Squanch CEO Tanya Watson steps down

first_imgSquanch CEO Tanya Watson steps downTrover Saves the Universe studio will see chief creative officer Justin Roiland take over CEO roleBrendan SinclairManaging EditorSaturday 9th January 2021Share this article Recommend Tweet ShareSquanch Games co-founder and CEO Tanya Watson today announced that she is stepping down from her role atop the studio.In a post on Squanch’s official site, Watson said the studio, which is transitioning from VR-focused development to a more broad slate of titles, “turned the corner” in 2020 and is now “ready for its next direction.””It’s always difficult to do something that no one else is doing, pandemic or no,” Watson said. “But I can safely say that we are not just surviving, we are thriving. We, amongst all businesses, were extremely concerned at the beginning of the pandemic, but one good thing that came out of 2020 is that it has proven to be Squanch Games’ most successful year to date.”Related JobsSenior Build Engineer – AAA Studio – Yorkshire UK & Europe Big Planet3D Artist – Mobile Studio – Midlands UK & Europe Big PlanetProducer Indie Game Studio France UK & Europe Big PlanetDiscover more jobs in games Watson says she will continue to be an advisor and friend to the studio, but is “ready to figure out what’s next.”Her co-founder at Squanch, chief creative officer Justin Roiland, will take over CEO duties starting next month.Watson and Roiland founded Squanch in 2016. Prior to that, she had stints at Epic Games and Microsoft Game Studios as an executive producer and a software development engineer, respectively.Celebrating employer excellence in the video games industry8th July 2021Submit your company Sign up for The Daily Update and get the best of GamesIndustry.biz in your inbox. Enter your email addressMore storiesDeveloper wins against Grand Theft Auto DMCA takedownTake-Two loses claim to reversed-engineered source made by fansBy Danielle Partis 2 hours agoFirst-party Ubisoft titles will now be branded as ”Ubisoft Originals”Change was made alongside the announcement of new Tom Clancy titleBy Danielle Partis YesterdayLatest comments Sign in to contributeEmail addressPasswordSign in Need an account? Register now.last_img read more

Crew aboard the International Space Station is testing new 3D solar cells

first_imgCrew aboard the International Space Station is testing new 3D solar cellsThe wordy NanoRacks-Earth Abundant Textured Thin Film Photovoltaics investigation is looking into a new design of 3D PV cell, which should, in theory, absorb sunlight more efficiently, while also investigating the effects that space has on the new technology. July 18, 2016 Sam Pothecary Markets Markets & Policy Technology Technology and R&D Share It is no secret that NASA is right at the tip of the cutting edge of scientific innovation and for many years it has been pioneering the use of solar energy, famously powering the International Space Station (ISS) itself. A crew aboard the ISS is continuing this spirit, by testing out a new 3D solar PV cell, which it hopes will be show a higher efficiency than current solar cells.The investigation was planned and is being led by researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology, where they developed the NanoRacks-Nano Tube Solar Cell. The cell has 3D tubes incorporated into its design that trap sunlight that hits the cell from any direction, and uses an earth abundant photoabsorber material, copper zinc tin sulfide (CZTS).The investigation will focus on whether this groundbreaking 3D design will be able to absorb sunlight more efficiently, both on earth and in space, by continually changing the angles of the array, to see if this can accelerate electrical characterization opportunities. It will also explore the effects of space on the solar cells, to see if it accelerates degradation, while also determining if CZTS can be used as a photoabsorber in a 3D PV array.If successful, the 3D cells have two big advantages over conventional cells. Firstly they can be produced on top of metal foils, which makes them lightweight, flexible and cost efficient, and secondly, they could circumvent the need for heavy and expensive tracking machinery. 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The World Vegetarian Day

