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December 3, 2014

  • Political Contributions and Taxes  |   Video
    • A new study by Arizona State University’s W.P. Carey School of Business shows that campaign contributions do help businesses. The report shows that companies making campaign contributions specifically to tax-writing members of Congress wind up paying lower tax rates over time. Assistant Professor Jennifer Brown of the W. P. Carey School of Business, one of the study authors, will talk about the report.
  • Sky Harbor Business   |   Video
    • A recent Department of Transportation study places Phoenix’s Sky Harbor International airport at the top of the list for best airport for new small business growth. In 2012, 14 new small businesses were added and more are slated for the coming year. We talk to two business owners about their successes and challenges of operating at the airport and why Sky Harbor is gaining a reputation as a great airport for “foodies.”

August 28, 2014

  • Arizona’s Future: CrowdFunding  |   Video
    • See how one budding artist used crowdfunding to help her buy art supplies. That will be followed by a discussion on how crowdfunding works and how it can be used to help reach goals for businesses and individuals. Mary Juetten, a national crowdfunding expert and founder of Traklight, a Phoenix company that has developed a software platform to identify and protect intellectual property, will tell us more about crowdfunding.

June 30, 2014

  • Export-Import Bank  |   Video
    • The Export-Import Bank of the United States provides loans and loan guarantees to businesses when other financing is not available. The bank’s charter will lapse on September 30 unless Congress acts. Business groups are concerned about the possible demise of the bank. Dennis Hoffman, director of the L. William Seidman Research Institute at the W. P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University, will talk about what the bank does and its importance.

May 13, 2014

  • Mesa Artspace Study  |   Video
    • There’s a new survey out on the Mesa Artspace project, which would provide affordable spaces for Phoenix-area artists and creative businesses. Cindy Ornstein, director of the Mesa Arts and Culture Department and Executive Director of the Mesa Arts Center, and Mesa City Council member Terry Benelli, will discuss the results of the survey and the Mesa Artspace project.

April 14, 2014

  • MAG Demographic Map Viewer  |   Video
    • The Maricopa Association of Governments has created several interactive maps that give a variety of key information for the Phoenix Metro area. Businesses and other groups can search individual areas to get information on land use, population density, percentage of minority groups, bikeways and much more. Anubhav Bagley, MAG Information Services Manager, will walk us through the map viewer.

December 19, 2013

  • AZ Technology and Innovation: Mesa Technology Accelerator  |   Video
    • LaunchPoint, the Mesa Technology Accelerator, plans to stimulate the establishment and growth of small technology-based companies and other growth oriented businesses. It’s a collaboration between Mesa and Arizona State University. Mesa City Councilmember Scott Somers talks about LaunchPoint.

December 4, 2013

  • Around Arizona: USDA Rural Development Funding  |   Video
    • At the end of the last federal fiscal year, USDA Rural Development in Arizona reported a record $474 million in investment in housing funding for Arizona. That brought the five-year total to over $2 billion. Besides the housing funding, money was spent on tribes, towns, school districts, community centers, food banks, colleges, hospitals and small businesses. USDA Rural Development in Arizona State Director Alan Stephens will discuss how the funding has impacted the state.

November 25, 2013

  • Spirit of Enterprise Awards  |   Video
    • Every year, the W. P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University hands out Spirit of Enterprise Awards to local businesses to honor them for ethics, energy and excellence in entrepreneurship. Gary Naumann, director of the Spirit of Enterprise Center, will talk about the award winners.

November 12, 2013

  • Sustainability: Solar Home Tour   |   Video
    • In honor of Arizona Solar and Renewable Energy Month, several homeowners and businesses opened their doors to the public. They were part of a free, self-guided tour featuring ten solar and sustainable buildings in the Phoenix metro area. We’ll show you what kind of technology, materials and designs go into a Vali Homes prototype.

September 24, 2013

  • Focus on Sustainability: VerdeXchange Conference  |   Video
    • The inaugural VerdeXchange Conference, which seeks to connect businesses with sustainability projects, will be held at Arizona State University’s SkySong Innovation Center October 7 and 8. The conference will feature numerous panels, speakers and hundreds of attendees, all aimed at helping regional and international business leaders tap into sustainability and infrastructure projects. Arizona organizers of the event, Doug Bruhnke of Growth Nation and Maryanne Weiss of Gustare Ltd., will discuss the conference.

June 6, 2013

  • Arizona Commerce Authority Update  |   Video
    • 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.

March 26, 2013

  • Suntech Solar Power Plant Closed  |   Video
    • The Suntech Power Holding’s Goodyear solar panel assembly plant has closed. Mike Sunnucks of the Phoenix Business Journal will talk about why the plant has closed and the state of solar power businesses in Arizona.

