14 Greater Maricopa Foreign Trade Zone sites


Foreign Trade Zones are useful tools for companies to save money. It’s an area that, for U.S. Customs purposes, is considered to be international commerce. Any foreign or domestic material can be moved into an FTZ without being subject to U.S. Customs duties. An FTZ is operated as a public venture sponsored by a municipality… Read More →

WESTMARC seeks nominations for Best of the West Awards

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WESTMARC is seeking nominations for its 24th Annual Best of the West Awards Dinner scheduled for Thursday, November 10th, at the University of Phoenix Stadium. WESTMARC is accepting nominations in three categories: Economic Engine, Quality of Life Enhancement, and Excellence in Innovation. The deadline for nominations is 10 pm on Friday, September 2nd. Nominations can be… Read More →

Az Business honors Most Influential Women in Arizona Business


A crowd of nearly 500 packed Desert Botanical Garden Thursday to honor Az Business magazine’s Most Influential Women in Arizona Business for 2016. “All the women we are honoring tonight have procured influence in their respective fields through hard-earned track records of profitability, leadership and innovation,” said AZ Big Media Publisher Cheryl Green. “These women are… Read More →

WESTMARC’s Sintra Hoffman champions West Valley

Sintra Hoffman, WESTMARC's president and CEO, came to WESTMARC from ADOT, where she had been a policy advisor to the director and leadership team and an assistant director on public affairs and local government outreach. (Photo by Anita Richey, AZ Big Media)

When WESTMARC’s board of directors was looking for a new president and CEO to lead the economic development organization, Chairman Bill Sheldon said they were looking for a West Valley brand. In Sintra Hoffman, Sheldon said WESTMARC got a West Valley brand with statewide connections. Before taking the leadership role at WESTMARC earlier this year,… Read More →

Nearly 20 KSF of office leases signed at Westgate

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by in AZRE Magazine | Office

This week, Westgate Entertainment District signed leases for close to 20,000 square feet of office space to three businesses that will open at the Glendale mixed-use center by the end of the year.  Harvard Drug Group, a pharmaceutical sales, manufacturing and distribution company, originally opened at Westgate in 2013 with a 4,937 square-foot office to accommodate… Read More →

Sintra Hoffman: Most Influential Women in Arizona

Sintra Hoffman

Sintra Hoffman, president and CEO, WESTMARC Hoffman’s professional background includes more than 19 years experience in local, state and federal government. Hoffman led ADOT’s Office of Public Affairs, which focused on building and sustaining relationships with leaders in Arizona’s cities, towns, counties and business community. Advice: “Don’t take things too personal and learn to laugh at yourself.… Read More →

Is the FTZ the Valley’s most enticing recruitment tool?


Arizona has definitely gone global. “We want to extend our hand so that Arizona is an inviting place for foreign direct investment and for companies that are looking to relocate,” says Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey. But Arizona hasn’t always been as attractive to global companies. “At one time, we had some issues in the West Valley… Read More →

Jon Howard appointed to Valley Leadership board

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Quarles & Brady LLP attorney Jon Howard has been appointed to the board of directors of Valley Leadership, the Valley’s premier leadership organization. A member of Valley Leadership Class 36, Howard practices in the firm’s Business Law Practice Group and focuses in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, securities, and general corporate law. Valley Leadership’s roots date back to the… Read More →

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 →

Jon Howard named to WESTMARC committee

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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 →

WESTMARC hires president and CEO

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WESTMARC, the Western Maricopa Coalition, announced that Sintra Hoffman will be joining the organization as president and CEO, succeeding Richard Hubbard. Hoffman comes to WESTMARC from ADOT where she has been a policy advisor to the director and leadership team and an assistant director on public affairs and local government outreach.  She has also served as deputy city… Read More →

WESTMARC honors winners of Best of the West Awards


WESTMARC, the Western Maricopa Coalition, honored West Valley individuals, businesses, and projects at the 23rd Annual Best of the West Awards held on November 5. Nearly 500 business and community leaders and elected officials from throughout the valley gathered in a celebration of the Best of the West. Dr. Marwan Sabbagh was presented with the West Valley Inspiration… Read More →

WESTMARC seeks Best of the West nominees

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WESTMARC is seeking nominees for its 23rd Annual Best of the West Awards, celebrating the best of Western Maricopa County, in partnership with Cox Communications, and with support from Gila River Indian Community, Republic Media, APS, CopperPoint Mutual Insurance, Arizona Cardinals, and Sub-Zero. The purpose of the Best of the West Awards program is to recognize… Read More →

Justin Kelton of McCarthy joins American Heart Association

Arizona Heart Walk - AZ Business Magazine January/February 2012
by in AZRE Magazine | Newsmakers

Justin Kelton, executive vice president of McCarthy Building Companies Inc., was recently named to the Greater Phoenix board of directors for the American Heart Association, a nonprofit organization dedicated to building healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke. McCarthy Building Companies has a long-standing relationship with the American Heart Association on a national level and… Read More →