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How will Luke Air Force Base shape the Valley?

An F-35 Lightning II assigned to the 61st Fighter Squadron at Luke Air Force Base takes off, July 29, 2015. Since 2010, the F-35 has flown more than 30,000 hours. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Staci Miller)

Luke Air Force Base sits on thousands of acres in the West Valley. It brings more than $2 billion in economic impact to Arizona every year. And it’s a point of pride among the U.S. military as well as a respected fighter pilot training base for our allies around the world. It is what has… Read More →

Luke Air Force Base helps West Valley soar

F-35A Lightning II

At any given time, a Glendale or Goodyear resident may be able to look out their window and see fighter jets fly over their yard. Now, the West Valley is opening that window to the world. “(Luke) is a window to the world,” says Joe LaRue, executive vice president of Sun Health. “Every year, hundreds… Read More →

Meet the general as Luke AFB turns 75

Brig. Gen. Scott Pleus, 56th Fighter Wing commander, puts on hus helmet during his first F-35 sortie flight at Luke Air Force Base on March 18, 2015. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Devante Williams)

Brig. Gen. Scott L. Pleus looks like he could win a marathon or a UFC championship on a whim and on the same day. “There’s a reason fighter pilots all look the same,” Pleus says. “We are all about the same height. We are all about the same size. It’s because each of us are… Read More →

Timeline: Luke Air Force Base through its 75 years

Securing the F-35 mission for Luke Air Force Base is a high priority not only for the West Valley, but for the state of Arizona as well. The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter is the next generation of U.S. Air Force aircraft.

Located west of Phoenix, Luke Air Force Base is celebrating its 75th anniversary and is home to the 56th Fighter Wing, the largest fighter wing in the world and the Air Force’s only active-duty F-16 training wing. As part of Air Education and Training Command, and home to 23 squadrons with both F-35A Lightning II… Read More →

CRE industry helps West Valley rise

Loop 303 I-10 Interchange

Communities where folks live, work and play has been the foundation from which the West Valley has grown, but many West Valley residents have been left out of the fun as they spend a large amount of time commuting to the East Valley for work. WESTMARC and its new CEO Sintra Hoffman hope to change… Read More →

Jon Howard named to WESTMARC committee

Arizona Sunset - Future of West Valley

Quarles & Brady Attorney Jon Howard was appointed to the executive committee to WESTMARC, the Western Maricopa Coalition — a public-private partnership of the 15 communities, the business community, and the educational sector in the West Valley of Greater Phoenix. Howard practices in the firm’s Business Law Practice Group and focuses in the areas of mergers and… Read More →

Dircks Moving & Logistics opens 170K SF facility

Dircks Moving & Logistics
by in AZRE Magazine | Industrial

Dircks Moving & Logistics expanded its logistics footprint in the West Valley as its logistics arm moves into a 170,000 square-foot institutional quality distribution. The new center is set to meet the growing needs of the logistics firm’s growing needs of its clients and customers. The lease arrangement, signed in December, called for 108,000-square feet with entitlements of… Read More →

WESTMARC turns West Valley into healthcare hotbed

Dr. Miles Howard utilizes da Vinci Robotic Surgery technology at Abrazo Arrowhead Hospital.

There was a time when many West Valley residents had to travel to downtown Phoenix or the East Valley for specialized healthcare services and treatments. Times have dramatically changed. “Whether it’s specialized pediatric care, trauma care, cutting-edge heart care, or state-of-the-art cancer care, you can find some of the leading providers of those services in… Read More →

FirstBank increases Arizona deposits by more than 32%

Arizona Green Jobs Increase

FirstBank Holding Company, with 16 banking locations throughout Arizona, has announced its 2015 second quarter financial results for its Phoenix, East and West Valley markets. As of June 30, the FirstBank branches in Arizona increased deposits by 32.8 percent from $228.4 million in 2014 to $303.4 million in 2015. The bank also saw significant growth… Read More →

West Valley preps for commercial development

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Zone your acres, West Valley. The cranes are coming. About one year ago, appliance manufacturer Sub Zero bought an 11.5-acre land parcel at Palm Valley 303 (PV 303)​, the master-planned business park which sits at the confluence of Interstate 10 and Loop 303 in Goodyear, Ariz., from Sunbelt Holdings. It was the second tenant to… Read More →

Shea breaks ground on Shea3D community in Estrella

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Shea Homes Arizona will break ground in mid-September, on its fifth Shea3D community in the West Valley, anticipated to open this December. Inspire at Estrella will be the sixth Shea Homes community opening this year. Located in Goodyear, Estrella is a 20,000 acre resort-style, master-planned community set against the Sierra Estrella Mountains. Although it’s a… Read More →

Six new tenants coming to Westgate Entertainment District

Future location of As You Wish at Westgate Entertainment District.

Six new businesses will call Westgate Entertainment District home when they open at the booming Glendale center over the next several weeks including As You Wish, Fresh Healthy Café, OPA Life Greek Café, Crave Gourmet Waffle Sandwiches, Proliant and American Basketball Association. These new additions to Westgate’s tenant mix brings the total number of new… Read More →

Industrial Evolution: West Valley poised for land grab

Dick's Sporting Goods distribution warehouse, Goodyear

Dick’s Sporting Goods built a 720KSF distribution center in Goodyear to service its West Coast stores. A California-based investor erected a 400KSF spec shell in Surprise’s Southwest Railplex business park. Corporate giants, Macy’s, Amazon, Sub-Zero, Marshall’s/TJ Maxx, Southwest Products and WinCo have landed or expanded their vast West Valley industrial operations within the last two… Read More →

Headed for a boom, the West Valley is ready to go

The Loop 303 interchange is under construction. Photo courtesy of ADOT.

Clumps of curved freeway fragments balancing on massive pillars of concrete resemble a giant modern art sculpture greeting Interstate 10 travelers through the far West Valley of the Phoenix Metro. Later this year, those “art” segments will gel into a multi-level interchange linking the I-10 and the Loop 303, and launch the area’s burgeoning commercial… Read More →