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Hamer - June 2011-fornewsletter

Gap is Narrowing on Immigration Reform

Various Arizona Chamber and business leaders have made numerous visits to Washington, D.C. over the years to push for reform of our nation’s badly broken immigration system. As a border state, we understand this issue well. For years, the business community in Arizona has been pressing Congress and the Administration for a secure border, workable visa and guest worker programs, nationwide employee verification programs such as E-Verify, and a way for those who did not enter the country legally but are now contributing to our state to get right with the law, especially those brought to this country as children. The failure of the federal government to act resulted in Arizona and many other states trying to do immigration reform on their own, resulting in a patchwork of policies nationwide.

But it is obvious today that all roads to reform lead through Washington, particularly in light of the Supreme Court’s ruling in Arizona v. U.S., which held that state attempts to regulate immigration were preempted by federal immigration law.

This past Tuesday, when a group of about 20 Arizona business, faith and law enforcement leaders visited with all nine of our U.S. House members, we were not alone. Over 600 leaders from over 40 states took to Capitol Hill to urge House Members, with a focus on the Republican majority, to support bringing legislation to the floor this year.

I had the privilege to address the gathering on Monday night at the opening reception to discuss why reform is so important and beneficial to our economy and security. Our country’s greatest comparative advantage is that the best, brightest and hardest workers from across the globe desire to work in our country.

Before we hit the Hill on Tuesday, we gathered at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to prepare. The U.S. Chamber and their Senior Vice President Randel Johnson have been the lead business organization on this entire reform effort. At the kickoff meeting we heard from conservative icon Grover Norquist, who made the free-market case for reform.  Former Congressional Budget Office Director Douglas Holtz-Eakin and Rebecca Tallent of the Bipartisan Policy Center remarked that all credible studies of reform point to significant economic and budgetary benefits. Fresno County (Calif.) Sheriff Margaret Mims made a compelling case for the increased security reform could bring. Faith leaders offered a humanitarian case for reform, and our delegation was joined by a number of pastors working in coordination with a coalition called Bibles, Badges and Business.

While in Washington, we had the good fortune to run into ASU President Michael Crow, who is a strong supporter of reform. Our universities would benefit enormously from federal action. As Arizona Board of Regents President Eileen Klein says, “Our ability to produce a highly-skilled workforce and thriving research enterprise that stimulate a growing, vibrant economy for Arizona will be strengthened by balanced immigration laws that promote access to education and economic opportunities.”

Our conversations with our House delegation were positive. While it is fair to say that there were differences in approach, all of our representatives agree that our nation’s immigration system is badly broken, and I believe that they all want to have a hand in getting it fixed.

While we are very proud and thankful for the hard and good work of our two U.S. senators, John McCain and Jeff Flake, in crafting the Senate immigration proposal, it is clear that the House, as is its right, will draft its own plan and proceed with a series of bills as opposed to an omnibus. In fact, five different bills ranging from border security measures to efforts to fix some of our visa problems in the high-tech and agricultural sectors have passed two different House committees.

All agreed that we need to enhance our border security. Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery offered some suggestions on changes that would allow for him to be more effective in assisting in border security. Nationwide use of E-Verify, a system already in wide use in Arizona due to the requirements of the Legal Arizona Workers Act, is another common area of support. And all agree on the need for visa reform, although there are some differences in scope. There may be an effort in the House to expand on the number of lower-skilled visas available as compared to the Senate bill.

The most difficult issue is how to deal with the 11 million who did not enter this country legally. There is growing support for some type of legalization, and even citizenship for the Dreamers, those individuals brought to the U.S. as children. But it is hard to imagine the citizenship language in the Senate bill passing in the House.

Although there are differences between the Senate and House, those differences are narrowing. But as one of our congressmen told our group, if the House is faced with making an all or nothing choice when considering the Senate legislation, the House will go with nothing.

Hard work will be required to get a package passed. This is not naming a post office. This could be the first significant immigration legislation to pass since 1986. This will take real leadership from Congress and the White House, where our president needs to channel his inner Bill Clinton and put on the charm on Capitol Hill.

Leadership from the business community will be required, too. If the House considers reform this year, job creators from across the country should welcome the opportunity to help broker a deal between the House, Senate and President Obama. We’re doing our part in Arizona, and we’ll keep at it until a deal gets done.

Postscript: I want to thank everyone who joined our team to urge Congress to pass an immigration reform package.

Barry Broome, President and CEO, Greater Phoenix Economic Council
Lea Marquez Peterson, President and CEO, Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
Bill Montgomery, Maricopa County Attorney
Jack Harris, former police chief, City of Phoenix
Mary Ann Miller, President and CEO, Tempe Chamber of Commerce
Chad Heinrich, Vice President of Public Policy and Economic Development, Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce
Vice Mayor Tony Rivero, City of Peoria
Steve Moore, President and CEO, Greater Phoenix Convention and Visitors Bureau
Pastor Gary Kinnaman
Pastor Bob Hake, Orangewood Church, Phoenix
Pastor Dan Steffen, Pure Heart Christian Fellowship, Glendale
Nan and Dick Walden, Farmers Investment Co., Sahuarita, Ariz.
Russell Johnson, President and CEO, Merchants Information Solutions, Inc.
Adam Estle, Bibles, Badges and Business
Brett Hunt, Bibles, Badges and Business

Glenn Hamer is the president and CEO of the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry. The Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry is committed to advancing Arizona’s competitive position in the global economy by advocating free-market policies that stimulate economic growth and prosperity for all Arizonans. 

Glenn Hamer is the president and CEO of the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry. The Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry is committed to advancing Arizona’s competitive position in the global economy by advocating free-market policies that stimulate economic growth and prosperity for all Arizonans. 

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Roshka DeWulf & Patten Ranked Among Best Firms

Roshka DeWulf & Patten, a Phoenix-based business law firm specializing in litigation and regulatory issues, has been ranked among the 2014 “Best Law Firms” by U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers®. Roshka DeWulf & Patten achieved first-tier ranking in Metro Phoenix and Tier 2 nationally.

Firms included on the list of 2014 “Best Law Firms” are recognized for professional excellence with consistently impressive ratings from clients and peers. Achieving a ranking signals a unique combination of quality law practice and breadth of legal expertise.

“We’re very proud that our firm achieved national and Phoenix metro rankings again this year,” said Member Matt Derstine. “This recognition affirms our attorneys’ hard work, expertise in their practice areas and consistent successes for our clients.”

More than 12,000 attorneys provided more than 330,000 law firm assessments, and nearly 7,000 clients provided close to 20,000 evaluations. In addition, to provide personal insight, a new Law Firm Leaders Survey was implemented in the decision-making process.

Roshka DeWulf & Patten achieved national and Metro Phoenix rankings in a variety of practice areas:

Phoenix Metro Tier 1
·       Administrative / Regulatory Law
·       Commercial Litigation
·       Communications Law
·       Energy Law
·       Litigation – Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy)
·       Litigation – Securities

Phoenix Metro Tier 2
·       Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law
·       Litigation – Bankruptcy

National Tier 2
·       Litigation – Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy)

The 2014 Best Law Firms ranking comes on the heels of the announcement in August that four Roshka DeWulf & Patten attorneys had been named 2014 Best Lawyers® and Michael Patten was recognized as the Communications Law “Lawyer of the Year,” the top honor for the practice area regionally.

To learn more about Roshka DeWulf & Patten attorneys and practice areas, visit www.rdp-law.com.