November 19, 2012

  • Saving Billions with Energy Efficiency  |   Video
    • The Southwest Energy Efficiency Project (SWEEP) has released a report that shows how Arizona households and businesses can save billions of dollars through improved energy efficiency. SWEEP Executive Director Howard Geller talks about the report.

October 22, 2012

September 17, 2012

  • Arizona Giving & Leading: Uniting Education and Business  |   Video
    • The Arizona Educational Foundation is launching the “UnitED” program to establish beneficial partnerships between public schools and businesses. Learn more about the program from Bobbie O’Boyle, Executive Director of the Arizona Educational Foundation, and Alicia Mandel, VP for Organization Effectiveness and Inclusion at the Apollo Group.

January 25, 2012

November 29, 2011

  • Arizona Health Insurance Exchange  |   Video
    • Arizona has received a $30 million federal grant to create a health insurance exchange to help individuals and small businesses find affordable health insurance. The Governor’s Director of Health Care Policy, Don Hughes, explains how the money will be used.

November 14, 2011

  • “GoGreen Phoenix” Conference  |   Video
    • Taking place November 15th at the Phoenix Convention Center, this one-day conference is designed to help Arizona businesses become more sustainable. Find out how the conference is helping businesses “go green” from Carolyn Bristo, Sustainability Officer for the City of Phoenix, and Ericka Dickey-Nelson, Co-Founder of GoGreen Conference and President of Social Enterprises.

November 11, 2011

October 11, 2011

  • Shift Arizona: Campaign to Buy Locally  |   Video
    • Local First Arizona and METRO Light Rail are teaming-up on an advertising campaign to encourage people to shop at locally-owned businesses near the light rail line. Kimber Lanning, director of Local First Arizona, talks about the partnership.

September 26, 2011

  • Arizona Fund of Funds   |   Video
    • The Arizona Growth Foundation is promoting an Arizona Fund of Funds as a way to grow jobs. Modeled after a program in Utah, it uses tax credits as an incentive for venture capitalists to invest in Arizona businesses. We’ll take an in-depth look at the pros and cons of this mechanism for economic development with John Kowalski, Co-founder of the Arizona Growth Foundation; Gary Gibbons, professor of Entrepreneurship at the Thunderbird School of Global Management; David Beauchamp, an attorney who practices in the areas of Venture Capital and Private Equity Transactions; and Byron Schlomach, an economist with the Goldwater Institute.

August 22, 2011

  • Rural Energy  |   Video
    • The Obama Administration will be giving grants to help small businesses, ranchers and farmers in Arizona install renewable energy systems or make energy efficient improvements. Ten Arizona rural businesses will be given the Rural Energy for America Program grants. Arizona State Director for Rural Development Alan Stephens will discuss the grants.

July 25, 2011

  • Downtown Smart App  |   Video
    • Students from Arizona State University’s Cronkite New Media Innovation Lab have developed a smart app to help people navigate attractions and businesses in downtown Phoenix. Lab director Retha Hill will talk about the new smart app.

July 11, 2011

  • Cloud Computing  |   Video
    • Instead of storing photos, music and other information on their own computers, more and more people are storing it online in “the Cloud”. We’ll take a look at the evolution and future of cloud computing for individuals and businesses with Anthony D’Ambrosi of i/o, a Phoenix-based company that controls two of the largest data centers in the world.

March 30, 2011

  • Economic Growth: Invest Arizona  |   Video
    • Senate Bill 1041, the Invest Arizona bill, establishes tax incentives for companies that meet certain job creation and investment thresholds. Barry Broome, president and CEO of the Greater Phoenix Economic Council, and Farrell Quinlan, state director of the National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB) Arizona, debate the merits of the bill.

September 7, 2010

  • Arizona Goes Solar Website  |   Video
    • Arizona Corporation Commissioner Sandra Kennedy talks about a new website designed as a one-stop-shop to help people and businesses find the best deals and the best opportunities to become solar energy consumers.

April 19, 2010

  • Arizona’s Job Recovery Act  |   Video
    • A discussion on the merits of House Bill 2250 which seeks to grow jobs and attract businesses with tax incentives. Guests include Glenn Hamer, President and CEO of the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and Dana Wolfe Naimark, President and CEO of Children’s Action Alliance, who’s representing the Arizona Budget Coalition.

April 14, 2010

  • Economic Growth  |   Video
    • Economists and politicians discuss how we can reinvent Arizona’s economy to attract key businesses, grow jobs and improve the tax base needed to run state government.

