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Summer Festivals Bolstering Economy

Website editor’s note: Memorial Day Weekend marks the start of festival season in Northern Arizona. In addition to several events memorializing fallen military men and women, there are numerous other events in the high country. Art in the Park is held at Wheeler Park in Downtown Flagstaff and the 19th Annual Zuni Festival is at […]

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Bringing Local Technologists Together

Through monthly meetings, the members of “Meet the Geeks” are looking to take their technology businesses – and tech startups in Flagstaff, as a whole – to the next level. The group is sponsored by the Northern Arizona Center for Entrepreneurial Technologies (NACET), which also provides space for them to meet. Stacy Fobar, a representative […]

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Arizonans Concerned About Tusayan Developments

For years, Flagstaff and Williams have billed themselves as the gateways to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon – the conduits through which tourists must stop, rest, eat and, most importantly for local businesses, spend money. However, as the tiny town of Tusayan gears up for a big residential and commercial development that will […]

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Post Office Adjusting to Changing Needs

While it is the busiest time of year for the U.S. Postal Service, the federal agency continues to lose money.  Next month, the U.S. Postal Regulatory Commission plans to review 3,653 post offices for possible closure.  Those potential closures could significantly change postal service in the United States.   Beginning January 22, 2012, the cost […]

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Weighing the Benefits of a Marketing Budget

In difficult economic times, many small businesses are forced to make difficult choices regarding their budgets. And while it may seem like a relatively easy choice to cut a marketing and advertising initiative before many other alternatives, the results – according to some within the Northern Arizona business community – could be devastating. In the […]

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Rural Arizona Seeking Autonomy in Redistricting

The political landscape of Northern Arizona could change drastically as soon as November of this year, when the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission (IRC) announces its final plans for the redrawing of both Arizona’s legislative districts and U.S. Congressional district boundaries. And to meet the requirements of the Arizona constitution, the city of Flagstaff may have […]

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NAU Grad’s Program Helping Sell Sun, Wind Power

In 2001, the Northern Arizona Center for Entrepreneurship and Technologies (NACET) – then known as the Northern Arizona Technology & Business Incubator (NATBI) – was founded to help develop small tech start-ups in the Flagstaff area. That same year, Brad Van Orden began studying mechanical engineering at NAU. Few could have foreseen that Van Orden […]

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Jobs Report Showing Signs of Growth

According to the latest Arizona Workforce Employment Report released last month, the percentage of unemployed Arizonans dropped from 9.3 percent in April to 9.1 percent in May – the third consecutive decrease since February, and one that brings Arizona’s unemployment in line with the rest of the nation’s. Despite the continued drop in unemployed Arizonans, Ronald […]

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