Arizona Business News

Phoenix-Mesa Airport Sets Passenger Record
June was a record month for passenger traffic at Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport. The airport saw 151,219 travelers last month. That’s nearly 64,000 more than June 2020.
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Scottsdale Community Players Perform Comedy Reefer Madness
The 1936 film “Reefer Madness" is a black and white flick that paints marijuana as a drug that’s as dangerous as heroin and cocaine, and that promises a “hysterical downward spiral filled with evil jazz music, sex and violence” as a result of smoking marijuana. Now the cult classic has been adapted for the stage as a musical.
July 23, 2021
Great Resignation: 2 Arizonans On Why They Left
It’s being called the "Great Resignation." Millions of people are quitting their jobs amid the pandemic — and especially as life begins to return to some form of normal in the United States. So, what’s driving them — some of them — at least? To find out, The Show spoke with Brigid Trainor and Marisa Jo Mayes.
July 23, 2021
2020 Olympics Open Amid Scandals, Rising COVID-19 Cases
The postponed Tokyo 2020 Olympic games' opening ceremony was held July 23. It was, as always, a highly anticipated event, but this year is different. To learn more about what's happening with the Olympics, The Show spoke with the BBC's Pete Ross.
July 23, 2021
Tempe Seeks Redevelopment Pitches To Build A Sports Venue
The city of Tempe wants proposals for redeveloping nearly 50 acres into a home for a sports team and an entertainment district. Arizona’s National Hockey League club says they’re very interested in the opportunity, which could lead to their exit from the West Valley.
July 23, 2021
▶ This Weeks #AZNumber: 11/6
#AZNumbers is a weekly segment featuring thoughts and insight into Arizona's economic news. This week's number: 11/6. Listen to the KJZZ business block with Heather van Blokland weekdays at 6 p.m. on 91.5 FM or stream it on KJZZ.org.
July 23, 2021
Months Of Border Crossing Restrictions Have Been A Boon To Some, Bust For Others
Along with all the other impacts of the global pandemic, Arizona border communities are dealing with ongoing crossing restrictions, renewed again just this week. While some of the consequences have not been as dramatic as feared, those restrictions have spelled profound changes for businesses and border residents.
July 23, 2021
Tucsons South Side Looks To Casitas As Affordable Housing Option
Arizona is among several western states facing a severe housing shortage, driving prices beyond reach for many working-class people. As part of an answer to this, some Arizona cities are looking to make it easier for property owners to build essentially guest houses on their properties.
July 22, 2021
Report: AZ Hotels Expected To Be Down 11,000 Jobs In 21
While leisure travel is rebounding, the hotel industry says nearly 500,000 jobs will not return by year’s end.
July 22, 2021
Bill Goodykoontz: If Only For A Moment, Suns United AZ
It’s over — the Suns lost the NBA Finals to the Milwaukee Bucks this week. But Bill Goodykoontz argues that despite the ultimate loss, our hometown heroes managed to do the impossible.
July 22, 2021
Return To Work: How Remote Work Has Impacted Office Dynamics
For around the last 15 months, some people were exclusively working from home, while others were following a hybrid plan. And some were expected to be in-person every day. That has shifted recently, with businesses expecting employees to make regular appearances in the office.
July 22, 2021
Efforts Improving Crisis Responses In Maricopa County
We all know to call 911 when there’s an emergency like a fire or a car accident. But what about when there’s a mental health emergency? That’s when someone’s in need of crisis response — and law enforcement might not be the best equipped to respond.
July 22, 2021
How Remote Delivery Is Like Training Wheels For Self-Driving Cars
Ride-share users in Las Vegas have a new option to get around — and the company behind it is hoping the service will get riders more used to cars on the road with no one in the driver's seat.
July 22, 2021
Department Of Economic Security: Return-To-Work Bonuses Application Portal Open
The state of Arizona has launched a return to work bonus program. Qualifying Arizonans could receive a one time bonus of up to $2,000 for reentering the workforce.
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July 21, 2021
How Many People Can Keep Working From Home?
An economic development analyst has created a national model to better understand remote work opportunities across the United States.
July 21, 2021
Advocates Call For AZ To Give Federal Funds To Former Foster Youth
Foster care advocates are calling for Gov. Ducey and Department of Child Safety Director Mike Faust to release COVID-19 relief for foster care youth who have aged out of the system. They say the state has received more than $10 million in funding to help older and former foster youth through the pandemic but has distributed a small fraction of it.
July 21, 2021
Companies: How Much Office Space Do We Actually Need Now?
So many people have been working remotely over the last year, and many are planning to work hybrid schedules going forward. So how big of an issue it is in the Valley that companies may have more office space on their hands than they need right now?
July 21, 2021
Glendale Provides Temporary Rental Assistance With Voucher Program
The city of Glendale is working with community organizations to distribute grant funding to people experiencing homelessness. Glendale is using $1.2 million from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to help families or individuals who are temporarily homeless but could sustain permanent housing with some financial assistance.
July 21, 2021
Valley Businesses See Opportunity In Suns Success
The Suns are hoping to force Game 7 on Tuesday night, so are local businesses that have used team-related products and promotions as a means to attract customers.
July 20, 2021
Tempe Imagines Innovation Hub Across From Marketplace
Tempe is gathering public input on ways to improve a key employment corridor. For decades, industrial businesses have enjoyed easy access to the Smith Innovation Hub, a half-square mile area, bounded by Rio Salado Parkway, Loop 101, University Drive and McClintock.
July 20, 2021
Banner Requiring Employees To Get COVID-19 Vaccines
Banner Health, the largest hospital network in Arizona, will require all employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment. Workers have until November to get the shot.
July 20, 2021