Building & Development: Reinvigorating Our Cities

by Kristian Seemeyer

During the boom, cities went wild and planned as if the growth stage would never end. One result was an overbuilding of retail on virtually every corner. This was fine when homes were occupied, but when the Valley went bust, retail space became a different story. This was a huge mistake, according to Barry Broome, president and CEO of the Greater Phoenix Economic Council, … [More]

Jane L. Morris, A.A.E., Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport Authority

from Jane L. Morris, A.A.E.

Phoenix is one of the largest metropolitan areas in the country, and it is coming back strong after taking a bad hit in the wake of the housing collapse five years ago. The Valley is diversifying its economy and creating multiple centers as economic engines. At Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport Authority, we’re working strategically to keep this “economic engine” running strong … [More]

Collaboration Challenge: ‘Playing Nice’ Can Be the Enemy

by John Canfield

Collaboration is the buzzword of today. Right along with creativity and innovation, everybody’s talking and writing about it, but what does it really mean for business? While it may be a great concept, the real challenge — and the enormous business opportunity — is to learn to collaborate in a way that makes a positive difference to the business. An organization may attempt to … [More]

Architecture: Building Our Business Environment

By Alison Stanton

An old motorcycle dealership that is now a vibrant coffee and wine bar. An old abandoned produce warehouse transformed into a stylish and modern office building. A multi-story, multi-use contemporary building complex in the heart of a thriving waterfront location. These are just a few of the many architectural projects that not only provide places for people to work, eat, shop … [More]

Action in the Valley’s Commercial Real Estate Market

by RaeAnne Marsh

In the office market, Metro Phoenix led the nation with a 3.9-percent increase in asking rents from the end of 2013 to the end of the first quarter of 2014. This has occurred while vacancy rates have remained flat, says Craig Henig, senior managing director of the CBRE Phoenix office. The reason? “Large blocks of space are in short supply,” he says. There is both speculative … [More]

Cassidy Turley

by Cassidy Turley

Cassidy Turley is a leading commercial real estate services provider with more than 4,000 professionals in more than 60 offices nationwide. With headquarters in Washington, D.C., the company represents a wide range of clients — from small businesses to Fortune 500 companies, from local nonprofits to major institutions. The firm completed transactions valued at $25.8 billion in … [More]

Cushman & Wakefield

by Cushman & Wakefield

The Cushman & Wakefield of Arizona office has been serving clients since 1987 and has become a highly respected commercial real estate advisor. The Phoenix office supports a full range of commercial real estate services, including brokerage (office, industrial, retail, multifamily, medical office, tenant representation and investment brokerage), corporate occupier and … [More]

NAI Horizon

by NAI Horizon

As members of the largest world-wide network of owner-operated, local market-leading commercial real estate brokers, NAI Horizon is a respected local-market role model, passionate about the commercial real estate business. NAI Horizon has provided a full range of Commercial Real Estate services for more than 23 years, including brokerage, property management and appraisal … [More]

PPACA Impacts Healthcare Provider Businesses

by RaeAnne Marsh

The uncertainty about healthcare that abounds among employers generally is also an issue among healthcare providers. “We seem to be at a watershed moment for where the future of healthcare-delivery financing is going,” says Greg Vigdor, president and CEO of the Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association, referring to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act as well as … [More]

Drugs and Work Safety Liability

by RaeAnne Marsh

Drug and alcohol abuse costs business multiple billions of dollars in workers’ comp accidents, increased healthcare costs and productivity, including theft to fund the habit. Says Julie Pace, partner at The Cavanagh Law Firm, “There are all kinds of reasons why employers should care about having a good drug and alcohol policy, making sure they test on it, [because of] its … [More]