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Women own more than half of Hispanic-owned businesses

The Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce will release its fifth annual edition of the DATOS Tucson report at a morning conference Oct. 6.

The report provides an overview of the state of the Hispanic market in Southern Arizona, as well as statewide and nationally. The conference takes place 9:30 to 11:00 p.m. at Tucson Hilton El Conquistador, 10000 North Oracle Road, Tucson, AZ 85704.

“Tucson and Southern Arizona are vital to Arizona’s overall economic prosperity, especially as it relates to our fast-growing partnership with Mexico,” said Gonzalo A. de la Melena, Jr., President and CEO of the Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.  “We’re proud to to deliver the message that Arizona’s future is inextricably linked to the economic health of its exploding Hispanic population.”

The keynote address during DATOS Tucson’s release, “Economic Impact of Extending The Mexican Border Zone To The Entire State Of Arizona,” will be presented by Dr. Alberta Charney and Alan Hoogasian of the Economic and Business Research Center at the University of Arizona.

Today, “pre-cleared visitors” from Mexico are limited to traveling 75 miles into Arizona from the border’s ports of entry. The report by Charney and Hoogasian asserts that extending the border zone to the entire state of Arizona could generate up to an additional $181 million in estimated spending in 2016, bringing the total spending by Mexican visitors to $3.1 billion and 31,856 jobs statewide.

A resolution of support to extend the border zone has been proposed by the Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG), as well as the Intertribal Council of Arizona and the city of Nogales, Arizona. Charney and Hoogasian completed the report on behalf of the Maricopa Association of Governments.

Among the 2015 highlights in DATOS Tucson:

  • Hispanic purchasing power nationwide is an estimated $1.5 trillion in 2015, roughly equivalent to the GDP of Australia. Hispanic purchasing power in Arizona is an estimated $40.3 billion in 2015.
  • There are more than 55 million Hispanics in the United States, 17 percent of the country’s population. There are nearly 2.1 million Hispanics in Arizona, 30.3 percent of the total population.
  • The number of Hispanic owned businesses in Arizona now exceeds 123,000, while the businesses owned by Hispanic women, more than 66,000 are now the majority of all Hispanic-owned companies in the state.

The presenting sponsor for DATOS Tucson is Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona. The event’s collaborating sponsors include Sun Corridor, Inc. Hispanic Women’s Corporation, Arizona Technology Council, University of Arizona and the Helios Education Foundation. Univision Anchor Heidi Renpenning will serve as emcee for the conference. Other major sponsors include HSL Properties, Red Bull, Univision Arizona, Vantage West Credit Union, La Buena/Caliente radio stations and Verizon.

For information about DATOS Tucson or to purchase tickets or tables, contact Angela Serda at 602-294-6085 or angelas@azhcc.com.


SynCardia Systems files Form S-1 for IPO

SynCardia Systems, a developer and manufacturer of temporary implantable artificial hearts, filed on Monday with the SEC to raise up to $40 million in an initial public offering.

Based in Tucson, Arizona, SynCardia Systems, Inc. is the manufacturer of the world’s first and only FDA, Health Canada and CE approved Total Artificial Heart for use as a bridge to transplant for people suffering from end-stage biventricular heart failure in which both ventricles can no longer pump enough blood for a person to survive.

More than 1,440 implants of the SynCardia Total Artificial Heart account for over 465 patient years of life on the device. Since January 2010 more than 600 SynCardia Hearts have been implanted.

The youngest patient to receive a SynCardia Heart was 9 years old; the oldest was 80 years old. The longest a patient has lived with a SynCardia Heart was nearly four years (1,374 days) before receiving a successful donor heart transplant.

SynCardia Systems also manufactures the Freedom® portable driver, which powers the SynCardia Heart while allowing clinically stable patients to be discharged from the hospital to live at home and in their communities. The Freedom® portable driver has been used by more than 220 patients, accounting for over 140 years of patient support.

The FDA on June 26, 2014 approved the use of the Freedom® portable driver for all clinically stable U.S. patients on the SynCardia Total Artificial Heart. The Freedom® portable driver also is approved by Health Canada and has the CE Mark for use in Europe.

SynCardia is conducting an FDA-approved clinical study on the effectiveness of the SynCardia Total Artificial Heart and the Freedom® portable driver for use as destination therapy, also known as permanent use, in the United States.

According to Renaissance Capital: “The Tucson, AZ-based company, which was founded in 2001 and booked $18 million in sales for the 12 months ended June 30, 2015, plans to list on the Nasdaq under the symbol TAHT. Roth Capital is the sole bookrunner on the deal. No pricing terms were disclosed. “

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Cassandra Lopez joins Westward Look sales team

Screen Shot 2015-08-10 at 11.12.20 AMWestward Look Wyndham Grand Resort & Spa announced a key staff addition to its dedicated sales team. Cassandra Lopez brings more than a decade of hospitality, sales and customer service experience to her new position as National Account Executive with the award-winning Tucson resort.

“Lopez places high value on business relationships in both maintenance and cultivation,” according to Julie Tainter, Director of Sales and Marketing. “Existing clients and new ones can expect careful attention to their needs at Westward Look,” she said “We aim to provide unique and meticulously crafted experiences for all meetings and gatherings. Cassie’s extensive experience with social, military, educational, religious groups and more, only enhance her customer-service-centered sales approach, allowing her to provide individualized focus, guidance, and reassurance to every guest or group.”

In addition to adding extensive, diverse experience to Westward Look’s tradition of exemplary hospitality and service, Lopez brings demonstrated ability to generate revenue streams and a history of remarkable sales growth to the resort’s sales strategy and planning team. With Lopez managing the group, the Tucson-based resort and spa looks to extend its reputation locally and nationally as not only a leisure destination, but as the best choice for the needs of small and large event planners.

“I’m excited to be a part of Westward Look’s longstanding tradition of providing exceptional guest experiences,” said Lopez.

Westward Look’s soothing Sonoran Desert location with pristine mountain views, plus more than 20,000 square feet of meeting space, make it an ideal meeting venue. The resort’s hiking and biking trails, multi-surface tennis courts, on-site stables, and multiple pools provide plenty of outdoor adventure for vacationers and retreat-attendees alike. Meeting spaces brimming with natural lighting and terraces that open up to breathtaking sights are furnished with distinct décor, providing inspirational settings for every type of event—be it an executive retreat complete with team-building exercises, an awards banquet for hundreds, or a dream wedding. Spacious guest rooms with 42-inch plasma televisions, WiFi, and waffle-weave bathrobes offer all the comforts of home for every guest.

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Tucson economy expected to outpace U.S. by 2017

Tucson’s economic growth is expected to outpace the national economy by 2017. That was a key message during today’s University of Arizona Eller College of Management 2015 Mid-Year Economic Update Breakfast at the Westin La Paloma Resort in Tucson.

