Exciting things are happening in Mesa, especially in district 5! We have had great changes in our area over the past ten years. We have seen thousands of acres of desert transformed into incredibly beautiful neighborhoods, great new schools and high quality retail development. One major thing we haven’t done so well at is attracting high wage jobs to our city. As Motorola left town and TRW closed shop, we have not put the efforts required to go after that high wage employment. I believe this has to be one of our top priorities.
We have awesome opportunities for economic growth with the soon completion of Loop 202 and the Phoenix/Mesa Gateway Airport area. One major task the city council must accomplish is preserving the land use in these areas of employment. We can not be short sited in our decisions but look to the long term sustainability of our community.
We have so many great assets in our community: AT Still University which has both a dental and medical school not to mention a physical therapy school; an outstanding summer aquatics program; close proximity to Usury Mountain Recreation Area and Saguaro Lake Recreation Area; two great Mesa Community College campuses; East Valley Institute of Technology which is educating and preparing our children who are not college bound for great careers; not to mention the weather and our greatest asset - our people. All these things should be major selling points when businesses are looking to relocate to the valley. I didn’t even mention that you are never more than 20 minutes from an airport, a truly incredible fact!
I love Mesa! We should be the community that people are dying to move into. When people mention Valley cities I want them to be saying, “Have you been to Mesa? They have an amazing community.” I would like the opportunity to serve my community and direct Mesa to become that city.