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School District

Taylor Morrison Donates Land for Elementary School

A new elementary school is underway for the Liberty Elementary School District, thanks to a land donation by local homebuilder Taylor Morrison.

The Phoenix homebuilder, currently developing Las Brisas in Goodyear, donated approximately 15 acres needed for the new elementary school earlier this year, with design on the brand new school currently underway by the Liberty Elementary School District.

In addition to donating the land, Taylor Morrison will also provide all offsite infrastructure required by the City of Goodyear to support the school.

“We felt it was important to help give our homeowners access to their new elementary school as soon as it was feasible for the school district,” said Bob Thompson, vice president of sales and marketing for Taylor Morrison’s Phoenix division. “Access to education is tremendously important to our buyers and we can’t wait for this beautiful school to begin to take shape.”

According to Liberty officials, the district is currently working with Goodyear to expedite the review and approval of the new school’s design. All of the necessary funds to build the school are currently available, Liberty officials added.

“We are confident that our strong partnership with Taylor Morrison will result in a world class school the community can be proud of,” said Dr. Andrew Rogers, Superintendent of Schools for the Liberty Elementary School District #25. “We are on schedule to open the new school for the 2015-2016 school year. It will feature two distinct signature schools on one campus, a visual and performing arts school and a dual language immersion school.”

Located in Goodyear, Las Brisas is the newest southwest Valley community to debut from Taylor Morrison, which was voted as the No. 1 Top Production Homebuilder 2014 by Ranking Arizona, the largest business opinion poll in Arizona.

Currently, Taylor Morrison builds three collections of homes at Las Brisas, ranging from approximately 1,600 to more than 3,900 square feet of living space in homes that offer up to five bedrooms, 3.5 baths and more.

For more information about Taylor Morrison, visit http://www.taylormorrison.com.

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Papa Murphy’s Teams Up with Phoenix Children’s Hospital

Papa Murphy’s Take ‘N’ Bake Pizza has launched a new campaign to benefit Phoenix Children’s Hospital (PCH). The 40 Papa Murphy’s locations in greater Phoenix and northern Arizona will donate $1 to PCH from every Mini Murph™ Make ‘N’ Bake Pizza Kit sold now through September 30, 2014.

The Mini Murph is a hit for children’s play dates, sleepovers and birthday parties. The pizza kit, which sells for $3, has everything kids need to be a mini pizza chef including a fresh seven-inch pizza crust, pizza sauce, 100% all-natural mozzarella cheese, and slices of real pepperoni (enough to cover traditionally or place creatively.)

“Everyone at Papa Murphy’s is rallying around this campaign. We want to do everything we can to help PCH.” said Ed Holmes, who owns numerous Papa Murphy’s locations around Arizona. “These children deserve every dollar we can raise, so we look forward to breaking sales records of Mini Murph this year.”

Last year’s promotion raised thousands to help Phoenix Children’s meet growing demands. Every dollar raised this year will help with patient care, research and medical education. Phoenix Children’s Hospital is one of the largest children’s hospitals in the country and continues to strive for innovation, most recently announcing the formation of a new state-of-the-art pediatric institute for molecular medicine.

“Papa Murphy’s has been a generous supporter of Phoenix Children’s Hospital for several years,” said Steve Schnall, Phoenix Children’s Hospital’s Senior Vice President and Chief Development Officer. “We are so thankful for their ongoing support and are grateful for their generosity.”

To help, visit any of the 40 locations in greater Phoenix and northern Arizona. To look up an address near you, go to www.papamurphys.com.

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Sky Harbor Named Top Airport for Small Businesses

Phoenix Sky Harbor International is the number one airport in the country for new small businesses, according to a report by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Office of the Inspector General. The goal of the report was to identify which of the nation’s 64 largest airports have been able to successfully incorporate new DBE (Disadvantaged Business Enterprise) operators. According to the report, airports have several procedures in place to encourage contract awards to new small businesses, including unbundling major contracts and leases, entering into direct contracts or leases with DBE/ACDBE (Airport Concession Disadvantaged Business Enterprise) firms, outreach initiatives and financial incentives.

In fiscal year 2012, Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport added 14 new small businesses – the most of any airport in the nation.

“Phoenix is a great place for small business, and I could not be more pleased with the results of this audit,” said Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton. “We are committed to supporting small businesses and building a diverse and sustainable economic future.”

In fact, the city of Phoenix helped secure $4 million in financing for small and disadvantaged business at the Airport. “It is vital that we support and encourage small businesses at Sky Harbor and the city of Phoenix,” said Phoenix Councilman Daniel Valenzuela. “Small businesses create jobs and opportunities.”

In 2011 and 2012, Sky Harbor rebid its food and beverage concession in Terminal 4, which serves more than 80 percent of the Airport’s passengers. The contracts were awarded to HMS Host and SSP America. Both have several local small businesses operating within those contracts and have brought extensive local, regional and national food offerings to the Airport, including Peet’s Coffee & Tea, Press Coffee Food &Wine, Lo-Lo’s Chicken & Waffles, Sir Veza’s Taco Garage, Tammie Coe Cakes, and many more.

“We are honored to be able to provide opportunities to many local, small business owners,” said Aviation Director Danny Murphy. “It is not only good for the local economy; it also provides our visitors with a true taste of Arizona.”

Phoenix Sky Harbor also holds outreach events for companies interested in doing business with the Airport. For additional information, visit skyharbor.com. For the full report from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Office of the Inspector General, click here.

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Fennemore Craig shareholder elected to Childsplay Board

Susan WissinkFennemore Craig announced Susan Wissink, a shareholder in the firm’s Phoenix office, has been elected to serve as Vice President of Childsplay Board of Trustees.

“We are proud of our attorneys’ willingness to serve in the community,” said Tim Berg, managing partner at Fennemore Craig. “We congratulate Susan on her dedication to supporting initiatives to enhance children’s education and well-being throughout the Valley.”

Wissink chairs the firm’s business and finance practice group and represents buyers and sellers in numerous complex transactions, including asset and stock based acquisitions and sales, mergers and other business reorganizations. Wissink was elected as Fellow for the American Bar Foundation and currently serves as Chair for the Children’s Museum of Phoenix. She earned her J.D. from Arizona State University and her B.A. from Northwestern University.

Founded in 1977, Childsplay is a nationally and internationally respected professional theatre company whose chosen audience is children. Over the past 36 years, Childsplay has educated and inspired more than four million young people and families.

