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Acronis opens in Tempe

Acronis Tempe

Acronis, a global leader in cyber protection, has opened an office in Tempe, Arizona. It features a cutting-edge research and development office, as well as Acronis’ largest and fastest-growing data center operations space. Fully staffed, the office will employ approximately 150 new engineering, sales, professional services and support personnel.

Over the next three years, Acronis will invest $50 million in research and development efforts at the facility – fueling innovative advances in blockchain, machine learning and artificial intelligence-based cyber protection – as well as unique consulting services for the custom development and deployment of security and artificial intelligence solutions.

– Connie Weber, Arizona Commerce Authority

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Dove Mountain CSTEM K-8 School opens doors Aug. 5

Dove Mountain CSTEM

Construction on Dove Mountain CSTEM K-8 School, a first-of-its-kind school in Marana, Arizona, where students will experience rigorous computer science, technology, engineering and math academics, is now complete.

The school, which will see its first students Aug. 5, boasts a combination of augmented reality and virtual reality with subject-level content developed to best engage students.

Each classroom has access to exterior outdoor learning areas, which allows students direct relevant learning opportunities beyond the classroom walls. This site-responsive building also acts as a teaching tool, highlighting the natural site ecosystems while respecting the natural landscape.

– Barry Chasse, Chasse Building Team

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Wallet Hub announces most, least innovative states

Most innovative states

Wallet Hub recently released a report ranking Massachusetts, Washington, Maryland, Colorado, California, Virginia, Utah, Delaware and Oregon – as well as the District of Columbia – the top 10 most innovative states in the country.

The report compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across 24 key indicators of innovation-friendliness. The data set ranged from share of STEM professionals and research and development spending per capita to tech-company density.

Mississippi ranked as the least innovative in the nation, followed by Louisiana, Tennessee, Iowa, West Virginia, North Dakota and Hawaii.

Arizona ranked 16 overall, between Texas and New Mexico.

The Arizona 100 staff