By Gal Yefet, Vice President of Marketing, IMNA Solutions
If you’ve been to Scottsdale, Arizona, we don’t have to tell you why we chose to open our second U.S. office and company headquarters there. If you haven’t, let us paint the picture for you: breathtaking desert landscapes with majestic Saguaro cacti, constant gleams of sunshine that set into orange gold skies, a cost of living that’s 84% less than San Francisco, and friendly people. Lots of friendly people.
We have a well-established office in Rockville, Maryland, however, our expansion to Scottsdale gives us the ability to provide even greater support to our market’s growing needs. Healthcare is the No. 1 growth industry in Arizona and home to innovations in medical research, treatment and diagnosis.
Another reason we put our roots down in the Valley of the Sun is our close partnership with the Arizona Israel Technology Alliance (AITA). AITA is a nonprofit organization that supports business and bilateral trade through B2B initiatives and investments for companies in Arizona and Israel. Given that IMNA is an Israeli company growing its presence in the U.S., suffice to say they “get us” and they’ve been instrumental in helping since we arrived in the state.
Besides being charismatic and a natural leader, the AITA’s President and CEO, Leib Bolel, is always generous. He’s given us the opportunity to tap into an abundance of resources that have allowed us to communicate directly with prospective business partners, identify potential alliances and initiate business relationships. Any Arizona or Israeli company looking to expand globally or is in need of a positive community to aid in business development, should do themselves a favor and work with the AITA. Tell Leib we sent you!
But let’s get back to that natural dose of Vitamin D coming from the sky. We love working in a state that experiences near endless sunshine. We’re also in awe that you can easily escape the heat when the mercury starts to rise. Just a two-hour drive from Scottsdale, Flagstaff and other northern communities can cool you off with temperatures that won’t burn your bare feet. Oh, so you want a beach fix? Puerto Penasco, Mexico is four hours south and San Diego is five hours west – by car!
While the climate and smart, friendly folks in Arizona are benefit enough, the state’s low cost of living and lower levels of traffic congestion also helped seal the deal for us. Arizona is one of the few technology hubs that not only maintains affordable home and rent prices, but also has rush hours where commuters don’t have to endure travelling five miles an hour in their vehicles in a stop and start fashion. Yes, it’s busy in rush hour, but traffic actually moves!
We look forward to continuing to develop our partnership with AITA to best serve our clients and to further optimize our IMNA Health platform. Arizona has given us the foundation we need to grow effectively, and we couldn’t be more optimistic about the future.
If you’re in the Phoenix area, please come visit us at 10045 East Dynamite Boulevard, Scottsdale, Arizona!