first_imgNorth American Vegetarian Society (NAVS) is the pioneer of World Vegetarian Day which was initiated by it in 1977 and was accepted by the International Vegetarian Union in 1978. October 1 is the annual start of Vegetarian Awareness Month.Vegetable diet can be classified as pure veg, Lacto-veg, Lacto-ovo veg. Pure veg includes fruits, nuts, vegetable grains. Lacto veg contains milk, butter, cheese, etc. Lacto-ovo veg includes eggs and dairy products. This classification of vegetables is incomplete if we don’t talk about vitamins which bridge the gap between health and fitness.Vitamins are of two types: Vitamins that can be stored in the body are called fat-soluble vitamins. These are A, D, E & K. Along with fat-soluble vitamins, the body also needs water-soluble vitamins. B-complex vitamins are water-soluble.B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B12, biotin, choline, folic acid, and vitamin C are categorised under B-complex vitamins. The body needs these vitamins on daily basis because excess vitamins are excreted in urine daily, so these cannot be stored in the body. Vitamins E and C boost the immune system which are present in citrus fruits, strawberries, kiwis, cauliflower, mustard & green lettuce. The protein of cauliflower as compared with the whole egg is more balanced in amino acids.Health care recommendations like US Food Pyramid encourage 3-5 servings of vegetables per day. A high fiber diet is highly recommended for diabetic patients. The high fiber content of vegetables gives many digestive gains. Lack of vegetables in our daily diet leads to constipation, hemorrhoids, and diverticulosis. Passage of stool can be eased by cellulose content present in vegetables.Most important is the health of a lactating mother for whom vegetables are like Sanjeevani. Mother’s milk is the initial introduction of a newborn to immunity. Lactating mother should feed milk to her child for at least 6 months for the well being of the baby. This milk contains antibodies which help a child sustain against virus & bacteria. Thus, a child faces fewer ear infections, respiratory illness or diarrhoea. Hence, if the mother is anaemic, it will lead to premature birth, low birth weight and in the worst case may even lead to the death of the child.Ayurveda says that during breastfeeding women should include ridge gourd, garlic, saunf, cumin, dashmool, ashvagandha in their daily diet.The government of India has launched a programme also to make India anaemia free. A sufficient amount of platelets in the body reduces the risk of hemorrhaging. A person is said to be healthy if he/she has 150,000-400,000 platelets per micro litre of blood. Berries, oranges, tomatoes, and kiwis can help increase platelets in our bodies.This is how important vegetables are in our daily life.last_img read more

Campus Visit Coordinator

first_imgSummaryLynn University is an innovative, global and personalizedcollege based in Boca Raton, Florida. Our 3,000 students are fromapproximately 100 countries. Our NCAA Division II Fighting Knightsathletics program has won 25 national championships (andcounting!)The Chronicle of Higher Education consistentlyrecognizes us as a “Great College to Work For” with high scores incompensation and benefits; work/life balance; job satisfaction;respect and appreciation, and more.As a Lynn employee, you will help us build a better world withour students. Lynn is currently accepting applications for theposition of Campus Visit Coordinator.Reporting to the Senior Associate Director of EnrollmentManagement, the Campus Visit Coordinator will be responsible forcreating an exemplary campus visit experience both in-person andvirtually for prospective students, families and educators. Thecampus visit experience at Lynn University takes a highlyindividualized and personalized approach to showcasing theuniversity’s academic, cultural, social and athletic environmentsto visitors and works to schedule events at the best time for thevisitors. The campus visit program plays a vital role in thesuccess of the Office of Admission and has been recognizednationally in University Business, Inside HigherEd and the New York Times.Essential Duties and ResponsibilitiesCoordinate the daily campus visit program for prospectivestudents, families and educators.Serve as the consistent point of contact throughout thepre-visit process.Assist with the programming and execution of individual, groupand online visits to campus.Ascertain each visitor’s individual needs to create apersonalized and comprehensive visit itinerary for