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From the Mayor - INFOCUS - August 2011

The Conversation on Economic Vitality

I recently co-hosted the "Conversation on Economic Vitality using PHX DNA," along with Chandler Mayor Jay Tibshraeny and Derek Neighbors of Gangplank. We joined more than 100 Arizona leaders, including elected officials from several Valley cities, at Chandler City Hall to discuss how we might help create vibrant city environments that will attract and retain talent and investment. It was an open conversation about our state's future between leaders from government, business, and the community. The "Conversation" was facilitated using the Open Space Method, which allowed attendees to organize themselves into groups centered on various topics, and encouraged vigorous discussions that allowed us to build on one another's ideas and generate action items that evolved into nearly two dozen breakout discussions. Arts and culture, along with ideas for developing entrepreneurs and communities of innovation, were among the key topics.

Mayor Georgia Lord
Mayor Georgia Lord

As the conversation continued, we recognized the many assets of Arizona and turned our attention towards leveraging our region's authentic story of open-space thinking, abundant invention opportunities, and extraordinary natural environment. We agreed that working together and promoting statewide engagement is essential to promoting the perception that Arizona is the place where talent thrives. Each of us embraced the ideas we are most eager to see developed, and ended the day with the satisfaction of knowing that the conversation has begun and ideas are flowing.

The next step for me is to share the message of the conversation on economic vitality with all Goodyear's residents. Every Arizonan can be part of a dynamic future filled with promise and prosperity. I encourage you to visit www.vibrantphx.com for event highlights, and learn how you can contribute your input and energy.

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Last Updated: 8/1/2011


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