Cochise weighing change to inspections

SIERRA VISTA - Cochise County officials are studying a proposal to scale back the county's building code inspection program by allowing licensed contractors, architects and engineers to certify that certain types of work meets requirements.

County building official Jack Holden says architects and engineers would be responsible for certifying compliance for the plan review portion of projects, while participating contractors would be responsible for meeting building codes.

According to the Sierra Vista Herald, the proposed change wouldn't eliminate inspections for health, utility, septic, right of way, flood plain, setbacks, watershed or lighting code.

Holden says the idea generated by a county task force is to recognize the expertise of licensed contractors while conserving the county's resources.

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US Airways gives $125K to opera, ballet

TEMPE - The community foundation run by Tempe-based US Airways has donated $125,000 to the Arizona Opera and to Ballet Arizona to help the groups renovate their facilities.

The Arizona Opera is receiving $75,000 to help in ongoing renovations and construction at its new Phoenix facility. Construction on two new buildings and renovations on a third are ongoing at a location on Central Avenue in Phoenix. The opera plans to consolidate its facilities there.

The Ballet Arizona will use a $50,000 gift US Airways announced Tuesday to help renovate an existing building. The ballet will be able to double the size of its school once work is done.

The airline's foundation provides grants to nonprofits for building work near its hub cities in Charlotte, N.C.; Phoenix; Philadelphia; and Washington, D.C.

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Performance counts for makeover award

Goodmans Interior Structures has added performance-based criteria to its award of an office makeover for deserving nonprofit organizations.

The Phoenix-based company has opened nominations for its Goodmans Eye for the Good Guys Board Governance Award, which will reward one 501(c)(3) nonprofit in Pima County and one in Maricopa County with a $20,000 makeover.

This year, Goodmans formed a partnership with the Arizona State University Lodestar Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Innovation to assess the nonprofits' performance. The company handed out the awards annually from 2005 through 2011.

Adapted from the Lodestar Center's "Principles of Effectiveness" tool, nonprofits will answer questions that evaluate the execution of their mission, vision, values, strategic planning and financial management, Goodmans said.

Nominees will be scored on the questionnaire and judged by community leaders. The award application period runs to Feb. 22. From March 11 to March 22, the public will vote online for their favorite top-10 finalist, and Goodmans will announce the winning organizations in early April.

Nomination forms are online at

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