by Glendale Chamber of Commerce on July 20th, 2017

​By DARRELL JACKSON, Staff Writer 
The Glendale Star

After a request from several downtown merchants, Ocotillo District Councilmember Jamie Aldama and city officials held a meeting to discuss issues on the increase in homeless population within the downtown area.

“The meeting was in response to several business owners regarding concerns of the homelessness in downtown and Caitlin Court area,” Aldama said. “I called for the meeting with business owners and City Manager Kevin Phelps and we sat and listened to them July 11.”

Approximately 10 merchants, along with Aldama, Phelps, Police Chief Rick St. John and Glendale Chamber of Commerce President Robert Heidt, were on hand to discuss the issue.

“(Aldama) called the meeting and merchants put everything into context and what can be done on a short-term and long-term basis,” Heidt said. “The police gave the merchants information on what they can do legally and around 37 issues were mentioned during the meeting.”
Merchants were concerned with the increase of the homeless and asked what the city could do to reduce the numbers and keep the downtown area clear.

“Merchants feel it is a result of some of the individuals who are now urban camping in the area,” Aldama said. “Merchants mentioned property damage, theft and a nuisance that is leading to a decline in business and the safety of those who shop and dine in the downtown and Caitlin Court area.”

The city currently has an urban campaign ordinance that prevents individuals from camping in an urban setting such as the downtown area, but laying out a blanket in the area is fine as long as they are not there overnight.

St. John told merchants and city officials that legally, homeless people were not breaking any laws since it is a park area, but the department will increase enforcement of the urban campaign ordinance.

“St John said the police will increase patrols in the downtown and Catlin Court area,” Aldama said. “He also asked that merchants should continue to call the police when they feel unsafe or when they observe urban camping. St. John ensured merchants his patrols would be frequent.”
Merchants mentioned to Heidt and the chamber that the homeless numbers began increasing around November of last year, and have gradually increased to where it has become an issue with safety over recent weeks.

“The city is planning to continue to increase patrols and Phelps ensured members of the community development department were working on a plan of action regarding homelessness,” Aldama said.

Aldama said he is focused on improving the safety of merchants and shoppers who come to downtown and will continue to work on fixing the issues mentioned by business owners in the area.

“I have met several times with merchants on the homeless concerns and I have advised them that I have intent to ask, as a councilmember, for an item of interest during the next scheduled workshop in August for city staff to research and bring forth for council’s consideration, strengthening the city’s urban camping ordinance,” Aldama said. “Also, in a previous city meeting, I have asked city staff to research and return to council dedicated funding to prevent and manage the homeless in the city.”

Council has scheduled the item for the Aug. 15 workshop.

by Glendale Chamber of Commerce on July 13th, 2017

Thursday, July 27, 2017 – 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm MDT | Glendale, Arizona 

Glendale Chamber of Commerce
5800 West Glenn Drive, Suite 275
Glendale, Arizona 85301
 
Join Glendale area small business owners on Thursday, July 27, 2017 at 1 p.m. for a Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Roundtable at the Glendale Chamber of Commerce. This roundtable is a unique opportunity to share your concerns about federal regulatory challenges your business is facing directly with the SBA’s National Ombudsman, local Regulatory Fairness Board Members, and representatives from SBA and other federal agencies.
 
At the Roundtable, you will be able to:
 
Learn how the SBA’s Office of the National Ombudsman, and other federal partners can help your small business save time and money resolving complex regulatory compliance and enforcement issues. 
Provide real-time input on regulatory fairness issues impacting your small business, and discuss ways the federal government can help small businesses to grow and thrive. 
Learn more about resources and assistance available through the SBA, the Office of the National Ombudsman, and other federal   agencies. 
Meet local SBA leaders and resource partners.
To RVSP: Please pre-register at https://azroundtablesba.eventbrite.com 
To learn more about the National Ombudsman, please visit www.sba.gov/ombudsman or call 888-REG-FAIR.
 
