Botco.ai launches AI chat and live agent support solution BotcoLive with major urgent care franchise

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Botco.ai, a HIPAA-compliant conversational marketing platform, has announced the launch of a new AI chat feature designed to transfer automated chat conversations to live agents.  The feature is BotcoLive, and it works with the company’s AI chat technology to streamline the marketing engagement process.  Scottsdale-based Botco.ai has also announced that American Family Care (AFC), a … Read more

Digital Air Strike joins CDK Fortellis Automotive Commerce Exchange to improve car-buying experience

Digital Air Strike, a consumer engagement technology company, has announced it will be a new contributor on the Fortellis Automotive Commerce Exchange platform built by CDK Global.  Scottsdale-based Digital Air Strike provides a broad suite of digital marketing solutions, ranging from SMS messages to website chat to social media channels, to car dealerships across the … Read more

Phantom Space continues to expand with acquisition of Florida-based microsatellite tech firm

Phantom Space Corp., a space transportation technology manufacturing and development  company based in Tucson, has acquired Micro Aerospace Solutions (MAS), a microsatellite tech firm. MAS, which provides space communications systems, space propulsion systems and electrical hardware design for spacecraft and rockets, could further help Phantom Space become what it refers to as “the Henry Ford … Read more

Tucson-based Sion Power to release high-power rechargeable lithium-metal battery for electric vehicles

Sion Power, a manufacturer of high-energy, lithium-metal rechargeable batteries, is introducing its Licerion rechargeable electric vehicle battery capable of storing 400 wh/kg, a number that Tesla and other battery companies haven’t yet reached.  The Tucson-based company will unveil its 17 Ah Licerion EV cell at The Battery Show North America in Novi, Michigan in September. … Read more

Paradox acquires Baltimore-based Traitify to simplify recruiting process

Paradox, a recruiting software designed to make the process more conversational and personalized, has announced its acquisition of Traitify, a mobile-first digital assessment platform based in Baltimore, to simplify the recruiting process.  The terms of the deal were not disclosed, but Paradox founder and CEO Aaron Matos expects the Traitify platform to further enable Paradox’s … Read more

Community leaders hope new grant program will provide solutions to ongoing school transportation problems

A for Arizona, a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving Arizona education, has been selected as program administrator for the Arizona Transportation Modernization Grants Program, which is designed to address the many problems with current school transportation.  This new $20 million initiative puts Arizona at the forefront of developing safer, more innovative and more reliable ways … Read more

University of Arizona to launch HealthTech Connect to advance health technology

University of Arizona Health Sciences has announced it will launch HealthTech Connect, a consortium designed to build opportunities for companies and organizations to pursue cutting-edge innovations in health technology.  With this new event, the group hopes to support and encourage startup, corporate, higher education, health care, funding and economic development communities in improving healthtech.  According … Read more

WebPT co-founder launches scholarship for future BIPOC physical therapists

Rizing Tide Foundation, launched in 2020 by WebPT co-founder Dr. Heidi Jannenga, has announced it will grant five scholarships to aspiring physical therapists in underrepresented communities.  Each of these scholarships will fall under one of two categories of physical therapy (PT) students. The Crest Scholarship will be awarded to three PT undergraduate students who are … Read more

Arizona named #2 for Best Business Climate of large cities and in top 10 of several other categories

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There’s been a lot of bad news this week, both nationally and internationally. Let’s start the week on a positive note: Arizona has landed in the top ten in several categories on the Business Facilities 2021 state rankings report, including #2 for Best Business Climate of large cities. Business Facilities is a media brand that … Read more

Facebook announces $800M solar-powered data center in Mesa

Facebook announced today it will build a $800 million solar-powered data center on the old GM proving grounds in Mesa.  According to Facebook, the data center will be powered completely by solar power. It will also add 450 megawatts per year to the city’s solar grid.  The massive data center will bring around 100 high-paying … Read more