Skip to main content

 

In the News

​​​​​​

 

 

Attracting West Tech3637https://www.phoenix.gov/econdevsite/MediaAssets/Attracting West Tech.jpgAttracting West Techhttp://www.azcentral.com/story/money/business/jobs/2016/04/01/phoenix-area-attracting-west-coast-tech-companies/82478092/https://www.phoenix.gov/econdevsite/MediaAssets/Forms/DispForm.aspx?ID=36370x0101009148F5A04DDD49CBA7127AADA5FB792B00AADE34325A8B49CDA8BB4DB53328F2140064F0C58F9F85EE4DBC3FD9179307DF09Image
ASU UA Ranks Top3639https://www.phoenix.gov/econdevsite/MediaAssets/ASU UA Ranks Top.jpgASU UA Ranks Tophttp://www.bizjournals.com/phoenix/blog/business/2016/03/asu-ua-rank-among-top-mba-schools.htmlhttps://www.phoenix.gov/econdevsite/MediaAssets/Forms/DispForm.aspx?ID=36390x0101009148F5A04DDD49CBA7127AADA5FB792B00AADE34325A8B49CDA8BB4DB53328F2140064F0C58F9F85EE4DBC3FD9179307DF09Image
Farmers Insurance3638https://www.phoenix.gov/econdevsite/MediaAssets/Farmers Insurance.jpgFarmers Insurancehttp://www.bizjournals.com/phoenix/news/2016/02/04/exclusive-why-farmers-insurance-picked-phoenix.htmlhttps://www.phoenix.gov/econdevsite/MediaAssets/Forms/DispForm.aspx?ID=36380x0101009148F5A04DDD49CBA7127AADA5FB792B00AADE34325A8B49CDA8BB4DB53328F2140064F0C58F9F85EE4DBC3FD9179307DF09Image
Phoenix online jobs marketplace launches exclusively for staffing agencies3636https://www.phoenix.gov/econdevsite/MediaAssets/Phoenix Staffing Agencies.jpgPhoenix online jobs marketplace launches exclusively for staffing agencieshttp://www.bizjournals.com/phoenix/blog/techflash/2016/03/phoenix-online-jobs-marketplace-launches.htmlhttps://www.phoenix.gov/econdevsite/MediaAssets/Forms/DispForm.aspx?ID=36360x0101009148F5A04DDD49CBA7127AADA5FB792B00AADE34325A8B49CDA8BB4DB53328F2140064F0C58F9F85EE4DBC3FD9179307DF09Image


In Other Economic Development News

 

 

CNH Industrial's Iveco unveils first electric truck in partnership with Nikola750CNH Industrial's Iveco unveils first electric truck in partnership with Nikolahttps://www.phoenix.gov/econdev/inthenews/750<div class="ExternalClass1DEDA18055B644B2A2146C753D7E20D9"><figure> <img src="/econdevsite/MediaAssets/EconomyUpdate/UPDATE-20191122-Nikola-Motors.jpg" alt="Photo of a Nikola electric-powered truck on the San Francisco Golden Gate Bridge" /> <center><figcaption><em> Nikola Motor Company, headquartered in Phoenix, claims it has made a game-changing improvement to electric-powered vehicle batteries.</em><br>Image: Nikola Motor Company</figcaption></center> </figure> <center><em>By Giulio Piovaccari for Reuters</em><br></center><p><span style="font-size:15px;"> CNH Industrial’s truck unit Iveco on Tuesday unveiled its first electric vehicle, the Nikola Tre, built in partnership with U.S. startup Nikola Motor Co.</span></p><p><span style="font-size:15px;">The heavy truck will be built for the European market under a deal announced by the two groups in September and is expected to give a boost to Iveco, which as the smallest of Europe’s traditional truck makers competes with the might of Volkswagen (VOWG_p.DE), Daimler and Volvo Group.</span></p><p><span style="font-size:15px;">“Just three months after we signed our partnership we have been able to deliver this prototype, just imagine what we’ll do in the next three years,” Nikola founder and Chief Executive Trevor Milton said late on Monday at a dinner in Turin, where Iveco is based.</span></p><p><span style="font-size:15px;">He said on Tuesday that orders for the Nikola Tre were already exceeding current production capacity.</span></p><p><span style="font-size:15px;">“We’ll be sold out for many years,” he said at the official presentation of the truck.</span></p>​<br></div>12/2/2019 7:00:00 AMhttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-cnh-industrial-nikola/cnh-industrials-iveco-joins-the-electric-truck-race-with-nikola-partnership-idUSKBN1Y62FR
Lucid Motors begins hiring, lays groundwork to make luxury electric sedans in Casa Grande753Lucid Motors begins hiring, lays groundwork to make luxury electric sedans in Casa Grandehttps://www.phoenix.gov/econdev/inthenews/753<div class="ExternalClass1DAF455D136649E2AB3882677D4C1A16"><div style="text-align:center;"><figure> <img src="/econdevsite/MediaAssets/Buildings/UPDATE-20191205-lucid-casa-grande-AERIAL.jpg" alt="Rendering, Lucid Motors Casa Grande, Arizona, manufactuing plant" /> <figcaption><em>Aerial view of the proposed Lucid Motors manufacturing and assembly facility in Casa Grande, part of the Phoenix metro Arizona-Sonora megaregion automotive supply chain.</em> <br>Image: Lucid Motors <br> <em>By Hayley Ringle for Phoenix Business Journal</em> </figcaption> </figure></div><p><span style="font-size:15px;">As Lucid Motors Inc. looks to begin manufacturing its first all-electric, luxury vehicle at its Casa Grande plant in December 2020, the Newark, California-based startup promises a high-tech, spacious and comfortable vehicle unlike any other.