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Valley manufacturing company creates program to draw teens249Valley manufacturing company creates program to draw teens<div class="ExternalClass2B4C807828084E62A60A65913CF3AD37"><p> <em>​Fox 10 News (Carmen Blackwell): </em></p> In the age of high-definition video games, social media and cellphones, the high demand for manufacturing workers in Phoenix due to the city's industry increase over the last 16 months.<br>This week, middle schoolers from the Balsz Elementary School District are learning that manufacturing can be fun.<br>"We don't have enough people to turn the crank... that's a shortage that's been around for years and it's escalating right now," Dante Fierros said. "There's over six million jobs that aren't being filled in manufacturing."<br>The City of Phoenix and one manufacturing company behind it all says the academy is an excellent opportunity for hands-on learning. <p></p> <br></div>6/21/2018 7:00:00 AM
From warehouse club to work cubicles: Consumer Cellular revamps old Sam's Club building250From warehouse club to work cubicles: Consumer Cellular revamps old Sam's Club building<div class="ExternalClassF40BFCF20A9648ACB9FE7104A15A527A"><p><em>​ABC15 News (Angie Koehle): </em></p>The ribbon-cutting ceremony for the sprawling 164,000 square foot space at 17500 N. Black Canyon Highway took about three years and a lot of vision to get to. Because before it was Consumer Cellular's newest call center in Phoenix, it was a Sam's Club.<br>"When we started looking around and saw this building, it was a big empty square. That's what it looked like," said John Marick, CEO of Consumer Cellular.<br>That's pretty much what it was. It was a big empty square for about 11 years since the Sam's Club that occupied that location shuttered. It now has an open-air staircase, an industrial feel and funky decor, all in a collaborative work environment.<p><br></p></div>6/26/2018 7:00:00 AM
Consumer Cellular to hire 500 at new call center in north Phoenix 251Consumer Cellular to hire 500 at new call center in north Phoenix<div class="ExternalClass0BBA60B08BA34CA8BA5F9787D327B48D"><p><em>​Phoenix Business Journal (Angela Gonzales):</em> Consumer Cellular Inc., the no-contract wireless provider set to pass the 3 million customer mark this year, plans to hire 500 employees at its new call center in north Phoenix by December.</p>The 164,000-square-foot facility will allow for the addition of 1,200 employees during the next three years.<br>The Portland, Oregon-based company took over the Sam's Club at 17500 N. Black Canyon Highway, making it Consumer Cellular's third area facility. It also has 165,000 square feet in two buildings at 7410 and 7419 S. Roosevelt St. in Tempe.<p><br></p></div>6/27/2018 7:00:00 AM
What BillingTree's first acquisition means for its expansion, Phoenix headquarters252What BillingTree's first acquisition means for its expansion, Phoenix headquarters<div class="ExternalClass3B3C42870F7445E0AFB213D9D40E0FFB"><p><em>​Phoenix Business Journal (Hayley Ringle): </em>For the past five months, BillingTree has been integrating the business and development processes from its first acquisition as it works to expand into health care and business-to-business payments.</p>BillingTree, the Phoenix-based tech provider for payments, acquired Toledo, Ohio-based iPayX in December for an undisclosed price.<br>BillingTree’s acquisition was made to take advantage of iPayX’s relationships within business-to-business commercial systems, said Edz Sturans, CEO and president of BillingTree.<br>“We’ve grown our sales care with health care and B2B and we’ve grown our channel relationships with other channel marketing and sales markets that we didn’t have before, especially in health care,” said Sturans, who joined the company four years ago. “We’re slowly growing in health care, while B2B is a new market for us.”<p><br></p></div>6/26/2018 7:00:00 AM
Exclusive: Silicon Valley tech company expanding in Phoenix, hiring for 100 high-tech jobs253Exclusive: Silicon Valley tech company expanding in Phoenix, hiring for 100 high-tech jobs<div class="ExternalClassD3A8E97764EA458CBB61AF10E3B62818"><p><em>​Phoenix Business Journal (Hayley Ringle): </em>Fremont, California-based technology company is creating 100 high-tech jobs during the next nine months at a new Phoenix facility.</p>Milestone Technologies Inc., a managed service provider that offers IT services, managed contact center and data-center services, expanded into a nearly 8,000-square-foot facility in east Phoenix in May.<br>The company is using its Phoenix office to establish an Artificial Intelligence and Automation Center of Excellence.<br>Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey, Arizona Commerce Authority President and CEO Sandra Watson and Milestone Tech’s executives was scheduled to announced the jobs and expansion to Arizona at 9 a.m. June 27 at the company’s new office at 4710 E. Elwood St.<p><br></p></div>6/27/2018 7:00:00 AM
