Embry Health has immediate openings for 500 new employees in Arizona and across the nation as the demand for Covid-19 testing reaches record levels. On Monday, 46,950 appointments were booked for testing.
The ongoing supply chain crisis that’s affecting a range of industries around the globe isn’t sparing small businesses in the United States. Logistics experts say the problems are likely to get worse before they get better — potentially dragging into 2023 or beyond.
One of the Valley’s largest employers is the latest company to embrace a hybrid work model, at least for the foreseeable future. Chipmaker Intel Corp. (Nasdaq: INTC) announced this week it is now a “hybrid-first company,” meaning that it won’t be mandating that all employees be on-site every day. According to a statement from Chief People Officer Christy Pambianchi, 90% of its employees said in a workplace survey they preferred a hybrid workplace once sites reopen.
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.