</span></p><p><span style="font-size:15px;">The all-electric Lucid Air sedan touts a 400-mile battery range, zooming from zero to 60 mph in under 2.5 seconds with standard features and options the company says “rival high-end benchmarks," as an obvious competitor to the high-end Model S made by rival Tesla Inc.</span></p><p><span style="font-size:15px;">Peter Hochholdinger, Lucid’s new vice president of manufacturing, has some experience with that brand. He was previously vice president of production for Tesla. He says Lucid's car will stand apart because it’s “clearly a luxury product.” He joined the company in July with nearly 30 years of automotive manufacturing experience.</span></p><br></div>12/4/2019 7:00:00 AMhttps://www.bizjournals.com/phoenix/news/2019/12/02/lucid-motors-begins-hiring-lays-groundwork-to-make.html
Phoenix metro economy tops Arizona, U.S. growth rates and top 10 metros754Phoenix metro economy tops Arizona, U.S. growth rates and top 10 metroshttps://www.phoenix.gov/econdev/inthenews/754<div class="ExternalClassF2D29DBC472041618B2D9156259F1D41"><div style="text-align:center;"> <figure><img src="/econdevsite/MediaAssets/Other/BEA-GDP-20191213-Top-10-Metro-GDP-by-NAICS-2001-2018.jpg" alt="Chart, bar chart showing Phoenix metro GDP from 2001 to 2018" /><figcaption> <em>The Phoenix-Mesa-Chandler gross domestic product grew 4.5 percent between 2017 and 2018,, making the regional economy the fastest-growing among the top 10 metro areas. Chart shows the growth from 2001 to 2018.</em><br>Image: U.S. BEA data. City of Phoenix graphic. <br> <em>By Eric Jay Toll for The Economy Update</em></figcaption></figure> </div><ul><li><h4>Metro economy up 52% since 2010 depth of the Great Recession</h4></li><li><h4>Manufacturing, information technology and healthcare drive Valley GDP<br></h4></li><li><h4>Phoenix metro has the fastest-growing economy of the top 10 metro areas<br></h4></li><li><h4>Construction GDP contribution plunges 45% since 2007</h4> </li></ul><p> <span style="font-size:15px;">The Phoenix metro area economy grew 4.5 percent in 2018 over 2017, topping Arizona’s 4.1 percent economic growth and the 2.6 percent growth for the U.S. economy. The findings come from a new report from the U.S. Bureau of Economy Analysis released Dec. 12.</span></p><p> <span style="font-size:15px;">The economic value of the Phoenix economy was almost $228 billion, compared to $218 billion in 2017, and $181 billion in 2010. Among the top 10 U.S. metro areas, their economies grew by an average of 2.7 percent, just 0.1 percent faster than the U.S. average. Phoenix-Mesa-Chandler is the 11th-most populous metro area.</span></p><p> <span style="font-size:15px;">“This strong GDP growth is a testament to the importance of local policy in promoting economic success,” said Mayor Kate Gallego. “In the depths of the Great Recession, Valley leaders committed to bringing more advanced industry jobs to Phoenix and our neighboring cities. Since this undertaking started, we’ve seen significant employment growth in these sectors, creating an important shift in the make-up of the valley’s economy.”</span></p><p> <span style="font-size:15px;">Since the bottom of the Great Recession in 2010, the metro economy has grown 25.8 percent. The information technology sector increased its economic output by 92 percent. The health care sector grew 41.8 percent, and manufacturing increased its GDP by 39.6 percent. The economic value of construction is 45.3 percent less in 2018 than it was in 2007, the last peak economic year before the recession.</span></p><p> <span style="font-size:15px;">The economic impact of data centers’ capital investments played into the growth, with the information industry sector growing 15.7 percent in year-over-year comparisons between 2018 and 2017. Transportation and warehousing grew 11.3 percent over 2017, and nondurable goods manufacturing grew 9.6 percent in the year-over-year comparison.</span></p><p> <span style="font-size:15px;">Construction GDP has come back 33.9 percent since the depths of the recession and gained 7.8 percent since last year. Retail GDP is up 3.6 percent year-over-year, but only 1.2 percent compared to what it was in 2007. </span></p><p> <span style="font-size:15px;">The top five industry sectors’ GDP growth over 2017 is information (15.7 percent), transportation and warehousing (11.3 percent), nondurable goods manufacturing (9.6 percent) and construction (7.8 percent).