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ASU Gets $60k To Build Robotic Fish To Solve Problem In Arizona Canals


MESA, AZ – SRP is funding a $60,000 research project at ASU to develop robotic fish to cut and clear weeds growing below the surface of Valley canals.

“We’ve had vegetation issues in the canal system since the canal started,” said SRP environmental specialist Brian Moorhead.

The utility company currently adds White Amur fish, also known as Grass Carp, to eat sago pondweed that can displace and slow down water flow.


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Constant Aviation Cuts Ribbon On Mesa Location – Adds 150 Jobs



Ohio-based MRO provider Constant Aviation cut the ribbon on its newest location in Mesa, Arizona, today. The brand-new facility at Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport, which accepted its first aircraft maintenance project in September, totals 75,000 sq ft, with 50,000 sq ft of hangar space.

“It is with great excitement that we celebrate the official opening of our Mesa facility,” noted company president and CEO Stephen Maiden, adding it will provide full-service MRO capabilities to support the company’s West Coast business. “In addition to the talent already in place, we have 50 immediate openings in Mesa, and more planned to meet the needs of our customers.”

The facility joins Constant locations in Cleveland, Orlando and Las Vegas. “Constant Aviation is a tremendous addition to the growing aerospace and aviation businesses in Mesa’s District 6,” said councilmember Kevin Thompson. “With the anticipated 150 well-paying jobs they will bring, Constant is the perfect partner to welcome to Gateway.”

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Gateway Airport Project Would Open Up Business To Mexico



Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport is working with a private Mexican developer to create a 360-acre mixed-use business park adjacent to the airport that could turn into a preeminent destination for American exporters by bringing Mexican customs officers to the East Valley.

Those officers would pre-clear American cargo bound for Mexico – a draw for American companies that do business in Mexico.

Currently, only select airports in Mexico have customs officers on hand to inspect incoming goods, which restricts the number of airports American businesses can use when shipping goods into the country.


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MD Helicopters In Mesa Scores $1.4 billion Army Contract, Plans To Add 150 Jobs



Mesa-based MD Helicopters is adding 150 jobs to the area after scoring a contract with the U.S. Army worth nearly $1.4 billion.

The Army contracted with MD Helicopters to supply approximately 150 helicopters over the next five years. Initially, 30 aircraft will go to the Afghan Air Force. The company has already hired 100 people because of the contract and is looking for another 50 to hire.

At the helm of it all is Tilton in her lavender-hued Mesa office. The CEO said she works 18 to 20 hours a day, seven days a week in Mesa and at her other holdings.

Tilton said she started buying manufacturing companies to “give people the dignity of work” and MD is her thesis statement. It’s a platform she said she evangelized long before President Donald Trump.

“You have to take care of your own before you can take care of anyone else, and the reason we have violence in the streets of America, the reason we have so much vitriol is because we left too many people behind after the financial crisis,” she said.


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PCT International Expands AZ Manufacturing To Meet Demand


PCT International, Inc. has expanded its USA manufacturing capacity for coaxial cable to meet global supply chain demands.

“The multi-million dollar investment has increased PCT’s coaxial cable manufacturing in Mesa, Arizona by more than 200%,” said Steve Youtsey, Founder and CEO. “Furthermore, we contribute economic benefits for the local communities here in Mesa, Arizona with numerous jobs,” he added.

The coaxial cable expansion in Mesa reflects an increased market growth for the company as well as future customer commitments in North and South America. “The geographic presence complements our wholly owned coaxial cable manufacturing facility in Yantai, China,” stated Mike Lynch, Executive Vice President and General Manager.





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TPT Increases Tax-dollar Distribution



The first year of full implementation of the Arizona Department of Revenue’s transaction privilege tax simplification is seeing increased tax-dollar distribution back to participating cities, including Apache Junction, according to a press release.

TPT is a gross receipts tax levied on businesses by the state of Arizona for the privilege of conducting business in the state. For the first six months of 2017, ADOR distributed more than $1.4 billion to 91 cities.