prospectivestudents that include meetings with staff of the Office ofAdmission, deans, faculty, university staff and currentstudents.Collaborate with faculty and staff to ensure theirparticipation for a dynamic and engaging visit experience forvarying audiences.Assist with the management of the campus visit experienceinventory of materials and supplies.Assist in hiring, training and managing the Student AdmissionAmbassador Leadership Team (SAALT) comprised of 13-15 students andthe Student Admission Ambassador (SAA) program comprised of 75+students.Assist Office of Admission student supervisors in the hiringand management of their student staff.Collect and analyze data on all visitors to campus in order todetermine new strategies to enhance the yield of the campus visitprogram.Consistently raise the awareness of the importance of thecampus visit experience among campus community members.Assist in coordinating special events for the Office ofAdmission.Provide leadership to the Campus Visit Specialists who assistwith all campus visit programs both on-campus and online.Stay abreast of trends in higher education and visitor servicesindustries, where relevant.Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and PersonalCharacteristicsExcellent interpersonal, communication, leadership,organizational and programming skills.Ability to clearly and persuasively articulate universityprograms and offerings to prospective students.Skilled at interacting and communicating with varying audiencesin small and large settings.Proficient verbal and written communication skills.Demonstrated ability to relate to a diverse group of managementand staff.Strong supervisory skills and ability to provide feedback andmanage performance.Demonstrated ability to efficiently and effectively solveproblems independently.Ability to work a varied schedule with flexible hours includingweekends and evenings.Knowledge of social media platforms and basic interactions inorder to communicate with prospective students.Demonstrated ability at planning and organizing multipleprojects and tasks.Ability to learn and apply institutional policies andprocedures.Knowledge of Microsoft Office tools and ability to becomefamiliar with recruitment software programs.Ability to work both independently and as part of acollaborative team environment.Must be detail oriented and able to prioritize workeffectively.Minimum QualificationsBachelor’s degree from a four-year college or universityrequired. Candidates with a master’s degree will be givenpreference.Two years of progressive admission and higher educationexperience required.Valid driver’s license and clean driving record.Accreditation and equal opportunityLynn University does not discriminate on the basis of race,color, gender, religion, sexual orientation, national origin,disability, genetic information, age, pregnancy, parenting status,veteran status or retirement status in its activities and programs.In accordance with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972,Lynn University does not discriminate on the basis of sex.Inquiries concerning the application of the non-discriminationpolicy may be directed to the Lynn University ComplianceOfficer/Title IX Coordinator at 3601 N. Military Trail, Boca Raton,FL 33431, [email protected],or +1 561-237-7727; or to the U.S. Department of Education Officefor Civil Rights.Lynn University is accredited by the Southern Association ofColleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award baccalaureate,master’s and doctoral degrees. Contact the Commission on Collegesat 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call +1404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of LynnUniversity. 2020 Lynn UniversityAmericans with Disabilities ActPlease notify us at least five days in advance if a reasonableaccommodation for a disability is needed by calling +1561-237-7639.The Annual Security and Fire Safety ReportIn compliance with the Clery Act, the University annuallyprovides a report to each student and current employee, as well asto prospective employees and students, that provides a detaileddisclosure of information regarding campus security practices(including Emergency Response Plan, Timely Warnings, EmergencyWarnings, Missing Persons, fire safety policies, fire preventiondata, and Crime Log policies), as well as crime and fire-relatedincident statistics for the preceding year. The Annual Security andFire Safety Report is available online at lynn.edu/securityreportFor your health, Lynn University is now smoke- andtobacco-free.last_img read more