</span></p><p> <span style="font-size:15px;">Advanced industries made up more than 60 percent of the Phoenix metro GDP in 2018, compared to 50.8 percent of the economy in both 2001 and 2007. Retail, real estate and construction saw its GDP share of the metro economy dropped from over 25 percent in 2007 to under 20 percent in 2018. Changing the economy to emphasize advanced industries added close to $35 billion to the Phoenix economy over what it would have been without the change in workforce and industries.</span></p><p> <span style="font-size:15px;">Construction, real estate, retail, warehousing and hospitality comprised 25 percent of the Valley’s economy in 2007, and last year only equaled 19 percent of the economy. Construction contributed $18.7 billion to the Phoenix metro GDP in 2007 and $10.3 billion in 2018, a 45 percent decline since the peak year before the recession. </span></p><p> <span style="font-size:15px;">“What this means is that construction is now serving the Phoenix economy rather than driving it,” said Christine Mackay, director, Phoenix Community and Economic Development. “We see strong year-over-year growth in construction’s GDP contribution to the Phoenix economy because the rest of the economy is growing even stronger than construction. Before the Great Recession, construction’s contribution to the Valley’s GDP is what built Phoenix out of a recession. Now, the economy is growing from increased numbers of high-value jobs and significant increases in capital investment.”</span></p><p> <span style="font-size:15px;">Although Phoenix-Mesa-Chandler is the 11th-most populous metro area, its 4.5 percent economic growth rate was stronger than any of the top 10 metros. With a population of around 18,000 fewer people than the Boston metro, Phoenix is expected to pass Boston and move into the top 10 metro areas in 2020.</span></p><p> <span style="font-size:15px;">The surge in the Valley’s economic growth started in 2017 when Phoenix ranked second among the top 10 metros and continued with its 4.5 percent growth rate in 2018. Phoenix also beat the national growth rate in both 2017 and 2018 after failing to do so in 2013 through 2015.</span></p><p> <em>(Note: Office of Management and Budget changed the name of the Phoenix metro from Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale to Phoenix-Mesa-Chandler effective Sept. 2018)</em></p>​​<br></div>12/18/2019 7:00:00 AM
New Loop 202 South Mountain Freeway to bring major development to southwest Phoenix756New Loop 202 South Mountain Freeway to bring major development to southwest Phoenixhttps://www.phoenix.gov/econdev/inthenews/756<div class="ExternalClassD899B7C678414BBD987416A235EA9CAC"><div style="text-align:center;"> <figure> <img src="/econdevsite/MediaAssets/Other/Newsroom_CED_0003.jpg" alt="Photo, art decorating an underpass support along the Loop 202 freeway" /><figcaption><em>Over- and underpasses on the new Loop 202 Cong. Ed Pastor South Mountain Freeway in Phoenix, Arizona, U.S. are decorated with artworks.</em> <br>Image: ADOT <br> <em>By Ryan Randazzo for The Arizona Republic</em> </figcaption> </figure></div><p><span style="font-size:15px;">When the new 22-mile segment of the Loop 202 opens later this month, not only will the commute for tens of thousands of people change, but so will open countryside that has long defined the landscape in that area.</span></p><p><span style="font-size:15px;">Housing, obviously, will be what much of the now vacant land and farmland converts to along the freeway. Dairy farms and alfalfa fields already are transforming to rooftops along the route from southwest Phoenix to Chandler.</span></p><p><span style="font-size:15px;">But with the entire length of the extension in Phoenix, that city anticipates a host of new retail, industrial, and hopefully, technology businesses, along with the homes.</span></p><p><span style="font-size:15px;">"We have an exciting opportunity in front of us in Phoenix," said Mayor Kate Gallego, who lives in southwest Phoenix near the new freeway. "We already are one of the largest cities in the country, but we have a new freeway opening up in our city, and there is significant land likely to be redeveloped along it."</span></p>​<br></div>12/19/2019 4:00:00 PM
New Phoenix app helps users manage and pay medical bills in one place751New Phoenix app helps users manage and pay medical bills in one placehttps://www.phoenix.gov/econdev/inthenews/751<div class="ExternalClassCCB2AFC2D4CA43B38C3ECE76E9B38818"><div style="text-align:center;"> <figure><img src="/econdevsite/MediaAssets/Other/UPDATE-20191205-RexPay.jpg" alt="Photo and graphic of RexPay logo and screen view on an iPhoenix 8 along with portraits of the co-founders" /><figcaption><em>Rachel Mertensmeyer, CED, (bottom) and Harlow Burgess, CTO (top) are co-founders of RexPay, a Phoenix-based medtech application developer.</em><br>Image: RexPay; Collage: City of Phoenix <br><em>by Hayley Ringle for Phoenix Business Journal</em> </figcaption> </figure></div><p> <span style="font-size:15px;"><strong>Name:</strong>​  RexPay, called "your medical bill rescue app."