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Roshka DeWulf & Patten Ranked Among Best Firms

Roshka DeWulf & Patten, a Phoenix-based business law firm specializing in litigation and regulatory issues, has been ranked among the 2014 “Best Law Firms” by U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers®. Roshka DeWulf & Patten achieved first-tier ranking in Metro Phoenix and Tier 2 nationally.

Firms included on the list of 2014 “Best Law Firms” are recognized for professional excellence with consistently impressive ratings from clients and peers. Achieving a ranking signals a unique combination of quality law practice and breadth of legal expertise.

“We’re very proud that our firm achieved national and Phoenix metro rankings again this year,” said Member Matt Derstine. “This recognition affirms our attorneys’ hard work, expertise in their practice areas and consistent successes for our clients.”

More than 12,000 attorneys provided more than 330,000 law firm assessments, and nearly 7,000 clients provided close to 20,000 evaluations. In addition, to provide personal insight, a new Law Firm Leaders Survey was implemented in the decision-making process.

Roshka DeWulf & Patten achieved national and Metro Phoenix rankings in a variety of practice areas:

Phoenix Metro Tier 1
·       Administrative / Regulatory Law
·       Commercial Litigation
·       Communications Law
·       Energy Law
·       Litigation – Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy)
·       Litigation – Securities

Phoenix Metro Tier 2
·       Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law
·       Litigation – Bankruptcy

National Tier 2
·       Litigation – Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy)

The 2014 Best Law Firms ranking comes on the heels of the announcement in August that four Roshka DeWulf & Patten attorneys had been named 2014 Best Lawyers® and Michael Patten was recognized as the Communications Law “Lawyer of the Year,” the top honor for the practice area regionally.

To learn more about Roshka DeWulf & Patten attorneys and practice areas, visit www.rdp-law.com.

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Ogletree Deakins Named a ‘Law Firm of the Year’

Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C. (Ogletree Deakins), one of the largest labor and employment law firms representing management, has been named “Law Firm of the Year” in two categories, Employment Law – Management and Labor Law – Management, in the 2014 edition of the U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” list. Only one law firm in each practice area receives the “Law Firm of the Year” honor. This is the third consecutive year that Ogletree Deakins has been named a “Law Firm of the Year.” It is also the second consecutive year that the firm has been named “Law Firm of the Year” in the Employment Law – Management category.

In Arizona, Ogletree Deakins’ offices in Phoenix and Tucson earned “First-Tier” rankings in three practice area categories: Employment Law – Management; Labor Law – Management; and Litigation – Labor & Employment. Nationally, the firm has been recognized with six “First-Tier” rankings: Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law; Employment Law – Management; Immigration Law; Labor Law – Management; Litigation – Labor & Employment; and Construction Law. A complete list of honorees is available today at http://bestlawfirms.usnews.com/.

“We are very excited to have received ‘Law Firm of the Year’ designations again this year,” said Kim Ebert, managing shareholder of Ogletree Deakins. “We will continue our focus on providing outstanding service and value to our clients.”

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Ogletree Deakins Named a 'Law Firm of the Year'

Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C. (Ogletree Deakins), one of the largest labor and employment law firms representing management, has been named “Law Firm of the Year” in two categories, Employment Law – Management and Labor Law – Management, in the 2014 edition of the U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” list. Only one law firm in each practice area receives the “Law Firm of the Year” honor. This is the third consecutive year that Ogletree Deakins has been named a “Law Firm of the Year.” It is also the second consecutive year that the firm has been named “Law Firm of the Year” in the Employment Law – Management category.

In Arizona, Ogletree Deakins’ offices in Phoenix and Tucson earned “First-Tier” rankings in three practice area categories: Employment Law – Management; Labor Law – Management; and Litigation – Labor & Employment. Nationally, the firm has been recognized with six “First-Tier” rankings: Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law; Employment Law – Management; Immigration Law; Labor Law – Management; Litigation – Labor & Employment; and Construction Law. A complete list of honorees is available today at http://bestlawfirms.usnews.com/.

“We are very excited to have received ‘Law Firm of the Year’ designations again this year,” said Kim Ebert, managing shareholder of Ogletree Deakins. “We will continue our focus on providing outstanding service and value to our clients.”

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Getting Better Customer Service

How can your favorite businesses improve your customer experience and offer better types of service? Business leaders from around the world will gather in Phoenix next week to learn how to gain an advantage and win your loyalty. The 24th annual Compete through Service Symposium will feature speakers from Cisco, Disney Institute, FedEx Services, HP, IBM, Vanguard and other household names.

Some of the topics being covered this year: How services can help differentiate your business, lessons in innovation, how to use smart analytics, and how to create “wow” through the smallest things to make a difference for your customers.

This event is hosted by the prestigious Center for Services Leadership at the W. P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University. The center was created in response to the unique challenges faced by companies as services have become a driving force in economies around the world, with less growth happening in products and manufacturing. The center’s member firms include Boeing, FedEx, GE, IBM, Mayo Clinic, Michelin, PetSmart, State Farm Insurance Company and other household names. The center also offers online courses, a list of which can be found at http://wpcarey.asu.edu/research/services-leadership/online-courses.

WHEN: Wednesday to Friday, Nov. 6-8, Full schedule available at http://wpcarey.asu.edu/symposium

WHERE: Marriott Renaissance Phoenix Downtown Hotel, 50 E. Adams St., Phoenix, AZ 85004

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UA, SynDaver Announce Collaboration

Medical education at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix has received a big boost with the latest in simulation technology from SynDaver™ Labs – and the city will get an economic boost as well.

Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton, UA College of Medicine – Phoenix Dean Stuart D. Flynn, MD, and SynDaver™ Labs’ President Christopher Sakezles, PhD, on Wednesday, announced an exclusive collaboration between the medical school and Tampa, Fla.,-based SynDaver™ Labs. Sakezles said it could create up to 1,000 jobs over the next several years.

“We are bringing SynDaver to the forefront of medical education,” said Teresa Wu, MD, an emergency room physician at Maricopa Medical Center and faculty member of the college. “We are developing a team of practitioners that is going to help enhance medical education and improve patient safety.”

The announcement was during in an exclusive demonstration event at the Arizona Center for Simulation and Experiential Learning, on the fourth floor of the Health Sciences Education Building on campus.

“This collaboration places our college on a trajectory as a national leader among elite medical schools in simulation technology,” Dr. Flynn said. “We are ensuring medical education is not just on the cutting edge, but visionary in preparing our students to serve for the decades to come.”

Developed by SynDaver Labs, the teaching tools helps in anatomy and physiology instruction for medical and other health-related education. The company manufactures the world’s most sophisticated synthetic human tissues and body parts.

“This is all about medical education and reducing the cost of health care in general,” said Sakezles, the founder of SynDaver™ Labs. “Simulation is one of the ways we are going to do that. This particular technology is transformational. It’s been in the works for about two decades now.”

The technology is used to replace live animals, cadavers, and human patients in clinical training and surgical simulation.

“SynDaver models are unique and they are one of the best in the country, they were actually developed to allow medical students the opportunity to practice procedures and to develop skills they normally would have to do on patients in the past,” Dr. Wu said. “But now they have these task trainers that are realistic and life-like that they can practice their procedures on prior to doing it on a live patient.”

