PHOENIX (August 16, 2017) – Applications are now being accepted for two Arizona Commerce Authority programs: the Arizona Innovation Challenge, which helps early-stage companies commercialize their technologies, and the CEO Corner Office, which provides resources to chief executive officers of fast-growing companies.
Walgreens today announced it will bring nearly 500 jobs, including 191 new positions, to Chandler, Arizona as part of the relocation of its Tempe pharmacy operations support center. The current facility in Tempe will remain open as a pharmacy mail services support facility to allow for future growth.
Two prominent trade publications -- Site Selection and Area Development magazines -- have honored Arizona with top recognition for large-scale economic development projects during 2016 in key industries, ranging from aerospace to finance to manufacturing.
The Spring 2017 round of the Arizona Innovation Challenge (AIC) has concluded as the Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA) today announced six awardees in its bi-annual business plan competition. The ACA provides $3 million in grants annually to the most qualified, innovative startups and early-stage companies. Each company receives up to $250,000 in capital to grow their business -- advancing innovation and technology commercialization opportunities in Arizona.
The Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA) today announced the 10 finalists in the spring 2017 round of the Arizona Innovation Challenge (AIC), a business plan competition for promising early-stage companies in high-growth industries.
Constant Aviation and Arizona Governor Doug Ducey today announced a major economic development win for the state with the news that Constant Aviation, a full-service maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) operation with a nationwide network, will establish a new operation at Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport in Mesa, Arizona.
The Phoenix office of JLL has completed a new, 38,000-square-foot lease that will relocate FinTech company Upgrade Inc. from San Francisco into two floors at Renaissance Center I in downtown Phoenix. The move is the latest example of a Silicon Valley company expanding its essential business functions in Phoenix instead of taking more space in the Bay Area.
DuPont Fabros Technology Inc. (NYSE:DFT), a leading owner, developer, operator, and manager of multi-tenant wholesale data centers, has announced it has purchased an undeveloped 56.5 acre site on Crismon Road just north of Elliot Road in Mesa’s Elliot Road Technology Corridor. The company plans to develop a data center campus with capacity for up to 1 million square feet in the future.
Arizona and Baja California have entered into an agreement to grow the trade and commercial relationship between both states. Sandra Watson, President and CEO of the Arizona Commerce Authority (“ACA”) and Carlo Humberto Bonfante, Secretary for Economic Development of Baja California (“SEDECO”) today signed a Memorandum of Understanding designed to contribute to the strengthening of the cross-border supply chain in key industry sectors and medical tourism between the two neighboring states.
Benchmark Electronics and Arizona Governor Doug Ducey today announced a major economic development win for the state with the news that Benchmark Electronics, a global engineering, design, and integrated electronics manufacturing company will relocate its corporate headquarters from Angleton, Texas to Arizona.
The Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA) today announced 25 semifinalists in the Spring 2017 round of the Arizona Innovation Challenge (AIC), a bi-annual business plan competition for promising early-stage companies in high-growth industries.
Hundreds of organizations and communities across the state are gearing up for the 2017 Arizona SciTech Festival, an annual celebration of more than 1,200 events involving science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).
he Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA) today announced it has opened the application window for the Spring 2017 Arizona Innovation Challenge, one of the largest business plan competitions in the nation which helps early-stage technology companies scale their innovations.
Ascensus, the nation’s largest independent retirement and college savings services provider, is pleased to announce that it plans to open a new office location in Tucson, Arizona by mid-2017. The new office will be located in the UA Tech Park at Rita Road, a research park owned and operated by the University of Arizona.
Houzz, the leading platform for home remodeling and design, today announced that it has opened an office in Tempe to accommodate its growing sales and client services team. The new office, will initially create 150 full-time jobs over the next two years.
Arizona Governor Doug Ducey, Chandler Mayor Jay Tibshraeny and Orbital ATK, one of the world’s leading aerospace and defense technology firms, today announced the expansion of the company’s Launch Vehicles Division operations into an additional facility in Chandler, Arizona.
Governor Doug Ducey and Lucid Motors today announced the company has selected Casa Grande for its electric car manufacturing operation. The facility will bring over 2,000 projected new jobs and more than $700 million in capital investment to the region by 2022.
Governor Doug Ducey today announced that ADP® will open a new location in Tempe, Arizona in the spring of 2017. This new office will create up to 1,500 new jobs and the company will invest more than $33.75 million in the Tempe community.
Vector Space Systems, a micro satellite space launch company comprised of new-space industry veterans from SpaceX, Virgin Galactic, McDonnell Douglas and Sea Launch, today announced that it is locating its manufacturing facility to the Pima County Aerospace, Defense and Technology Business & Research Park.
To raise awareness of the significant impact small and medium sized manufacturers have on Arizona’s economy, Governor Doug Ducey has proclaimed October the 4th annual Arizona Manufacturers Month.
Arizona has emerged in recent years as a key state in the fast-growing data center technology market. Besides affordable energy costs, quality infrastructure and a talented workforce, the Grand Canyon State is situated in a geographic setting that’s largely free from natural disasters — an important attribute that safeguards these multimillion-dollar operations.
McKesson, a healthcare services and information technology company, will occupy a 271,000-square-foot twinned office complex in the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community. The facility is currently under construction and is expected to be complete in early 2018. Upon completion, the new building will be home to McKesson’s existing Scottsdale-based workforce of more than 1,400, with room to accommodate nearly 2,200 total jobs over the next five years.