</span></p><p> <span style="font-size:15px;"> </span></p> <strong>Company:</strong> Phoenix-based RexPay Inc., founded by CEO Rachel Mertensmeyer and Chief Technology Officer Harlow Burgess in February 2018. <p></p><p> <span style="font-size:15px;"> <strong>What it does:</strong> The app helps patients understand, manage and pay all medical bills in one place. The app offers a simplified solution to the medical billing process for patients, allowing providers to get paid faster and reduce overhead costs.</span></p><p> <span style="font-size:15px;"> <strong>How it makes money:</strong> The revenue model is a 1% transaction fee on each bill paid through the app. If the patient is paying a provider who has a contract with RexPay, then the provider pays the fee on behalf of the patient, who uses the app for free. If the patient is paying a provider who has no relationship with RexPay, they pay the 1% fee with a $5 maximum cost per transaction.</span>​</p></div>11/27/2019 7:00:00 AMhttps://www.bizjournals.com/phoenix/news/2019/11/27/new-phoenix-app-helps-users-manage-and-pay-medical.html
New Loop 202 South Mountain Freeway will open 'very soon,' but officials won't give date755New Loop 202 South Mountain Freeway will open 'very soon,' but officials won't give datehttps://www.phoenix.gov/econdev/inthenews/755<div class="ExternalClassB19C98054C6E48C099BF9F97448E17A4"><div style="text-align:center;"><figure> <img src="/econdevsite/MediaAssets/Other/UPDATE-20191218-Loop-202-Freeway-Dedication-Collage.jpg" alt="Photo showing a double diamond interchange on Loop 202 with insets of a sign for Ed Pastor freeway and a scene from dedication" /> <figcaption><em>The Loop 202 Cong. Ed Pastor South Mountain Freeway was dedicated in a ceremony on Dec. 18, 2019. Photos in collage include partner vehicles, the memorial freeway name sign, and a double-diamond interchange.</em> <br>Image: AZDOT <br> <em>By Ryan Randazzo for The Arizona Republic</em> </figcaption> </figure></div><p><span style="font-size:15px;">Drivers in metro Phoenix will be able to shuttle between the East and West Valley on the new Loop 202 sometime in the near future, officials said Wednesday.</span></p><p><span style="font-size:15px;">But at a large gathering to celebrate the completion of the long-awaited $1.7 billion roadway project, those officials would not give a date or time when cars will be allowed on it.</span></p><p><span style="font-size:15px;">"Very soon you'll be able to use the Loop 202 Pastor Freeway," Arizona Department of Transportation Director John Halikowski said. "The freeway will be open to traffic before the end of the year."</span></p><p><span style="font-size:15px;">The Loop 202 South Mountain Freeway — the largest freeway project in state history — was officially named the "Congressman Ed Pastor Freeway" in October by the Arizona State Board on Geographic and Historic Names.</span></p>​<br></div>12/18/2019 7:00:00 AMhttps://www.azcentral.com/story/news/local/ahwatukee-traffic/2019/12/18/adot-loop-202-south-mountain-freeway-phoenix-open-very-soon/4411915002/
Arizona lands $90 million to expand Interstate 17 north of Phoenix526Arizona lands $90 million to expand Interstate 17 north of Phoenixhttps://www.phoenix.gov/econdev/inthenews/526<div class="ExternalClassBC02192266914430976C66D39C85F1A1"> <figure> <img src="/econdevsite/MediaAssets/EconomyUpdate/UPDATE-20190723-I17-Milepost-247.jpg" alt="An aerial view of I-17 freeway at milepost 247 looking east towards Agua Fria National Monument." /> <div style="text-align:center;"> <figcaption><em>Interstate 17 shown near Milepost 247 adjoining the Agua Fria National Monument, north of Black Canyon City, Arizona, U.S.</em><br>​​Image: Arizona Department of Transportation</figcaption></div> </figure> <div style="text-align:center;"><h3><span style="font-size:15px;">Grant will bolster improvements north of Phoenix starting by 2021</span>​<br></h3></div>​ <div style="text-align:center;"> <em>From the Arizona Department of Transportation</em></div><p> <span style="font-size:15px;">The Governor’s Office and the Arizona Department of Transportation today announced Arizona has won a highly competitive $90 million federal highway grant to help expand and improve Interstate 17 north of Phoenix, including a flex lanes system between Black Canyon City and the Sunset Point Rest Area.</span></p><p> <span style="font-size:15px;">The Infrastructure for Rebuilding America (INFRA) grant, awarded to the Arizona Department of Transportation by the Federal Highway Administration, will be used as part of an estimated $320 million project to add lanes along 23 miles of I-17 between Anthem Way and Sunset Point. Construction is scheduled to begin by 2021 and be completed in 2023.