The simulation center is a new, state-of-the-art endeavor that combines technology with healthcare-focused education. Students get to learn the difficulties faced every day in the medical world, no matter how much experience they have. The simulation lab can be set up to encompass a wide variety of situations, training the students for the world they will soon enter in real patient care.

A Guide to Applying for a Bank Loan

First Fidelity offers creative ways for kids to save

In a recent survey conducted by the American Institute of CPAs, only 1 percent of parents questioned said their kids save any portion of their allowance. Additionally, 76 percent of Americans are living paycheck-to-paycheck, according to CNN Money.

“It is never too late to start saving money,” said Kevin Sellers, executive vice president of First Fidelity Bank in Phoenix. “But, it is much easier to stay out of financial trouble and keep up with responsible saving habits if saving is taught early in life. Saving money can be fun and educational for the whole family.”

First Fidelity Bank is offering four fun tips for Arizona parents to teach their kids the value of money.

Serial Codes on U.S. Bills
Each dollar bill has a unique serial code printed on the front. This can make for both an entertaining and ongoing game with the kids. The next time your child has a $1, $5 or even a $50 bill, encourage them to pay close attention to the serial code and save bills according to different aspects of the code. For example, choose a letter or number of the month. If your child comes across a bill with that specific letter or number in the code, have them put it away into savings. This game teaches kids to pay attention to cash and gives them a creative incentive to save money. Over time, they can save up to buy a new gadget or grow their savings account.

Scavenger Hunt
Create a scavenger hunt for your kids with money as the reward. Hide cash or coins in different areas of your home and send your kids on a search. For example, write riddles that lead to areas where money is hidden or draw a map filled with different clues and areas where your kids can find money. After they find the money, encourage them to wait to spend their “treasure” and save up for something they’ve been wanting for some time. This is a great way to provide a new activity for the kids and encourage them to work to earn money.

Turn Savings into Coupons
Each time your child saves a certain amount, reward them with a coupon. The coupons with which you reward them can represent different privileges, items or activities. For example, if your child puts $5 from his allowance into savings, reward him with a coupon. In this case, four coupons could represent the privilege to watch a movie on a weeknight. Once your kid saves $20 (or four coupons), he is allowed to watch the movie. Or, maybe four coupons represent 45 minutes of TV on a Saturday morning. Parents can get creative with the coupons, but it’s important to always draw a connection between saving money and earning a reward.

Expose your Kids to Real Spending Situations
One of the most educational ways for your kids to learn the value of money is to expose them to everyday spending situations. These situations can include making a transaction at the bank or grocery shopping. Next time you make a transaction at your bank, explain to your child what you are doing, so they can understand what it means to hold money in savings accounts and take it out when it’s needed. Grocery shopping with your child can also help them understand what it means to spend money and look for the best deals on items. Make finding the lowest prices on groceries into a game or contest to get them engaged and teach them how to budget.

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Veteran receives brand-new, mortgage-free home

In partnership with Operation Homefront, Meritage Homes Corporation (NYSE: MTH) is handing over keys to three new homes to deserving military heroes and their families in time for Veterans Day. Located in the Phoenix, San Antonio and Raleigh metropolitan areas, the mortgage-free, energy-efficient homes are part of Meritage’s core purpose of enriching lives by satisfying the American Dream of home ownership for thousands of families across the nation.

“Every day, the brave men and women of our Armed Forces put their lives on hold and themselves into harm’s way to protect freedom and our way of life,” said Steven J. Hilton, chairman and CEO of Meritage Homes. “We are honored to express our appreciation to these exceptional families with a token of gratitude given the enormous sacrifices they have made for our country.”

In Goodyear, Army Sergeant Richard Neider II, his wife Kerry, and their two children will be moving into the first home that they have owned as a family. The 2,278-square-foot one-story home will provide the family of four a place to grow. The home includes some ADA-friendly features such as wider doors, roll in showers, roll under sinks and lower light switches that will allow Sgt. Neider to use his wheelchair inside the house. The Neider family will receive their key at Meritage’s Del Mar at Sedella community on Nov. 4.

Army Sergeant Aaron Kumamoto was selected to receive a new 1,508-square-foot home in Converse, Texas. The new home will keep Sgt. Kumamoto, his wife Erica and son Logan close to San Antonio Military Medical Center, where Kumamoto receives his medical treatment. The Kumamoto family will receive their key at Meritage’s MacArthur Park community on Nov. 6.

Born and raised in North Carolina, Army Sergeant Jeffrey Lynch was selected to receive a 2,066-square-foot home in Cary, N.C. The home is just half an hour away from Duke University, where Sgt. Lynch receives specialized medical treatment. Lynch and his wife Christy are parents of a four-year-old daughter. The Lynch family will receive their key at Meritage’s Park at Langston community on Nov. 8.

The key ceremonies will be held at 10:30 a.m. on each of their designated days, immediately followed by a Welcome Home barbecue hosted by each community to give local residents the opportunity to honor sacrifices made by men and women of the Armed Forces.

The three homes are being awarded through Operation Homefront’s Homes on the Homefront program which selects veterans based on a number of qualifications, including need and existing ties to the community. Since its inception, the program anticipates awarding 100 homes to deserving military families around the country this year. However, this is the first time the organization has provided newly built homes where recipients will be the first owners.

“These homes will provide three of our nation’s military families with an amazing opportunity,” said Tim Farrell, chief operating officer of Operation Homefront. “Every military family has sacrificed so much through their careers, and our Homes on the Homefront program is just one of the many ways that our organization shows its support to them. These three homes are the first newly built homes that we have been able to provide to veterans, and we are thankful to change the lives of the Neider, Kumamoto, and Lynch families.”

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UA Offers Master’s Program in Health Administration

To help meet the growing demand for health care administrators, the Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health at the University of Arizona in Phoenix will begin offering a new accredited Master of Public Health (MPH) in Health Services Administration program in fall 2014.

“In the rapidly changing healthcare environment, administrative positions are one of the targeted areas for growth,” said Dr. Iman Hakim, dean and professor of the UA Zuckerman College of Public Health. “The passage of the Affordable Care Act and roll-out of the health insurance marketplace only magnifies the urgency to fill the pipeline with highly trained health care professionals.”

The southwest and border communities face unique issues including high rates of uninsured, unemployment, and low education attainment.

“All of these issues affect health and well-being,” said Cecilia Rosales, MD, MS, associate professor and director of the college’s Phoenix programs. “They impact our agencies and health-care systems every day. Arizona needs a well-trained workforce that understands these issues and is prepared to manage the human and fiscal resources needed to deliver effective public health services.”

The health services administration program will provide students with the knowledge of how health care services function and the business and leadership skills needed to manage them effectively in health care services organizations. The curriculum is comprised of both public health and health administration courses, with a goal to graduate highly qualified health care administrators. Courses will be offered through a hybrid of online and classroom teaching at both the Phoenix and Tucson campuses.

Rosales said the accredited program will help state and local health agencies and health-care systems by providing a workforce with skills in leadership, financial management, health informatics, marketing and human resources.

“If you go into health services administration, whether a public or private entity, you can specialize in planning, organization, policy formulation and analysis finance, economics and marketing. Expertise in dealing with these issues can be exported to other states and applied to other constituencies throughout the U.S,” said Rosales.

Rosales added, “The array of administrative requirements necessary to successfully run a complex health care organization is broad, and the significance of providing training in this complex area simply cannot be overstated. The unique combination of public health and health care administration classes in this accredited curriculum will provide students with the tools they need to understand the multifaceted administrative and business aspects of health care.”

