City of Mesa News Article
City receives prestigious award for "How Mesa Became a College Town"
By: Kevin Christopher
05/19/14 6:44 PM

May 19, 2014
Office of Economic Development
Contact: Kim Lofgreen
Tel. 480-644-3962





Mesa, AZ – The City of Mesa has been honored with the prestigious J. Robert Havlick Award for Innovation in Local Government. The Alliance for Innovation presented Mesa with the award for the City’s higher education recruitment initiative “How Mesa Became a College Town.”  The initiative was selected and recognized at the Transforming Local Government Conference awards luncheon April 23 in Denver and was presented to Mesa City Council at their May 19 meeting.


“I’m proud of the Mayor and Council’s vision, City management support, and our team’s commitment and hard work in bringing the legacy institutions of higher learning to Mesa,” City Economic Development Director William J. Jabjiniak said. “This effort has been integral in strengthening our Downtown, creating quality jobs and providing our citizens with greater access to a variety of quality educational choices.”


Mesa’s award submission was selected following a rigorous review process.  The higher education recruitment initiative was led by Deputy Director Jaye O’Donnell and the team in Mesa’s Office of Economic Development.


The J. Robert Havlick Award for Innovation in Local Government was created to honor Bob Havlick, founder of The Innovation Groups (now the Alliance for Innovation), who retired in 2003. This and other Alliance for Innovation awards are a means to honor and celebrate achievements and innovation in local governments.


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.


About the Alliance for Innovation

The Alliance for Innovation is an international network of progressive governments and partners committed to transforming local government by accelerating the development and dissemination of innovations. The Alliance seeks out innovative practices, challenges existing business models, exchanges knowledge, and provides products and services that helps its members perform at their best,





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