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MESA BRINGS EVERYTHING HOME               Mesa Arts Center
ATTRACTIONS                               Mesa Historical Museum
                                                                                       GOLF COURSES
Amazing Jake’s Food and Fun                                                            Arizona Golf Resort
                                          Organ Stop Pizza
Apache Trail and Superstition Mountains                                                Augusta Ranch Golf Club
                                          Outback Safari Company
Apache Trail Tours                                                                     Desert Sands Golf Course
Arizona Museum for Youth                  Park of the Canals
                                                                                       Dobson Ranch Golf Course
Arizona Museum of Natural History         Queen Creek Olive Mill
                                                                                       Gold Canyon Golf Club
Arizona Temple Visitors Center            Rockin’ R Ranch
                                                                                       The Golf Club at Johnson Ranch
Barleen’s Arizona Opry Dinner Show        Rose Garden at Mesa Community College
                                                                                       Greenfield Lakes Golf Club
Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre              Saguaro Lake Ranch Trail Rides
                                                                                       Kokopelli Golf Club
Commemorative Air Force Museum            Salt River Tubing & Recreation
                                                                                       Las Colinas Golf Course
Dolly Steamboat                           Schnepf Farms
                                                                                       Las Sendas Golf Club
Fighter Combat International              Stratum Laser Tag
                                                                                       Longbow Golf Club
Goldfield Ghost Town and Mine Tour         Superstition Farm Tours
                                                                                       Red Mountain Ranch Country Club
Golfland/SunSplash                         Superstition Mtn. Lost Dutchman Museum
                                                                                       Toka Sticks Golf Course
IMAX at Gateway 12                        Tonto National Forest Mesa Ranger District
                                                                                       Trilogy Golf Club
LaserQuest                                Tortilla Flat
                                                                                       CrossWoods Indoor Golf
Lost Dutchman State Park                  USA Skateland Mesa

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 Residents Dan and Kristin Alber, owners
 of Domestic Bliss, share their thoughts.
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 Discover mesa
 A closer look at the City of Mesa.
 Page 4

 arts alive
 The Mesa Arts Center is world-class.
 Page 6

 GooD neiGhbors
 History and new growth meld
 neighborhoods. Page 8

 Quality of life
 There are many reasons to call Mesa
 home. Page 10

 top of the class
 From pre-K to college, education scores
 high. Page 11

 Choosing to live the good life.
 Page 12

 Business-friendly environment sparks
 growth. Page 20

 There’s plenty of room to stay and
 play in Mesa. Page 31

 special folD-out
 Look inside for an eight-
 page economic development
 section. Includes area map.

 Lance entrekin,
  10-year Mesa                              spring training game at hohokam stadium, home of the chicago cubs

2 i Discover
Mesa: The future is now
Mesa residents and business owners, Dan and Kristin Alber,         hold name throughout Greater Phoenix.
have a vision: a vibrant downtown scene, with an eclectic             the couple and their three children, ages 15, 8 and 6, live
collection of shops and one-of-a-kind restaurants to serve a       in their thoughtfully renovated, 1918-built historic home just
public, hungry for more.                                           outside of downtown. “We wanted to preserve the history
    Progress is evident throughout the city of Mesa. Historic      and value of what’s already here,”
homes are being renovated with tender loving care. Families        said Kristin. “It adds value to the community.”
are visiting parks, museums and other venues. And new busi-           the Albers enjoy all that Mesa has to
nesses are thriving downtown. With a population of 460,462,        offer, from museums to arts centers.
power-packed growth continues to create new opportunities.         they also have opened their home to the Mesa Historical
    “Mesa is rich in history and charm,” said Kristin Alber,       society’s home tours, and have worked to raise funds to
longtime resident and business owner in downtown Mesa.             benefit juvenile diabetes. Work, live or play, the Albers are ac-
“It’s a great place to raise a family and to own a business.”      tive participants. “Mesa’s got the whole package,” said Dan.
    Kristin and her husband of 11 years, Dan, opened the           “And we’re proud to be part of this community.”
home furnishings and accessories boutique, Domestic Bliss,
in downtown Mesa in 1999. In 2000, they expanded to open
the adjacent Baby Bliss, adding children’s accessories to
their offerings.

                Mesa’s Got tHe WHoLe PAcKAGe
                AnD We Are ProuD to Be A PArt oF
                tHIs coMMunIty.” –Dan Alber

   “We’ve been successful because we’re unique — we
don’t stray from who we are,” said Kristin. the businesses
that have done well here are just that: specialty shops that
provide personalized service, she added. “If it’s the right fit,
the potential for success is unlimited.”
   the Albers and Kristin’s family have set the bar high for        Dan and Kristin Alber,
investing in the city of Mesa. When expanding Domestic               owners of Domestic
                                                                      Bliss, and long-time
Bliss, Kristin’s parents bought the building, renaming it the              Mesa residents
c.M. Berge Building, after Kristin’s grandfather, charles
Marion Berge, who in 1944 had purchased Mesa’s first Ford
dealership. He then grew the business to become a house-

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General manaGer
cami Kaiser
                                      Discover Mesa
                                      Boasting smart growth, great amenities,
manaGinG eDitor
Kennes Marie Apodaca                  passionate residents, Mesa continues to thrive

Jim Williams                                    hose who live, work and play
                                                in Mesa know why it’s special.
manaGinG art Director                              it’s the blue skies, thriving
tracey Phalen
                                                economy, university life, arts,
senior art Director                   culture and Major league Baseball
steve Adams                           spring training, for starters.
                                        Mesa’s outstanding schools, abundance of
Graphic DesiGner
carl Bezuidenhout                     jobs and great housing options also make it
                                      special. then there’s the fact that no matter
aDvertisinG account representatives   where you go in Mesa, you’re never far from
Lorri Blankenship, Joanie
                                      breathtaking views and spectacular parks.
Boston, roberto DiPaolo,
Kerry o’Grady, MaryBeth
sbragia, Lenore simon                 Passion for PeoPle
                                         But another reason Mesa stands
republic custom
publishinG                            out among other cities is its people.
200 e. Van Buren st.                  a vibrant community spirit is alive in
Phoenix, AZ 85004                     Mesa, where people care about each
(602) 444-4822
                                      other and the city where they live.
Fax: (602) 444-4277
                                         “when you live in Mesa, you feel              downtown mesa

                                      connected to other people,” said roc arnett,
                                      a longtime Mesa resident and president of
                                      the east valley partnership, which helps to     creating a strong and growing employment
                                      promote the east valley. “Mesa residents        base. Mesa’s school systems are among
                                      have long shared a vision of making             the best, with diverse higher education
                                      this a great place to live. it’s something      and job-training resources. arizona
                                      we’re passionate about,” roc said.              state University’s esteemed polytechnic
     chris Zaharis,
                                         with such advantages, it’s no wonder         campus is also here, and expanding.
     vice president                   Mesa is one of the nation’s fastest-
     of empire                        growing cities. By 2020, the population         GrowinG better
                                      is expected to reach 567,000.                       residents of Mesa enjoy a low cost of
                                         Mesa is ready.                               living, along with well-managed local
                                         Many high-tech corporations, including       government committed to smart planning
                                      intel, have extensive operations here,          for urban and suburban growth.

                                                                 story by kate fitzGeralD

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 open wide! a young visitor at the arizona museum of natural history

   “planners showed a lot of foresight in            neighboring cities, with the new Metro light        walking and bicycling are popular
developing and widening the highways                 rail extending one mile into Mesa city limits.   along Mesa’s many paths and in its
around Mesa over the years,” said chris                                                               multiple parks. swimming at Mesa’s many
Brady, Mesa’s city manager. “the 202                 Quality of life                                  public pools and water parks, is a favorite
loop is the final piece in a plan that will             downtown Mesa, anchored by historic           activity, and the near-perfect weather
complete a loop around the city. it brings           Main street and the nearby Mesa arts             makes golf a year-round passion here.
Mesa closer to other cities, so this is one          center, is a hub of arts and culture,               adventure-seekers will find everything
of the most conveniently located places              hosting a steady stream of high-caliber          they need in Mesa. it’s surrounded by hiking
to live in the metropolitan area.”                   performances and art exhibitions.                trails that stretch toward the superstition
   in addition to easy freeway connections              when it comes to playing and having           Mountains with its stunning scenic views.
in every direction, Mesa residents also              fun, Mesa residents have plenty of choices.      each year, thousands set off from Mesa to go
have access to phoenix-Mesa Gateway                  the chicago cubs come to town every              tubing on the salt river, or take in the desert’s
airport, which is poised to become an                spring to play in hohokam stadium,               beauty and wildlife through nature tours.
important base for regional air passengers.          enjoying the perfect weather and bringing           now we invite you to read on, and discover
   public transportation also connects Mesa to       locals a taste of big-league excitement.         for yourself what makes Mesa so special.

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                                   Discover it!
  MaC helps loCal
  arTs groups
  the Mesa arts center has allowed
  award-winning local theater troupes,
  musicians and artists to fully showcase
  their talents. For example:
  n the symphony of the southwest,
      formerly known as the Mesa symphony
      orchestra, has been delighting
      audiences since 1956, yet calls the
      Mesa arts center’s tom and Janet ikeda
      theater its first permanent home.
  n Until Mac’s opening in 2005, the
                                                 the ikeda theater inside the mesa arts center
      southwest shakespeare company had
      performed its “user-friendly” plays at

                                                                                  The ‘biggest
      various outdoor and indoor venues.
      it now considers Mac’s virginia G.
      piper repertory theater its home.