Director of Foundation Relations

first_imgAbout the Syracuse area Message to Applicants Application Instructions Quick Linkhttps://www.sujobopps.com/postings/86564 CampusSyracuse, NY Tools/Equipment LocationSyracuse, NY Job Posting Date04/15/2021 Unionized Position CodeNot Applicable Commitment to Supporting and Hiring Veterans In addition to completing an online application, please attach aresume and cover letter. EEOC Job Specific Qualifications Standard University business hours8:30am – 5:00pm (academic year)8:00am – 4:30pm (summer)Hours may vary based on operational needs. Job Description Department Code50411-7127 Qualifications Identify, cultivate, solicit and steward a caseload of 50foundation prospects and donors. Secure new levels of institutionalsupport and deeper engagement from foundations through grants,sponsored research, in-kind support and direct philanthropy.Create and implement effective collaborative relationships withfaculty, deans and other internal constituents in the University’sacademic and auxiliary units to support foundation strategies,project development, proposal submission, and stewardship methods.The Director works closely with school and college chiefdevelopment officers to build relationships and facilitatecommunication that fosters effective collaborative results.Gain on-going knowledge of university priorities and foundationinterests to identify potential prospects for funding. Collaborateinternally to convene partners/stakeholders and coalesce conceptsfor cross-institutional initiatives.Manage communications with central development, regional sites andcollege-based units to advance the University’s multi-facetedrelationships with foundation donors. Prepare foundation briefingsfor university leadership and maintain relationship records ondatabase.Coordinate and ensure the accuracy of data entry and maintenance ofexternal foundations related development records, interactions, anddonor/prospect files via CITRUS in collaboration with AEA centralunits. Commitment to a Diverse and Inclusive Campus Community Job TypeFull-time A four-year degree, and ideally an advanced degree, is required.Preferred candidates for this role will have at least five years ofexperience as a professional development officer with workingknowledge of the principles and practices of foundation fundraisingat a major research university. They will have a track record insetting priorities, managing workflow and meeting or exceedinggoals in a high-paced work environment. A proven ability toestablish and manage a variety of relationships with complexorganizations and the ability to understand and communicate thevalue of faculty research/ higher education initiatives to fundersare key components of this position.A valid Driver’s License is required. This role requires detailed knowledge of grant and proposal writingincluding translating research and academic priorities into thelanguage and mission of foundation funders and grant applications.In addition, knowledge of foundation funders and priorities andtheir role in partnering with and advancing higher educationincluding faculty research, student programs and otherinstitutional initiatives. Leadership and inter-personal acumen arerequired to not only build external and internal relationship butthe ability to create consensus, design and implement a vision withregards to strategic priorities and big ideas and lead importantcollege and multi-disciplinary initiatives across the university isa must.center_img Posting Details About Syracuse University Full Consideration By Syracuse University is an equal-opportunity, affirmative-actioninstitution. The University prohibits discrimination and harassmentbased on race, color, creed, religion, sex, gender, nationalorigin, citizenship, ethnicity, marital status, age, disability,sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, veteranstatus, or any other status protected by applicable law to theextent prohibited by law. This nondiscrimination policy coversadmissions, employment, and access to and treatment in Universityprograms, services, and activities. Hours Responsibilities Syracuse University maintains an inclusive learning environment inwhich students, faculty, administrators, staff, curriculum, socialactivities, governance, and all other aspects of campus lifereflect a diverse, multi-cultural, and international worldview. TheUniversity community recognizes and values the many similaritiesand differences among individuals and groups. At Syracuse, we arecommitted to preparing students to understand, live among,appreciate, and work in an inherently diverse country and worldmade up of people with different ethnic and racial backgrounds,military backgrounds, religious beliefs, socio-economic status,cultural traditions, abilities, sexual orientations and genderidentities. To do so, we commit ourselves to promoting a communitythat celebrates and models the principles of diversity andinclusivity. Syracuse is a medium-sized city situated in the geographic centerof New York State approximately 250 miles northwest of New YorkCity. The metro-area population totals approximately 500,000. Thearea offers a low cost of living and provides many social,cultural, and recreational options, including parks, museums,festivals, professional regional theater, and premier shoppingvenues. Syracuse and Central New York present a wide range ofseasonal recreation and attractions ranging from water skiing andsnow skiing, hiking in the Adirondacks, touring the historic sites,visiting wineries along the Finger Lakes, and biking on trailsalong the Erie Canal. DepartmentAdvancement and External Affairs FLSA StatusExempt Job #036950 Syracuse University has a long history of engaging veterans and themilitary-connected community through its educational programs,community outreach, and employment programs. After World War II,Syracuse University welcomed more than 10,000 returning veterans toour campus, and those veterans literally transformed SyracuseUniversity into the national research institution it is today. TheUniversity’s contemporary commitment to veterans builds on thishistorical legacy, and extends to both class-leading initiativesfocused on making an SU degree accessible and affordable to thepost-9/11 generation of veterans, and also programs designed toposition Syracuse University as the employer of choice for militaryveterans, members of the Guard and Reserve, and military familymembers. Pay RangeCommensurate with Experience Physical Requirements The Director of Foundation Relations works closely with theExecutive Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations ( CFR ),CFR team, and campus colleagues to develop and implement strategiesfor external foundation support vis-a-vis Syracuse’s strengths,priorities and the Academic Strategic Plan/ Academic Initiatives.S/he identifies and solicits a portfolio of foundation prospectsfor research, philanthropic and other support and provides qualitystewardship to promote long-term relationships with the University.The Director reports to the Executive Director of Corporate andFoundation Relations ( CFR ). Job TitleDirector of Foundation Relations Application Deadline Syracuse University is a private, international research universitywith distinctive academics, diversely unique offerings and anundeniable spirit. Located in the geographic heart of New YorkState, with a global footprint, and nearly 150 years of history,Syracuse University offers a quintessential collegeexperience.The scope of Syracuse University is a testament to its strengths: apioneering history dating back to 1870; a choice of more than 200majors and 100 minors offered through 13 schools and colleges;nearly 15,000 undergraduates and 5,000 graduate students; more thana quarter of a million alumni in 160 countries; and a studentpopulation from all 50 U.S. states and 123 countries. For moreinformation, please visit www.syracuse.edu. Job CategoryStaff Staff LevelS6last_img read more

