The Western Way Endorses Commissioner Andy Tobin’s Energy Plan

The Arizona Chamber of Commerce recently held their annual Environmental & Sustainability Summit in Prescott, Arizona. One of the key panels was a discussion about the future of Arizona’s energy policy. Amanda Reeve moderated a water and energy panel that included Commissioner Andy Tobin and Commissioner Justin Olson. Commissioner Tobin addressed his proposed Energy Modernization Plan, an alternative to the disastrous Clean Energy Initiative proposed by California billionaire Tom Steyer, which could be on the ballot in November. Tobin’s plan proposes to have an 80 percent Clean Energy portfolio by 2050, including nuclear, solar, wind, hydro and bio-mass. The plan, endorsed by Molera Alvarez client The Western Way, is currently going through the Corporation Commission rulemaking process.  During the panel, the Commissioner credited The Western Way for their help in this process, saying, “Thank you to The Western Way for your clear thoughts on how to bring forward meaningful energy policy.”

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CoNecs N.A. and Molera Alvarez Remember Senator John McCain

Since the passing of Senator McCain we have asked ourselves, what does it mean to serve? Sen. McCain embodied the definition of service – to his country in battle, to his family and friends, to the State of Arizona in the House and the Senate. Sen. McCain believed in serving a cause greater than himself and understood that we are all part of the larger fabric of this great nation. His statement that “we are all more the same than we are different,” embodied his understanding of our diverse communities, as he embraced all people, boldly and without fear. Today we want to recognize the honorable, fierce, and noble man that he was. Gracias Sen. McCain. Descanza en Paz…

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Honoring Our Hometown Heroes

Recently, the Phoenix Police Reserve Foundation received a $50,000 donation from Gonzo’s Hometown Heroes Fund. Former Arizona Diamondback and World Series hero Luis Gonzalez presented the check on July 6 during the D-back’s pre-game festivities. The donation from Gonzalez’s charity fund will be used to equip volunteer reserve officers to help them better protect our community. Molera Alvarez VP Claude Mattox is a proud board member of the Phoenix Police Reserve Foundation.

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Seminar at State Bar Convention Gives Insight on Foreign Direct Investment

At the State Bar Convention in June, the International Law Section of the Arizona State Bar, chaired by Molera Alvarez General Counsel James Ahlers, hosted an informative seminar on foreign direct investment in Arizona. The program, entitled “Invest in the West: Guiding Your Foreign Clients through Arizona’s Business Climate,” featured practical advice from experienced international attorneys, as well as state and federal officials, on representing foreign clients doing business in Arizona. The panel also featured executives from Hermosillo-based ProAutomation, LLC, which has established operations in Tucson. The program was co-chaired by Matthew S. Apfel, Apfel and Associates, PC, incoming Chair of the International Law Section.

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Hill International Wins Joint Contract with Phoenix’s Aviation Department

Hill International was awarded a $47.5 million joint contract with Red Brick to provide construction management services to the City of Phoenix’s Aviation Department for their upcoming Capital Improvement Program (CIP). The CIP is comprised of a five-year development plan for projects at the three airports controlled by the City of Phoenix: Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, Phoenix Goodyear Airport, and Phoenix Deer Valley Airport. Molera Alvarez was proud to assist Hill International in their successful bid. For more information on this contract, visit their website.

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Molera Alvarez Partner Speaks at AZLTA Board Meeting

Jaime A. Molera recently spoke at the Arizona Lodging and Tourism Association Board Meeting. During this meeting, he addressed the negative impacts that the Invest in Education Initiative will have, especially on the tourism industry. Becoming a high-tax state would severely harm the tourism industry and the residents and visitors who rely on Arizona properties, attractions, and destinations for jobs and tax revenues. Many of Arizona’s lodging and tourism small businesses would end up paying higher tax rates than larger corporations. Molera, former Superintendent of Public Instruction, is leading the No Campaign against the Invest in Education Initiative, Arizonans for Great Schools and a Strong Economy. For more information on this effort, visit @AZGreatStrong on Twitter or Facebook.

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Valley Partnership Hosts Panel on Economic Development

Recently, Valley Partnership hosted a legislative wrap-up and awards breakfast where Sen. Kate Brophy-McGee was given the Legislator of the Year Award.  As part of this event, Jaime A. Molera moderated a panel that included Sen. Brophy-McGee, Rep. Rusty Bowers (a leading expert on Arizona water issues), and Goldwater Institute President and CEO Victor Riches to discuss economic development in Arizona and the challenges our development/ business community faces. “Valley Partnership, under President and CEO Cheryl Lombard’s leadership, understands there are tremendous opportunities for Arizona to continue our robust economic development activities,” Molera stated. “However, there are also serious challenges that can negatively affect our economic prosperity (e.g. the initiative to raise Arizona’s income tax taxes, pushed by the teacher’s union).” 

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Molera Alvarez and CoNecs Say Farewell to Margie Emmermann

Margie Emmermann officially retired from Molera Alvarez on June 28, after serving the company for several years as Vice President of Strategic Initiatives. Margie’s leadership and strategic acumen helped guide the firm through an important growth period that included the establishment of its sister company, CoNecs North America, LLC, an integrated brand management agency. Margie is an accomplished community leader. Prior to Molera Alvarez, she worked with four Arizona governors, leading the Arizona Department of Commerce, Arizona Office of Tourism, and Arizona-Mexico Commission, following a successful private sector career in marketing and community relations. Margie has been instrumental in shaping Arizona’s domestic and international policy initiatives for more than two decades, and she will be greatly missed. Molera Alvarez thanks Margie for her dedicated service and wishes her all the best in retirement.

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Molera Moderates AZ Political Panel for Greater Phoenix Chamber

Jaime A. Molera moderated a panel for the Greater Phoenix Chamber, analyzing the upcoming statewide, legislative, and City of Phoenix elections. Political experts Wes Gullett (OH Strategic Communications) and Barry Dill (First Strategic) also joined in the discussion. “I thoroughly enjoyed this conversation, particularly because Wes and Barry are two of the best political minds in the state,” Molera stated.

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Councilwoman Thelda Williams Selected as Interim Mayor of Phoenix

On Monday June 11, 2018, the Phoenix City Council unanimously voted for District 1 Councilwoman Thelda Williams as Mayor Pro Tem. Councilman Jim Waring was selected as Vice Mayor, who also represents District 2. Former Mayor Greg Stanton resigned his position in May to run for Congress. Williams will serve as Mayor until the November special election. If that election does not yield a clear winner, Williams will continue as Mayor Pro Tem until a spring 2019 special runoff election. Mayor Williams will continue to represent her council district during this time. This is her third time as Interim Mayor, having served in 1994 and again in 2012.

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