On Jan, 1, 14 municipalities, including Apache Junction, Chandler, Mesa, Scottsdale and Tempe, joined 77 Arizona cities under the state TPT collection program. For the first half of 2017, the east Valley cities received the following in TPT distribution:

•Apache Junction – more than $6.3 million, a 3.33 percent increase from the same period in 2016. •Chandler – more than $60 million, a 4.68 percent increase compared to the first six months of 2016. •Mesa – more than $82.6 million, a 3.79 percent increase from what the city collected in 2016. •Scottsdale – more than $101.3 million, a 2.59 percent from the same period in 2016. •Tempe – more than $77.2 million, a 6.59 percent increase compared to the first half of 2016.

“The Arizona Department of Revenue is pleased that after years of working with cities to implement this centralized licensing and reporting framework for thousands of Arizona businesses, transaction privilege tax reform is now fully implemented under Gov. (Doug) Ducey’s administration,” Arizona Department of Revenue Director David Briant said in the release. “TPT is a streamlined and efficient program that enables hundreds of thousands of businesses to register, file returns and make TPT payments via a central portal.”

Under ADOR’s full implementation of TPT simplification, the agency is the single point of administration and collection of state and city taxes for all business, including residential rental owners in the state. Businesses do not have to file two or more TPT returns, one with ADOR and another with the city or cities where the taxable activity occurred. The businesses need to only file one return for all taxing jurisdictions. In addition to collecting TPT payments, ADOR oversees all licensing and administering of TPT, saving participating cities hundreds of staff positions, according to the release.

“The Arizona Department of Revenue is focused on enhanced customer service and as part of the TPT program, we have expanded our education and outreach programs with businesses and program cities to ensure TPT is working the way it should,” Mr. Briant said.

The agency recently established a special phone hotline, 602-716-7368, and dedicated e-mail address,, for residential rental property owners required to have TPT licenses.

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MDHI Awarded $1.4 Billion IDIQ for Armed Scout Attack Helicopters



MD Helicopters, Inc. (MDHI) announced today that it has been awarded a 5-year, firm-fixed price Contract to provide an estimated quantity of 150 armed MD 530 aircraft and the required production support services, including program management, delivery support, pilot training, and maintenance, to U.S. and Partner Nation Army Aviation Forces in support of U.S. Army foreign military sales (FMS) opportunities.

The Contract has an estimated completion date of Sep. 30, 2022 and a potential value of $1,385,497,987. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama is the contracting agency (W58RGZ-17-D-0089).

“This Contract is recognition of our ability to rapidly respond to the needs of our military customers,” said Lynn Tilton, Chief Executive Officer for MDHI, “and a testament to the effective, efficient role the MD 530 Armed Scout Attack Helicopters play in the global fight against terror. It is MDHI’s great honor to continue to serve and support the Warfighter.”

Initial Delivery

The first Deliveries under the Contract will be thirty (30) new MD 530F Cayuse Warrior helicopters for the Afghan Air Force. Valued at $176.6 million, these first aircraft will be configured with MDHI’s newly certified Block 1 glass cockpit, featuring the Howell Instruments Engine Instrumentation System, Garmin GDU 620 Electronic Flight Instruments, Garmin GTN 650H Communication/Navigation/Global Positioning System (COM/NAV/GPS), and Northern Airborne Technology Cabin Audio System.

Mission Equipment for these aircraft will include a ballistic crash worthy fuel system, consisting of a main fuel tank and a 38-gallon Auxiliary Fuel Tank, high capacity landing gear, FN Herstal Weapons Management System, DillonAero Mission Configurable Armament System (MCAS) weapons plank and Fixed-Forward Sighting System, Rohde & Schwarz M3AR Tactical Mission Radio, and FN Herstal .50 caliber HMP 400 Machine Gun Pods and M260 7-shot rocket pods.