</span></p><p> <span style="font-size:15px;">“This is exciting news for Arizona and our growing economy,” said Governor Ducey. “Arizona’s fiscally conservative, balanced budget made significant investments in our state’s infrastructure. This additional funding will expand Interstate 17 in a critical commerce corridor, helping reduce congestion, improve traffic flow and increase public safety. My thanks to the Arizona Department of Transportation and all of our regional and federal partners for their hard work and advocacy on behalf of Arizona.”</span></p><p> <span style="font-size:15px;">“This is great news for the entire state and in particular for those living in and traveling to northern Arizona,” ADOT Director John Halikowski said. “I thank all of ADOT’s partners at the local, regional and federal level, including members of our congressional delegation and the Maricopa Association of Governments, for helping us move this much-needed project forward.”</span></p><p> <span style="font-size:15px;">The improvements to I-17 north of Phoenix are one of the state’s transportation priorities because that area regularly experiences heavy congestion due to crashes, disabled vehicles and increased weekend traffic.</span></p><p> <span style="font-size:15px;">The state budget recently passed by the Legislature and signed by Governor Doug Ducey included an investment of $130 million in state funds to allow full construction of third lanes along the highway between Anthem Way and Black Canyon City as part of the larger I-17 improvement project.</span></p><p> <span style="font-size:15px;">Meanwhile, flex lanes along 8 miles of I-17 north of Black Canyon City will operate as a separate two-lane facility to carry one direction of traffic at any one time depending on need, with movable gates at end to control access. For example, the flex lanes will carry heavier northbound I-17 traffic on a Friday and southbound traffic on a Sunday. They also could provide extra lanes in one direction if an incident closes the regular I-17 lanes in the area between Black Canyon City and Sunset Point.</span></p><p> <span style="font-size:15px;">“I-17 plays a key role in moving people and products in Arizona and national commerce between regional and international markets, including Mexico,” Halikowski said. “There are no reasonable alternative routes when traffic on I-17 is impacted. That’s why this is both a state and national priority.” </span></p><p> <span style="font-size:15px;">Environmental studies for the I-17 corridor north of Phoenix are scheduled for completion later this year.</span></p><p> <span style="font-size:15px;">According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, this round of the Infrastructure Rebuilding America discretionary grant program is making available between $855 million and $902.5 million for projects that help rebuild America’s infrastructure.</span></p> <figure><img src="/econdevsite/MediaAssets/EconomyUpdate/UPDATE-20190723-I-17-Flex-Lanes.jpg" alt="Map of the area to be improved with flex lanes on I-17 between Anthem and Cordes Junction" /> <div style="text-align:center;"> <figcaption><em>Projecct improvements will be constructed in the corridor from Anthem Way to Cordes Junction. <br>Flex lanes will move traffic northbound on Fridays and southbound on Sundays.</em><br>​Image: Arizona Department of Transportation</figcaption></div> </figure>​​​​<br></div>7/23/2019 5:00:00 PMhttps://azdot.gov/media/News/news-release/2019/07/22/arizona-awarded-$90-million-federal-grant-to-expand-i-17
Get Smart: Greater Phoenix Cities Lead the Way765Get Smart: Greater Phoenix Cities Lead the Wayhttps://www.phoenix.gov/econdev/inthenews/765<div class="ExternalClass94FC09228B7249449F3D60C7C9CEB183"><div style="text-align:center;"><figure> <img src="/econdevsite/MediaAssets/EconomyUpdate/NEWSROOM-Inbussines_Smart-Cities.jpg" alt="Night time image of Downtown Phoenix with the words 'get smart' overprinted in the center" /> <figcaption><em>Phoenix and other Valley cities are on the road to becoming full-fledged smart cities, as reported by Greater Phoenix inBusiness magazine in January 2020.</em> <br>Image: Greater Phoenix inBusiness <br> <em>By RaeAnn Marsh for Greater Phoenix inBusiness</em> </figcaption></figure></div> <<p><span style="font-size:15px;">Having a lot of information doesn’t necessarily equate to being smart. With all our “smart” devices that generate mountains of data, what makes a difference in our lives is what we do with that information. Cities take that concept to a greater scale, benefitting both residents and business.</span></p><p><span style="font-size:15px;">In fact, in terms of growing and attracting business, Chris Camacho, president and CEO of the Greater Phoenix Economic Council, notes, “Digital and smart technology are now considered the new-age infrastructure of the 21st century.”