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Kitchell Tops Off UA Health Sciences Building

 

Via azbigmedia.com

The commemorative last steel beam was put into place recently at the University of Arizona Health Sciences Innovation Building project in Tucson, a world-class center designed to be the vanguard for inter-professional health professions education in the United States.

“We have experienced a tremendous evolution in the types of facilities we are building to accommodate today’s complex healthcare climate,” said Kitchell Contractors President Steve Whitworth. “Working on this facility extends our experience on hospitals and community health clinics to higher education, and we couldn’t be more pleased about contributing to the changing landscape on the University of Arizona campus.” Kitchell is the project’s general contractor.

The $165 million facility broke ground last year. Designed by Los Angeles-based CO Architects with Tucson-based Swaim Architects, the 10-story, 220,000-square-foot building is located on the west side of the Arizona Health Sciences Campus, north of the Bio5 building off East Helen Street and North Cherry Avenue. The project is envisioned to foster collaboration among multidisciplinary teams of students and faculty in all four colleges: medicine, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Classrooms can accommodate as many as 150 people in a flexible “flipped classroom” format, which prioritizes group work over lectures. The building also includes a special events space that allows for more than 1,000 people.

 

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Arizona Courts Rule In Favor Of Pima County And World View Enterprises

 

Via insidetucsonbusiness.com

Pima County’s deal with space balloon company World View Enterprises can move forward after the Arizona Court of Appeals ruled in favor of the lease agreement, overturning the lower court’s February ruling.

The Phoenix-based Goldwater Institute, a conservative think tank, sued the county in April, saying the deal with World View didn’t follow the competitive bidding process required when leasing property.

Pima signed a 20-year lease with World View in April 2016, which included the county promising a $15 million investment on a launch pad and 135,000 square-foot facility on county-owned land.

 

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Free, Next-day Car Delivery Coming To Tucson From Carvana

 

Via businesswire.com

TUCSON, Ariz.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Carvana (NYSE: CVNA), a leading eCommerce platform for buying used cars, today announced its expansion into Tucson, the company’s second market in Arizona. Area residents can shop more than 8,000 vehicles, finance, purchase and even trade in an old car in as little as 10 minutes from the comfort of home or on the go from their mobile device – all with free, as-soon-as-next-day vehicle delivery.

Carvana’s transparent, no surprises approach puts customers in control of the car buying process. With nearly 12,000 online customer reviews and an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars, Carvana is completely focused on giving customers an exceptional experience, time back in their days and money back in their wallets. In 2016, customers who purchased a car through Carvana saved an average of $1,430 versus the Kelley Blue Book® Suggested Retail Value.

All Carvana cars have passed a rigorous 150-point inspection, have never been in a reported accident, nor have frame damage. Customers can view all features, imperfections and updated information about open safety recalls on the car’s vehicle description page. In addition, Carvana’s seven-day test-own gives customers the time and peace of mind to ensure that their vehicle fits their life. If customers aren’t satisfied, they can return it within seven days for a full refund.

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The Unicorn of Oro Valley

 

Via tucson.com

Thirty-two years ago, University of Arizona pathologist Dr. Thomas Grogan set out to radically change the practice of medicine and improve care with an automated system to rapidly test biopsy tissue for cancer.

He did just that, and in the process of spinning his technology out of UA labs and into hospitals, he created a multibillion-dollar company that has become the poster company for UA technology transfer.

Grogan’s brainchild, Ventana Medical Systems, is now also known as Roche Tissue Diagnostics. The company employs more than 1,300 people at its Oro Valley campus, where as part of Swiss drug giant Roche it is leading an effort to create tissue tests to match cancer patients to promising drug therapies.

 

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U.S. Environmentalists File Lawsuit To Overturn Approval Of Canadian Copper Mine

via mining.com

Save the Scenic Santa Ritas, the Center for Biological Diversity, the Arizona Mining Reform Coalition and the Sierra Club’s Grand Canyon Chapter have filed a lawsuit in federal court in the hope that it rescinds the U.S. Forest Service’s approval of Hudbay Minerals’ (TSX, NYSE:HBM) Rosemont Projectin southern Arizona.

The $1.5-billion Rosemont Project is an open-pit copper mine in the Santa Rita Mountains, about 50 km southeast of Tucson. It is expected to be the third-largest copper mine in the United States, accounting for approximately 10% of the country’s total copper production, and it received a Final Record of Decision from the Forest Service back in June, 2017.

