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There's a big push for economic development deals in Phoenix, just as the area office market revives from its recessionary slumbers. (Or was it a coma?)


NAI Horizon's Patricia Rogers, a 20-handicap golfer, chatted with us just before heading to the Pinnacle Peak Country Club for a round. While the commercial real estate vet officially retired two years ago, she's been keeping her finger on the pulse of the market, especially through her involvement in CCIM—and she says it's certainly more active. One example of a growing company: LifeLock's 85k SF deal at Hayden Ferry Lakeside II this past year.


The Greater Phoenix area was one of eight US markets chosen last year for the Brookings Institution and JP Morgan Chase's five-year Global Cities Initiative project, which expands global trade and investment. The Greater Phoenix Economic Council points out that Fortune ranked us as the fifth fastest-growing tech market; CNBC dubbed it No. 2 for workforce; Inc counts it among the top 20 markets for startups; and Site Selection says it's No. 1 for new company facilities and expansions in the Mountain West region.


Pat has taken to art in her retirement. She started with pencils, and is now into oils; her work was recently shown at Pinnacle Peak Country Club's Art Walk.