 
SBA’s programs and services are provided to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis. Reasonable arrangements for persons with disabilities will be made when requested one week in advance. Contact: Kim Mace at Kimberly.Mace@sba.gov
 

by Glendale Chamber of Commerce on July 11th, 2017

By the Arizona Business Daily 

The Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce (GPCC) embarked on an agreement with the Arizona Chamber Executives (ACE) to help the 60-member association meet its business goals.

“ACE is a great organization and we are honored to have been asked to provide management services to this outstanding resource for the chamber and business community,” Todd Sanders, president and CEO of the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce, said in a press release. “Having the Phoenix Chamber manage ACE is a natural fit for both organizations.”
GPCC will handle ACE’s daily operational management, including event planning, social media, communication and public policy news, according to the release.

As the organizations began its mutual commitment, ACE said Robert W. Heidt Jr. is its new board chairman. Heidt serves as president and CEO for the Glendale Chamber of Commerce.

“Having the Phoenix Chamber become ACE’s managing agent means we’re going to be able to take what this organization can provide to a whole new paradigm,” Heidt said in the release.

“From management to planning our conference and trainings to public policy and advocacy at the Legislature, the value [which] this arrangement provides to ACE-member chambers statewide is far greater than they’ve received before.

Heidt said that chambers across Arizona need to maintain a keen perspective as their roles change over time to adapt to regional business needs.

“We’re at a crossroads,” Heidt said. “We owe a greater level of service and impact to chambers and chamber professionals. This partnership moves us all toward that goal.”

by Glendale Chamber of Commerce on July 6th, 2017

From The Glendale Star 

The Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce (GPCC) began managing the Arizona Chamber Executives (ACE) organization July 1. The new management agreement applies the professional management approach of the state’s largest chamber to achieve the statewide, pro-business priorities of 60 member-strong ACE.

“ACE is a great organization and we are honored to have been asked to provide management services to this outstanding resource for the chamber and business community,” said Todd Sanders, president and CEO of the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce. “Having the Phoenix Chamber manage ACE is a natural fit for both organizations.”
Robert Heidt, president and CEO of the Glendale Chamber of Commerce, began his term as ACE Board Chairman July 1, is excited to provide an increased level of service to ACE member chambers.

“Having the Phoenix Chamber become ACE’s managing agent means we’re going to be able to take what this organization can provide to a whole new paradigm,” Heidt said. “From management to planning our conference and trainings to public policy and advocacy at the Legislature, the value this arrangement provides to ACE-member chambers statewide is far greater than they’ve received before.”

ACE provides professional development and leadership opportunities to its member Arizona chambers, their executives and staffs through conferences, newsletters, networking, scholarships and an online resource library. ACE also unites the pro-business voices and interests of chambers and other like-minded professional organizations across the state to achieve positive public policy outcomes for the business community at the local, state and federal levels.

Under the new management agreement, GPCC provides day-to-day management of ACE, including planning and coordinating events, maintaining and updating ACE’s website and social media channels, facilitating member-to-member communication and providing updates on public policy, proposed bills and any other proposals effecting Arizona’s business climate.

“As a convening and connecting organization, we are extremely excited about what can be achieved with so many chambers across the state collaborating to help businesses succeed not only in their own communities, but collectively across the region,” Sanders said.
As the role of chambers of commerce continues to be redefined and updated to meet the needs of today’s businesses, collaboration remains the common thread woven through regions which have found sustained, large-scale economic success.

“We’re at a crossroads. As chambers across the state, we need to remain as cutting edge as possible,” Heidt said. “We owe a greater level of service and impact to chambers and chamber professionals. This partnership moves us all toward that goal.”

Arizona Chamber Executives provides a forum to enhance the professional development of chamber executives and staff, to support efforts of state, regional, national and professional organizations that support ACE goals and to provide an avenue for all Arizona chambers to work together on local, state and federal issues.

Representing 2,400 businesses across the Greater Phoenix region, the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce promotes regional prosperity by serving as a catalyst for economic vitality and strong communities. The Chamber pursues this mission by collaborating with business, political and community leaders to grow the regional talent pool, create a regional approach to economic development and drive a pro-Arizona agenda.