</span></p><p><span style="font-size:15px;">Says Diana Bowman, Ph.D., co-director of ASU Center for Smart Regions and Cities, “When I think about what a smart city or region is, my first response really is framed around a jurisdiction that is focused on improving quality of life for its residents.” One example she offers is designing infrastructure that supports autonomous vehicles as a way to promote independence in an aging population and encourage aging in place. Another is delivering connectivity to as many people as possible, as access to the internet can open up new employment opportunities as well as deliver a range of educational opportunities that school-aged children may not have previously had access to. “Infrastructure is, therefore, critical to the evolution of a city to a smart city. But I would argue that the infrastructure should be viewed as the enabler for the delivery of services and opportunities that will drive quality-of-life improvement and promote, for example, sustainability.”</span></p>​<br></div>1/3/2020 7:00:00 AMhttps://inbusinessphx.com/in-business/greater-phoenix-cities-lead-the-way
Loop 202 South Mountain Freeway opens to traffic760Loop 202 South Mountain Freeway opens to traffichttps://www.phoenix.gov/econdev/inthenews/760<div class="ExternalClassA4CE2D22EE844F8996C3BBC32BBD6AF8"><div style="text-align:center;"> <figure><img src="/econdevsite/MediaAssets/Other/UPDATE-20191218-Loop-202-Freeway-Dedication-Collage.jpg" alt="Photo showing a double diamond interchange on Loop 202 with insets of a sign for Ed Pastor freeway and a scene from dedication" /> <figcaption> <em>The Loop 202 Cong. Ed Pastor South Mountain Freeway was dedicated in a ceremony on Dec. 18, 2019, and opened to traffic on Dec. 21, 2019. The 22-mile freeway is located entirely within the city of Phoenix and connects Interstate 10 at the Loop 202 Santan Freeway to I-10 near 59th Avenue. Photos in collage include partner vehicles, the memorial freeway name sign, and a double-diamond interchange.</em><br>Image: ADOT <br><em>From the Arizona Department of Transportation</em></figcaption></figure> </div><p> <span style="font-size:15px;">The Loop 202 South Mountain Freeway is open to traffic, providing a much-needed alternative to Interstate 10 through downtown Phoenix while improving the quality of life in a fast-growing region.</span></p><p> <span style="font-size:15px;">The freeway opened Saturday, Dec. 21, three days after a grand opening ceremony that featured Governor Doug Ducey, Arizona Department of Transportation Director John Halikowski and other Valley leaders.</span></p><p> <span style="font-size:15px;">Using an innovative public-private partnership for the state’s largest-ever highway project, ADOT was able to open the 22-mile freeway three years earlier than if it had been built as a series of traditional projects. The agreement also allowed ADOT to deliver the $1.7 billion South Mountain Freeway at a cost savings of more than $100 million.</span></p><p> <span style="font-size:15px;">“Arizona has solidified its reputation as a state that is open for opportunity, and as we welcome hundreds of new residents every day, we are making sure our infrastructure remains some of the best in America,” Governor Ducey said. “This Loop 202 opening represents a big step forward in connecting the East and West Valleys, as well as prioritizing safety for drivers. My thanks to the local, state, tribal, federal and private partners who helped bring this project to fruition ahead of schedule with major cost savings.”</span></p><p> <span style="font-size:15px;">Completing the Loop 101 and Loop 202 system, the South Mountain Freeway travels between Interstate 10 at the Loop 202 Santan Freeway in the East Valley and I-10 at 59th Avenue in the West Valley. It is projected to carry about 117,000 vehicles per day within its first year and as many as 190,000 vehicles per day by 2035.</span></p><p> <span style="font-size:15px;">It’s Arizona’s first highway project built using a public-private partnership, which combined design, construction and maintenance in a single contract. Connect 202 Partners, the developer chosen for the project, will maintain the South Mountain Freeway for the next 30 years under the agreement.</span></p><p> <span style="font-size:15px;">“This freeway is open on an ambitious timeline because of the innovation, creativity and dedication of our teams at ADOT and at Connect 202 Partners,” ADOT Director John Halikowski said. “This monumental achievement will benefit Arizonans for decades to come.”