consumer spending is stronger in Tucson than the national average. Retail trade jobs are growing faster, too. That shows that Tucson retail space continue to be sought after, although some of those locations may be used as fulfillment facilities as businesses adjust to more online shopping.
After a year of experience running your business with COVID-19, it’s time to take a hard look at what’s next for using Tucson office space. That’s especially true if it appears your employees prefer to continue working remotely. Even as more people become vaccinated, there are still concerns about the rate of transmission and length of protection that cause people to be cautious. COVID-19 will affect site selection decisions for a while. Real Estate Advisor Michael Coretz suggests to take a methodical approach to figuring out how much space you need and how you would use it.
Tucson-based Paradigm Laboratories, in partnership with Phoenix-based Prorenata Labs, developed a test for quickly detecting COVID-19. ARCpoint Labs, also in Tucson, created a rapid test for antibodies. Area hospitals became part of several clinical trials for the treatment of and vaccination against the virus. The University of Arizona is part of a statewide testing program for antibodies. Even Tucson companies that aren’t in bioscience stepped up. Universal Avionics provided space for the production of face masks and shields. World View pivoted from making stratospheric balloons to sewing medical isolation gowns.
Tucson continues to earn recognition as a city that companies and workers will want to locate to in the post-COVID-19 era. Commercial real estate site selection consultants named Tucson among 11 mid-sized cities that had strong potential for new locations or expansion projects in 2021. It’s hard to tell how well the economy will recover, especially as the pandemic drags on. But when it happens, Tucson’s commercial property offerings will attract companies looking for a new place to solve the business conditions caused by the virus.
Faced with uncertainty in 2020, it became fair game for anyone and everyone to offer suggestions and opinions because there was no playbook or operating manual for what we were facing. Managers don’t have all the answers. Team leaders are anxious. Employee’s are doing their best. So what should we do? Stay positive.
The Arizona Technology Council’s August 2020 Breakfast Speaker Series event on cybersecurity featured a a distinguished panel of experts, including security experts Frank Dickson and Craig Robinson of International Data Corporation (IDC) and Chief Information Security Officer Brian Blakely of Cosant Cyber Security, who shared valuable insight and strategies to prevent a widespread digital shutdown happening at your company. Moderated by Cosant Cyber Security’s Vice President of Customer Success Mark Kirstein, it was a fantastic discussion and well worth a listen.
As the country reopens and business activity gradually resumes, commercial landlords and tenants are left with much uncertainty about the risk of a “second wave” of COVID-19 or another pandemic. Commercial Real Estate Group of Tucson understands the evolving situation and has produced some recommendations for parties who are dealing with current leases or thinking about entering new ones.
The Biodesign Institute said it has been working with Gov. Doug Ducey and his team to make sure everyone is on the same page to try to curtail the surge. A goal of this new test is to get more young people comfortable with the idea of testing, as they are making up most of the new coronavirus cases in the state.
How should a positive test scenario be managed at a worksite? Answering this question involves, among other things, an intersection of OSHA and Centers for Disease Control guidelines, an interpretation of those guidelines, and some subjective analysis.
Keeping your employees engaged and connected while working remotely can be tough during a pandemic, but it’s even more essential to let your employees know they’re valued and integral to the business during these tough times.