Huhtamaki North America announced plans to open a new manufacturing and distribution center in Goodyear, Ariz., to serve west coast foodservice packaging and retail tableware markets.
Truckstop.com, a technology company that provides end-to-end logistics solutions for the transportation industry, today announced it has expanded its operations into Arizona.
Paul Shannon has been selected to serve as the director of the Office of Economic Opportunity. The office will serve as an analytics and strategy team under the Arizona Commerce Authority that will continually analyze how Arizona stacks up against other states, identify ways to drive down regulatory and tax burdens, and provide real-time data so policy makers and government can move at the speed of business to bring new business to Arizona.
Rogers Corporation, a global leader in engineered materials solutions, announced today it will relocate its global headquarters from Rogers, Connecticut to Chandler, Arizona.
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ZipRecruiter, an employer-employee job matching website, has outgrown its first Tempe location and is ready to scale up four-fold. The increase in hiring and floorspace comes after only a matter of months operating in the Phoenix market.
SK Food Group Inc. (SK Food Group), a Premium Brands company and leader in the manufacturing and wholesale food sales industry with two U.S. and two Canadian locations, announced today that it will expand its operations into Arizona.
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Area Development, the leading publication covering site selection and facility planning, has announced that Arizona is a recipient of a 2016 Silver Shovel Award in the 5 to 8 million population category.
Arizona Governor Doug Ducey, the Arizona Commerce Authority, Mohave County and Bullhead City are pleased to announce Dot Foods, the nation’s first and largest food industry redistributor, will be taking steps to establish a new distribution center in Mohave County, Arizona.
The Spring 2016 round of the Arizona Innovation Challenge (AIC) has concluded as the Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA) today announced the six awardees in its bi-annual business plan competition.
Leading global technology company expands to better serve US clients and establishes a U.S. based headquarters to leverage growth initiatives
Oscar, a New York-based health insurance company, has announced an operational expansion to Tempe, Ariz. The company’s new facility will house the Oscar Concierge team and will be located at The Circuit, a new modern, adaptive re-use project near the Loop 101 and Loop 202 freeways.
The Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA) today announced 10 finalists in the Spring 2016 round of the Arizona Innovation Challenge (AIC), a bi-annual business plan competition for promising early-stage companies in high-growth industries.
Arizona Governor Doug Ducey today announced an economic development project win for the state with the news that Caterpillar Inc., the world’s leading manufacturer of construction and mining equipment, has selected Tucson, Ariz., as the new location for its surface mining and technology offices.
Senior Officials from Around the World to Tour Innovation and Entrepreneurship Hubs throughout Arizona
The Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA) today announced 25 semifinalists in the Spring 2016 round of the Arizona Innovation Challenge (AIC), a bi-annual business plan competition for promising early-stage companies in high-growth industries.
ZipRecruiter, the market-leading hiring platform for small to medium-sized businesses (SMBs), and Arizona Governor Doug Ducey today announced the expansion of the company’s sales and customer service operations, which will be located in Tempe, Arizona at Hayden Ferry Lakeside.
The expansion will add 60,000 square feet to the site that includes Orbital ATK’s Satellite Manufacturing Facility, one of the largest and most advanced spacecraft assembly and test facilities in the United States. With additional facilities in Chandler and Mesa, Arizona, Orbital ATK’s total footprint in the state is almost 800,000 square feet, contributing to over 1,750 high-tech and high-paying aerospace and defense jobs.
Carlisle Companies Incorporated, a $3.5 billion global diversified manufacturer, will relocate its Corporate Headquarters to Phoenix beginning in the second quarter of this year.
Preliminary data released this morning by the U.S. Census Bureau notes that Arizona's 2015 exports were $22.56 billion, representing Arizona's largest export year in recorded history.
The Arizona Commerce Authority has named six innovative early-stage companies as winners in the Fall 2015 round of the Arizona Innovation Challenge, its bi-annual business plan competition.
The Arizona Commerce Authority has expanded its programming to support and develop small businesses with the launch of the new Center for Entrepreneurship & Leadership Development, which will help prepare the CEOs of high-growth potential Arizona companies with revenues of over $1 million for success.
The Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA) today announced 10 finalists in the Fall 2015 round of the Arizona Innovation Challenge (AIC), a bi-annual business plan competition for promising early-stage companies in high-growth industries.
The 98-year-old Apache Railway Company, a short-line railroad operating in Navajo County, Ariz., announced today that it has been purchased by an entity formed by Aztec Land and Cattle Company Limited and related entities. The deal will enable the railway to see its centennial and beyond.
Cenlar FSB (Cenlar), the nation’s leading loan servicing provider, today announced its first expansion outside of New Jersey with a West Coast Operations Center in Tempe, Ariz.
The Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA) today announced 25 semifinalists in the Fall 2015 round of the Arizona Innovation Challenge (AIC), a bi-annual business plan competition for promising early-stage companies in high-growth industries.
The Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA) today announced the launch of a statewide promotion development project aimed at creating a fresh and unified message to enhance Arizona economic development and tourism, and encourage civic pride.
HPOne announced today that it will be expanding its presence in the Greater Phoenix area with the planned opening of a new 20,000 square foot operations facility in Gilbert, Arizona ahead of significant hiring through year-end 2015.