                                                                                  MaC’ in Mesa
  n the Mesa encore theatre has been
      Mesa’s all-volunteer community theater
      since 1937, and now opens its curtains
      in the anita cox Farnsworth studio.                                         Mesa arts Center is
  n Ballet etudes, the pre-professional ballet
      company for young dancers ages nine to                                      world-class in every way

      18, also performs in the ikeda theater.
  n the east valley children’s theatre                                                      he Mesa arts center (Mac) is the largest arts
      introduces theatrical performance                                                     center in the state of arizona and the only
      techniques to children ages eight to                                                  center offering comprehensive professional
      18 in the nesbitt/elliott playhouse.                                                  performing arts, visual arts and arts education
     “all of these groups contribute                                             programming on one state-of-the-art campus.
  to the Mac’s success,” said randy                                                 since opening in fall 2005, the $97.9 million
  vogel, performing arts center                                                  arts center has delighted audiences from around
  administrator. “and the Mac is helping                       steve Ikeda, real the world, as well as its local community.
                                                               estate broker
  them reach their full potential.”                                                 the Mac, located at center and Main streets, is fast
     For more information, call the                                              becoming a downtown landmark and destination. it
  box office at (480) 644-6500 or                                                serves as the anchor of the city of Mesa’s arts and cultural
  visit                                                  district, and is a proven economic development engine for
    — kathy kinG                                                                 downtown Mesa. local economic impact due to the city of
                                                                                 Mesa’s arts and cultural activities was $47.5 million in 2005.

                                                                                                       by katHy kinG

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  the mesa art center showcases a world of arts and culture.

   “the Mac has helped create a more            style shows, music and dance performances
vibrant downtown and community life,”           and family entertainment. art exhibits display
said randy vogel, performing arts center        such elements as sculpture, painting, jewelry
administrator. “it has changed the whole        and ceramics. classes and workshops, run          Dr. Guillaume
landscape of the arts in downtown Mesa.”        in conjunction with Mesa community                Grenier-Marmet,
                                                                                                  executive director
   comprised of three buildings,                               college, include glassworks,       of the symphony
the gorgeous contemporary-design
                                           Did                 beading, painting, photography     of the southwest
complex in downtown Mesa
                                           you                 and theater techniques.
covers 212,755 square feet over a
seven-acre campus that includes:
                                           know?                  the Mac’s own family theater
                                                               company, stageworks, provides
   n a four-theater complex             The Mesa Arts          a year-round schedule of
     with 2,437 seats                   Center’s Ikeda         theatrical productions including
   n a five-gallery contemporary        Theater was            special workshops for at-risk
     arts exhibition space              named the              students, extensive community
     totaling 5,500 square feet         “Best Small            outreach performances,
   n Fourteen visual and                Concert Venue          and summer arts classes.
     performing arts studios            of the Year”              plus, more than 800
     and classrooms                     by The Arizona         volunteers have donated
   n an outdoor garden                  Republic.              more than 70,000 hours to the
     with a sunken courtyard                                   Mac providing a cost savings
     for private gatherings                                    of close to $1.2 million.
     featuring performing and visual               For more information, call the
     arts and art education.                    box office at (480) 644-6500 or visit
   throughout the year you’ll find Broadway-

                                                                                                                       Discover Mesa! i 7
                            Discover it!

                      caption for Marcee
                      and sister

                           the pomeroy building is a fixture in downtown mesa.

                                               good neighbors
                                               Diverse and historic neighborhoods
                                               add to Mesa’s character and charm

                                                               esa’s neighborhoods, some         wilbur, robson, temple and west 2nd — are
                                                               of which are a century            on both the local and national registers.
                                                               old, add to the draw of               “people don’t realize the incredible heritage
                                                               what brings thousands             here,” said stephanie Bruning, Mesa’s most-
                                               of people to arizona every year.                  recent historic preservation officer. “we have
                                                  in fact, eight properties in Mesa are listed   (everything from) adobe homes to homes built
                                               on the national register of historic places.      in the mid-century, and in every style possible.
  Marcee edwards
  and tana Hackett,                            Five neighborhoods — evergreen, Glenwood-         and we have neighborhoods like washington
  owners of Vintage
  charm                                                                           by PatriCia batHurst

8 i Discover Mesa!
park where many african americans                   and neighborhoods changed, grew
first settled and where the Mt. calvary             and expanded. these earlier periods           spoTlighTs shine
Baptist church was built around 1901,” she
added. “we also have the sirrine-Medina
                                                    of growth were far surpassed by the
                                                    energetic and dynamic developments            on DownTown
neighborhood, which may be the site of this         that followed world war ii.                   Mesa
region’s oldest celebrations of cinco de Mayo.”        during the middle of the 20th century,
                                                                                                  the heart oF Mesa is its downtown.
                                                    Mesa grew tremendously, establishing a new
                                                                                                     Bordered by University drive to the
wHere it starteD                                    era in home developments as surrounding
                                                                                                  north, Broadway to the south, and
   the original township — a square                 ranches were carved into subdivisions
                                                                                                  country club and Mesa drives to the
mile bounded on the north by University             offering both commercial and residential
                                                                                                  west and east, the downtown Mesa area
drive, on the south by Broadway road,               spaces. dobson ranch was one of the first,
                                                                                                  is home to more than 450 businesses.
and country club and Mesa drives east               incorporating a mix of patio homes, ranches
                                                                                                     as one of eight major employment
and west — was marked out around                    in every size and a number of apartment
                                                                                                  zones, the downtown has 7,000 employees,
1877 by the Mormon church troupe                    complexes to suit every lifestyle and
                                                                                                  3,000 residents and more than 11,000
that traveled south to settle arizona.              budget throughout the 70s, 80s and 90s.
                                                                                                  daily visitors. the downtown area enjoyed
   they stopped just north of today’s
                                                                                                  more than $200 million in public/private
downtown. they were joined by another               toDay’s Mesa
                                                                                                  investment in the past 10 years. some
small band of Mormon settlers who moved                Many areas within the city have changed
                                                                                                  of that investment includes a $14 million
to the nearby mesa. there was water in              over the years as new communities
                                                                                                  streetscape improvement project, including
this location and what looked like a fertile        continued to develop. Master-planned
                                                                                                  the installation of 34 permanent sculptures on
region if a smart man bent his mind to it.          augusta ranch, las sendas, superstition
                                                                                                  or near Main street. these sculptures, many
they certainly did, building on the canals          springs, Madrid and Boulder Mountain
                                                                                                  of them whimsical, are a winning addition to
left by the hohokam people. in less than            offer tidy townhomes from $175,000 and
                                                                                                  downtown’s pedestrian-friendly atmosphere.
20 years, these intrepid settlers had a             custom-built homes that start around $3
                                                                                                     anchored by the Mesa arts center (Mac),
rail line, electricity and telephones.              million. But neighborhoods such as lehi,
                                                                                                  the downtown area is an established arts
   Mesa was on its way, and within a                have kept their quaint rural character.
                                                                                                  and cultural district. take the kids to the
short time had distinct neighborhoods.                 since its beginning, Mesa’s
                                                                                                  arizona Museum for youth (you’ll enjoy it,
                                                    neighborhoods have met the needs of
                                                                                                  too) or marvel at the three-story dinosaur
GrowtH sPurt                                        a diverse city. today, they continue to
                                                                                                  Mountain at the arizona Museum of natural
  Mesa has experienced a series of                  offer numerous opportunities in a new
                                                                                                  history, both located just off Main street.
“boom” periods, during which businesses             century of change and progress.
                                                                                                  open since 2005, Mac is the largest arts
                                                                                                  center in the state and the only one offering
                                                                                                  professional performing arts, visual arts and
                                                                                                  arts education programming on one campus.
                                                                                                     downtown is home to other events as
                                                                                                  well. stroll into the art galleries and shops
                                                                                                  and enjoy live music at Friday night out, held
                                                                                                  the second Friday of each month. or select
                                                                                                  local produce, fresh breads or craft items at
                                                                                                  the Market on Main, held on saturdays, or the
                                                                                                  Mesa community Farmers Market, held Friday
                                                                                                  mornings. whatever your fancy, there’s always
                                                                                                  something happening in downtown Mesa.
 this home on north macdonald drive is typical of many found in mesa’s historic neighborhoods.
                                                                                                    – kiM hill

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                                    Discover it!
  Quality of life
  sets Mesa apart
  why not ‘live, work and play’ in a city that has it all?

            oredom is not an issue in Mesa.
            the city offers hundreds of
            activities for residents and visitors
            to enjoy inside and outdoors.
     the city is a natural gateway to the
  tonto national Forest, with Usery Mountain
  regional park nestled against the forest.
  one of the state’s most scenic drives, the
  apache trail, runs through the breath-taking
  forest and along the edge of Usery park.

  reCreation anD sPorts
    playing hard is easy too, with 12 pools, 56
  parks and at least two dozen golf courses.          take to the links against a backdrop of the beautiful superstition mountains.
  Mesa’s parks cover every corner of the city:
  dozens of playgrounds; softball, baseball          and soccer fields; basketball, volleyball and           and the arizona Museum of natural history
                                                     sand volleyball courts; and lakes for fishing.          offer special events, workshops and programs,
                                                        the city’s parks, recreation and                     such as mask-making and toy-making.
                                                     commercial Facilities department offers                    cactus league Baseball came to Mesa
                                                     adaptive recreation and sports programs                 in 1952, with the arrival of the chicago
                                Deanna Villanueva-   for ages eight through adult who have                   cubs. the cubs are a huge draw every
                                salcedo, community
                                liaison              intellectual or physical disabilities.                  spring at hohokam stadium. in fact, the
                                                        children and adults can also take advantage          cubs have set cactus league attendance
                                                     of activities and classes presented citywide            records three of the last four years.
                                                     through the department. classes include                    the city’s Mesa arts center is noteworthy
                                                     kidzart and weird science, as well as fencing,          not only for its prestigious reputation
                                                     yoga, pom and cheer, karate, tai chi and dance.         as a performing arts center. the center
                                                                                                             hosts numerous classes for children
                                                     Culture Meets baseball                                  and adults, including acting, ceramics,
                                                        the city’s museums provide a rich heritage           painting, photography and multimedia.
                                                     to explore. Both the arizona Museum for youth

