Tempe-based PADT, Inc. is named a Stratasys Diamond Partner; semiconductor manufacturer Intel Corporation plans to invest $20 billion in its Arizona expansion; supply chain software leader Blue Yonder is set to be acquired by Panasonic; body-cam innovator Axon solidifies the foundation for its next decade of growth; Arizona State University receives grant funding aimed at workforce upskilling and reskilling; Greater Phoenix Chamber launches a diversity and inclusion program for employers; and more. Read the complete update >>
The Greater Phoenix Chamber has selected eight local companies as recipients of its 34th Annual IMPACT Awards. Arizona Technology Council has been named as the 2021 Exceptional Innovator in the Small to Medium Business Category (250 employees or fewer). Other 2021 award winners include Honeywell Aerospace, Boys & Girls Club of the Valley, Amazon, Waste Management of Arizona, Arizona PBS, Valley of the Sun United Way, and Telgian Holdings. The IMPACT Awards honor the accomplishments of small and large Valley businesses and the positive influence they have on the community and economy. The 2021 recipients were selected from more than 100 businesses who were nominated for this honor.
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.
The Arizona Technology Council, Ceres and The Western Way applaud Arizona Corporation Commission Chair Márquez Peterson’s commitment to move the pending energy rules forward. Every step of the way, she has demonstrated strong leadership while championing this initiative. She has stood by her commitment to this goal while also steering clear of the turbulent political headwinds created by legislation that would undermine Arizona’s clean energy business sector.
Despite a challenging year caused by the spread of the COVID-19 virus, Arizona’s technology sector was able to rebound quickly and even outpace Q4 2019 in several significant growth metrics. The Arizona Technology Council’s latest quarterly Arizona Technology Industry Impact Report provides insight on the progress of the state’s tech sector. The new data shows a 29% increase in STEM job postings in December 2020 vs. December 2019 and a 4.3% growth in Arizona technology companies year-over-year.
Among the many industries in the diverse and thriving technology ecosystem of Arizona, aerospace and defense is the most tenured, stable and successful. Home to one of the largest hubs for aerospace and defense technology in the world, Arizona proudly hosts major U.S. manufacturers, including Raytheon Technologies, Honeywell Aerospace, Northrop Grumman, Boeing and General Dynamics—all of which have large facilities and even headquarters in the Phoenix and Tucson areas.
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Renewable Energy News: March 2021 Round-up
Arizona is among top states for new solar installations in 2020, Salt River Project offers $1,000 rebates to drivers buying or leasing electric vehicles, UACJ Whitehall selects Flagstaff for its new electric vehicle parts plant, EV manufacturer ElectraMeccanica selects Arizona to establish its U.S. base of operations, Nikola Motor Company unveils its plans for 2021, electric vehicle start-up Lucid Motors will soon go public, Arizona Public Service, Salt River Project, Tucson Electric Power and the Arizona Electric Power Cooperative are well prepared to avoid energy disasters, Arizona State University recently hosted a webinar to promote a new book titled “Cities of Light: A Collection of Solar Futures” and to discuss the future economic and social justice implications of a fully sustainable society; and more.
2021 PLATINUM SPONSORS
2021 VISIONARY SPONSORS
AGM Container Controls | Alliance Bank | Arizona Public Service | AudioEye | Blue Canoe Marketing
BlueYonder | cStor | Encora | Involta | Keap | Michael Beach Consulting | MSS Business Transformation Advisory
Pacific Office Automation | Pima Community College | Rincon Research Corporation | Solugenix
Sun Corridor Inc. | University of Arizona Tech Parks | Wallace Plese + Dreher
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