Phoenix Emerging As Mich. Rival For Self-Driving Tests

Via Chandler, Arizona — Limited regulations, mild winters and predictable street grids are turning the Phoenix area into the latest hotspot for testing self-driving cars. On a Tuesday in early June, Intel Corp. was testing Ford Fusion Hybrids on the roads of suburban Chandler. General Motors Co. and its Cruise Automation subsidiary were putting a self-driving Chevrolet Bolt EV through its paces in downtown Scottsdale. A self-driving Volvo XC90

Newmark Secures $151M In Financing For 30-Property Industrial Portfolio In Arizona

Via PHOENIX — Newmark has secured $151 million in financing for a 30-property industrial portfolio in Arizona. The portfolio contains more than 4 million square feet of space occupied by more than 1,000 tenants. The 15-year non-recourse loan features a rate below 4 percent. The portfolio is a mix of light industrial / manufacturing buildings with small to medium bay depths. The properties are located in Phoenix, Tempe, Mesa,

Bright Health Files To Expand Insurance Coverage To Arizona

Via Consumer-driven healthcare company Bright Health announced today that it plans to expand to the Phoenix, Arizona, market in 2018. Bright Health filed with the federal government to begin offering consumers Medicare Advantage plans in Arizona’s Maricopa county during fall 2017 enrollment for the 2018 plan year. Bright Health is collaborating with Arizona Care Network (ACN), a large physician-led health system with more than 5,000 clinicians, to create a

ASU Students Team Up With Barrow To Create Medical Rehab Devices

Via In most classes, a good job results in an “A.” In Panagiotis Polygerinos’ mechatronics device class, a good job results in a patented invention that improves lives. The Arizona State University assistant professor (pictured above) teamed his engineering students with therapists and physicians at Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix to create medical rehab devices. Three of those devices are being patented. “Now we have three provisional patents, we’re

Siemens To Deliver 11 LRVs For Phoenix Valley Metro Rail

Via Siemens has been contracted by urban transport company Phoenix Valley Metro Rail to deliver 11 new S70 light rail vehicles (LRV). The vehicles will be built at the Siemens’ manufacturing plant in Sacramento, California, and are set for deployment in Phoenix, Arizona. The initial contracted order for 11 units is valued at nearly $57.9m, which also includes the option for up to 67 additional LRVs. Siemens Urban Transport CEO Sandra Gott-Karlbauer said: “Phoenix

Phoenix And ASU To Launch Joint Business Incubator Program

Via If you have an idea for a business that focuses on waste diversion and ways to improve ways to use waste as a raw material for energy, there is a new opportunity that you should know about. Phoenix is teaming up with Arizona State University to launch a new business incubator program to encourage the development of what’s called a circular economy. The program will provide resources and

Maricopa Board of Supervisors Adopt Preliminary County Budget

Via Today my colleagues and I unanimously approved the county’s tentative fiscal year 2018 budget. The $2.49 billion budget makes significant investments in future growth while adhering to the county’s commitment to lean, customer-service oriented government. As chairman, my office worked for months with other elected officials and department managers to craft a budget that is both responsible and sustainable. Balancing a budget without raising the tax rate is

Phoenix & Canada: An Underrated North American Business Partnership

Via The longtime demographics of Phoenix have reflected both the fundamental newness and oldness about the place. The Valley of the Sun wasn’t even a significant metro area until the 1950s, when an inward flood of American transplants seeking warmer climates made it into a giant overnight sprawl suburb. Its ingrained aspects, on the other hand, lie in an indigenous culture that was there long before any talk about

April Restaurant Closings: 8 Restaurants Closed Their Doors Around Phoenix

Via PHOENIX – Unfortunately, not all restaurants make it. Though, we wish they all did! Here is a look at the restaurants that closed their doors around the Valley in April. Have a restaurant tip? Send an email to and let me know. Vintage 95 Wine Lounge – the downtown Chandler restaurant closed its doors on April 23. The space will be renovated for a new restaurant and bar called Equal

Arizona Public Service Is Back On The Grid-Scale Battery Scene

Via The utility completed installation of two identical AES batteries to test how this technology really works on the Arizona grid. With two grid-scale batteries newly in place, Arizona Public Service is learning the elements of energy storage operation that you can’t read in a book. The utility is using the pair of 2-megawatt/2-megawatt-hour lithium-ion battery systems from AES to test how the technology performs in the desert climate