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Old Posted Dec 18, 2018, 5:28 PM
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Report pegs Phoenix as a top tech hiring market in 2019

More good news for the Phoenix tech market. Keep 'em coming!

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By Tim Gallen
– Digital Editor, Phoenix Business Journal

Dec 17, 2018, 4:24pm EST
Phoenix will continue to be one of the top markets for tech hiring in 2019, according to a new report.

Research from staffing services agency Robert Half Technology shows that Phoenix is No. 3 on a list of top markets for tech hiring. That is based on the percentage of local technology managers who expect to expand their employee counts in the coming year.

Seventy-six percent of Phoenix-area tech leaders reported they plan to hire in 2019, according to the report. The only cities where more managers expect to hire are Charlotte (77 percent, No. 2) and Houston (80 percent, No. 1). Phoenix ranks just ahead of Chicago and Dallas. In each of those cities, 75 percent of hiring managers expect to expand their teams.

The percentage of tech leaders in Phoenix looking to hire increased two percentage points since Robert Half's mid-year report on tech hiring.

In the Valley, the most in-demand skills are cybersecurity, cloud security, cloud computing, cloud architecture and visualization, according to the report. More than nine in 10 tech leaders (91 percent) in Phoenix said it is challenging to find tech talent in the market. But 99 percent also express confidence in their company's prospects for growth.

To help alleviate some of those challenges in hiring, 93 percent of tech firms in Phoenix are providing training to boost the skill sets of existing workforces, according to Robert Half.

"Along with a strong core team, project professionals are becoming an integral part of organizations' staffing strategies to get the best and brightest on board quickly for key projects," John Reed, executive vice president of Robert Half, said in the report. "Digital and security initiatives continue to put pressure on IT departments, adding to the need for talent."

The overall survey looked at nearly 30 regions in the U.S. based on the percentage of tech leaders expanding teams.

In the past decade, Phoenix has experienced a tech sector boom, with several tech clusters dotted around the Valley including in downtown Phoenix, Scottsdale, Tempe and Chandler.
Source: PBJ https://www.bizjournals.com/phoenix/...ng-market.html

Link to report: https://www.prnewswire.com/news-rele...300764802.html
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Old Posted Dec 18, 2018, 6:59 PM
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Info on the Microsoft land development deal, Bill Gates invested in a REIT and it appears they will be developing some land in Goodyear if general flex office space.

http://azbex.com/goodyear-council-he...ft-site-plans/

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Microsoft‘s secretive metro-Phoenix project, which documents describe as “a five-building technology center,” is set to go before the Goodyear City Council.

A brief, 14-minute discussion before the city’s Planning and Zoning Commission included a staff presentation that was light on details. The commission recommended that the council approve the rezone request, which included:

Increasing building height from 50 feet to 60 feet.
Increasing how much of the land can have buildings.
Building with a metal facade.
Using chain-link fencing.
The applicant’s attorney, Scottsdale-based Jordan Rose, made no mention of the tech giant by name and declined to give a presentation.

Rose would not comment and Microsoft won’t reveal any plans for the site.

Microsoft paid more than $48M for the land near the Phoenix Goodyear Airport in August.

It bought the land — just south of Interstate 10 and the airport, between State Route 85 and Lower Buckeye Road — from Carefree Partners.

Since the August sale, officials have been tight-lipped on what’s in store for the site.
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Old Posted Dec 19, 2018, 7:59 PM
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Info on the Microsoft land development deal, Bill Gates invested in a REIT and it appears they will be developing some land in Goodyear if general flex office space.

http://azbex.com/goodyear-council-he...ft-site-plans/
Gotta be a datacenter. I mean, why would MS come and open a corporate campus in Goodyear? Many other more ‘prestigious’ places in the valley to do that - they have space in Tempe already on the lake.
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Old Posted Dec 19, 2018, 8:40 PM
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Gotta be a datacenter. I mean, why would MS come and open a corporate campus in Goodyear? Many other more ‘prestigious’ places in the valley to do that - they have space in Tempe already on the lake.
It'll probably be a datacenter. I'm 90% sure the land that was purchased by Microsoft is classified as a Superfund from all the munitions testing in the past.


(Superfund is any land in the United States that has been contaminated by hazardous waste and identified by the EPA as a candidate for cleanup because it poses a risk to human health and/or the environment. These sites are placed on the National Priorities List (NPL).)