More than 330 people attended the event to hear presenters George W. Hammond, Ph.D., director and research professor at UA Eller’s Economic and Business Research Center, and Roberto Coronado, Ph.D., assistant vice president and senior economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas-El Paso branch, give a mid-year assessment of economic conditions relating to job growth, the housing sector, gas prices, economic relations with Mexico and more.

Hammond, who predicted in December 2014 that Tucson’s job growth will gradually improve by 2016, said job growth is predicted to accelerate from 0.5 percent last year to 0.9 percent this year, and rise again to 1.4 percent in 2016. Job growth is expected to continue in 2017, helping to fuel Tucson’s economy as it outpaces the national economy.

“Tucson’s employment was up 4,000 jobs over the year in April and it is forecasted to add 3,400 jobs this year and 5,200 jobs in 2016,” Hammond said. “Most of the new jobs will be gained in the service sectors, such as health services, trade, leisure and hospitality, and professional and business services.”

Coronado’s visit to Tucson marked the first time he participated in a UA event. His presentation focused on Mexico, with a special emphasis on the border economy.

“After a strong recovery from the so-called Great Recession, Mexico’s economy entered a soft patch since the second half of 2013,” Coronado said. “Mexico’s economy has been gaining momentum since the second half of 2014, but growth has been moderate at best.”

U.S.-Mexico trade flows reached record high levels in 2014 at more than $530 billion, representing exports plus imports. “Automotive is the top trading sector as Mexico has made significant inroads into the North American auto manufacturing industry,” he said.

Other key topics covered at the June 3 breakfast included:

•Arizona Exports: State exports to Mexico rose by 22.2 percent in 2014. However, the recent appreciation of the U.S. dollar versus the peso will slow state export growth in 2016. The dollar/peso exchange rate is up by 16.3 percent from April 2014.
•Gas Prices: Low gas prices are increasing the funds available to households to spend and save. If prices remain $1 per gallon below 2014 levels, it could free up $368 per person in Tucson. Preliminary indications suggest that U.S. households are choosing to save, rather than spend, a significant portion of those funds.
•Fiscal Drag: Federal fiscal drag has diminished, but continues to weigh on the local economy. It is now joined by fiscal drag from the state and local sector.
•Mexico’s Structural Reforms: Mexico has been working on structural reforms since the 1980s.  This process accelerated since 2012 as Mexico has engaged in an aggressive structural reform agenda. Macroeconomic stability has been achieved mostly due to three factors: central bank independence; fiscal discipline; and openness to trade.  In spite of this, per capita income growth remains weak.   Therefore, the new reforms are needed to spur growth.

During the presentation, Hammond also shared updates regarding the Arizona-Mexico Economic Indicators website, azmex.eller.arizona.edu, which was launched in December 2014. Generous support from the Arizona-Mexico Commission, the Arizona Commerce Authority, the Arizona Department of Transportation, and the Arizona Office of Tourism now allows Eller’s Economic and Business Research Center to provide the latest data benchmarking important economic relationships between Arizona and Mexico.

Arizona-Mexico Economic Indicators focuses on Arizona’s trade with Mexico, assessment of the role of Arizona’s border ports of entry (BPOE) in the U.S.-Mexico border region, and monitoring key indicators of Mexico’s economy. Six major sections capture the dynamics of Arizona’s trade and competitiveness: Arizona Trade, Border Crossings by Border Port of Entry, Commodity Flows by Border Port of Entry, the Economy, Foreign Direct Investment (FDI), and Population.

As the presentation came to a close, Hammond was optimistic about the future.

“Overall, Tucson will benefit during the next few years from faster U.S. growth, which will contribute to increased residential mobility across the nation and improved population gains locally,” he said. “The addition of more residents will boost housing and related sectors, which have lagged since the end of the recession.”

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Arizona Oncology now offers palliative care in Tucson

Arizona Oncology, a leader in community based cancer care and a practice in The US Oncology Network, is now offering palliative care to patients in Tucson and southern Arizona.

Palliative care nurse practitioners, Kathy Kennel, MSN, FNP-C, ACHPN, and Shari Beauregard, MSN, RN, ANP-BC, ACHPN, work closely with a multi-disciplinary team of medical professionals to coordinate patient care at all stages of illness. Arizona Oncology’s goal is to assist patients and their families in making informed decisions about care and treatment so they can remain independent and live a full life. The palliative care nurse practitioners can provide help and emotional support to patients and their families when they are faced with difficult medical decisions, as well as to family members managing the extra responsibilities of caring for a relative who is ill. They assist in establishing individualized plans of care, provide support for complex pain and symptoms, and work with patients and their families on their psychosocial and spiritual needs.

Beauregard, a cancer survivor, knows first-hand about coping with a serious illness. As a teenager, she spent months in the hospital fighting the disease. “I understand what it’s like to be in the hospital for a long time. I understand the hard road patients and families must face,” said Beauregard.

After caring for and losing both of her parents to cancer, Kennel shares, “They are my inspiration and motivation to make a positive difference in patients’ lives every day.”

The benefits of palliative care will help patients to improve their quality of life, reduce anxiety, depression, and pain, understand difficult and complex treatment choices, increase their confidence in navigating care, decrease hospital admissions, readmissions, and emergency room visits, and increase life expectancy.

“We are not end of life people; we are quality of life people,” explains Beauregard.

For more information about the palliative care program at Arizona Oncology or to make an appointment, call 888-972-CURE.


CBIZ promotes new Tucson market leader

CBIZ, Inc. today announced the promotion of Eric Rustand to market leader for Tucson for CBIZ Benefits & Insurance Services, Inc.

Rustand, who is licensed in nearly 20 states, has been with CBIZ for 13 years, holding various positions as a senior benefits consultant, vice president of business development and vice president and sales manager. In these capacities, Rustand has worked with CEOs, CFOs and senior HR professionals on their long range strategic planning, corporate benefit compliance and communication, claims reporting and other financial needs.

In his new position, Rustand will be responsible for growing employee benefits revenue through personal production, and leading producers and client service teams to enhance CBIZ’s market share in Tucson. His role will include serving as a market influencer and collaborating with all CBIZ partners to broaden cross-serving success. Rustand will work with other members of the Tucson office to outline organizational design and responsibilities for future team members.

“As CBIZ seeks to expand the Arizona employee benefits market, Eric will play a crucial role in growing market share, hiring fresh talent and leading the team to revenue growth in Tucson. We’re confident that Eric will deliver exceptional results as he leads the CBIZ team in this territory,” said Jim O’Connor, president of CBIZ Employee Benefits.

Rustand is a former collegiate and professional golfer and has played on four worldwide tours, including the PGA tour. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in international relations from Brigham Young University.

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CBRE reports recent Tucson leases

CBRE’s Tucson office has released the following recent transactions:

International Rescue Committee has leased 6,200 square-feet of office space at 2100 N. Kolb Rd. from Reay’s Ranch Investors LLC. CBRE’s Tucson office handled the transaction with Pete Villaescusa, Bruce Suppes, and Jesse Peron representing the landlord/sublessor and Bruce Suppes and Ian Stuart representing the tenant/sublessee.