For more information, visit www.arizonachamberexecs.com, www.phoenixchamber.com, or call 602-495-2195.

by Glendale Chamber of Commerce on July 6th, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 
July 5, 2017

PHOENIX – The Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce (GPCC) started managing the Arizona Chamber Executives (ACE) organization on July 1. The new management agreement applies the professional management approach of the state’s largest chamber to achieve the statewide, pro-business priorities of 60 member-strong ACE.

“ACE is a great organization and we are honored to have been asked to provide management services to this outstanding resource for the chamber and business community,” said Todd Sanders, president & CEO of the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce. “Having the Phoenix Chamber manage ACE is a natural fit for both organizations.”
Robert W. Heidt, Jr., president & CEO of the Glendale Chamber of Commerce, began his term as ACE Board chairman on July 1, is excited to provide an increased level of service to ACE member chambers.

“Having the Phoenix Chamber become ACE’s managing agent means we’re going to be able to take what this organization can provide to a whole new paradigm,” Heidt said. “From management to planning our conference and trainings to public policy and advocacy at the Legislature, the value this arrangement provides to ACE-member chambers statewide is far greater than they’ve received before.”

ACE provides professional development and leadership opportunities to its member Arizona chambers, their executives and staffs through conferences, newsletters, networking, scholarships and an online resource library. ACE also unites the pro-business voices and interests of chambers and other like-minded professional organizations across the state to achieve positive public policy outcomes for the business community at the local, state and federal levels.

Under the new management agreement, GPCC provides day-to-day management of ACE, including planning and coordinating events, maintaining and updating ACE’s website and social media channels, facilitating member-to-member communication and providing updates on public policy, proposed bills and any other proposals effecting Arizona’s business climate.

“As a convening and connecting organization, we are extremely excited about what can be achieved with so many chambers across the state collaborating to help businesses succeed not only in their own communities, but collectively across the region,” Sanders said.

As the role of chambers of commerce continues to be redefined and updated to meet the needs of today’s businesses, collaboration remains the common thread woven through regions which have found sustained, large-scale economic success.

“We’re at a crossroads. As chambers across the state, we need to remain as cutting edge as possible,” Heidt said. “We owe a greater level of service and impact to chambers and chamber professionals. This partnership moves us all toward that goal.”


MEDIA CONTACT:
Josh Coddington
C: 480.415-4644 | O: 602.495.6481
jcoddington@phoenixchamber.com

by Glendale Chamber of Commerce on June 29th, 2017

(Glendale, Ariz.) Signaling the continued positive momentum in Glendale, the Glendale City Council has approved the $450 million dollar master planned community, StoneHaven, which represents the first major master planned community in the city in more than a decade.
StoneHaven is a 395 acre residential and retail project that will be located near 91st Avenue and Camelback Road. It will bring more than 1,300 new single family homes to the area. The project calls for a new grocery store anchored retail and restaurants. StoneHaven will also bring new revenue to the City of Glendale; $49 million according to an independent study.

Two iconic names are behind the project, Pulte Homes and John F. Long Properties.
StoneHaven has enjoyed widespread support including endorsements from Glendale Mayor Jerry Weiers, the Glendale Chamber of Commerce, The Glendale Star, the Arizona Rock Products Association, and the more than 1,600 residents and businesses that have signed petitions in support of the project, including many in nearby Westgate.

Jim Miller, Director of Real Estate for John F. Long Properties, said, “We are proud to continue our investment in Glendale and helping to drive its renewed momentum. As business and opportunities continue to grow in Glendale, its new residents will need places to live and shop.”

In a recent editorial in the Glendale Star, Glendale Mayor Jerry Weiers said, “We should consider ourselves fortunate that we also have business leaders who stuck it out during hard times and are now prepared to invest in our future. We need to respond with the enthusiasm that such an offer deserves. By embracing projects like StoneHaven, we can make Glendale the
very best it can be.”

About StoneHaven:
StoneHaven is a joint project of Pulte Homes and John F. Long Properties. The project includes more than 1300 single family homes in addition to a new grocery store, restaurants and retails. The project also calls for the completion of Bethany Home Road, from 83rd Avenue to 91st Avenue. The project sits on 395 acres between Camelback Road and Bethany Home Road, and 91st Ave. to 83rd Ave.
  

by Glendale Chamber of Commerce on June 27th, 2017

Published in The Glendale Star

As a proud member of the Glendale Chamber of Commerce and the city’s business and residential communities, I appreciate the dialogue about StoneHaven, a proposed master-planned community on the city’s southern border with Phoenix.  