“The MD 530F Cayuse Warrior has been a proven performer in support of ground operations and in the execution of close air support interactions since it first arrived in Kabul,” Tilton continues. “It is extremely gratifying to see that our focus on quality, technology, and rapid delivery has resulted in such a significant contract; one that solidifies MDHI’s position as a preferred provider of armed scout attack helicopter solutions.”

“Serving the Warfighter is our legacy. It is at the heart of who we are as a company,” Tilton concludes. “We are honored to have received this contract and the initial Delivery Order for Afghanistan, and remain steadfast in our commitment to rapidly delivering safe, reliable, and customizable armed scout attack helicopter solutions that meet a full range of mission profiles.”

Aircraft deliveries on the initial Contract Delivery Order will be complete by September 2019.

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New Industrial Facility Expected To Draw Aerospace, Defense Business To Mesa


The city of Mesa recently broke ground on a 150,000-square-foot speculative industrial facility in the Falcon Field District, which it hopes will draw significant aerospace and defense businesses.

The Longbow Gateway One is slated to be complete by January and anticipated to bring at least 175 new jobs. The facility will be adjacent to Boeing’s 2 million-square-foot manufacturing facility at Falcon Field Airport and the Loop 202.

“Longbow Gateway One will be an excellent addition to Mesa,” Mayor John Giles said in a statement.  “The decision by Opus Development Company to bring a new industrial facility for aerospace and defense companies to the Falcon Field District is a great endorsement of our business-friendly environment.”

“This is an exciting step towards the future of the Falcon Field District,” Vice Mayor and District 5 Councilmember David Luna said in a press release. “The City of Mesa is committed to being a business-friendly community and to attracting top flight companies to our city. This facility will check all the boxes companies look for and will be a tremendous addition to Mesa.”

Opus Development says it also plans to target light assembly, distribution, general industrial, storage, food and ecommerce businesses as future tenants.





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Innovation Is Thriving In Arizona


Arizona knows that attracting great minds is easy when you give them the tools and support they need to go faster and further than ever before. Arizona is home to a surging ecosystem of global giants, early stage entrepreneurs and tech-savvy Millennial talent who are breaking new ground across a wide range of industry growth sectors. What’s more, Arizona offers a robust portfolio of programs and resources supporting both large and emerging tech employers.


The state’s rich startup culture continues to thrive and is a preferred choice for technology companies seeking growth. Leading startups such as Infusionsoft, GoDaddy, ZocDoc, Weebly and Zenefits have collectively taken advantage of Arizona’s high-skills talent base. Feeding this worker pipeline is Arizona’s university system that produces in-demand graduates specializing in technology and innovation that can quickly make an impact on these growing businesses.

Arizona’s solid reputation and assertive stance on innovation led Fast Company to rank Arizona No. 1 in the country for “entrepreneurial activity”, attracting even more of the nation’s—and world’s—big thinkers.

Arizona offers one of the lowest costs of doing business in the United States, primarily because of low taxes and small state government. While the national average of per-capita income going to taxes is 9.9 percent, here the number is only 8.4 percent. In addition, Arizona’s taxes on property, gas and personal income remain low compared to the rest of the country.


Boasting a population of nearly 500,000, Mesa is the 36th largest city in the United States and second largest in the Phoenix-Mesa metro area. Larger than Miami and Atlanta, Mesa is home to major operations for companies such as Apple, Boeing, Bridgestone, FUJIFILM, Mitsubishi, and Infineon. Recently, the metro area was ranked second in the nation for its tech sector job growth by CBRE.

With more than 1,200 aerospace and defense companies in Arizona, it is easy to understand why PriceWaterhouseCoopers ranked Arizona number one for aerospace manufacturing attractiveness. In fact, the Arizona/Sonora, Mexico region makes up the fourth-largest aerospace supply chain in the world and the largest in North America.