Communicus One LLC has leased 3,038 square-feet of office space at 2900 N. Swan Rd. from WCCP Plaza Palomino LLC. The tenant was represented by Bruce Suppes with CBRE’s Tucson office. The landlord was represented by Ben Craney with NAI Horizon.

Prestige Vending LLC has leased 7,600 square-feet of manufacturing space at 3651 S. Broadmont from 3651 South Broadmont LLC. Tim Healy and Bob DeLaney with CBRE’s Tucson office negotiated the transaction on behalf of both parties.

Leoni Wiring Systems has leased 8,416 square-feet of office space at 3100 N. Campbell Ave. from the Gibeault Office Company. The tenant was represented by Bruce Suppes and Ian Stuart with CBRE’s Tucson office. The landlord was represented by Casey King with Tower Realty.

One Main Financial has leased 2,052 square-feet at 6330 E. Golf Links Rd. from Karlin Golf Links. The tenant was represented by Dave Blanchette with CBRE’s Tucson office. The landlord was represented by Dave Dutson with NAI Horizon.

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Wells Fargo grants $500,000 to help revitalize Tucson

Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE:WFC), one of America’s leading community banks and the nation’s largest home mortgage lender, today announced donations totaling $500,000 to seven local nonprofits to help strengthen and revitalize Tucson neighborhoods through the Wells Fargo NeighborhoodLIFT® program.

The local grant recipients were identified in close collaboration with Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild to support five key areas: Support services for the homeless, neighborhood beautification and improvement, education and workforce programs, food access, and economic growth.

Wells Fargo has presented $500,000 in grants to the following Tucson nonprofits:

  • Community Food Bank of Southern AZ — $25,000 to support nutritional health and help Tucson residents overcome hunger and poverty.
  • Pima Council on Aging — $50,000 to support senior housing assistance to help at-risk seniors remain in their own homes for as long as possible.
  • Tucson Clean and Beautiful-Trees for Tucson — $50,000 to support neighborhood beautification and build environmental stewardship to make neighborhoods safer and more livable.
  • Tucson Urban League — $75,000 to support the Career Yes workforce development and education program.
  • Old Pueblo Community Services — $100,000 to support permanent supportive housing for homeless veterans.
  • Our Family Services — $100,000 to support transitional housing for homeless adults who come from backgrounds of severe abuse and neglect.
  • Pima Community College Foundation — $100,000 to support workforce development and education.

The grants are funded through Wells Fargo’s NeighborhoodLIFT program that was launched in 2012. The program is an innovative effort created to help revitalize neighborhoods and help people buy homes by making properties more affordable with down payment assistance available for eligible prospective buyers. Since 2012 LIFT programs have helped create more than 9,300 new homeowners in 34 communities with down payment assistance and homebuyer education.

“Wells Fargo is the leading mortgage lender in Arizona and we are proud to support our communities to help ensure a thriving and healthy community base,” said John Gibson, Greater Southern Arizona area president for Wells Fargo. “The nonprofits are actively leading efforts to help strengthen neighborhoods, address homelessness, and promote jobs and education programs, and we are excited to help support their tremendous efforts with the NeighborhoodLIFT program local initiatives funds.”

“Wells Fargo’s NeighborhoodLIFT program has already helped to boost homeownership and reduce the inventory of vacant houses,” said Jonathan Rothschild, Mayor of Tucson. “These grants will further help to improve our community by supporting services that build our city up, creating a more promising future for Tucsonans.”

In addition to the local grants, the NeighborhoodLIFT program helped further the housing recovery in Tucson and South Tucson by providing $4.5 million in down payment assistance grants and program support to help more families achieve successful, sustainable homeownership. The NeighborhoodLIFT event held in Tucson on September 5-6, 2014 helped to create 207 new homeowners in Tucson and South Tucson.


JW Marriott Starr Pass offers sizzling summer deals

Escape the summer heat with a refreshing resort package at JW Marriott Starr Pass. Special summer values make Tucson a perfect destination for abundant recreation, sumptuous dining and rejuvenating spa experiences.

This summer, locals and travelers alike can take advantage of a special Advanced Purchase rate from $149 per night, per room.

Special summer rates add extra value to the resort’s renowned recreational offerings, including biking, hiking, horseback riding, tennis and golf, all set against majestic mountain views. Experience the signature collection of outdoor water features, including the Starr Canyon tubing river and the Monsoon Falls Water Slide. Relax at the elegant Hashani Spa, combining the latest in beauty and health technology with ancient traditions inspired by the indigenous people of the region. Swing into action on the 27-hole Arnold Palmer Signature Golf Course, and dine at one of five resort restaurants, including the award-winning Primo.

The select Margarita Package includes overnight accommodations and two specialty, handcrafted margaritas per night from Signature Grill, Primo or Catalina BBQ Company. The package starts at $169. A limited number of packages are available, so book early! Some terms and conditions apply.

Make summer memorable with hot deals from one of Marriott’s finest resorts, JW Marriott Starr Pass.

These spectacular values require full prepayment at the time of booking, and no changes or cancellations are permitted. Tax and resort fees apply to all summer rates and packages, and credits cannot be used against the room rate, gift cards, resort fee or parking.

To learn more about summer resort savings opportunities, visit http://www.marriott.com/hotels/hotel-deals/tussp-jw-marriott-tucson-starr-pass-resort-and-spa/.

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Employment gains drive Tucson multifamily market

Market report supplied by Colliers International



The Tucson multifamily market got off to a strong start in 2015. Momentum from the end of last year has carried over into 2015, with vacancy improving, rents ticking higher and healthy levels of net absorption. The vacancy and rent trends are the surest signs of market strengthening. Vacancy is approaching a cyclical low, and with the pace of inventory growth slowing, the rate is forecast to continue to improve. As conditions have tightened and the economy has expanded, operators have begun to implement rent increases. Average asking rents have ticked higher in seven of the past nine quarters, and the rise in the first quarter was the strongest in nearly eight years.


Multifamily vacancy in Tucson dipped to 8.5 percent during the first quarter, an 80 basis point year- over-year improvement and a 40 basis point decline since the end of 2014. Vacancy is trending lower in response to ongoing net absorption, which has been positive in each of the past nine quarters. The primary source for this demand has been employment growth, which has been positive in each of the past four years and began 2015 with a gain of approximately 2,800 workers. Growth has been particularly strong in the education and health services sector, which has expanded by 3.7 percent during the past year with the addition of 2,300 employees.Screen shot 2015-04-29 at 10.55.53 AMRenter demand in the Tucson metro area has been healthy, and the local vacancy rate has improved despite recent additions to inventory has expanded by more than 5 percent. This year will mark a shift in the development trend, as fewer than 500 units are forecast to come online, limiting the competitive threat from new construction. With the construction pipeline thinning and renter demand still healthy, vacancy is forecast to dip below 8 percent by year end.

