Award to Diana “Dede” Yazzie Devine, CEO and President of Native American Connections (NAC).  Pat Rourke, Phoenix Market President for Bankers Trust Company, presented the award alongside Suku Radia, CEO and President of Bankers Trust Company.

Rourke said, “We created the $3,000 annual award to recognize an individual who shares Bankers Trust’s core values in the areas of diversity, affordable housing and financial education, and who has made a significant, positive impact in the local community. Dede Devine certainly epitomizes those values, and we are thrilled to recognize and support her and Native American Connections in this way.”

For more than 30 years, Devine has served as CEO of NAC, which is a Native American-operated nonprofit corporation that provides comprehensive behavioral health services, affordable housing and community-based economic development opportunities primarily to Native Americans living in Phoenix and nearby tribal communities. Radia said, “In 2011, NAC opened Devine Legacy on Central. This 65-unit, multi-family development enhances access to affordable housing in Phoenix, something we at Bankers Trust are keenly concerned about and want to support whenever possible.”

Devine said, “As CEO of Native American Connections for 34 years, my leadership and values are layered across the organization and mirror the commitment of Bankers Trust to diversity, personal service, leadership and stability. Like Bankers Trust, Native American Connections’ ability to serve our customers is dependent on wonderful relationships and partnerships. It is an honor to be recognized by Bankers Trust for leading a team of mission-driven employees.”

Devine Legacy on Central Ave. in Phoenix.

Native American Connections CEO Receives Bankers Trust Community Partner Award

 

As a reflection of its growth in the Phoenix market, Bankers Trust hosted a grand opening celebration at its new location at 2325 Camelback Rd.

To commemorate a key factor in the branch’s growth ― its emphasis on giving back to the community ― the event included presenting the first Bankers Trust Community Partner Award to Diana “Dede” Yazzie Devine, CEO and president of Native American Connections (NAC).

Pat Rourke, Phoenix market president for Bankers Trust Company, presented the award alongside Suku Radia, CEO and president of Bankers Trust Company.

“We created the $3,000 annual award to recognize an individual who shares Bankers Trust’s core values in the areas of diversity, affordable housing and financial education, and who has made a significant, positive impact in the local community,” Rourke said. ” Dede Devine certainly epitomizes those values, and we are thrilled to recognize and support her and Native American Connections in this way.”

For more than 30 years, Devine has served as CEO of NAC, which is a Native American-operated nonprofit corporation that provides comprehensive behavioral health services, affordable housing and community-based economic development opportunities primarily to Native Americans living in Phoenix and nearby tribal communities.

“In 2011, NAC opened Devine Legacy on Central. This 65-unit, multi-family development enhances access to affordable housing in Phoenix, something we at Bankers Trust are keenly concerned about and want to support whenever possible,” Radia said.

Divine Legacy won the 2012 RED Award for Best Multi-family Project,

“As CEO of Native American Connections for 34 years, my leadership and values are layered across the organization and mirror the commitment of Bankers Trust to diversity, personal service, leadership and stability,” Divine said.

“Like Bankers Trust, Native American Connections’ ability to serve our customers is dependent on wonderful relationships and partnerships. It is an honor to be recognized by Bankers Trust for leading a team of mission-driven employees.”

Bankers Trust is a financial institution for commercial and consumer banking services headquartered in Des Moines, Iowa,

 

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W. P. Carey School Honors Top Business Leaders

Three top business leaders will be honored for their contributions to our economy, when they are inducted into the W. P. Carey School of Business Homecoming Hall of Fame this month. The honorees are accomplished executives in the fields of wireless technologies, cruises and nonprofits.

On Oct. 25, the new inductees will join previous honorees from such diverse organizations as the American Red Cross, Motorola, the U.S. Air Force, Wells Fargo Bank, XM Satellite Radio and the Arizona Diamondbacks. This will be the 35th annual event to honor top business alumni from Arizona State University.

“All of these inductees have risen to the top of their industries, demonstrating leadership and achievement in their professions, the community and the business school,” says Robert Mittelstaedt, dean of the W. P. Carey School of Business. “They serve as a clear example to our students that you can reach your goals in any field with a high-quality education, commitment and hard work.”