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Posinelli attorney earns 2nd term on State Bar Board

Melissa Ho, a shareholder in the Phoenix office of the national law firm Polsinelli, has been elected for a second term to the State Bar Association Board of Governors. The members of the State Bar of Arizona elected 10 Board of Governor members. Melissa will serve a three-year term.

“The State Bar of Arizona is an outstanding organization in large part due to its members and the governance of its Board” said Melissa Ho. “I am honored to have been selected by the Bar’s membership to serve for a second time as their representative to this important governing body.”

Earlier this year, Melissa was the recipient of the AJC’s Emerging Leadership Award, a prestigious honor bestowed on an attorney practicing twelve years or less who has demonstrated a commitment to the values of public and community service. Melissa is a past recipient of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association “Best Lawyers Under 40”, a distinction achieved by only a select few attorneys in the United States. Melissa has also been named to the “Lawyers of Color Hot List” and was recently selected by AZ Business Magazine as a “Generation Next Forty Under Forty.” Southwest Super Lawyers named her as a Rising Star in 2012, 2013 and 2014 in the category of Criminal Defense – White Collar.

veterans

Department of Defense honors APS

Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), a Department of Defense office, announced today that Arizona Public Service (APS) of Phoenix, Arizona, is one of 15 recipients of the 2014 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award. The Freedom Award is the Department’s highest recognition given to employers for exceptional support of Guard and Reserve employees. This year’s recipients were selected from 2,864 nominations received from Guardsmen and Reservists for going far beyond what the federal law requires to support their military employees.

“I’m honored to announce the recipients of the 2014 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award,” said Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel. “Guardsmen and Reservists across the nation rely on strong bonds with their civilian employers. By recognizing these 15 exceptional employers, the Department of Defense celebrates the contributions made by American employers to our Citizen Warriors. I commend these extraordinary employers for their unwavering commitment to service members and their families.”

APS was nominated by Army Reserve Staff Sgt. Michael Rich from the 13th Battalion, Army Reserve Careers Division/Adjutant General. He highlighted the company’s “Troops to Energy Jobs” initiative, which accelerates the hiring of Guardsmen and Reservists and provides support to those employees and their families. APS has created an employee-led group, VETRN (Veteran Engagement Transition Retention Network), that promotes corporate support and recognition for members of the Guard and Reserve. In addition to sponsoring military and veteran organizations, the company also maintains contact with deployed service members, sending care packages overseas and offering assistance to families at home.

The 2014 Freedom Award recipients below will be honored at a ceremony in the Pentagon Sept. 26:

Arizona Public Service
Phoenix, Arizona

AT&T
Dallas, Texas

Capital One
McLean, Virginia

CH2M-WG Idaho
Idaho Falls, Idaho

General Mills, Inc.
Golden Valley, Minnesota

J.G. Management Systems, Inc.
Grand Junction, Colorado

Los Angeles Fire Department
Los Angeles, California

N.H. Department of Environmental Services
Concord, New Hampshire

PNC Bank
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Shofner Vision Center
Nashville, Tennessee

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
Memphis, Tennessee

Triumph Pharmaceuticals Inc.
St. Louis, Missouri

UNC Health Care
Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Washoe County School District
Reno, Nevada

Zions Bank
Salt Lake City, Utah

Kody McNew of VooDoo Bikeworks.

TV Series Spotlights Phoenix Custom Motorcycle Industry

Arizonans love their motorcycles. With a total of six Harley-Davidson dealerships in the greater Phoenix area, it is clear to see the brand of choice for many local riders. A subsidiary of this thriving commerce is the world of customizing these magnificent machines. Many of the country’s top bike builders reside in the Valley of the Sun. These creative geniuses are as colorful as they are talented, making them ideal characters for a reality TV show. On July 1st, the History Channel premiered “Biker Battleground Phoenix”, a series that chronicles the competitive, cutthroat relationships between the Valley’s top custom shops. Paul Yaffe of Bagger Nation, John Shope of Dirty Bird Concepts, Brian Jenkins of Hatred Customs, Len Edmondson of Azzkiker Customs and Kody McNew of VooDoo Bikeworks are the five builders featured on Biker Battleground Phoenix. These gentlemen are more than willing to provide plenty of fodder for the drama hungry cameras. From good natured smack talking, to intense altercations, the show offers a fascinating peek into the trials and tribulations of staying on top of a market that is as trendy as the fashion trade.

The current focus of the show is on the race to get ready for the largest motorcycle rally in the Southwest, Arizona Bike Week. This week’s episode featured Brian working feverishly from his garage/shop to get a bike completed in time to compete in the rally’s “Baddest Bagger in Arizona” bike show. Kody announced his plans to attempt an unprecedented “72 hour build” in his vendor booth at WestWorld, during Arizona Bike Week. Paul, considered to be one of the founding fathers of the custom bagger craze, is intent on getting his new concept, the SRT, ready to unveil onstage before the Big and Rich concert, Thursday night at the rally.

Arizona Bike Week 2014 was held at WestWorld in Scottsdale, April 2-6 and is unarguably one of the fastest growing rallies in the country. With attendance up 25% at ABW this year, it’s very apparent why these gentlemen are so eager to showcase their latest and greatest works of art to the massive gathering of motorcycle enthusiasts the event draws from all across the nation. Even if you attended ABW 2014 and already know the outcome of the upcoming episodes, you won’t want to miss seeing the behind the scenes process that got each of these creations to the ABW main stage.
It’s easy to surmise what makes Arizona such a motorcycle mecca. Supreme riding conditions most months of the year, coupled with virtuously limitless scenic terrain, make it ideal for two-wheel exploring. The economic impact of this tourism focused industry is not lost on our state legislators. You may recall that the state of Arizona gave a nod to the local motorcycle community in 2012, when they commissioned Paul Yaffe to build the official mascot of the state centennial celebration, the “Copper Chopper”. The centennial parade was an organized motorcycle ride consisting of a reported 5,000 bikes, led by the Copper Chopper and ridden by its creator. This should certainly serve as confirmation that Arizona is truly a biker-friendly state.

Tune in to the History Channel Tuesday nights to see Biker Battleground Phoenix or you can attend one of the weekly viewing parties and meet some of the show’s stars at such local biker favorite watering holes as the Dirty Dogg Saloon, Dierks Bentley’s Whiskey Row and the Hideaway Grill. Early reports indicate rapidly rising ratings for this new show and there are already rumors of a second season.

