After Joe Pusz struggled to find outside consultants willing to work in project management for a bigger company, he started The PMO Squad, a boutique project management consulting firm, in 2013. As the firm approaches its 10-year anniversary, its growth and evolution keeps Pusz, the company’s president, confident about its potential. “It feels like we’ve been validated, that there’s a need for what we provide in the industry,” he said.
The Valley has seen a significant increase in solar development in recent years with several new projects planned or proposed to support the growing number of homes in the region, land and real estate experts say. Vermaland, a Phoenix land banking and residential land company, said it currently has more than 10,000 acres under lease across 16 sites with several different power developers.
A partnership between Raytheon’s Missiles & Defense division and Northrop Grumman has been awarded a nearly $1 billion contract to develop the Hypersonic Attack Cruise Missile (HACM) for the U.S. Air Force. The air-launched HACM will be the first of its kind, and the $985.34 million contract calls for the two companies to design, develop and deliver the missile by March 2027. The project is part of a joint initiative between the U.S. and Australia called the Southern Cross Integrated Flight Research Experiment, or SCIFiRE.
The Navajo Nation has now received the first of three electric buses to help its largest school district become more energy and fiscally efficient. “Chinle Unified School District is always a leader, so we like that, being first,” Chinle Unified School District Superintendent, Quincey Natay told KTAR News 92.3 FM. “I’ve talked to several districts across Indian Country about this exciting opportunity that my students are going to get to enjoy.” Chinle Unified School District is the largest school district in the Navajo Nation both in number of students and geographic area.
Business technology leader Moruga Inc. has named Kelly Brake as Chief Operating Officer. Previously serving as Moruga Inc.’s Vice President of Operations, Brake brings more than two decades of senior management experience to the role, also serving in senior executive roles at Venicom and NetFusion Services. Brake was the co-founder and vice president of a highly successful network consulting firm, InLynx, where she forged its strategic vision and operational goals, managed IT procurement, and maintained critical vendor relationships.
Electric vehicles (EVs), once thought of as an industry outlier, have demonstrated their staying power, with new EV registrations growing more than 250% over the last five years. According to Experian’s Automotive Consumer Trends Report: Q2 2022there are more than 1.7 million EVs in operation in the US today (compared with more than 400,000 EVs in Q2 2018). This number may seem small compared to the 284 million vehicles on the road, but data shows it is growing exponentially. Additionally, new EV registrations continue to ramp up, comprising 5.7% of all new vehicle registrations in Q2 2022, up from 1.5% in Q2 2018.
Imagine a different sort of America. Imagine that by 2030, homes, businesses and communities will be powered by more options for clean energy. This is no longer just a pipe dream but a reality, thanks to the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) recently brought to life with the signature of President Joe Biden. And let’s not forget Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, whose pivotal vote helped get the measure across the goal line.
Fast growing Q&A platform, Terkel, closes $1M seed round; Tucson-based Universal Avionics gets $33M contract to help supply head-worn vision systems for pilots; Chandler tech company MST Solutions acquired by India-based Mastek; Insight cuts ribbon on new global headquarters in Chandler; ZorroSign lauded as one of most innovative fintech solution providers in 2022; MicroAge expands its cybersecurity and infrastructure expertise with acquisition of cStor; Blue Yonder names new CEO ahead of plans for public company spinoff; PADT launches Flownex SE user forum and subsite; UA Center for Innovation awarded inBIA Soft Landings Designee of the Year; CSIA names Vertech 2022 Integrator of the Year; Intel’s biggest fab will be in Ohio and Arizona is the blueprint; KORE Power announces hirings for senior team at Buckeye gigafactory; Scottsdale Area Chamber of Commerce celebrates 75 years of excellence; Greater Phoenix Chamber names new board members, further promoting prosperity; GitKraken prepares for GitKon 2022, TikTok-style technology conference in October; Steward Observatory research, testing and demonstration operations expand at UA Tech Park; Carvana named #2 automotive brand on Forbes 2022 most customer-centric companies list; and Accenture North America CEO is all in on the metaverse.
Arizona ranked top 4 in the nation for sustainability; more Americans would “definitely” get electric vehicles, consumer reports survey shows; Arizona transport officials tap Fortune 500 firm to plan electric vehicle charging infrastructure; the ZEV future is here: commercial U.S. fleets are going big on electric trucks; Intel Arizona’s water funded projects achieve net positive water use; EVgo makes EV charging station deal with GM and Pilot Co.; electric vehicle owners in Phoenix metro area are loving “passing gas stations”; learn more about the Council’s progress on advancing AZ’s clean energy economy; what the Supreme Court ruling on emissions regulation means for Arizona’s climate fight; $1 billion investment to acquire, conserve water is signed into law; UArizona researchers working on nontoxic battery to store renewable energy; City of Phoenix foregoes more water from Lake Mead in wake of declining levels; Arizona DOT submits application for I-10 project federal grant; SRP, partners clearing forests to prevent wildfires; opinion: extreme heat isn’t a joke, it’s a public health crisis.
CyberCatch jointly announced with the Arizona Small Business Association (ASBA), a strategic partnership to enable Arizona’s small businesses to quickly and easily implement necessary cyber security controls for digital success. According to the U.S. Small Business Administration, there are more than 590,000 small businesses (those with fewer than 500 employees) in Arizona, and these businesses employ nearly 43.5% of the state’s private workforce.
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