Sintra Hoffman

Sintra Hoffman, president and CEO of WESTMARC, is gearing up for the annual Best of the West show—to be held Oct. 22 at Phoenix Raceway in Avondale.

Alamar is here.

Billed as “the largest master-planned community to come to the Valley since Eastmark in 2013,” the Avondale community had a grand opening Saturday, Oct. 10.

Due to COVID-19 safety precautions, it was a “drive-thru” event. Those who attended drove through the 1,000-acre property while listening to a pre-recorded radio message.

The event also featured the unveiling of Alamar’s Public Art Program, featuring sculptures, pavement art and interactive works that double as play spaces.

Planned for years, Alamar underscores the West Valley building boom: When fully developed, Alamar expects to have 3,695 homes.

Alamar is near Avondale and Broadway boulevards, 4 miles south of Interstate 10—on the way to the raceway.

The robots are coming, the robots are coming ...

Estrella Mountain Community College launched a new Artificial Intelligence degree, the first of its kind across the nation at the community college level. 

The Maricopa Community College District is collaborating with Intel and the Arizona Commerce Authority to create the certificate and degree program that will prepare students for careers in health care, automotive, industrial and aerospace fields. 

“We are thrilled to be leading the charge with this innovative new program,” EMCC President Dr. Rey Rivera said. “Artificial intelligence is a rapidly growing field with an average starting salary of $70,000 to $98,000. Our students’ success is our No. 1 priority, so it is truly an honor to be preparing them for these exciting new job opportunities and higher wages.”

Also, Arroyo Hall building continues on the EMCC campus. The 37,000-square-foot building will contain 10 academic multiuse classrooms, four flex labs, student support space, faculty and administrative offices.

It’s Best of the West time ...

WESTMARC is getting ready for its annual award show. 

The location?

Avondale, of course.

“We’re celebrating 30 years of serving the West Valley at this year’s annual Best of the West Awards Dinner at Phoenix Raceway Oct. 22,” said Sintra Hoffman, WESTMARC president and CEO.

This year’s finalists:

Economic Engine: Desert Microsoft and Avondale Health Tech Corridor.

Excellence in Innovation: Ottawa University and Peoria Autonomous Shuttle (Robo Ride).

Quality of Life Enhancement in the Community: Verizon Wireless and White Tank Mountains Conservancy Connectivity Initiative.

Quality of Life Enhancement in Education: Abrazo Healthcare Residency Program and West Point High School.

Registration closes Oct. 16 at

There will be a virtual option this year, Hoffman noted.

A really big sale:

The HUB at Goodyear sold for $59 million, according to commercial real estate tracker

Mack Real Estate Group purchased the giant warehouses, built in 2019 on 43 acres at 305 S. Bullard Avenue (right behind the Goodyear Police Department).

Stay tuned for what will be housed in the 800,000-square-foot industrial space.