When I moved to the Valley seven years ago to attend Arizona State University, everything looked much different. There wasn’t a Salt River Fields, a CityScape or even a light rail. In just under a decade, and during one of the best and worst times for commercial real estate, I’ve been privileged to see the Phoenix Metro area rise out of the ground or fill empty spaces.

A lot of this growth wouldn’t be possible without the partnerships and advocacy supported by nonprofit Valley Partnership. You can read all about the organization, a who’s who of the development community, in our annual supplement (pages 57 to 72). If you’re looking for even more people to thank for recent growth, flip to page 36, where we profile the Arizona Association for Economic Development (AAED) Economic Development Distinguished by Excellence (EDDE) award winners.

Perhaps one of Arizona’s largest claims of success is its strides in alternative energy. Summer is nearly here, and the sun is on everyone’s mind. Though, for Arizona’s leaders in solar and geothermal energy that’s always the case. Read about the biggest energy projects in the state and check out the top 10 highest-scoring LEED certified buildings in Arizona over the last 12 months.

Whether the story of The Rockefeller Group’s building a legacy in Arizona catches your eye or an update on healthcare growing into its changing landscape, this issue is full of stories about the changing state of Arizona.


Amanda Ventura, Editor
Associate editor, AZRE