We continue our week-long coverage of the college basketball tournament being played in Glendale. We’ll talk about the economic impact of mega events like the college basketball tournament and other past events such as the Super Bowl. Debbie Johnson, director of the Arizona Office of Tourism and director and co-chair of the Phoenix Final Four host committee and Tom Sadler, president and CEO of the Arizona Sports and Tourism Authority, will talk about the economic impact of big sports events in Arizona.
The University of Phoenix Stadium, the home of the Arizona Cardinals, is turning 10 years old August 12. Tom Sadler, the president and CEO of the Arizona Sports and Tourism Authority, the public body that owns the stadium, will discuss the history of the stadium, whether it delivered on the promises to Maricopa County voters and how the stadium will remain competitive over the next decade.
Sitting or lying on public sidewalks is no longer allowed due to a recently enacted Tempe ordinance, impacting the homeless who relied on panhandling. The Downtown Tempe Authority has responded with fundraising efforts that will funnel money to social service agencies that help the homeless and others in need. Kate Borders, executive director of the Downtown Tempe Authority, will tell us more.
The Center for the Future of Arizona along with the Arizona Commerce Authority have created a Job Creation Progress Meter to keep track of indicators of job creation statewide. Darcy Renfro, senior director for the Center for the Future of Arizona, will tell us about the Job Progress Meter.
The Iridium satellite network provides global satellite phone service, and that system is being improved with Iridium NEXT, a $3 billion global satellite constellation that will add more bandwidth, with coverage over 100 percent of the earth’s surface. The satellites will be built in Gilbert at the Orbital Sciences plant. Iridium CEO Matt Desch will tell us more.
Thanks to a grant from the Maricopa County Industrial Development Authority, the First Annual Regional SeaPerch Underwater Robotics Competition was held over the weekend. The competition took place at the Chandler High School Aquatics Center, featuring 25 underwater robotic teams from Maricopa County hoping to earn a spot in the SeaPerch International Competition in Boston in May. Bill Badger, the lead of the local competition, will tell us more, along with Madeline Badger, one of the competitors.
The Innovation Arizona Summit is an event where the lifecycle of innovation, from idea to commercialization, is explored. Arizona SciTech and the Arizona Commerce Authority host the event, which will feature 20 sessions, 50 exhibitors and 1,000 attendees, all there to learn and teach about technology and getting it to market. Jeremy Babendure, executive director of the Arizona SciTech Festival, will tell us more.
Because of controversial laws passed by state lawmakers, Arizona’s image has taken a beating in recent years. Arizona Governor Doug Ducey hopes to improve the state’s branding with a new campaign led by the Arizona Commerce Authority. Sandra Watson, president and CEO of the commerce authority and Mark Stapp of the Arizona State University W.P. School of Business will discuss the governor’s effort to improve Arizona’s brand.
A Maricopa County Superior Court judge ruled that a rental car tax that helps fund the Arizona Sports and Tourism Authority will have to be refunded because it was found unconstitutional last summer. That money helps pay for the University of Phoenix Stadium. Peter Corbett of the Arizona Republic will bring us up to date.
A new app that allows you to pay for a parking meter by smartphone recently won the Arizona Innovation Challenge run by the Arizona Commerce Authority. ParkX was an app created by a business that formed out of the University of Arizona and operates out of Scottsdale. Austin Weiss of ParkX will tell us more.
Phoenix is among eight finalists to host the 2017-2020 NCAA Men’s Final Four basketball tournaments. Besides providing attention to the city, the events would also bring an economic benefit. NCAA officials will be visiting Phoenix later this month as they make their final decision. Tom Sadler, president and CEO of the Arizona Sports and Tourism Authority, will talk about the effort to get the Final Four in Phoenix.