The master’s degree in Health Services Administration is a two-year accredited program for full-time students, and offers a part-time track for students who need the flexibility. The curriculum is tailored towards working professionals in health systems, health agencies, third- party payers and health-care supply chain organizations.

Students will have the added benefit of learning from local and nationally recognized faculty members who understand Arizona’s health care issues. “Our faculty are available to meet with students in person and provide timely and meaningful mentoring,” added Rosales.

For more information about the new degree program please contact Kim Barnes at the UA Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health-Phoenix: (602) 827-2070, coph-phoenix@email.arizona.edu.

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Quayle elected to TGen Foundation Board

Former U.S. Vice President Dan Quayle, who served under President George H.W. Bush from 1989-93, was elected today to the Board of Directors of the TGen Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the non-profit Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen).

Vice President Quayle attended grade school and high school in Phoenix and Scottsdale and he and his wife, Marilyn, are now residents of Paradise Valley. He brings to the TGen Foundation his vast career experience in politics and financial investment.

“It is my honor to be selected to be a part of TGen and the phenomenal work this biomedical institute is doing to find better treatments for the most serious diseases affecting humanity,” said Quayle, who also is a former U.S. representative and senator from Indiana, and who today is chairman of Cerberus Global Investments, a private equity company with $25 billion under management.

TGen Foundation Board Chairman Bennett Dorrance welcomed Quayle, noting that he is instantly one of the best known among a cadre of top-flight Arizonans who serve on the non-profit panel.

“Today we welcome Vice President Dan Quayle to our TGen family with high expectations and confidence that he will further enhance our philanthropic reach across the nation and help fuel TGen’s genomic research of the world’s most pressing diseases,” Dorrance said. “We welcome his involvement, his extraordinary relationships and his business acumen.”

Dr. Jeffrey Trent, TGen President and Research Director, also welcomed Quayle, whose term as Vice President (1989-1993) coincided with Dr. Trent serving as Scientific Director of the National Human Genome Research Institute at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Maryland.

“In 1990, the NIH and the Department of Energy joined with international partners in a quest to sequence all 3 billion letters in the human genome. Vice President Quayle is acutely aware of the importance of this public effort, and remains an advocate for genomic research and what is means for our patients,” Dr. Trent said.

TGen Foundation President Michael Bassoff said that the addition of Quayle to the TGen Foundation Board of Directors would undoubtedly be of huge importance to the future of the institute.

“He brings a powerful internationally recognized voice to advance TGen’s scientific research,” Bassoff said.

Quayle graduated from DePauw University in 1969, and received his law degree from Indiana University in 1974.

He was first elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1976 at age 29; to the U.S. Senate in 1980 at age 33; and Vice President of the United States in 1988 at age 41, during which he made official visits to 47 nations and served as chairman of the National Space Council. He has authored three books, including Standing Firm, a vice-presidential memoir, which was on The New York Times best-seller list for 15 weeks.

Quayle also was a distinguished visiting professor of international studies at Thunderbird, The American Graduate School of International Management in Glendale, Arizona.

At Cerberus, one of the world’s leading investment firms, he has been actively involved in new business sourcing and marketing in North America, Europe and Asia. His extensive global network of public and private sector decision-makers, combined with his investment expertise, has significantly contributed to the growth of Cerberus.

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2013 Global Summit on Negotiation and Trust

The only professional conference that directly makes the connection between negotiation, trust and achieving a sustainable outcome is the Global Summit on Negotiation and Trust, a three-day event that will take place November 8, 9 & 10, 2013 at the Thunderbird School of Global Management in Phoenix, Arizona.

This program is designed to help participants become better at forming and sustaining collaborative relationships; increase cross-cultural competence and trust in international negotiation settings; make trust a competitive edge through practical tools and techniques from proven experts; and deploy trust to resolve conflict more effectively and improve negotiation results.

Independent research has established a link between high trust and negotiation results, revealing how these characteristics contribute to improved productivity, higher employee morale, lower organizational conflict, faster decision-making, better teamwork and lower costs of litigation and failed partnerships. The conference will provide a road map for enhancing credibility, improving employee engagement, building commitment, loyalty, and a high performance culture. Additionally, participants will expand their personal and professional network while harnessing the collective wisdom of experienced practitioners, top scholars and executive peers.

Among the speakers will be:  Stephen MR Covey, Author of New York Times and Wall Street Journal #1 bestseller “The Speed of Trust”; Dr. Robert Cialdini, renowned Author of the NY Times Bestseller “Influence: Science & Practice”; Divya Narendra, CEO of SumZero and a co-founder of ConnectU, the predecessor to Facebook; Hon. Hlengiwe Mkhize, Deputy Minister of Economic Development, South Africa; Edgardo Pappacena, Global Business Model Transformation Leader for PriceWaterhouseCoopers; and a number of top scholars, leading practitioners, business leaders and Harvard luminaries.

Conference Chairman and event speaker Andre Bisasor, brings with him a legacy of successful events as the founder of the Negotiation & Leadership Conference. This Global Summit is the next iteration of preeminent conferences produced in the tradition of the previous gatherings held in Cambridge. The following leading authorities on the subject of negotiation in the field are scheduled to speak at the Global Summit.

  • Dr. Robert Cialdini (Renowned Author of the NY Times Bestseller “Influence: Science & Practice”);
  • Michael Wheeler (Harvard Business School Professor);
  • Bruce Hay (Harvard Law School Professor);
  • Divya Narendra (CEO, SumZero and An Originator of the Facebook idea at Harvard College);
  • Chris Voss (Former Head of the FBI International Hostage Negotiation Unit; Former Subject Matter Expert on Hostage Negotiation For G-8 and White House; Former Lecturer at Harvard);
  • Leonard Kopelman (Lecturer on Management & Law at Harvard University; Renowned Expert in international & diplomatic law)
  • Dr. Lakshmi Balachandra (Professor, Babson College; Former Lecturer on Negotiation at Harvard and MIT)
  • Hon. Hlengiwe Mkhize (Deputy Minister of Economic Development, Govt. of South Africa);
  • Dr. Karen Walch (Professor at Thunderbird School of Management);
  • Edgardo Pappacena (Global Business Transformation Leader & Former Chief Strategy Officer, PriceWaterhouseCoopers);
  • Clark Freshman (UCLA Law Professor; Expert in Lie Detection in Negotiation);
  • And many more

Pricing begins at $1,395 USD with an Early Bird registration special of $995 USD for registration before October 15, 2013. Student tickets are deeply discounted at only $150 USD for Early Bird, or $295USD at the regular rate.

To register, go to  http://globalsummitonnegotiation.com/registration-page/

Early registrants, who also follow on twitter at @globalsummitAZ, qualify for giveaways including: one complimentary 8-week, 100% online Executive Certificate course from the Executive Certificate in Global Negotiations, a value of $1,980 USD, as well as one complimentary admission to the on-campus program, Communicating & Negotiating with a Global Mindset, at the Glendale campus with a value of $3,800 USD.

The conference also includes a concurrent youth program that provides a limited number of high school students ( including those from under-resourced communities) the chance to attend the event for free.

Additional information on the Global Summit is available at http://globalsummitonnegotiation.com/

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Gertrude’s Plans Salt Smitten Dinner Oct. 24

Chef Stephen Eldridge knows a good thing when he sees it, and beyond that, the guy knows how to cook too. A recent trip to Gertrude’s for their Crafty Beer Dinner Part II, featured the Grand Canyon Brewing from Williams and their award winning line of craft beers and unique Flavor Bomb brews.