                                                                                           by PatriCia batHurst

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Top of the class                                                                                 Mesa sChool
                                                                                                 DisTriCT seTs
From Montessori to masters degrees,                                                              Bar high For
and everything in between                                                                        exCellenCe

          he city of Mesa has built a                                                            “we like to say we’re a full-service
          reputation among regional                                                              district,” said kathy Bareiss, spokesperson
          businesses for providing a well-                                                       for the Mesa Unified school district…
          educated, thoroughly trained                                                           and she wasn’t kidding.
workforce. in addition to the city’s public                                                         in addition to 58 elementary, 13 middle,
and private k-12 schools, including a                                                            seven high schools and nine focus schools,
k–9 Montessori school, a variety of post-                                                        the district also has at least four alternative
secondary schools offer an array of career                                                       schools and six distant learning centers.
training choices and levels of expertise.                                                        there’s also a new biotech academy and an
                                                                                                 advanced studies health sciences academy,
sPeCializeD eDuCation                                                                            which dovetails both with Mesa’s post-
   industry-specific training offers a                                                           secondary opportunities and the region’s
practical approach to education, equipping                                                       growing emphasis on biotech companies.
students with the tools and skills to                                                               “we work with area pre-schools,” Bareiss
find and enhance satisfying careers and                                                          said, “and there are classes to help parents
vocations in arizona and beyond.                                                                 acquire a G.e.d., learn computer skills, and
                                                 a student at arizona state university’s
   one of the best-known is arizona state        polytechnic campus                              parenting classes. and everything is online.”
University’s polytechnic campus on the former   colleges’ satellite campuses: chandler-Gilbert      the largest school district in arizona, and
williams air Force base. since its opening a    community college and Mesa community             the 39th largest in the country, Mesa Unified
decade ago, the school has grown to include     college, embry-riddle aeronautical University.   school district is recognized nationally
40 degree programs, with around 7,000           also onsite are a Maricopa county elementary     for its superb educational programs and
students enrolled on a 700-acre campus.         school and an air Force research laboratory.     student achievement in academics, sports,
   albert Mchenry, vice president and                                                            creative and performing arts, as well as
executive vice provost at asU polytechnic,      CoverinG every interest                          its career and technical programs.
said student projects and internships come         Mesa community college offers                    its teachers are top notch too. Barbara
from collaborative relationships between        associate degrees and certificates of            dumont, a retired educator at Mesa’s highland
asU polytechnic and industries. Boeing,         completion for diverse areas of interest:        arts elementary school, was named last year’s
Mesa airlines, Mesa pilot development,          fashion design, biotechnology, fire              arizona teacher of the year in wal-Mart’s
intel, the air Force research lab, General      science and nursing, to name a few.              11th annual teacher recognition program.
Motors and Mesa public school district             heather Mills, public relations manager           of course, the district’s success can be
are a few of the organizations with             for the college, said students add value to      measured in many ways, but the bottom
which asU polytechnic works.                    their programs through advisory boards,          line is graduating students. education week
   “at asU’s polytechnic campus, students       internships and programs that change with        magazine recently named the Mesa public
learn by doing in a project-based,              workforce and employer demand. Mcc has           schools as the no. 8 district for graduation
applied environment,” Mchenry said.             recently partnered with — and students have      rates among the nation’s 50 largest districts.
   the campus is also home to two community     taken part in internships with — employers          the district also employs nearly
                                                                                                 11,000 full- and part-time staff.
                                    by PatriCia batHurst                                           – patricia BathUrst

                                                                                                                             Discover Mesa! i 11
  Choosing the good life
  Mesa provides the perfect balance to its residents

              ou could make a case that                by diverse housing and outstanding,                   throughout the city very simple.”
              Mesa is one of the most                  nationally recognized public school system,
              livable cities in the country.           multiple higher education opportunities               PerfeCt balanCe
                 we’re talking about what              and a vibrant business community.                        But what’s truly special about Mesa, Brady
  the city offers its residents, its businesses                                                              emphasized, is more than the combination
  and industry, and its visitors. Mesa                   PlaCe to be                                         of a strong business economy and residential
  brings to the table dynamic growth and                    the city is a destination for arizona            housing options for every family’s lifestyle,
  family-friendliness usually reserved for               travelers. since 1952, Mesa’s played host           educational and recreational interests.
  communities much smaller in size.                      to cactus league baseball, drawing fans                “people who live here” he said, “have
     Mesa, first populated by the hohokam                from around the country to spring training          a strong sense of community. they
  indians more than 2,000 years ago, and                 games. sixty hotels, resorts and motels             know where they come from, are very
  then by Mormon pioneers in the mid-19th                offer visitors choices in accommodations,           much aware of their roots — and they
  century, today is larger than Minneapolis,             amenities and locations throughout the city.        have a commitment to be here.”
  st. louis, Miami and pittsburgh.                                        “Mesa also has a long-

                                                                       standing reputation for a
  tHink biG                                                            well-educated, well-trained
     “at around 460,000 people, we’re         you                      work force,” Brady said.
  the 38th largest city in the country,”      know?                       the opening of a.t. still
  city Manager christopher Brady said.         In 2006, Money          University’s college of osteopathic
     the city’s 128 square miles of land       magazine                Medicine, the addition of
  mass recently expanded by the 5,000 ranked Mesa as                   Mountainvista Medical center
  acres that served as General Motors’         3 of the “Best
                                                rd                     (part of the tennessee-based
  proving grounds. two developers              Big Cities to           iasis health care corporation)
  bought the acreage; both plan                Live” in.               and growth of the Mesa center
  commercial, retail and residential                                   of phoenix children’s hospital,
  developments on the land, which                                      point to a new focus for Mesa.
  sits just east of phoenix-Mesa Gateway airport.           “we believe Mesa can become a kind of
     “But it still feels like ‘little Mesa’ in           regional center for health care resources for
  some respects,” Brady said. “whether                   the entire southeast valley,” Brady said.
  you’re in the east or near west side, or                  while the new regional light-rail system
  in our central downtown, there’s very                  will enhance transportation, Mesa already
  much a small-town feel – and appeal.                   enjoys exceptional access through the city’s
                                                                                                             steve and
     “people have always chosen to live in               proximity to major highways and because             Veronica
  Mesa,” he continued, “and one of the things            of its wide, effective grid of streets.             Luko,
  that’s remarkable about Mesa is that we                   “we’re literally minutes from sky harbor         owners
                                                                                                             of crackers &
  have generations of families living here.”             (international airport),” Brady said, “and          co. restaurants
     the city’s quality of life is enhanced              our street grid really does make moving             and long-time
                                                                                                             Mesa residents
                                       by PatriCia batHurst

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                                                                                                  n six-story, 430 units; studio,
                                                                                                      1-, 2- and 3-bedroom
                                                                                                      options, located in the vibrant
   planned for Mesa’s emerging Fiesta            living environments that make intelligent            Mesa fiesta District.
district, aquaterra will feature more than       use of three-dimensional space. while            n Chic lofts and functional
430 urban lofts, including studios, one-,        each residential unit’s balcony enclosure            live/work units, from the
two- and three-bedroom condominiums,             appears to be colored glass, it will actually        $180s to $900s, designed by
sprawling penthouses and functional              be part of a glass-wall railing system that          internationally recognized
work/live units when the development is          shades the unit below from the sun.                  architect thomas roszak.
unveiled this fall. pricing for the residences       the project takes the concept of amenities   n fresh contemporary, high-
range from the $180s to more than $900,000.      to a whole new level: residents will enjoy           end design, with workout
   a central plaza with 20,000 square feet       the rooftop pool, surrounding cabanas, a             facility, pool, upscale
of shopping, services and dining options         wine tasting room, chef’s kitchen, state-of-         boutiques and restaurants.
is another hallmark of the project.              the art equipment in the workout facility,       n smart living with leeD
    More than 20 floor plans have been           petite spa, dvd and video game library,              Certification
designed by a worldwide leader in creating       private theater and business center.             For more information, contact
                                                                                                  aquaterra, 1130 west Grove ave.,
                                                                                                  suite 112, Mesa, at
                                                                                                  (480) 890-1038, or

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             a.t. still university                                              asu PolyteCHniC CaMPus
         established in 1892 by a.t.     educators in the nation.                arizona state University’s      high-tech green houses,
     still, the founder of osteopathy,   specifically, atsU is recognized     polytechnic campus has             plant-made pharmaceutical
     atsU began as the nation’s          as one of america’s preeminent       nearly 8,800 students enrolled     manufacturing operations,
     first college of osteopathic        centers of excellence in geriatric   in courses and more than           digital printing equipment,
     medicine and has evolved            health, intergenerational            40 degree programs. the            the Microelectronic teaching
     into a leading university of        healthcare, rural practice           following schools/colleges         Factory, consumer behavior
     health sciences. atsU’s arizona     methodologies, and applied           are represented: college of        labs and three-dimensional
     campus is home to three             wellness education.                  technology and innovation;         imaging technology.
     graduate schools: arizona                                                school of applied arts &
     school of health sciences,                                               sciences; Morrison school
     school of osteopathic Medicine       faCts                               of Management and                   faCts
     in arizona, and arizona school       n More than a century               agribusiness; and school            n building creativity
     of dentistry & oral health, the         of academic                      of educational innovation               and innovation
     state’s first dental school.            excellence — as the              and teacher preparation.                through progressive,
         atsU educates students              founding school of                  “asU’s polytechnic campus            applied approaches
     as competent whole-person               osteopathic Medicine.            is proud to be formulating a            to learning.
     healthcare professionals who         n 20,000-plus                       new academic environment            n enrolling nearly
     continuously develop and                compassionate                    at a time when technological            8,800 students and
     demonstrate compassion,                 physicians, dentists             change is the engine that               offering more than 40
     integrity and ability. this             and allied health                drives the local and national           bachelor’s, master’s
     commitment to students,                 graduates dedicated              economies,” said albert                 and Ph.D. degrees.
     and by extension, to                    to whole-person                  Mchenry, vice president             n approximately
     future patients, makes                  healthcare — one                 and executive vice provost.             500 employees.
     atsU the most distinctive,              life at a time.                  “the polytechnic education          For more information,
     and perhaps the most                 n teaming technology                at this campus emphasizes           contact arizona state
     important, health sciences              and innovation with              professional and technological      university Polytechnic
     university in the country.              healthcare education             programs that engage                campus at (480) 727-
         employing 400 staff and             — “technovation.”                students through project-           3278 or
     educating 2,000 students,            For more information,               oriented and problem-based          the campus is located
     the University sustains              contact a.t. still                  learning, preparing them to         at 7001 e. williams field
     a multi-million-dollar               university at                       move directly into careers          road, Mesa, az 85212
     economic impact. atsU’s                           and positions of leadership.”
     investment in experienced                                                   polytechnic programs
     faculty and state-of-the-art                                             require top-notch facilities and
     technology contribute to its                                             labs. among the university’s
     reputation as one of the best                                            peerless facilities are flight
     multidisciplinary healthcare                                             simulators, altitude chambers,

