It’s been a great year for the Chandler business community, and for our city as a whole.
Watching Chandler emerge as the Innovation and Technology Hub of the Southwest has been a gratifying experience. This brand has not come about by chance. It is part of a decades-long plan to ensure Chandler develops a technology base that will serve us well long into the future. And, we truly understand that when jobs come to Chandler, the region and the state benefit as well.
From the Price Rd. corridor, to our Airpark and Innovations incubator, we are seeing — and doing — some exciting things in Chandler. This spring’s announcement by General Motors to place an Innovation Center on Price Rd. helps validate our success. GM’s Chief Information Officer Randy Mott called Chandler “the perfect addition to our overall Innovation Center market strategy, locating in great communities that are on the leading edge of innovation and technology.”
Adding research jobs through GM, Intel and other companies diversifies our employment base, and opens new avenues for suppliers and other cottage industries to grow and thrive throughout the Valley. We continue to cultivate many start-ups at Innovations, a model incubator for tech development. There is a reason that the American Express Open Forum placed Chandler among the four Best Places in the country for Tech Start-ups. It is because we understand the importance of not only cultivating great new companies and ideas, but keeping them here and helping them develop over time.
Our finances are strong, too. Chandler is one of two Arizona cities — and among just 31 across the country — with AAA bond ratings from the three national rating agencies. We have been named one of the Top 12 best-managed cities in the country by a Wall Street insider website the past two years. And our long-term vision has allowed Chandler to remain a global player, and we will be for generations to come.
Companies will continue to look at Chandler for its great business environment. Companies like OnTrac and Nationstar who moved into Continuum on the Price Corridor this past year with more than 2,000 jobs combined. Companies like Wells Fargo, who recently announced plans to expand its campus in Chandler with 400,000 square feet of new space and likely thousands of new jobs. And companies like GM who appreciate all we have worked toward to make this city — and region — attractive to commerce.
As the holidays close in on us, remember to “Invest Wisely — Shop Chandler.” It’s a slogan we have used for a number of years and I suspect most local business people already understand and appreciate the true impact of shopping in one’s home town. In the “season of giving” companies can help each other by purchasing locally. From day-to-day items to client and employee gifts, keeping the dollars in Chandler has a positive effect on the entire community.
Sales taxes from the money you spend in Chandler help support City services such as public safety, road improvements, neighborhoods and our economic development efforts. These taxes also support a quality of life enhanced by parks, sports fields, trails, pools and recreation programs. This creates a community that is desirable to companies looking to locate and expand.
Happy holidays to the Chandler community, and here’s to another prosperous new year!
• Chandler Mayor Jay Tibshraeny has been named the country’s Municipal Leader of the Year for 2013 by American City and County Magazine for his work to promote job growth in Chandler and the region. You can follow Mayor Tibshraeny on Twitter (@jaytibshraeny).