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Member news: February 2024

Involta celebrates 17 years

Since 2007, Involta has been the sustainable, enterprise-class IT partner and data center solutions provider of choice, delivering superior infrastructure and services that unlock limitless possibilities for our clients in edge markets nationwide. From cloud to connectivity to colocation, Involta empowers clients to reimagine worlds through our industry-leading technology. Read more >>


DAS Technology Reveals Milestone 10th Annual Automotive Customer Experience Trends Study at NADA 2024

DAS Technology, automotive’s leading consumer engagement technology company with the industry’s first next-level Consumer Data and Experience Platform (CDXP), released its 10th annual Automotive Customer Experience Trends Study at the National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) Show. The comprehensive report, which provides insights from more than 7,000 recent car buyers and dealer service customers in the United States, indicates a clear trend: Dealerships are not meeting consumer expectations regarding digital communications. Read more >>


EdgeCore’s massive data center campus in Mesa clears checkpoint

A big data center development in southeast Mesa is one step closer to fruition.

EdgeCore Digital Infrastructure received approval for a site plan modification on Jan. 24 from Mesa’s Planning and Zoning Board. The company recently secured financing to develop a 2.1 million-square-foot campus in Mesa.

The Denver-based data center developer will build three buildings on 43 acres at the southwest corner of Elliot Road and Everton Terrace. Each of the buildings will be three stories. The location is just to the north of EdgeCore’s existing data center and the two developments would collectively serve as a six-building “integrated flagship campus,” EdgeCore wrote in its application with the city. Read more >>

More flights, more travelers lifted Phoenix Sky Harbor to a record 2023

Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport recorded its busiest year ever in 2023, according to data made public Jan. 30 by the Phoenix Aviation Department.

In 2023, 48,872,974 total passengers traveled through Sky Harbor, which was 10.1% more total passengers than in 2022 and 5.6% more than 2019, the previous full-year record.

The increase in travelers can be attributed to airlines adding more flights to Sky Harbor, increased tourism in Phoenix and Arizona and major events being held in the Valley. Read more >>


UArizona, NAU formalize agreement toward boosting Arizona’s semiconductor industry

As Arizona looks to help boost the national semiconductor manufacturing industry, a new agreement between the University of Arizona and Northern Arizona University will help the universities work as collaboratively as possible.

The agreement is the latest step for the new UArizona Center for Semiconductor Manufacturing, which launched in May. Specifically, the agreement, called a memorandum of understanding, formalizes a plan for the universities and industry partners to find ways to collaborate on research projects and academic partnerships related to semiconductor manufacturing. Read more >>

M Culinary Concepts chosen as catering partner for major Valley sports events

Arizona is just a week away from one of the state’s highest-grossing sports events in the WM Phoenix Open that runs from Feb. 5 through Super Bowl Sunday on Feb. 11. That means a horde of chefs and other employees at M Culinary Concepts team are in hustle mode.

The Phoenix-based catering company is gearing up for its 25th year working the event, with 200 chefs and other staff ready to converge on the course to feed the thousands of fans expected to attend the tournament at TPC Scottsdale. Read more >>

DoD Officials Convene at ASU to Learn About University-Led Microelectronics Hub

ome of the top defense technology officials in the U.S. came to Arizona State University recently to hear about the progress of the new Southwest Accelerated Prototyping Hub, led by ASU.

The hub, designed to jump-start microelectronics projects funded by the 2022 CHIPS and Science Act, is a collaboration that has grown to more than 130 leading corporate, startup, academic and national lab partners from the semiconductor and defense sectors in Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado and beyond. Read more >>

ASU team awarded $1.9M grant from EPA to support wildfire preparedness across Arizona

As the impact of climate change leads to bigger, more frequent occurrences of wildfires, an Arizona State University team of researchers has been awarded a $1.9 million grant from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to support enhancing wildfire smoke preparedness across the state. Read more >> 


DAS Technology Achieves Unprecedented Growth, Earns Prestigious Industry Recognition in 2023

DAS Technology, automotive’s leading consumer engagement technology company with the industry’s first next-level Consumer Data and Experience Platform (CDXP), is excited to announce a record year of revenue and EBITDA growth. This capped 2023 with a 120% year-over-year increase in dealer and OEM subscription growth and a slew of recognitions that cement its leadership position in the dealership software space. Read more >>

DAS Technology Unveils New SaaS CDXP Innovations At NADA 2024

DAS Technology, automotive’s leading consumer engagement technology company with the industry’s first next-level Consumer Data and Experience Platform (CDXP), unveiled its new software-as-a-service (SaaS) offerings, including real-time lead quoting, prospect nurturing, service messaging, SMS enhancements, and inventory merchandising partnerships and capabilities. The results are being revealed at the National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) annual convention in Las Vegas. Read more >>

ACA Allocates $13M to Northern Arizona University for Semiconductor Training and Research

The Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA) announced a $13 million investment in Northern Arizona University (NAU) to expand training programs and research related to metrology, a foundational component of semiconductor manufacturing and innovation. NAU will leverage the investment to enhance Arizona’s semiconductor ecosystem. Read more >>


Tempe startup BreatheEV to roll out EV charging around Valley after ASU pitch competition award

A Tempe-based electric vehicle charging startup recently landed a cash prize in an Arizona State University pitch competition, providing a new investment to support its rollout to sites in the Valley.