Asking rents rose 0.7 percent to $643 per month in the first quarter, and the ongoing vacancy improvements are the driving force behind rent gains. This marked the fastest quarter of rent growth in the Tucson metro area since 2007, and if a similar pace of expansion can be sustained throughout the year, rents will advance in the 2.5- 3.0 percent range in 2015. Rent growth has been strongest in the northern segments of the market, with the Flowing Wells and Catalina Foothills submarkets leading the way with average annual rent gains of approximately 3 percent.

Sales activity dipped slightly to start 2015, falling 14 percent from the pace recorded at the end of 2014. The first quarter is typically a fairly slow period for transactions, and 2015 has gotten off to a stronger-than-usual start. Sales velocity in the first few months of 2015 was nearly double the average first-quarter transaction activity that has occurred over the past five years.

Following a spike of more than 75 percent in 2014, prices cooled in transactions that recorded during the first quarter of this year. The median price in the first three months of 2015 was $22,800 per unit, down from $44,900 per unit in 2014. Prices are being influenced by the mix of assets changing hands. Many of the properties that have sold thus far in 2015 are 1960s- and 1970s-vintage complexes, with smaller units on average. In addition, nearly all of the properties that have sold to date have had vacancies above the market average, providing a drag on pricing. Steady yields showcase the impact the mix of properties is having on prices. Even as prices in the few properties that have changed hands have lagged 2014 levels, cap rates have remained fairly consistent thus far in 2015, averaging in the high-6 percent range.

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FAA approves FPV Catalog for commercial use of drones

An Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) related business in Southern Arizona received a Federal Aviation Administration exemption to fly drones. FPV Catalog, an online source for multirotors and winged aircraft parts and accessories, is one of the first retail sites in Arizona to be granted authorization from the FAA to fly its UAVs for commercial and educational purposes.

After submitting an application in January 2015, FPV Catalog and its founder, Bruce Pogosaew, received the FAA’s approval on April 17.

“As a new business, we were expecting to wait several months or longer to hear from the FAA,” said Mr. Pogosaew. “To be granted an exemption and receive a response within 90 days is remarkable.”

FPV (First Person View) Catalog materialized in 2014 after its owners, Bruce and Michelle Pogosaew, recognized the need for UAV enthusiasts to have one source where they can purchase compatible parts and accessories. Having over 18 years of experience in Information Technology and a passion for unmanned aerial vehicles, Mr. Pogosaew immediately realized how their business would benefit from receiving an FAA approval, as well as the technological boost it would provide for the local community. Michelle Pogosaew, a University of Pittsburgh graduate, holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Biology and is a beginner FPV enthusiast. While her husband has been a lifelong Remote Control enthusiast and DIY hobbyist –he tears apart and rebuilds aircraft models regularly- business development is her area of expertise and she is thrilled to be part of a rapidly expanding industry. “I’ve always loved to fly, but little did I know the skills I developed in a university science lab-examining frogs and insects- would help me to dissect Quadcoptors and UAVs as part of my career later in life.”

The authorization creates a wide range of possibilities for FPV Catalog’s husband and wife team. The most significant enabling them to test products and post instructional videos on FPV Catalog’s website as a way to strengthen quality control. The idea being that they can test the durability and flight capabilities of UAV and FPV products not only for customer review, but for new suppliers and entrepreneurs wanting a place to launch their inventions.

“Quality is important to our business and having the capability to review and film products commercially under the 333 Exemption allows us to create these videos without being fined,” said Mr. Pogosaew. “And because the FAA was still fine tuning the exemption details for commercial use of drones, FPV Catalog requested an exemption for only two types of models: a Fixed Wing and a Multirotor-with the thought that the 333 Exemption will act as an umbrella and cover other models down the road.”

Additionally the FAA certification allows Mr. Pogosaew to produce educational and promotional videos for the agricultural and construction industries, real estate agencies, schools, universities and government agencies. He is listed in the National SARS (Search and Rescue) database and is available to help support search and rescue missions.

On a broader scale, and more importantly to the owners of FPV Catalog, receiving an exemption within a short period of time symbolizes the Federal Aviation Administration is loosening their reins. They believe the FAA is acknowledging the importance of the UAS industry and the role it will have in stimulating the US economy. America needs small businesses with innovative and creative people at the helm who are willing to compete locally and globally.

“We don’t know what the future holds, but we are proud to be part of it now with the FAA’s approval.”


Phoenix Children’s Hospital will provide care at TMC

TMC for Children will partner with Phoenix Children’s Hospital, one of the 10 largest children’s hospitals in the country, for inpatient pediatric hospitalist and intensive care services beginning June 3.

“TMC for Children is committed to the children and families we serve,” said Judy Rich, TMC president and chief executive officer. “Our relationship with Phoenix Children’s builds upon a tradition of excellence and comprehensive, family-focused care that the community has come to expect from TMC for Children.”

Phoenix Children’s staff will be based in Pima County and call TMC their Tucson hospital home. They will assist in augmenting specialty services where gaps might exist in Tucson so families can access a broader spectrum of pediatric services closer to home and without having to travel to Phoenix. 

“We’re excited to bring our special brand of pediatric care to TMC for Children,” said Ryan Bode, M.D., Hospitalist division chief, Phoenix Children’s. “This relationship will allow us to collaborate and consult with community pediatricians and pediatric specialists practicing in the Tucson area on the care of their patients and fill any gaps in pediatric specialty care that may exist in the region.”

Other long-standing pediatric relationships will remain the same. Pediatrix will continue to provide medical coverage to TMC’s newborn intensive care unit. The TMC Pediatric Emergency Department – the first in the region and the busiest in the city – will remain open 24/7 with the same dedicated staff.

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UA researcher develops app to help quit smoking

See Me Smoke-Free, the first multi-behavioral mobile health (mHealth) app designed to help women quit smoking, eat well and get moving, now is available for free on the Google Play Store.

The Android phone app, officially released March 30, uses guided imagery to help women resist the urge to smoke, while encouraging them to make healthful food choices and increase their physical activity. The app can be downloaded at https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=edu.arizona.guidedimagery

See Me Smoke Free was developed by a multi-disciplinary research team, headed by Judith S. Gordon, PhD, associate professor and associate head for research with the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson.

The goal of See Me Smoke-Free is to provide an overall sense of well-being and self-efficacy, said Dr. Gordon. “We want women to recognize that they are strong, they are beautiful, they are powerful and they’re in control of their lives,” she said. “And that they can use the app to engage in a healthier lifestyle.”

“And that includes being smoke-free,” she added.

The app is designed specifically for women, with input from women smokers, because studies have shown that women experience particular challenges when they quit smoking, like gaining weight, which may make quitting harder for them than for men, said Dr. Gordon.