I was lucky enough to attend the dinner with my husband, my son and new daughter in law, who are both currently serving in the Army. Together, they flew in from Germany after two years away from home and surprised us. Between such a special surprise, the superb dishes created by Chef Eldridge and the ambiance of Gertrude’s, that dinner will live on in my heart and my memory forever.

Gertrude’s is the Desert Botanical Garden’s newest star. Open since January, the restaurant focuses on bringing the best of Arizona’s fresh, local ingredients directly from farm and pasture and to the plate.

Chef Stephen Eldridge states that his focus is highlighting the amazing bounty that Arizona has available, including herbs and vegetables from the chef’s gardens at the Desert Botanical Garden. Eldridge’s style is known as ‘Modern American Cuisine’ which he believes includes good food, great company, and the garden ambiance. If you have the opportunity to dine at Gertrude’s, don’t miss it.

Chef Eldridge is also well known for collaborating with other professionals and creating amazing dinners with unforgettable dishes that accentuate fresh ingredients.

The next amazing dining adventure is Salt Smitten Gertrude’s, which is planned for October 24 at 6:30 pm. Gertrude’s has partnered with Go lb. Salt and the two will prepare an amazing 6 course dinner that will be ‘salt centric’ and will begin with a cocktail flight pairing featuring High West Handcrafted Bourbons and Ryes.

The dinner will feature creative dishes that include 60 day aged Beef Tartar with pickled mushroom, a sunny side up quail egg with sea salt, herbed lavosh and Mediterranean sea salt, local onions with beef broth, fresh tarragon and thyme with Gruyere cheese, and Sel Gris de Guerande and Fume de Sal. As well as confit of wild boar with root vegetable hash, blood orange chutney and mesquite smoked sea salt.

And for a sweet and memorable ending, a Marcona Almond S’More with bourbon an cardamom eggnog, with a pistachio and preserved citrus marmalade frangipane with roasted honey and bourbon ice cream will be served. Tickets are $65 per person, + $25 for bourbon flights.

For reservations, call 480.719.8600.

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Gertrude’s Plans Salt Smitten Dinner Oct. 24

Chef Stephen Eldridge knows a good thing when he sees it, and beyond that, the guy knows how to cook too. A recent trip to Gertrude’s for their Crafty Beer Dinner Part II, featured the Grand Canyon Brewing from Williams and their award winning line of craft beers and unique Flavor Bomb brews.

I was lucky enough to attend the dinner with my husband, my son and new daughter in law, who are both currently serving in the Army. Together, they flew in from Germany after two years away from home and surprised us. Between such a special surprise, the superb dishes created by Chef Eldridge and the ambiance of Gertrude’s, that dinner will live on in my heart and my memory forever.

Gertrude’s is the Desert Botanical Garden’s newest star. Open since January, the restaurant focuses on bringing the best of Arizona’s fresh, local ingredients directly from farm and pasture and to the plate.

Chef Stephen Eldridge states that his focus is highlighting the amazing bounty that Arizona has available, including herbs and vegetables from the chef’s gardens at the Desert Botanical Garden. Eldridge’s style is known as ‘Modern American Cuisine’ which he believes includes good food, great company, and the garden ambiance. If you have the opportunity to dine at Gertrude’s, don’t miss it.

Chef Eldridge is also well known for collaborating with other professionals and creating amazing dinners with unforgettable dishes that accentuate fresh ingredients.

The next amazing dining adventure is Salt Smitten Gertrude’s, which is planned for October 24 at 6:30 pm. Gertrude’s has partnered with Go lb. Salt and the two will prepare an amazing 6 course dinner that will be ‘salt centric’ and will begin with a cocktail flight pairing featuring High West Handcrafted Bourbons and Ryes.

The dinner will feature creative dishes that include 60 day aged Beef Tartar with pickled mushroom, a sunny side up quail egg with sea salt, herbed lavosh and Mediterranean sea salt, local onions with beef broth, fresh tarragon and thyme with Gruyere cheese, and Sel Gris de Guerande and Fume de Sal. As well as confit of wild boar with root vegetable hash, blood orange chutney and mesquite smoked sea salt.

And for a sweet and memorable ending, a Marcona Almond S’More with bourbon an cardamom eggnog, with a pistachio and preserved citrus marmalade frangipane with roasted honey and bourbon ice cream will be served. Tickets are $65 per person, + $25 for bourbon flights.

For reservations, call 480.719.8600.

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Neon Night Envy Run kicks off Scottsdale Super Expo

Racers across greater Phoenix will run, dance and party in the dark during the Night Envy Neon Run on Nov. 1, all while benefiting Shape Up US, a Scottsdale nonprofit dedicated to fighting obesity.

The 5K run, which starts at 6 p.m., takes place at Westworld of Scottsdale as the kick-off event of the Scottsdale SUPER EXPO. The high-energy race will feature five color zones full of black lights, loud music, neon paint cannons, and dozens of obstacles. Racers are invited to an 80s-themed after party following to continue the fun late into the night.

“It’s a great time for adults and families who want to get out and have a blast,” said Priscilla Barney, owner of B Extreme events, the organization producing the race. “No one can resist the explosion of neon paint and the glow of black lights, but the race also provides a fun way to exercise and feel great while raising money for a very important Phoenix nonprofit.”

Shape Up US will receive a percentage of proceeds when racers register online with promo code SHAPEUPUS. The organization is committed to building a healthy future for America’s children by improving the health, fitness and overall wellbeing of youth and their families.

Funds from the Night Envy Neon Run have been earmarked for Shape Up US’ Hip Hop Healthy Heart for Children™, an innovative, engaging education curriculum that helps teachers motivate their students to live healthy, active, balanced lives.

“Childhood obesity has more than doubled in children and tripled in adolescents in the past 30 years,” said Jyl Steinback, executive director, Shape Up US. “We must reverse this trend through awareness, education and action. The Night Envy Neon Run goes a long way in supporting our efforts, as it raises funds for Shape Up US while also giving people an opportunity to shape up themselves.”

Registration for the Night Envy Neon Run is $30 with promo code SHAPEUPUS . The fee includes participation in the Run, a race T-shirt, bib number, swag bag, and entrance to the after-party. For more information or to register for the Night Envy Neon Run, visit nightnv.com.

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17th U.S. Surgeon General joins TGen advisory panel

The 17th Surgeon General of the United States and President of Canyon Ranch Institute Richard H. Carmona, M.D., M.P.H., FACS, today joined the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen) advisory committee on rare childhood disorders.

Dr. Carmona’s role on the National Advisory Committee for TGen’s Center for Rare Childhood Disorders (the Center) will be to help incorporate genomic technologies into the standard of care.

The Center uses rapid genomic tests to discover the genetic source of childhood ailments. Many of these rare disorders have no name, and often are just a collection of symptoms with no apparent cause.

Dr. Carmona is the keynote speaker today (Oct. 15) as TGen celebrates the opening of its clinic for the Center at 3330 N. 2nd Street, Suite 402, Phoenix, Ariz.

“Modern scientific advances are uncovering the nature and causes of disease like no other point in history,” said Dr. Carmona. “I am honored to be invited to help guide TGen’s development of this unique Center — focused on children — that uses the latest DNA technology to understand and diagnose rare disorders at the molecular level and to develop treatments for patients who previously had few, if any, options for care.