Seven regional site teams across the United States have been selected to participate in the Communities that Work Partnership, a new joint project of the Workforce Strategies Initiative (AspenWSI) of the Aspen Institute and the Economic Development Administration of the US Department of Commerce. The Arizona Commerce Authority was selected through a nationally competitive review process as one of the seven participating organizations.
Governor Doug Ducey today announced the opening of the first U.S. operations of AVIAGE SYSTEMS, a global Tier-1 civil avionics solution provider headquartered in Shanghai, China, which has selected Arizona as a site for high-quality research, design and manufacturing. AVIAGE SYSTEMS is a joint venture between General Electric Company (GE) and the Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC).
The Spring 2015 round of the Arizona Innovation Challenge culminated today as the Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA) announced the six winning companies. These grant recipients represent early-stage Arizona companies that are creating innovative technological solutions with the potential for significant economic impact.
A study completed by the Seidman Research Institute, W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University, determined that Super Bowl XLIX, the 2015 Pro Bowl and related events produced a gross economic impact of $719.4 million in the region. The announcement was made today at The Governor’s Conference on Tourism at the JW Camelback Inn in Scottsdale.
The Spring 2015 round of the Arizona Innovation Challenge (AIC) continues as the Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA) today announced 10 finalists in its bi-annual business plan competition, which awards $3 million annually to talented entrepreneurs.
As part of its ongoing commitment to provide an excellent customer experience, Comcast along with Governor Doug Ducey today announced plans to open a new customer support center in the fall of 2015 in Tucson, Arizona.
The Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA) today announced 25 semifinalists in the Spring 2015 Arizona Innovation Challenge (AIC), its bi-annual business plan competition awarding talented entrepreneurs who are solving today's most challenge problems with technology-based solutions.
The Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA) today announced that the Town of Sahuarita, City of Williams and City of Winslow are recipients of its annual Rural Economic Development Grant (REDG), a competitive program focused on improving infrastructure that will attract high-wage industry to Arizona’s rural communities.
The education and medical technology industries in Arizona were strongly represented during this year’s Venture Madness competition. The event culminated with Gilbert, Ariz.-based CampusLogic emerging victorious as the Venture Madness Champion in the final round.
The ACA today launched its new Start Up section at AZCommerce.com as part of its ongoing efforts to align resources, connect partners and strengthen Arizona’s vibrant innovation ecosystem supporting the state’s entrepreneurs.
Northern Trust, a global financial institution headquarted in Chicago, publicly announced that the company will establish a new operating center in Tempe, supporting its national and international banking business. The center – expected to open in mid-2015 will grow to 1,000 full-time employees over the next three years.
IRIS USA, a leading consumer products company with operations serving retailers throughout North America, today announced plans to build a Western U.S. regional headquarters in Surprise, Ariz. The new 280,000-square-foot manufacturing and distribution facility will be located on 30 acres within the city’s Southwest Railplex Industrial District.
The Arizona SciTech Festival today announced the launch of its annual celebration of science and technology. The 2015 Festival is a statewide collaboration of 45 Arizona communities and more than 500 organizations conducting over 800 interactive events in February and March.
The Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA) today announced the six winners of its Fall 2014 Arizona Innovation Challenge (AIC), its bi-annual business plan competition that awards talented entrepreneurs capital to grow their businesses, advancing innovation and technology commercialization opportunities in Arizona.
Revel Systems, the world’s leading iPad Point of Sale platform, today announced it has expanded operations into Arizona through a new Scottsdale office. The company will create 160 new jobs during the next three years to drive its global sales growth.
The Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA) today announced 10 finalists in the Fall 2014 Arizona Innovation Challenge (AIC), its bi-annual business plan competition.
It’s game time: 64 of the most promising startup ventures in the southwest have been selected to compete in the second annual Venture Madness pitch competition, representing 23 different industries and three states, including Arizona, Colorado and Texas.
The Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA) today announced 25 semifinalists in its Fall 2014 Arizona Innovation Challenge (AIC), a bi-annual business plan competition awarding $3 million annually to talented entrepreneurs.
APAC, a leader in global customer care solutions, is expanding operations at its three Phoenix and Tucson area offices, bringing more than 1,100 jobs to Arizona’s Sun Corridor over the next three years.
Tractor Supply Company (NASDAQ: TSCO), the largest rural lifestyle retail store chain in the U.S., today announced plans to build a 650,000-square-foot Southwest Distribution Center in Casa Grande, Ariz., with plans to hire 250 employees to support the company’s western expansion.
San Francisco-based Zenefits, the free, cloud-based human resources technology company that automates and eliminates time-consuming paperwork for small and medium-sized businesses, announced plans to create more than 1,300 new full-time jobs with the launch of its new office in Scottsdale, Ariz.
Orion Health, a leading population health management company, today announced the opening of its new development center in Scottsdale. The Orion Health ‘Center of Excellence’ will serve as the company’s North American research and solution center, supporting big data analytics technology development, focused on providing decision support to clinicians and patients, and solution support for clients’ population health initiatives.
The State of Arizona today announced the strategic expansion of its presence and investment in Mexico with the launch of the Arizona State Trade and Investment Office. The grand opening of the Arizona office located in Mexico City was the culminating event of an Arizona-led trade mission conducted this week to strengthen the state’s relationship with its number No. 1 trading partner.