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                                                     banner HealtH
   whether you’re a business, an individual      Medical center is a kid-friendly hospital
or a family, health care is a top priority.      that provides children the special care they      n Banner Baywood
Moving to a new area means many changes,         need - treating everything from pediatric           Medical Center
and when it comes to health care you             emergencies to chronic childhood illnesses.         6644 e. baywood avenue
shouldn’t have to compromise. Fortunately,           Banner desert Medical center is the largest     Mesa, az 85206
in Mesa, Banner health has you covered.          and most comprehensive Banner hospital              (480) 321-2000
   as the leading nonprofit health-care          in Mesa. Banner desert’s areas of excellence
provider in arizona, Banner health has several   include high-risk pregnancy and neonatal          n Banner Children’s Hospital at
options in and near Mesa to choose from.         care, obstetrics and gynecology, cardiology,        Banner Desert Medical Center
they are: Banner Baywood Medical center;         oncology, surgery and emergency medicine.           1400 s. Dobson road
Banner children’s hospital at Banner desert          Banner Gateway is Banner health’s               Mesa, az 85202
Medical center; Banner desert Medical            newest and most technologically advanced            (480) 512-kiDs (5437)
center; Banner Gateway Medical center;           hospital. it serves women and children,
and Banner heart hospital. From the most         as well as families in every stage of life.       n Banner Desert Medical Center
complex medical procedure to the simple              Banner heart hospital is a solucient            1400 s. Dobson road
joy of motherhood, these Banner facilities       top 100 hospital and is often the                   Mesa, az 85202
provide outstanding health care in safe,         first in the state to perform leading               (480) 512-3000
attractive and healing environments.             edge heart care treatments.
   Banner Baywood Medical center recently            so, no matter what your health care needs,    n Banner Gateway Medical Center
expanded to meet the community’s                 there is a Banner health facility nearby to         1900 n. Higley road
growing needs. the comprehensive care            ensure you are getting the best care delivered      Gilbert, arizona 85234
provider offers a dedicated stroke Unit          by the best people. Banner’s mission is to          (480) 543-2000
as well as inpatient rehabilitation at the       make a difference in people’s lives through
John J. rhodes rehabilitation institute.         excellent patient care, and in Mesa you can       n Banner Heart Hospital
   Banner children’s hospital at Banner desert   rest assured that Banner is doing just that.        6750 e. baywood ave.
                                                                                                     Mesa, az 85207
                                                                                                     (480) 854-5000

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                                             Mesa CoMMunity ColleGe
        excellence in teaching and learning to         “at Mcc, the educational experience
     prepare individuals for active citizenship     goes beyond the classroom and into the
     in a global society are at the heart of Mesa   community,” said Bernie ronan, acting
     community college’s mission. since 1965,       president. service learning programs             faCts
     Mcc has touched the lives of thousands         encourage community involvement and help         n More than 25,000 students
     of community members through its               clarify a student’s career choice. award-            attend MCC each semester.
     exceptional transfer, career and technical,    winning performing arts programs and             n MCC employs 350 full-time
     and community education programs.              nationally ranked athletic teams provide             faculty, 25 percent of whom
        exceedingly qualified faculty provide       opportunities to excel outside the classroom.        hold a doctorate degree.
     students access to the latest theory and          passion for improving the quality of life     n recently presented the
     practice in their fields of study. Mcc         in the community we serve is evident in the          prestigious Council for Higher
     faculty embrace research activities and        partnerships we forge. “the rose Garden              education accreditation
     professional development experiences           at Mcc’s southern and dobson campus                  award for institutional
     outside the classroom to add to the            visibly demonstrates our commitment to               Progress in student learning
     rich knowledge base they bring to their        partnerships with our community,” ronan              outcomes, recognizing
     students. in addition, interdisciplinary       said. in 1997, Mcc partnered with the Mesa           MCC for its outstanding
     collaboration and experiences gained           east valley rose society to create a rose            achievement in assessing
     through study abroad, field trips, and         Garden at the campus’s north entrance.               student-learning outcomes.
     internships provide students with a deeper     ten years later, it is the largest rose garden   For more information about
     understanding of how their field of study      in the desert southwest and is one of            MCC Campus at southern and
     connects to the world around them.             26 test gardens nationwide for the all-          Dobson roads, call (480) 461-
                                                    america rose selections association.             7000; MCC Campus at red
                                                       educational partnerships with Mesa public     Mountain, 7110 e. Mckellips
                                                    schools, northern arizona University and         road, call (480) 654-7200; or
                                                    Mcc are helping to make the state’s p-20         go to
                                                    concept for education a reality. the creation
                                                    of a p-20 education center in the heart of
                                                    downtown Mesa demonstrates the college’s
                                                    commitment to providing smooth transitions
                                                    from preschool to ph.d. for the benefit of
                                                    the students and community we serve.

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                                           Mesa PubliC sCHools

   in keeping with its founders’ priorities,   themes, such as foreign languages.              other awards and accolades, education
the city of Mesa, along with its families         two junior highs and two high schools        week magazine reported that Mps
and local businesses, continues to             are “focus schools,” with innovative            held the eighth best graduation rate
keep education on the front burner.            career-oriented programs and on-the-job         among large districts nationwide.
throughout the years, innovative thinking      training in addition to core requirements.        “it all goes back to community
has resulted in creative options.                 “Mesa public schools enjoy all the           support,” Bareiss said. “it’s a clear-cut
   citywide, 73,000 students and 11,000        benefits of a large school district, but with   benefit to the students in our schools.”
full- and part-time staff fill 87 schools      a small town feel,” said Bareiss. “there’s a
during traditional school hours. students      lot of support from parents, teachers, the        faCts
can also engage in non-traditional             business community and local colleges.”           n Mesa Public schools is the
coursework through other means.                   parents serve as classroom and                    largest district in arizona
   “Mesa public schools (Mps) is a             fundraising volunteers and education                 and the 39th largest in the
leader in educational choice, providing        advocates. the staff continues raising               nation, serving 73,000
families with options for traditional          the educational bar and businesses                   students in kindergarten
neighborhood and focus schools,                support targeted initiatives. area colleges,         through high school.
homeschooling and online coursework,           universities and high-tech institutes share       n the district has 58
and adult education,” explained kathy          resources to enhance academic options.               elementaries, 13 junior
Bareiss, director of community relations.         “the schools unite the community,”                highs, seven high schools
“and our state-certified teachers work         said Bareiss. “we work together because              and nine focus schools.
with curriculum specialists to develop         we’re all serving the same public.”               n 11,000 full- and part-
k through 12 programs in each subject             Mps students compete well                         time employees.
area to exceed state standards.”               nationally and statewide. among                   For more information, contact
   in addition to traditional curriculum,                                                        Mesa Public schools,
elementary students may attend a                                                                 63 e. Main st., no. 101, Mesa,
Montessori program, Franklin “back-                                                              (480) 472-0000, info@mpsaz.
to-basics” school, an arts-focused or                                                            org or
online program. students in grades
four through eight can attend the new
Mesa academy for advanced studies,
offering challenging, in-depth global