The main component of the app is a guided imagery program, which consists of several audio files. Guided imagery is an enhanced visualization technique that encourages users to imagine themselves smoke-free and capable of dealing with cravings.

In addition to sight imagery, the app prompts women to use all their senses for a fully immersive experience. For example, users are guided through a farmers’ market, where they imagine seeing, smelling and tasting their favorite fruit or vegetable.

Users are prompted to use the guided imagery files daily. The app also allows users to access additional information and resources on quitting, eating well and being physically active; record achievement of their daily goals; and display how many days they have gone without smoking, the intensity of their cravings over time and how much money they have saved. Users will receive daily motivational messages and tips for living a healthy lifestyle, and will get virtual awards for meeting their goals and engaging with the app.

“The reason we developed this as an android app is two-fold,” Dr. Gordon said. “First, Android currently has the largest market share of smartphone operating systems. Second, we know that people with lower incomes are more likely to use Androids, and they are more likely to smoke.”

See Me Smoke-Free was developed as part of a two-phase study. Participants are needed for the second phase of the study, which will evaluate the app. Additional information about the app and the research study is available at the website: www.seemesmokefree.org

“A multi-behavioral intervention such as ours requires experts from a variety of fields,” noted Dr. Gordon. The study team includes Melanie Hingle, PhD, MPH, RD, assistant professor with the Department of Nutritional Sciences, UA College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, and the Canyon Ranch Center for Prevention and Health Promotion at the UA Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health; Thienne Johnson, PhD, research associate with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, UA College of Engineering, and the Department of Computer Science, UA College of Science; and Peter Giacobbi, PhD, associate professor with the College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences and the School of Public Health at West Virginia University in Morgantown. Jim Cunningham, PhD, an epidemiologist with the UA Department of Family and Community Medicine, is the study’s methodologist and statistician.

See Me Smoke-Free is funded by a two-year, $366,400 National Cancer Institute grant, 1R21CA174639.

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Phoenix faces growing gap between income, rent hikes

A new report shows Tucson and Phoenix-area renters have had to deal with a double whammy: Dwindling or stagnant incomes coupled with significant rent hikes.

The report, released last week by the National Association of Realtors, indicated the two metro areas are among those where the gap between rental costs and household income is increasing.

“It’s something we are watching since rising housing costs are getting to unhealthy levels,” association spokesman Adam DeSanctis said.

The association collected data on 70 major metro areas and analyzed household income growth, housing costs and homeownership changes in renter and owner-occupied households over the past five years.

Tucson ranked fifth for the largest decrease in income for renters aged 25 to 44 years old. The study indicated income dropped about 3.5 percent. During the same time period, the area saw an 11 percent increase in rent.

“We don’t have the jobs we need,” said Allan Mendelsberg, real estate agent at PICOR Commercial Real Estate in Tucson. “We’re doing a lot to revitalize downtown, with a lot of renovation throughout Tucson. But until we have high paying jobs, people are not going to be able to afford high apartment pricing.”

Tucson has experienced a trend in luxury property building as well, which may fuel the disparity between rental cost and income.

However, Mendelsberg, who specializes in multifamily apartment and investment properties sales, did point out that rent in Tucson remains lower than most cities at an average of $638 a month for a single unit.

The Phoenix area, which included Mesa and Glendale, saw a 2 percent increase in income during the five-year period coupled with a 9.8 percent hike in rents.

Phoenix rentals have been rising 5 to 8 percent per year for single-family homes and condominiums, said Michael Orr, director of the Center for Real Estate Theory and Practice at the W.P. Carey School at Arizona State University.

“Relative to many areas, Phoenix rentals are cheap compared to other places, but wages are low,” he said.

Nationwide, rents have increased 15 percent over the past five years, while the association estimated that household income has gone up 11 percent.

The association used data from the U.S. Census Bureau and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, among other sources.

Experts said the problem with the disparity between rent and income is that it makes it difficult for renters to become homeowners because they spend so much on rent, they can’t save for a down payment.

To relieve rental costs, increasing the supply of new home construction is a solution, Orr said.

However, builders have been hesitant since the Great Recession because of growing construction costs, buyers’ limited access to credit from lenders and concerns about the re-emergence of younger buyers, according to the association.

Lawrence Yun, chief economist for the association, said in a news release that without new housing opportunities, entry-level buyers will face affordability issues.

“Many of the metro areas that have experienced the highest rent increases are popular to millennials because of their employment opportunities,” Yun said in the release.

William Eaton

Governor’s Arts Awards honors Arizona’s best

Guitar artist, musician and luthier William Eaton of Sedona, Tucson arts advocate I. Michael Kasser and Arizona State University strings professor Dr. Margaret Schmidt captured the top individual awards at the 2015 Governor’s Arts Awards at the Sheraton Phoenix Downtown Hotel.

More than 600 arts supporters, artists, advocates and business leaders were on hand for the presentation of awards and remarks by Arizona Governor Doug Ducey.  The event was emceed by CBS5 anchor Nicole Crites.

Sixty-five nominations were submitted from 22 Arizona communities in six categories for this year’s awards. SRP was the Presenting Sponsor; APS, the Nominees Sponsor; Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona, the Entertainment Sponsor; and the Arizona Lottery was the Artist Award Sponsor.

The 2015 Governor’s Arts Awards were presented to:

  • William Eaton, Artist Award
  • I. Michael Kasser, Individual Award
  • Dr. Margaret Schmidt, Arizona State University, Arts In Education Individual Award
  • Phoenix Conservatory of Music, Arts in Education Organization Award
  • West Valley Arts Council’s Gallery 37, Community Award
  • CopperPoint Mutual, Business Award.

Also during the evening, the tenth annual Shelley Award was presented to the Papp Family for their individual and collective support of the arts as advocates and donors.  The Papp Family is represented by family patriarch the late L. Roy Papp and his wife, Marilyn  A. Papp; their son, Harry A. Papp, and his wife, Rosellen Papp.  The Papp family’s devotion to arts and culture endeavors also is shared by Marilyn and Roy’s daughter, Victoria Papp Cavallero and her husband, Patrick F. Cavallero.

Each honoree received specially created awards by Arizona artists Alexandra Bowers, Randy Kemp, Jacob Meders, Gabriela Muñoz, Rossitza Todorova, Kathleen Velo and Claire A. Warden.

The 2015 Governor’s Arts Awards honorees:

Artist Award: William Eaton (Sedona): Building guitars and beyond since 1971, William Eaton’s imaginative, sculptural multi-stringed instruments are showcased at major museums, art galleries and in books, magazines and publications. During the past 40 years the Roberto Venn School of Luthiery, a guitar making school he co-founded in Phoenix, has graduated over 2000 students, from Arizona, the U.S. and every other continent, except Antarctica. As Director of the School, William has influenced hundreds of luthiers who have become artist-entrepreneurs, employees, managers, foreman and repair techs – for major guitar manufacturers, small custom shops, touring companies and music stores – worldwide. Eaton has composed for and performed solo, with the William Eaton Ensemble, Nouveau West Chamber Orchestra, Nebraska Chamber Orchestra, Amadeus Trio, and R. Carlos Nakai, among others.

