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Sara Dial - 50 Most Influential Women in AZ Business

Sara R. Dial – 50 Most Influential Women in Arizona Business

Sara R. DialChief development officer, Discovery Triangle Development Corporation

Dial is president and CEO of Sara Dial & Associates, a consulting firm specializing in site selection, government relations, and economic and community development. She also helps lead the Discovery Triangle, a nonprofit services company that hopes to form a coordinated, regional force for urban redevelopment.

Surprising fact: “I was a nationally-ranked competitive swimmer as a child. It taught me the skills to be successful in business and life: self-discipline, focus, drive and teamwork.”

Biggest challenge: “In 2008, Mayor Phil Gordon challenged me to create a big idea around urban revitalization. After months of research and outreach, the Discovery Triangle, a new approach to regional urbanism, was born. Today, the Discovery Triangle region is thriving.”

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Cigna Medical Group

Cigna Medical Group: New Phoenix Facility

Rising from the site of a demolished building in Central Phoenix is CIGNA Medical Group’s new facility, which officially broke ground in late 2011 at 3003 N. 3rd St. and within a five-mile radius of five major hospitals.

The new medical office building will replace CIGNA’s Clyde Wright Center, which opened in 1982. CIGNA Medical Group has 23 additional medical offices, three in Urgent Care Centers and two others with CMG CareToday convenience care clinics.

The new facility is a three-story, 93,500 SF building. Its central location makes is easily accessible to Downtown Phoenix, SkyHarbor International Airport, the light rail system and Phoenix’s major freeways. The location was chosen so that it is most convenient for CIGNA Medical Group customers.

At the groundbreaking ceremony, Edward Kim, president and general manager of CIGNA Medical Group, spoke about the project and its emphasis on sustainability measures. These measures may qualify it for LEED Silver or Gold certification by the U.S. Green Building Council.

Former Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon also spoke at the ceremony and welcomed CIGNA to the neighborhood. The facility was built on land that has been idle since 2009 and was covered with debris. With the help of both Mayor Gordon and Councilman Tom Simplot, Clarius Partners LLC acquired the land out of bankruptcy in August 2011 and immediately began work.

Orcutt|Winslow is providing the design services; Kimley-Horn is providing the civil engineering design for the new development; and Layton Construction is the project’s general contractor.

The facility’s scheduled completion is set for 4Q 2012.

For more information regarding Clarius Partners, LLC, please visit www.clariuspartners.com.

Local Initiatives Support Corp. - AZRE Magazine September/October 2011

Local Initiatives Support Corp., Raza Development Fund Capitalize $20M Loan Fund

Cities along the light rail to benefit from $20M development loan fund, capitalized by Local Initiatives Support Corp. and the Raza Development Fund, to build affordable housing and other sustainable amenities.

Picture this:
You get on Metro light rail at your workplace in Phoenix and disembark in Mesa in front of your favorite organic grocery store. A shaded pedestrian path allows you to walk to your home on the 10th floor of a new apartment tower, which is populated by other working families. On the way you pick up your child at a local charter school.

There’s no car, no gas burned, no miles of driving on asphalt freeways.

Pipe dream? Perhaps not.

This type of urban development — denser, pedestrian-oriented, close to public transportation — may be more possible than you think.

A $20M loan fund for developers aiming to build affordable housing and other amenities along the Metro light rail line should spark activity in the Valley’s nascent urban development market.

Right now, says Mesa Mayor Scott Smith, that market is relatively immature and doesn’t have a critical mass of developers who are willing to risk financing urban projects.

Smith recently joined Tempe Mayor Hugh Hallman and Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon — both of who have worked to promote transit-oriented development in their light rail cities — to tout the importance of the Sustainable Communities Development Fund.

Capitalized jointly by the Phoenix office of the Local Initiatives Support Corp. and the Raza Development Fund, the fund is expected to grow, hopefully reaching an eventual goal of $50M, says Shannon Scutari, who has been hired as a consultant by Local Initiatives Support Corp.

Scutari is coordinating efforts of the Sustainable Communities Working Group, a coalition of state, local, regional and non-profit organizations that are working to make equitable transit-oriented development a reality.

The coalition is a “signature effort,” Scutari says, a broad-based, intergovernmental, public/private partnership of people who share a goal: fostering sustainable, affordable urban neighborhoods near mass-transit corridors.

It’s new territory, far different than the development that spawned suburban sprawl, with far-flung housing developments connected not by a sense of community or shared-purpose, but by asphalt.

“This is not business as usual,” says Teresa Brice, director of Local Initiatives Support’s Arizona office, “This is something that will require (developers) to do something a little different than build three units per acre.”

Local Initiatives Support Corp. has hired a consultant to do a feasibility study to determine the affordable housing needs along the light rail line.

The study will attempt to determine the capital needs of the development community, assess what each jurisdiction will be able to bring to the table, and determine what the philanthropic sector can contribute.

Finally, Brice says the study will recommend how to structure the fund and create joint underwriting standards to govern it.

But, Brice and Scutari say they already are considering five or six proposals and may go ahead with one or more even if the study is not finished.

The fund will provide seed money or bridge funds that allow a developer to get started on a project.

Funding will not be limited to federal or local definitions of low-income housing. Coalition members will have discretion to examine each neighborhood to determine its needs, she says, whether that is affordable housing, a charter school, a community health center, or a small business.

A proposal submitted by developer Eric Brown seeks funding for a small apartment complex — perhaps nine to 12 units—at Fifth and Roosevelt streets.

Details are still in flux, but Brown says he envisions each unit costing between $600 to $950 a month in rent — well within reach of the commuters, ASU students and other downtown dwellers who use the light rail.

