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January 2017
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Reflecting on 2016 video

Reflecting on Special Moments in 2016

2017 has started with great momentum, fueled by our groundbreaking in December and many special moments in 2016. We look forward to making new memories together in the year ahead! Watch our video.

Colonel Harland Sanders Foundation Awards First Place $200,000

The First Place National Leadership Institute is now home to the Colonel Harland Sanders Center for Applied Research, thanks to a $200,000 grant from the Colonel Harland Sanders Foundation of Canada. The institute’s other centers include the Maricopa County IDA Center for Education, Training & Employment and the Mulzet Center for Expression. Centers not yet named are Real Estate & Community Development and Public Policy.




DPJ: SARRC to Operate Beneficial Beans Café at Burton Barr Central Library

The Phoenix City Council approved a contract permitting SARRC to occupy vacant café space located inside Burton Barr Central Library, a short light rail ride from First Place. The five-year contract permits the operation of SARRC’s social enterprise program Beneficial Beans Café. First Place looks forward to its Transition Academy participants serving as interns at the new Beneficial Beans Café.​ Read the Downtown Phoenix Journal article.
 



NBC News: Meet an Amazing American Rhodes Scholar with Autism

Jory Fleming is not your average Rhodes Scholar. He may have a perfect GPA but the University of South Carolina student has a number of disabilities — not the least of which is autism. Read the NBC News story.



First Place AZ Elects
Bo Calbert to Board of Directors

First Place®AZ has elected Bo Calbert, the recently retired president of McCarthy Building Companies’ Southwest Division, to serve on its Board of Directors. Bo brings a wealth of business acumen, real estate expertise and strong relationships in the community. Welcome Bo!


First Place Welcomes Encore Fellow

Quinn Merrell is a 26-year veteran of Intel Corporation in Chandler. He retired in 2016 and now serves as an Encore Fellow with First Place AZ, our second Encore Fellow thanks to Intel and Experience Matters AZ. Quinn’s responsibilities include developing technology strategies, aligned with operations, marketing, communications and the work of the First Place National Leadership Institute.  
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