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New radio station comes to Tucson

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Tucson radio listeners now have a new station, 101.7-FM (also 830-AM KDRI) The Drive, which will focus on entertainment targeting listeners from ages 45 to 64.

Owners Fletcher McCusker, Bobby Rich and Jim Arnold purchased the radio frequencies with the opportunity in mind to serve an underserved population that is often ignored nationwide by radio.

The Drive will feature music from the 1960s through the 1980s, providing entertainment and information that its listeners will care about.

The station begins on air without advertising but has plans to hire staff to reach advertisers wanting to target this audience.

– Bobby Rich, The Drive

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Tucson shopping center redeveloped to better serve residents

shopping center

Larsen Baker and Volk Co. are redeveloping the shopping center on the northwest corner of North Oracle and West Ina roads.

The 30,000-square-foot space, originally home to Platinum Fitness, will be divided among smaller tenants. The redeveloped, mixed-use space will feature a soon-to-be-announced tenant expected to occupy about 10,000 square feet. It will have a more intimate gym surrounded by breezeways with space for indoor/outdoor activities, restaurants, entertainment and offices.

Upon completion, the center will be able to provide its amenities to the residents of the foothills, Oro Valley and Marana.

– Kevin Volk, Volk Co.

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Hilton coming to downtown Prescott


The City of Prescott and WSH Hospitality have broken ground on a new hotel in downtown Prescott. The Hilton Garden Inn comes in response to growing tourism in the city and will serve as a catalyst project for the area.

Recreational and public space improvements surrounding the 100-room hotel are set to take place. The plans include refurbishing the historic pedestrian railroad trestle that crosses Granite Creek.

The city plans to improve walking trails and create a new green space, playground, splash pad and a new outdoor event space, which may be the new home of Prescott’s Farmers Market.

– Michael Lamar, City of Prescott

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H.E.R.O.S. Inc. relocates headquarters to Chandler


H.E.R.O.S. Inc. is relocating its headquarters from Santa Clarita, California, to Chandler, Arizona. The company expects to be fully operational by the winter of 2019 and will occupy 19,000 square feet of industrial space in total.

With its relocation to what many are now calling “West Chandler’s employment corridor,” the company will join other notable local employers in the aerospace and aviation industry like AvAir, TurbineAero and Northrop Grumman.

Since its founding, H.E.R.O.S. Inc. has specialized in the repair, service and testing of helicopter engines, specifically the Rolls Royce Model 250.

– Connie Weber, Arizona Commerce Authority

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8 ways to hack your fear

This past year, I’ve focused a lot on fear and being more vulnerable (I could listen to Brené Brown all day).

A recent favorite find is Fold magazine’s article on author and life coach Hilary Gallo’s fear hacking method. The process is intended to help address and acknowledge personal fears.

Gallo’s tips to enable confidence and personal growth include:

1. Make fear your friend.

2. Dig into fear.

3. Ask “what evidence do I have?”

4. Separate danger and fear.

5. Normalize “imposter syndrome.”

6. Grow your comfort zone.

7. Make fear your road sign.

8. Reframe anxiety into excitement.

Morgan Fayard, The Atlanta 100

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Packaging culture and the circular economy

Packaging culture is rapidly turning into a trend. In some places, you can now eat your food along with the package. Designers are finding as many alternatives to plastic as possible: bowls made of mushrooms, bags from cassava starch. But are we ready to accept them?

They’re part of the “circular economy” that eschews linear “take, make, waste” models leading from manufacturing plant to supermarket, consumer to landfill. The circular economy instead promotes reuse, repair and recycle (R3) thinking.

It ultimately creates a path that’ll cut single-use plastics, end mindless consumption and tackle climate change, helping save the planet.

– Naina Gupta, The Dubai 100

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3 items executives should keep at the office

As a professional in the workplace, it is good practice to always be prepared for the unknown, which might mean your attendance at an unexpected meeting or event. Here are the top three items to keep at your desk so you can always present your best self:

• Gum – you’ll never have to worry about bad breath (plus everyone likes the person who has gum).

• Blazer – choose one that has pockets so you can store items you don’t want to carry, such as your phone, keys or wallet.

• Extra pair of shoes – don’t let uncomfortable shoes get the best of you.

Carolyn Taylor, The Oklahoma 100

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Copper State of Mind

Independence Day

Labor Day marks the end to summer. Kids are back at school, “Summer Fridays” are now just Fridays and, if store shelves are any indication, fall is right around the corner.

Labor Day was created by the labor movement to recognize the social and economic achievements of American workers. As the founders of Labor Day intended, parades, festivals and picnics still mark the day. Many use the three-day weekend to get together with family and friends.

Regardless of how you’ll celebrate, there’s no denying the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity and well-being of our country.

– Abbie S. Fink, HMA Public Relations

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Ford confirms it will bring an all-electric F-150 to market

In April, Ford announced a $500 million investment in Rivian. As part of that, Ford will develop an all-new, next-generation battery electric vehicle for Ford’s growing electric vehicle portfolio using Rivian’s skateboard platform.

Ford’s investment in electric vehicles proves its commitment to giving customers a range of these vehicles, including an all-new Mustang-inspired fully electric performance utility coming in late 2020. It is the first of seven vehicles coming by 2022.

This is in addition to the all-new F-150 Hybrid that goes on sale next year. Both models will have the toughness, capability and smartness that F-150 customers have come to expect.

Linda Zhang, F-150 All-Electric’s Chief Engineer, tested the capability of the prototype by towing over 1 million pounds the length of three football fields.

The Arizona 100 staff

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Southwest Behavioral & Health Services offers Youth Mental Health First Aid training

Youth Mental Health First Aid

The training is free, but attendees must register at The training will be held at the Southwest Behavioral & Health Services Administration Building, 3450 North 3rd Street, Phoenix, AZ 85012.

Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA) is designed to teach individuals how to help an adolescent (age 12-18) who is experiencing a mental health or addictions challenge or is in crisis.

YMHFA is primarily designed for adults who regularly interact with youth. The course introduces common mental health challenges for youth, reviews typical adolescent development, and teaches an action plan for how to help young people in both crisis and non-crisis situations.

This training is provided at no cost through a grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. The next training is Oct. 2, 2019.

– Lynda Riford, Southwest Behavioral & Health Services