Tempe Awards 9 Projects Money From ‘Innovation Fund’

Tempe City Council has chosen nine projects to receive money from a one-time $500,000 Innovation Fund. The Tempe Grease Cooperative’s Pilot Grease Trap Assistance Program, Sellah Park Pond Floating Island Project and One Touch Reporting App for Employees are among the funded programs. The projects have diverse goals from helping people re-enter society after incarceration[ … ]

Amazon To Open Fulfillment Center In Tucson, Add 1,500 Jobs

Despite passing on Arizona for the site of its upcoming second headquarters, Amazon is expanding in the state, into Tucson. The company announced Wednesday that Tucson will be the home of a new fulfillment center, bringing 1,500 new jobs to the city. Employees at the center will pick, pack and ship small items like books,[ … ]

Census Bureau: Maricopa County Is Highest Growing County In U.S.

Maricopa County grew by nearly 74,000 people from July 1, 2016, to July 1, 2017, according to new U.S. Census Bureau estimates released Thursday. It is the largest growth out of any county in the United States. The total population of the county is over 4.3 million. While Maricopa County continues to be the highest[ … ]

Arizona House Moves To Permanently Bypass State Sales Tax On Digital Goods

As Arizonans gravitate toward more shopping online, GOP state lawmakers want to simplify the way consumers are taxed at the local level. The House voted Wednesday to forego ever collecting the 5.6 percent sale tax on digital products including online books, videos, cloud-based software, storage and web hosting services. Members voted 39-to-19 with bi-partisan support[ … ]

Phoenix Experiences Record Employment Growth in 2017

The latest job numbers for the Phoenix metro area show record employment growth in 2017. Christine Mackay, Community and Economic Development director with the City of Phoenix, said the metro region added over 38,000 full-time, non-farm jobs in 2017. “Where we saw the greatest growth was in education and healthcare hiring,” Mackay said. “Another thing[ … ]

Arizona Business Leaders Look Forward To Another Pro-Business Legislature

Arizona business leaders are planning on more good news ahead in the 2018 legislature. Looking back at last year, business leaders said they’re pretty happy with what state lawmakers accomplished on their behalf. In fact, Todd Sanders with the Phoenix Chamber told PBS’ Arizona Horizon the business climate in Arizona is so good that business[ … ]

Economist: Higher Arizona Minimum Wage Hasn’t Affected State Economy — Yet

Minimum wage workers in Arizona got a raise Monday, of 50 cents an hour. The state’s minimum wage now stands at $10.50 an hour. It’s part of a voter-approved increase, which will ultimately reach $12 an hour by 2020. Last year was the first year of that increase, and Ethan Clay, an economic policy analyst[ … ]

Contractors Turn To ‘Prefab’ Construction Amid Skilled Labor Shortage

There’s another hotel sprouting up in downtown Phoenix. As the urban core fills in, construction crews have less room to work. It’s just one of the reasons many contractors are turning to prefabricated construction. A semi stacked with pre-made wall panels enters the site at First and Polk streets as Project Engineer Zeke Delgadillo looks[ … ]