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GPEC Announces New Board Director Leadership

(Phoenix, Arizona) – The Greater Phoenix Economic Council (GPEC) announced the appointment of its Board of Directors for the 2008-2009 fiscal year.

The Board of Directors will be led by Chair Michael Bidwill, president of the Arizona Cardinals; Vice-Chair Sharon Harper, president and CEO of The Plaza Companies; and Vice-Chair William Pepicello, president of the University of Phoenix. Board officers include Treasurer Donald E. Brandt, president and COO of Pinnacle West and president and CEO of APS; Secretary Ivan Johnson, vice president, community relations & televideo, Cox Arizona; and Immediate Past Chair, R. Neil Irwin, partner at Bryan Cave.

IIt is certainly an honor to be elected chairman of such a distinguished organization,” said Bidwill. “I look forward to continuing GPEC’s work with regional leaders in bringing top-flight companies and high-paying jobs to Greater Phoenix. In particular, Arizona has a unique window of opportunity to land a number of solar technology companies in the coming months and GPEC is working diligently to bring them to the region which will help diversify our economy.”

New appointments to the Executive Committee include Richard C. Adkerson, president and CEO of Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold; Steve Betts, president of SunCor Development Company; Dr. Michael Crow, president of Arizona State University; and William Pepicello, president of the University of Phoenix.

New Board Directors include David Bentler, statewide economic development manager for APS and chair of GPEC’s Economic Development Directors Team; Dr. Ángel Cabrera, president of Thunderbird School of Global Management; Jeffrey Crockett, partner at Snell & Wilmer; Dr. Debra Friedman, dean and vice president of Arizona State University Downtown Phoenix; G. Todd Hardy, associate vice president of corporate engagement at Arizona State University; Tom Johnston, senior managing director of Cushman & Wakefield of Arizona and chair of GPEC’s Community Building Consortium; Andy Kunasek, Maricopa County Board of Supervisors for District 3; Jeff Lowe, president of MidFirst Bank Arizona; Paul Luna, president and CEO of Helios Education Foundation; Jackie Meck, Town of Buckeye Mayor; Denise D. Resnik, president of Denise Resnik & Associates; and Anthony Smith, City of Maricopa Mayor. A complete Board Director list is included below.

“GPEC’s role in driving a high-performance economy is more crucial now than ever and our new and returning Board leadership will help us achieve success in the current economic downturn,” said Barry Broome, GPEC president and CEO.

Mayors from GPEC’s member communities and the organization’s Nominating Committee are responsible for appointing Board Directors. The one-year terms are approved annually during GPEC’s September Board meeting.

GPEC FY 2009 Board of Directors (in alphabetical order) Bold Denotes Executive Committee Member

