Phoenix invests big in health care and biosciences, hoping to boost economy and add jobs

Corrections & Clarifications: A previous version of this article gave an incorrect location for ASU’s Health Futures Center. It will be housed in a new building next to Mayo Clinic’s Phoenix campus.



a tall building in a city: Wexford Science & Technology is building a new innovation center downtown, which will host different science and healthcare researchers, students and entrepenuers.


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Wexford Science & Technology is building a new innovation center downtown, which will host different science and healthcare researchers, students and entrepenuers.

Phoenix recovered more slowly than the rest of the nation after the Great Recession, taking years to recoup lost jobs.  

But this time around, the region might see faster recovery from the COVID-19 recession.

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One big reason is the city’s changing economic landscape, which has begun to rely less on construction and focus increasingly on sectors like health care and bioscience.

Those industries are more resilient in the face of economic changes, said 

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Unilever invests in blue light exposure consumer education and formulates protective beauty products

According to Unilever, 60% of people now spend more than six hours a day in front of a digital device which, when spread across five working days, equated to the same impact on the skin as spending 25 minutes in midday sun without protection. And a consumer study conducted in August by the beauty and personal care major found 65% of consumers were unaware of the effect blue light could have on their skin.

Unilever said it was therefore on a mission to help people ‘beat the screen blues’ by raising awareness of the negative impact blue light has on skin.

More brand education will build awareness on blue light exposure risks

“Blue light is one of many external aggressors which can have a negative impact on the health of our skin,”​ said Samantha Tucker-Samaras, global vice president of science & technology for beauty and personal care at

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Government invests $2.2m of funding for Northland skills training

More Northlanders will have access to alternative pathways to work through a Government investment of $2.2 million in regional education and skills training, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones has announced.

The money is to go on three skills training projects in the region to help integrate prisoners back into work; help young people with intellectual disabilities and/or high social needs into employment; and to train up to 25 people in collision repairs.

“The Covid-19 pandemic has dealt a blow to New Zealand’s economy, with the effects being felt hard in the regions. Our recovery will be driven, in large part, by the regions so it is imperative Northland businesses have a well-trained work force and locals have more ways to learn and upskill,” Jones said.

“The $2.2m funding for Northland is part of a $12.2m investment, from the Te Ara Mahi allocation of the Provincial Growth Fund, to support

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