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How Arizona and Chandler scored the Rogers Corp. headquarters
Call it scaling up on steroids.
Rogers Corp. (NYSE:ROG), founded in 1832 — before Arizona became a territory — is leaving its namesake town and relocating its corporate headquarters to Chandler, Arizona.
The company has a campus of proximate buildings in the area of Dobson Road and West Chandler Boulevard, and the relocated operations will move to those facilities.
“This was a strategic move for our business as it puts us in closer proximity to the technology markets on the West Coast, where our markets are shifting,” said Jay Knoll, vice president and general counsel, and a member of the relocation committee.
Knoll said the company already had about one-third of its headquarters operation in Chandler, and will now move the other positions to the market.
“This was a heated competition with two other markets,” said Chris Camacho, president and CEO of Greater Phoenix Economic Council. “We had less than a month to build a business case positioning Chandler for the company.”
Arizona didn’t take for granted that the company had a half-century history in Chandler — Rogers Advanced Connectivity Systems division, Chandler's first technology company, is based in there with 400 employees — and the state made a serious run to lock in the headquarters.
Knoll did not want to identify the cities against which Chandler competed.
“We have over 50 years of on-the-ground experience in Chandler,” he said. “That was a factor in our decision.”
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Readers' imaginations have been captured by the writing of Eric Jay Toll for more than three decades. Eric travels the Four Corners region sharing experiences and adventures in Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico and Utah.
His journeys take him into regions of Nevada, Wyoming, and Eastern California. More than just a travel writer, he has a richly diverse writing repertoire covering business, real estate, development, and health technology.
Eric's stories incorporate the experience of those around him as well as his own perspectives and observations. His work appears in a variety of publications in print and digital media.
Eric lives in Phoenix, Arizona, with his chocolate Lab, Chaco, an organic garden, his woodshop, and his dream kitchen. He is also a bread maker and has 120-year-old sourdough starter that has its own story.
Eric is the Communications Manager for city of Phoenix Community and Economic Development Department. His career marries his experience as a journalist and writer with three decades of experience as an economic developer and city and county planner.
Eric covered the economy for Phoenix Business Journal through the end of 2016. His beat encompasses economic trends, economic development, banking and finance, infrastructure and transportation, and utility policies. His work appears online and in the print edition of the Journal.
The beat coverage brings Business Journal readers exclusive and in depth coverage of economic development deals, breaking news and a plain-language look at economic trends. Exclusive stories include articles about the event and the reasons international cybertechnology company Kudelski decided to move its headquarters to Phoenix, and how Valley economic developers closed the deal to site Rogers Corporation corporate headquarters in the city.
From 2012 to 2014, Eric was the senior correspondent for the , a semi-weekly publication for architects, engineers and contractors in Arizona. He covered news of the development industry. Eric broke development stories of the 90,000 square foot Wells Fargo building, recent research and development facility expansion at Intel, the General Motors Information Technology Innovation Center, a $300-million addition to the cancer center at Mayo Clinic, and the $350-million addition to the Banner/MD Anderson Cancer Center.
Traveling Dad is where Eric's travel reports can be found on a regular basis. His style tells a story and places the reader right into the setting with both words and stunning photography. Eric's travels from around the West, the U.S. and Canada, have been highlighted on the travel site and its affiliate, TravelingMom.com
Eric also writes for Arizona Commercial Real Estate magazine (AZRE) and Greater Phoenix inBusiness magazine. He wrote feature stories and a pair of cover stories for inBusiness. His work for AZRE includes a November 2013 feature on medical office buildings and a supplement for the Arizona Association for Economic Development.
When the American Planning Association brought 6,000 members to Phoenix for its annual conference in 2016, Eric wrote the Planning Magazine cover story in January.
Prior to bringing his writing brand to the Business Journal, Eric's travel work appeared in , Visit PHX Valley Guide, the former Examiner.com, and Striped Pot magazine of the Southwest. He has been featured on Trails.com, LiveSTRONG.com and GolfLink.com.
His business and technology articles were published in the American College of Cardiology's Cardio Source World News, , and the former Examiner website.
In addition to journalism and feature stories, Eric is a professional copywriter and technical writer. He is an experienced instructional designer, creates dynamic PowerPoint presentations, and writes strategic marketing and proposal communications.
Eric joins the city of Phoenix as Communications Manager in the Community and Economic Development Department to start 2017. He continues as a travel writer for TravelingDad.com and other publications. Through 2016, he was a multiple award-winning journalist covering the economy for Phoenix Business Journal. He was a news writer for CBS radio and worked at radio stations in Michigan, Arizona, Oregon and California as well as an advertising agency in California. He changed careers in 1980 and spent three decades in urban and regional planning, and economic development for communities and private consultancies in California, Nevada, Utah and Arizona. He returned to journalism and professional writing in 2009. Eric attended college at Southern Illinois University, Sonoma State University, California, and Paradise Valley College, Phoenix, for degree programs in broadcasting, planning and environmental studies, and information technology.
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