Complex brain circuitry revealed using new single-cell sequencing technology255Complex brain circuitry revealed using new single-cell sequencing technology<div class="ExternalClass256B49A3F41048699172960FDF420191"><p><em>​TGEN News:</em> The complexity of the human brain presents scientists with immense challenges as they try to find new treatments for a host of diseases and conditions. But the advent of a new technology known as single-cell RNA sequencing is opening a window into how the brain works.<br> <br>Researchers at the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen), an affiliate of City of Hope, and a Silicone Valley startup called Circuit Therapeutics Inc. have combined to look deep inside the brain at a structure known as the striatum, which not only is responsible for controlling how we move, but also contributes to the brain’s decision-making and the initiation of action.<br> <br>Nearly 95 percent of the cells that make up the striatum are known as medium spiny neurons (MSN), whose health or malfunction is associated with many psychiatric and neurodegenerative diseases, including Parkinson’s disease, Huntington’s disease, schizophrenia, drug addiction and ADHD.</p><p><em>Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons, By Jens Maus (</em><br></p></div>6/28/2018 7:00:00 AM
ASU, Mayo build on partnership with wellness courses257ASU, Mayo build on partnership with wellness courses<div class="ExternalClass162CF05D8FDA4D028E35E870347A9134"><p><em>​Phoenix Business Journal (Angela Gonzales): </em>Arizona State University and Mayo Clinic — which already are partnering on a medical school in Phoenix — have joined forces to develop wellness courses for the general public. </p><p>The two organizations will launch a Mind and Body course, the first of many wellness programs they will develop together.</p><p>"This is a perfect example of where we have taken some of Mayo's expertise on health and wellness and blended that with Arizona State's expertise in continuing education," said Scott Walston, senior director of partnership development for Mayo Clinic Global Business Solutions. "We have common goals and objectives and it makes it a really wonderful relationship."<br></p></div>6/29/2018 7:00:00 AM
Will Arizona Be America’s Next Cybersecurity Cluster?229Will Arizona Be America’s Next Cybersecurity Cluster?<div class="ExternalClass7259DFC41AF94169A32F744A20817F5D"><p><em>Harvard Business Review</em>: If you ever waited for dial-up to connect you to the vast wonderland we called the World Wide Web, you probably also had an alarm clock on your nightstand, next to your land line, which might have had a cord connecting the handset to the receiver. If you were really progressive, you may have even used a cellular phone. The connection was better if the antenna was fully extended, and you paid by the minute. Fast-forward a mere twenty years or so. We now text and email and take calls on our watches. Siri directs us if we’re in an unfamiliar city. Our phones can send photos of deposits right to our banks and pay for our groceries at the self-checkout. Or, maybe we don’t even go to the store. Alexa can order for us and have our items delivered in hours—likely soon, by drone.</p><br></div>5/1/2018 7:00:00 AM
Phoenix becoming Wall Street West?231Phoenix becoming Wall Street West?<div class="ExternalClass2F586BF526DD48678552CBA26D1C69A3"><p><em>AZ Big Media (AZRE): ​</em>More financial services and financial technology workers were hired in the Valley than anywhere else in the U.S. in 2017. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics says more than 127,000 Phoenix metro workers were hired by financial and insurance services. That’s more than Dallas, the leading metro for employment in the sector, and more than Wall Street.</p>In fact, Phoenix area hiring is on a pace by 2020 to claim more financial service workers in the Valley than on Wall Street.<p><br></p><div class="ms-rtestate-read ms-rte-embedcode ms-rte-embedil ms-rtestate-notify"><iframe width="560" height="315" src="" frameborder="0"></iframe> </div><p><br></p></div>5/1/2018 7:00:00 AM
Young people building a better future through construction career program234Young people building a better future through construction career program<div class="ExternalClassE5CA3AEEDE8C475C8582999923D1F5F8"><p><em>ABC15 News (John Geneovese)</em>: A year ago, Frank De La Torre was washing dishes in a local restaurant. Kierre McMorris dropped out of high school and hadn't held a job in two years. </p><p>McMorris "never thought" he'd be doing what both young men are now -- working full-time for Rummel Construction.</p><p>"Until you actually get out there and try you don't know what you can achieve," he told ABC15.<br></p><p>​<br></p></div>5/8/2018 7:00:00 AM



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