Arizona universities look to hire political consultants, PR firm as budget cut fight with Ducey, Legislature continues


Mike Sunnucks

ASU’s downtown campus







Arizona’s claim universities are looking to hire brand-new public relations, lobbying and political consulting firms as they battle along with Gov. Doug Ducey and the Republican Legislature over $99 million in budget cuts.

The Arizona Board of Regents — which oversees Arizona claim University, Northern Arizona University and the University of Arizona — issued a brand-new request for proposals seeking a lot of outside consultants including speechwriters, policy researchers, graphic designers too as PR and political firms. Bids for the RFP are due Might 5.

ABOR officials did not respond for request for comment regarding the brand-new RFP.

The RFP launch coincides along with a Thursday ABOR meeting along with Ducey. The Republican governor spoke along with Regents regarding the cuts and urged them not to increase tuition and to trim administrative costs and some programs. He additionally cautioned the schools that they Might face a long term belt tightening.

Ducey, claim Senate President Andy Biggs, R-Gilbert, and a few of their company allies chose a budget that cuts universities and K-12 education spending while keeping company and corporate tax cuts passed by former Gov. Jan Brewer. Significant company teams gained preserving those tax cuts in put their leading priority throughout the lately completed 2015 session.

The education cuts have actually sparked consternation from universities and some a lot more moderate voices in the company community.

Some university backers wish to sue Ducey and the Legislature over the cuts. Others wish to take a university funding strategy to the 2016 ballot to backfill the cuts.

“As long as our universities are dependent on our Legislature for funding they will certainly keep on to face cutbacks,” said Paul Johnson, co-founder and CEO Redirect Health and former mayor of Phoenix.

Mike Sunnucks writes regarding residential and commercial actual estate, government, law, sports company and work environment issues.




Scottsdale Culinary Festival: A Pretty “Meh” Showing At The Wine and Chocolate Experience, With A Few Exceptions


Scottsdale Culinary Festival: A Rather “Meh” Revealing At The Red wine and Chocolate Experience, Along with A Couple of Exceptions

Apr 9, 2015

“Arizona’s Tastiest Fundraiser” got in its 2nd day Along with a theme we can easily every one of get hold of behind: Red wine and Chocolate. Vintners and chocolatiers from across the claim brought their ideal initiatives to the occasion — and in some cases, their ideal was no longer every one of that great.
Notice also: AZ Distilling Co. Wins Double Gold Medal At San Francisco Spirits Competition
As you may imagine, any type of …
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Old Town Scottsdale nightclub building sells for $2.1M


Aged City Scottsdale nightclub structure markets when it come to $2.1M

Apr 8, 2015

A nightclub structure in Aged City Scottsdale has actually been marketed when it come to $2.1 million.
The property at 7316 E. Stetson Steer right now homes the Red Revolver evening Club.
Nevada-based Tornga Family members LLC purchased the structure from Phoenix-based GEM Realty Advisors LLC. CBRE brokers Steve Julius that time Jesse Goldsmith stood for the seller. Scott Jones along with Torrey Pines Actual Estate Financial investments …
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Midtown Phoenix towers are bargain office hotspots


Jim Poulin | Phoenix Firm Journal

2901 North Central Avenue, Phoenix, AZ.







Banner Health’s headquarters relocate to midtown Phoenix is turning a great deal of heads in the regional commercial genuine estate market.

“There’s a migration to midtown occurring,” said Scott Baumgarten, vice president of office programs for DTZ. “The vacancy price in the midtown submarket has actually dropped to about 27 percent in the initial quarter. Midtown ranked fourth in the metro in office absorption along with 198,000 square feet last year.

The Banner deal at 2901 N. Central Ave. and Arizona Department of Kid Safety along with a nearly 100,000-square-foot lease next door at 3003 N. Central Ave., topped 2014’s total office absorption for the market.

“I believe 18 months from now, midtown’s office vacancy price will certainly be much less compared to twenty percent,” Baumgarten added.

Supply constraints across higher Phoenix is assisting place a spotlight on midtown, said Cushman & Wakefield Market Leader Jerry Noble.

“It’s tough to locate large, contiguous floor plates for offices devoid of obtaining in to build-to-fulfill as quickly as you’re looking for 100,000 or 150,000 square feet or more,” he said.

Noble says that the midtown towers come to be a viable, economical alternative. “You don’t have actually to carry the freight of brand-new construction along with midtown,” he said.

Whether it’s a trend is unclear, Noble said.

“This is all of section of the cycle,” he said. “Midtown is the focus of the universe, though. It has actually great access, along with the advantage of the light rail. There are various other employment centers along with central locations, too.”

He cited Papago Center, Washington Street and Priest Drive in Tempe, and the 44th Street corridor near Sky Harbor as examples.

In midtown, Baumgarten says that a variety of law firms and various other boutique businesses have actually taken large spaces in higher rises.

Eric covers economic development, banking and finance, infrastructure, transportation and utilities.




Do you eat here? Scottsdale restaurant violations from March 26 to 31


Execute you consume here? Scottsdale restaurant violations from March 26 to 31

Apr 7, 2015

Notice just what bistros in Scottsdale attracted the the majority of violations from Maricopa County.
bistros have actually subject to a lot of laws, codes then regulations. The Phoenix Firm Diary compiles a listing of whom bistros dedicated violations then exactly how numerous violations bistros were mentioned when it come to throughout the inspection.
Restaurant violations differ in severity then most these …
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