StoneHaven is an important and meaningful plan for our entire city, which is why I support it.  Its positive economic impact to the city of $49 million is particularly necessary and impressive.  
Open, honest, and civil discussion between those who disagree on an issue is a cornerstone of our community. That discussion, however, must rest upon truthful and well-supported facts in order to be of any value and lead to a result which best serves us all. As a result, it is necessary to correct some information which has been – likely inadvertently -  promulgated by opponents to the StoneHaven zoning amendment.  

The first issue is that of lot size. StoneHaven will have a variety of single-family housing options to fit a variety of homeowners’ needs and preferences. Opponents of the project have inexplicably focused on the size of smaller lots as some type of detriment, notwithstanding the existence of similar size lots throughout the Valley. While they suggest that smaller lots will negatively impact the home values of larger lots in the area, they have failed to provide any evidence, examples, or expert opinions to support this assumption. To the contrary, having a variety of lot sizes available is an advantage to a neighborhood as it allows potential new neighbors multiple options and is more likely to lead to a diversity of family sizes and ages.

John F. Long Properties and Pulte Homes understand this market. John F. Long Properties has a long and distinguished history in Arizona, especially the West Valley. Moreover, they are selling the land to Pulte, Arizona’s No. 1 homebuilder. Pulte has a distinguished reputation of doing the research and providing quality that will stand the test of time. StoneHaven will be no exception to that rule. These experts have determined that in order to ensure that lots are bought – thereby avoiding vacant homes and lots which lead to blight and crime – they need to offer some smaller lots. As distinguished experts in their field, I am compelled to defer to their research and judgment over the supposition of those with no relevant experience.

Visiting any Pulte project in the Valley with a similar mix of houses to that which is being proposed at StoneHaven will demonstrate the value and quality of the proposed plan. StoneHaven has no apartments, but instead, has a wide range of housing sizes and options, including portions of the community that are gated.  Additionally, the current proposal seeks to add only 204 homes to a previously approved plan over 395 acres. Delay or denial of this $450 million investment in Glendale is not only indefensible, but it hurts the entire community. Many local businesses - including the Glendale Chamber of Commerce  - welcome and will benefit from new customers  and also support keeping shopping dollars in our city rather than exporting them to Phoenix, as currently occurs due to the lack of available services in that section of Glendale. StoneHaven will not only help keep these dollars in Glendale by bringing these services to the local community, but it will alleviate the significant traffic issue in that area by building out Bethany Home Road, a desperately needed improvement.

The second issue upon which the opponents of StoneHaven have focused - again without evidence -  is the alleged “negative impact” on the area schools. Once again, the experts, i.e. the school districts themselves – have taken a contrary position to the opponents’ supposition. The school districts have already stated they are ready, willing and able to accommodate new students and welcome the opportunity to do so.   

Third, we are all familiar with Westgate’s challenges with the Arizona Coyotes. That property is very important to Glendale’s welfare due to the large amount of city sales tax revenue and attention on the city as a desirable destination that it generates. Supported by many Westgate businesses, StoneHaven means new customers for the shopping and restaurant complex, perhaps at the very time it will need them the most.  

While Glendale has seen a number of great successes, as part of its comeback, StoneHaven is the exclamation mark. Glendale cannot afford (and does not deserve) any less right now, nor should we, as Glendale’s community, accept less.

For the greater good, for more Glendale momentum, and based on the actual facts (not incorrect supposition), it is critical that the Glendale City Council approve StoneHaven.  

Lynda R. Vescio

by Glendale Chamber of Commerce on June 20th, 2017

By Cecilia Chan
Independent Newsmedia

City Council will decide June 27 whether to allow a developer to build more homes on smaller lots at the northeast corner of 91st Avenue and Camelback Road.