GoDaddy, the world’s largest technology provider dedicated to small businesses, officially opened the GoDaddy Global Technology Center in Tempe. The new facility supports more than 1,100 colleagues, including engineers, developers and corporate staff, along with small business consultants at the 150,000-square-foot facility located in the ASU Research Park.
Governor Jan Brewer today announced her proclamation to establish October as Arizona Manufacturers Month. In its second year, this annual Arizona initiative highlights the state’s advanced manufacturing ecosystem, innovative companies and the industry’s role in propelling Arizona’s economy into its next era of growth. ManufacturingRevolution.com is a hub of information about Arizona manufacturing and provides information about events scheduled throughout the month.
Accolade, a technology-enabled consumer engagement company dedicated to improving the healthcare experience while also lowering costs, has expanded its operations with the opening of a new office in Scottsdale, Arizona. The company expects the office to employ more than 300 by the end of 2016.
California-based Silicon Valley Bank today announced its continued expansion in Arizona, with the addition of 250 jobs at its Tempe corporate operations over the next three years. Additionally, the company has committed to lend or invest $100 million to tech and life science companies based in Arizona over the next five years.
HealthPlanOne, one of the nation’s leading Medicare and under-65 health insurance sales and customer acquisition companies, has announced plans to open a new location in Phoenix. With plans to hire 175 people this year, the new office will support the company’s brokerage business and its growing number of insurance carrier clients.
The Arizona Commerce Authority has selected 18 recipients for AZ Fast Grant, a highly competitive grant program that provides qualified Arizona-based, early stage technology companies with intensive training and technical assistance to commercialize their innovations, grow their businesses and create quality jobs.
The Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA) today announced the six winning companies in its Spring 2014 Arizona Innovation Challenge (AIC).
The Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA) today announced the final 10 companies in its Spring 2014 Arizona Innovation Challenge (AIC), a bi-annual business plan competition awarding $3 million annually to talented entrepreneurs.
Weebly, a global service that lets everyone create a high-quality website, has signed a 25,000-square-foot office lease in Scottsdale, Ariz., for the company’s North American customer operations headquarters. Weebly plans to bring more than 250 new positions to the city over the next three years.
Arizona General Hospital announced it will open a boutique, full-service health care facility in early 2015 in Laveen, Ariz. The 39,000-square-foot hospital will provide Phoenix-area residents 24/7 access to emergency medical care. Arizona General Hospital also plans to bring 300 new jobs and invest $75 million over the next three years.
Prosper Marketplace, America’s fastest growing peer-to-peer lending company, today announced the opening of a new office in Phoenix – the first office outside the company’s San Francisco headquarters.
Today the Arizona Commerce Authority announced 25 semifinalists in its Spring 2014 Arizona Innovation Challenge, a bi-annual business plan competition awarding $3 million annually to talented entrepreneurs.
The Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA) today announced that Mohave County, City of Nogales, City of Globe and Yuma County are recipients of the second round of its annual Rural Economic Development Grant (REDG).
The Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA) today announced the opening of its Spring 2014 Arizona Innovation Challenge (AIC), a business plan competition that awards the most money in the country for a technology commercialization challenge. The ACA will be accepting applications now through March 28, 2014. Applications must be submitted by 3:00 p.m. MST (Arizona time).
Venture Madness, presented by Invest Southwest in partnership with the Arizona Commerce Authority, introduces the final 16 competing startups in this unique, head-to-head business pitch competition that culminates March 5-7 at Talking Stick Resort in Scottsdale, Ariz.
Leclerc Foods USA, a North American leader in the cookies, snack bars and crackers industry, is pleased to announce the expansion of its food manufacturing operations in Phoenix, Arizona.
The Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA) today announced the second round of its Rural Economic Development Grant (REDG), an annual $2-million competitive grant focused on improving infrastructure that will attract high-wage industry to Arizona’s rural communities.
Stonegate Mortgage Corporation, a leading, publicly traded mortgage company focused on originating, financing and servicing U.S. residential mortgage loans, has commenced operations in its newest expansion location; Scottsdale, Ariz.
The Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA) today announced the six winning companies in its Fall 2013 Arizona Innovation Challenge (AIC).
The Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA) today announced its finalists in the Fall 2013 Arizona Innovation Challenge (AIC), a bi-annual business plan competition that awards the most money in the country for a technology commercialization challenge.
The Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA) today announced that the Town of Prescott Valley and City of Coolidge are recipients of this round of its annual Rural Economic Development Grant (REDG), which is a $2-million competitive grant program focused on . . .
ZIVELO, a kiosk and digital signage manufacturing company based in Marion, Ind., is expanding its company profile by moving its corporate headquarters to Scottsdale, Ariz. The five-year-old company, recognized as one of the fastest growing tech companies in the U.S. by both Inc. and Forbes, plans to add at least . . .
The Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA) today announced its 25 semifinalists in the Fall 2013 Arizona Innovation Challenge (AIC), a bi-annual business plan competition that awards the most money in the country for a technology commercialization challenge.
In conjunction with National Manufacturing Day, Governor Jan Brewer today issued a proclamation to establish October as Arizona Manufacturers Month. The initiative is a partnership between the Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA), Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Arizona Manufacturers Council (AMC) and Arizona Technology Council to highlight the state’s manufacturing ecosystem and its role in propelling Arizona’s economy into the next era of growth.
The Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA) today announced its program for the 2013 Arizona Governor’s Economic Development Conference.