The 2014 Innovation Arizona Summit takes place in Scottsdale August 14. The summit is a joint effort of the Arizona SciTech Festival, the MIT Enterprise Forum Phoenix and the Arizona Commerce Authority. It will explore the lifecycle of innovation from inspiration to commercialization. The summit will also enable collaborators to network and engage in discussions about science, technology, entrepreneurship and innovation. Jeremy Babendure, executive director of the Arizona SciTech Festival and Robert Green, CEO of EndoVantage, will discuss the innovation summit.
Arizona’s Transportation and Trade Corridor Alliance has completed its Strategic Roadmap: a plan for Arizona’s future transportation needs. Created by a group of experts from the public and private sectors, the Roadmap seeks to better connect Arizona to the global economy. Arizona Department of Transportation director John Halikowski, Margie Emmermann, the executive director of the Arizona-Mexico Commission, and Sandra Watson, president and CEO of the Arizona Commerce Authority, will discuss how the plan intertwines commerce, trade and transportation.
The organization that provides behavioral health services in the Maricopa County region is switching from Magellan, a Connecticut-based company, to Mercy Maricopa Integrated Care April First. Mercy Maricopa is a non-profit organization sponsored by Maricopa County’s public health-care system. The switch comes at a time when coverage for the mentally ill will be enhanced by the settlement of a decades old lawsuit, Arnold versus Sarn. Charles Arnold, the lawyer who represented the mentally ill in the lawsuit, will discuss the case, along with Eddy Broadway, CEO of Mercy Maricopa Integrated Care, and Cory Nelson, Deputy Director for Behavioral Health for the Arizona Department of Health Services.
The Arizona Commerce Authority is charged with recruiting, creating and growing businesses in our state. Greg Linaman, who is the Chief Operating Officer of the authority, will talk the organization’s mission and recent successes.
The Governor's Celebration of Innovation awards were recently handed out. The annual gala where the awards are given is held by the Arizona Technology Council in partnership with the Arizona Commerce Authority. Technology leaders and innovators from companies and schools across the state are honored. Arizona Technology Council President and CEO Steve Zylstra will talk about the winners.
Statewide business accelerator AZ Furnace is offering economic and various other incentives to encourage entrepreneurs to commercialize innovative technologies developed within Arizona’s universities and research institutions. Learn more about the program from Gordon McConnell, Vice President for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at ASU and Brian Sherman, Vice President of Business Development for the Arizona Commerce Authority.
Team ACA, the nonprofit fundraising arm of the Arizona Commerce Authority, has been criticized for not revealing the amounts of donations from private sources. Team ACA Executive Director Don Cardon addresses those criticisms.
President Barack Obama recently signed the National Defense Authorization Act, which allows for the establishment of six testing sites for drones to be used in commercial applications and by the government for other than military use. Arizona is competing to be one of those test sites. Retired Gen. John Regni, a technical adviser with the Arizona Commerce Authority, will discuss the effort.
Governor Jan Brewer has announced a new job growth plan, and has named Don Cardon to head the new Arizona Commerce Authority, which replaces the commerce department. Cardon will talk about the plan and his job.
The Fiesta Bowl played at the University of Phoenix Stadium is a game still being talked about. The BCS Championship game will be played there Monday. Find out how stadium and Glendale officials are dealing with the big bowl games. Brad Parker of the Arizona Sports and Tourism Authority and Jennifer Reichelt of the City of Glendale will talk about stadium management and traffic issues.
The city of Goodyear hopes to host the future spring training grounds for the Cleveland Indians. Goodyear is making its bid to the Arizona Sports and Tourism Authority for funding for part of the construction cost of the $118-million dollar stadium complex. Goodyear Mayor Jim Cavanaugh joins Horizon to talk about the details.
The excitement is building as the new Cardinals Stadium is close to opening its doors. The unique rolling grass field and the moveable roof are operational. Join Ted Ferris of the Arizona Sports and Tourism Authority for the latest on the stadium.
The debate over malpractice reform is one of the issues facing state lawmakers, a subject also considered by medical students entering the field. Horizon looks at a medical malpractice bill working its way through the state legislature.