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Phoenix Resort Offers 116 Record-Breaking Heat Deals

Summer means hot deals in Phoenix and following July 24’s record setting heat of 116 degrees, Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort is offering special discounts and deals when guests mention the code “116.”

The AAA Four Diamond mountainside resort will keep golfers on its Lookout Mountain Golf Course cool and hydrated with two complimentary non-alcoholic beverages when mentioning code “116” to the beverage cart attendant. Resorts guests and locals can also enjoy an 11.6 percent discount at the mountaintop Terrace Room lounge when mentioning code “116.” Situated high above the Valley with stunning views of the city, the Terrace Room lounge offers the perfect setting to enjoy panoramic views of the city and desert mountains from the cool comforts of the indoors during the summer months.

The all-suite resort is also continuing to offer deeply discounted room rates from $89 per night now through Sept. 7. Rates include access to special summer programming to keep guests cool, including weekend dive-in movies, animal encounters with Wildlife World Zoo, and poolside games and crafts. Guests can also splash into their choice of eight resort pools each delivering a unique experience, including the expansive Falls Water Village featuring two large pools lined with 23 private cabanas, a water slide, poolside café and sport court.

Discounts when mentioning code “116” are available now through August 24, 2014. For tee time reservations at Lookout Mountain Golf Club, visit http://www.tapatiocliffshilton.com/resort-golf or call 602-866-6356. The Terrace Room lounge is open Tuesday-Saturday from 5 p.m. to close, for more information visit http://www.tapatiocliffshilton.com/terrace-room-restaurant or call 602-866-6350.

Resort room rates from $89 are available for stays now through Sept. 7, 2014. For reservations, request rate code “SUNTC” when booking online at www.tapatiocliffshilton.com.

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SRP Customers Set Record for Energy Demand

For the first time since 2012, Salt River Project on Wednesday delivered a record amount of energy to its Phoenix-area retail customers. Between 4 and 5 p.m., SRP delivered an estimated retail peak demand of 6,707 megawatts.

That peak topped the previous SRP high this summer of 6,382 megawatts on July 22 and the all-time record of 6,663 megawatts on Aug. 8, 2012.

Strong customer demand is the result of several factors, including an increase in the number of SRP electric customers, extreme daytime temperatures, higher overnight temperatures and relatively high humidity. The high temperature recorded in Phoenix on Wednesday was 114 degrees, while the overnight low was 95 degrees.

Because the forecast calls for continuing high temperatures and increasing humidity, SRP power experts predict that records for high energy demand could continue this week.

SRP’s robust electrical grid was able to handle the record demand due in part to investments in new technology as well as a comprehensive maintenance plan to ensure optimal performance. The recently completed units at the Coolidge Generating Station as well as SRP’s wind and solar renewable-energy facilities helped meet the record customer demand, and SRP’s local generating units are all available to help ensure that SRP has enough energy to meet the needs of its customers this summer.

SRP is the largest provider of electricity in the greater Phoenix metropolitan area, serving about 990,000 customers.

Doctor Nina Patel-Hinkle

Patel-Hinkle Joins The CORE Institute

The No. 1 ranked Phoenix-based orthopedic group, The CORE Institute, announced the addition of Dr. Nina Patel-Hinkle, a board certified physician specializing in Non-Surgical, Rehabilitative & Sports Medicine, to its clinical team. She will be practicing at The CORE Institute’s Peoria and West Phoenix facilities.

“We are excited Dr. Patel-Hinkle has become part of our provider footprint as we continue to expand here in Arizona,” said Dr. Steven L. Myerthall, Market President at The CORE Institute. “Her extensive Sports Medicine expertise, in addition to her leadership in assisting Veterans and military personnel, will further grow The CORE Institute’s dynamic clinical team of best-in-class physicians and surgeons.”

“The CORE Intitute has quickly gained a national reputation as a best-in-class orthopedic care provider and I’m very excited to joint this talented and dynamic team,” said Dr. Nina Patel-Hinkle. “The CORE Institute’s Sports Medicine Department is already considered the Arizona leader and I look forward to adding my expertise to the team by sharing what I learned while caring for the brave men and women of our military as the Sports Medicine Department Head at the Naval Hospital Camp Lejeune and at the Marine Sailor Concussion Recovery Center.”

Nina Patel-Hinkle DO, CAQSM is a board certified physician in Family Medicine specializing in Non-Surgical, Rehabilitative & Sports Medicine. She is fellowship-trained in Primary Care Sports Medicine.

Dr. Patel-Hinkle received her Primary Care Sports Medicine fellowship training from the University of Florida: Primary Care Sport Medicine Fellowship program. She completed her residency and internship in Family Practice Program and received her medical degree from Midwestern University- Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Prior to joining The CORE Institute, Dr. Patel-Hinkle served nine years in the United States Navy and attained the rank of Lieutenant Commander. During her active duty time, she worked at several Naval medical facilities, providing care for members of the military and their families both at home and overseas. Dr. Patel-Hinkle served as the Head of the Department of Sports Medicine at the Naval Hospital Camp Lejeune in North Carolina, where she provided musculoskeletal injury evaluations and treatments to service members and taught family medicine residents during their sports medicine rotations. Most recently, she provided treatment to service members and wounded warriors at the Marine Sailor Concussion Recovery Center at Camp Lejeune.

Dr. Patel-Hinkle is a member of the American Osteopathic Association, American Academy of Family Physicians, American College of Sports Medicine, and American Medical Society for Sports Medicine.

Tailoring Jobs

Goodwill gets $30K Bank of America grant

Goodwill of Central Arizona recently received a $30,000 grant from the Bank of America Charitable Foundation that will provide funding to Goodwill’s Computer and Customer Service Training (CCST) program. The grant is part of the bank’s focus on supporting local workforce development programs.

Goodwill of Central Arizona offers CCST training programs on-site at four (West Central Phoenix, Peoria, Southwest Phoenix and Yuma) of its 21 career centers. As a result of the grant, training services at these locations will be further supported.

Goodwill training programs feature a two-week curriculum that includes: technical computer skills (internet usage, Microsoft Suite), human relations services, and extended career preparation services. Additionally, the grant will enhance Goodwill’s ability to prepare more job seekers for long-term competitive employment at family-sustaining wages.

