COVID-19 Information, Testing, Resources, and City Impacts

City of Phoenix

​We're in this together! Looking for help? Find information related to the COVID-19 pandemic on this page. Residents with questions about city services and programs are encouraged to call (602) 262-3111 or e-mail​. ​​​​​​​​Phoenix small businesses needing help can call the Phoenix Community and Economic Development hotline at (602) 262-5040. Phoenix … [More]

Southwest Airlines Launches First International Service from Phoenix

Travelers at America's Friendliest Airport® now have new flight options to Mexico as Southwest Airlines launched its nonstop, inaugural service from Phoenix to Cabo San Lucas and Puerto Vallarta today, making Phoenix Southwest's newest international gateway. “Southwest Airlines is an important community partner," said Chair of the Transportation, Infrastructure and … [More]

Survey: 9 in 10 Voters Support Congress Passing Another COVID Relief Bill to Help Distressed Businesses

American Hotel & Lodging Association

Americans are concerned about the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on all aspects of the economy, and 90 percent support Congress passing another economic stimulus bill to help distressed small businesses and employees, according to a new survey of registered voters conducted by Morning Consult and commissioned by the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA). A … [More]

Retail Giant’s Foundation Donates to Arizona Coronavirus Relief Fund

The IKEA US Community Foundation has donated $1,147,083 to the AZ Coronavirus Relief Fund, supporting Arizona families, medical professionals and those in need. The amount was chosen by the foundation purposely to align with the amount IKEA employees in Arizona collected in unemployment insurance benefits when the company closed stores and furloughed employees during the … [More]

Maricopa Community Colleges Foundation Receives Helios Education Foundation Grant Resulting in $1.2M Scholarship Funds

The Helios Education Foundation has awarded a grant to the Maricopa Community Colleges Foundation (MCCCF) to fulfill a dollar-for-dollar US Department of Education (DOE) Title V Endowment Match Challenge, resulting in $1.2 million in newly endowed scholarships funds. The effort began with three Maricopa Community Colleges – Estrella Mountain Community College (EMCC), … [More]

WEBINAR – Oct 15: Cutting Through the Fog: Insight from Commercial Real Estate Industry Leaders

Marcus & Millichap

Join us as this panel of industry trade leaders gather for the first time in a live webcast to cut through the headlines and reveal the effects of the health crisis on the commercial real estate industry. Doug Bibby, President, NMHC Tom Bisacquino, President & CEO, NAIOP Wendy Mann, CEO, CREW Network Tom McGee, President & CEO, ICSC Hessam Nadji, … [More]

BBB Pacific Southwest Awards Small Businesses With Much-Needed Grants

BBB Serving the Pacific Southwest

Vulnerable small businesses, working families, women-owned businesses and communities of color continue to be severely impacted by COVID-19. In April, the Main St. Matters Grant Program was launched by Better Business Bureau Serving the Pacific Southwest (BBB) to support local businesses experiencing financial hardship. The program awarded 24 additional grants in September, … [More]

Honeywell Secures Repair and Overhaul Contract for U.S. Army Chinook Fleet


Honeywell has won a five-year IDIQ (Indefinite Delivery, Indefinite Quantity) contract for the repair and overhaul of its T55-GA-714A engines that operate on the U.S. Army's CH-47 Chinook helicopters. This contract award will ensure that the U.S. Army's Chinook fleet has spare engines to sustain its future missions and overall readiness. The engines will be serviced at … [More]

Vacation Areas Are Trending amid Pandemic, Show Low Makes List


Page views of for-sale listings are up nearly 50% from a year ago in metro areas typically considered vacation destinations, defined as metros with at least 65,000 people and five times more vacation homes than the U.S. as a whole. That's compared to a 37% increase in page views nationally.  Vacation metros seeing an uptick in demand include places like the Jersey Shore area, … [More]

Small Business Optimism Improves in September, Uncertainty Index Remains High


The NFIB Optimism Index rose 3.8 points to 104.0 in September, a historically high reading. Nine of the 10 Index components improved and one declined. The NFIB Uncertainty Index increased 2 points to 92, up from 75 in April. “As parts of the country continue to open, small businesses are seeing some improvements in foot traffic and sales,” said NFIB Chief Economist Bill … [More]

City of Surprise Gets First New Hospital

Abrazo Health

Abrazo Surprise Hospital, the first hospital in the city of Surprise, will open at 7 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 12. The hospital at the southwest corner of Loop 303 and West Bell Road is smaller than a typical general hospital, but still includes surgical services, a full emergency department, private inpatient rooms, ultrasound, x-ray and CT scan, laboratory, pharmacy and other … [More]

Sundt’s Chad Buck to Lead Arizona Building Efforts

Sundt Construction, Inc.

Chad Buck has been selected to lead the Southwest District for Sundt Construction’s Building Group. As Senior Vice President and Southwest District Manager, Buck will provide direction to the district’s leadership team and is responsible for the district’s overall performance, including acquiring and executing work. The Southwest District constructs buildings for public and … [More]

Consumer Price Index Up Just 0.2% in September

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

The Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) increased 0.2 percent in September on a seasonally adjusted basis after rising 0.4 percent in August, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Over the last 12 months, the all items index increased 1.4 percent before seasonal adjustment. The index for used cars and trucks continued to rise sharply … [More]

Is Increased Market Concentration Hurting Workers? No, Says New Report

Information Technology and Innovation Foundation

Pundits, scholars, and activists say the cause of the reduced share of U.S. national income going to workers over the past two decades is increased market concentration. But a new report released today by the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF), the leading think tank for science and technology policy, shows that this analysis is largely flawed and … [More]

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