  • Richard C. Adkerson, President and CEO, Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold
  • Jason Bagley, Government Affairs Manager, Intel
  • Dennis Barney, President, Landmark Property
  • The Honorable Robert Barrett, Mayor, City of Peoria
  • David Bentler, Statewide Economic Development Director, APS
  • The Honorable Steven M. Berman, Mayor, Town of Gilbert
  • Steve Betts, President, SunCor Development Company
  • Michael Bidwill, President, Arizona Cardinals
  • Donald E. Brandt, President and COO, Pinnacle West Capital Corporation and President and CEO APS
  • The Honorable Fulton Brock, County Supervisor, District 1, Maricopa County Board of Supervisors
  • Ángel Cabrera, Ph.D., President, Thunderbird School of Global Management
  • Brian J. Campbell, Attorney, Wilkins Campbell Mahoney Chartered
  • José Cárdenas, Chairman, Lewis and Roca
  • Bradley Casper, President and CEO, The Dial Corporation/A Henkel Company
  • Jeffrey W. Crockett, Partner, Snell & Wilmer
  • Dr. Michael Crow, President, Arizona State University
  • Rick Dietz, Councilmember, City of Apache Junction
  • Mark Dobbins, Senior Vice President, Human Resources and General Affairs, SUMCO Phoenix Corporation
  • Rich Dozer, President, GenSpring Family Offices
  • The Honorable Boyd W. Dunn, Mayor, City of Chandler
  • Robert Enderle, Director of Community Relations, Medtronic
  • Peter S. Fine, President and CEO, Banner Health
  • Debra Friedman, Ph.D., Dean and Vice President, Downtown Phoenix Campus, Arizona State University
  • The Honorable Adolfo F. Gamez, Mayor, City of Tolleson
  • Kevin Gillette, Senior Vice President, Arizona Market Executive, Bank of America
  • Rufus Glasper, Ph.D., Chancellor, Maricopa Community Colleges
  • Kathleen H. Goeppinger, Ph.D., President and CEO, Midwestern University
  • MaryAnn Guerra, Chief Business Officer, TGen and President, TGen Accelerators, LLC
  • The Honorable Hugh Hallman, Mayor, City of Tempe
  • Barry Halpern, Partner, Snell & Wilmer
  • G. Todd Hardy, Associate Vice President, Corporate Engagement, Arizona State University
  • Sharon Harper, President and CEO, The Plaza Companies
  • Jim Hartman, Chairman, Economic Development Advisory Commission, Town of Wickenburg
  • Jon Held, Executive Vice President and CFO, The Arizona Republic
  • C.A. Howlett, Senior Vice President, Public Affairs, US Airways
  • R. Neil Irwin, Partner, Bryan Cave, LLP
  • Ivan Johnson, Vice President, Community Relations & Televideo Cox Arizona
  • Paul Johnson, CEO, Old World Homes
  • Tom Johnston, Senior Managing Director, Cushman & Wakefield of Arizona
  • Don Kile, President, Master Planned Communities, The Ellman Companies
  • David Krietor, Deputy City Manager, City of Phoenix
  • The Honorable Andy Kunasek, County Supervisor, District 3, Maricopa County Board of Supervisors
  • The Honorable Georgia Lord, Councilwoman, City of Goodyear
  • Jeff Lowe, President, MidFirst Bank Arizona
  • Paul J. Luna, President and CEO, Helios Education Foundation
  • Jim McDowell, CEO, AAA Arizona
  • Jeff McElfresh, Vice President and General Manager, AT&T Mobility
  • The Honorable Jackie Meck, Mayor, Town of Buckeye
  • William Pepicello, Ph.D., President, University of Phoenix
  • Denise D. Resnik, President, Denise Resnik & Associates
  • Steve M. Shope, Ph.D., President and Acting COO, Cognitive Engineering Research Institute
  • The Honorable Anthony Smith, Mayor, City of Maricopa
  • Donald A. Smith, Jr., President and CEO, SCF Arizona
  • Joseph Stewart, Chairman and CEO, JPMorgan Chase Arizona
  • Victor Trastek, M.D., Chairman, Board of Governors, Mayo Clinic
  • Gena Trimble, Manager, Communications and Community Relations, Salt River Project
  • Gerrit van Huisstede, Regional President, Desert Mountain Region, Wells Fargo
  • Richard B. West, III, President, Carefree Partners
  • Candace Wiest, President and CEO, West Valley National Bank
  • Dan Withers, President, D.L. Withers Construction
  • Kate Zanon, Assistant to the Town Manager and Economic Development, Town of Fountain Hills

Bryant Barber, Attorney at Law, Lewis and Roca

About the Greater Phoenix Economic Council (GPEC)
A true public/private partnership, GPEC is the regional economic development organization for Greater Phoenix. Working with its 18 member communities, Maricopa County and more than 140 private investors, GPEC attracts quality businesses to this dynamic region. By creating a high-performance economy through capital investments and jobs, Greater Phoenix companies enjoy a business climate where they can compete and thrive in today’s global economy. Since 1989, GPEC has worked to achieve an economically sound and sustainable region. For more information, visit

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November 2, 2008, 1:49 pm
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Scottsdale Job Network Meeting

Scottsdale Jobs Network

Join us on Monday November 10, 2008 – 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Date: Monday November 10, 2008
Time: 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Location: Temple Chai
SJN has invited a husband and wife team of family counselors, Sandy and Douglas Jardine, who are associated with Temple Chai, to offer a one-time workshop to address and help mitigate the impact of unemployment on couples and families. This is a special one-time workshop and members are encouraged to bring their spouse/significant other. No children please.