Bristol City Council approves CAZ plans

first_imgBristol City Council’s Cabinet has approved a plan for a Clean Air Zone (CAZ) which has now been submitted to government.The Council is also considering further measures as part of the wider Clean Air Plan to reduce emissions from other sources which will include having a full fleet of biofuel buses.Initial plans to introduce a small area diesel ban is now going to apply just to private diesel cars and it will operate daily from 0700hrs-1500hrs.Bristol will become the UK’s first city to apply these restrictions. Coaches and buses that do not meet Euro IV will be charged to enter the CAZ.The deadline for the implementation of the plans is March 2021.last_img

EU urged to halt sex-slave trade

first_imgA Europol source said that Europol officers working on human trafficking made operational training visits to 18 different countries both inside and outside the EU during 2005. In a report to be approved by the Parliament next week (16-19 January), MEPs are urging the speedy adoption of measures to give the right to remain on Union territory to those brought into the EU and enslaved in the sex trade.Belgium and Italy are the only two countries in the EU which so far grant prostitutes such rights. But member states are supposed to put into effect by August an EU law that would allow residence permits to be given to those who are victims of trafficking and co-operate with the legal authorities.The Austrian Socialist MEP Christa Prets, who has drafted the Parliament’s report, is arguing that if the other 23 member states followed the example of Belgium and Italy, it would encourage victims to help secure the conviction of traffickers. She is recommending the creation of a ‘reintegration fund’ so that victims of trafficking can be helped to return to their home country when they feel ready.Prets’ report argues that one of the “principal preconditions” for international trafficking in women and children is the existence of local prostitution markets.She said that there could be a link between the high demand for prostitution in the Netherlands, where it is decriminalised, and the level of trafficking into that country. But she said she was not in favour of legal penalties for clients of prostitutes.“We have to tackle this with open eyes and realistic rules,” said Prets. “It is not realistic to believe that if prostitution is forbidden, then you don’t have trafficking.”The Austrian government is making measures to combat the trafficking of women a “key point” for its six-month stint holding the EU presidency. A spokesman for the interior ministry said that Vienna was particularly concerned about reports that Bulgaria and Romania could be source countries for trafficked women. According to the spokesman, Austria “couldn’t accept” membership of the EU for the two neighbouring countries unless they took concrete steps to combat trafficking. Prets’ report echoes criticisms of EU member states made in a Commission paper on human trafficking published late last year. The Commission said that while the European police co-operation office Europol had a role in co-ordinating activities against human trafficking, little information on relevant matters had been passed onto it by national authorities from EU countries. last_img read more

Cabinet Secretaries and Obama Give Back 5% of Salaries to Help Federal Workers

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreAlong with President Obama, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, Secretary of State John Kerry, Treasury Secretary Jack Lew and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano have decided to forgo portions of their salaries in solidarity with federal workers.Like Obama, they volunteered to give their money to help reduce the deficit, or to foundations that benefit federal workers adversely affected by sequester legislation, which forced automatic government spending cuts. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) also decided to give back a portion of his salary.(READ the story from MSN.com)White House PhotoAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img