</span></p><p> <span style="font-size:15px;">While the freeway is open to traffic, work will continue into 2020 in several areas, including a traffic interchange at 32nd Street, a 6-mile multi-use path between 40th Street and 17th Avenue in Ahwatukee and landscaping. The 32nd Street interchange was added after the initial design at the request of area residents.</span></p><p> <span style="font-size:15px;">Connect 202 Partners, consisting of Fluor Enterprises Inc., Granite Construction Co. and Ames Construction Inc., with Parsons Brinckerhoff Inc. as the lead designer, completed more than 5.5 million hours of work without an incident causing lost time while using more than 120 subcontractors and suppliers.</span></p><p> <span style="font-size:15px;">“Working in partnership with ADOT over the last three and half years, we have achieved our goal of providing Arizona with a safe, innovative, cost-effective and much-needed freeway that will help alleviate traffic congestion, stimulate the economy and improve the safety and operational efficiency for drivers throughout the Phoenix-metro area,” said Walter J. Lewis, III, senior project director for Fluor and Connect 202 Partners.</span></p><p> <span style="font-size:15px;">Among the freeway’s 15 interchanges are Arizona’s first two using a diverging diamond configuration that promotes traffic flow and safety. The freeway’s 40 bridges include two half-mile spans over the Salt River that have the longest concrete bridge girders – 175 feet – ever used in Arizona.</span></p><p> <span style="font-size:15px;">It features three travel lanes and an HOV lane in each direction.</span></p><p> <span style="font-size:15px;">As with any new highway, ADOT will continue working with nearby residents to examine any concerns related to noise or lighting.</span></p><p> <span style="font-size:15px;">Signs at each end of the South Mountain Freeway honor the late Arizona Congressman Ed Pastor, carrying a designation approved this fall by the Arizona State Board on Geographic and Historic Names.</span></p><p> <span style="font-size:15px;">The South Mountain Freeway has long been part of the region’s transportation plans. Maricopa County voters approved it in 1985 and again in 2004 as part of the Maricopa Association of Governments’ Regional Transportation Plan.</span></p><p> <span style="font-size:15px;">For information on the project and to sign up for project updates, please visit SouthMountainFreeway.com​​. For additional current and planned construction information, click on the Construction Info tab.</span></p></div>12/21/2019 7:00:00 AM
Phoenix biotech company raises another $3M for early lung cancer detection772Phoenix biotech company raises another $3M for early lung cancer detectionhttps://www.phoenix.gov/econdev/inthenews/772<div class="ExternalClass41D99FA72B874401967BB72059F8BEA4"><div style="text-align:center;"> <img src="/econdevsite/MediaAssets/EconomyUpdate/NEWSROOM-20200109-Vision-Gate.jpg" alt="alt=" /> <figcaption><em>VisionGate's Cell-CT platform is an automated 3D imaging technology critical to the processing of the LuCED lung test, using a technique called optical projection tomography to show cancerous cells in 3D.</em> <br>Image: <em>Angela Gonzales</em> <br> <em>By Hayley Ringle for Phoenix Business Journal</em> </figcaption> </div><p><span style="font-size:15px;">Update: The funding amount was changed to reflect that the investment was an addition to a previous equity round.</span></p><p><span style="font-size:15px;">VisionGate Inc., a Phoenix-based biotechnology company, has raised another $3 million to fund its quest to battle lung cancer.</span></p><p><span style="font-size:15px;">The new $3 million in equity was filed Dec. 17 with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. This brings the round up to $36.6 million in equity funding for the round.</span></p><p><span style="font-size:15px;">VisionGate is a clinical stage oncology pharmaceutical and diagnostics company focused on the early detection and prevention of cancer.</span></p>​<br></div>12/23/2019 7:00:00 AMhttps://www.bizjournals.com/phoenix/news/2019/12/23/phoenix-biotech-company-raises-36-6m-for-early.html


 

 

City of Phoenix Home Page1City of Phoenix Home PageLogohttps://www.phoenix.gov/SiteAssets/logo-cop.pnghttps://www.phoenix.gov<div class="ExternalClass15C6139D18F4408F86C1E2AEBAD7E54E"><p><span style="font-size:11pt;font-family:calibri, sans-serif;">City of Phoenix logo</span></p></div>5383d3Both1
Report It2Report ItMain Footer Linkhttps://www.phoenix.gov/atyourservice1.000000000000005383d3Both1PHX At Your Service
Pay It3Pay ItMain Footer Linkhttps://www.phoenix.gov/payonline2.000000000000005383d3Both1PHX Pay Online
Employment4EmploymentMain Footer Linkhttps://www.phoenix.gov/hr/current-jobs3.000000000000005383d3Both1Employment
Parks5ParksMain Footer Linkhttps://www.phoenix.gov/parks4.000000000000005383d3Both1Parks & Recreation