Progrexion, the nation’s leading provider of services in the credit repair industry, today announced it is opening a new office in Phoenix, bringing hundreds of new jobs to the region. “We are excited to enter such a dynamic and high-quality market like Phoenix to meet our growth demands. We acquired 30,000 square feet in North Phoenix for a sales call center and plan to add hundreds of hires initially. . . "
The Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA) today announced the launch of its Certified Sites program that will enhance the visibility of commercial sites in rural Arizona that are ready for business and available for base industry employers.
The Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA) today announced the opening of its Rural Economic Development Grant (REDG), a $2-million competitive grant focused on. . .
ClearCall Solutions, a direct response sales and marketing company, has moved into the Chandler Airpark area in order to expand and accommodate its projected growth. ClearCall Solutions operates an inside sales center, representing ADT Security Services and Dish satellite services.
Hundreds of the state’s business, science and education leaders will gather in Scottsdale for the Second Annual Arizona SciTech Festival Kickoff Conference on Sept. 4. The conference will be held 7:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts located at 7380 E. Second Street.
The Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA) today announced the opening of its fall 2013 Arizona Innovation Challenge (AIC), a business plan competition that awards the most money in the country for a technology commercialization challenge. The ACA will be accepting applications now through September 13, 2013. Applications must be submitted by 3 p.m. MST.
Asurion, the global leader in technology protection services, announced today they are looking to invest $12 million and fill over 500 positions by the end of the year in their newly established Phoenix, Ariz. technical support center, located at 21030 North 19th Avenue in Phoenix.
The Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA) today announced the six winning companies in its spring 2013 Arizona Innovation Challenge (AIC). This group of grant recipients represents a diverse cross-section of inventive Arizona entrepreneurs who are creating technology solutions with potential global implications.
Garmin, the world leader in Global Positioning Satellite (GPS) devices is expanding its operations in Chandler, AZ. After a competitive, nationwide process, the company will build a 60,000 square foot building in the Chandler Corporate Center where it has leased space for the last five years.
The MIT Enterprise Forum Phoenix and the Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA) announced today the launch of Innovation Arizona, a first-ever summit committed to strengthening Arizona’s entrepreneurial ecosystem. The summit will take place June 11 from 3-8pm at Tempe Center for the Arts.
WinCo Foods, an employee-owned discount grocer, today announced it will open an 800,000-square-foot distribution center in west Phoenix.
The Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA) today announced the 27 companies, from the more than 185 applicants, that will move on as semifinalists in the Spring 2013 Arizona Innovation Challenge (AIC).
Governor Jan Brewer today was proud to stand with GoDaddy, the Web’s top platform for small businesses, as executives with the Arizona based company announced plans for a significant expansion in Tempe. The expansion is expected to generate 300 quality, new jobs for the fast-growing provider of Web domain names, Web hosting and SSL.
The Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA) is pleased to announce it has been awarded a $5 million grant ($1 million per year for five years) from the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s (NIST) Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) program to run Arizona’s MEP Center. The Center will serve as a catalyst for strengthening manufacturing in Arizona, accelerating manufacturing’s ongoing transformation into a more efficient and powerful engine of innovation.
ZocDoc, a free service for patients to find doctors and book appointments instantly online, together with Governor Jan Brewer, Scottsdale Mayor Jim Lane, the Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA), and the Greater Phoenix Economic Council (GPEC), today announced. . .
Union Bank, N.A., a full-service commercial bank headquartered in San Francisco, today announced it is expanding into Arizona with a new mortgage operations center in Tempe, which will ultimately employ approximately 250 mortgage professionals, including application processors, underwriters, and other operations support and management positions.
Glendale is the new home for ZyTech Building Systems, a provider of roof trusses, floor systems, wall systems and lumber packages to homebuilders and contractors for track housing, custom homes, multi-family, commercial and large span projects.
Michigan-based General Motors (GM), together with Governor Jan Brewer, Chandler Mayor Jay Tibshraeny, the Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA) and the Greater Phoenix Economic Council (GPEC), announced today GM has selected Chandler as the site of its fourth Information Technology Innovation
Netherlands and Luxemburg-based STEALTH Software, together with Governor Jan Brewer and the Arizona Commerce Authority, announced today it has selected Arizona as the site of its U.S. headquarters.
The Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA) has identified 24 recipients of its AZ Fast Grant program, a highly competitive grant providing qualified Arizona-based, early stage technology companies with intensive training and technical assistance to commercialize their innovations, grow their business and create quality jobs. More than 70 small businesses applied for this round of funding.
Direct Energy, one of North America’s largest energy services providers, is expanding the company’s footprint in Arizona with a new, comprehensive call center, which will will play an important role in the company’s growth.
The Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA) today announced the six winning companies in the Fall 2012 Arizona Innovation Challenge (AIC). The bi-annual business plan competition awards qualified, innovative startups and early stage companies up to $250,000 in grant funding capital to grow their business, ultimately advancing innovation and technology commercialization opportunities in Arizona.
At a prestigious annual gala awards ceremony held at the Phoenix Convention Center, the Arizona Technology Council in conjunction with the Arizona Commerce Authority, today announced the winners of the 2012 Governor’s Celebration of Innovation (GCOI) Awards presented by Avnet, Inc. The annual event spotlights how innovations in science and technology are applied to build a sustainable economy for Arizona’s future.
The Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA) today announced the 25 companies, from the more than 200 applicants, that will move on as semifinalists in the Fall 2012 Arizona Innovation Challenge (AIC).
The Arizona Commerce Authority is pleased to announce it has been awarded a $1.8 million Advanced Manufacturing Jobs and Innovation Accelerator Grant from a consortium of five federal government agencies. . .
The Arizona Commerce Authority is pleased to announce the recipients of its 2012 Excellence in Economic Development Awards.
The Arizona Commerce Authority is pleased to announce the five awardees of its Vision Grants, a reimbursable grant program designed to enhance the economic development infrastructure of rural regions around the state.
The Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA), and BioAccel announce their collaboration with AZ Furnace, Arizona's first-of-its-kind statewide business accelerator program that encourages entrepreneurs from across the country to find and commercialize innovations developed within the state's universities and research institutions. Partners already include Arizona State University (ASU), Northern Arizona University (NAU) and the Dignity Health Group.
QBE FIRST, part of QBE Insurance Group Limited, has signed an 11-year lease on a new operations center located at 2700 Frye Road in Chandler. The 183,000-square foot facility will house a significant QBE FIRST call center and is expected to accommodate more than 1,000 associates.
Clear Energy Systems, an innovator in mobile and distributed power generation systems, broke ground today at its new location at Elliot Business Park in Tempe. The new facility is located at 7825 S. Hardy Drive. The 158,000 square foot building will feature 30 foot clear heights, a steel roof structure, energy efficient features and concrete paved truck areas.
Infusionsoft, creator of the all-in-one sales and marketing software for small businesses, announces today that it will relocate from Gilbert to a new 86,000 square foot headquarters in Chandler, Ariz. at the end of this year. Infusionsoft worked closely with the City of Chandler and the Arizona Commerce Authority to find the perfect home at Allred Park Place in the Price Corridor.
Six start-up companies have won the Arizona Commerce Authority's Spring 2012 Arizona Innovation Challenge. The ACA awarded prizes between $100,000 and $250,000 to companies at a luncheon ceremony in downtown Phoenix. The winning companies were selected from a pool of more than 300 applicants. After a four month evaluation and review process, which included in-person pitches, a panel of expert evaluators selected the winners.
Building upon last year’s historic Economic Competitiveness Package, Governor Jan Brewer today signed into law a new measure aimed at accelerating Arizona’s economic turnaround. In a separate but related move, the Governor signed an Executive Order establishing a special task force that will be charged with identifying ways in which to simply the State’s complex code for sales tax.
Governor Jan Brewer today announced that Arizona ranks 10th-best in the nation in terms of its business climate, according to the 2012 report from Chief Executive Magazine. This ranking represents a three-spot climb from Arizona’s ranking at this time last year.
The Arizona Commerce Authority selected ten companies as finalists for the first round of the 2012 Arizona Innovation Challenge. These companies will make a final pitch to a panel of expert judges in hopes of winning a share of $1.5 million to commercialize their innovative technology ideas. Winners will be announced on May 15.
As part of its ongoing commitment to provide Arizona small businesses with the tools needed to expand, the Arizona Commerce Authority, through the State Trade and Export Promotion Program (STEP), will hold a free workshop aimed at educating small and medium sized businesses on becoming first time exporters or entering new export markets. "Exporting Makes Dollars and Sense" will take place on April 24 from 8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. at Dobson Lecture Hall, Mesa Arts Center, One East Main Street.
The Arizona Commerce Authority awarded $1.5 million from the Rural Economic Development Grant Program to 8 communities which will be leveraged to create up to 180 new jobs which represent approximately $6.6 million in new payroll and nearly $10.5 million in new capital investment to the state. Grants range in value from $60,000 to $460,000, and will be used to assist rural communities foster economic development projects that represent job growth and capital investment in base industries.
The Arizona Commerce Authority announced 25 companies will move on as semifinalists for the first round of the 2012 Arizona Innovation Challenge. A panel of expert judges evaluated more than 300 applications from start-ups, judging each on a set of criteria including technology potential, marketing strategy, management team, and the potential for job and wealth creation. Finalists will be named in mid-April, with winners selected in May. Winning companies will receive anywhere between $100,000 to $250,000.
The Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA) welcomes OptumRX, a division of United Health Care, to Tucson. The company, which provides a range of pharmacy services aimed at reducing health care costs and improving health, will open a customer service facility in Tucson. The expansion will create 400 quality jobs by the end of 2013.
The Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA), the Greater Phoenix Economic Council (GPEC), and the Town of Gila Bend today announced Calgon Carbon Corporation will construct a new water treatment carbon reactivation plant in Gila Bend, AZ. This will initially bring 25 high-quality jobs to the state, with the potential to increase to 62 new jobs over a three year period, and represents a multi-million dollar investment in the state.
The Arizona Commerce Authority today announced it selected DHR International to conduct its nationwide search for a new president and CEO. In addition, Governor Jan Brewer has appointed a six-member selection committee, which will work directly with DHR International to recruit, interview and ultimately make a candidate recommendation to the Governor and ACA Co-Chair Jerry Colangelo.
The Arizona Commerce Authority awarded $184,832 in FAST Grants to 25 Arizona small businesses. The grants -- which range from $5,000 to $7,500 per company, will be used to help initiate the commercialization process. A full list of award winners is below.