Also... the request for chain link fencing isn't normally something you would see from a nice, beautiful, campus... haha
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Old Posted Dec 20, 2018, 12:19 AM
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Articles I have read state this will be a technology center. I'm not sure Goodyear would be hush-hush over a data center...even though it is Goodyear, so anything could be big for them.

https://www.onmsft.com/news/microsof...ter-in-arizona
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Old Posted Dec 20, 2018, 3:53 PM
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Articles I have read state this will be a technology center. I'm not sure Goodyear would be hush-hush over a data center...even though it is Goodyear, so anything could be big for them.

https://www.onmsft.com/news/microsof...ter-in-arizona
Technology center being internal Tech help line, data center, IT and Customer care

But I still think this is just going to be an office complex the REIT owns and will lease out to tennatns.
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Old Posted Dec 28, 2018, 11:34 PM
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http://ktar.com/story/2373049/taco-b...ntown-phoenix/

Taco Bell Cantina is open.

I might have to stop by and try a Baja Blast Freeze with a shot of Tequila.
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Old Posted Jan 12, 2019, 1:32 AM
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Phoenix locals: In the post recession period, Phoenix has been white hot and we all know it'll have to cool off and catch it's breath at some point in time, etc.

Is there any concern brewing that the local economy has over heated and a slowdown in the region is coming in the next 2 years? Or has a threshold been breached and the city/region will continue to feed off the momentum?
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Old Posted Jan 12, 2019, 2:51 AM
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I worry about that all the time, but that's partly because I'm a government employee in Coconino County.
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Old Posted Jan 12, 2019, 4:30 AM
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Phoenix locals: In the post recession period, Phoenix has been white hot and we all know it'll have to cool off and catch it's breath at some point in time, etc.

Is there any concern brewing that the local economy has over heated and a slowdown in the region is coming in the next 2 years? Or has a threshold been breached and the city/region will continue to feed off the momentum?

No the local economy has not overheated, no a threshold has not been breached, and yes the region will have reduced momentum. This upcoming recession will be different than '08, it'll be a slow burn. And certain metro areas will be hit harder than others. I don't anticipate the across-the-board total beatdown like last time.


Metro areas that are in high demand now will continue development - not nearly at the same rate - but development will continue nonetheless.


So long as there isn't an unforeseen catalyst like the Iranian revolution in '79, or the '73 oil crisis... we're looking at your 'average' recession. 1.5-2.5% GDP decline. (it was over 5% in 2008)

We can likely expect something along the lines of 1990, fortunately.
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Old Posted Jan 12, 2019, 9:48 PM
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No the local economy has not overheated, no a threshold has not been breached, and yes the region will have reduced momentum. This upcoming recession will be different than '08, it'll be a slow burn. And certain metro areas will be hit harder than others. I don't anticipate the across-the-board total beatdown like last time.


Metro areas that are in high demand now will continue development - not nearly at the same rate - but development will continue nonetheless.


So long as there isn't an unforeseen catalyst like the Iranian revolution in '79, or the '73 oil crisis... we're looking at your 'average' recession. 1.5-2.5% GDP decline. (it was over 5% in 2008)

We can likely expect something along the lines of 1990, fortunately.
It certainly feels a lot better than 10 years ago - the area has really shifted into a new phase were there are a lot more stable jobs available - and we aren’t relying on real estate growth to push our economy forward.

Hopefully this translates to minimal impact - who knows areas hit harder could result in more growth for us as people move to where the jobs are and homes are more affordable.
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I think we've previously discussed the Nowakowski recall in the transportation thread, but it probably belongs here. In any case, I expected that defense of the councilman would come primarily from the more conservative members of the council. That certainly seems to be in evidence based on the comments at this meeting:

https://downtowndevil.com/2019/01/16...wskis-absence/
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Old Posted Jan 16, 2019, 4:26 PM
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I think we've previously discussed the Nowakowski recall in the transportation thread, but it probably belongs here. In any case, I expected that defense of the councilman would come primarily from the more conservative members of the council. That certainly seems to be in evidence based on the comments at this meeting:

https://downtowndevil.com/2019/01/16...wskis-absence/
Speaking of, is there any news regarding the signatures for the anti-LTR petition? Been kind of quiet lately on that.
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Old Posted Jan 16, 2019, 8:17 PM
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Speaking of, is there any news regarding the signatures for the anti-LTR petition? Been kind of quiet lately on that.
I monitor Building a Better Phoenix on social media. The group posted that yesterday was the first court date related to the lawsuit filed against their petitions. Apparently, it was just a routine hearing to set a date for the case to be heard, but the group was still urging its supporters to be in the courtroom if possible.
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Phoenix getting tight on space.