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             east valley                                                                                      Metro
      institute of teCHnoloGy                                                                                           faCts
       (hed                              4000 or visit                   Metro is the nonprofit
                                                                                    public corporation responsible      n the $1.4 billion, 20-
                                                                                    for planning, building and            mile Metro light rail
        east valley employers have
                                                                                    operating the valley’s light          system will open for
     the opportunity to “home-
                                                                                    rail system. in addition to           passenger operation
     grow” their future workforce in
                                                                                    the 20-mile starter line that         in December 2008.
     partnership with the east valley
        east valley employers have       and employers can “learn it!               will open in december 2008,           the system will have
     institute of technology (evit),
    the opportunity to “home-            live it! evit!” call (480) 461-            six high-capacity transit             28 stations and eight
     a joint technological school
    grow” their future workforce in      4000 or visit                corridors are being planned           park-and-rides.
     district serving students from
    partnership with the east valley                                                that may include light-rail         n 26,000 boardings are
     10 east valley school districts.
    institute of technology (evit),       faCts                                     extension lines. in Mesa, that        expected in the first
     evit students trade high-
    a joint technologicaltraining in                                                includes 2.7 miles of new             year. travel between
     school electives for school          n arizona’s first joint
    district serving students from                                                  transit service extending             downtown Phoenix
     a key area of focus every school       technological school
    10 east valley school districts.of                                              from the transit center at            and downtown
     day. evit offers 40 programs           district (JteD) serving
    evit students trade high-                                                       sycamore and Main streets.            tempe will take 21
     study, including health science        10 school districts.
    school electives high-schoolin                                                     Mesa is one of three valley        minutes, tempe to
     and nursing. a for training          n 40 occupation-
    a key area of focus42 college                                                   cities that will offer light rail     Mesa 23 minutes.
     student can earn every school          specific programs.
    day. evit offers 40 programs of
     credits and test for a practical                                               service. Metro is building          n Planning is underway
                                          n 64 percent of                           a premier regional light rail
    study, including health science
     nurse license in two years.                                                                                           for future high-
                                              evit students go                      system to enhance mobility
    and nursing. a high-school
        all program curricula are                                                                                          capacity transit
                                              on to college.                        and strengthen the economic
     highly can earn by local
    studentinfluenced42 college                                                                                            corridors along i-10
                                          For more information,                     health of our community.
     employers test serve evit
    credits and whofor a practical                                                                                         west, in Central Mesa,
                                          contact the east valley                      Metro and its partnering
     on advisory in two years.
    nurse licensegroups and in                                                                                             south tempe and
                                          institute of technology,                  cities support transit-oriented
        all program curricula are
     board memberships. For                                                                                                northwest Phoenix.
                                          1601 west Main st., Mesa,                 development, which allows
    highly influenced by local
     example, evit’s automotive                                                                                         For more information,
                                          at (480) 461-4000,                        people to drive their cars
     technologies board evit
    employers who servehas on                                                                                           contact Metro at
                                          publicrelations@evit.                     less by making public transit,
     representatives and all 30
    advisory groups fromin board                                                                                        (602) 254-rail or
                                          com or                       walking and bike riding
    memberships. For example,
     area car dealerships. local                                                                               
    evit’s automotive technologies
     employers can even customize                                                   convenient and easy to
    board has representatives from
     an evit course that trains                                                     access. that’s accomplished
                                              East Valley Institute of Technology
    all 30 areaspecifically to their
     students car dealerships.                                                      by encouraging mixed-use
    local employers can even
     organizations’ needs.                                                          development in proximity
    customize an evit course that
        For details on how students                                                 to transit stops and by
    trainsemployersspecifically to
     and students can “learn it!                                                    improving connections among
    their it! evit!” call (480) 461-
     live organizations’ needs.                                                     different transit modes.
        For details on how students

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                               Mountain vista MeDiCal Center
   efficiency, and patient and physician       patients and physicians in a way never       and glazing decreases internal cooling
satisfaction serve as watchwords for Mesa’s    before available in the east valley.”        costs. a computerized air-handling
new Mountain vista Medical center, a              “patients will be impressed with our      system allows the temperature in
full-service community hospital, which         staff’s competency, the food quality, and    every room to be remotely controlled,
opened July 23, 2007. the 178-bed hospital     our rooms’ comfort. every room has a flat-   or shut down when not in use.
features all private rooms and state-of-the-   screen tv, internet access, even specially
art medical equipment and technology.          designed bed headboards allowing easy          faCts
   employing 400 skilled health care           access for caregivers,” adams said.            n Mountain vista Medical Center
personnel, Mountain vista supports Mesa           caregivers also benefit from effective,       offers 24-hour emergency care.
as a for-profit hospital paying property,      accessible electronics. Mountain vista’s       n services: advanced technology
income, and sales taxes. it also provides a    physician-friendly computer system allows        for diagnosing a wide
highly engineered facility designed from       immediate access to imaging, patient             variety of health conditions,
the ground up for efficient health care.       charts, and other vital information from         comprehensive heart care,
    “to be competitive, we had to design       anywhere in the hospital, even remotely.         birthing center and women’s
an efficient operational chassis,” said ceo       operating room design, with a                 health services, state-of-the-art
kelly h. adams. “the facility’s operative      central operating core facilitating quick        surgical technology and mental
focus is to provide customer service to        equipment access, helps decrease                 health services for senior adults.
                                               turnaround times. physicians subsequently
                                                                                              n outpatient services: Pain
                                               wait less between patients and can
                                                                                                  management and wound
                                               treat more people each day.
                                                                                                  care, physical therapy, lab,
                                                  the 30-bay emergency room
                                                                                                  diagnostic imaging, among
                                               (er), outfitted with equipment
                                                                                                  many other outpatient services.
                                               usually found in separate areas of a
                                                                                              For more information, contact
                                               hospital, allows faster treatment.
                                                                                              Mountain vista Medical Center,
                                                  drug prescription errors are
                                                                                              1301 s. Crismon road, Mesa,
                                               reduced through a computerized
                                                                                              at (480) 358-6100 or go to
                                               system that verifies nurse badges and
                                               fingerprints, and connects to the on-
                                               site pharmacy. the facility’s pneumatic
                                               tube system expedites drug delivery.
                                                  even the building is efficient. its
                                               handsome, e2-coated, exterior glass

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                                                                                                           Field district; superstition Freeway east; and
                                                                                                           phoenix-Mesa Gateway airport corridor on
                                                                                                           Mesa’s east end. these economic activity
                                                                                                           centers host about 70 percent of the city’s
                                                                                                           jobs and 66 percent of the city’s businesses.
                                                                                                              nearly all are at important junctures in their
                                                                                                           development, city Manager chris Brady said.
                                                                                                              “the riverview development is significant,
                                                                                                           not just for the retail component, but
                                                                                                           also for the proposed offices and hotel
                                                                                                           space that will be developed,” Brady said.
                                                                                                           “the entire area will serve as a strong
                                                                                                           anchor for both jobs and retail sales.”
                                                                                                              the Fiesta area, anchored by Fiesta
                                                                                                           Mall, features the 27,000-student Mesa
                                                                                                           community college campus and the
                                                                                                           Banner desert Medical center. Brady says
   industrial centers at broadway and dobson roads, along mesa’s western border.
                                                                                                           city officials and private developers are

   Mesa welcomes business
                                                                                                           reviewing suggestions on revitalization
                                                                                                           projects to “rebrand the area and put
                                                                                                           together public and private improvements

   City’s business-friendly environment                                                                    to strengthen the business corridor as a
                                                                                                           continued attraction for retail shopping.”
   sparks interest and growth                                                                                 Fiesta Mall has completed significant

                                                                                                           interior improvements, with exterior
                 esa continUes to oFFer                affordable western states as a prime factor         updating to be completed in 2008.
                 the whole packaGe.                    in the valley’s continued growth. Mesa’s
                   Boosted by a nearly 60              business-friendly attitude has helped it attract    exPanDinG oPPortunities
                 percent surge in population           a significant number of new businesses. add            Brady foresees proposals for major
  since 1990, Mesa is arizona’s third largest          that to plenty of available land, particularly in   development along the loop 202 as
  city. a combination of good local jobs,              east Mesa, and an educated work force (nearly       that freeway expansion is completed
  commitment to high-quality education                 60,000 Mesa adults hold at least a bachelor’s       in 2008. “the major freeway systems
  and a family-friendly, laid-back lifestyle           degree) and you have a winning combination          in Mesa are probably superior to most
  continues to attract residents to Mesa.              for a city poised for its next round of growth.     other parts of the valley,” Brady said.
                                                                                                           “this gives us a significant advantage.”
  business attituDe                                    sMart GrowtH                                           a light-rail system will be operational
     Business opportunities abound for those              Mesa has eight business corridors or             in Mesa in late 2008, helping to
  new residents. in fact, in 2006 Entrepreneur         centers throughout the city’s planning area         contribute to cleaner air and reducing
  magazine named the phoenix-Mesa area as              of approximately 170 square miles. these            the number of cars on the freeways.
  the best U.s. city to start and grow a business.     corridors are: Mesa riverview; Union pacific;          whether it’s for a visit, a business
  the magazine cites the continued exodus              Fiesta on the west side; the downtown               opportunity or a lifetime, now is a
  of california residents relocating to more           area; superstition Freeway west; the Falcon         good time to consider Mesa.

                                                                         by kiM Hill

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on the move
Terrific transportation moves Mesa forward

          ifteen minutes. Flat. door to door,
          if you stick to the freeways (and
          don’t try it at rush hour), drivers
          can get from sky harbor airport
to downtown Mesa in 15 minutes.
   “that’s just one example of the ease of
transportation available to businesses in
Mesa,” city Manager chris Brady said.

infrastruCture is in PlaCe
     “people and businesses want to
move to Mesa,” he said, “and one of the
reasons is the highway infrastructure.”
     of course, Mesa also boasts its own airports.
there’s Falcon Field and recently renamed
phoenix-Mesa Gateway, both of which serve
private and executive aircraft. commercial               mesa’s two airports serve both private and executive aircraft.

services at Gateway are expanding.
                                                        2008. an extension is under study along
     vision air offers service to las vegas, and
                                                        with bus-rapid transit options.
allegiant air is now offering service
                                                                        Main streets through Mesa
to Bellingham, wash.; Billings,
Mt.; stockton, calif. and peoria,            Did                     are broad and well-maintained,

ill. silver state helicopters offers         you                     and traffic moves quickly, even

                                                                     through the downtown area.
services to sky harbor airport
                                                                        “completion of the 202 loop
and throughout the state.
                                              President              has been a great assist in moving
     public transportation is available
                                              George W. Bush traffic east to west and even
throughout Mesa, with valley Metro
                                              was the first          north and south to the 101,” Brady
running buses Monday through
                                              commercial             said. “the superstition highway
saturday and six park-and-ride
                                              passenger              — route 60 — runs the entire
sites around the city. valley Metro
                                              to arrive at           length of the city east to west.
provides local circulators and
shuttle services throughout Mesa.
                                              Phoenix-Mesa           these highways offer a range of
                                              Gateway                efficiency that’s not available to
                                              Airport in             most of the other valley cities.”
More oPtions
on tHe way                                    May 2001.                                  Albert McHenry, vice
     light rail is coming too,                                                           president and executive vice
                                                                                         provost, Asu Polytechnic
and will run to west Mesa in december                                                    and his wife, Annette

