Awards & People

Via Two trade publications have given Arizona top recognition for business competitiveness and economic development, and Havasu could continue to share in the state’s growth. “Site Selection” magazine awarded Arizona its top ranking among mountain states for competitiveness among Arizona businesses, while “Area Development” magazine awarded Arizona with its 2017 Gold Shovel Award, recognizing Arizona as the top state in economic development in the category of states with populations

Arizona Seed Industry Celebrates 25th Anniversary

Via In the early 1990s, Arizona crop seed industry leaders gathered in the Grand Canyon State to tackle a front-burner issue as some commercial farm seed sales were charged a State of Arizona state sales tax while others were not. Seed leaders hired a lobbyist and worked in unison with state lawmakers to generate legislation to eliminate state sales taxes on farm seeds. This issue and its solution led

15 Healthcare Innovations That Are Impacting Arizona

Via The health of Arizona remains a concern. Arizona residents’ health is below average. The state ranks as the 29th healthiest in the nation, according to United Health Foundation’s 2016 America’s Health Rankings Annual Report. The good news is that the No. 29 ranking was an improvement over the previous year, when Arizona ranked 30th. But the state remains in the bottom half. Healthcare remains a concern for the

Medical Marijuana Cardholders Grow New Businesses

Via Marijuana businesses are growing in Arizona. The medical marijuana industry has seen growth each year since voters approved the legalization of medical marijuana six years ago. Ninety medical marijuana dispensaries were open in Arizona in 2015, compared to three years ago when only three dispensaries were open, according to data from the Arizona Department of Health Services. The number of cardholder applications, including for qualifying patients, designated caregivers

6 Arizona Young Women Are Taking On The STEM Gender Gap

Via Think of the last time you went to get your car’s engine looked at or needed help recovering files on a computer. Who helped you? Odds are, it wasn’t a woman. Historically, men have dominated science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM, fields. That can be problematic; the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics says STEM occupations grew at twice the rate of other jobs from 2009 to 2015 and tend to pay more than the

Energy Innovations Open Opportunities For Arizona's Energy Sector

Via Many of the innovations happening in the energy sector involve solving intermittency issues brought to the table by renewable energy darlings like photovoltaic solar and wind generation. With photovoltaic solar providing the bulk of its energy during off peak hours and wind turbines unable to generate anything on a windless day, the energy sector has its work cut out for it to improve the reliability of a new

Copper State Communications Celebrates 35 Years as a Leader in Arizona Technology Industry

Via Copper State Communications, the only technology services provider to offer a full suite of solutions to Arizona’s SMBs and enterprises, celebrates its 35th year doing business on May 16, 2017. The company’s decades of serving businesses both big and small around the state — supplying phone systems, cabling, voice, data, cloud, and managed services — have bolstered its commitment to its customers and to leading Arizona’s tech scene.

Able Aerospace Services Recognized As Top Exporter

Via What do aerospace, peanut butter and elite athletic conditioning have in common? They are thriving businesses in our region that are exporting products and services all over the world. The Sun Corridor Export Recognition Program is celebrating the exporting successes of 17 businesses in Maricopa, Pima and Pinal Counties, and honoring four of them with onsite visits by local mayors, who will present a certificate acknowledging these achievements.

Az Business Magazine Names 2017 Healthcare Leadership Awards Finalists

Via Az Business magazine’s Healthcare Leadership Awards is this Thursday, May 4. The 10th annual Health Care Leadership Awards honors the women, men and institutions that bring excellence and innovation to Arizona’s healthcare sector. Not only are these healthcare leaders improving lives of Arizonans, they are having a global impact on treatment and care. The awards ceremony will be held at Chateau Luxe at 1175 E. Lone Cactus Dr., on Thursday, May 4

Ajo Voted "Best Town In The Southwest"

Via And the best small town in all the Southwest, a region spanning California to west Texas, is … Ajo. Ajo? That’s right, and this is no “La La Land” whoops moment. Ajo, a quiet, isolated community in southwestern Arizona, bested some tourism heavyweights to finish atop USA Today’s 10Best Reader’s Choice Best Southwestern Small Town poll, according to results revealed April 28. Ajo, for those unfamiliar with the former