Individual Award: I. Michael Kasser (Tucson): Michael Kasser and his wife, Beth, have been ardent and generous supporters of the arts in Southern Arizona for many years. His passion extends to Arizona Theatre Company, Tucson Museum of Art and other arts and cultural programs working to enrich the lives of those within his community. Specifically, through his business acumen and generous donations, Mike has ensured the survival and growth of a number of arts organizations in Southern Arizona. He strongly believes that the arts attract businesses to Southern Arizona and has encouraged many of his fellow business leaders to communicate their support for the Pima County Bond election to the Pima County Bond Committee, which would include a number of arts and cultural-related projects. He is active in the revitalization of downtown Tucson and is vocal in his belief that arts and culture are vital to this revitalization.

Arts In Education Individual Award: Dr. Margaret E. Schmidt (Tempe): Dr. Margaret Schmidt’s extraordinary contributions to arts education in string music education occur in nearly every imaginable facet, from the earliest years of education to the high-level work of research and publication. As a string specialist at Arizona State University and a vibrant member of the Arizona string education community, since 2001, every undergraduate student at ASU who wants to teach strings has been prepared for his or her career by Dr. Schmidt, whether through course work with her and/or through internships in the ASU String Project. She also has collaborated with K-12 string music teachers throughout the state in developing their own programs and has conducted string festival orchestras for children statewide.

Arts in Education Organization Award: Phoenix Conservatory of Music (Phoenix): The Phoenix Conservatory of Music is bringing best practices and national practices to our local community through their affiliation with the Berklee City Music Network and Berklee College of Music. By implementing its unique college preparatory program, Phoenix Conservatory of Music is creating a pipeline of popular music learning and critical skill sets in musical and developmental assets in youth grades 4-12. The Phoenix Conservatory offers innovative and engaging programs for teens that develop their musical skill sets, life skills and developmental assets. PCM’s City Music college prep program allows students who don’t have as much access to music education or access to contemporary music education. In 2014, 99 students were in the program, including 12 seniors who all graduated high school and earned over $445,000 in scholarships.

Community Award: West Valley Arts Council’s Gallery 37 Programs (Surprise): Since 2001, the West Valley Arts Council’s signature Gallery 37 (G37) summer public art program has employed over 200 teens from the West Valley and beyond to create works of public art under the guidance of local master artists. Fourteen works of art include murals, sculptures, ramadas, seating and shade structures and are located throughout Avondale, Buckeye, El Mirage, Goodyear, Surprise and Tolleson. For several of these West Valley cities, Gallery 37 was their first step into the world of public art. Over time as these cities grow, they often reengage and integrate G37 projects into the planning and development process.

Business Award: CopperPoint Mutual (Phoenix):  CopperPoint Mutual has been committed to helping both the arts and community groups in many ways throughout its history. The company invests in the arts statewide, extending from Phoenix and surrounding cities to Tucson, Prescott, Flagstaff, Globe, Miami and well beyond. The arts are a particularly integral component to the company’s commitment to and investment in education in Arizona. CopperPoint also works directly with 25 major arts groups across the state and has invested and assisted in the launch of a wide variety of arts related programs for groups such as Autism Speaks and Arizona Autism United, Arizona Lost Boys Center, and Apache ASL Trails, a senior living center for the hearing impaired with a robust arts program.

The Governor’s Arts Awards are presented by Arizona Citizens for the Arts, the Arizona Commission on the Arts and the Office of the Governor.

Rendering, planned clinical tower, Banner-University Medical Center Tucson. Image courtesy of Shepley Bulfinch.

Shepley Bulfinch, GLHN awarded Banner project in Tucson

Banner Health has awarded the contract for the design of the new Banner – University Medical Center hospital facility in Tucson to Shepley Bulfinch architects of Phoenix, in association with GLHN Architects & Engineers, Inc. of Tucson. The 11-story tower is scheduled for completion in 2019.

This news follows Banner’s acquisition of the University of Arizona Medical Center, which was finalized on February 27.

“We are honored to be working with Banner Health as they rebuild the core of the hospital,” said Shepley Bulfinch’s David Derr, AIA, principal-in-charge for the project. “Both Shepley and GLHN know the University Medical Center well from our previous work, and we understand its importance to the residents of Tucson and surrounding communities.”

Shepley Bulfinch brings national expertise in academic medical center design to the project, with clients that include Yale-New Haven Hospital and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. The firm prepared the Master Plan for the new facility and completed the hospital’s surgical services renovation and expansion in 2013. Elsewhere in Tucson, Shepley Bulfinch worked with city officials and community stakeholders on the development of the Main Gate Overlay District near the University of Arizona campus.

Tucson-based GLHN has collaborated on significant local projects, including the Streetcar Maintenance and Storage Facility and Pima County Courts Complex, both integral to the city’s downtown redevelopment efforts.  The firm has provided services to the healthcare industry for over 40 years, working at over 120 VA Medical Centers nationwide and renovating more than 100 areas on the University of Arizona Medical Center campus.


Sam Fox is UA Eller’s Executive of the Year

Sam Fox, CEO and Founder of Fox Restaurant Concepts, will be recognized as the 2015 University of Arizona Executive of the Year on Friday, April 17. The luncheon takes place from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Westin La Paloma Resort, 3800 East Sunrise, in Tucson.

“Sam studied real estate finance at the University of Arizona, but food was always his passion,” said UA Eller College Dean Jeffrey Schatzberg. “Since opening his first restaurant, Gilligan’s Bar & Grill, in Tucson at age 20, he has earned an outstanding reputation as a creative visionary, savvy entrepreneur and philanthropist – values we share here at the Eller College. It is only fitting that we honor him as Executive of the Year.”

Fox’s restaurant group currently boasts 44 locations and 15 unique concepts spanning seven states. Tucson’s Wildflower American Cuisine was the company’s first concept. Now based in Phoenix, Fox Restaurant Concepts includes Blanco Tacos & Tequila, True Food Kitchen, The Henry, Flower Child, North Italia, Culinary Dropout and several other popular restaurants. Together, his restaurant group employs nearly 4,000 people.

A Sabino High School graduate, Fox is an eight-time James Beard Award nominee for Restaurateur of the Year and a New York Times best-selling cookbook author. He was recently named one of the 50 most influential people in the restaurant industry by Nation’s Restaurant News for the second consecutive year and he was the 2014 recipient of the Richard Melman Innovator of the Year Award by Restaurant Hospitality magazine.

A Paradise Valley resident, he nourishes and grows talent through his “un-corporate” culture and shares his success by giving back to the communities his restaurants serve. He has been an avid supporter of the Boys & Girls Clubs since his company’s inception in 1998 and recently held the position of honorary chair for the American Heart Association’s 2013 Heart Ball. In addition, Fox Restaurant Concepts supports several non-profit organizations including notMYkid and UMOM New Day Centers.

