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Jordan Rose, Rose Law Group founder and president, recognized by ‘The Business Journals’ as one of the top 100 national Influencers in law – amongst just 3 from Arizona. “Starting her career on the back of a napkin and an office in a storage closet, Jordan Rose has gone on to direct the largest women-led law firm in Arizona history.” http://bit.ly/2LjXkxk

Works chief Andersen to be next Pinal manager. Congratulations to Louis M. Andersen! Supervisors have selected the current public works director to assume the county managerial helm after Manager Greg Stanley steps down in October. Much more on the Air Force veteran and Harvard-schooled Andersen in CGDhttp://bit.ly/2LTeUb7

SCOOP – Google, manufacturing growth and Opportunity Zones — Mesa Economic Development Director Bill Jabjiniak gives the lowdown. Reporter Mike Sunnucks catches up with Economic Development Director Bill Jabjiniak to get the lowdown on site selections, prospects and what’s on the horizon in Mesa. RLGR. http://bit.ly/2O4h5eH

Toll Brothers moves forward on 800-acre Surprise community. The company “will invest about $250 million to develop Sterling Grove” and currently “has 14 model homes under construction.” PBJ has a photo to prove it and Bob Flaherty, Arizona division president for Toll Brothers, rolls out more details about the community. (Subscriber Content). http://bit.ly/2G74qBa

Development projects transform Tempe into second urban center.AzBigMedia updates us on a slew of major projects — in the Mill Avenue corridor, along Rural Road and elsewhere throughout the East Valley — that are set to bring an “urban feel” to the region. http://bit.ly/2NNiUw9

Gilbert plans for long-term prosperity with ‘City of the Future’ initiative. How will town officials maintain the current “quality of life” and “vitality” in the decades ahead for such a “fast-growing economic hub” like Gilbert? That’s what Gilbert’s City of the Future strategic initiative is all about. Mayor Jenn Daniels and Town Manager Patrick Banger talk about it with Chamber Business News. (via AzBigMedia). http://bit.ly/30sNBYZ

Mesa mayor’s ‘NextMesa’ vision acknowledges what is great, areas needing improvement. He’s “led his home town to be the 19th best-run city in the United States,” but Mesa Mayor John Giles refuses to rest on his laurels. Check out John Giles’ track record, and where, as mayor, he plans to take Mesa next, in this fact-filled profile at AJIhttp://bit.ly/30udFDa

PARTIES OVER? -Scottsdale looks at new party ordinance to better handle Airbnb, short-term rentals. The city is considering a new ‘Nuisance Parties and Unlawful Gatherings’ ordinance, which would fine property owners for police calls to their properties. Reporter Mike Sunnucks looks into it at RLGRhttp://bit.ly/2JBvcT2

Expanding medical marijuana company buys Casa Grande dispensary. With the purchase of Leaf Life on Salk Dr. in Casa Grande, Harvest Health and Recreation “is expanding its holdings ahead of what is likely to be an expensive ballot fight to legalize the drug for recreational purposes.” PinalCentral. http://bit.ly/30sA3wz

South Central light rail project gets $100M in federal funds. And former Phoenix mayor and “fierce” public transit “advocate,” Rep. Greg Stanton, couldn’t be happier about it: “It’s a great day for South Central Phoenix.” AZ Business Magazine. http://bit.ly/2LPF0vs

Coolidge council approves infrastructure improvement plan. Monday, council adopted a plan “that suggests a number of changes to the city’s impact fees in hopes of helping to rev up development.” CoolidgeExaminer reports, however, that some council members had “questions regarding a few outdated figures.” http://bit.ly/2YNV4Sb

Richmond American doubles down at La Estancia. Richmond American Homes has “acquired an additional 90 homesites at La Estancia,” marking the homebuilder’s ’second acquisition in 4 months” at the Tucson MPC. RED News. http://bit.ly/2JtUunb

Dealmaker BONUS:How burglars most often enter a home. “View this infographic to see how burglars enter a home and what homeowners wish they had done to better protect their home.” REALTORMag. http://bit.ly/2NPwQGa

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As a supplement to the Dealmaker, we thought you might enjoy these articles!

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Congratulations to Rose Law Group client and friend, Sara Gullickson, for being the country’s first woman CEO of a U.S. publicly traded cannabis company! Sara Gullickson’s business, “Item 9 Labs, sells medical cannabis products to more than 35 dispensaries” in the Phoenix area. But it’s taken a lot of ‘clawing’ and scratching to get there. The story on Sara’s Gullickson’s “challenging climb up the business ladder,” in New Times. http://bit.ly/32pzVQy

Regulators close complaint against APS, leave utility rates unchanged for now. “Rather than reverse the rate hike, as customer and activist Stacey Champion had asked, [ACC] members said they will address APS rates in a new case they ordered the utility to file.” AZCentral (RELATED: “Regulators approve massive utility rate hikes for Ajo residents.” Daily Star). http://bit.ly/2JGSmr1 

Nurses are biggest beneficiaries of licensing fee waivers. “The law was a signature agenda item for Gov. Doug Ducey, who has made occupational licensing reform one of his top priorities.” Arizona Mirror. http://bit.ly/2LPLzhq

There’s a trick to keeping the NHL in Arizona — it all starts with the ice. “Modern NHL rinks are frozen onto a slab of refrigerated concrete… Making sure that ice is exactly the right temperature and consistency is crucial.” AZCentral takes a look at “how it’s done in the hottest region of America.” http://bit.ly/2GauwTE

[OPINION] Journalism industry falters when nation most needs it. “The nation suffers today from information chaos characterized by competing political narratives, fake news and social media mayhem.” By: The Hill opinion contributor Jeffrey McCall, professor of communication at DePauw University. http://bit.ly/2JCh77T

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