Newsweek ranks Tucson's BASIS Charter School #3 on its Best American High Schools list
Forbes ranks Tucson as one of America's Most Innovative Cities
CNBC ranks Arizona's workforce as the #1 in the Country
Time rates Tucson as one of eight Intelligent Cities. (February 2011)
Sunset ranks Tucson as one of its "20 Best Towns of the Future," specifically noting Tucson's innovative building movement and environmentally responsible architecture (March 2010)
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Southern Arizona in 2012: Bright Prospects Already Evident
Southern Arizona is further expanding its critical mass in the biosciences with a new 15-acre biotech campus that will commence construction this year. The project, “Innovation Campus,” is adjacent to Ventana Medical Systems (a division of Roche) and Sanofi US. This new facility will provide 160,000 square feet of space for R & D, manufacturing, and warehousing.
Simultaneously, the University of Arizona has announced its effort to accelerate commercialization of UA research with its “Tech Launch Arizona” initiative. The UA has consistently demonstrated that it is fertile ground to nurture innovative ideas and Tech Launch AZ can help move these ideas to market.
Graybar, a Fortune 500 company and leader in the area of electronics and data networking, will celebrate an April opening of its new 55,000-square-foot, LEED certified facility in Tucson.
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|Bioscience Job Growth Continues in Southern Arizona
Neither the recession nor the subsequent economic doldrums have impeded growth of Arizona’s bioscience sector, a new report shows. During the post-recessionary period of 2009-10, bioscience jobs increased by 7.4 percent, compared to a 1.8 percent drop for the state’s overall private sector, according to an analysis of Arizona biosciences, commissioned by the Flinn Foundation.
The annual study by the Battelle Technology Partnership Practice found that since 2002 Arizona has outpaced the nation in generating bioscience jobs and firms, and in winning National Institutes of Health grants, the gold standard for biomedical research funding. Even venture-capital funding, long a challenge for Arizona’s bioscience sector, was on an upswing in the past year.
Read the full story and access the report from the Flinn Foundation.
|Tech Launch Arizona to Accelerate Commercialization of University of Arizona Research
A new University of Arizona center has been formed to ensure greater cohesion among the community, business sector and institutional inventors and offices promoting the transfer of ideas and technology to market. TLA-Tech Launch Arizona represents both a major restructuring and a repositioning of the University's technology commercialization efforts.
The new UA entity is grounded in a two-part mission: to more easily move beneficial knowledge creation and inventions into the public sphere while propelling economic development forward in Arizona and elsewhere.
"Tech Launch Arizona is a dramatic step forward in how the UA contributes to economic growth," said Interim UA President Eugene Sander.
"This effort will not only result in an expansion of the UA's technology commercialization capacity, but also create much more robust partnerships between the University and entrepreneurs and business leaders," he added.
Read the complete article about the initiative here.
|Southwest to Launch Tucson’s First Nonstop Baltimore Service
Southwest Airlines announced it will begin seasonal service between Tucson International Airport (TIA) and Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport February 12. Daily flights will be available through April 9.
This is the first nonstop service to Baltimore in TIA history. It provides entry to the Washington, D.C. metro area and puts Tucson travelers one quick stop away from other eastern cities including Long Island, N.Y., Providence, R.I. and Manchester, N.H.
"This new, wintertime nonstop option between Southern Arizona and our largest airport operation in the Northeast gives our Tucson customers many more options for one-stop and connecting service through Baltimore/Washington. It also underscores our ability and commitment to use our planes and people to provide service we expect will successfully fill the needs of travelers," said Southwest spokesperson Brad Hawkins.
"Nonstop, East Coast service, particularly to the D.C. area, is a top priority for Tucson's business and convention stakeholders, as well as our visitors. We thank Southwest for stepping up to meet the demand," said Tucson Airport Authority (TAA) President/CEO Bonnie Allin.
