Real-Time Labor Market Estimates during the COVID-19 Outbreak

by Alexander Bick and Adam Blandin

The 2019-2020 coronavirus outbreak has prompted a sharp economic downturn in the U.S. and around the world. Designing and implementing an effective policy response to the crisis is now a major priority for policymakers and researchers. Our work aims to provide data on labor market conditions every other week, with results published the same week, thereby reducing the current … [More]

The Rise of Telework and the Decline of City Centers

by Gad Levanon, Frank Steemers, and Elizabeth Crofoo

When restrictions are eventually lifted, employers and workers must decide how much to continue telework. Until an effective COVID-19 vaccine is available—a state of affairs that is one to two years away—many will fear going to work, and the share of people working primarily from home will remain elevated. Even after full vaccination, with the economy at full capacity, … [More]

Online and Mobile Laundry Service Launches Across Phoenix


With millions of people practicing restrictive stay-at-home measures across Arizona, WashClub, a national app-based laundry service, is launching its services in the Phoenix metropolitan area. With operations already established in New York City, Washington D.C., Atlanta, Chicago, Miami, Dallas, Los Angeles and San Francisco, the owners are excited to bring this convenient … [More]

AAA Arizona Offers Free Roadside Assistance to First Responders and Healthcare Workers


AAA Arizona announced a new initiative offering free AAA Roadside Assistance service to first responders and healthcare workers, to help get these heroes back on the road so they can save lives and keep the community safe. “First responders and healthcare workers are on the front lines of this crisis,” said Tim Condon, President & CEO of AAA Arizona. “Offering free AAA … [More]

Arizonans Opened Their Hearts on Arizona Gives Day Raising $6.1M

Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits

In an incredible show of generosity and selflessness at a time of unthinkable challenges, nearly 39,000 Arizonans donated a record-shattering $6,095,007 to 913 nonprofit organizations participating in the seventh annual Arizona Gives Day 2020 on April 7. The final numbers for this year’s event, organized by the Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits and Arizona Grantmakers Forum and … [More]

Hotel Valley Ho and Mountain Shadows Offer Recipes, Wellness Tips & More

Hotel Valley Ho / Mountain Shadows

Sister properties Hotel Valley Ho in Old Town Scottsdale and Mountain Shadows in Paradise Valley are offering a slice of the boutique hospitality experience you can enjoy at home. Cook Like a Chef Trying to get more creative in the kitchen? Add a dash of Hearth ’61 to your breakfast routine with this recipe for Oven-Baked Multigrain Pancakes with macerated strawberries, … [More]

Beverage Co. Donates more than 1,500 Meals to Support Community Heroes

Breakthru Beverage Group

Breakthru Beverage Group, a leading North American beverage distributor with operations across the United States and Canada including 515 employees and more than 8,200 accounts in Arizona ranging from small mom and pop restaurants to large resorts and entertainment venues, is providing meals to Arizona’s front-line responders battling the COVID-19 outbreak. Beginning this … [More]

Local Auto Repair Cos. Help Other Local Businesses in Need during COVID Crisis

Neighborhood of Automotive Repair Professionals

The Neighborhood of Automotive Repair Professionals (NARPRO) is launching a new community involvement program to help small businesses across the Valley during the COVID-19 crisis. “COVID MAD” stands for a Community of Valiant Individuals Determined to Make a Difference. “As small business owners, we at NARPRO understand the value of community, especially at this time when … [More]

The Viral Spread of Leadership Confusion Is Epic Worldwide Failure

by Peter Kozodoy

Over the past few months, the headlines have been dominated by horrendous counts of sick individuals and — even more sadly — deaths due to COVID-19. But unfortunately, the most threatening atrocity to humanity here isn’t the coronavirus itself; instead, it is the viral spread of confusion that has made a difficult situation into an epic worldwide failure. It doesn’t take … [More]

Why 6 Feet Is Not the ‘Magical Answer’ to Social Distancing

By John Roach, AccuWeather

COVID-19 has led many people to rediscover the joys of walking, jogging and bicycling as so many Americans are encouraged to limit travel and to socially isolate. The pandemic has even caused a surge in bike sales across the United States, according to Reuters. Exercise is good for the body; it’s a way to stay healthy and also a way to relieve stress during these tense times. … [More]