Mesa Mayor John Giles’ State of the City recap

February 5, 2019 at 10:45 am

Mayor John Giles held his fifth State of the City breakfast on Feb. 5 at the Mesa Convention Center. The annual event was hosted by the Mesa Chamber of Commerce and was attended by around 850 business leaders, community leaders and elected officials.

Mayor Giles highlighted his #whyiliveinmesa campaign and described many of the reasons why he loves living in, and being Mayor of, Mesa.

#whyiliveinmesa:

Great people:

Mesa is the ninth safest big city in the country and has the lowest crime rate in 10 years. Voters affirmed Mesa's public safety priority by approving revenue for 65 new police officers and 45 firefighters plus equipment, two fire stations and one police station.

Investing in the future

The new Household Hazardous Materials Facility provides Mesa residents with an environmentally-friendly facility to dispose of sensitive household material. In late Spring 2019, the Metro light rail extension to Gilbert Road will be opening. Signal Butte Water Treatment Plant is the City's largest single capital improvement project. It can deliver up to 24M gallons of water to homes and businesses in rapidly growing southeast Mesa.

Compassionate community

Mesa's community court helps minor offenders get back on their feet rather than spend time in jail. Since July 2018, the City has helped more than 250 individuals receive the social, mental health and housing services they need. In addition, this program saves Mesa taxpayers in jail costs and police resources.

Innovation and job creation

Piper Plastics, a subsidiary of Mitsubishi Corporation, broke ground on a 90,000 square foot research and development center. Cognizant, #195 on the Fortune 500, opened a technology and service center with 500 new jobs. 24/7 In Touch brought 1,400 new jobs to an empty big box at Country Club Dr. and Southern Ave. AT&T is expanding their corporate center adding 500 jobs. Able Aerospace, Boeing and Northrop Grumman are adding hundreds of new aerospace jobs CMC Commercial Metals broke ground on a 63,000 square foot expansion. EgdeCore completed building the first of seven buildings at its southeast Mesa data center. FujiFilm is adding 90,000 square feet and is spending more than half of its $88 million US investment in Mesa. Over $600 million has been invested in the Elliott Road Technology Coordinator in the past year.

Downtown transformation

Two new residential and retail projects are coming to Main St. and Mesa Dr. along with one at Main St. and Country Club Dr. The colonnades in front of the businesses on Main St. are coming down revealing historic facades. ASU @ Mesa City Center has taken the next step in being the anchor of our innovation district after the selection of design and construction contractors.

The entire presentation will be rebroadcast on Mesa Channel 11, posted on the City of Mesa YouTube channel and posted at www.mesaaz.gov/stateofthecity.

Office of the Mayor
Contact: Melissa Randazzo
Tel. 480-644-3219
melissa.randazzo@mesaaz.gov