Chandler Debuts the Wave, a Free Downtown Shuttle

The City of Chandler contracted with Electric Cab North America to provide free shuttle service using an eCab dubbed the “Wave.” Two electric vehicles, able to accommodate a driver and five passengers, will pick people up from Chandler’s four downtown parking garages and take them to destinations in and around Chandler’s historic square. The Wave will operate Thurs., Fri. and Sat. from 5-9 p.m. Hail one by calling 602.730.5153. In addition to catching the Wave from one of the parking garages, patrons also can wave it down. For more information, visit ChandlerAz.gov/downtown.

Nominations Open for Girls Rule Foundation

Girls Rule Foundation, a nonprofit that empowers today’s girls to be tomorrow’s leaders, has opened nominations for its sixth annual Brilliant, Beautiful and Bold Role Model Awards & Mentoring Program. 

With insightful nominations from parents, teachers, coaches and community leaders, Girls Rule Foundation has recognized dozens of Arizona residents between the ages 12 and 18 with the Brilliant, Beautiful and Bold Role Model Awards. Nominations are submitted online and include a short essay about the nominee. The award includes $500 in cash, $400 in prizes, a custom art piece and a one-year mentorship program with professional success mentors Laurie Sliva and Lori Severson. Candidates are accepted until Oct. 15 at BrillianBeautifulBold.com.  

FastMed Urgent Care Launches Baseline Concussion Testing

FastMed now offers baseline concussion testing across all its Phoenix-area clinics. The test checks current cognitive health conditions, especially critical for athletes at risk of head injury, which then establishes a baseline that can be tested against brain functioning after a head injury. According to the CDC, about 15 percent of high school students reported having at least one concussion related to sports or physical activity over a one-year period. Designed to serve as a “pre-injury” assessment, the computerized test measures visual and verbal memory, reaction time, and processing speed. If a suspected head injury subsequently occurs, a medical professional can then compare the baseline test results to the child’s post-injury condition. The comparison of the two test results will then help direct concussion management, including a determination of whether it’s safe for the child to return to normal play. Baseline concussion tests are offered at FastMed for just $10 in conjunction with any physical. To find a FastMed Urgent Care clinic, visit FastMed.com/concussions.

Chandler Museum Wins Prestigious 2018 AASLH Award

Chandler Museum was honored with a Leadership in History Award of Merit from the American Association for State and Local History (AASLH) for its thought-provoking, multi-faceted 2017 project that explored the history of Japanese Internment during World War II at the Gila River Internment Camp, located a few miles south of Chandler. Now in its 73rd year, this award is the most prestigious recognition for achievement in the preservation and interpretation of state and local history. Chandler’s project, “Un-American: Engaging Our Community With the Story of Japanese Internment,” included a park kiosk, three exhibits, a community-driven art installation, and public presentations. For more information, visit ChandlerAZ.gov/museum.

Affordable housing advocacy group honors innovative reading program for children

The Arizona Chapter of the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (AZNAHRO) recently recognized an innovative reading program, called ASPIRE Read to Succeed, as the Program Innovation of the Year at their state conference. The program was developed for children ages 6 to 8 who were residing in Chandler public housing. The City’s public housing staff saw children struggle with language and reading skills and worked collaboratively with the City’s Housing Authority and Chandler Public Library to develop a tutoring program to assist the children. The result has been remarkable improvements in reading and language skills, plus a growing love of reading.

New parking garage now open in Downtown Chandler

A 350-stall parking garage is now open in downtown Chandler as part of the $25 million Overstreet development. The five-story garage was constructed by LGE Design Build, developers of Overstreet, a 77,000-square-foot project that will include a Flix Brewhouse cinema, plus space for restaurants, retail and offices. The Overstreet parking garage is free 24-hours-a-day, and the new shuttle service (the Wave) will pick people up from the new garage and three others in the area and take them to destinations in and around the downtown square. 

Chandler Chamber Offers Career Videos

The Chandler Chamber of Commerce now offers “What’s Your Job” career videos on its YouTube channel. The videos are for everyone from teens gathering information to help decide a career path to top professionals looking to make a career change, and are a great way to explore interesting jobs available in Chandler. View employees talking about what education/training they undertook to obtain their job, what their job entails, and what they like best about their job. Companies are also encouraged to contact the Chamber if they have an interesting job they can showcase. View the videos at http://bit.ly/Whatsyourjob. New videos will be added monthly. For more information, visit ChandlerChamber.com.