“Throughout my career, I’ve had the privilege of studying and applying genetic advances to improve the lives of my patients, and as Surgeon General of the United States, my team and I developed the successful ‘Surgeon General’s Family History Initiative’ with colleagues throughout the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to help more people connect the concept of family health history and genetics to their own lives.”

The Center’s National Advisory Committee (NAC) is a core group of advisors and supporters with a passion for helping children and families affected by rare and neglected pediatric diseases and disorders.

Dr. Carmona will serve on the NAC’s Scientific-Medical Advisory Sub-Committee, which focuses on helping geneticists and health care professionals to collaborate in order to incorporate genomic technologies into the standard of care.

“Dr. Carmona brings to TGen a wealth of experience, forged through first-hand treatment of patients and by driving innovative public health programming at the individual, national, and global levels,” said NAC Co-Chair David Harbour.

“We welcome Dr. Carmona as an internationally recognized physician and health policy expert, whose knowledge and experience will help the Center bring hope and answers to our young patients and their families,” said NAC Co-Chair Jacquie Dorrance.

Born to a poor Hispanic family in New York City, Dr. Carmona experienced homelessness, hunger, and health disparities during his youth. The experiences greatly sensitized him to the relationships among culture, health, education and economic status and shaped his future.

After dropping out of high school, Dr. Carmona enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1967. While serving, he earned his General Equivalency Diploma and went on to become a combat-decorated Special Forces Vietnam veteran. After leaving active duty, he attended Bronx Community College of the City University of New York through an open enrollment program for veterans. He received an associate of arts degree. He then attended the University of California, San Francisco, where he received a bachelor of science degree (1977) and medical degree (1979). At the University of California Medical School, Dr. Carmona was awarded the prestigious gold-headed cane as the top graduate.

Trained in general and vascular surgery, Dr. Carmona also completed a National Institutes of Health-sponsored fellowship in trauma, burns, and critical care. A Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, Dr. Carmona was recruited jointly by the Tucson Medical Center and the University of Arizona to start and direct Southern Arizona’s first regional trauma care system. Dr. Carmona would later become chairman of the State of Arizona Southern Regional Emergency Medical System, a professor of surgery, public health, and family and community medicine at the University of Arizona, and the Pima County Sheriff’s Department Surgeon.

In 2002, Dr. Carmona was nominated by the president and unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate to become the nation’s 17th Surgeon General. Dr. Carmona was selected because of his extensive experience in public health, clinical sciences, health care management, preparedness, and his commitment to prevention as an effective means to improve public health and reduce health care costs while improving the quality and quantity of life.

As Surgeon General, Dr. Carmona focused on prevention, preparedness, health disparities, health literacy, and global health to include health diplomacy. He also issued many landmark Surgeon General communications during his tenure, including the definitive Surgeon General’s Report about the dangers of second-hand smoke.

Dr. Carmona has published extensively and received numerous awards, decorations, and local and national recognitions for his achievements. A strong supporter of community service, he has served on community and national boards and provided leadership to many diverse organizations.

In 2006, Dr. Carmona became Vice Chairman of Tucson-based Canyon Ranch, a leader in the health and wellness field and President of Canyon Ranch Institute, a 501(c)3 non-profit public charity dedicated to catalyzing the possibility of optimal health for all people by translating the best practices of Canyon Ranch and its partners to help educate, inspire, and empower every person to prevent disease and embrace a life of wellness.

Dr. Carmona is also the first Distinguished Professor of Public Health at the University of Arizona’s Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health and the first Dean’s Distinguished Professor of Health Promotion and Entrepreneurship at The Ohio State University College of Nursing.

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Local Cab Company Enhances Sustainable Brand

After four years of successfully tackling the streets of metropolitan Phoenix, Clean Air Cab is enhancing the look of its Hybrid fleet. Given a more sustainable design, the new cabs are officially on the road this fall.

The local family owned and operated business, which specializes in eco-friendly transportation, is excited to announce its rebranding, which will reinforce its commitment to creating a sustainable community. Clean Air Cab has worked hard to enhance its local partnerships and more importantly, improve passenger experiences.

After allowing the local community to vote on a new design concept, there patrons have picked the new look for its Hybrid fleet that will continue to make a positive statement on Valley roadways. All of Clean Air Cab’s vehicles including its well-known charity cabs will get the rebrand makeover this fall.

Clean Air Cab launched in October 2009 with only 10 Toyota Prius cabs and over the past four years, they have continued to grow in response to the popular demand.

“We are humbled by the acceptance of our community to embrace what I believe to be a superior product,” said Clean Air Cab Founder Steve Lopez. “Clean Air Cab is in position to consistently grow and we plan to with this new design that will take us to a whole new level.”

The newly designed cabs will also have a signature scent in each of the vehicles that will make the ride more inviting to its passengers. Other elements of Clean Air Cab’s recent rebranding include a new website, updates to social media and a “Happy Ride Guarantee.”

Ken Crocker, who has been with Clean Air Cab for over three years and was the first to drive the newly designed hybrid, said he has received nothing but positive feedback about the new cab features. “My passengers find our new signature scent a fun element to their experience, and they like the new upgrades and color of the cab as well,” said Crocker.

Kristin Bloomquist is executive vice president and general manager of the Phoenix office of independent marketing and communications agency Cramer-Krasselt.

Leveraging visual storytelling tools can boost business

According to the old adage, a picture is worth 1,000 words. But what about a six-second video? Or an impeccably curated pinboard?

A host of new photo and video-sharing platforms—and the evolving universe of digital devices that enable them—are opening up new opportunities for marketers to engage consumers. But like many forms of “new media” before them, apps like Instagram, Pinterest and Vine (Twitter’s six-second video app) demand that brands embrace new forms of communicating.

Facebook, YouTube and Twitter are now pillars of every brand’s social footprint, but it wasn’t so long ago that likes, shares, user-generated video and 140-character status updates were new to the brand lexicon. Now more than ever, the challenge for brands is to become fluent in the language of visual storytelling—from infographics to photography to short, simple videos.

Since its launch in January, Vine has attracted marketers such as GE, Target, Oreo and Marvel Entertainment (with the world’s first movie “teaser”), who are anxious to gain access to the app’s steadily growing base of 13 million users who share 12 million videos a day.

Not to be outdone, Facebook launched video capabilities on Instagram in June. Users can create and edit 15-second video clips, personalize them with the filters the app is famous for and then post to Instagram and Facebook. Putting this kind of functionality in the hands of Instagram’s 130 million users will only ignite interest in this kind of short-form video. But creating compelling content within this kind of time constraint can be challenging, to say the least.

So how do marketers make the most of these tools?

First, Be an Observer: Look (and listen) before you leap. How are other businesses in your category using the space? Are users already posting about your brand? What are the platform’s unique traits and tools? Vine and Instagram video in particular are still in their infancy. First movers may have the advantage, but if their approaches aren’t right for the brand or venue (see next point), they’ll do more harm than good. So first do your research.

Make It Contextual: These platforms demand a regular stream of engaging content—but make sure your approach is a strategic fit and appropriate for both your brand and the venue(s). Our work for Johnsonville offers a prime example, where we leverage each platform based on what it does best, all working in concert and with a common brand strategy – from the “Share Your #Bratshot” promotion on Instagram to daily Bratfirmations on Pinterest offering grilling quotes, wisdom and humor.

