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Phoenix Day Trips

Phoenix is full of fun destinations for a short day trip.
by in Around Arizona | Lists | Travel

Want to get away, but don’t have the time to plan a vacation? Then a short, fun day trip is the perfect option. Check out this list of Phoenix attractions to plan a great day trip. Boyce Thompson Arboretum 37615 U.S. Hwy. 60, Superior 520-689-2811 Arizona’s oldest and largest botanical garden, the arboretum is a… Read More →

Green News Roundup – Green Weddings, Alternative Fuels & More

Green News Roundup- Green Wedding, Alternative Fuels
by in Blogs | Green | Small Biz | Tech

Welcome to our weekly green news roundup. This week we’ve gathered stories about green weddings, alternative fuels, green burials and local sustainability-related events taking place throughout the Valley. Happy 4th of July! Please feel free to send along any interesting stories you’d like to see featured in the roundup by e-mailing me at kasia@azbigmedia.com. Also visit AZ Green… Read More →

A Threat By The Cubs To Leave Arizona Has Cactus League Sites Scrambling

It appears the Chicago Cubs’ spring training facility will remain in Mesa - AZ Business Magazine Jul/Aug 2010

Update: It appears the Chicago Cubs’ spring training facility will remain in Mesa. Team officials recently notified a group from Naples, Fla., attempting to lure the Cubs to the Grapefruit League that they plan to continue to negotiate exclusively with the city of Mesa. Mesa, meanwhile, reportedly is looking at four sites for the new… Read More →

The Greater Maricopa Foreign Trade Zone Opens Up Business Possibilities In The West Valley

Greater Maricopa Foreign Trade Zone - AZ Business Magazine Jul/Aug 2010

At a time when the West Valley could use an economic boost, officials have put the finishing touches on the proposed Greater Maricopa Foreign Trade Zone. Under the administration of WESTMARC, an acronym for Western Maricopa Coalition, this new Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ) is seen as a welcome economic development tool that will spawn jobs… Read More →

GPEC Profile: Candace Wiest, President And CEO Of West Valley National Bank

Candace Wiest President and CEO, West Valley National Bank Even before West Valley National Bank opened its doors on Dec. 23, 2006, a decision was made to join the Greater Phoenix Economic Council. Becoming an active member of GPEC made good business sense. “What I like about GPEC is its economic development focus,” says Candace… Read More →

Executives From West Valley Hospitals Assess The Impact Of The Current Economy

AH Endovascular OR Suite

The need for health care services continues to grow across the state, including the West Valley. And under the current recession, hospitals are being asked to do more with less. Jon Bartlett, CEO of Arrowhead Hospital, says the health care industry is not immune to the impact of the bad economy, but he remains optimistic… Read More →

WESTMARC Unveils The Results Of A Work Force Labor Market Study

West Valley Industry Turnover

What started as an initiative from the city of Surprise Economic Development Department quickly turned into an unprecedented work force study on the entire West Valley spearheaded by WESTMARC. The study came about through a collaboration of communities, corporations, government entities and educational institutions that contributed more than $150,000 to fund the report. “West Valley… Read More →

Q & A With John C. Lincoln North Mountain Hospital’s New CEO Bruce Pearson


Bruce Pearson took over the CEO role at John C. Lincoln North Mountain Hospital in Phoenix in April. AB met with him to find out more about his goals for the hospital, as well as his insight on various issues the health care industry is facing. What is your background in the health care industry?… Read More →

John F. Long Didn’t Just Build Houses In The West Valley, He Also Built A Community


About the only person who would disagree about calling the late John F. Long the father of the West Valley would be John F. Long. For more than 60 years, the man described by friends and colleagues as quiet and unassuming, held the vision that transformed the West Valley from fields to thousands of homes… Read More →

West-MEC Provides Career And Tech Training To West Valley Teens

West-MEC provides career and tech training

Keeping with its goal of enhancing the education system in the West Valley, WESTMARC is a major proponent of West-MEC — the Western Maricopa Education Center District. West-MEC is a public school district that provides Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs to more than 21,000 high school students in the West Valley. West-MEC was formed… Read More →

Schools Feel The Pinch When It Comes To Growth In West Valley

AZ schools

Growing Pains Schools feel the pinch when it comes to growth in the West Valley By Lori K. Baker It’s back-to-school time. Will the children in the West Valley’s new residential developments have a neighborhood school to attend? At first, that question might strike you as odd. After all, many consider school the cornerstone of… Read More →

West Valley Looks To Improve Transportation Efforts


Finding Solutions to Gridlock West Valley looks to improve transportation efforts By Debra Gelbart Transportation issues affect the entire Valley of the Sun, of course, but they are particularly weighty in the West Valley, where lack of sufficient freeway miles and the dearth of motorist-friendly roadways are taking a toll on commerce, economic development, tempers… Read More →