Member News: May 2021
Intel releases corporate responsibility report
Intel aims to create a more responsible, inclusive, and sustainable world, enabled through the company’s innovative technology and the passion of its employees. The company’s focus on long-standing leadership in corporate responsibility and sustainability has positioned Intel to effectively create both long-term value and respond to the growing importance of environmental, social and governance issues to its investors, customers, employees and other stakeholders. While Intel is just one year into its work on ambitious goals, the company shared its progress and accomplishments detailed throughout this year’s corporate responsibility report.
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ASU retains top U.S. spot for efforts toward UN sustainability goals
Arizona State University remains a national leader in addressing sustainability, according to an annual international publication of university rankings. That ranking, published by Times Higher Education magazine, has been driven by the university’s efforts on such issues as poverty and hunger, gender equality, clean water and air, climate change and quality education. For the second year in a row, ASU retained the top national spot when it comes to impacts made addressing 17 specific goals aimed at achieving a better world for 2030, known as the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. These goals provide a blueprint for people and the planet, now and in the future. Read more >>
Insight Enterprises and UArizona make Forbes’ list of Best Employers for Diversity
Four Arizona companies and one state university were included on Forbes Magazine’s 2021 list of America’s Best Employers for Diversity. Insight Enterprises, a Tempe-based IT, internet, software and service company with more than 5,000 employees, was Arizona’s highest-ranked organization, coming in at No. 140. The University of Arizona was next highest, ranking No. 206. Insight and UArizona are both members of the Arizona Technology Council. This is the fourth year for the Forbes diversity list, which includes 500 organizations in its ranking.
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Digital Air Strike technology helping auto dealers solve inventory challenges
Digital Air Strike, the leading customer experience tech company, is providing the winning services and strategies to help thousands of dealers drive consumers to their online or in-store trade-in experience. With the best prospect engagement and conversion tools, Digital Air Strike has always been at the forefront of helping dealers. The pandemic has only accelerated the company’s focus and acquisitions to provide even more ways for dealerships to leverage technology to increase sales. With Digital Air Strike, dealers get a first-strike advantage to get ahead of the competition and get their trade-in message out effectively to the right consumers leveraging its data and targeting capabilities, as well as AI messaging, to encourage them to trade-in vehicles. Read more >>
Sun Corridor Inc. launches new online resource: ThriveinTucson.com
A new website promoting living and working in Southern Arizona has been developed as part of the recommendations outlined in The Pivot Playbook, the region’s new economic recovery plan. Launched by Sun Corridor Inc., ThriveinTucson.com features topics important to talent such as quality of life/lifestyle attributes, education, high rankings, where to live, cost of living, notable employers, key industries/economic strengths, and testimonials from young professionals – all showcased with vibrant photos and visuals. The project was the result of a confluence of impressive talent-related rankings in recent months, including Pima County ranking as #1 in the U.S. for biggest gains in attracting talent and several other high-profile livability rankings. Read more >>
Banner Health launches digital health program with virtual care platform
One of the country’s largest nonprofit health care systems, Banner Health announced the launch of its digital health program with Xealth, the leader in enabling digital health at scale, as the deployment platform. Banner’s 30 acute-care hospitals and other entities can access digital solutions, beginning with Babyscripts, a leading, virtual-care platform for managing obstetrics. Digital therapeutics and remote patient monitoring help extend care options for patients. Integrating with Banner Health’s electronic health record (EHR), Xealth supports care teams to help elevate the patient care experience. Hospitals and providers also gain insight into how each tool is performing with patients. Read more >>
Paragon Space Development Corporation awarded two New NASA contracts
Tucson-based Paragon Space Development Corporation is proud to announce that it has been awarded new work under NASA’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program. This new selection of awards under the SBIR Phase II round is worth a total of $105 million with awardees being presented up to $750,000 in funding for its technical solutions and platforms. Paragon’s two awards, for a total of $1.5M under this program, are to further develop two specific technologies: ISRU Collector of Ice in a Cold Lunar Environment (ICICLE) and Mechanical-compression Aerobot for extended Range Venus ExpLoration (MARVEL).
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Salt River Project launches grid modernization project
Salt River Project (SRP) has selected Emerson’s digital grid solutions to optimize operations and incorporate a growing supply of distributed energy resources. Emerson is a global tech and engineering company providing innovative solutions for customers in industrial, commercial and residential markets. This project is part of SRP’s multiyear plan to address next-generation grid challenges, including managing sustainable and fast-expanding distributed energy resources such as solar panels, wind turbines and cogeneration plants, as well as handling bidirectional power flow and allowing more intermittent sources of power into the system. Emerson’s technologies and smart-grid platform will coordinate the utility’s distribution operations that provide power to more than 1 million customers in central Arizona. Read more >>
University of Advancing Technology students create 26 new tech innovations
Tempe-based University of Advancing Technology (UAT) is an intimate university focused on educating students in advancing technology who desire to innovate for the future. This semester’s projects included a PC rhythm game, a goal-setting app, a customizable 3D garment interface, a digital course for content creators, an alternative login solution based on steganography, a discord bot for reporting cheaters, a stealth game that flips the traditional role of lighting to offer new perspectives, a secure flash drive that uses your phone for authentication, a physical server protector, a multi-player AR game, a reading log book light for kids, and more.
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100 best places to work in Arizona
Workplace culture has never been more important than it is in 2021, so Az Business analyzed the results of the Ranking Arizona voting and compiled a list of the “100 Best Places to Live and Work in Arizona for 2021.” These are the 100 companies and cities that got the most votes. Arizona Technology Council members who made the list include Alliance Bank of Arizona, American Express, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona, Ideas Collide, Jennings, Strouss & Salmon, LAVIDGE and LaneTerralever.
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Telecommunications manufacturer buys East Valley building for HQ
Viavi Solutions, a network and telecommunications equipment manufacturer that announced in February it was moving its headquarters from San Jose, California, to Chandler, recently bought the building in the industrial park at McQueen and Queen Creek roads for $14.2 million, according to Maricopa County records. The sale, which closed in early May, was the final sale for the project, which achieved a total of $128 million, and set a record price for an industrial shell building in the Phoenix market by selling for $136.50 per square foot. Viavi plans to employ about 100 people by 2022 and has been working out of a temporary space in Scottsdale. Read more >>
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