The Arizona Commerce Authority received more than 300 company applications for the second Arizona Innovation Challenge - nearly tripling the amount received last year. A panel of expert judges has begun evaluating each start-up, and expects to announce semi-finalists in early March.
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The ACA has a steadfast commitment to providing start-ups and entrepreneurs with the tools needed to bring their vision to light and expand their operations. Encouraging start-ups - especially those with a focus on manufacturing, exporting and technology - will help solidify Arizona's economic strength and ultimately ignite job creation.
Silicon Valley Bank (SVB), financial partner to the innovation sector and the premium wine industry, is expanding its operations to Arizona, creating hundreds of well-paying, financial sector jobs in the state over the next few years. SVB will open a new IT and operations facility in Tempe in 2012 to support its continued growth.
Magna International Inc. announced today that its Cosma International operating unit will strengthen its manufacturing presence in the renewable energy market by opening a manufacturing facility in Phoenix, Arizona. Cosma is a leading global metalforming supplier in the automotive industry, and has recently expanded into non-automotive markets.
As part of its ongoing efforts to assist early stage technology companies, The Arizona Commerce Authority is launching the AZ FAST Grant Program. This competitive grant program provides seed money to technology based companies to help initiate the commercialization process. Companies with less than 30 employees and revenues lower than $2 million can receive up to $7,500 for professional consulting services to help bring their product to the next stage of completion.
The Arizona Commerce Authority is launching the State Trade and Export Promotion (STEP) program with a trade mission to Montreal. Earlier this year, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) awarded the ACA $656,000 in grant money to help small businesses (those with less than 500 employees) enter export markets for the first time or to expand into new markets.
The Arizona Commerce Authority welcomes Solarpraxis' PV Power Plants USA 2011 to downtown Phoenix. The two day conference, which expects more than 200 participants, brings together experts
from around the world to discuss the current market and future of the solar industry. The conference provides an important link between European and North American solar markets.
Global Dental Science, LLC today announced it is opening a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Scottsdale at Scottsdale Airpark. The company expects to create 150 new jobs over the next year with an initial investment of $5 million.
Clear Energy Systems, a manufacturer of portable electric generation systems, is expanding its operations in Arizona, creating hundreds of new jobs, increasing Arizona's exports globally and investing in the local economy. Joined by Governor Jan Brewer, the Arizona Commerce Authority and the Greater Phoenix Economic Council, the company announced its plans to invest $10 million to launch its new Genesis 1000 power generation system in Arizona.
Maxwell Technologies Inc., a San Diego-based clean technology company that manufactures ultracapacitors, today announced a new industrial facility in Peoria at Mack Arrowhead Commerce Park. The company will create 150-200 new jobs over the next three years with a capital investment of $26 million.
The Arizona Commerce Authority congratulates the Mohave County One Stop Career Center, for winning first place in a national video contest held September 14, 2011 in Washington, D.C. The video was selected as the top winner in the U.S. Department of Labor’s “Faces of Success” contest at the ARRA (American Recovery and Reinvestment Act) Grantees Technical Assistance Institute.
ACA President and CEO Don Cardon made several significant announcements at the ACA Board of Director's Meeting on September 27. These will put Arizonans back to work, provide much needed investment to the state, and set Arizona on a path toward economic recovery. Since the Arizona Competitiveness Package became law in February, ACA's business client portfolio has increased 350 percent on average per month.
Fueled by aggressive, new business incentives, Arizona is quickly becoming the premier location for renewable energy companies. The Arizona Commerce Authority will feature those new incentives and business opportunities available to companies at Intersolar North America, the leading annual solar industry exhibition and conference in San Francisco, July 12-14.
This week, the Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (ETA) will be sending a reporter to Arizona to gather success stories and photographs to be published in a document for congress this fall. The companies featured will be those who have successfully participated in the State Energy Partnership Grant (SESP).
The Arizona Commerce Authority announced today it has awarded three additional innovative technology companies with a share of $1.5 million as part of the Arizona Innovation Challenge. The money will be used to speed development and aid in the commercial launch of promising technology.
The Arizona Commerce Authority has selected the first five innovative Arizona companies to receive a portion of $1.5 million to speed development and the commercial launch of promising technology. The winning proposals showcase each company's ability to attract outside capital investment, create wealth through fast growth, provide quality, high wage employment opportunities, and generate export sales and tax revenue.
Governor Jan Brewer this evening signed into law one of the most significant pieces of economic legistlation in Arizona state history.
Ulthera, Inc. – a global, growth-stage medical device company pioneering aesthetic and medical applications using its therapeutic ultrasound platform technology – will expand its operations to now include the manufacturing of various components of its patented technology.
The Arizona Commerce Authority announced today that the awarding of $2 million dollars to 21 rural organizations throughout Arizona via the Rural Economic Development Grant Program. Estimated to create more than 500 full-time jobs and 80 part-time jobs, applications were received from 75 organizations in just 30 days in response to the request for proposals.
The "Top 25" has been selected as competitions narrows for the ACA's Arizona Innovation Challenge. Beginning early next week, the ACA will award $1.5 million to companies creating jobs in Arizona for innovators in renewable energy and sustainability, bio and life sciences, electronics, information technology, aerospace and defense, and advanced manufacturing.