Read more of the release here.
|Graybar Breaks Ground on New Tucson Facility
Graybar, a leading distributor of electrical, communications, and data networking products and a provider of supply chain management and logistics services, broke ground on a new Tucson facility in September 2011. Graybar is a Fortune 500 company and is one of the largest employee-owned companies in North America.
The 55,000 square-foot facility is being built to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) specifications. The building will feature many green technologies that the company distributes to its own customers including solar panels, energy-efficient lighting, and daylight harvesting dimming systems. It will also feature an electric vehicle charging station. The building is scheduled to open in April, 2012. The Tucson facility will be the company’s first LEED certified building.
Larry Giglio, Graybar’s senior vice president of operations, stated, “This facility will not only showcase sustainable solutions but will also demonstrate Graybar’s commitment to preserving the environment.”
Read more in the Graybar press release.
|Tucson-Based Raytheon Missile Systems Lands Over $600 Million in Contracts
Over the last few months, Raytheon Missile Systems has landed six contracts from the US Department of Defense and foreign allies, all for development or deployment of advance missile technologies.
A majority of the awarded contracts involve missile interceptors for missile defense systems or ship-based defense systems for the US Navy.
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|New 15-acre Biotech Campus Announced in Oro Valley
Anthem Equity Group announced that it plans to break ground on a 160,000-square-foot campus for bioscience and technology research. The 15-acre "Innovation Campus" will first be home to four 20,000 square foot facilities for laboratories, warehouses and manufacturing. The construction of 10 8,000-square-foot high-tech office buildings will follow, the company said.
Plans call for the campus to include bioscience research and development companies, emerging technology businesses, medical-device manufacturers and suppliers to those industries, Anthem Equity said in its news release.
The property sits next to Oro Valley's Innovation Park - where French drugmaker Sanofi and Ventana Medical Systems, a member of the Roche Group - already have facilities.
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|Optics firm Bruker Nano Expands Facility
High-tech manufacturer of 3-dimensional microscopes, Bruker Nano Surfaces Division, moved into new, larger space as part of their local expansion plan. Bruker Nano employs 90 people, many of whom are University of Arizona optics graduates. Robert Loiterman, vice president and general manager of Bruker's Tucson operation attributes the company’s decision to stay in Tucson to the skilled local workforce and the company's long relationship with the UA.
The operation has deep roots in Tucson, the UA, and the local optics industry. In 2010 Bruker Corp (based near Boston) acquired Veeco Instruments, which previously had acquired Wyko Corp, a company founded by UA College of Optical Sciences Dean James Wyant.
John Alfson, Bruker Nano operations director and a UA grad who started with Wyko just before its acquisition by Veeco, credited city officials for expediting the company's permits so it could quickly upgrade and move into the building.
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|Solar Zone Continues Attraction of World-Class Solar Companies
The UA Science & Technology Park’s Solar Zone has already made two major project announcements this year.
The first project, spearheaded by AstroSol Inc, a joint venture of a Chinese-based solar panel maker and a German developer, will build a 6.1-megawatt solar photovoltaic project at the TechPark. The project won certification and $13 million in construction financing from the North American Development Bank and the Border Environment Cooperation Commission. The project will use thin-film, amorphous silicon modules mounted on a fixed-tilt racking structure. It is the single biggest project to date for the Solar Zone which currently has two of seven planned projects installed and another nearly complete.
The second project is a spin off from the University of Arizona’s world-renowned astronomy program. A solar-energy system designed by UA astronomy professor Roger Angel, is under construction. Drawing heavily on the UA's optics and astronomy expertise, Angel's design uses mirrors to focus and concentrate sunlight up to 1,200 times on a spherical lens, which transmits it onto an array of ultra-high-efficiency photovoltaic cells. The Solar Zone installation will start with one system of eight mirror arrays and collectors on a tracking mount. The 5-acre site has room for 42 individual systems, for a total output of 840 kilowatts. Borrowing from the sky-tracking mounts used for big telescopes, the system features a lightweight but rigid "spaceframe" built to withstand hurricane-force winds.
The Solar Zone is widely recognized as an innovative showcase for the world’s most advanced solar techniques.
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