Thank you,
Bill Austin

Attend our regular meetings to learn more about the Job Search Process and about Phoenix Jobs

Meetings are held on the first and third Tuesday mornings:

Scottsdale Job Network (SJN) is a non-profit community group of business leaders and volunteers.

The value of SJN lies in the skills, business networks and personal passions of our members. Membership is open to everyone willing to share their skills and anyone interested in local networking or in need of employment transition support.

Email: | Scottsdale Job Network | Voice Mail: Phone: (480) 513-1491

Scottsdale Job Network

Phoenix Jobs

Scottsdale Job Network Curriculum Meeting – Creating Leads and Networking by quotes
October 19, 2008, 1:30 pm
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Scottsdale Job Network Meeting

Scottsdale Jobs Network

Join us on Tuesday October 21, 2008 – 9:00 am – 11:30 am for “Creating Leads, Networking”

Join us for NETWORKING at 9 AM and then for the fourth in a series of six programs developed for the SJN Curriculum on the Job Search Process, “Creating Leads, Networking.”

“I called a friend of mine, John, and asked him if there was an opening at his company. He said he wasn’t sure, but didn’t think so. I also called three other friends and told them I was looking for work. I asked them that if they heard of anyone who was hiring, would they please let me know. I spent the whole morning on the phone networking.” Sound familiar? Most people know what networking is-and don’t do it OR some think they are networking, but aren’t doing it correctly. Did you know that 75-80% of jobs are attained through networking? Believe it or not-it is true!

Join us when George Fleming will take you through the steps of the networking process! It is not as difficult as you might think. The best part about networking is that it gives you more control of your job search. Learning to network correctly will change your attitude toward this very important area of the job search process. — come and find out how!

Thank you,
Bill Austin

Attend our regular meetings to learn more about the Job Search Process and about Phoenix Jobs

Meetings are held on the first and third Tuesday mornings:

9-9:30 Networking, resume reviews, contact with recruiters

9:30 Welcome, announcements, introductions

10:00 Speaker begins

11:15 Speaker ends, feedback collected

Networking continues until 11:30

We meet at and use space provided by Temple Chai, 4645 East Marilyn Road, Phoenix, AZ 85032-4839. Temple Chai is located just east of the Piestawa Freeway (Route 51) and South & West of the loop 101 (PIMA FREEWAY SECTION). Marilyn Road is on the west side of Tatum Blvd. between Thunderbird and Greenway Roads

Scottsdale Job Network (SJN) is a non-profit community group of business leaders and volunteers. We are not a job placement forum, and we do not match candidates to openings nor do we send resumes to employers or recruiters. There is no guarantee of employment either directly through this group or as a result of association with SJN. We do, however, provide education in the job search process and all attendees have the opportunity to meet and work with people who offer support and guidance during employment transition.

The value of SJN lies in the skills, business networks and personal passions of our members. Membership is open to everyone willing to share their skills and anyone interested in local networking or in need of employment transition support.

Email: | Scottsdale Job Network | Voice Mail: Phone: (480) 513-1491

Scottsdale Job Network

James Barrera

Bison Western Museum Bison Homes by quotes

Bison Homes Celebrates one year for

Bison Museum

Anyone else planning to attend the Bison Homes Bison Museum one year anniversary party and celebration today in North Scottsdale?

Here is some information in case you had no idea that was going on.  Bison Homes is a specialty Home Builder in Arizona.

