Arizona bioscience jobs grew during recession, study reveals

During the recessionary years of 2008-09, bioscience jobs in Arizona grew by 7 percent while Arizona’s overall private sector lost 11 percent of its jobs, according to a new performance analysis of Arizona’s bioscience sector, commissioned by the Flinn Foundation. The annual study by the Battelle Technology Partnership Practice found that Arizona continues to outpace the nation in generating bioscience jobs and firms, and the state has reached an all-time high in grants awarded by the National Institutes of Health.

“Arizona Bioscience Day” proclaimed by Governor Brewer

Recognizing Arizona’s strides in building a thriving biosciences sector, Arizona Governor Jan Brewer has issued an official proclamation to declare Wednesday, October 27, 2010, as Arizona Bioscience Day. The designated day coincides with one of Arizona’s major annual bioscience events, BioFest 2010, hosted by the Arizona BioIndustry Association on October 27 at the Camelback Inn in Scottsdale.

Longtime Arizona Policy Expert to Lead New Flinn Foundation Initiative

The Flinn Foundation has appointed Nancy Welch, a nationally recognized public-policy analyst, to lead an emerging program to strengthen civic leadership in Arizona.

As program turns 25, newest Flinn Scholars choose Arizona universities


Twenty of Arizona's most accomplished high-school seniors have been announced as recipients of the Flinn Scholarship, one of the most competitive and prestigious undergraduate awards in the nation. The students, who constitute the 25th class of Flinn Scholars, will attend one of Arizona's three public universities with a truly comprehensive package of support that includes tuition, room and board, personal mentorship by top faculty, and funding for international study and research. The Scholarship is worth more than $54,000--on top of the value of tuition.


Flinn Foundation, Piper Trust Announce Strengthening Arts Initiative

A total of $1.25 million will go into a one-time arts and culture initiative resulting from redirecting remaining grant funds from the wind-down of Metro Phoenix Partnership for Arts and Culture (MPAC).

MPAC board votes to ‘wind down’ organization in flagging economy

Confronted with difficult economic times, for itself and the arts and culture organizations it was formed to support, the Metro Phoenix Partnership for Arts and Culture (MPAC) board of directors has voted to cease the nonprofit organization’s staffing and programmatic operations. MPAC will support the plan of its major funders to use remaining grants funds […]

Flinn Foundation Appoints Executive Vice President

The Flinn Foundation, a private, nonprofit philanthropy based in Phoenix, has appointed longtime Arizona public-sector administrator Cathy McGonigle as executive vice president.

Arizona’s bioscience industry furthers growth, progress during global recession

Amid declining economic conditions in 2008 and 2009, Arizona’s bioscience industry continued its rapid growth in high-paying jobs and firms, and the state achieved notable gains in implementing its long-term plan to develop a thriving bioscience sector. However, Arizona could not escape the lowering tide of federal research grants and venture-capital investments that has plagued […]

Honorary board member A. J. “Jack” Pfister passes

A. J. "Jack" Pfister, for 50 years a major figure in Arizona's legal, business, and educational arenas, passed away July 20, 2009, at age 75. Among his contributions to the community was an 15-year stint on the Flinn Foundation board of directors.

Arizona educators honored by Flinn Scholars

The newest Flinn Scholars and the Flinn Scholars Program have honored 17 Arizona educators for their outstanding dedication and service. Each educator was nominated by a member of the 2009 class of Flinn Scholars for having a significant impact on their education and development.

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