Federal Mask Mandate No Longer in Effect for Public Transit Riders


​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ The TSA (Transportation Security Administration) has lifted their federal mask mandate. Masks are optional and no longer required for riders or employees of the Valley Metro system. The CDC continues to recommend masks in indoor public transportation settings. Phoenix Public Transit Centers … [More]

New ASU Research Building Named in Honor of Sustainability Donors


Rob and Melani Walton have made a long-term commitment to organizations focused on sustainability solutions to improve the planet for generations to come. At Arizona State University, they have made multiple investments in support of developing and deploying sustainable solutions for energy, water, environment, climate, urbanization and social transformation … [More]

Queen Creek Is New Home for High-Tech Battery Facility


Queen Creek is set to be home to a battery manufacturing facility. A global battery producer for next-generation technologies, LG Energy Solution (LGES) announced last month it is initially investing $1.4 billion to build its first ever cylindrical-type battery facility in North America. The amount of investment could grow further. The company expects that the new facility … [More]

Arizona’s Instituto Appoints Former Fellow Shelley Jackson as Its First Executive Director 


Instituto, the progressive BIPOC-led, Arizona accelerator and incubator, announced Shelley Jackson as its new executive director. Jackson will lead the organization in fulfilling its mission of equipping low-income and communities of color with the finances, tools, and support they need to build political infrastructure and power. “We must empower and uplift low-income … [More]

New Luxury Build-for-Rent Community Opens in Peoria


The Empire Group of Companies, a leader in build-for-rent,  mixed-use and high-rise developments is now leasing single-family homes in its Peoria community, Village at Pioneer Park. Village at Pioneer Park is located at the southwest corner of 83rd and West Olive Avenues and it includes 322 homes, plus community amenities. Village at Pioneer Park is a gated neighborhood of … [More]

ASU and Wells Fargo Want to Make Sustainability ‘Everyday’ and Actionable


Sustainable Earth, a collaboration between Arizona State University (ASU) and Wells Fargo, aims to make expert-level sustainability news, research, and education relatable and accessible to consumers, small businesses and educators, with the goal of providing ways for them to take direct action toward creating a more sustainable future. With content produced by ASU … [More]

Phoenix Industrial Market Continues Setting Records


Greater Phoenix posted its strongest industrial market conditions during first quarter 2022.  Vacancy fell to a historic low level of 4.0 percent during the first three months, as the market delivered 5.6 million square feet of new projects.  Net absorption continues at a robust pace, posting 7.8 million square feet last quarter.  Investors also remained active in the market, … [More]

The Arizona Association of REALTORS® Names New CEO


The Arizona Association of REALTORS®, the largest trade association in Arizona representing more than 57,000 Arizona REALTORS®, has promoted Scott M. Drucker Esq. to its chief executive officer. Previously serving as general counsel and assistant CEO since 2013, Drucker succeeds K. Michelle Lind, Esq. who is remaining with the organization as Of Counsel. As chief … [More]

Hotels Projected to End 2022 Down $20B in Business Travel Revenue, Says Report


According to a new report released today by the American Hotel & Lodging Association and Kalibri Labs, U.S. hotel business travel revenue is projected to be 23% below pre-pandemic levels in 2022, ending the year down more than $20 billion compared to 2019. This comes after hotels lost an estimated $108 billion in business travel revenue during 2020 and 2021 … [More]

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