In Mesa, Boeing employs more than 3,700 people at its 2-million-square-foot facility to build Apache attack helicopters for the U.S. Army and other foreign militaries. Boeing will add hundreds of additional employees to its Mesa operations as it moves some of its internal services from Seattle. The facility also produces electric and composite products and is the primary global services and support center for Boeing’s rotorcraft.

Across the street is the global headquarters for the major rotorcraft manufacturer, MD Helicopters, which builds high-performance helicopters for both civilian and military use worldwide.

Textron Aviation operations of Able Aerospace and Cessna/Citation also call Mesa home, along with other international players including Orbital ATK, Embraer, Nammo Talley, Lockheed Martin, AeroMaritime and Heliponents, among others.

Mesa is an important player in the medical device sector with companies such as Ulthera (a Merz company), Auer Precision, EyeTech Systems, Banner Simulation Center, Paragon Vision Sciences, Ardent Sound, and many others.

The most recent addition to Mesa’s medical device cluster is Dexcom, a leader in continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) for patients with diabetes. The company recently built out a 216,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Mesa, which will create more than 500 jobs.

Mesa has one of the nation’s most unique cybersecurity assets—Arizona Laboratory for Security and Defense Research (AZLabs). After leasing the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory for several years, the City purchased the facility in 2014, renamed it, and retained its high security protocols. Today, the facility is certified at the highest level of cybersecurity and is host to the Arizona Cyber Warfare Range, and other companies conducting highly sensitive projects, research, and cybersecurity activities. AZLabs is located adjacent to the Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport making it a strategic location for unmanned and autonomous vehicle research and operations.

In 2015, Apple decided to put its $2 billion, 1.3-million-square-foot global command center in Mesa’s Elliot Road Technology Corridor; a key factor was the Corridor’s robust infrastructure. The Corridor has significant power, water and wastewater; lit and dark fiber; natural gas; more than a thousand acres of shovel-ready land; and the City offers an expedited entitlement process. In addition, Mesa has been ranked the nation’s safest location from natural disaster, making it ideal for data centers.

Mesa is home to large facilities for Infineon, a Germany-based world leader in semiconductor solutions; FUJIFILM Electronic Materials and Mitsubishi Gas Chemicals, manufacturers of products used in the production of semiconductors; and many other high-tech manufacturers.

Phoenix-Mesa metro boasts a workforce of more than 2.2 million. Moreover, The Phoenix East Valley region, anchored by Mesa, has a much higher educational attainment rate than the national average. Furthermore, Arizona is a right-to-work state with a very low unionization rate, one of the lowest unemployment insurance tax rates in the nation, and workers compensations rates that are much lower than the national average.

In 2016, U.S. News & World Report ranked Arizona State University (ASU) as the nation’s most innovative school for the second year in a row.

ASU Polytechnic campus, located in Mesa, serves as host to the Southwest’s largest 3-D printing research facility with more than $2 million in cutting-edge plastic, polymer, and metal 3-D printing equipment and advanced processing and analysis capabilities. Honeywell Aerospace is a partner in the venture.

Mesa has invested significantly in infrastructure, especially in dark and lit fiber and underground conduit well-suited to technology companies needing robust connectivity such as Apple’s new global command center and Santander Consumer USA’s back-office operation. To learn more, visit


From its stunning topography to diverse workforce, Peoria Arizona is becoming an increasingly popular place to live, work and invest. Peoria is in a unique position. It is a growing city with a thriving business community, a high-quality workforce, premier sites for investors and developers, as well as opportunities for public-private partnerships. Peoria is developing its economy to compete for local, national and global business. With a supportive mayor and highly involved city council driving the economic development strategies, Peoria’s leaders are not only taking control of their future, they are creating it.

Currently, Peoria has three dynamic, shovel-ready sites in highly sought-after areas of the city.