February 2, 2010

  • Credit Union Lending Cap  |   Video
    • A bill that would allow credit unions to lend more to businesses has been introduced in Congress. Scott Earl, CEO of the Arizona Credit Union League, will talk about the bill.

January 1, 2010

December 9, 2009

  • Data Protection  |   Video
    • In an effort to cut down on the theft of personal data, the new Privacy by Design Research Lab at Arizona State University will establish a virtual environment to work with industry leaders to create guidelines for businesses worldwide. Julie Smith David of ASU will talk about the new Privacy by Design Research Lab.

September 24, 2009

  • New EPA Rules  |   Video
    • New rules by the EPA require big businesses to monitor and report greenhouse gases. Benjamin Grumbles, the new head of the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality, discusses the new rules.

March 26, 2009

  • Economic Growth  |   Video
    • Mesa Mayor Scott Smith talks about efforts to get California businesses to relocate in Arizona.

April 15, 2008

  • Healthcare Group  |   Video
    • Funding for a �Healthcare Group of Arizona," a state-run health insurance plan for small businesses, is at the center of a debate at the state legislature. State representatives Kirk Adams and Steve Farley discuss the pros and cons of freezing enrollment in the program.

August 1, 2007

July 3, 2007

  • Independents Week
    • Local First Arizona/Arizona Chain Reaction is a nonprofit organization that encourages Arizona consumers to shop at locally owned, independent businesses. They say when doing so, 45 cents of every dollar stays in state versus only 13 cents of every dollar spent at a national chain. They are asking Arizonans to support Arizona-based businesses during Independents Week, July 2 through July 8. Kimber Lanning, executive director of Local First Arizona, joins the studio discussion.

May 17, 2007

  • Immigration Bill
    • A group of senators has reached agreement with the Bush Administration on an immigration bill that would give legal status to those already here after toughening enforcement on the border. Arizona Republic Columnist Bob Robb will give us an update.
  • senate Budget
    • The Senate has passed a bi-partisan $10.6 Billion state budget. Senate President Tim Bee will tell us about the spending plan.
  • super Bowl Emerging Businesses
    • The Super Bowl Committee is holding a series of workshops for women and minority- owned businesses to help those businesses get contracts for the Super Bowl and related events. Nadine Arroyo Rodriguez of the Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee will tell us more.

April 30, 2007

  • smoking
    • The new statewide smoking ban goes into effect at midnight. We look at the effect the ban will have on businesses that have permitted smoking. Bill Pfeifer, the former chairman of the Smoke-Free Arizona campaign, is the guest.

April 11, 2007

  • Illegal Immigration Employer Sanctions Ordinance
    • From a recently passed ordinance by the Payson Town Council, to a bill making its way through the Arizona Legislature, we examine government efforts to stop businesses from hiring undocumented workers. Streaming video of the March 15, 2007 Payson Town Council meeting on Ordinance 709 (dealing with sanctions for employers who hire illegal immigrants) is available on the Payson Web site: http://www.ci.payson.az.us/

January 10, 2007

  • Good to Great
    • Bestselling author Jim Collins investigates what makes good businesses and local-sector organizations great. A portion of Collins documentary (airing at 9 p.m.) is dedicated to the reading achievement at Byrne Elementary School in Yuma. HORIZON brings you a preview of the film which includes former ASU President and current Chairman of The Center for the Future of Arizona Lattie Coor.

October 20, 2005

  • Light Rail Update
    • Construction has started on the Valley's light rail system. It's impacted businesses. We'll get an update on light rail progress from John Farry, Valley Metro Rail's Director of Community Relations.

September 6, 2005

  • Disaster Relief
    • In response to Hurricane Katrina, the American Red Cross is launching the largest mobilization of resources in its history for a single natural disaster. Businesses and organizations across the state are raising funds to send to hurricane victims. A representative from the Grand Canyon Chapter of the American Red Cross joins HORIZON to talk about the effort and how you can help.

June 8, 2005

  • Drought Update/Business Water Conservatio
    • The Salt River Reservoir system is 95\% full. Is the metro area still in a drought? An update on the status of our valley's water resources with SRP Hydrologist Charlie Ester. With our limited water supply, how can businesses conserve water and continue to be motivated to be good stewards of our water resources? Joining the discussion is Jay Hicks, Executive Board Member for environmental public interest organization Valley Forward.

May 25, 2005

  • Fire, part three of four
    • Current brush fire conditions in Arizona's desert wildland areas, coupled with the homes and businesses there, could converge into a perfect storm of wildfires this season.

April 12, 2005

  • Business Property Tax Rate
    • Businesses could see their property taxes lowered. Does that mean homeowners will pay more taxes? Horizon takes a look at a bill that attempts to make Arizona's property tax system more fair for businesses.

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