BreatheEV was awarded $50,000 at the ASU Innovation Open, held Feb. 9 at Mountain America Stadium in Tempe. Some 27 student-led startups from around the world participated in the pitch competition with eight selected for a combined $400,000 in cash prizes. Read more >>

Oracle NetSuite Honors NewGen Business Solutions as Breakthrough Solution Provider of the Year

Oracle NetSuite honors NewGen Business Solutions as the 2023 Breakthrough Solution Provider Partner of the Year at the Suiteworld Partner Summit held in Las Vegas.

The award highlights NewGen’s performance, excellence, and innovative approach as a partner with Oracle. It positions NewGen as a high performing and forward-thinking partner for 2023. Read more >>


MicroAge Recognized as Part of the Elite 150 on CRN’s 2024 MSP 500 List

CRN®, a brand of The Channel Company, has named MicroAge® to its Managed Service Provider (MSP) 500 list in the Elite 150 category for 2024, marking the company’s sixth consecutive year of making the list.

The MSP 500 list compiled by CRN serves as a comprehensive guide to identifying and recognizing the top Managed Service Providers (MSPs) in North America. MSPs play a crucial role in supporting businesses by offering managed services that enhance efficiency, simplify IT solutions, and optimize return on investment. The MSP Elite 150 category recognizes large, data center-focused MSPs with a strong mix of on- and off-premises services.  Read more >>

Intel lands a giant for its fledgling foundry business

Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT) will use Intel Corp. (Nasdaq: INTC) to make chips on Intel’s most advanced technology, a victory for the fabrication business that CEO Pat Gelsinger has vowed to build as a key part of a larger revitalization effort.

The announcement came Wednesday morning as Gelsinger hosted a foundry-focused event in San Jose where he declared that the IDM 2.0 vision he unveiled shortly after his arrival as CEO in February 2021 — greeted then by no small amount of skepticism — had become real. Read more >>

Nikola makes 35 hydrogen truck deliveries in Q4, company announces during earnings call

Nikola Corp. has made what it describes as the first delivery of a hydrogen fuel-cell electric truck in the U.S., the Phoenix-based company said on a fourth quarter earnings call.

Nikola (Nasdaq: NKLA) said it delivered 35 hydrogen fuel-cell electric trucks to dealers, selling all of its available inventory. It produced 42 trucks and reserved seven for testing and fleet demos, according to the company. Read more >>

TSMC Arizona Achieves ‘Topping’ Milestone on Second Fab

TSMC joined with its construction partners in a “topping out” ceremony — in which the last steel beam was raised into place — on the company’s second semiconductor fab in Phoenix, Arizona. This month, TSMC also completed the topping milestone on the second fab’s auxiliary buildings, which will supply the necessary utilities infrastructure to the fab clean room.

In addition to these important milestones for its second fab, TSMC Arizona continues to make significant progress on the first fab which remains on track to begin high-volume production in the first half of 2025. Read more >>

Tempe’s GT Medical Technologies names new CEO to replace outgoing leader

GT Medical Technologies Inc. has named its new CEO to replace Matt Likens, who has retired as founding CEO of the Tempe-based medical device company. Technology veteran Per Langoe is the new C-suite leader of GT Medical Technologies, which has FDA approval to treat patients with operable brain tumors. Likens was the first investor and one of the first two employees of the company in October 2017. Read more >>

KORE Power ready for next step toward construction of battery plant in Buckeye

Vertical construction for the long-planned KOREPlex battery cell manufacturing plant could start this year pending approval of the company’s site plans.

Coeur d’Alene, Idaho-based KORE Power Inc. has completed some site work but has yet to start major construction on its planned facilities just east of State Route 85 and south of Baseline Road in Buckeye, about 40 minutes west of downtown Phoenix. Read more >>

Arizona Science Center Partners with Cosm to Reimagine Planetarium into Next-Generation 8K+ LED Dome

Arizona Science Center, Arizona’s premier destination for science and discovery, today announced a significant investment in its Dorrance Planetarium. In partnership with Cosm, a leading immersive technology, media, and entertainment company, the technology will transform this visitor experience. As one of the most advanced planetariums in North America and an early adopter of category-defining immersive technology, the reimagined Dorrance Planetarium, powered by Cosm Technology, will feature an 18-meter diameter, CX System LED dome display with 8K+ resolution, making it the most technologically advanced planetarium in North America and a global leader in engaging science experiences. Read more >>

Planatome Expands Manufacturing Operations in Arizona

Planatome, a medical device company that applies atomic-level polishing from the semiconductor industry to create advanced surgical blades that lead to better patient outcomes, today announced the plans for the development of a manufacturing plant in the greater Phoenix area and to more than double the size of its workforce over the next five years. Read more >>


Flinn Foundation Names Leadership of Arizona’s Statewide Bioscience Committee

Heather Carter and Jennifer Barton, accomplished Arizona leaders in the biosciences, higher education, and public policy, have been named chair and vice chair of the Arizona’s Bioscience Roadmap Steering Committee. The committee, administered by the Flinn Foundation, is the statewide leadership group responsible for overseeing Arizona’s Bioscience Roadmap, the long-term strategic plan to guide the growth and development of the state’s bioscience sector. Read more >>

Rehab Therapy Tech Co. Listed on Inc. Magazine’s List of the Southwest Region’s Fastest-Growing Private Companies

WebPT, the leading rehab therapy platform for Practice Experience Management (PXM), announces its ranking as No. 153 on Inc. magazine’s fourth annual Inc. 5000 Regionals: Southwest list, the most prestigious ranking of the fastest-growing Southwest private companies, based in Arizona, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas. This is WebPT’s first time on the Inc. 5000 Regionals: Southwest list. The company has made the Inc. 5000 nationwide annual list nine consecutive times. Read more >>

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