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Arizona Tourism Breaks Records, But Residents Still Struggle To Achieve Financial Security

Posted by on Aug 11, 2017 in Featured News | 0 comments

According to research recently released by the Arizona Office of Tourism, a record-breaking 43 million overnight visitors spent time in the Grand Canyon State last year. But while they funneled in $58 million per day, other data shows that full-time AZ residents are less financially secure than those who live elsewhere in the United States. Domestic visitation increased by 2.7% from the previous year, with most visitors hailing from California, New York, and Illinois. Those who visited Arizona last year spent $21.2 billion total, which equates to more than $40,000 every minute. And that spending directly supported approximately 184,000 jobs throughout the state. Throughout the U.S., one out of nine jobs depends on travel and tourism. Since Arizona is an outdoor adventurer’s dream, it’s no surprise that the tourism-related positions in the state generated $6.5 billion in employment revenue...

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The Complicated, Confusing Meaning Of ‘Made In USA’

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

American manufacturing is having a bit of a moment in 2017, thanks in large part to some close attention from the White House. President Trump rode into office on the promise of a greater American manufacturing industry, and millions of workers are eager to see him deliver on those promises. To that end, President Trump recently hosted “Made in America” week at the White House, where he celebrated American-made goods. But what exactly does it mean when an item is designated as “Made In The USA?” It’s a lot more complicated than you may think. Somewhere around 50% of products “Made In America” require welding, but the Federal Trade Commission is actually the body that determines who earns this coveted label. No matter how much welding or American labor went into the product, the label doesn’t say “Assembled in...

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Massive HVAC Company Comes To Rural Texas – 4.2 Million Square Feet Complex

Posted by on Jun 29, 2017 in Featured News | 0 comments

Texas continues to grow its economic power despite the low oil prices that are affecting its largest industry and export. Recently, a Japanese HVAC company made the move to build a mega factory for its AC production outside Houston. This factory, a sprawling 4.2 million-square-foot complex, is set to be one of the largest buildings in the area. Its roof alone spans 100 acres. In comparison, the average Walmart Store is 100,000 square feet. The company behind this giant of a facility is Daikin, and it has invested around $500 million on what can be considered its most advanced factory yet. But why would Daikin build this mega factory in rural Waller County, Texas? It’s because Texas has one of the best HVAC markets in the country, something that Takeshi Ebisu, head of Daikin’s U.S. Operations, firmly believes. “It’s...

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Americans Can’t Afford To Get Away, But AZ Workers Most Likely To Take A Trip

Posted by on Jun 23, 2017 in Featured News | 0 comments

Research shows that taking a trip has numerous benefits on one’s well-being. Not only can just planning a vacation make you happier, but 53% of employed American adults come back feeling refreshed after a trip. That often results in higher levels of productivity, creativity, and overall job satisfaction. But a new poll has found that 43% of Americans aren’t going to be taking a vacation this summer — and the number one reason is that they simply can’t afford it. The poll, conducted by the Associated Press, found that a huge portion of working Americans won’t be able to take a summer vacation, with 49% of those respondents citing that cost was the barrier. Around 11% said they couldn’t take the time off from work, and 3% said they simply don’t like to be away from their jobs. In...

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Arizona Commission Given Warning By Federal Officials To Cease Employer Penalty Reductions

Posted by on Jun 15, 2017 in Featured News | 0 comments

The Industrial Commission of Arizona’s reduction in employer penalties regarding workers’ deaths and injuries has been deemed non-permissible by federal officials. A federal investigation led by OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) officials found that the commission’s actions violated the laws of Arizona. The commission was warned by the officials to cease their reductions of employer penalties immediately. OSHA officials investigated the commission after receiving a complaint in December from the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health. According to the Arizona Capital Times, the “agency had been monitoring state commission meetings for months previously.” The monitoring of the state commission paid off. OSHA officials reported the Arizona workplace safety agency’s practice of reducing employer penalties regarding worker’s injuries and death to be “operating outside of its legal authority by reclassifying violations” and therefore “must cease altering the classification...

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Arizona Food Hub Appeals to Foodies, Vegans, and Those Looking For the Biggest Bite

Posted by on Jun 1, 2017 in Featured News | 0 comments

According to experts and state officials, Arizona is the place to grab a bite — especially if you have a discerning palette, have embraced a vegan lifestyle, or simply want the biggest meal you can imagine. By the year 2020, the global tableware market is projected to exceed $41 billion. Of course, local restaurants eat up a good portion of that. And between last month’s Arizona Restaurant Week and the PHX Vegan Food Festival in February, foodies are starting to flock to the area for the latest and greatest in local dishes. Back in 2015, the United Nations’ Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization recognized the city of Tucson for its gastronomy scene’s local food production and investment in natural resources. But while Zagat recently gave Phoenix and Scottsdale the number nine spot on its up-and-coming food cities list, most...

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