“We appreciate Bank of America’s support and dedication to our mission,” said Tanya Perry, chief financial officer. “We have 21 Career Centers throughout Central Arizona and with corporate support from Bank of America, we’ll be able to reach even more job seekers in their search for employment.”

All of Goodwill’s Career Centers offer on-site Career advisors, and provide job preparation and employment services including: interviewing skills training, resume writing, on-site hiring events and more. They are equipped with computers, printers, Internet access, telephones, and fax machines to provide services at no cost to the community.

“Having the right career preparation can make all the difference in helping workers to be successful in an already competitive workforce,” said Benito Almanza, Arizona market president, Bank of America. “We’ve seen firsthand the tremendous impact of Goodwill’s Career Centers career-readiness programs for underemployed and unemployed residents in aiding future employment success. Bank of America’s workforce development grants help continue this type of focused and effective job preparation opportunities because sustainable employment ultimately helps to advance financial longevity.”

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Phoenix a Top 5 City for Small Business

Phoenix is one of America’s top five cities for creating small business opportunities and opening doors for entrepreneurs according to the National Federation of Independent Business.

The national organization cites “Phoenix’s rebounding economy, favorable climate and entrepreneurial culture” as elements that attract small business owners.

NFIB specifically recognized the City Council’s recent steps to improve efficiency and make it easier to do business with the city. Phoenix now offers online review of building plans and has co-located city and Maricopa County permitting services at City Hall.

“This ranking is a testament to the actions we’re taking to lift small and local businesses,” said Mayor Greg Stanton. “We’re moving in a new economic direction – one that creates real opportunity for business owners and entrepreneurs.”

NFIB State Director Farrell Quinlan said one of Phoenix’s advantages is that it is a relatively young big city. “The majority of people starting small businesses and prospering were born somewhere else,” Quinlan said. “That kind of ‘new blood’ and vitality means opportunities in Phoenix aren’t encumbered by an ‘old boys’ network.”

“This puts Phoenix in a position to compete in the global economy, making us faster, smarter and better than our competitor cities,” said Councilman Sal DiCiccio. “Getting 24-hour permitting and the ability to submit plans online allows businesses to open today, not months from now. The Mayor and Council recognized that it grows our economy faster when we help businesses take off quickly.”

DiCiccio and former Councilman Tom Simplot led a 125-member Ad Hoc Development Task Force that provided recommendations for how to streamline the city’s permit process.

Under Stanton’s leadership, the City also adopted a Shop Local policy that increased the value of procurement contracts to local businesses from just $50,000 to more than $2.3 million in just two years. The same concept was applied to local banking practices – the city has more than $36 million deposited in local banks, with plans to invest more.

The other cities that round out NFIB’s list are Casper, Wyo.; Jackson, Miss.; Las Vegas, and Orlando, Fla.

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Glendale supports tribe’s casino plan

The Glendale City Council has approved a resolution to support the Tohono O’Odham Nation’s proposal to build a casino near the city’s sports and entertainment district.

The council voted 4-3 Tuesday to back the plan that the tribe projects will have a $300 million annual economic impact.

The Tohono O’Odham has been pushing a proposal to build a sprawling, Las Vegas-style casino since January 2009.

The Gila River Indian Community opposes the plan, saying it violates zoning and state laws and threatens the balance of tribal gaming in Arizona.

Opponents also argue a 2002 voter-backed compact bars more casinos from opening in metro Phoenix.

Gila River tribal officials say opponents will continue to do everything possible to stop the project.

The Tohono O’odham already operates several casinos in southern Arizona.

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SRP Water Supply Good after Sparse 2014 Runoff

In case anyone missed it, the five-month 2014 winter runoff season finished quite a bit like the previous three January-through-May periods: DRY.

In fact, this year’s five-month snowmelt season produced only 148,000 acre-feet _ the eighth-driest since Salt River Project has been keeping records for the last 116 years and the fourth consecutive year with below-median winter inflows into the SRP reservoirs.

The good news, however, is that the long-term forecast suggests the possibility of an El Niño event by the fall and winter of water year 2015. El Niño is characterized by warmer-than-normal ocean temperatures in the equatorial eastern Pacific. During El Niño events, the Pacific jet stream tracks farther south, with storms from the Pacific Ocean taking aim at the southwestern U.S. while, at the same time, the subtropical jet stream is displaced to the north, often leading to above-normal precipitation over Arizona.

Charlie Ester, SRP’s manager of Water Resource Operations, said that bodes well for a more active monsoon season followed by wetter conditions on the Salt and Verde watersheds next winter.

Ester said an “average” January-to-May runoff season would go a long way toward refilling the reservoirs on the Salt and Verde rivers that today stand at a healthy 53 perfect full with 1.22 million acre-feet stored – nearly the same percentage as one year ago. That followed the most productive runoff season — 444,788 acre-feet of stream flow accumulated in the first five months of 2013 – since 1,418,960 acre-feet of water was accumulated during the 2010 runoff season. The 30-year median runoff is 534,336 acre-feet.

“In spite of the consecutive dry winters, our reservoir system is in a good position to provide full allocation to our water customers because of SRP water resource management practices,” said Ester. “We’re keeping our fingers crossed for an active 2015 runoff season, and so far the early indications are good.”
SRP and central Arizona depend on wet winters and plentiful precipitation on the mountainous regions north and east of the Valley to replenish the reservoirs on the Salt and Verde rivers. Unfortunately, the watersheds contained in those mountainous regions received just 2.85 inches of precipitation from December 2013 through March 2014 — 37% of normal.

Overall, the SRP reservoir system has declined from completely full on May 1, 2010, to 56% full on May 1, 2014. Theodore Roosevelt Lake, which holds about two-thirds of the combined water stored on the Salt and Verde rivers, today stands at 42 percent full. Current storage on the Salt River system is 51 percent; the two reservoirs on the Verde River are a combined 66 percent of capacity.

SRP is the largest raw water supplier in the greater Phoenix metropolitan area, normally delivering about 1 million acre-feet annually.

James Goodnow

Goodnow Named To Lawyers of Color’s 2014 ‘Hot List’

Fennemore Craig, a leading Mountain West regional law firm, announced James Goodnow, a director in the firm’s Phoenix office, has been named to the Lawyers of Color’s Second Annual “Hot List”, which recognizes early-to mid-career minority attorneys working as in-house counsel, government attorneys, and law firm associates and partners.