Today Power-One, Inc. (NASDAQ-PWER), the world's second-largest manufacturer of power inverters for the renewable energy industry, opened its first North American manufacturing facility in Phoenix that will eventually employ 350 people. Power-One's Phoenix facility will produce its industry-leading photovoltaic (PV) and wind inverters that convert renewable energy into a useable form of electricity for distribution on the utility grid.
In a window of less than thirty days, the Arizona Commerce Authority received 108 proposals competing for the Arizona Innovation Challenge. The ACA will award $1.5 million to companies creating jobs in Arizona for innovators in renewable energy and sustainability, bio and life sciences, electronics, information technology, aerospace and defense, and advanced manufacturing.
Governor Jan brewer today released her comprehensive policy agenda with an emphasis on Economic Competiveness, Education State Government and Renewed Federalism. Arizona will, again, be a magnet for business relocation, formation, and growth; capital formation and investment; employment and personal income growth; and prosperity for all Arizona businesses and citizens.
FAIST, a multinational United Kingdom-based company, will establish its first U.S. presence in Phoenix with FAIST GreenTek LLC to manufacture steel and metal structures, expanding the region’s renewable energy supply chain.
The Arizona Commerce Authority's Weatherization Assistance Program is awarding $1 million to the Inter-Tribal Council of Arizona (ITCA) to provide energy efficient upgrades for an estimated 126 family homes of 19 Arizona Native American Tribes. The funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) comes from weatherization training dollars targeted to increase the amount of homes weatherized in Arizona.
Arizona's aggressive economic growth plans took significant steps forward today as Governor Jan Brewer announced two more developments in the evolution of the Arizona Commerce Authority and its innovative private/public model.
The Arizona Commerce Authority looks forward to welcoming attendees to Aviation Week’s Aerospace and Defense Supply Chain Conference being held at the Arizona Biltmore November 1-3, 2010. The Aerospace and Defense industries together represent one of the largest sectors of Arizona’s economy with an $8.8 billion gross state product providing more than 93,800 jobs.
The Greater Phoenix Economic Council, in collaboration with Arizona State University and The Arizona Commerce Authority, announces a chief expansion of one of the greatest advances in energy storage technology.
Governor Jan Brewer today announced the awarding of $2.2 million to Science Foundation Arizona in order support the creation of an Arizona Biosignature Laboratory that will focus on research into major diseases including lung cancer, Alzheimer’s and kidney diseases.
Some of Arizona’s most promising new business innovations in Northern Arizona received a boost today as Governor Jan Brewer awarded a one million dollar grant to support Northern Arizona University (NAU) and Northern Arizona Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology’s (NACET) incubator program to
advance technology and build emerging new businesses with high wage jobs in Northern Arizona.
Arizona’s unemployment remained unchanged at 9.7% for September. The U.S. rate also remained unchanged at 9.6%. Over the year, Total Nonfarm employment was up a modest 0.5% in September. The trend in over-the-year employment losses in Arizona slowed after June 2009 when the losses hit bottom at -8.4%.
Arizona Governor Jan Brewer joined executives from Intel Corporation today to announce the company’s plans to invest between $6 billion - $8 billion in manufacturing to support future technology advancements in its American facilities – including Intel’s factory site in Chandler.
Governor Jan Brewer introduced the first members of the Rural Business Advisory Council during her remarks at the Governor’s Rural and Regional Development Conference on Friday. The Council, established by Executive Order on September 8, will provide direct assistance to the Arizona Commerce Authority and rural communities in organizing, coordinating and implementing business development
strategies to diversify economies by bringing in new business and creating jobs for Arizonans.
Citing Arizona’s potential to become a world-class center for aerospace and defense (A&D) industries, Governor Jan Brewer this week allocated $1.3 million to boost the state’s A&D industry and help the state become more globally competitive in this growing and fast-paced sector.
Following yesterday’s historic solar economic development and jobs announcement with Sempra Generation in Arlington, Arizona, a leader in cancer diagnostics is significantly expanding its presence in Arizona. Governor Jan Brewer announced Ventana Medical Systems Inc., a member of the Roche Group based in Oro Valley, will be adding up to 500 jobs as it advances its personalized healthcare solutions for cancer patients around the world.
Arizona Governor Jan Brewer joined executives from Sempra Generation today to announce the company’s plans for a large scale photovoltaic solar power generation plant. The planned Mesquite Solar Complex will be built in Arlington, Arizona, on former agricultural land near existing transmission lines.
The Arizona Commerce Authority will be representing the state of Arizona at Solar Power International,
North America’s largest solar conference, in Los Angeles on October 12-14.
Governor Jan Brewer joined Chandler Mayor Boyd Dunn today in announcing International Rectifier
Corporation is expanding its operations in Arizona. The company is a global leader in power management technology, developing and manufacturing power semiconductors and integrated circuits.
Governor Jan Brewer joined Chandler Mayor Boyd Dunn today in announcing International Rectifier
Corporation is expanding its operations in Arizona. The company is a global leader in power management technology, developing and manufacturing power semiconductors and integrated circuits.
Governor Jan Brewer and Jerry Colangelo today assembled 25 leaders representing diverse industry backgrounds for the first Board meeting of the Arizona Commerce Authority. The private-sector leadership Board, as envisioned by the Authority’s President and CEO, Don Cardon, will work to align
diverse assets and opportunities within the state to compete economically at the highest level in both domestic and international markets to create high-quality jobs for Arizonans.