                                      by PatriCia batHurst

                                                                                                                          Discover Mesa! i 21
                                                   tHe boeinG CoMPany
       the Boeing company, the largest             by the w.p. carey school of Business at           to respond rapidly to customer needs
    aerospace company in the world and the         arizona state University, in 2005, the Boeing     and ultimately satisfy customers.
    United states’ leading exporter, impacts       company annually added $2.3 billion
    the state economy significantly through        to the Gross state product, supported
    its Mesa operations. in arizona, Boeing        35,842 jobs across all state sectors, and
    employs 4,500 workers, 90 percent of whom      paid wages and benefits of $1.6 billion.
    work in the Mesa/east valley developing           Boeing estimates its workers spend
                                                                                                        n services: builds the aH-64
    leading-edge, aviation-related technology.     $200 million each year on state-produced
                                                                                                          apache helicopter for the u.s.
       Boeing’s heritage in Mesa started           goods and services, and pay more than $34
                                                                                                          army and 10 international
    with hughes aircraft and continues to          million per year in state and local taxes.
                                                                                                          customers. is also a major
    its current status as a Boeing rotorcraft         Boeing, in turn, supports its employees’            supplier of electrical
    assembly, integration and test facility. its   continuing education through training and              subassemblies for military
    employees develop and produce military         tuition reimbursement programs. nearly half            and commercial aircraft.
    rotorcraft systems, including                                    of Boeing’s arizona workers        n impact: spends more
    the ah-64d apache                                                are degreed professionals,           than $1 billion annually on
    longbow helicopter. they                                         including several hundred            goods and services from
    also help develop electrical                                     with advanced degrees.               arizona companies. in
    subassemblies for military and                                   this high level of education         arizona, boeing and boeing
    commercial aircraft, conduct                                     generates a diverse,                 employees donate more
    high-technology research                                         innovative and proactive             than $1.5 million annually to
    for innovative rotorcraft                                        aviation workforce, resulting        community philanthropy.

    application, and develop                                         in Boeing’s high-performing        n employs approximately 4,500
    and integrate advanced                                           products. it also helps                workers in 11 arizona locations.
                                                                                                        For more information, contact
    communication software.                                          position Boeing in Mesa
                                                                                                        the boeing Company, 5000
       in aerospace development,                                     as a technology leader in
                                                                                                        e. McDowell road, Mesa, at
    Boeing’s Mesa employees                                          varied market segments,
                                                                                                        (480) 891-3000 or
    also contribute to technology for              from the international space station to the
    commercial jetliners, electronic and           individual network-enabled foot soldier.
    defense systems, missiles, rocket engines,        the company uses its vast array of
    launch vehicles, and satellites.               existing and emerging technologies, and
       according to a recently published report    its high-caliber professional expertise,

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                                                eMPire soutHwest
   empire southwest’s roots run deep in the     employee benefits set the benchmark for       youth Friends, Foundation for Blind children
arizona soil. the family-owned business was     the industry and profit sharing encourages    and child crisis center of the east valley.”
founded in 1950 by Jack whiteman, who           a sense of pride and ownership.                  empire southwest looks forward
was awarded caterpillar’s arizona territory        empire’s training programs select and      to continuing to assist its customers
in 1959. the company began building             develop workers who are renowned              in building the communities in
partnerships with the state’s construction      for their skills and ability to deliver the   which we live, work and play.
and mining industries that endure today.        company’s goal of customer service beyond
   over the next half century, the company      expectations. the thinkBiG apprentice            faCts
grew strong. arizona’s expanding economy        program offers an earn-while-you-learn           n services: empire is the
and a company culture based on honesty          opportunity to achieve a two-year associate        authorized Caterpillar
                                                                                                   dealer for equipment
and customer service fueled steady              in applied science degree from Mesa
                                                                                                   and engines in arizona,
growth. today, five divisions operate under     community college as well as caterpillar
                                                                                                   southeastern California
the corporate name empire southwest:            dealer service technician credentials.
                                                                                                   and portions of Mexico.
Machinery, power systems, hydraulic                “in addition to maintaining strong and
                                                                                                 n they provide parts, service,
service, precision Machining and transport.     positive relationships with customers and
                                                                                                   sales and rentals along with
   John o. whiteman succeeded his               employees, we believe that businesses have
                                                                                                   other key support areas:
father as ceo in the mid-1990s. Under           a fundamental responsibility to enhance            machinery, power systems,
his leadership, empire continued to             the communities from which their success           transport, precision machining
focus on customer service, encouraged           flows,” Jeff whiteman said. “at least 2            and hydraulic services.
community involvement among its                 percent of empire’s pre-tax earnings are         n 1,800 employees enjoy
employees, established the official             given to local non-profit organizations              excellent pay, training
corporate values and celebrated its             such as sunshine acres, childsplay, desert           opportunities and an
50th anniversary. third-generation              Botanical Garden, arizona Museum for                 unsurpassed benefits
chairman and ceo Jeffrey s. whiteman                                                                 package including health care
took the company reins in early 2002.                                                                coverage, disability insurance,
   empire currently ranks among the top                                                              paid holidays, sick leave,
caterpillar dealers in the world and is the                                                          vacation time and much more.
                                                                                                 For more information, go
sixth largest and third fastest growing,
privately owned company in arizona. the
firm has more than 1,800 employees in a
territory that includes arizona, southeastern
california and portions of northern Mexico.

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                                                                                                        n size: 600 acres; two runways
                                                                                                          serving 300,000 aircraft
                                                                                                          operations (take-offs and
                                                                                                          landings) yearly; seven
                                                                                                          flight training schools;
                                                                                                          94 onsite businesses
                                                                                                        n $30+ million in new projects
                                                                                                          currently either under
                                                                                                          construction or in permitting
                                                                                                          stages to add 300,000 square
                                                                                                          feet of state-of-the-art
                                                                                                          infrastructure and services
                                                                                                          to airport operations.
                                                                                                        n 6th busiest general aviation
                                                                                                            airport in the usa; 2nd busiest
                                                                                                            general aviation airport in
                                                                                                            the valley; one of the largest
                                                                                                            airports in the usa in terms
                                                                                                            of based aircraft, with 900
                                                                                                            based at falcon field.
                                                                                                        For more information,
                                                                                                        contact falcon field airport
                                                                                                        at (480) 644-2444.
                            falCon fielD airPort
       rich in history with an eye to the future,    arizona department of transportation.
    Falcon Field airport is home to more than           originally opened in 1941 as a base to
    70 aviation-related businesses, including        train royal air Force pilots, Falcon Field
    the Boeing company and Md helicopters.           was named after the British hunting
       Falcon Field will handle more than            bird. after world war ii, Falcon Field          schools, including regional academy,
    300,000 flights this year, airport director      was turned over to the city of Mesa.            which trains commercial airline pilots for
    corinne nystrom said. it is one of the              today, the airport operates two runways      american airlines, and air helicopters,
    busiest general aviation airports in the         for air charter services and private jets and   which trains helicopter pilots.
    country (a general aviation airport has          serves as a home base for more than 900            Falcon Field has leased 144 of 207 acres
    no commercial airline services).                 aircraft. Falcon Field is home to aviation      of land for additional aviation businesses.
       in terms of economic impact, Falcon                                                              Falcon Field is financially stable, with
    Field is the third largest airport in arizona,                                                   no city of Mesa general funds used.
    according to a study released in 2004 by                                                         instead, the airport uses approximately
                                                                                                     $1-1.5 million in federal and state grants to
                                                                                                     help fund capital improvements. Falcon
                                                                                                     Field airport also has 1,256 employees.
                                                                                                        “we are definitely in an upward
                                                                                                     trend here,” nystrom said. “i see that
                                                                                                     continuing for quite a while here.”

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           Gateway                                                   Hewson GreenfielD
       CoMMerCial bank io                                             business Center
                                                                  lee & associates arizona, or click “list
    Gateway commercial                                        (l&a), a national commercial     of all professionals” at
                                 faCts                        real estate brokerage firm,
Bank io, Mesa’s locally owned
                                 n services: a locally        markets quality office and       global/office-detail.php?id=1.
community bank, will soon
                                   owned community            industrial properties for
open its doors. almost all of
                                   bank that offers           sale or lease. l&a principal
the 230 bank locations in the
                                   traditional banking
southeast valley have out of                                  Marc pierce has been              faCts
                                   services with an           instrumental in attracting
state ownership. the Gateway                                                                    n light industrial,
                                   emphasis on helping        developers to northeast Mesa,
staff and board are composed                                                                     warehouse distribution
                                   small businesses.          an area currently ripe for
of local folks you know as                                                                       building consisting of
friends and neighbors.           n location: the              commercial development.            98,533 square feet
   through a combination           permanent                      “large employers now           for sale or lease.
of personalized banking and        headquarters will          demand to be closer to
                                                                                                n Divisible to 5,937
modern financial services          be located at 6860         both skilled and unskilled
                                                                                                 square feet, 284
technology, the bank will          e. warner road in          labor, while employees
                                                                                                 parking spaces (2.9
provide each customer with         Mesa beginning in          prefer not to commute.
                                                                                                 per 1,000 square feet)
superior service that creates      early 2009 in a two-       northeast Mesa is now well
                                                                                                 with a 24’ clear height.
trust and focuses on the           story building with        positioned to capitalize on
                                   8,500 square feet.                                           n zoned M-1, City of
total financial relationship.                                 this trend,” pierce said.
                                                                                                   Mesa with grade level
   “as simple as it may sound,   n employment: Currently          hewson Greenfield Business
                                                                                                   doors and truck wells.
we will always answer the            the bank has eight       center (hGBc), phase iv,
                                                                                                For more information
phones and greet people              employees. when the      is a 98,533-square-foot,
                                                                                                about the Hewson
by name,” said president             staff moves into the     light industrial, warehouse
                                                                                                Greenfield business
James christensen. “it’s all         new building, the bank   distribution building located
                                                                                                Center, contact Marc t.
about relationships and the          expects to have at       in the Falcon Field corridor
                                                                                                Pierce, principal at lee
value you put on people and          least 15 employees.      near loop 202, fronting
                                                                                                & associates arizona,
their needs. otherwise, we       For more information,        Greenfield road. pierce, a
                                                                                                3200 e. Camelback
become just another bank.”       contact Gateway              board member of the Falcon
                                                                                                road, suite 100, Phoenix,
   the bank is located at the    Commercial bank io,          Field area alliance, describes
                                                                                                at (602) 954-3750 or
northeast intersection of        6915 e. Parkway norte,       it as a “high-image” facility,
                                                                                                by cell at (602) 697-
power and warner, just off       at (480) 358-1000            divisible into 6,000 square
                                                                                                2922 or at mpierce@
the san tan 202. temporary       or            feet, with grade-level doors
offices are located at 6915 e.                                and truck-well loading.
parkway norte in Mesa, while                                      construction began in
permanent headquarters                                        the fourth quarter of 2007.
are being constructed at                                          contact pierce at (602)
6860 e. warner road.                                          954.3750, mpierce@lee-