“Fennemore Craig congratulates James Goodnow on this prestigious recognition as a leading young professional in the legal community,” said Tim Berg, managing partner of Fennemore Craig.

Honorees will be profiled in Lawyers Of Color’s “Hot List” 2014 Issue (July 2014). The Western Region honorees will also be feted at a reception hosted by Morgan Lewis on July 23rd.

The honorees for the 2014 “Hot List” were chosen through a two-pronged process. The selection committee spent months reviewing nominations and researching bar association publications and legal blogs in order to identify promising candidates. Nominations from mentors, peers, and colleagues were accepted. The selection committee also made editorial picks of attorneys who had noteworthy accomplishments, especially those active in legal pipeline initiatives.

Goodnow, a Harvard Law graduate, practices in the area of plaintiff’s personal injury and wrongful death litigation. He has successfully litigated and resolved numerous cases. He has received countless awards and accolades. He has an AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rating (the highest rating available), by Martindale-Hubbell and a perfect 10/10 Avvo rating and a “Lead Counsel” rating based on input from peer attorneys.

Lawyers of Color was initially founded as On Being A Black Lawyer but now also produces publications for lawyers of South Asian American, Pacific Asian American, Hispanic, and Native American heritage. LOC has been recognized by the American Bar Association, National Black Law Students Association, and National Association of Black Journalists. Our company provides research, career development, and brand marketing opportunities to our clients. With a core readership of 35,000, nearly 200,000 unique blog visitors, and nearly 4,000 followers and fans, we have the largest social media presence of any minority legal organization.

Leibsohn

Expert offers advice on estate planning

Hope Leibsohn is an estate and tax planning attorney with Sherman & Howard. She has more than 25 years of experience in all aspects of estate planning involving wills, trusts, charitable techniques, estate freezes, and other sophisticated wealth transfer strategies. Az Business got Leibsohn’s views on estate planning.

Az Business: Who should have an estate plan?
Hope Leibsohn: Establishing an estate plan can be strategic for everyone who has attained the age of majority. Be it tax planning or inspirational legacy planning, your documents can explicitly set forth your unique goals. Also, estate planning documents can be helpful to all in providing guidance in the event you become incapacitated during your lifetime. Although the provisions of all estate planning documents are not identical, creating a well thought out plan can be a gift to all.

Az Business: What should be the goal of the estate plan?
Hope Leibsohn: Identifying to whom you wish to provide a benefit, determining who will be in charge as the fiduciary, and establishing clear guidelines regarding the timing and tax efficiencies of the distributions are core aspects of the overall estate plan. In essence, you are leaving a life enhancing possibility to people and/or organizations as your final message in this world.

Az Business: What elements should be included in the estate plan?
Hope Leibsohn: Planning for death as well as incapacity is critical. However, the appropriate documents are not one size fits all. One person’s goals may best be carried out through a multi-generational lifetime trust continuing for up to 500 years for current and future descendants. Another person’s plan may best be effectuated through simple transfer on death designations for financial accounts and retirement plan interests. A third person’s goal may best be implemented through a philanthropic plan. One element is clear and that is to focus on the individual’s distinct objectives and then craft the estate plan accordingly.

Az Business: What factors should be considered when establishing estate planning goals?
Hope Leibsohn: Minimizing gift and estate taxes, providing creditor protection to beneficiaries, preserving assets as separate property in the event of a divorce, maintaining privacy where desired, as well as clearly setting forth the governance rules are core factors in establishing estate planning objectives. An ideal estate plan is founded on a clear vision and well worded documents to solidify the plan. Discouraging costly and long-lasting disputes among beneficiaries with competing interests may be pivotal. Otherwise, the litigation efforts may result in the lawyers representing the beneficiaries in effect inheriting the estate.

Az Business: How often should a person revise or revisit her/his estate plan?
Hope Leibsohn: It is strategic to review the estate plan upon the occurrence of the following lifestyle changes: modifications in the applicable tax laws; revisions in the state laws for trust, wills, and powers of attorney; births, deaths, incapacities, and marriages within the family or beneficiary group; significant increase or decline in net worth; as well as relocation to a new state of residence. A scheduled periodic review of estate planning decisions (such as every two, three or five years) can also be beneficial in refreshing your recollection as to choices you made and whether they remain strategic in light of your current circumstances. Change is certain. Correspondingly, your documents can be designed to flexibly respond to the ebbs and flows of life.

Az Business: What advice would you give to someone who wants to establish her/his estate plan?
Hope Leibsohn: Start now, as you never know when your time will come. Be sure to also leave an intangible legacy. Who are you, what life lessons did you learn, and what made your life most meaningful can passionately be described in an ethical will. Also, a priceless gift can be set forth in final wishes letters to loved ones who have truly enhanced your life.

Staying Innovative as a One Man Operation

Innovators get boost from Arizona Commerce Authority

The Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA) has selected 18 recipients for AZ Fast Grant, a highly competitive grant program that provides qualified Arizona-based, early stage technology companies with intensive training and technical assistance to help them commercialize their innovations, grow their businesses and create quality jobs.

“Early stage companies play a key role in developing innovations that fuel our state’s economy,” said Sandra Watson, President and CEO, Arizona Commerce Authority. “The AZ Fast Grant program helps companies with critical training, technical expertise and the ‘know how’ to secure additional funding and commercialization opportunities to propel their businesses.”

Companies may use AZ Fast Grant awards for professional consulting services (that may include an expert review of technology under development); a commercialization feasibility study; or other commercialization assistance such as training to compete more effectively for federal Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) funding programs.

More than 50 Arizona small businesses applied for this round of the AZ Fast Grant program and awardees represent a variety of target industries.

