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Old Posted Feb 15, 2019, 2:31 PM
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Including Dayton? The 3.1 Mil must be Cincinnati and Dayon, OH, not Louisville, KY.
Yes...Dayton and Cincinnati combined which supports Kings Island (which is in the top 20 list posted above). I was making a comment that even with this, Louisville can still support it's own park only a 70 minute drive away from Kings Island.
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Old Posted Feb 19, 2019, 6:37 PM
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You were definitely talking to the wrong people. Universal has two theme parks in the whole country in destinations people go strictly for the theme parks. San Antonio and shoot OKC has a Six Flags. Denver has a pretty awesome theme park right next to their downtown and the Denver metro has a lot less people than our metro. I remember when I was 12 years old and my parents and I vacationed in San Antonio cause I had heard of the River Walk and the Alamo from watching basketball in the mid ‘90s and after hearing they had a Sea World and Six Flags we were sold. When people vacation, if the city has a theme park, that plays a big roll. Phoenix is definitely missing out on some tourism by not having a theme park. And it’s just an idea, this probably isn’t the best spot for a theme park and will probably get opposition from the neighborhood, I think by Talking Stick Resort Casino in Native Land would prob be best. I was also seeing that Six Flags is building multiple Theme Parks in China so they must be investing pretty heavy.
Pretty sure I was speaking with the 'right' people - was part of a team looking to build a theme park that never materialized elsewhere... I will take the point that Universal and Six Flags are quite different; Universal's rides are generally indoor and 'virtual' - something like that could work here if you could come up with the proper theme to drive people (and a LOT to it). I think we need to grow a bit more. And having it in the valley is a huge challenge to keep the visitors cool - not sure you really want to ride a roller coaster for 2 minutes at 90mph in 110F...

For a 'typical' roller coaster park - I think you'd want something up north. Always rumors of Camp Verde as a site for a Six Flags over the years - and I thought there was some sort of park that was supposed to go up in Williams. All these plans never work out it seems. For one reason or another...
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Old Posted Feb 19, 2019, 8:34 PM
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It's a total pipe dream, but it'd be cool if the valley could someday do something like Warner Brothers World in Abu Dhabi

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Old Posted Feb 26, 2019, 4:36 PM
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Looks like Microsoft is getting ready to start their project out in Goodyear.

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The Goodyear City Council unanimously approved a development agreement that will allow Microsoft to begin construction on two buildings in a planned "five-building technology center."

The tech giant owns 279 acres south of Interstate 10 near the Phoenix Goodyear Airport.

“We’re very excited and very proud,” Goodyear Mayor Georgia Lord said after Monday's vote. “This is a real big move for us.”

Lord told The Arizona Republic that she's hopeful that Microsoft's announcement will bring more tech companies to the suburb that has steadily expanded its industry in recent years.

"The name spells confidence," she said.

However, details on the center and the types of jobs it will bring to the West Valley suburb have not been announced

https://www.azcentral.com/story/news...na/2984103002/
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Old Posted Apr 18, 2019, 8:51 PM
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Looks like Microsoft is getting ready to start their project out in Goodyear.
And they just added another 147 acres - but this time at Citrus and Indian School...

http://ktar.com/story/2537828/micros...d-in-goodyear/

Wonder what they have planned here? Are they setting up some manufacturing/logistics operations?
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Old Posted Apr 20, 2019, 5:53 PM
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Projects for Microsoft in Goodyear confirmed to be ‘massive’ data centers. (Think: Azure, Xbox Live)

No # on jobs - but a similar facility for Apple in Mesa has about 150 people working there. So not a lot - and not going to make Goodyear the west valley’s tech center by any stretch of the imagination. But still cool to see go up.

https://www.azcentral.com/story/news...rs/3479343002/
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As somebody who has done extensive work around a Las Vegas datacenter from Palo Alto, the bulk of the on-site work does not make for a super high quality job at the end of the day. There would likely be some higher paid specialists like in networking and managers but most of the workers would be fairly low level/blue-collar on the tech totem pole as they rack/stack/troubleshoot/swap out/decommission hardware.

It's a job at the end of the day and working for Apple or MS fulltime (if they're contractors it's a totally different story) would be the best you could do in the field but it's all largely in line with Phoenix's traditional role as the backoffice for West coast corporations but gobble up more land and power.
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As somebody who has done extensive work around a Las Vegas datacenter from Palo Alto, the bulk of the on-site work does not make for a super high quality job at the end of the day. There would likely be some higher paid specialists like in networking and managers but most of the workers would be fairly low level/blue-collar on the tech totem pole as they rack/stack/troubleshoot/swap out/decommission hardware.

It's a job at the end of the day and working for Apple or MS fulltime (if they're contractors it's a totally different story) would be the best you could do in the field but it's all largely in line with Phoenix's traditional role as the backoffice for West coast corporations but gobble up more land and power.
Yeah - depends on the datacenter. If its owned by a company - like these - you typically have direct employees working there. If its a multi-tenancy situation - you usually wind up with very few direct employees of the owner (say 20 - enough to keep the lights on) - and then the tenants use contractors/remote-hands or their own employees to deal with things.

I’ve also seen scenarios where company owned data centers result in onsite software engineers over time - at least locally here in a few scenarios. Companies with remote employees in the region may allow work on site if they have room available. Will keep an eye on out the job postings for these centers - curious as to how specialized they want people - especially if this is for Azure/Xbox Live. Not likely any real engineering jobs - but maybe something a little more.
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Loved driving up Cotton Lane occasionally and seeing this stretch with the Eucalyptus trees. Too bad they are going, but progress for more development out West for the 303 Business Park (open these in incognito window if you can't view):

https://www.azcentral.com/story/news...ar/3653937002/

What's going there:
https://www.azcentral.com/story/news...ar/3414255002/

More on the 303 Business Park:
https://www.azcentral.com/story/news...cted/98380208/
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So for a minor civil traffic violation I found myself driving out to LA.....I mean Surprise this morning.

First of all the massive warehousing being built along the 303 is incredible, There will be wild (suburban ) growth out between the 101 and 303 and beyond to the White Tanks. But if you are in the business of making money there is going to be some great opportunity out there in the next 20 years.

Anyway, so Im by City Hall and WTF there is literally a little campus with a stadium and ...Like Kids in OUAZ gear with a mascot and everything. It even has dorms. Even a football team practicing!

https://www.ottawa.edu/ouaz/home/



Anyway just thought it looked great for a small university and Im happy to see some traditional campuses pop up between GCU and Ottawa for a Uni system in this state thats so dominated by ASU and UofA
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