This year’s honorees are:

William Keitel, executive vice president and chief financial officer of Qualcomm Incorporated – Keitel joined Qualcomm; a leader in cutting-edge wireless technologies, products and services; in 1996. The multibillion-dollar company’s portfolio includes thousands of patents and operations in more than 30 countries. Prior to Qualcomm, Keitel was an executive at telecomm-equipment manufacturer Nortel and PepsiCo. He has won numerous industry awards, including the title of Best CFO in his field from Institutional Investor magazine. He earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration at the University of Wisconsin and his MBA at ASU.

Joseph Watters, founding chairman, Oceania Cruises – Watters has been a key player in the cruise industry for more than 30 years, including his creation of premium cruise line Oceania in 2002. He previously served as president of Crystal Cruises, Royal Viking Line and Princess Cruises, during which time the line’s relationship with the television show “The Love Boat” began. Watters also helped create the China Cruise Center to promote China as a worldwide cruise destination. He has been involved with a number of charities, including the Special Olympics, and is currently on the board of MarineMax, a New York Stock Exchange-listed company. He received his bachelor’s degree in advertising from ASU.

Diana Yazzie-Devine, president and chief executive officer of Native American Connections – Yazzie-Devine has headed up the nonprofit Native American Connections for more than 30 years. The 501(c)3 corporation provides behavioral health services, affordable housing and community-based economic development opportunities to Native Americans in the Phoenix area and tribal communities. It operates 18 service sites, including a one-stop community services center, and serves more than 5,000 individuals and families each year. Yazzie-Devine has won several business awards from organizations, including Valley Leadership and the YWCA. She earned her bachelor’s degree in human relations from Ottawa University and her MBA from ASU.

More than 200 alumni, business leaders and students are expected to attend the Homecoming Hall of Fame event on Thursday, Oct. 25 at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa in Phoenix. A reception starts at 5:30 p.m., followed by the awards ceremony.

Space is limited, and advanced registration is required. For more information on tickets or sponsorship, go to www.wpcarey.asu.edu/homecoming or call (480) 727-0596.

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RED Awards 2012: Best Multi-Family Project, Devine Legacy on Central

On March 1, AZRE hosted the 7th Annual RED Awards reception at the Arizona Biltmore in Phoenix to recognize the most notable commercial real estate projects of 2011 and the construction teams involved. AZRE held an open call for nominations and a record 116 projects were submitted by architects, contractors, developers and brokerage firms in Arizona. This year, the winner for Best Multi-Family Project was Devine Legacy on Central.


Best Multi-Family Project

Devine Legacy on Central

Developer: Native American Connections
Contractor: Adolfson & Peterson Construction
Architect: Perlman Architects
Size: 100,340 SF
Location: 4570 N. Central Ave., Phoenix
Completed: December, 2011

Devine LegacyDevine Legacy embraces and upholds the Native American culture and encourages the residents of this housing development to do the same. Located on Central Ave., its close proximity to the light rail provides accessible and sustainable transportation. Other nearby amenities include the Native American Community Service Center and the Phoenix Indian Medical Center. Devine Legacy is comprised of 65 studio, one-, two- and three-room units. The multi-family project is pursuing LEED Platinum certification. Devine Legacy uses outdoor air ventilation, water fixtures, and preserved 31% of energy through recycled materials. Devine Legacy was deemed as an Outstanding Housing Initiative by the Arizona Department of Housing for energy preservation and high-density design.

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Video by Cory Bergquist


Honorable Mention

Phoenix Towers Terrace

Developer: Phoenix Towers Cooperative
Contractor: 180 degrees, Inc.
Architect: colab studio, llc
Size: 2,400 SF
Location: 2201 N. Central Ave., Phoenix
Completed: January, 2011


Video by Cory Bergquist


RED Awards 2012 Winners & Finalists

AZRE Magazine March/April 2011

Devine Legacy, AZRE January/February 2011

Multi-Family: Devine Legacy On Central


DEVINE LEGACY ON CENTRAL

Developer: Native American Connections
General contractor: Adolfson & Peterson Construction
Architect: Pyatok Architects and Perlman Design Group
Location: 
 4570 N. Central Ave., Phoenix
Size: 100,340 SF

The $10.6M project is a 65-unit affordable housing community for working families. The urban design will include a mix of studio, 1-, 2- and 3-bedroom units, and will incorporate a number of green building concepts. Completion is 4Q 2011.

AZRE January/February 2011