Make It Useful: Don’t just show up to the party – offer guests something of interest or value. Remember: these platforms attract a sought-after, tech-savvy audience that often shun more “traditional,” disruptive forms of marketing. Time spent curating an inspiration board on Pinterest, for instance, is “me” time—not “please bombard me with your brand message” time. Lowe’s strikes the right balance with its helpful how-to vignettes on Vine.

As revolutionary as they seem, these tools are just the tip of the iceberg. In this attention- starved, mobile-first world, marketers will have to become master visual storytellers and more, as new tools and technologies continually redefine how brands connect and communicate with consumers.

 

Kristin Bloomquist is executive vice president and general manager of the Phoenix office of independent marketing and communications agency Cramer-Krasselt.

Tax Strategies for Subcontractors

With the individual tax rate increases starting in 2013, now is a good time take advantage of the many deductions and credits available. In addition to the tax rate increases in the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (ATRA) there are also two new taxes arising out of the 2010 healthcare reform legislation known as the Patients Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) that also become effective in 2013.

Tax Rate Increases under ATRA

A big relief was that there was not an across the board rate increase as was feared if the Bush Tax Cuts were allowed to expire, however, a 39.6% rate will now apply to individuals with income over $400,000 for single taxpayers or $450,000 for married couples. The top rate on capital gains and qualified dividends was kept at 15% for taxpayers with income below the $400,000/$450,000 levels, but for taxpayers with income above those levels the rate on capital gains and qualified dividends will be 20%.

New Medicare Taxes

Under the PPACA there are two new Medicare taxes starting in 2013. The first one is a .9%
increase to the current Medicare tax on wages and self employment income from 1.45% to
2.35% on earned income above $200,000 for single taxpayers or $250,000 for married
couples.

The other new Medicare tax is the 3.8% surtax on net investment Income (NII). This tax
applies to the lesser of the taxpayer’s net investment income or adjusted gross income over
$200,000 for single taxpayers or $250,000 for married couples. A taxpayer must have both NII and gross income over the applicable thresholds in order to be subject to the 3.8% surtax. NII is defined as investment income less otherwise allowable deductions properly allocable to such income. Under the proposed reliance regulations issued by the IRS, NII can come from one of following three categories:

-Gross income from interest, dividends, annuities, rents and royalties (other than
such income derived in the ordinary course of an active trade or business)
-Gross income from any passive trade or business or business in the trading of
financial instruments or commodities
-Net gains attributable to the disposition of property (other than property held in an
active trade or business)

The inclusion of passive activities in the definition of NII represents a huge shift in
traditional tax planning. More emphasis will be placed on treating profitable activities as
active instead of passive to avoid the 3.8% surtax. However it is important to watch that
passive losses do not go unused and be aware that net income from an active trade or
business may be subject to self employment tax.

Taxpayers should review their current structure to see if any passive activities can be
grouped with non passive activities to avoid passive income. The proposed regulations
allow taxpayers a “fresh start” regrouping election to replace any previous grouping
election.

When you combine the new top rate of 39.6% with the new surtax, taxpayers whose
income is above the applicable thresholds will see ordinary rates go from 35% to 43.4%
(39.6% plus 3.8%). Likewise, the tax on capital gains and qualified dividends will go from
15% to 23.8% (20% plus 3.8%).

Expensing Provisions

The $500,000 section 179 expensing provision was also extended by ATRA through
2013. The deduction begins to phase out when total qualified purchases for the year
exceeds $2 million.

The 50% bonus depreciation was also extended for 2013. Under the bonus depreciation
provisions the original use of the property must begin with the taxpayer, therefore used
equipment will not qualify. Qualified property must also have a recovery period of 20 years or less. The IRS clarified that unlike regular tax depreciation; bonus depreciation is not required to be allocated to long-term contracts for those contractors that use the
percentage of completion method of accounting. This provision allows contractors to
benefit from bonus depreciation even when a contract is not completed in the same year
in which it began.

Domestic Production Activities Deduction

The Domestic Production Activities Deduction (DPAD) continues to be a popular
deduction for the construction industry. The DPAD generally is equal to 9% of the lesser
of the taxpayers “qualified” production activities for the year or taxable income (adjusted
gross income for individual taxpayers).

In order to qualify for the deduction, taxpayers must have Domestic Production Gross
Receipts (DPGR). The definition of DPGR is very broad, but includes gross receipts from
the lease, rental, license, sale, exchange or other disposition from a broad list of
activities, including construction or substantial renovation of real property in the U.S.,
including residential and commercial buildings and infrastructure such as roads, power
lines, water systems and communication facilities. Revenue from civil engineering and
architectural services performed in the U.S. for U.S. construction projects also qualify as
DPGR.

179D Deduction
This deduction is often overlooked but could be beneficial for subcontractors who are
involved in the design of energy efficient government-owned commercial buildings. The
deduction could be as high as $1.80 per square foot. Generally the owner of a
commercial building would get the deduction but if the building is owned by a federal,
state, or local government, such as a school or municipal building the IRS allows the
deduction to be allocated to the person primarily responsible for creating the technical
specifications of the building. This would include, for example, an architect, engineer,
contractor, environmental consultant or energy services provider. The governmental
entity is also allowed to allocate the deduction among firms if there is more than one
designer.

Other Provisions Beneficial to the Construction Industry

Many provisions that were set to expire at the end of 2011 or 2012 were extended under
ATRA through 2013, including but not limited to the following.

-15 year straight-line cost recovery for qualified leasehold improvements – this
also applies to qualified restaurant property and qualified retail improvement property
(Note, this type of property also qualifies for section 179 expensing up to $250,000
and the 50% bonus depreciation).
- Work Opportunity tax credit (WOTC) – for hiring persons who fall into one of the
designated target groups, including qualified veterans.
-Empowerment Zone credit – available to contractors hiring individuals who live
and work within an empowerment zone.
-Research and Experimentation credit (R&E) – examples of R&E credits claimed
by subcontractors include expenditures for design-build, fabrication, architectural and
engineering projects or activities.
-Railroad Track Maintenance credit – the railroad is allowed to assign this credit
to taxpayers that provide railroad related services to the railroad, including railroad
track construction.
-Energy efficient new homes credit – for contractors that cut energy use for
heating and cooling in constructed homes by 50% compared to the 2006
International Energy Conservation Code (IECC).
-Credit for alternative fuel vehicle refueling property – for the development and
installation of the infrastructure needed to deliver alternative fuels to clean-fuel
vehicles.
-Credit for biodiesel and renewable diesel used as fuel – if used by the taxpayer
as a fuel in a trade or business.

Summary

Tax planning is increasingly important for 2013. Subcontractors should review their
current structures with their tax advisors and project their income for the year to see if
they will be affected by the rate increases. Also, check that they are claiming all
applicable deductions and credits in order to minimize their tax liabilities.

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Abrazo helps guide Community Through Healthcare Reform

Abrazo Health has announced a new education series aimed at helping Arizonans navigate through the complex topic of healthcare reform and insurance reform programs. Abrazo Health will hold a series of free community events in November to answer questions about health care reform, Medicaid Expansion, and the new Health Insurance Marketplace and the potential benefits to individuals and their families. The education sessions will be offered in both English and Spanish.

Crystal Hamilton, Chief Executive Officer of Maryvale Hospital, an Abrazo Health hospital, says, “Because this community will be greatly affected by these changes, we are intent on helping individuals and their families understand this complex topic and their options.” Hamilton adds, “The complexity of the Affordable Care Act, insurance reforms and all that comes with it can be a slippery slope so Abrazo wants to make sure our community members are well-informed in order to make the best decisions for themselves and their families.”