Police6PoliceMain Footer Linkhttps://www.phoenix.gov/police5.000000000000005383d3Both1Police
Open Data29Open DataMain Footer Linkhttps://www.phoenixopendata.com/7.000000000000005383d31Open Data
PHX Newsroom30PHX NewsroomMain Footer Linkhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom8.000000000000005383d31PHX Newsroom
Proposed Taxes or Fees7Proposed Taxes or FeesSecondary Footer Linkhttps://www.phoenix.gov/public-notice-tax-and-fee-changes1.000000000000005383d3Both1Proposed Taxes or Fees
Licensing & Permitting8Licensing & PermittingSecondary Footer Linkhttps://www.phoenix.gov/licensing-and-permitting-directory-of-documents2.000000000000005383d3Both1Licensing & Permitting
Media9MediaSecondary Footer Linkhttps://www.phoenix.gov/pio3.000000000000005383d3Both1Media
Accessibility10AccessibilitySecondary Footer Linkhttps://www.phoenix.gov/accessibility4.000000000000005383d3Both1Accessibility
Security & Privacy11Security & PrivacySecondary Footer Linkhttps://www.phoenix.gov/privacy5.000000000000005383d3Both1Security & Privacy
© 2020 City of Phoenix27© 2020 City of PhoenixSecondary Footer Linkhttps://www.phoenix.gov/copyright6.000000000000005383d3Both1© 2020 City of Phoenix
Contact Us14Contact UsContact fa-envelopehttps://www.phoenix.gov/contactus<div class="ExternalClassC9AC15E8CC8345049F341461DE659A78"><p><a href="/contactus">Contact Us</a></p></div>5383d3Desktop2
Phone Directory26Phone DirectoryDirectoryhttps://www.phoenix.gov/phone-directory3.000000000000005383d32Phone Directory
200 W. Washington Street12200 W. Washington StreetMap Linkfa-map-markerhttps://www.google.com/maps/place/200+W+Washington+St,+Phoenix,+AZ+85003/@33.4488149,-112.079334,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x872b1223fc277d09:0x751804c733867934!8m2!3d33.4488149!4d-112.0771453<div class="ExternalClassED132930A7DF4D7691AF73C840F36521"><html> <div class="ExternalClass2B11A33218E542FE9F191E4D4770C1C9"> <p>Phoenix City Hall</p><p>200 W. Washington Street</p><p>Phoenix, AZ 85003 | <a target="_blank" href="https://www.google.com/maps/place/Phoenix+City+Hall/%4033.4488121%2c-112.079232%2c17z/data=%213m1%214b1%214m5%213m4%211s0x872b122157823309:0x55a433f10baebf50%218m2%213d33.4488076%214d-112.0770433">Map</a> </p> </div> </html></div>5383d3DesktopPhoenix, AZ 850032Map Link
Map and Directions21Map and DirectionsMobile Only Buttonhttps://www.google.com/maps/place/Phoenix+City+Hall/@33.4488121,-112.079232,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x872b122157823309:0x55a433f10baebf50!8m2!3d33.4488076!4d-112.07704331.000000000000005383d3Mobile2
Call (602) 262-601122Call (602) 262-6011Mobile Only Button60226260112.000000000000005383d3Mobile2
TTY: 71123TTY: 711Mobile Only Buttontel:7113.000000000000005383d3Mobile2
Submit Contact Form24Submit Contact FormMobile Only Buttonhttps://www.phoenix.gov/contactus4.000000000000005383d3Mobile2
602-262-601113602-262-6011Phonefa-phone6022626011<div class="ExternalClass236F7D3275324812977F638F7178260D"> <div class="ExternalClass50200E069FA74002B8167B23E86FC14B">Main <a style="line-height:1.6;" target="_blank" href="http://602-262-6011/">602-262-6011</a></div> <div class="ExternalClass50200E069FA74002B8167B23E86FC14B"> <span style="line-height:1.6;">TTY </span><a style="line-height:1.6;" target="_blank" href="http://0.0.2.199/">711</a> <p> <a style="line-height:1.6;" target="_blank" href="/aaasite/Pages/FooterNavigation.aspx">Phone Directory</a></p></div> </div>5383d3Desktop2Main City Phone
71125711TTY7112.000000000000005383d3Mobile2
About Phoenix15About PhoenixAbout<div class="ExternalClass297B596C2A074C4685DCA5B04F10D19E"><html> <div>Phoenix is the 5th largest city in the United States. We're a vibrant, growing city and a great place to <a target="_blank" href="https://phoenix.maps.arcgis.com/apps/MapTour/index.html?appid=da5643d20b8e4318a2ae201b276d7590">live</a>, <a target="_blank" href="/econdev">work</a>, and <a target="_blank" href="/parks">play</a>! Explore our website for <a href="/newsroom" target="_blank">news </a>and to learn about city services. Follow us on <a href="/social" target="_blank">social media</a>.</div> </html></div>5383d3Both3
Facebook16FacebookSocial Mediafa-facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/CityofPhoenixAZ/1.000000000000003b5998Both3
Twitter17TwitterSocial Mediafa-twitterhttps://twitter.com/cityofphoenixaz2.000000000000005383d3Both3
Youtube18YoutubeSocial Mediafa-youtube-playhttps://www.youtube.com/user/cityofphoenixaz3.00000000000000E62117Both3
Instagram19InstagramSocial Mediafa-instagramhttps://www.instagram.com/cityofphoenixaz/4.000000000000008139aaBoth3
Phoenix Social Media Home Page20Phoenix Social Media Home PageSocial Mediafa-share-square-ohttps://www.phoenix.gov/social5.00000000000000A71e5eBoth3
City of Phoenix - FooterLinksCity of Phoenix - FooterLinks