But before Hudbay reaches such big production goals, it has to deal with environmentalists’ concerns and legal actions. In the case of the recent lawsuit, the four organizations involved allege that the mine would violate nearly a dozen state and federal laws, threaten water resources and destroy Coronado National Forest land.

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Chinese Startup TuSimple Just Raised $55 Million For Self-Driving Trucks In AZ

via fortune.com

TuSimple, a China-based autonomous truck technology startup that is backed by Nvidia(NVDA, -3.53%), has raised $55 million in a Series C funding round led by Composite Capital.

Existing investors Sina (SINA, -2.58%), operator of China’s biggest microblogging site Weibo, and ZP Capital also participated in the round. In August, the company announced $20 million in funding from investors that included Nvidia and Sina. The company is working on a “full-stack solution,” an industry term that means it’s developing and bringing together all of the technological pieces required for autonomous driving. TuSimple is developing a Level 4 system is a designation by the SAE that means the vehicle takes over all of the driving in certain conditions.

The autonomous trucking startup, which was founded in 2015, plans to use the new influx of capital to scale up its testing to two full truck fleets in China and the U.S. The eventual plan is to introduce commercial autonomous trucking services in 2019. The company will start truck fleet testing in 2018, beginning with two routes: 120-mile highway stretch between Tucson and Phoenix in Arizona and another segment in Shanghai.

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AZ Ranked 38th In Household Discretionary Spending

 

Via dcourier.com

The study takes into consideration quite a bit more than the typical cost-of-living calculator. It accounts for differences in salary across geographies, the impact of taxes (federal, state, Social Security, Medicare), as well as cost of living (groceries, healthcare, housing, transportation, utilities, etc.). However, the study’s target persona is a single person sharing a two-bedroom apartment with a roommate, so discretionary spending for a homeowner or married couple is likely somewhat different than the results presented. Additionally, the annual salary estimates are based on the 2016 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates, which does not account for Social Security checks, 401(k) disbursements, savings and other sources of income for retirees.

With all that in mind, Arizona as a whole ranked 38th in the country with an average annual discretionary income of $3,603. While fairly low on the totem pole, Arizona far outstripped California’s average annual discretionary income of only $60 and Hawaii’s of negative $6,541.

Seven Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs) in Arizona were evaluated in the study. Of those, the Prescott MSA (which includes all of Yavapai County) was just above the fold in third place.

 

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Pima Assessor Sues More Than Two-dozen Businesses In Tax Court

 

Via tucson.com

The Pima County assessor is suing 30 businesses in Arizona Tax Court, a number of cases without recent precedent. The number of suits is also raising concerns among other county officials, one of whom questioned the ethics of filing so many.

Last year, Assessor Bill Staples was the plaintiff in three State Board of Equalization decisions appealed to the court, which is a part of Maricopa Superior Court and handles tax-related disputes, according to a Star review of online court records.

As of Wednesday, the current year’s total exceeds the total number of cases since 2007 and appears to be the largest number of such appeals filed by any Pima County assessor since at least the early 1990s. Staples filed nine cases — the second highest figure — in 2005, the year after he was first elected. The state board hears secondary appeals of property valuations in Pima and Maricopa counties.

 

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Pima County Breaks Ground On Seniors And Veterans Housing Projects

 

Via azbusinessdaily.com

The Pima County Housing Center has recently broken ground on a $2.85 million project for a pair of senior and veterans housing projects.

District 5 Pima County Supervisor Richard Elias, Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothchild, and other local and state officials recently broke ground on the project, which will include 20 apartments to accommodate low-income seniors who live with a caregiver or family member.

The complexes, which will be built adjacent to the TMM Family Services main campus on North Country Club Road, was funded by $545,000 in voter-approved bond funding and $708,000 in HOME funds federal grant money.

 

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SUPER Small Business Saturday Supports Local Businesses

 

Via insidetucsonbusiness.com

In partnership with the Fourth Avenue Merchants Association, and in conjunction with the Free Modern Streetcar Day, Local First Arizona is creating a superhero-themed day of holiday shopping named SUPER! Small Business Saturday.

Small Business Saturday started as an effort to encourage people to support small businesses after the Black Friday shopping rush. With SUPER! Small Business Saturday, we want to make it as fun and easy as possible for Tucsonans to support their favorite Fourth Avenue businesses.

If a community the size of Tucson shifted 10 percent of its spending from non-local to local businesses, the shift would have an impact of 1,600 new jobs, $53 million in new wages, and $130 million in total economic impact.

Find more information at localfirstaz.com/events/super-small-biz-sat. RSVP on Facebook at facebook.com/events/127953464536512/.

 

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