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Cybersecurity Deficit May Leave Arizona’s Small Business Vulnerable

Posted by on Dec 28, 2017 in Featured News | 0 comments

As the majority of businesses operate online in some capacity, the demand for quality cybersecurity has skyrocketed. Since over half of businesses are worried about cyber attacks, these types of security jobs are growing significantly. But are Arizona’s IT professionals up to par? Some experts don’t think so. Daily Miner reports that the state is in need of cyber security workers and those who are in this profession may need additional training to keep up with demand. Brett Scott, founder of Arizona Cyber Warfare Range, told Daily Miner that IT employees are not being held to the right standards. “We have a huge cybersecurity skills gap,” he said. “And most people that are in the cybersecurity industry are so bad at their jobs that if they were in any other job, they would be arrested or indicted for fraud.” According to Daily Miner, there are also...

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Arizona Agencies Take Steps To Prevent Holiday Accidents

Posted by on Dec 28, 2017 in Featured News | 0 comments

Every year, 3 million people are injured in car accidents on U.S. roads. Around the holidays, travel can become even more treacherous due to weather and dangerous behaviors like alcohol consumption and drowsy driving. This year, Arizona officials are making a concerted effort to make the streets safer — but is it enough? In mid-December, the Arizona Department of Transportation and Arizona Department of Public Safety partnered with the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety to launch a safety campaign, called “Drive Aware, Get There,” to reduce the risk of drivers being involved with wrong-way crashes. The campaign shows drivers how they can improve nighttime travel safety and what they should do if they come across a wrong-way vehicle during their drive. Arizona’s Department of Transportation was the first in the nation to install wrong-way detection and an overhead warning...

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Millennials Are Changing the Way Employers View Employee Turnover

Posted by on Dec 8, 2017 in Featured News | 0 comments

It’s common practice among employers to try to minimize employee turnover as much as possible. Seeing as how the cost of recruiting and training a new employee can reach between six and nine months worth of salary, quick employee turnover is usually bad for businesses. Additionally, a high employee turnover rate can be seen as a reflection of poor morale, which can impact the whole company. However, today’s workforce is seeing a factor that may be changing the landscape of employee turnover: millennials. Data shows that millennials stay at a job for a far shorter amount of time than generation X or baby boomer employees. In fact, about 36.6% of millennial employees stay at one job for 13 months or less. However, additional research suggests that millennials aren’t job hopping more than generation X did in 2000. Despite what the...

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Low Salaries Among the Top Reasons For Vacant Teacher Positions in Arizona

Posted by on Nov 17, 2017 in Featured News | 0 comments

A new report by the Morrison Institute for Public Policy at ASU states that more than 1,3000 Arizona classrooms are without a permanent teacher, and low salaries are the main problem. Arizona’s median pay of a secondary school teacher is only $48,020 compared to the national median pay of $55,800. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, this puts Arizona worst in the nation for primary school teacher salaries, along with being 48th for high school teacher salaries. A recent survey found that about 526 teachers quit this school year, with 42% of Arizona teachers hired in 2013 leaving the profession within three years. Nearly three out of four administrators said their schools face immense teacher shortages — 1,328 vacant positions to be exact. A teacher shortage is an immense problem for public schools, seeing as how half...

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ADOT Receives National Award For I-15 Bridge Project

Posted by on Nov 3, 2017 in Featured News | 0 comments

Any Arizonian knows that Interstate 15 offers a breathtaking view of the state’s rugged landscape. Now a portion of the highway has been recognized for its infrastructural attributes as well. The Daily Miner reports that The American Public Works Association selected the Virgin River Bridge No. 6 rehabilitation as the Project of the Year. It was selected among other projects with worth between $25 million and $75 million. “This award acknowledges the creativity and cooperation that went into making a critically needed improvement to a vital regional economic corridor,” Dallas Hammit, Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) state engineer and deputy director for transportation, said in a statement to the Daily Miner. In the country’s 102 largest metro regions, driver take two hundred million trips over defective bridges every day. Virgin River Bridge No. 6 is no longer one of...

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Wickenburg Ranch Will Soon Offer Semi-Custom Homes

Posted by on Oct 17, 2017 in Featured News | 0 comments

In Wickenburg, Arizona, a resort community named Wickenburg Ranch has announced that they have decided to create a new neighborhood on the property with the help of two hand-picked, semi-custom homebuilders. The community currently offers homes built by Shea Homes, and will now begin to offer semi-customizable homes by CSE and Associates and Mandalay Homes. There will be an additional 62 homes within a 55-acre area of the property. These homes will feature larger, more private lots ranging from 10,000 to 45,000 square feet. The two builders will construct 31 homes each, which in turn will offer multiple structural options. A U.S. Houzz and Home survey given in 2016 showed that over two-thirds, or 68%, of homeowners plan to include some sort of recreational area in their customized home. Varying design options will give homebuyers the option to customize...

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