The expansion will consist of a 700,000+ square-foot distribution center. Construction of the distribution center, located at Reems Road between Olive and Peoria Avenues, is scheduled to begin in early 2020 and the facility is expected to be operational in 2021.
Arizona gained nearly 111,000 residents in the 12 months ending June 30.
But you’d be wrong to think they spread out pretty evenly among the state’s 91 cities.
New figures Thursday from the state Office of Economic Opportunity find Queen Creek and Buckeye the biggest year-over-year gainers, each boosting population by more than 7%.
Maricopa was not far behind at 5.1% with growth exceeding 4% in Goodyear, San Luis, Marana and Clarkdale.
Glendale grew by only 0.6%, lower than the state average of 1.6%. Peoria was slightly higher, with 2.3% population growth in the last year.
Avondale grew by 2.4%, Litchfield Park was up 1.8%, Surprise grew by 2.5% and Youngtown 1%.
Buckeye is the state leader in population growth since 2010, up by 60%. Goodyear is not far behind with 35.9% population growth since 2010.
Glendale’s population growth since 2010 is 7.1%.
Peoria grew by 16.9% since 2010.
Maricopa County and the state both grew by about 12% since 2010.
The numbers and the growth rates are more than just bragging rights.
While Scottsdale is ranked as the top spot to find a new job, it’s not the only employment hot spot in the Valley, according to WalletHub.
Two other East Valley cities — Chandler (No. 10) and Tempe (No. 14) — ranked in the top 25 best cities for jobs. Additional Valley cities also fared in the upper echelon of the 182-city rankings with Gilbert (No. 39), Peoria (No. 41), Phoenix (No. 53), Mesa (No. 65) and Glendale (No. 68) scoring well.
Arizona is poised to add 1 million new residents between now and 2026 as well as more than 500,000 jobs to continue growing the state’s economy.
The statistics, from the Arizona Office of Economic Opportunity, paint a picture of a state once waylaid by the Great Recession as it continues to find its economic footing, according to a report by the Arizona Republic.
Those numbers would see the biggest growth in Phoenix and Maricopa County, already the state’s most populous region. The population is expected to grow from about 4.9 million to 5.5 million in the metro area during the next eight years.
The state’s population likely would rise to 8.1 million by 2026.
In the Phoenix Business Journal’s Largest Employers list, published Friday, the top 50 on the list currently account for 391,238 full-time jobs.
On a companywide basis, those firms and organizations provide 5.7 million full-time jobs.
The 10 largest employers on this year’s list included three health care specialists, two universities, two governmental organizations, one bank, one defense contractor and one retailer. Together they employ 202,964 full-time employees. For the first time in more than a decade, the state of Arizona was not the largest employer in the state. The state added 1,345 jobs to its 2017 total, while Banner Health added 9,110 jobs and went from second to first in the rankings.
Arizona has more than 8,000 technology companies operating in the state, with a growing tech workforce of more than 168,200 jobs, a new Arizona Technology Council report found. The tech community has seen a 1.38 percent employment growth, which ranks the state second in the Southwest and ahead of California, according to the report.
The Milwaukee Brewers and city of Phoenix have broken ground on renovations and a modernization of the team’s Cactus League home. The improvements to Maryvale Baseball Park could total more than $75 million with the Brewers putting in $56 million to $60 million, the city of Phoenix $10 million and the Arizona Sports & Tourism Authority $5.7 million.
A new building housing the school, to cost between $40 million and $50 million, will be between First and Second streets, just north of Polk, next to the recently built Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law.
Construction of the new building is expected to be finished by January 2021. It will include space for classrooms, meetings, enclave and office space and will include two levels for executive education. It also will have a rooftop function space.
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