So, you want to make a difference in the world, you want your voice heard or maybe you just have some great ideas to share. The City of Tempe is looking for input from local business owners, community activists and anyone that has ever complained that “they” never listen. The city is having a public brainstorming meeting where they are looking for input from the community on a wide variety of topics. You know how to talk the talk? Well, now is your chance to actually walk the walk.
People living in north Tempe might have different ideas from those in south Tempe. College students might have different wants and needs than families with children. Interested in our parks? Maybe you have ideas on how to improve the Apache Corridor or change the Mill Avenue District. How about Tempe’s walking and biking trails? Affordable housing? Taxes, schools, quality of life? These economic times have caused some serious cuts. How long until there is a recovery? How can people help? What say you?
Tomorrows meeting is at the Tempe Transportation Center located adjacent to the light rail station at Veterans Way and College Avenue which is also known as Sun Devil Station.
Ideas wanted at June 8 Tempe’s Economic Community Forum
By City of Tempe Councilmember Onnie Shekerjian
There are some ideas that come to us as independent epiphanies – Isaac Newton, the apple and gravity, for instance – but for the most part, the best ideas come from people coming together to share their thoughts.
While we aren’t looking to invent electricity, we do want to charge up the community’s innovative spirit. The City of Tempe wants ideas on how to make our community more prosperous and efficient.
Tempe was founded by people who knew the value of ingenuity. The Haydens gave Tempe its start when they figured out that hard to cross rivers could benefit from ferries.
Our issues are a little more complicated today. How do we streamline government processes to make it easier for businesses to succeed? What kinds of programs would benefit Tempe entrepreneurs?
Our business leaders understand what they need to make their companies more successful, and have experienced our processes. They are the experts. By helping business, we have the means to provide better services to our residents, students and visitors.
Join Councilmember Corey Woods and me at the June 8 Economic Community Forum. We’ll lead you through a brainstorming process after getting some information from economic experts. Dr. Stephen Happel, a Professor of Economics at the Arizona State University W.P. Carey School of Business, will talk about the future of the local and regional economy. Economic Development Manager Sheri Wakefield-Saenz will give an overview of city, state and national programs that benefit businesses.
When and Where:
Tuesday, June 8, 2010
5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Tempe Transportation Center
200 East Fifth Street
Don Cassano Community Room (second floor)
More details: Sheri Wakefield-Saenz 480 350-8812
Last minute questions: Call 480 250-5198
Those who can’t attend may visit www.tempe.gov/economicforum to contribute thoughts.
Our city needs ideas from everyone so we can stay the creative community we’ve been since our inception. Please join us.
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