The council a year ago gave landowner John F. Long Properties the go-ahead to build StoneHaven, a master-planned community of 1,161 homes. Developer Pulte Homes now wants to up the number to 1,365 homes.

Planning Commissioners voted 4-1 last month to recommend the council deny the application. About 100 residents attended the commission meeting, many voicing objections to the smaller lot sizes, citing concerns with more traffic, lower property values and other impacts if the request is granted.

Councilwoman Joyce Clark has come out in opposition to the request for 204 more homes in the 385-acre development located in her Yucca District.

Glendale Chamber of Commerce, on the other hand, supports the increase.
A representative from LVA Urban Design Studio, which represents the landowner, said Pulte Homes wants more flexibility in the types of homes it can build in order to attract a wider selection of buyers.

Otherwise, the developer could not justify the $450 million investment, the representative said.
Copies of all applications, exhibits, and documents are available for public review on the second floor at the Development Services Department, 5850 W. Glendale Ave., between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. weekdays or available online at https://glendale-az.legistar.com/Calendar.aspx by 5 p.m. Monday prior to the public meeting.

The meeting begins at 6 p.m. June 27 in Glendale Council Chambers, also at 5850 W. Glendale Ave.

Contact Diana Figueroa at 623-930-2808 or dfigueroa@glendaleaz.com at least three working days before the meeting if special accommodations is needed due to a disability. Hearing-impaired people should call 623-930-2197.

For further information, call senior planner Paul Whalen at 623-930-2800.

by Glendale Chamber of Commerce on June 13th, 2017

Posted by The Glendale Star 

Glendale is on a path to economic recovery and financial stability. StoneHaven is proof of that.
The Glendale Chamber of Commerce, representing nearly 1,200 businesses, supports the proposed development of StoneHaven.

It will bring new residents to businesses at Westgate and beyond. It will also bring additional revenues to the City of Glendale, $49 million, according to an independent study.
Arizona’s largest home builder, Pulte Homes, and iconic John F. Long Properties are proposing to invest $450 million in a project that will bring a new supermarket, new homes, and new retail to southern Glendale.

This project comes at a critical time for Glendale. As businesses such as Conair, Bechtel and others expand, their employees will need places to live and shop.
Glendale is a landlocked community, and opportunities to transform vacant land into a high quality development don’t come every day.

Glendale’s mayor and city council, working with the private sector, have done a fantastic job in putting our city on the path to recovery.

Approving StoneHaven will continue that positive momentum. That’s why the Glendale Chamber of Commerce asked the city council to approve it.

While Glendale has made great strides in the pursuit of economic development, the opportunity to partner with John F. Long and Pulte not only compliments existing strategies but can add greater economic stability to the proposed site and surrounding area.

We believe this project adds to the vibrancy of Glendale by offering both existing and potential new members of the community yet another choice in where to live, work and play.
An investment of this magnitude is a commitment by all parties involved. The potential of this project is positive and presents an opportunity to bring our recovery from good to great.

Robert Heidt
President, CEO
Glendale Chamber of Commerce

by Glendale Chamber of Commerce on June 8th, 2017

By KJZZ

A new public-private partnership in Glendale aims to help the city get reacquainted with its downtown in the short-term, and give merchants a common voice in the long-term.

City officials and the Glendale Chamber of Commerce have agreed to a contract worth a maximum of about $611,000. Now the chamber will hire a manager to develop the city’s historic downtown.

Glendale already has several downtown organizations, said Robert Heidt, the chamber’s president and CEO.

“But none really working cohesively together,” Heidt said. “So I think the overarching message is we want to unite the downtown businesses we have here today. Begin to get them working together from the same platform.”

The new merchant manager should be in place by September, Heidt said. Their job will be to focus on the needs of all downtown businesses, not just chamber members. He or she will spend the first year getting the lay of the land, and learning people’s concerns to identify a path forward.

The idea is for the merchants to own the strategy, said Kevin Phelps, Glendale city manager.

“We don’t have a way, currently, to talk about parking strategies for downtown or marketing strategies for downtown,” Phelps said.

The needs and expectations of the city-chamber partnership will be readdressed every year of the contract, Phelps said.

The deal is good for at least three years, up to a maximum of five.