CHANDLER ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT UPDATE : AUGUST 7, 2019
University of Arizona Forms Innovative Partnership to Provide Cybersecurity Education in Chandler


The University of Arizona (UA) continues to add to the list of programs available through its UA Chandler location. One of the latest educational offerings is a Bachelor of Applied Science with an emphasis in Cyber Operations designed to prepare students for a number of in-demand, cyber-related occupations in defense, law enforcement and private industry.

"As an emerging tech hub, Arizona is positioned to grow as a national leader in cybersecurity," said Joel Hauff, associate vice president for academic initiatives and student success. "The University of Arizona's Applied Science degree in Cyber Operations ensures a pipeline of experts in Chandler, and throughout the state, who are ready to fill in-demand jobs and equipped to drive the next generation of tech security."

Students that complete UA's Cyber Operations curriculum gain both offensive and defensive cybersecurity skills needed to step into a rapidly growing field with high-wage job opportunities. According to data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average wage for an Information Security Analyst in the Phoenix metro area is $96,660. That is nearly double the average wage for all occupations in the region, at just over $50,000.

You're Invited: Second Annual "The Startup Connection" Hosted by Chandler Innovations

Join us for Chandler Innovations' second annual The Startup Connection on Sep. 20-21. Designed for the startup community, the two-day event  provides an opportunity for business owners to connect with and learn from other entrepreneurs, investors and Arizona thought leaders. The goal is to help local startups grow their network and  take their business to the next level.

Day one will consist of a kick-off reception that includes a keynote speaker, pitch event and cocktail reception. Day two will be an interactive day filled with workshops and access to organizations that provide services and assistance to small businesses.

Visit innovationsincubator.com for more information. RSVPs must be received by Sep. 17.
City Issues Call for Artists for Public Art Project in Uptown Chandler


Uptown Chandler is the City's northernmost employment corridor,  home to nearly 20,000 residents and a  diverse mix of businesses that represents more than 10% of all jobs in Chandler. Encompassing approximately four square miles, the area runs north-south from the city limits to Ray Road and west-east from Alma School Road to Hamilton Street. 

To promote business and lifestyle opportunities within the area, the City and a group of stakeholders came together a couple of years ago to kick off the Uptown Chandler branding initiative. A logo was developed along with messaging that highlights the area's central East Valley location and casual, eclectic and authentic character. Banners were also installed on more than 90 light poles at major intersections as a first step in visually implementing the brand.

As a next step in the branding process, the City is launching a public art project. Digital artwork will be installed on ten City-owned traffic signal cabinets located throughout the area. A Call for Artists has been issued and submissions are due by Aug. 18. The City's Arts Commission will assist with the evaluation process and it is anticipated that multiple artists will be hired for this project. Installation of the artwork is scheduled for October.



DoubleTree by Hilton Arrives to Innovation and Technology Hub of the Southwest



DoubleTree by Hilton Phoenix Chandler opened Aug. 6 following a 24-month, multimillion-dollar renovation, joining DoubleTree by Hilton, one of Hilton's 17 world-class brands. The newly upgraded 160-room hotel, formerly an independent hotel, is located along the I-10 and conveniently off the Chandler Blvd. exit. Known as the Innovation and Technology Hub of the Southwest, Chandler is home to many corporate offices, including Intel, Microchip and Verizon, as well as a variety of nearby attractions. 

"The addition of the DoubleTree by Hilton brand to our community is a great indicator that Chandler continues to be a thriving destination for businesses and tourism," said Kevin Hartke, mayor of Chandler. "We're thrilled to welcome DoubleTree by Hilton Phoenix Chandler in west Chandler, our second largest employment corridor. The development will provide full-service accommodations in our community, adding to the growing economy and drawing more business and leisure travelers to Chandler."

DoubleTree by Hilton Phoenix Chandler debuts with a beautiful modern design inspired with cool tones of blues and greens. The lobby welcomes guests with a spacious open lounge and bar with both indoor and outdoor seating to dine and drink alfresco. The property boasts a fully enclosed private patio and pool, where guests can truly escape from the outside world. The full-service hotel is just 12 miles south of Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, making it an ideal business traveler destination close to nearby corporations and offices.

AZSBDC to Offer Free Workshop on Raising Capital at the ASU Chandler Innovation Center

Chandler small business owners are invited to attend a free workshop on raising capital offered by the Arizona Small Business Development Center. The event will be held on Tuesday, Sep. 24, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., at the ASU Chandler Innovation Center.  The program will cover basic information about commercial loans, including types, sources and how to prepare for lending requests. Attendees will also hear from a  panel of lenders and have the opportunity to meet each panelist and discuss their products and services.  

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Regular Meeting
August 8, 2019
6 p.m.
88 E. Chicago St.
Council Chambers

The Startup Connection
September 20, 20 1 9
5:30 - 8:00 p.m.
Flix Brewhouse Chandler
1 W. Chandler Bl.

The Startup Connection
September 21, 20 1 9
8:15 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Innovations Incubator
249 E. Chicago St.

AZSBDC Workshop
Raising Capital - Funding Basics and Lender Insights
September 24, 20 1 9
9 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
ASU Chandler Innovation Center
249 E. Chicago St.