Optima Tax Relief Expands Operations in Chandler

One year after opening its first Arizona office in Chandler, Optima Tax Relief is expanding due to significant growth. The company moved into a larger office building at 450 N. 54th St. on Sept. 28. Optima Tax Relief is expanding operations in Chandler due to robust business growth, a business-friendly environment and the ability to attract skilled labor. The company currently has 32 employees in Chandler, with plans to ramp up to approximately 100 employees in the next 12 months. The company, which employs more than 500 people at its California headquarters, is making Chandler central to its future growth strategy. Learn more at OptimaTaxRelief.com.

Chompie’s Restaurants Introduces Allergy Software

Chompie’s Restaurants recently teamed up with CertiStar™ to offer its customers cutting-edge technology: Software that allows them to identify menu items and remove ingredients that cause them allergic reactions, all with the push of a button. CertiStar is available on a tablet that Chompie’s provides upon request. Once a customer selects their menu items and preferred ingredients, the cooks are made aware and the meal is prepared. “We have a large menu with many different ingredients. Using the CertiStar software allows us to connect directly with the customer to ensure we are giving them a customized meal that fits their personal dietary needs,” says Brian Becker, the company’s spokesperson. For more information, visit Chompies.com

Rogers Corporation Expands its Chandler Footprint

Rogers Corporation, a global leader in engineered material solutions, is expanding its presence on Chandler’s Price Corridor. The company has purchased real estate, buildings and equipment to support its Advanced Connectivity Solutions (ACS) business segment. This transaction expands Rogers’ manufacturing footprint in Chandler, where the company employs roughly 500 area residents. Rogers’ ACS business is projecting significant growth in key markets that include 5G wireless infrastructure and Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS). The company has been manufacturing in the Chandler area for more than 50 years. This latest expansion by Rogers comes two years after the company announced the relocation of its corporate headquarters to Chandler. Rogers Corporation plans to immediately start upgrading the facilities and equipment at the former ISOLA site. The company anticipates having the site ready for commercial production in 2019. For more information, visit RogersCorp.com.

Turf Paradise Opens for 63rd Season

Turf Paradise opens for its 63rd season on Oct. 13. In addition to a full card of live, local horseracing, the day will also feature ceremonies honoring veterans and first responders. Plus, the first 5,000 paid admissions will receive a free Opening Day t-shirt. There will also be live music, a kids’ fun park, and a barbecue tent.  Opening Day’s featured race will be the $30,000 Bienvenidos Stakes. Gates open at 11 a.m. As always, Grandstand admission is $3 and general parking is free. For more information, visit TurfParadise.com.

Waymo Hits 9 Million Mile Milestone

Waymo started driving in 2009, back when it was still known as the @Google self-driving car project. Now, the company has self-driven over 9 million miles on public roads, and an additional 5 billion miles in simulation. As the only company with a fleet of fully self-driving cars on public roads, Waymo’s vehicles are continually learning at an exponential pace. Driving 9 million miles would take the average American driver more than 600 years to complete. Waymo reached 8 million miles in late July, and this last million was mostly driven in Metro Phoenix. Additionally, across Mesa, Gilbert, Chandler and Tempe, the company has hundreds of riders using Waymo as part of its early rider program. Every day, they ride in the cars to get around—any time of day, anywhere they need to go within Waymo’s territory. Many of these rides are fully driverless (meaning no one in the driver’s seat), operating at Level 4 autonomy. For more information, visit Waymo.com.

Barro’s Pizza and Dr Pepper Hold $10,000 Tuition Giveaway

Win $10,000 for college or a postsecondary vocational school, or pay off student loans, with the Barro’s Pizza & Dr Pepper $10,000 Tuition Giveaway. There are four ways to enter—text BARROS to 737737, fill out the entry form online, submit an entry via Facebook or mail in an entry. The contest is open through Dec. 9 and participants can enter daily. One winner will be chosen at random. For more information, visit BarrosPizza.com/drpeppercontest.