AZ Fast Grant Recipients include (Total: $141,000, plus an additional $134,000 in leveraged funds):

* Arbsource, Tempe – Bio & Life Sciences
* Arizona Medical Systems, Peoria – Bio & Life Science
* Elliptical Mobile, Chandler – Advanced Manufacturing
* Engineering Science Analysis Corp., Tempe – Aerospace/Defense
* Grannus, Tucson – Cleantech/Renewable Energy
* Hildeez Enterprises, Peoria – Bio & Life Science
* MediCoventures, Peoria – Bio & Life Science
* Movement Interactive, Laveen – Bio & Life Science
* Kulira, Peoria – Bio & Life Science
* Prime Solutions Group, Goodyear – Aerospace/Defense
* QuantTera, Scottsdale – Advanced Materials
* Saccadous, Scottsdale – Bio & Life Science
* Score Algae, Scottsdale – Cleantech/Renewable Energy
* SiO2 Nanotech, Phoenix – Advanced Materials
* StatTransfers, Flagstaff – IT-Software
* Verve, Peoria – Bio & Life Sciences
* Vicinity Health, Chandler – Bio & Life Sciences
* YourLabs, Tucson – IT-Software

“I can honestly say the AZ Fast Grant really helped us get over the hump,” said Joe Marvin, Founder and President of Prime Solutions Group, a systems engineering and IT services company providing consulting expertise to government and defense contractors. Prime Solutions Group received AZ Fast Grant awards this year and in 2013.

With the help of AZ Fast Grant program support and technical expertise, the company recently secured $1 million in federal funding from the U.S. Department of Defense for its SBIR/STTR program submission this past fall. “We used our last AZ Fast Grant for commercialization strategy development, and that went directly into our federal proposal,” said Marvin.

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Snell & Wilmer Significantly Expands Environmental Group

Snell & Wilmer announced the addition of seven attorneys and a policy advisor to the firm’s environmental and natural resources group in Phoenix. These additions significantly expand Snell & Wilmer’s existing practice group to over 40 attorneys across its multiple offices throughout the western United States. The group joins the firm from Polsinelli, where it was recognized by notable industry publications such as Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business and The Best Lawyers in America®.

“We are thrilled to have this exceptional group of professionals join Snell & Wilmer,” said Matthew Feeney, a partner in Snell & Wilmer’s Phoenix office and a member of the firm’s executive committee. “Environmental and natural resources concerns impact businesses and government agencies in virtually every industry. With the expansion of this practice group, we are able to enhance our collective substantive knowledge and extensive experience throughout our geographic footprint and beyond to provide our clients with superior environmental and natural resources-related legal services.”

Snell & Wilmer welcomes the following individuals to the firm:

* Lucas Narducci has more than 27 years of experience in environmental and natural resources law. Narducci regularly guides clients through administrative hearings, litigation and other forms of dispute resolution, striving to protect their assets and keep their business goals in mind. He has extensive experience in acquisitions, divestments, expansions, mergers, ventures, operational compliance, employee workspace safety, workplace and third-party toxic exposures, audits, risk reductions and control methods. He also advises on policy and legislative developments that affect or could impact his clients and their businesses. He has been a lead counsel in the divestment, acquisition, operation, curtailment, reclamation and closure of several copper, gold, coal and uranium mines. Narducci’s practice has taken him across the United States, as well as to Canada, Mexico and several countries in South America. He participates in many significant business, industry and manufacturing associations in order to advance the interests of those associations and his clients, and to influence rule-making, regulatory, policy and legislative processes. He earned his J.D. from the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law.

* Mitchell Klein has more than 30 years of trial experience across a wide variety of environmental and natural resources legal issues. He has extensive experience working with many state and federal agencies in all areas of natural resources and environmental law, and has litigated matters pursuant to the Clean Water Act, the Clean Air Act, Hazardous and Solid Waste regulations, and Superfund liability. Klein was previously an Assistant Attorney General for the State of Arizona for nearly 10 years, during which time he served as chief counsel for the Civil Unit of the Environmental Enforcement Section and was responsible for all environmental enforcement actions taken by the state. Klein earned his J.D. from the University of Illinois College of Law.

* John Burnside has more than 15 years of experience in environmental and natural resources law. His experience extends to and beyond Superfund cost recovery and defense, air and water quality permitting and enforcement, environmental insurance coverage placement and claims, environmental forensics, toxic tort defense and the contractual allocation of environmental liabilities. Burnside has also addressed corporate transactions involving extensive environmental due diligence and has ushered the transacting parties through the transfer of environmental permits and authorizations to the satisfaction of regulatory authorities. With respect to environmental insurance matters, he has assisted with evaluation, litigation and resolution of multi-site environmental insurance claims. Burnside earned his J.D. from Arizona State University Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law.

* Michael Ford has more than 15 years of experience working with clients ranging from religious orders to global corporations in navigating the complex web of environmental issues impacting industrial operations and commercial transactions. Ford focuses his practice on helping industrial and commercial entities on regulatory compliance, enforcement defense and transactional risk mitigation issues. He has helped clients efficiently resolve their government enforcement issues using voluntary disclosures, administrative settlement agreements and judicial consent decrees. Ford has worked extensively on issues impacting hardrock mines, including groundwater and surface water permitting and compliance, chemical reporting, release response and closure operations. He also has considerable experience in mobile source emissions compliance and enforcement defense under the Clean Air Act. His experience in Brownfields development includes project feasibility analysis and due diligence, contract negotiation, voluntary cleanup programs, tax credit qualification, remediation oversight and consultant management, environmental insurance and obtaining regulatory closure approval. Ford earned his J.D. from Washington University School of Law.

* Maribeth Klein concentrates her practice in the areas of environmental and natural resources law and environmental litigation. Klein’s transactional practice involves addressing various matters relating to mining, such as U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management procedures, requirements and permitting as well as permit transfer and amendment requirements for uranium mining licenses issued by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. She has assessed the permitting needs for several renewable energy projects including multiple utility-scale wind projects in Kansas and Oklahoma and planned biomass facilities on the East Coast. Klein served as in-house counsel on an interim basis for an international diversified natural resources company where she monitored proposed federal energy legislation and assessed the constitutionality of various proposals, counseled clients regarding technology license agreements and engineering services contracts, and assisted with a response to a Senate inquiry. Klein also has a broad range of experience in air quality matters on the county, state and federal levels in assisting clients with the permit process and in related compliance issues. She earned her J.D. from the University of Minnesota Law School.

* Margaret LaBianca focuses her practice on a broad range of strategic considerations and regulatory compliance issues. For more than 15 years, she has counseled on transactions, from due diligence and negotiations to drafting and effectuation, as well as operations and development. Among other areas of law, LaBianca’s practice encompasses water rights and water supply issues, the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), protected and endangered species, Section 404 permitting and public land use. She has devoted a significant amount of her practice to working with clients on issues presented by operating on or near land managed by the Bureau of Land Management, the U.S. Forest Service or the state. Her clients include miners, ranchers, developers, landowners and energy businesses. LaBianca earned her J.D. from the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law.

