The Sun Corridor Network is Arizona’s gateway to the Internet2, which is the national research and education network. Lofty credentials for sure. As one of the founders in 2013, Derek Masseth speaks with pride as he describes what has grown to connect Arizona’s three state universities and other educational research partners to a far-flung community that includes over 1,400 universities, 800 community and vocational colleges, and 84,000 K-12 schools.
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Arizonans will soon benefit from $1.5 million in federal funding from the American Rescue Plan designed to boost local entrepreneurs and economies recovering from the Covid-19 pandemic.
Driving near the Phoenix Goodyear Airport it’s hard to miss the array of commercial planes fronting a backdrop of the Sierra Estrella mountains. The West Valley airport once sat as an island amid masses of vacant and agricultural land, but the surrounding area has become a fortress of industrial buildings now home to such giants as UPS, FedEx, Chewy Inc. and Amazon.com Inc.
A U.S. semiconductor company is scouting multiple sites in Arizona, Texas, California and North Carolina for a project that could have a capital investment of $40 billion or more with 5,000 to 10,000 jobs at full buildout.
Online car retailer Carvana plans to expand its corporate campus in Tempe with more than 241,000 square feet of new office space in the growing Rio Salado employment corridor. Carvana will build two office buildings and two parking garages on a mostly vacant 15-acre property at the southeast corner of Rio Salado Parkway and Priest Drive where the company occupies an existing office.
Amazon.com Inc. is planning to hire an additional 550 people in Tempe and has already expanded its office footprint in a brand-new office tower there. The e-commerce giant expanded its lease in 100 Mill, the office tower in Tempe being developed by Cousins Properties and Hines and is set to complete construction in the first quarter of 2022.
In the Arizona Technology Council’s December 2021 episode of TechCast, Phoenix Business RadioX owner and president Karen Nowicki was joined by Chris Camacho, president and CEO of the Greater Phoenix Economic Council (GPEC); Joe Snell, president and CEO of Sun Corridor, Inc.; Vic Narusis, senior vice president of Business Development at the Arizona Commerce Authority; and Steve Zylstra, president and CEO of the Arizona Technology Council to not only reflect on the obstacles and victories of 2021 but predict what is in store for 2022.
When Gregg Scoresby launched CampusLogic in 2011, he quickly realized he was among only a handful of early disruptors building large-scale software companies in Arizona. Bret Larsen had a similar experience when he launched the health care delivery platform eVisit in 2014. A decade later, much has changed. Arizona has evolved into a premier destination for technology, one that’s rapidly growing.
An 18-member coalition led by the Greater Phoenix Economic Council was awarded a $500,000 grant for its proposed health care innovation project from the U.S. Economic Development Administration. On Monday, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina M. Raimondo announced 60 finalists for the EDA’s $1 billion Build Back Better Regional Challenge, which aims to boost economic pandemic recovery and is tied to the Biden administration’s coronavirus relief package.
A nonprofit genomics research institute created an economic impact of $657.7 million in 2020, more than triple the $199.2 million in 2017, according to a new Tripp Umbach report. The Translational Genomics Research Institute, which was founded in 2002, currently employs 350 people.