Wrapping up our community’s Centennial Anniversary year, this is a good time to reflect on the many positive things Chandler experienced in 2012. We kicked off our 100th anniversary in February and held a number of great events in May to honor the founding of this great city. It was heartening to see thousands of residents turn out for the events, but also to volunteer at the many activities that we held.
We announced that both the University of Arizona and Arizona State University will have a presence in downtown Chandler, and in fact the UofA is already holding classes in our newly refurbished Community Center.
Chandler received a number of awards and accolades in 2012. We were named one of the top 50 places to live in the United States by Money Magazine, we made the top 10 best run cities in the U.S. list by the 24/7 Wall Street website, and we were recently listed as the fourth best city in America for tech company start-ups. This past year, many companies also announced they were expanding or moving to Chandler, bringing thousands of new jobs to the community.
We maintained focus on our neighborhoods, continuing a number of programs like our Traditional and HOA Academies, my Listening Tour stops, a voluntary demo program for substandard structures and a virtual online forum to connect residents with their elected officials during budget time.
So as you get ready to celebrate the holidays with family and friends, take some time to reflect on how well we have progressed as a community. But also remember that many in the community have not fared as well. If you can, please donate some time or make a donation to one of the many non-profit agencies in Chandler who help those in need now and throughout the year. A good place to find information is through Community Information and Referral Services at: http://cir.org/. They list a number of local charities that need your help.
Remember also to follow me on Twitter (@jaytibshraeny) and visit the city’s award-winning website (www.chandleraz.gov) for more news on our community. Mark your calendar now for my 2013 State of the City Address, scheduled for the evening of Feb. 21 in the City Council chambers. I hope you will take the time to attend and learn more about our great city and the many exciting things that lie ahead.
Finally, don’t forget to Shop Chandler for your holiday gifts, as those tax dollars are critical to maintain city services. It’s also a great way to show our businesspeople that we support the local community. Happy holidays Chandler.
• Jay Tibshraeny is mayor of Chandler.