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                                                                                                     n Project: riverview Point
                                                                                                       project in Mesa, is a six-
                                    lautH’s riverview Point                                            building master-planned
                                                                                                       office park. Phase 1 will include
        lauth is a leader in the acquisition,        any type of facility, including healthcare,       two Class a leeD-registered
     development, construction,                      industrial, office and retail from offices in     office buildings totaling
     management, and ownership of                    phoenix, denver, dallas, charlotte, orlando       164,000 square feet. the
     commercial real estate throughout the           and its headquarters in indianapolis.             development also will include
     United states and has assumed this                 riverview point is lauth’s latest project      a 50,000 square-foot Class
     leadership role for the past 30 years.          in the phoenix area. located in Mesa,             a medical office building. the
        “the foundation of lauth’s success is our    the project is a six-building master-             buildings are expected to open
     people and building successful partnerships     planned office park. phase 1 will include         in the second quarter of 2008.
     with our clients,” said dave carder, vice       two class a leed-registered office              n services: lauth delivers
     president of lauth’s phoenix office. “lauth     buildings totaling 164,000 square feet.           virtually any type of facility,
     brings tremendous experience to each of         the development also will include a               including healthcare,
     our projects and a dedication to exceed our     50,000 square-foot class a medical office         industrial, office and retail.
     customer’s expectations. it’s the way lauth     building. the first phase is expected to
                                                                                                     n location: riverview Point
     does business and it shows in our corporate     open in the second quarter of 2008.
                                                                                                        development offers easy
     philosophy — people. trust. experience. ”          riverview point is a $150 million
                                                                                                        access to commuters arriving
        lauth has been building facilities for       development that offers easy access to
                                                                                                        on the loop 101 and loop
     clients to lease or own throughout the          commuters arriving on the loop 101
                                                                                                        202 interchanges and is
     United states since 1977. lauth’s years of      and loop 202 interchanges and is only
                                                                                                        adjacent to Mesa riverview, a
     experience, 450 nationwide associates and       six miles east of the phoenix sky harbor
                                                                                                        1.3 million-square-foot
     completed projects worth billions of dollars,   international airport. the development is
                                                                                                        retail and entertainment
     make it a leading national development and      adjacent to Mesa riverview, a two-million-
                                                                                                        development with
     construction firm. lauth delivers virtually     square-foot retail and entertainment
                                                                                                        27 restaurants.
                                                     development with 27 restaurants.
                                                                                                     For more information, contact
                                                        riverview point is one of many “green”
                                                                                                     lauth, 2415 e. Camelback road,
                                                     developments by lauth. the company has
                                                                                                     suite 860, Phoenix, at (602)
                                                     nearly a dozen leed- registered projects
                                                                                                     648-7600 or
                                                     currently under development across the
                                                     U.s., including three in the phoenix area.
                                                     “they are way ahead of the curve by doing
                                                     a spec leed building,” said tim lawless,
                                                     president of the arizona chapter of naiop.

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               Mesa CHaMber                                              Mesa Convention
               of CoMMerCe                                                   Center
   “Growth”… to some that                                          the Mesa convention           airport, and adjacent to the
means dollar signs. to others       faCts                      center is a 22-acre, 38,000-      phoenix Marriott Mesa hotel.
it means congestion and             n the Mesa Chamber
                                                               square-foot complex that
a challenge to our quality            of Commerce has
                                                               plays host to conferences,
of life. But when you put                                      tradeshows, award dinners,         faCts
                                      been serving Mesa
them together, as in “quality                                  weddings, black-tie galas          n 19,000 square feet
                                      since 1912.
growth” you get both dollar                                    and other special events.            of exhibit space with
                                    n the Chamber is a                                              an additional 19,000
signs and quality of life.                                         the 19,000 square-foot
                                        founding member                                             square feet/15 rooms
   that is the chamber’s                                       exhibit hall is complemented
                                        of the east valley                                          of flexible meeting
economic development                                           by 19,000 square feet of
                                        Chambers of                                                 space set on 22 acres
mission: to strive for and                                     flexible meeting space. it is
                                        Commerce alliance,                                          of mature parkland.
encourage not just growth,                                     fully equipped with audio-
                                        a coalition of east
but quality growth and high                                    visual and satellite download      n full-service event
                                        valley chambers with
wage job growth. to this end,                                  capabilities, high-speed             facility in downtown
                                        a powerful lobbying
the chamber Board agreed                                       internet and ample parking.          Mesa; professional
                                        force, representing
to endorse the now popular                                         Guests also can enjoy the        in-house food service;
                                        more than 5,000
riverview project, but only                                    campus’ outdoor spaces,              full-service, onsite
after developers agreed to                                     which include a covered              audio-visual and
                                    For more information,
include a business park along                                  gazebo and the 4,950-person          exposition services;
                                    contact Mesa Chamber
with the retail. the lauth                                     Mesa amphitheatre.                   hosts corporate events
                                    of Commerce, 120
property Group’s office and                                        the Frank lloyd wright-          and private parties.
                                    north Center, Mesa,
medical complex that broke                                     inspired convention center         n adjacent to the Mesa
                                    (480) 969-1307 or at
ground in october completed                                    hosts conferences, trade shows,       amphitheater and the
the developer’s commitment                                     award dinners, weddings,              275-room Phoenix
to the chamber and will now                                    black-tie galas and other             Marriott Mesa hotel.
produce not only a quality retail                              special events. “and our onsite    For more information,
center, but a quality job center.                              chef has brought our catering      contact the Mesa
   the chamber’s programs,                                     service to a whole new level,”     Convention Center at
from economic development                                      said sales and Marketing           (480) 644-2178 or www.
to political advocacy, will keep                               Manager dyan dwyer                 mesaconventioncenter.
“quality growth” a high priority.                              seaburg. “even coffee breaks       com.
the Board of directors and                                     are served on fine china.”
the programs of the chamber                                        the Mesa convention center                   mesa
are dedicated to keep that                                     is in downtown Mesa, just                        convention
quality as our primary goal.                                   20 minutes from sky harbor

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            PHoenix-Mesa Gateway airPort
        phoenix-Mesa Gateway (formerly williams       air, serving 13 U.s. cities; and vision airlines,   n airlines: allegiant air
     Gateway) airport is more than just a place       serving north las vegas. additional                   and vision airlines,
     for takeoffs and landings. it’s actually an      carriers are actively being courted for               serving 14 u.s. cities.
     economic engine for the east valley. it          both passenger and air cargo services.              n Partnership: arizona Direct, a
     already provides airport facilities and public   the Faa ranked Gateway as the 35th                    unique marketing partnership
     aviation services complementing sky harbor       busiest U.s. airport Jan. 1–June 30, 2007,            with the airport authority
     international airport. But, Gateway also         based on landings and takeoffs. By 2020,              and Mesa landowners, will
     recently created arizona direct, a unique        Gateway expects to accommodate more                   attract aerospace, industrial,
     marketing partnership with the airport           than two million annual passengers.                   and general business
     authority and Mesa landowners. the group            with three expansive runways, Gateway              organizations that need the
     expects to build the region of Mesa south of     can accommodate international freighter               services of the airport.
     the san tan Freeway (loop                                         activity. “with fewer and          n impact: More than 35
     202) and east of power                                            fewer airports able to offer           aviation companies operate
     road into a significant east                                      development land near                  at the airport, generating
     valley employment center.                                         10,000-foot runways, we’re             over $251 million in annual
        arizona direct will                                            planning for exponential               economic activity. More than
     attract aerospace,                                                growth in that field,” said            12,000 jobs are projected
     industrial and general                                            Gateway public information             in Gateway’s Master Plan
     business organizations                                            officer Brian sexton.                  as soon as 2020.
     that need the services                                               Mesa residents also will        For more information about
     of the airport and                                                have more opportunity to           Phoenix-Mesa Gateway airport,
     adjoining facilities such                                         work in their neighborhood.        5835 south sossaman road,
     as highways, rail, and                                            according to a september           Mesa, contact Marketing Manager
     university research.                                              2003 Maricopa association          John barry at (480) 988-7600,
     tax incentives will also                                          of Governments study,    
     interest land buyers in                                           the Gateway airport area           or
     this military reuse zone,                                         could support 100,000
     and foreign trade zone considering the           jobs by 2035. More than 12,000 jobs are
     airport’s on-site U.s. customs facility.         projected in Gateway’s Master plan as
        two airlines currently operate from           soon as 2020, with an expected $960
     phoenix-Mesa Gateway airport: allegiant          million annual economic impact.

