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2,500 Explore Loop 303 Before It Opens in West Valley

Saturday, May 07, 2011

By Amy B. Wang
The Arizona Republic

The newest portion of Loop 303 in the West Valley was dedicated Saturday with much fanfare and every wheeled vehicle imaginable - except cars.

About 2,500 people covered a 14-mile stretch of the freeway from Happy Valley Road to Interstate 17 for a chance to explore the road before it officially opens to traffic later this week.

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First Solar Project Gets Planning and Zoning Approval

Friday, May 06, 2011

By Gary Nelson
The Arizona Republic

First Solar Inc.'s manufacturing campus in southeast Mesa has a green light from the city's Planning and Zoning Board.

In a nearly three-hour special meeting, the board approved three agenda items giving the Tempe-based company permission to manufacture electricity-generating solar panels at the southwestern corner of Signal Butte and Elliot roads.

No City Council action is needed because zoning on the land was incorporated into the overall plan for DMB Associates' Mesa Proving Grounds project in late 2008.

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Arizona Homebuilders Hail Law Easing Impact Fees

Friday, May 06, 2011

By David Madrid
The Arizona Republic

Cities and towns across Arizona will have a harder time requiring developers to pay for everything from infrastructure to services under legislation signed by Gov. Jan Brewer.

The legislation, Senate Bill 1525, puts a temporary end to a six-year fight between Arizona cities and homebuilders.

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Phoenix Job Openings Up 43% In Past Year

Friday, May 06, 2011

by Phoenix Business Journal

After returning to prerecession levels, nationwide job openings continued to increase in April with 33.9 percent year-over-year growth and 6.7 percent month-over-month, according to a report Wednesday by SimplyHired.com.

The rebound is even stronger in Phoenix, where April's year-over-year growth checked in at 43 percent, and month-to-month growth reached 8 percent.

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Maricopa County Sixth in Nation in Personal Wealth

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

By G. Scott Thomas
Phoenix Business Journal

Maricopa County residents have the sixth-highest total personal income in the country, according to newly released figures from the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis.

The residents of America’s 100 largest counties collectively earned a cool $5.86 trillion in 2009. California’s Los Angeles County led the way with total personal income (TPI) of $402.46 billion.


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Phoenix Named One of 11 Comeback Cities

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

By Phoenix Business Journal

Kiplinger.com has named Phoenix as one of the nation’s 11 comeback cities for 2011.

Kiplinger looked at cities whose unemployment rates have recently exceeded the national average but are showing strong signs of rebounding. The strength of the renewable energy sector helped Phoenix make the list.

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