Bison Homes Bison Museum

I am going to try to get there today as well as heading over to the Sustainable Living Expo on Market Street in DC Ranch Corner of Thompson Peak Pkwy and Pima

Thank you,

Bill Austin

Bison Western Museum to

Celebrate 1st Anniversary

SCOTTSDALE, Arizona – The Bison Western Museum will celebrate its first anniversary on Saturday, October 18, 2008, from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm in North Scottsdale. Festivities will include giveaways, contests, cowboy storytelling, free popcorn, candy and balloons and more.

To commemorate the one year anniversary, admission will be just $1 per visitor all day on the 18th.  In addition, the celebration will mark the official opening of the Lou & Evelyn Grubb Room exhibiting the woodcarvings of Dee Flagg.

Since opening its doors last October the Bison Western Museum has gained wide acceptance and has established itself as one of the finest collections of Western, Native American and bison memorabilia and artifacts in the country. Year two will feature a special Spirit of the Old West lecture series, a Welcome to Old Scottsdale display, Flagg family pieces previously not displayed and more.

The Bison Western Museum houses more than 30,000 pieces and features such exhibits as “Dances with Wolves” and Native American artifacts room, the Singing Buffalo Family, the Saddled Bison “photo op” and a vast assortment of bronzes, paintings and prints. The extensive Buffalo Bill exhibit includes historic photos, prints, trinkets, documents, one of his famous Sharps rifles and more.

Also highlighted is the personal collection of the Flagg family, Scottsdale’s own “first family” of Western artists. The Flagg collection contains hundreds of items from paintings to sketches, from the original Parada del Sol program cover artwork to life size wood carved figures of Buffalo Bill, Wyatt Earp, Wild Bill Hickok and others. In addition, the Flaggs created the artwork of the giant cowboy that has welcomed visitors to Scottsdale for over 50 years. A blow up of the original sketch is on display.

The museum is complemented by a gift shop, western library, party lounge, Western pavilion and the Bison Homes Information Center. It is located at 16641 N. 91st Street in Scottsdale, just north of West World. For more information and hours of operation please call 480-837-8700, or visit

Helping Hands for Single Moms by quotes

Single Moms Succeeding in College

Phoenix, Arizona – On Saturday, November 8, 2008 Helping Hands for Single Moms will celebrate the success of forty-three single moms who are pursuing a college education and financial independence. The Celebrate Success – Meet the Moms dinner will take place at the Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort from 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm. The gala event will feature Brenda Warner (founder of First Things First and wife of Arizona Cardinals’ quarterback Kurt Warner) and Fay Fredricks of 12 News. Reservations can be made by calling 602/796/7875, or 602/475/1718, or online at The cost is $75 per person.

Those attending will have their hearts touched as they hear the courageous stories of single moms who are pursuing a better life for their children through educational achievement. Four moms will be honored for their recent graduation from college and successful launch of their careers as nurses and educators. A Community Service Award will be given to NARPRO (Neighborhood Auto Repair Professionals) and Cardinals’ Charities for providing no-cost auto repair for Helping Hands’ clientele through their generous donation of in-kind labor and funds for parts.

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October is Teen Read Month at Phoenix Public Library

Phoenix Public Library will celebrate Teen Read Month in October, encouraging teens to read just “for the fun of it.” This year’s theme is “Books With Bite.”

To celebrate, Phoenix Public Library locations will host special activities for teens, ages 12 -18, including workshops on monster makeup, T-shirt silk-screening, drip painting, computer technology and astrology. Visit for dates and locations.

By reading, attending a program or submitting artwork or poetry to Create!Zine, a teen-produced publication, teens can reduce their library overdue fines by $5 and enter a drawing to win a $50 Best Buy gift certificate. Prize drawings will be held at each library at the end of the month.

Phoenix Public Library joins thousands of other libraries across the country encouraging teens to spend time reading for pleasure.

Teen Read Month is sponsored by the Friends of the Phoenix Public Library.

