For Immediate Release: October 11, 2013
Contact: Kim Lofgreen
Marketing and Business Development Manager
The City of Mesa’s Office of Economic Development has been honored with three prestigious awards this month. The International Economic Development Council (IEDC) presented Mesa with an Excellence in Economic Development Gold Award for its 2012 Economic Reporter newsletter series and a Silver Award for the 2012 Mayor’s Downtown Development Summit. In addition, the City received the Governor’s Excellence Award for Innovation in Economic Development from the Arizona Commerce Authority in recognition of the Able Engineering expansion project.
The Gold and Silver Excellence honors were presented at an awards ceremony Oct. 8 during the IEDC Annual Conference held Oct. 6-9 in Philadelphia. The Innovation in Economic Development honor was presented at an awards ceremony Oct. 2 during the Arizona Governor’s Economic Development Conference held Oct. 1-3 in Flagstaff.
“I’m proud of our staff and our city council’s vision and commitment to economic development,” City of Mesa Economic Development Director William J. Jabjiniak said. “This combined vision, commitment and hard work has really been the catalyst for accomplishing great things here in Mesa.”
IEDC’s Excellence in Economic Development Awards recognize the world’s best economic development programs and partnerships, marketing materials and the year’s most influential leaders. These awards honor organizations and individuals for their efforts in creating positive change in urban, suburban and rural communities.
The City of Mesa Office of Economic Development publishes Mesa’s Economic Reporter, a quarterly newsletter, distributed to more than 4,000 business, academic and community representatives, highlighting recent project announcements, featuring business assistance programs and providing trend data and information pertinent to Mesa’s targeted industries including healthcare, education, aerospace/aviation, tourism and technology (HEAT).
In March 2012, the City of Mesa produced an event called the Mayor’s Downtown Development Summit which provided a unique opportunity for Mesa to showcase available sites for redevelopment, share its vision of transit-oriented development (TOD), unveil the new form-based code and prepare the development community to work in tandem with the City to realize its vision.
Attended by more than 50 developers, the Summit included a full day of activities featuring presentations, a bus tour of downtown Mesa and an exciting networking event at Mesa’s Hohokam Stadium. Ten sites in downtown and along the light rail alignment were highlighted during the virtual tour and many other development opportunities were presented.
In 2012, The City of Mesa, Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport and Able Engineering put together a unique public-private partnership to help relocate Able Engineering to the Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport. The airport, in partnership with the City of Mesa, built a 191,000 square foot facility and leased it back to the company, allowing Able Engineering to make significant investment in capital to grow the company. The company is expected to grow to 400 employees and $60 million in revenue this year, with the capability of employing as many as 700 by 2015.
Able Engineering repairs, overhauls and manufactures aircraft parts and services both fixed-wing and helicopter aircraft. The company has become the largest private employer at the airport.
“This public-private partnership truly represents an innovative, solution-oriented approach to economic development—one that advances business needs in new and non-traditional ways,” Arizona Commerce Authority President and CEO Sandra Watson said. “It’s an honor to recognize Able Engineering and the City of Mesa for ‘Innovation in Economic Development’ and for contributing to a stronger Arizona economy.”
The City of Mesa is located in the eastern portion of the Phoenix-Mesa metropolitan area and is the third largest city in Arizona with a population of almost 500,000. The Office of Economic Development has a talented staff of 13 professionals working to help build a vibrant, competitive and desirable community for Mesa’s residents and businesses.
About City of Mesa Office of Economic Development
The City of Mesa Office of Economic Development works to enhance Mesa’s economy by creating quality jobs, increasing per capita income and improving the quality of life for Mesa residents. The Office of Economic Development accomplishes this mission by helping Mesa businesses grow, recruiting new businesses and creating an environment where businesses can prosper. MesaAz.gov/economic
About the International Economic Development Council
The International Economic Development Council (IEDC) is a non-profit membership organization serving economic developers. With more than 4,000 members, IEDC is the largest organization of its kind. Economic developers promote economic well-being and quality of life for their communities, by creating, retaining and expanding jobs that facilitate growth, enhance wealth and provide a stable tax base. iedconline.org
About the Arizona Commerce Authority
The Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA) is the state’s leading economic development organization with a streamlined mission to grow and strengthen Arizona’s economy. The ACA uses a three-pronged approach to advance the overall economy: Recruit, Grow, Create – Recruit out-of-state companies to expand their operations in Arizona; work with existing companies to grow their business in Arizona and beyond; and partner with entrepreneurs and companies large and small to create new jobs and businesses in targeted industries. AzCommerce.com
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