“There’s a lot of positive buzz about urban housing and living in the downtown right now,” says Brown, who is known for his urban developments Artisan Lofts, Artisan Village and Artisan Parkview by Chase Field.

“It takes some expertise — it’s not brain surgery but it does require a developer to understand how an urban person wants to live and what they will need,” Brown says.
And that is a process that is well underway, thanks to the light rail, Mesa’s Smith says.
“This could set the stage and create a foundation for private investors to come in and for the capital markets to adjust and recognize they should cut a check for the types of investment I think will pay off,” Smith says.

Currently the rail line extends only one mile into Mesa, ending just east of Dobson Road. But an extension is planned that will traverse downtown Mesa and end just east of Mesa Drive.

Then, Smith says Mesa hopes to spur the type of redevelopment that Tempe and Phoenix have witnessed along portions of the line. Hallman has credited the light rail for spurring $2.5B in redevelopment along Apache Boulevard.

“Individual projects in individual cities create a patchwork quilt of development,” Scutari says. “This is really a push for a regional policy approach” to development along the light rail. “This is the connective tissue for the corridor.”

For more information about the Local Initiatives Support Corp. and the Raza Development Fund, visit www.lisc.org or www.razafund.org.


AZRE Magazine September/October 2011


2011 Mackrell International Annual General Meeting (AGM) - Phoenix, AZ

Lawyers From Around The World Converge In Phoenix For International Conference

More than 100 attorneys from across the globe will congregate in Phoenix for the 2011 Mackrell International Annual General Meeting (AGM), where said lawyers will explore cross-border relationships to help companies better conduct business internationally.

This is the first time in 12 years this international conference will be held in the United States. AGM was previously held in Sydney, Athens, Berlin, Istanbul and Buenos Aires.

Lawyers from Africa, the Asia-Pacific region, Europe, North America, the Middle East and South America will be present at the Arizona Biltmore from April 27-30.

Marty Harper, Polsinelli Shughart PC shareholder from the Phoenix office, is the chair of the conference, with Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon speaking at the event, discussing foreign investment opportunities in Phoenix and upward economic trends occurring in the Valley.

Mayor Gordon will be speaking on April 29 from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

President of Thunderbird Global School of Management, Dr. Angel Cabrera, will also be speaking at the event, addressing trends in both the local and international economy as well as the legal issues impacting its specific regions. Dr. Cabrera will be speaking on April 28 from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Mackrell International has 80 law firm members in 55 countries. It is one of the world’s premier networks of independent legal firms.

According to Harper, Mackrell builds strong relationships among members and plays a critical role in assisting member firms to expand their geographical reach.

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Arizona Biltmore
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Phoenix, AZ 85016
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Kilowatt Krackdown - AZRE Magazine November/December 2009

BOMA Greater Phoenix Launches Kilowatt Krackdown Initiative

BOMA Greater Phoenix launches Kilowatt Krackdown initiative to reduce energy consumption marketwide.

Last year, BOMA International announced its 7-Point Challenge, encouraging local chapter members to reduce the carbon footprint of their buildings. BOMA Greater Phoenix embraced the opportunity and formed the Green Buildings Committee to further this goal, and in the process, pursued LEED certification for one of their member’s existing buildings. This year, the committee extends the sustainability challenge to the commercial real estate community.

What is Kilowatt Krackdown

Kilowatt Krackdown, an initiative launched by the committee in July 2009, challenges the industry to take on the first 2 steps of the 7-Point Challenge:

  • Decrease building energy consumption by 30% by 2012
  • Benchmark energy performance through the EPA’s ENERGY STAR tool


Phoenix Metro ranks 22nd in the country for the number of ENERGY STAR-qualified buildings in 2008, points out Dave Munn, principal and chief technical officer at Chelsea Group Ltd. and co-chair of the Green Buildings Committee. “Given that we are No. 5 in the country in population … we need to bolster efforts here to get more facilities to participate in this program, and show the country that we are indeed committed to energy efficiency.”


Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon was the first mayor in the United States to endorse BOMA International’s 7-point Challenge, and to begin benchmarking energy performance of municipal buildings. The committee continues to work on recruiting mayors of other cities to accept the challenge.


APS and SRP have partnered with the committee on the Kilowatt Krackdown initiative to sponsor an energy efficient training series for building management and maintenance staff. In a 4-hour, interactive workshop, participants learn how to use the EPA’s ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager benchmarking program, which provides ENERGY STAR ratings on buildings, makes comparisons to similar facilities in the geographic area, tracks energy performance over time and pinpoints specific ways to save energy in the future. The online tracking system provides a print-out of kilowatt usage and a new ENERGY STAR rating every 4 to 6 weeks.

“People need tangible results,” says Susan Engstrom, senior real estate manager at Tiarna Real Estate Services and president of BOMA Greater Phoenix. “I think it’s encouraging to see a piece of paper comparing your energy usage month-to-month and year-to-year, and to get an ENERGY STAR rating each time. This gives an incentive to improve.”

The workshops also explain how to take advantage of the power companies’ resources and incentive programs. According to Jerry Ufnal, new construction liaison for the APS Solutions for Business Program and BOMA Green Buildings Committee member, the power company offers the next step to the benchmarking program.

APS and SRP can evaluate each of their customer’s facilities to identify areas in need of improvement. They can also train building operators on how to run equipment more efficiently, give rebates for energy studies and energy-efficient upgrades, and provide information on current renewable energy resources available in Arizona, such as solar, wind, geothermal, biomass and bio-gas.

“I consider energy efficiency to be one of the strongest things you can do from a green perspective,” Ufnal says. “It has tremendous advantages for building owners because they reduce the cost of operations and maintenance of their buildings, which makes them more profitable. And at the same time they are saving energy and resources. It just makes good, logical sense.”

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AZRE Magazine November/December 2009