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In December, Arizona’s State Transportation Board (STB) approved $15 million to initiate the environmental impact studies (EIS) needed to build the proposed Interstate 11 highway from Wickenberg to Nogales. The unanimous action followed a two-year study by the Arizona and Nevada Departments of Transportation urging construction of the new highway. Funding came from putting a number of just-approved construction and repair projects on indefinite hold.
While Halloween is usually reserved for pint-sized ghouls and goblins, some of the biggest scares associated with the holiday can come from fly-by-night businesses looking to spook consumers and their bank accounts.
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New board leadership is in place for the Greater Oro Valley Chamber of Commerce, and new board members have been seated.
The team members at Whole Foods Market are part of our community and they are passionate about supporting the local causes that are important to their shoppers and neighbors. Each store donates food to area food banks and shelters. Then several times a year, their stores also hold community giving days (otherwise known as “5% Days”) where five percent of that day’s net sales are donated to one chosen local nonprofit or educational organization.
The Southern Arizona Salsa and Tequila Challenge has shaken up the summers in Tucson for three years, bringing the region’s cultural garden to modern day tastes buds. The culinary event brings up to 50 chefs and restaurants preparing unique salsa recipes and mixologists creating innovative tequila-based drinks along with sweet and savory menu pairings. Proceeds benefit the Food Bank of Southern Arizona and SAACA’s arts therapy and education programs.
As we enter peak home-buying season, it appears that overall consumer confidence is on the rise, according to the latest information from Fannie Mae and other sources.
Since 1963, America has recognized the week of May 12 through May 16 as National Small Business Week. Each year, the President issues a proclamation announcing Small Business Week, which is aimed at honoring the contributions of America’s entrepreneurs and small business owners.
Doug Harpold, was named Citizen of the Year by the Catalina Mountain Elks Lodge. Harpold, funeral home director and manager of Vistoso Funeral Home in Oro Valley, earned this award for his visibility in the community as a local business owner. He is a member of the Northern Pima County Chamber of Commerce, Marana Chamber of Commerce, and an officer at Catalina Mountain Elks Lodge.
"This award is well-deserved recognition of the McGuire Center's decades of impact and success as an innovation engine for the region," said Len Jessup, the UA Eller College of Managementdean. "Next year marks the center's 30th anniversary, and there is so much more to come."
Each of the four finalists for this year's award in the academia category was from the UA. In addition to the McGuire Center, the Controlled Environment Agriculture Center, the iPlant Collaborative housed at the UA's BIO5 Institute and the Landscape Evolution Observatory at the UA's Biosphere 2 were in the running.
Ranked No. 2 by U.S. News & World Report and in the top 10 by The Princeton Review, the McGuire Center is one of two U.S. entrepreneurship programs that made the cut in a recentstudy on entrepreneurship education issued by the World Bank.
"Receiving this award brings a special honor to the McGuire Center," said the center's executive director, Robert Lusch.
Established in 1984 as one of the first university-based entrepreneurship programs in the country, the McGuire Entrepreneurship Program is the McGuire Center's signature experience. Since the program's founding, nearly 3,000 students have completed the competitive, year-long program, and have gone on to launch hundreds of business ventures.
"We have been recognized nationally and internationally for our outstanding programs, but to be recognized at home is even more meaningful," Lusch said. "All of what we accomplish would not be possible without the hard work, ambitions and dreams that our entrepreneurship students have brought to us over three decades.
A selection committee of experts independent of the Arizona Technology Council chose the winners, commending the McGuire Center on its successful track record in educating students in effective entrepreneurial practice.
At the center, UA students learn and experience the entrepreneurial process from start to finish as it is one of the only programs in which students create, validate and implement new ventures. Also, the center's cutting-edge research sets it apart from other programs and has a lasting impact on entrepreneurial education, according to the selection committee.
In addition to housing the undergraduate and graduate education programs, the center also offers support and resources to research faculty in disciplines across campus and entrepreneurial students in other UA departments.
"As we begin to see improvements in the economy, innovation is more important than ever," said Steven G. Zylstra, president and CEO of the Arizona Technology Council.
"It is essential that we celebrate the creative spirit of Arizona by recognizing and honoring the state's most innovative thinkers," Zylstra said. "We congratulate all the winners and extend our thanks for their part in advancing Arizona as a top-tier technology state."
The other finalists for the Innovator of the Year Award in academia are:
The Arizona Technology Council is Arizona's premier trade association for science and technology companies. Recognized as having a diverse professional business community, the council's members work towards furthering the advancement of technology in Arizona through leadership, education, legislation and social action.
The council offers numerous events, educational forums and business conferences that bring together leaders, managers, employees and visionaries to make an impact on the technology industry.
With almost 750 member companies throughout the state, the council is Arizona's largest science and technology organization. Members of the Council include technology companies, service providers, government agencies, academic institutions and not-for-profit organizations.
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During the annual awards breakfast, the Marana Chamber of Commerce took time to honor longtime members and recognized small, mid-size and large businesses in the area.
The Southern Arizona Salsa and Tequila Challenge has shaken up the summers in Tucson for three years, with 2013 mixing up to be more flavorful than ever at the La Encantada courtyards at Skyline and Campbell Ave.
After a March election that demonstrated overwhelming support for a town-owned wastewater treatment facility, members of the Marana Citizen’s Forum are looking at the next logical step forward for this session’s topic – the development of North Marana.
After receiving the final petition signatures required, Oro Valley’s town limits will be expanded to include 107 acres of unincorporated land northwest of Oracle and Ina roads.
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Two chambers of commerce in the Northwest — Marana Chamber of Commerce and the Greater Oro Valley Chamber of Commerce — are celebrating milestone anniversaries this year, not by reveling in past, but by looking toward what they might accomplish in the future.
For the past 25 years, businesses throughout the region have had a reliable ally in the Marana Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber serves as the voice of business and assists in the development of economic growth and quality of life in our community.
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Gov. Jan Brewer today announced that former Congressman Jim Kolbe will serve as Co-Chairman of the Arizona Transportation and Trade Corridor Alliance. In February, the Governor announced the formation of the panel comprised of statewide and local experts in transportation, international trade and energy.
Pima County to open Veteran’s workforce center
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The candidates running in the special election to replace former Rep. Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords blamed each other last week for the negative ads being run by each campaign.