West Valley
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Billionaire GoDaddy Founder Bob Parsons Just Spent $133 Million On A Lifestyle Center In Phoenix

(Source: Forbes): Ellen Barber –  Westgate Entertainment District, billed as “one of the most successful mixed-use entertainment destinations in the Southwest region,” has a new owner. GoDaddy founder Bob Parsons and his company YAM Properties LLC just purchased the mixed-use center in Phoenix’s West Valley for $133 million. YAM Properties is the real estate investment and development arm of the Read More…

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Rise in Construction Jobs Helps Drive Arizona’s Unemployment Rate Down

(Source: Arizona Daily Star): Howard Fischer – Arizona’s jobless rate dropped two tenths of a point to 4.7 percent last month, driven in large part by an unusually strong showing in the state’s construction industry. And there are indications on the horizon that trend will continue — unless rising interest rates dampen demand. The state added Read More…

Talking Stick Arena
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Suns, City of Phoenix Clash with Goldwater Institute in Court

(Source: Cronkite News): Jordan Kaye – Deliberations related to the Phoenix Suns’ desire for a $450 million renovation to their arena began Tuesday morning at Maricopa County Superior Court over a dispute about documents not made public. A real estate developer, with the help of the Goldwater Institute, a conservative watchdog group, previously sued the city Read More…

Amazon Phoenix
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Amazon to Open Giant Warehouse in Tucson, Plans to Hire More than 1,500 People

(Source: Arizona Daily Star): Gabriela Rico – Amazon has chosen Tucson for a new fulfillment center with plans to hire more than 1,500 full-time employees. The warehouse will handle customer returns, light assembly, 3-D printing and direct product pickup by customers from automated kiosks on the city’s southeast side. “Throughout most of the year, the project Read More…

Business

How Did the Deal Unfold to Attract Nikola Motor Company to Buckeye?

(Source: AZBigMedia): Jesse Millard – The future of trucking will be taking shape in Buckeye. The far West Valley city will be home to a hydrogen-electric semi-truck manufacturing headquarters facility, which will represent a little more than $1 billion in capital investments and thousands of jobs by 2024.  Nikola Motor Company will build a one-million-square-foot facility Read More…

South Mountain
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Freeway Crews Prepare to Move on South Mountain Park

(Source: WestValleyNews): Paul Maryniak – The Arizona Department of Transportation and Connect202Partners are beginning one of the most controversial phases of the South Mountain Freeway project. ADOT recently announced crews are setting the stage for construction of the freeway’s 3-mile “central segment” through the southwestern edge of South Mountain Park. The eight-lane highway will require Read More…

Gilbert Regional Park
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5 things you need to know about planned 272-acre Gilbert Regional Park

(Source: AZCentral): Lily Altavena –  Construction on the first phase of a sprawling, 272-acre park on the southern end of Gilbert will begin this fall, the town’s park director said. The build-out of the first 30 acres will be a major milestone in what’s been a years-long plan for the park on the southwest corner of Queen Creek and Higley roads. The Town Read More…

new tax plan
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How to Save a Bundle Before the New Tax Plan Kicks In

(Source: New York Post): Ruth Brown – There are lots of things you can do before the new tax plan kicks in. You can have your tax break — and beat it, too, say tax experts. The newly overhauled tax system starts in less than two weeks, but there’s still time to cash in on deductions that Read More…

WestWorld of Scottsdale
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City spends more to keep WestWorld of Scottsdale competitive but seeks long-term master plan

(Source: AZCentral): Yihyun Jeong – Look for improvements to WestWorld of Scottsdale ahead of the 2018 Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction in January, as the city continues to develop a long-term plan for the sprawling event space. That plan should include insights on what to do with the massive tent on the site, near Loop 101 and Frank Lloyd Wright Boulevard. Read More…

Scottsdale Airport
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Scottsdale Airport’s multimillion dollar makeover underway

(Source: AZCentral): Yihyun Jeong –  Multimillion-dollar renovation projects are underway at the Scottsdale Airport, adding amenities for pilots and residents alike, including a tribute to the area’s World War II roots. The site, near Frank Lloyd Wright Boulevard and Scottsdale Road, opened June 22, 1942, as Thunderbird Field II, a training facility for Army Air Corps pilots. Today, the city-owned Read More…