The University of Arizona Executive of the Year program was established by the Eller College National Board of Advisors in 1983 to honor individuals who exemplify executive qualities in private enterprise and public service. Recent honorees include Janet Napolitano, former U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security and former Arizona Governor (2014); Larry Baer, president and CEO of the San Francisco Giants (2013); former U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates (2012); and Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz (2011).

Tickets are $85 per person. Registration is at www.eller.arizona.edu/eoy. For more information, call (520) 621-0053.


William S. Sowders joins Gust Rosenfeld

Gust Rosenfeld, PLC announced that William S. Sowders joined the firm on March 2, 2015.  Sowders’ practice is concentrated on litigation, specifically in the areas of products liability, medical malpractice and healthcare, transportation, and accident and personal injury.

“Bill is a highly respected lawyer who brings a wealth of experience in litigation, in particular in the insurance defense field,” said Richard B. Hood, partner and member of the Executive Committee. “He is widely published and well known in the legal and the civic communities.  We look forward to having him join us at Gust Rosenfeld.” 

William Sowders received his J.D. from The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law and completed his B.S. degree at Northern Arizona University.  In 2012 and 2013, Sowders was honored as one of Super Lawyers® Rising Stars. He has published in several professional journals, and conducted a webinar on “Medical Records Review and Analysis.”  Sowders is a member of the State Bar of Arizona, the State Bar of California, and the Maricopa County Bar Association. 

“I am very excited to join Gust Rosenfeld. The firm has fantastic attorneys across the board.  I’m looking forward to bringing my trial experience to an already strong litigation group and making our team evening stronger,” said Sowders.

Gust Rosenfeld is a full service law firm established in 1921 with offices in Phoenix, Tucson and Wickenburg. The firm is known for the quality of its lawyers and legal advice as well as its creative insights and practical solutions in business, public and civil law.  Gust Rosenfeld is experienced in alternative dispute resolution, bankruptcy and creditors’ rights, business and corporate law, commercial finance, education law, environmental law, franchises and franchising, insurance, intellectual property, labor and employment, litigation, natural resources, public finance, public law, real estate, taxation, and trusts and estates.

Administration Officials - Hiring Quotas

CORE Institute looks to hire 15 surgeons

With its upcoming expansion into Tucson, Arizona’s largest orthopedic and neurology practice, The CORE Institute, announced it was seeking 15 highly qualified Board Eligible/Board Certified orthopedic surgeons to be part of its dynamic team dedicated to delivering the best in musculoskeletal healthcare in Southern Arizona.

The CORE Institute plans to open its first Tucson facility this summer. Earlier this year, The CORE Institute announced it had signed a co-management agreement to lead the Orthopedics Department at Green Valley Hospital. Additionally, The CORE Institute will begin recruiting to fill positions for clinical and administrative staff closer to the opening of the Green Valley clinic and future clinical sites.

Among the orthopedic surgeon subspecialties it is seeking include: Adult Reconstruction, Foot and Ankle, Orthopedic Traumatology, Hand Surgery, Shoulder & Elbow Surgery, Sports Medicine, Orthopedic Oncology, Spine Surgery, and Pain Management/ Interventional Spine. Interested candidates should contact: The CORE Institute at JoinUs@thecoreinstitute.com or by calling 1.866.974.2673.

“The CORE Institute has earned its national reputation thanks to its talented physicians and we’re very excited to expand that reputation of excellence to Tucson,” said Jason Scalise, MD, Vice Chair and Director of National Physician Integration at The CORE Institute. “We plan to start by adding 15 talented orthopedic surgeons in the greater Tucson area that share The CORE Institute’s passion and a dedication to achieve the best possible outcomes for patients.”

There are several reasons why talented, fellowship trained orthopedic surgeons from across the nation have joined The CORE Institute. The CORE Institute has delivered care to more than a quarter of a million patients from all 50 states and around the world over the past 10 years. The organization has grown to more than 140 providers with nearly 700 employees. It is home to several research facilities including: one of the most sophisticated motion analysis and gait laboratories, state-of-the-art biomechanics facilities, and cell culture-chondrocyte facilities. It’s documented, excellent patient outcomes are ensured by a unique and dedicated Quality Department, which sets benchmarks in orthopedic care through evidence-based medicine and standardized protocols managed through a custom, proprietary IT infrastructure. The organization continues to be a leader in payor-reform initiatives and at the forefront of systems-based quality initiatives that drive value across health care organizations. The CORE Institute’s team of fellowship-trained physicians provides specialized care in the areas of surgical, non-surgical and rehabilitative medicine, across the continuum of musculoskeletal care.
For more information about The CORE Institute visit www.thecoreinstitute.com.


2 Arizona hospitals designated Ebola treatment centers

Hospital systems in Phoenix and Tucson are among 55 across the United States designated as Ebola treatment centers.

The two Arizona hospital systems designated by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are Maricopa Integrated Health Systems in Phoenix and the University of Arizona Health Network.

MIHS President CEO Steve Purves says the CDC designation for his institution reflects many months of preparation and training by hospital personnel to develop and implement comprehensive protocols for treating Ebola.

There are no confirmed or suspected cases of Ebola in Arizona. Public health officials said the designation is precautionary and that the likelihood of an Ebola patient arriving in Arizona is remote.

Isaac Figueroa joins C&W | PICOR

Cushman & Wakefield | PICOR announced that Isaac Figueroa has joined it Tucson commercial real estate brokerage team. Figueroa, a Tucson native, joins one of the region’s top producing Office & Medical Office teams, specializing in the leasing and sale of office and medical properties, representing landlords and tenants as well as buyers and sellers. Figueroa began his real estate career in a residential brokerage where he personally closed over $8 million in sales in his first two years in real estate.  A University of Arizona graduate, Figueroa is a member of Tucson Young Professionals, a CCIM candidate, and President of Theta Chi-Beta Iota Alumni Corporation.



LCMS Laboratories expands into Arizona

To serve the growing needs of the bioscience and healthcare communities in the greater Tucson area, LCMS Laboratories, Inc. is opening a high-complexity laboratory in March 2015 and will operate under the guidelines of the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA).  The laboratory will utilize the latest mass spectrometry technologies and will create high-paying laboratory and administrative jobs within the region.
The new laboratory, located at 10831 N. Mavinee Drive, Suite 105 near Innovation Park, in Oro Valley, will provide clinical diagnostics, contract research organization (CRO) support and diagnostic test development.
LCMS Laboratories worked closely with Tucson Regional Economic Opportunities (TREO), Bioscience Industry Organization of Southern Arizona (BIOSA) and other bioscience/diagnostic partners to establish its presence and support the community.”Our company was founded on the premise of having science support the practice of medicine, primarily in high-complexity diagnostic testing,” states Dale Ziegler, CEO of LCMS Laboratories. The goals and objectives of the Tucson scientific and medical communities blend perfectly with our future endeavors. The enthusiastic support of the Tucson area community leaders in establishing a diagnostic center of excellence made the decision to establish our new laboratory in Tucson an easy one. We look forward to a long and mutually beneficial relationship.” Adds Dr. Ray Woosley, president of AZCERT, Inc., and member of the Board of Directors of TREO and BIOSA, “TREO’s 2013 Diagnostics Business Development Strategy identified the need to reach a critical mass of diagnostic companies in our region and the need for a CLIA-certified lab that could support emerging companies. Currently many new bioscience companies send testing of this nature out of our market, increasing the turnaround time and cost of doing business.  The attraction of LCMS Laboratories represents a success story that helps to fill both of these needs within our community.”

