Downtown Grows ‘Up’

by Frank Bejarano

Downtown Phoenix may not be the densest of metros, but a construction boom is making prime land for development scarce. When developers can no longer build out, they go up. More than a dozen mid- and high-rise buildings are slated for the gaps in the Downtown Phoenix skyline over the next few years.  A few mid- and high-rise projects under construction, breaking ground or in … [More]

Construction Hot on Arizona State University Property

by Mike Hunter

Novus Innovation Corridor is a 350-acre, multi-phased development in Tempe that, at completion, will encompass nearly 10 million square feet of urban mixed-use opportunities, including State Farm’s 2.1-million-square-foot Marina Heights regional hub. Strategically integrated with the ASU campus and downtown Tempe on Tempe Town Lake, the Novus Innovation Corridor is a … [More]

Ambitious Redevelopment at Park Central Mall

by Mike Hunter

Peoria-based Plaza Companies and Tucson-based Holualoa Companies are teaming up to redevelop Park Central Mall, transitioning the project to a bustling community hub ideal for playing, working, congregating and celebrating the arts. The first 337,000 square feet of redeveloped office and retail space will be done in January 2019. The recent purchase of an additional 21 acres of … [More]

Upscale Hotel on Roosevelt Row 

by Mike Hunter

The Cambria hotel in Downtown Phoenix – Roosevelt Row Arts District has started construction and is set to open in late 2019. A collaboration between True North Studio, LLC, a Phoenix-based commercial real estate development company located in Phoenix, and Choice Hotels International, Inc., the seven-story, 127-room upscale hotel will feature a rooftop pool with cabanas and … [More]

Rewiring Hiring: The AI, Tech Takeover of HR

by Ron Bonnstetter, Ph.D.

Hiring the right people is one of the most important decisions a business can make. Regardless of industry, most companies require the following attributes of future hires: necessary hard skills, soft skills and experience to fill a given position. Hard skills and experience are, for the most part, quantifiable. Soft skills are more difficult to capture. Research suggests … [More]

Local Motors’ Autonomous Shuttle

by Mike Hunter

Phoenix-based Local Motors — a ground mobility company that, in the decade since its founding in 2007 has debuted the world’s first 3-D-printed car, the world’s first co-created vehicle and the world’s first co-created self-driving, electric vehicle — is now close to deploying a fleet of autonomous shuttles in the Phoenix area as part of a global fleet challenge it launched in … [More]

Businesses Gain when They Motivate Their Workforce to ‘Move It’

by Alex Allion

For decades, we’ve known that increased activity leads to an overall healthier lifestyle. In recent years this mentality has crept into our workday, too. For managers, the struggle becomes how to encourage our workforce to get up and take fitness breaks when our ultimate focus should be on productivity and meeting business objectives between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 … [More]

Crossroads Launches Franchise Program to Expand Substance Abuse Treatment 

by Mike Hunter

Every day, the Crossroads admissions office in Phoenix is overflowing with people who are often camping out overnight on the front lawn to get a place in line to be admitted for substance abuse. Founded in 1960 in Phoenix, Crossroads has grown to be one of the largest residential and outpatient substance abuse treatment programs in the United States, serving more than 2,500 … [More]

BCBSAZ Program Produces Cost Savings, Improved Health 

by Mike Hunter

Change Healthcare and ACO Partner™ recently announced results for the first complete plan year of its novel shared savings program with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona. Participating providers reported a 26.3-percent lower 30-day readmission rate and 28.1-percent lower all-cause readmission rate than their non-participant cohort. They also reported 20 percent fewer admissions … [More]

2019 Genesis G70

by Mike Hunter

The sound of its inspiring exhaust note hints at the Genesis G70’s impressive performance credentials. The available 3.3-liter, 365-horsepower twin turbo paired with launch control pushes the G70 to a quick, confident jump off the line. The “high-end” nature puts this G70 in a class with Lexus, BMW and Mercedes C Class. The sophisticated all-wheel drive system works in sync … [More]

Travel-Healthy Tips

by Saeju Jeong

Over the last five weeks, I’ve spent time in Asia, Europe and the U.S. Traveling the world for work might seem glamorous to outsiders, but it takes a toll on one’s body. Most people don’t realize business travelers are statistically at a higher rate for obesity. It’s easy to put on weight when continually eating airport food, with little access to gyms. For many years, I was … [More]

The Sicilian Butcher: Build-Your-Own Meatballs and More

by RaeAnne Marsh

Think: elegant casual. Black-and-white checkered cloth tablecloths on the center rows of tables make lively the simple décor that’s otherwise set off by a rear wall of weathered brick. A smartly designed divider “wall” separates the large dining room into two cozier halves while keeping a sense of spaciousness. On prominent display just inside the front door is a prized claim … [More]

Our Menu Has Changed

by RaeAnne Marsh

This phrase may be annoying in a recorded phone message, but it’s exciting when applied to our local restaurants. Here are two that favor their diners with new flavors. Giordano’s Special for this final quarter of the year, and offered only at this national chain’s Arizona and Nevada restaurants, is the Street Taco Pizza, built on a light, crispy, extra- thin hand-crafted … [More]

Phoenix Attracts National-Network Co-Working Company 

by RaeAnne Marsh

Serendipity Labs Coworking will open the first of nine planned Phoenix locations next month. Flexible space is currently less than 5 percent of the office inventory but predicted, according to commercial real estate firm JLL, to rise to 30 percent by 2030, and Serendipity Labs is meeting that demand through company-owned managed and franchised locations across the United … [More]

Managing Increased Holiday Time-Off Requests 

by Mike Baize

Often referred to as the most wonderful time of the year, the holiday season can bring an abundance of social gatherings, gift exchanges and trips to visit family and friends. However, without proper planning, the holidays can easily become unproductive for businesses, with sparse offices or distracted employees.  To help avoid a loss in productivity while managing an … [More]

EO Arizona Celebrates 25 Years of Entrepreneurial Impact on the Valley

by Melissa DiGianfilippo

This year, Entrepreneurs’ Organization, the world’s leading peer-to-peer network of successful business owners, celebrates 25 years in the Valley. Since the Arizona chapter launched in 1993, EO Arizona has grown to be one of the largest chapters in the world, with 160 members. EO is made up of entrepreneurs who are founders/co-founders or majority shareholders of a business … [More]

Reimbursement Admin Automated

by Mike Hunter

Espresa, a pioneer in empowering companies to provide world-class programs that employees love and associate with the best places to work, has added a new reimbursement allowances feature to its employee programs automation platform. The new feature allows HR and benefits teams to more effectively manage reimbursement allowances, driving engagement across campuses and … [More]

Marketing Automation Built for SMBs

by Mike Hunter

Now available from Scottsdale-based Swiftpage, the provider of Act! CRM software — a leading cloud-enabled platform aimed at helping small and mid-sized businesses grow — is the next generation of Act!, marrying proven CRM with powerful marketing automation. Purpose-built for SMBs, the new Act! includes rich customer management, dynamic sales pipeline management, powerful … [More]

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