The sessions are scheduled for the following dates at Maryvale Community Center at 4420 N. 51st Ave. in Phoenix:

·         Wednesday, November 6 at 11am – 2pm
·         Thursday, November 7 at 6pm – 9pm

Residents can register online at AbrazoHealth.com/ReformEvent or by calling 1-855-292-9355.

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Lewis Roca Rothgerber's IP Team earns No. 1 ranking

Lewis Roca Rothgerber’s Intellectual Property Group received more mentions by Fortune 500 companies for IP litigation than any other firm in the United States, according to Corporate Counsel Magazine’s 2013 survey, “Who Represents America’s Biggest Companies.”  The survey also recognized the firm’s patent prosecution practice.

Michael McCue, Co-Practice Group Leader of the firm’s Intellectual Property practice, said, “The survey is a testament to our practical, cost-effective representation.”  “We are focused on client service and value, not billable hours and maximizing our own profits to the detriment of our clients.”  The firm’s IP practice has been built by hiring laterals from top firms and offering flexible and creative pricing customized to clients’ needs.  The firm’s IP group serves clients across the U.S. from offices in Silicon Valley, Phoenix, Las Vegas, Denver and Tucson.

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Lewis Roca Rothgerber’s IP Team earns No. 1 ranking

Lewis Roca Rothgerber’s Intellectual Property Group received more mentions by Fortune 500 companies for IP litigation than any other firm in the United States, according to Corporate Counsel Magazine’s 2013 survey, “Who Represents America’s Biggest Companies.”  The survey also recognized the firm’s patent prosecution practice.

Michael McCue, Co-Practice Group Leader of the firm’s Intellectual Property practice, said, “The survey is a testament to our practical, cost-effective representation.”  “We are focused on client service and value, not billable hours and maximizing our own profits to the detriment of our clients.”  The firm’s IP practice has been built by hiring laterals from top firms and offering flexible and creative pricing customized to clients’ needs.  The firm’s IP group serves clients across the U.S. from offices in Silicon Valley, Phoenix, Las Vegas, Denver and Tucson.

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SRP Expands 'Green Fleet' of Electric Vehicles

Pull into the parking lots at Salt River Project’s headquarters in Tempe and you will notice electric vehicle charging stations sprinkled throughout for the convenience of employees and customers.  More Level 2 (240 Volt) charging units are coming, as SRP continues to invest in its “green fleet.”

As part of the company’s green fleet program, SRP is increasing its line of new-technology vehicles with the addition of five new Ford plug-in hybrid electric vehicles – three Fusion Energi and two C-MAX Energi – which are scheduled to arrive in October. Currently, SRP has five Chevy Volts; a total of 15 green vehicles will be leased by 2014.

“The initial five Chevy Volts were added to SRP’s fleet as part of a demonstration project with the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) to help determine the impact of electric vehicles on the Valley grid,” said Jim Wood, SRP’s manager of transportation.

The electric vehicles are being rotated through the company to get a wide variety of driving distances and habits. As part of the program, an OnStar system will collect data such as drive time, state of charge, charging details, trip routes and charging locations. In the same vein, Ford’s MyFord ® Mobile app will collect rich data for the company on employee driving and charging habits, with the goal of improving all-electric driving and charging performance. The MyFord ® Mobile app also provides drivers and fleet managers with real-time battery charge status, a vehicle locator and value charging, which allows a car to automatically recharge during lower-cost, off-peak electricity rates, when there is less strain on the electrical grid.

A team of representatives from departments throughout SRP, including Facilities, Transportation Services, Load Research, Environmental Management, Policy & Compliance (EMPC) and others, will continue to review and analyze data collected on the performance of the technology.

The project will help SRP collect information on how the plug-in hybrid is used and charged. The Volt, for example, is powered only from electricity stored in its 16-kilowatt-hour (kWh) lithium-ion battery for a typical range of 25 to 50 miles. The on-board engine provides electricity to power the drive unit for extended-range capability, and it plugs into a standard household 120-volt outlet (or 240 volts for charging.)

SRP is building excitement among its employees by allowing them to vote on the best custom-designed wrap for each of the new Ford plug-in hybrids.

The top five employee-voted designs will be announced Nov. 7.  In addition, employees are now test-driving SRP’s plug-in hybrids to become more familiar with the technology and to find out why SRP is adding these vehicles to its fleet.

“We’re very proud of the high level of interest that employees have demonstrated during our fall transportation campaign.  These new additions to our green fleet will not only reduce emissions, but are fun to drive. Perhaps you’ll spot one during your next commute,” said Kelly Barr, senior director of Environmental Management Policy & Compliance.

SRP is the largest provider of power and water to the great Phoenix metropolitan area.

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SRP Expands ‘Green Fleet’ of Electric Vehicles

Pull into the parking lots at Salt River Project’s headquarters in Tempe and you will notice electric vehicle charging stations sprinkled throughout for the convenience of employees and customers.  More Level 2 (240 Volt) charging units are coming, as SRP continues to invest in its “green fleet.”

As part of the company’s green fleet program, SRP is increasing its line of new-technology vehicles with the addition of five new Ford plug-in hybrid electric vehicles – three Fusion Energi and two C-MAX Energi – which are scheduled to arrive in October. Currently, SRP has five Chevy Volts; a total of 15 green vehicles will be leased by 2014.

“The initial five Chevy Volts were added to SRP’s fleet as part of a demonstration project with the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) to help determine the impact of electric vehicles on the Valley grid,” said Jim Wood, SRP’s manager of transportation.

The electric vehicles are being rotated through the company to get a wide variety of driving distances and habits. As part of the program, an OnStar system will collect data such as drive time, state of charge, charging details, trip routes and charging locations. In the same vein, Ford’s MyFord ® Mobile app will collect rich data for the company on employee driving and charging habits, with the goal of improving all-electric driving and charging performance. The MyFord ® Mobile app also provides drivers and fleet managers with real-time battery charge status, a vehicle locator and value charging, which allows a car to automatically recharge during lower-cost, off-peak electricity rates, when there is less strain on the electrical grid.

A team of representatives from departments throughout SRP, including Facilities, Transportation Services, Load Research, Environmental Management, Policy & Compliance (EMPC) and others, will continue to review and analyze data collected on the performance of the technology.

The project will help SRP collect information on how the plug-in hybrid is used and charged. The Volt, for example, is powered only from electricity stored in its 16-kilowatt-hour (kWh) lithium-ion battery for a typical range of 25 to 50 miles. The on-board engine provides electricity to power the drive unit for extended-range capability, and it plugs into a standard household 120-volt outlet (or 240 volts for charging.)

SRP is building excitement among its employees by allowing them to vote on the best custom-designed wrap for each of the new Ford plug-in hybrids.

The top five employee-voted designs will be announced Nov. 7.  In addition, employees are now test-driving SRP’s plug-in hybrids to become more familiar with the technology and to find out why SRP is adding these vehicles to its fleet.

“We’re very proud of the high level of interest that employees have demonstrated during our fall transportation campaign.  These new additions to our green fleet will not only reduce emissions, but are fun to drive. Perhaps you’ll spot one during your next commute,” said Kelly Barr, senior director of Environmental Management Policy & Compliance.

SRP is the largest provider of power and water to the great Phoenix metropolitan area.