Numerous civic and business leaders welcomed the news and provided the following comments:
  • “TREO is laser focused on business development in targeted industries that match our strengths,” said Joe Snell, president & CEO, TREO. “LCMS Laboratories will offer highly-skilled, high-wage jobs in our region and represents the next step to build a critical mass in a competitive industry.”
  • “We are very pleased that LCMS Laboratories has decided to expand in Oro Valley,” said Satish Hiremath, mayor of Oro Valley. “Oro Valley has become a hub for bio-science, diagnostics and high-tech industries, with companies like Ventana Medical Systems, Sanofi and Securaplane. LCMS Laboratories will help strengthen the town’s reputation for these industries and enrich our community with its talented, diverse workforce.”
  • “Arizona’s strategic location, proximity to key regional growth markets and highly-skilled talent pool continue to make our state one of the best places in the nation for today’s corporate leaders and emerging companies to advance their business success,” said Sandra Watson, president and CEO, Arizona Commerce Authority. “We thank LCMS Laboratories for its investment and expansion in Oro Valley, and are excited to see its new state-of-the-art diagnostics testing facility become an integral part of Arizona’s thriving biotechnology ecosystem.”
Brokers for the new lease agreements were Bob Davis of Rein & Grossoehme Commercial Real Estate who represented LCMS Laboratories and Diana Dessy of Anthem Equity Group who represented MATRIXX EQUITIES, L.L.L.P

Dove Mountain gets S. Arizona’s 1st 5-star rating

Forbes Travel Guide today unveiled its annual Star Rating list, naming The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain a new Five Star hotel. The 253-room adventure, spa and golf resort near Tucson, Arizona is the latest addition to the prestigious ratings, which have been considered the gold standard in luxury hospitality since 1958. The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain is the only property in southern Arizona to receive coveted Five Star status for 2015.

“These Stars are a worthy and well-deserved tribute to the ladies and gentlemen of The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain,” said Liam Doyle, general manager for the high Sonoran Desert playground. “Thanks to this caring and highly service-focused team, The Ritz-Carlton is attracting year-round travelers to a remarkable desert destination where a return to life awaits. We are also deeply grateful to our treasured guests and neighbors for their friendship and loyalty, and we extend our warmest thanks to them.”

Properties for this award are evaluated anonymously against up to 800 rigorous and objective standards. “Our Star Ratings recognize the finest hotels, restaurants and spas in the world and serve as the most authoritative guideposts for guests seeking exceptional travel experiences,” said Gerard J. Inzerillo, Chief Executive Officer of Forbes Travel Guide. “We’re proud to be associated with the new additions to our global list.”

With a lush high Sonoran desert setting between Phoenix and Tucson, The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain presents year-round blue skies and an authentic southwestern sense of place where guests can escape, play – and return to the youthful joys of life. Highlights include three swimming pools, a 235-foot water slide and splash pad, 27 holes of adjoining Jack Nicklaus signature golf, daily Sunset Vista Cocktail Hikes, guided rock art tours to discover ancient Hohokam petroglyphs, GPS-guided geocaching, morning Nature Walks, Cactus Discovery tours showcasing the rare and ancient Saguaro, astronomer-guided stargazing, and access to miles of scenic and beautiful hiking, cycling and four-wheel drive trails.

An adventure-filled Ritz Kids Rangers program provides younger guests with myriad delights, including indigenous critter meet-and-greets, desert expeditions and even In-Room Camping. A daily highlight for guests of all ages is the property’s signature Spirit of Adventure Celebration, when guests gather to welcome the evening and take in the haunting refrain of a Native American flutist performing from the surrounding Tortolita Foothills. An Arizona spa vacation is also just steps away, as The Ritz-Carlton Spa, Dove Mountain features spectacular open-air design, a private serenity pool with tanning island, spa cabanas, day beds and a roster of treatments inspired by the healing therapies of centuries-old Native American civilizations. For foodies, award-winning restaurants are complemented by weekend sushi in the lobby, the charming Roadrunner Food Truck which plies the resort grounds with holiday weekend ice cream treats and which also raises charitable funds via local food truck rallies, acclaimed wine and spirits experiences, and the destination’s own Dove Mountain Cuvée wine label. A 42-tree citrus orchard sits directly outside of the resort’s award-winning CORE Kitchen & Wine Bar, encouraging guests to pick their own fresh Arizona citrus for memorable morning libations.

Reservations for The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain may be made at 800-241-3333, via www.ritzcarlton.com/DoveMountain, or through a travel professional. Dining and spa experiences, luxury weddings, shared voluntourism/VolunTeaming™ activities, and the resort’s award-winning meetings and events may be requested at 520-572-3000. The scenic high-desert destination in Marana, Arizona is served by both the Tucson and Phoenix international airports.

Reviving the Construction Industry

Santé will build state-of-the-art facility in Tucson

Santé announced its plans to build a state-of-the-art transitional rehabilitation facility in Tucson. The groundbreaking will take place in June 2015, and the center is scheduled to open in April 2016.
The Santé of Tucson transitional rehabilitation center will be a two-story, 68,000-square-foot building with 87 patient units and 89 beds, with the potential to accommodate an additional 14 beds. The new facility will also include a short-term memory care (dementia) wing, which will be privately secured and include its own private dining and physical rehabilitation gym.
More than 150 jobs will be created by the opening of the center, said Santé CEO Mark Hansen. “We’re very excited to have the opportunity to serve Tucson. This is a new market for us and we look forward to becoming a part of the community in southern Arizona.”
The facility will be in close proximity to Tucson Medical Center, St. Joseph’s Hospital and surrounding medical districts. Additional hospitals to be served will be the University of Arizona Medical Center and Northwest Medical Center.
“The presence of Santé of Tucson will deepen our healthcare assets,” said Joe Snell, president and CEO of Tucson Regional Economic Opportunities. “Successful economic development requires close teamwork and cooperation from all corners of our region and state. The City of Tucson, Pima County and Arizona Commerce Authority contributed greatly to this win.”
The transitional rehabilitation center will be located on Wilmot Road near Grant, just south of Costco, and will be the first Tucson location for Santé.