* Amanda Reeve most recently served in the Arizona House of Representatives, where she was also chair of the House environment committee. Her experience ideally positions her as a key member of Snell & Wilmer’s environmental and natural resources team. Reeve provides public policy services to clients through stakeholder identification and organization, the regulatory process and reform, and the legislative process. She is well known for her ability to develop public policy and craft bipartisan support to advance bills of significant importance to Arizona businesses. She is extensively involved in numerous policy and regulatory processes impacting various media, including air, on the local, state and federal levels. Reeve earned her M.S. in Technology – Environmental Management from Arizona State University.

* Megan Tracy counsels domestic and international clients on regulatory compliance and environmental contamination matters. She represents clients in federal and state forums, as well as before regulatory agencies on a full range of environmental matters, including environmental response, compensation and liability, as well as the Clean Air Act, the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act, and the Toxic Substances Control Act. Tracy has extensive experience with the mining industry, including assisting clients with compliance matters involving domestic and international mining laws, remediation of abandoned mines and defense against enforcement actions. Tracy has also counseled clients on matters involving federal railroad regulations and Occupational Safety and Health Administration compliance. In addition, her litigation experience includes defending clients against claims of infectious disease outbreak and insurance recovery for environmental liability. Tracy earned her J.D. from the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law.

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Phoenix Housing Shortage Coming?

The Phoenix area could soon see another shortage of homes for sale, like the one it endured from 2012 to 2013. According to a new report from the W. P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University, very weak demand is masking the fact that relatively few homes are coming onto the market for sale. The area only recently emerged from another shortage, when buyers had to battle each other for relatively few home options.

Here are the latest details about Maricopa and Pinal counties, as of May:

* The median single-family-home sales price was $205,000, almost unchanged for three months in a row.
* Activity in the market is extremely slow, with demand down around 20 percent from last May.
* This quietness is covering up the fact that the market’s supply of homes for sale has stabilized at about 10 percent below normal, which could lead to another shortage, if demand eventually picks up.

Phoenix-area home prices quickly rose from September 2011 to last summer, before slowing down and even dropping a little earlier this year. The median single-family-home sales price was $205,000 in May, about the same as it was in April and March. However, that’s still up about 11 percent from the median of $185,000 last May. Realtors will note the average price per square foot went up 6 percent year-over-year. The median townhouse/condo price went up 4 percent.

The market has now become extremely quiet, and further price increases are unlikely this year without some growth in demand. The amount of single-family-home sales went down 19 percent from last May to this May. Sales of townhomes and condos dropped 20 percent.

“Demand has been much weaker since July 2013,” says the report’s author, Mike Orr, director of the Center for Real Estate Theory and Practice at the W. P. Carey School of Business. “The slight recovery in demand that had been developing over the last two months dissipated again in May. While move-up homeowners and second-home buyers are starting to compensate for the departure of investors who went to other areas of the country for better bargains, activity by first-time home buyers is still unusually slow.”

Orr says some home sellers even appear to be canceling their listings and waiting for another time when buyers have a greater sense of urgency. These families are: 1.) choosing to stay in their homes longer than they did 10 to 15 years ago; 2.) possibly stuck with negative or little equity in their homes, discouraging buying or selling; and/or 3.) wanting to stay in their current homes to preserve their very low mortgage interest rates.

That means the market’s short supply of homes isn’t expected to get much bigger in the near future. Though the supply of active listings went up 69 percent from June 1, 2013 to this June 1, it basically stabilized at about 10 percent below normal. Completed Phoenix-area foreclosures were down 50 percent from last May to this May, eliminating another possible significant source of supply. This could lead to another shortage like the recent one when we saw 95 offers on a single home.

“Between 2012 and 2013, we experienced a chronic housing shortage in Greater Phoenix,” explains Orr. “This shortage has just been temporarily masked by unusually low demand, but that could change at any time. The market has plenty of pent-up demand.”

Orr points out that population and job growth have recovered faster in the Phoenix area than home construction has. The level of single-family-home construction permitting remains very small by historic standards, and single-family new-home construction and sales remain about 65 percent below normal. One bright spot is Pinal County, where new-home sales went up 22 percent from last May to this May.

Meantime, multi-family construction permits and rental-home demand remain strong in the Phoenix area. Unemployment, falling birth rates and greater home-sharing are helping to drive this demand. The supply of single-family homes available for rent was down to 32 days on June 1. The fast turnover and low vacancy rates have already pushed rent up in the most popular locations.

Orr adds, “In Maricopa County, the percentage of properties purchased without financing in May was still at 25 percent. The normal range for cash buyers is only 7 to 12 percent, so mortgage lending still has a long way to go toward recovery.”

Orr’s full report, including statistics, charts and a breakdown by different areas of the Valley, can be viewed and downloaded at www.wpcarey.asu.edu/realtyreports. A podcast with more analysis from Orr will also be available from knowWPCarey, the business school’s online resource and newsletter, at http://knowwpcarey.com/index.cfm?cid=13.

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Sprouts moving HQ to North Phoenix

Sprouts Farmers Market, Inc. (Nasdaq:SFM), one of the fastest growing retailers in the country, today announced it will be moving to a new corporate office to accommodate the company’s growth. The new headquarters at The Offices on High Street (formerly known as CityNorth) will be located at 5455 E. High Street in Phoenix.

The company’s future 77,400 square foot corporate headquarters will include a small-footprint Sprouts grocery store unique to the facility. The store will offer convenient, affordable and healthy shopping to Sprouts team members, as well as High Street shoppers. The company anticipates moving to the new location in the spring 2015.

“We are proud to be an Arizona-based company and are committed to the local community. Our new High Street office will allow for greater collaboration and engagement with team members and business partners; it also will better reflect the Sprouts brand and our commitment to sustainability,” said Doug Sanders, Sprouts President and CEO.

“Sprouts is a strong addition to our project and we are honored they chose High Street for their corporate headquarters,” said Leslie Himley, vice president of marketing and communications for the property. “This lease signing is a tremendous accomplishment for our team, one that will greatly benefit current and future tenants. Additionally, the 24/7 lifestyle of our mixed-use property makes the Sprouts grocery store a welcomed amenity.”

Sprouts currently has more than 175 stores in ten states. The company recently expanded to the Southeast and anticipates continued growth as consumer demand for healthy and affordable eating grows.