Americans paid less for gasoline in first quarter 2013

first_imgWith gasoline prices generally down recently as the “winter mix” is sold off in anticipation of the higher cost “summer mix,” consumers in the US saw gasoline prices steam to a record average price in February, but the motor fuel market cooled considerably in March. Contrary to public perception, average first quarter 2013 gas prices averaged below 2012 numbers, GasBuddy reported Wednesday. Meanwhile, Vermont gasoline prices are down for the week, the month and for the year, just as they are on average nationally.In fact, Americans paid about 30cts gal less for gasoline in the most recent Easter Weekend than they paid over the same period in 2012. Gas prices averaged just over $3.64 gal on Good Friday and may dip further in coming days. Consumers paid just over $3.93 gal on Easter Weekend last year. GasBuddy analyst Patrick DeHaan estimates that each penny per gallon translates into about $3.6 million per day in cost differences based on typical demand numbers. Hence, consumers are saving about $108 million each day when current costs are compared to last year.The average first quarter 2013 price, compiled by GasBuddy, was $3.548 gal, compared with a $3.584 gal price level in the first quarter of 2012. As recently as 2009, the first quarter gasoline price averaged under $1.90 gal, so these are still stiff numbers when compared with 21st century historical values. Ten years ago, U.S. gasoline prices averaged under $1.59 gal for the same period.GasBuddy ranked 363 distinct ‘ Metropolitan Statistical Areas’ or MSAs, and found two U.S. markets that actually averaged less than $3 gal during the entire first quarter. Fortunate motorists in Casper and Cheyenne, Wyoming found an average first quarter 2013 price of $2.87 gal and $2.955 gal, respectively, down about 16cts gal from last year. The Rocky Mountain region was the most attractively priced area of the country, thanks in part to relatively cheap North American crude availability for refiners.In all, 300 Metropolitan Statistical Areas saw cheaper first quarter prices for gasoline than in 2012, with two MSAs showing no statistically significant change. More expensive markets in 2013 included locations in Vermont, New York, Massachusetts, and Pennsylvania. The most expensive market in the country was the Honolulu area, but the outright price of $4.157 gal this year was just 3cts gal above the 2012 number.Highest prices were generally witnessed along the New England coastline as well as Florida, California and the Pacific Northwest and the cheapest prices were in the Rockies and Great Plains.Diversity in gasoline pricing approached record levels. GasBuddy estimates that a discriminating shopper could save an average $1.13 per gallon in Washington, DC, for example. Other markets that saw huge differences between best prices and the top of the market included California, where motorists could slash costs between 50cts/gal to as much as $1.00/gal if they fueled based on the cheapest price available.Despite the recent downtrend, GasBuddy is reluctant to say that motorists have seen the peak pricing level for gasoline in 2013. Hot spots which could see local gasoline price spikes include Great Lakes’ states and Northeastern metropolitan areas, for example. Prices could swing dramatically in the heartland thanks to extensive spring maintenance for Midwestern refineries, and the East Coast could be impacted by sagging foreign imports of gasoline.www.vermontgasprices.com(link is external)last_img read more

Vistancia records highest new home sales since 2008

first_imgMirroring a national real estate trend, Vistancia has experienced the highest first two quarters in new home sales activity since 2008, achieving 271 net sales at mid-year among the master plan’s three actively selling communities – The Village at Vistancia, a family-friendly multi-generation community; Blackstone at Vistancia, a gated luxury golf course community featuring the only private golf course in the Northwest Valley – Blackstone Country Club; and Trilogy at Vistancia, an active adult resort community.According to RCLCO’s national survey at mid-year, Vistancia ranked number 11 among the top-selling master planned communities in the United States and achieved the highest growth rate, up 171 percent from the same period last year. National factors such as strong job growth, lower interest rates and rising rental costs continue to spur new home sales across the country reaching 2008 levels.Vistancia attributes its sales success to an increase in new home builder inventory totaling more than 75 floorplan options, the grand opening of Trilogy at Vistancia’s active adult community’s 360-acre expansion in January and the master plan’s diverse range of new home pricing  with options from the high $100s to $500s. In total, The Village at Vistancia accounts for 52 percent of new home sales, Trilogy at Vistancia at 37 percent, and Blackstone at Vistancia achieved 11 percent of the master plan’s recorded mid-year sales.Vistancia has also seen a 24 percent increase in new home buyer visitors to the Vistancia Information Center year over year.  “Vistancia has a diverse range of home styles available to homebuyers that offers nearly something for every type of family. That, along with Vistancia’s location set alongside the new Loop 303 and our rich selection of amenities immersed in the natural Sonoran Desert is driving an increase in demand for new homes at our community,” said Mark Hammons, vice president/general manager of Vistancia.The West Valley is also home to the region’s newest freeway, Loop 303, serving as a growth magnet and decreasing drive time for commuting and entertainment in other areas of Phoenix.Vistancia’s private golf course community, Blackstone at Vistancia, has also observed an increased interest in its selection of custom homesite inventory. Only 10 custom homesites remain of its 62 custom lot inventory, ranging from $160,000 to $350,000, with five sold during the past year. Three custom homes are currently under construction with another four homes in design review.Vistancia’s premier collection of new home builders include Ashton Woods, Gehan Homes, Mattamy Homes, Meritage Homes, Ryland Homes, Shea Homes, Toll Brothers, T.W. Lewis by David Weekley Homes and Woodside Homes, offering homes ranging from 1,473 to 4,762 square feet. Additional home plans coming soon include Ashton Woods with two new floorplans, Mattamy Homes offering a new loft plan, and Toll Brothers introducing two new single-story designs. In addition, T.W. Lewis by David Weekley Homes will break ground on a new Fairways luxury neighborhood in Blackstone at Vistancia.last_img read more