Paramium Technologies, a University of Arizona Center for Innovation (UACI) startup, has been awarded a National Science Foundation (NSF) Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant for $256,000 to conduct research and development (R&D) work on efficient manufacturing methods for radio antenna reflectors. Paramium’s innovative manufacturing solution unlocks rapid prototyping capabilities for antenna designers because it is faster and more versatile than traditional methods.
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.
Construction remains on track for The Bridges’ first building, The Refinery, a four-story building that will serve as the University of Arizona’s innovation and commercialization hub. UArizona will occupy 50% of the space at The Refinery, with the rest available to businesses looking to co-locate with the university’s expertise.
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.
Amazon is continuing its investment in Arizona with two new sortation centers, including one in Tucson, to support customer fulfillment and delivery operations. The Tucson site is expected to open later this year and create hundreds of new full- and part-time jobs. The Tucson facility will span more than 270,000 square feet, and will help with critical package sortation needs. This will be Amazon’s fourth building to open in Southern Arizona and the first project in Pima County for developer VanTrust Real Estate.
The Arizona Technology Council announced the appointment of Karla Morales as vice president of its Southern Arizona Regional Office. In this role, Morales will lead, manage and oversee the Council’s Southern Arizona operations, including recruiting new members, securing sponsorships and supporting events. Morales brings to her position more than 20 years of experience in the region’s education, nonprofit and governmental communities.
Edmund Optics, the premier provider of optical and imaging components, announced that it has opened a new assembly and advanced design facility in Tucson, the second Edmund Optics location in the state. This 21,225-square-foot, state-of-the-art facility will support advanced design efforts and high-volume manufacturing services, including cleanroom assembly and incoming inspection with numerous testing capabilities such as MTF, straylight, thermal cycle, shock and vibration.
The TIMESTEP Summer Internship Program is a unique opportunity for small- to mid-sized businesses based in Southern Arizona to connect with talented U Arizona undergraduate juniors in the Physical Sciences. This competitive program provides employers with a vetted pool of students who have worked in research teams, possess computing skills and are ready to work alongside development and engineering teams.
The Refinery is the kick-off building to the new UA Tech Park at The Bridges in Tucson, an extension campus birthed from the success of the UA Tech Park near Interstate 10 and Rita Road. The four-story building will also serve as the University of Arizona’s innovation and commercialization hub creating a centralized location that bridges resources and accelerates the most promising inventions.
Three startups will advance their ventures through a new pilot program developed by the University of Arizona Center for Innovation (UACI) and Arizona FORGE to create support services for a seamless startup continuum. Metfora, Obánj and Dive will advance to the UACI, having just completed the Arizona FORGE Advanced Entrepreneur Program (AEP), an eight-week program that provides early-stage entrepreneurs with accelerated education about general startup venture concepts and the tools needed to initiate a startup.