Never thought I would see the day!

https://azbigmedia.com/is-east-valle...room-to-build/


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The demand for single family homes in the East Valley communities of Chandler and Gilbert remains strong, but homebuilders are running out of room to build.

“There isn’t an opportunity to go to a master-planned community anymore, they don’t exist in Chandler or Gilbert, those are pretty much gone,” said Fulton Homes president Norm Nicholls. “Unless the state land decides to let loose, we’re running out in Mesa, too.”

In Chandler and Gilbert, there are no more parcels of 300-400 acres for communities like Fulton Ranch or Power Ranch. Further out in east Mesa, there are two master-planned communities currently rising from what was once the General Motors Proving Grounds. Those two developments, Eastmark and Cadence at Gateway, are 3,200 and 464 acres, respectively, which allows them to have sprawling parks, shops and restaurants, as well as amenities like resort-style pools and recreation facilities.

The tradeoff for residents is a longer commute, as available land can only be found far away from the city centers in the Phoenix metro area.

The lack of large parcels of land does not mean that home builders aren’t very active in Chandler or Gilbert. To the contrary, there are a lot of new homes being built in those communities.

As Chandler has nearly reached build-out, home builders are taking a different approach. They are searching out properties that were zoned for commercial use, but are still sitting vacant. They buy those small properties, usually in the 10-40 acre range, and have them re-zoned for residential use.

“The City of Chandler, years ago, it just seemed like every landowner thought that their corner had to be a commercial corner,” said Nicholls. “It seemed like all four corners at every intersection in the city ended up being zoned commercial, but there was just no way physically possible that they were going to build all of those corners into commercial use.”

Homebuilders like Fulton Homes, Mattamy Homes, Meritage Homes and others have been busy buying these parcels of land at major intersections.

Chandler has seen several undeveloped commercial corners rezoned to residential,” said David de la Torre, planning manager for the City of Chandler. “There are probably many more empty or undeveloped parcels that are currently zoned or planned for commercial that may never be developed as commercial due to the oversaturation of commercial currently in the market.”

Fulton’s latest development in Chandler is one of those former commercial properties. Sirona, which is located on the northeast corner of Cooper and Pecos roads, is located on a piece of property that was unique. The city-owned 10 acres that ran along the consolidated canal and Chandler Paseo Trail, land that had no access points. Fulton purchased 13 acres and got them rezoned for residential use. Fulton then struck a deal with the city, planning and developing a park along the trail in exchange for five acres of that land, to raise their acreage to 18 and allow them to put 89 home lots in that property.

“We’ve cleaned up that entire corner for the city,” Nicholls said. “It was a great thing for us because it gave us the chance to have an infill type subdivision and it was great for them because they were stuck with a piece of property they had no access too. Now they have a great little park along that consolidated canal that they didn’t have to pay for.”

While Sirona doesn’t have the large amenities that most Fulton developments have, it is in a great location, close to the city center and the Loop 202.

“We sold a dozen in the first seven days we were open, so it just shows you that the buyers want to be in these infill locations,” Nicholls said. “I wish I could do more in some of those communities, but for people who want to be in a smaller community, it’s a cute community.”

These smaller residential developments typically feature smaller lots, which means small backyards and less maintenance requirements, something many homebuyers are looking for. Plus, for new houses in the red-hot southeast Valley market, they are affordable to many new homebuyers.

“With respect to the value that the new small-scale residential developments provide, the increase in residential units will help support existing retail developments that may currently be struggling,” de la Torre said. “The change in land use from commercial to residential has two positive effects; supporting existing retail and diversifying housing options for Chandler’s residents.”
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Phoenix getting tight on space.

Never thought I would see the day!

https://azbigmedia.com/is-east-valle...room-to-build/
Seems like this article is only stating available land in the East Valley. There is a ton of total available land in the rest of the Metro as a whole. As for the East Valley, let's just hope the state doesn't release the land so that it will start to build denser.
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