Nine Major Corporations and Brands Commit Funding to Help Implement Arizona’s Drought Contingency Plan

Rick McCartney

Business For Water Stewardship (BWS) announced the transfer of over $1.5 million in corporate and philanthropic funding to support Arizona’s efforts to increase water supply reliability through a system conservation project with the Colorado River Indian Tribes (CRIT). The funds were provided by leading corporations and brands including Intel Corp.; Microsoft; Cox; The … [More]

Pair of Arizona Researchers to Receive COVID Funding

Institute for Mental Health Research

In response to COVID-19 and the severe underfunding of mental health research in the U.S., the Institute for Mental Health Research (IMHR) is awarding two grants that will enable immediate and continued research into the pandemic’s effect on mental health. Awardees are Arizona scientists Athena Aktipis, PhD and Michelle “Lani” Shiota, PhD. Money for the awards comes from IMHR’s … [More]

Lincoln Property Co. Earns Back-to-Back NAIOP Arizona Owner/Developer of the Year Honor

Lincoln Property Company

The Desert West region of Lincoln Property Company (LPC) has been named NAIOP Arizona’s Owner/Developer of the Year for the second year in a row. The honor – which was accompanied by three additional awards given to LPC at NAIOP’s annual “Best Of” award event – reflects the strength and diversity of the Desert West regional office. In addition to Owner/Developer of the Year, … [More]

Bob Nielsen Named President of ASRC Industrial’s Mansfield Industrial

ASRC Industrial

ASRC Industrial (AIS), a premier provider of industrial and environmental services throughout the United States, is pleased to announce industry veteran Bob Nielsen as president of its wholly-owned operating company Mansfield Industrial. Mansfield, based in Pensacola, Florida with operations across the Gulf South and through the Mid-Atlantic is a world-class provider of … [More]

Venezia’s Pizzeria Raises $5,000 for United Food Bank

Venezia’s Pizzeria

Venezia’s Pizzeria donated $1 for every pizza sold from Aug. 17-19, 2020 to United Food Bank. The pizzeria reached their goal, raising $5,000, to provide 25,000 meals to local families in need. “We are incredibly grateful for the support we received during the last few months, and we wanted to show our gratitude by giving back to those who need it most right now,” said … [More]

WEBINAR – Sep 10: The Post-COVID Corporation: How Pandemic-Driven Innovation Will Change Everything

Arizona Israel Technology Alliance

Join the AITA for a special webinar discussing how COVID-19 is shaping new tech for air travel, retail, financial services, and supply chain, to illustrate why investing in innovation is critical at times of crisis. Presented by industry experts from the Arizona tech community alongside OurCrowd, Israel’s most active VC. This important webinar will feature high-tech … [More]

SmithGroup Names Michelle Ray Workplace Studio Leader in Phoenix


SmithGroup, one of the nation’s leading integrated design firms, has named principal and mixed-use specialist Michelle Ray, AIA, to serve as Workplace studio leader at its Phoenix office. In her new position, Ms. Ray will continue to work with Phoenix leadership to expand the firm’s workplace and mixed-use expertise and create environments that support the evolving needs of … [More]

Home Office Concept Debuts in Phoenix Area to Meet Needs of Today’s Homebuyers

KB Home

KB Home announced the grand opening of The Traditions at Verrado, a new community of ranch-style homes situated in a premier master-planned community. Homeowners will enjoy the community’s abundant amenities, which include a variety of outdoor recreation options and a vibrant downtown shopping and dining district. The distinguished collection of one-story homes can be … [More]

Gov. Ducey Deploys More Than 150 Arizona National Guard Troops to Support Public Safety in Wisconsin

State of Arizona Office of the Governor

In response to a request from the State of Wisconsin, more than 150 Arizona National Guard Citizen-Soldiers from the 850th Military Police Battalion have been activated and will be sent to support Wisconsin in the wake of recent unrest. The Arizona National Guard has been activated to surge law enforcement capacity in the State of Wisconsin to assist in providing a safe … [More]

Businesses to Reopen in Low COVID-19 Transmission-Level Counties, Cautioned to Comply

Arizona Department of Health Services

As of today, a total of 8 counties, Apache, Cochise, Coconino, La Paz, Maricopa, Navajo, Pima, and Yavapai, are in the moderate transmission level. Most counties that have yet to reach moderate benchmarks for COVID-19 have metrics moving in the right direction. One county, Greenlee, has reached the minimal transmission level. This is a credit to all of the things Arizonans … [More]

Weekly Jobless Claims Again Reach More Than 1 Million, Prolonging Economic Concerns

U.S. Department of Labor

In the week ending August 22, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 1,006,000, a decrease of 98,000 from the previous week's revised level. The previous week's level was revised down by 2,000 from 1,106,000 to 1,104,000. The 4-week moving average was 1,068,000, a decrease of 107,250 from the previous week's revised average. The previous week's average … [More]

GDP Decreased at Annual Rate of 31.7% in Q2, Says Updated Estimate

U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis

Real gross domestic product (GDP) decreased at an annual rate of 31.7 percent in the second quarter of 2020 (table 1), according to the "second" estimate released by the Bureau of Economic Analysis. In the first quarter, real GDP decreased 5.0 percent. The GDP estimate released today is based on more complete source data than were available for the "advance" estimate … [More]

Research Reveals What Workers Want Post-COVID


Most workers believe the COVID-19 crisis marks the end of full-time work in the office and are looking for a hybrid model that blends work and home finds new research from ManpowerGroup (NYSE: MAN).  After health concerns for themselves and their family, workers are most worried about returning to an old way of working and losing the flexibility they have gained. The Future for … [More]

Fed Shifts Policies for Longer Periods of Lower Interest Rates

Federal Reserve Board

Following an extensive review that included numerous public events across the country, the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) on Thursday announced the unanimous approval of updates to its Statement on Longer-Run Goals and Monetary Policy Strategy, which articulates its approach to monetary policy and serves as the foundation for its policy actions. The updates reflect … [More]

Here’s Why Your Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Program Doesn’t Work

By Charlene Wheeless

I’ve worked in Corporate America for more than three decades and, in that time, I have had the pleasure of working for some great companies and great leaders. While every company differs and has its own culture and values, nearly all of them have been the same in one way: They had a diversity program in place and it didn’t work. Some companies had chief diversity officers and … [More]

WEBINAR – Aug 27: Virtual Leadership Series – Federal Political Update

Arizona Chamber of Commerce & Industry

Join us for a Federal Political Update from the U.S. Chamber’s senior political strategist, Scott W. Reed. The U.S. Chamber’s goals in the 2014, 2016, and 2018 federal elections were to elect pro-business candidates with the courage to govern. Mr. Reed created and implemented the blueprint for that strategy. He has the pulse on federal elections and will share key takeaways … [More]