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Maracay Homes joins TRI Pointe in blockbuster deal

Phoenix-based Maracay Homes announced that it has combined with TRI Pointe Homes, Inc. (NYSE: TPH) (“TRI Pointe”) as part of the merger between TRI Pointe and Weyerhaeuser Real Estate Company (“WRECO”), which counts Maracay Homes in its family of builders. The transaction, one of the largest in homebuilding history, is valued at approximately $2.8 billion. It positions TRI Pointe as one of the top 10 largest public homebuilders in the United States by equity market capitalization based on the closing price of TRI Pointe common stock on July 3, 2014.

“We are excited to announce that the transaction with TRI Pointe has officially closed and that we are part of a dynamic and highly respected group of companies,” said Andy Warren, president of Maracay Homes. “The ability to tap into the financial strength of our new parent company while still remaining an active decision maker at the local level will give us a heightened capacity to grow our operations in the Arizona market.”

“With the success of this completed merger, TRI Pointe is well-positioned as a leading homebuilder focused on some of the nation’s most attractive housing markets,” said Doug Bauer, Chief Executive Officer of TRI Pointe. “Having built a stellar reputation for innovative design and outstanding quality over the more than 20 years it has operated in the Arizona market, Maracay Homes will continue to be led by the exceptional local, executive team that has helped build its standing as a market leader. Like TRI Pointe, Maracay Homes’ success is largely driven by its entrepreneurial spirit and ability to make decisions on a local basis. That philosophy will stay in place, as Maracay Homes will continue to craft customizable, energy-efficient homes that deliver comfort, style and sustainability.”

Maracay Homes’ beautiful single-family homes are designed for the way premium buyers want to live. The company will continue to offer its suite of proprietary processes and tools, which include FlexDesign® and LivingSmart®, to increase home buyers’ customization options.

Maracay Homes is one of the five WRECO homebuilding companies that have joined TRI Pointe as part of the larger merger with WRECO. With complementary geographic footprints, the new TRI Pointe companies, which will continue to operate under their respective brand names, include:

Maracay Homes – Phoenix and Tucson, Arizona
TRI Pointe Homes – Northern and Southern California and Colorado
Pardee Homes – Southern California and Las Vegas, Nevada
Quadrant Homes – Puget Sound region of Washington State
Trendmaker Homes – Houston, Texas
Winchester Homes – Washington, DC metro area and Richmond, Virginia

The leadership at all levels will remain focused on executing a disciplined homebuilding strategy, including securing new opportunities for growth. Barry S. Sternlicht, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Starwood Capital Group, will remain as Chairman of the TRI Pointe Board of Directors, which has been expanded from seven to nine directors. The merger with WRECO is expected to provide TRI Pointe with significantly enhanced scale, with more than 3,400 new home deliveries and $1.6 billion in revenue on a historical combined basis over the past twelve months ended March 31, 2014.

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GT lawyer honored for restructuring work

Shareholder David D. Cleary of the Phoenix office of the International law firm Greenberg Traurig, LLP was recently honored for his restructuring work at the Turnaround Atlas Awards in Chicago.

The Turnaround Atlas Awards exclusively honor top performances from the distressed M&A, restructuring, reorganization and turnaround communities worldwide, according to the Global M&A Network website.

Cleary was part of a transaction team that worked on the restructuring of FriendFinder Networks Inc. where he and four team members received the “Media & Entertainment Turnaround of the Year”. The team also won a “Deal of Year” award at the 4th Annual ACG New York Champion’s Awards on June 19, 2014.

“Reorganizations are highly complex and require insight and knowledge that come only from decades of experience,” said John E. Cummerford, co-managing shareholder in Greenberg Traurig’s Phoenix office. “Our firm is dedicated to its Business Reorganization & Financial Restructuring Practice and we are honored that David and the entire team were recognized for their work and expertise.”

Greenberg Traurig also received the “Cross Border Special Situation M&A Deal of the Year” award for its role in the AgFeed Industries sale of its assets to Ningbo Tech Bank, TriOadk Foods and Smithfield/Murphy as well as the “Consumer Goods Turnaround of the Year” award for the Orchard Supply Hardware Stores sale to Lowes.

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Danley Ranked No. 1 Selling Agent in Arizona

Walt Danley ranked as the No. 1 selling real estate agent in Arizona by sales volume, according to the REAL Trends “The Thousand: 2014 Top 1,000 Real Estate Professionals.” The list was published in The Wall Street Journal on June 27, 2014.

Danley is ranked No. 30 in the U.S. for individual sales volume, having sold $167,105,094 in residential real estate in 2013. “The Thousand” list is comprised of third-party data and honors the top one thousand real estate professionals and teams in the nation.

Walt Danley is the president and namesake of Walt Danley Realty, a Scottsdale-based luxury residential real estate brokerage. The firm is Arizona’s affiliate of Christie’s International Real Estate and boasts the largest inventory of million-dollar estates within Arizona. Danley has sold nearly $3 billion during his 37-year real estate career, and has been ranked in the top one percent of real estate agents nationally every year since 1977.

“The secret to successful real estate transacting is conducting business with integrity, building strong personal relationships, and leveraging the strengths of your team,” said Walt Danley, president of Walt Danley Realty. “I am honored to work alongside a team of the most skilled real estate professionals with vast expertise, market knowledge and creative ideas.”

Walt Danley Realty represents luxury homebuyers and sellers in the Northeast Valley of Phoenix including Scottsdale, Paradise Valley, Fountain Hills, Rio Verde, Arcadia, Biltmore, Cave Creek and Carefree. Walt Danley Realty is located at 6720 N. Scottsdale Rd., #140, Paradise Valley, AZ 85253. For more information, visit www.waltdanley.com.

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DOI decision keeps Glendale casino plan alive

The Tohono O’odham Nation says the U.S. Department of the Interior has reaffirmed its decision that the tribe’s property lies within unincorporated Maricopa County.

Tribal officials say that’s a key requirement for taking the land into trust. They still hope to build a massive resort and casino on the edge of Glendale and have been pushing that plan since 2009.

But opponents have argued a 2002 voter-backed compact barred more casinos from opening in metro Phoenix.

The Gila River Indian Community opposes the casino plan, saying it violates zoning and state laws.

Gila River tribal officials say they will decide soon whether to take legal action again.

They also say the Interior Department has yet to decide whether the Tohono O’Odham Nation has permission to have gaming on the land.