Phoenix Public Library is a system of 14 branch libraries and the Burton Barr Central Library. For more information, call 602-262-4636 or visit

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Phoenix Local Music Website Inspires Creativity and Awareness for Local Phoenix Artists

The summer of 2008, brought a few enthusiastic local Phoenix residents together to launch an avenue of communication for local artists, promoters, producers, and fans. Phoenix Local Music provides a platform for life in Phoenix; from art, to music, to local fashion and restaurants. The goal: to encourage locals to reach out and connect with individuals who have an interest in and a passion for the Phoenix culture. Simply speaking, Phoenix Local Music is addressing the often muttered and all-too-frequently unanswered question of what there is to do in Phoenix.

Phoenix Local Music – – provides a platform for life in Phoenix; from art, to music, to local fashion and restaurants.

When faced with a seemingly uneventful week, people can visit the website and find nearby venues, boutiques, galleries, and restaurants. When too busy or unmotivated to go out, members can browse media groups, read and write reviews, and establish and maintain personal and professional relationships with other members. Phoenix Local Music is the first website locally that is trying to create awareness for those who realize that a city should be more than the place where we live. A city should be a place that comes alive with the presence, appetites, desires, and hopes of its inhabitants.

“Phoenix Local Music is designed to strategically leverage the paradigm shift in human interaction on the internet while bridging the gap of online and face-to-face interaction. Most importantly the development of Phoenix Local Music is not single handed, the interaction, suggestions, and constructive criticism from the community will mold Phoenix Local Music. Our success lies in the hands of our community, understanding this, we seek to distill transparency and expose Phoenix’s developing culture to the global community while strengthening local bonds. As Phoenix Local Music grows the ideas and feedback from musicians, artist, fans, industry gurus and local small businesses will be fused with our strategic plan to perpetuate Phoenix Local Music into the future” (Elliott Lemenager, Founder of Phoenix Local Music).

Phoenix Local Music not only provides an underrepresented voice for local artists, but also lends its use to promoters and producers looking for new talent. Fans will also be given the opportunity to familiarize themselves with artists that may have gone overlooked in the past. Phoenix Local Music goes beyond artists and musicians, into fashion and food; where the art of design and culinary excellence are celebrated as they should be. Here, Phoenix is dissected to show its parts, to show how the blood of this city pumps through every vein and how we, as local residents, can play a part in its beauty.

To become a member or learn more about this new venture, visit and see what Phoenix Arizona has to offer you.

Some other great sites for news about Local Phoenix Music include a non-profit organization called Ear Candy Productions and East Valley Living’s Phoenix Local Music Category.

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Update: Details of the APS Electric Light Parade

Phoenix Arizona Now Accepting Applications for 2008 APS Electric Light Parade

Though winter is months away, organizers for the APS Electric Light Parade already are accepting applications to participate in the Dec. 6 holiday gala. The theme for the 2008 parade is “Preserving a Family Holiday Tradition.” … Read more »

APS Electric Light Parade – Phoenix Arizona

The parade gets under way at 7 p.m. on Dec. 6 on Central Avenue at Montebello (just south of Bethany Home Road). The parade route heads south on Central to Camelback, where it heads east to Seventh Street before turning south to the end at Indian School Road.

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MLS Listings for Phoenix Arizona Real Estate – Arizona MLS – Phoenix Real Estate Multiple Listing Service – ARMLS Listings – Real Estate Multiple Listings for Phoenix Arizona

Search the MLS listings for Phoenix AZ and the surrounding area.

Real Estate in Phoenix Arizona

The link above provides free access to the multiple listing service.

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Halloween Events in Arizona

Arizona Halloween Fun – Community Information & Referral helps you find the nearest haunted house, hayride, corn mazes, and other family fun events to celebrate Halloween! Please visit our website at  … Read more »

Halloween Costume & Other Contests
Family-Friendly Fun
Haunted Attractions
Hayrides & Mazes
Trick or Treating

Community Information & Referral wishes you a safe and happy Halloween!