Vistancia Commercial Core:

320-acres in the affluent, growing community of Vistancia
Zoned mixed-use/commercial
Adjacent to Loop 303 and within minutes of Lake Pleasant and other area amenities
Build-to-suit corporate campus or advanced manufacturing options available
Available infrastructure and utilities
Located in an amenity-rich area with high-quality housing choices and top performing schools
Strong workforce within a 45 minute commute zone
Peoria Innovation Center in P83:

17-acre innovation center project in the heart of P83, Peoria’s premier entertainment district
Build to suit retail/restaurant pads and Class A office development opportunities
Adjacent to San Diego Padres and Seattle Mariners spring training facility
Exceptional access, infrastructure and walkable amenities
More than 2 million square feet of retail and restaurants within 3-mile radius
City will construct parking structures and provide ample surface parking
Strong workforce within a 30 minute commute zone
Peoria 101 Office Park:

14-acre business park site located on the SWC of Peoria Avenue and the Loop 101 freeway
Zoned mixed-use/commercial
Options for build-to-suit “Class B” office product
All utilities are adjacent to the site
Strong workforce within a 30 minute commute zone
Adopting an aggressive strategy has allowed the City to attract smart people and smart businesses to the area. Additionally, Peoria by far is a low cost option for both business and workforce attraction when compared to Austin and Dallas Texas, Denver Colorado, Salt Lake City Utah, San Diego, San Francisco and Los Angeles California.

Having an available, high-quality workforce is essential in today’s competitive business environment. Peoria has an abundant, educated workforce within a 30 minute drive from most major employment centers in the Phoenix metropolitan area. The average professional in and around Peoria is young, approximately 35 years old, with a college degree. With many more working years left, these entrepreneurs and professionals dominate today’s workforce. A strong and talented workforce makes the relocation and/or expansion decision easier for investors and businesses that are ready to make a smart move.

Peoria recently was ranked number seven on America’s 50 Best Cities to Live list from Yahoo Finance, and for good reason. With more than 300 days of sunshine, excellent schools, indoor and outdoor amenities, Peoria is a great destination in the Valley of the Sun. Home to one of Arizona’s largest lakes, beautiful parks and more than 25 miles of hiking trails throughout the city, Peoria offers many outdoor recreational opportunities. Peoria also boasts exceptional arts and cultural amenities, breathtaking golf courses and the P83 Sports Entertainment District, which is the spring training home to the San Diego Padres and Seattle Mariners.

When you are ready to invest, Peoria will provide a dedicated, in-house team for quick and consistent plan review, permitting and inspection. By providing a team approach, we are able to establish realistic schedules and timeframes to meet your deadlines, which are critical to the success of your project. Also available for the right project is Peoria’s Priority Track Processing Policy, which moves plan reviews and permitting to “the front of the line” at no cost.

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Brothers Launch Mission To Help Veterans Through Mesa Cider Business


MESA, AZ – Jason Duren has been through more than most of us can fathom. While serving as a Marine Sergeant in Afghanistan, he hit two IEDs, suffering two traumatic brain injuries in five days.

“When I came back life was obviously a little bit different,” he said.

Duren was medically discharged. Through his intensive speech and cognitive processing treatment, he found a hobby making hard apple cider — something he first tried overseas. With his goal of becoming a firefighter no longer a reality, he and his brother, Josh Duren, found a new one.

“To be able to just do something together has been huge for both of us,” Josh said.

On Veterans Day weekend, the pair will open Cider Corps cidery and taproom in downtown Mesa, serving flavors ranging from prickly pear and pineapple to cold-brew coffee infused.

But beyond their beverage is a bigger mission, “being a light in the veteran community and being able to show other disabled veterans that you can do it,” Jason told ABC15.

The cidery will hold “Honor Night” events to benefit veterans in need. As the business grows, they hope to hire veterans and make the space a safe place to gather.

The brothers launched a crowd-funding campaign where supporters can purchase a tile, engraved with your name or the name of a veteran you want to honor, in the taproom.

For more information, click here. The campaign ends Friday, August 25th.

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