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                reD Mountain
               business Park                                                       suPerstition
   defense and aviation                          CoMMerCe Park
industries, the economic           global/office-detail.php?id=1.
engines of northeast Mesa’s                                            northeast Mesa’s                   of all professionals” at www.
Falcon Field corridor, require                                      demographics include        
a higher-skilled workforce          faCts                           high-income earners and               office-detail.php?id=1.
and heavy industrial zoning.        n eight new industrial          decision makers. considering
national real estate brokerage        buildings for sale or         this fertile environment,
firm lee & associates arizona         for lease — break             underdevelopment is stalling           faCts
                                      ground in 2008.               business growth. to fill this          n two back office
(l&a) is working with
                                    n building sizes: 16,000-       void, lee & associates arizona             buildings and one
national developers to build
                                      100,000, square feet          (l&a), a national commercial               general industrial
projects to meet demand.
                                      (divisible) consisting        real estate brokerage firm, is             building for lease.
   red Mountain Business
                                      of approximately              marketing an upscale office            n located west of the
park is a 257,000-square-foot
                                      257,000 square                and industrial development                 northwest corner
development with M-2 heavy
                                      feet with dock high,          for lease by t. wall properties.           of u.s. Highway 60
industrial zoning. this dwo
                                      grade level loading           superstition commerce park,                and sossaman road,
enterprises & dorcey abshier
                                      and fenced yards.             a planned 160,000-square-                  it offers excellent
project, atop the red Mountain
                                                                    foot development, offers                   access and frontage
Freeway at Greenfield road,         n located at red
                                                                    100,000 square feet in two                 on the superstition
offers superstition and red             Mountain freeway
                                                                    office buildings, and 58,000               freeway (u.s. 60).
Mountain vistas. eight buildings        (loop 202) and
                                                                    square feet in a general               n More than 2,000,000
with single or multi-tenant             Greenfield road,
                                                                    industrial facility. the industrial        square feet of retail
offerings range from 16,000             offering excellent
                                                                    building offers grade-level and            amenities located
to 257,000 square feet, bays            freeway access
                                                                    truck-well loading, with bays              within one mile.
divisible to 6,000 square feet,         with great views.
                                                                    starting at 7,000 square feet.         For more information
with outside storage permitted.     For more information
                                                                       “ideally located near               about superstition
   “northeast Mesa can provide      about red Mountain
                                                                    the northwest corner of                Commerce Park, contact
employers with an ample             business Park, contact
                                                                    superstition Freeway and               Marc t. Pierce, principal
supply of nearby unskilled          Marc t. Pierce, principal
                                                                    sossaman road, superstition            at lee & associates
and skilled labor,” said l&a        at lee & associates
                                    arizona, 3200 e.                commerce park provides great           arizona, 3200 e.
principal Marc pierce, a Mesa
                                    Camelback road,                 access to a strong Mesa labor          Camelback road,
chamber board director.
                                    suite 100, Phoenix,             force, the superstition springs        suite 100, Phoenix,
   construction begins first
                                    at (602) 954.3750, by           Mall and costco,” said l&a             at (602) 954-3750,
quarter of 2008, with pre-
                                    cell at (602) 697.2922          principal Marc pierce, the city of     by cell at (602) 697-
leasing and pre-sales available.
                                    or at mpierce@                  Mesa’s 2004 Broker of the year.        2922 or at mpierce@
   contact pierce at (602)
                                          contact pierce at (602)   
954.3750, mpierce@lee-, or click “list                                      954.3750, mpierce@lee-
of all professionals” at                                  , or click “list

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                                                                                                 n Provides emergency and
                                                                                                   non-emergency ambulance
                                                                                                   transportation to more than
                                                                                                   four million arizonans in 25
                                                                                                   communities including Mesa.
                      soutHwest aMbulanCe                                                        n built a 16-acre headquarters
                                                                                                   campus in Mesa in 2006.
                                                                                                 n Community partners: Mesa
                                                                                                     sister Cities association,
                                                                                                     Mesa leadership, Mesa
          headquartered in Mesa, southwest        us grow our business where many of                 Chamber of Commerce,
       ambulance is arizona’s largest ambulance   our talented, hard-working employees               Mesa arts Center, Museum
       transportation provider with more than     already live and play,” said Jeff sargent,         of natural History, MarC
       300 vehicles and 1,200 employees. the      president. “southwest ambulance believes           Center, Mesa yMCa and
       company provides emergency and             it’s important to care beyond medical              the Mesa Parks and
       pre-scheduled medical transport care to    care, and Mesa organizations provide               recreation Department.
       Mesa residents and businesses plus more    great involvement and leadership training      For more information, contact
       than 25 additional arizona communities,    opportunities for our employees.”              southwest ambulance, 708
       serving more than 4 million arizonans.         employee benefits include an admirable     west baseline road, Mesa,
          recently, southwest ambulance           selection of medical/dental/eye care plans,    at (602) 267-8991 or
       relocated within Mesa to a 16-acre         life and disability insurance. southwest
       campus that includes executive offices,    ambulance’s 20-year pension makes it
       plus training, warehouse, fleet and        the first private provider in the country to
       human resources departments.               have a pension similar to many municipal
          “Mesa has been a great place to help    departments for field employees.

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Time to play!
you’ll find many reasons to stay and play in Mesa

                 anna play? yoU’re                                                                              of natural history, or they can
                 in the riGht place.                                                                            schedule a flight in an authentic
                    set against                                                                                 wwii warbird at the arizona wing
                 the superstition                                                                               commemorative air Force Museum.
Mountain skyline in arizona’s valley                                                                               and why not take in a stage show
of the sun, the city of Mesa offers                                                                             or a concert? the Mesa arts center
unlimited ways to enjoy a day, or                                                                               offers world-class performances
an extended stay. From arts and                                                                                 along with art galleries, exhibits and
culture to shopping, dining and                                                                                 studios. the Mesa amphitheatre treats
entertainment, there’s something                                                                                concertgoers to a variety of music
for residents and visitors of all ages                                                                          under the stars with unobstructed
to enjoy in and around the city.                                                                                views from its tiered lawn.
                                           superstition mountains
                                                                                                                   shops abound, from boutiques
start your aDventure                                                                                        to antiques, and restaurants
   with 320 days of sunshine                        hotels and resorts frequently offer packages            offer an array of cuisines.
each year, the area’s mountains, lakes              that include golf and other activities.               Mesa…the place to be at any age.
and parks beckon adventurers to seek                   the city’s timeout program                         Visit Mesa at
out a trail, a dock or a sport court.               offers an extensive lineup of sports,               and the Mesa Arizona Convention and
   hikers and bikers can explore miles of           recreation and special-interest                     Visitors Bureau at
mountain and desert trails. shutterbugs             programs for children and adults.
can capture sonoran vistas in a hummer                 the Mesa convention center is                    Bill Barnhart, artist
or on horseback. water sports enthusiasts           conveniently located in downtown Mesa,              featuring Fine Artistry in
can cruise around saguaro or canyon                                                                     Bronze sculpturing
                                                    near several area hotels, easing logistics in
lakes, go tubing down the salt river or             attending any of its year-round events.
swim in one of the city’s 12 public pools.
sports fans can take in chicago cubs spring         exPlore toGetHer
training or arizona Fall league games at               the arizona Museum for youth brings
hohokam stadium. Mesa venues also host              parents, grandparents and kids together to
a number of amateur sports competitions.            explore the artistic sides of life. vignettes
   Golfers can test their skills at public and      featuring reading, building, arts and crafts, and
private courses, from bargain-priced to             just plain fun complement changing exhibits.
resort style. the national Golf Foundation             history buffs can experience prehistoric
has deemed the city-owned dobson ranch              times through realistic dinosaur displays
Golf course a good deal, considering the            at the family-friendly arizona Museum
quality of experience for the fees charged.

                                                                    by katHy kinG

                                                                                                                                     Discover Mesa! i 31
  worlds of imagination
  arizona Museum for youth, arizona Museum of natural
  history, arizona wing Commemorative air Force aircraft
  Museum and Mesa historical Museum delight all ages

               he city of Mesa’s museums              they hadn’t before,” said executive                we’ve done a great job when a child is
               stretch imaginations through           director sunnee d. spencer.                        crying on the way out the door!”
               artistic expressions and                  today, the north and south gallery’s rotating     For recorded information,
               historical finds, from prehistoric     exhibits, complemented by related artistic         call (480) 644-2467 or go to
               days to modern times.                  activities, enthrall school-age children, while
     the 8,000-square-foot arizona Museum             artville, the vibrantly painted mini-town,
  for youth encourages families to view               captivates children up to age four with books,     arizona MuseuM
  the world through the eyes of artists.              crafts and creative play. Museum classrooms        oF naTural hisTory
  the concept of a children’s museum                  promote art expressions for all children.             dinosaurs live! well, sort of. the 80,000-
  focused on art originated in 1978 and the              parents enjoy learning about                    square-foot arizona Museum of natural
  museum opened its doors in 1980. it’s               art along with their parents.                      history, formerly known as the Mesa
  been enticing young and old ever since.                “they find an entry point into the              southwest Museum, brings to life the origins
     “Families experience art in ways                 world of art,” spencer added. “we know             of the universe with its “walk through time”

                                                                     by katHy kinG

  Dave Luna, director of
  educational television
  channel 99, Mesa
  Public schools

                                                    arizona museum of natural history

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                                                                                                         from the city of Mesa. since 1987, the
                                                                                                         museum has been housed at the former
                                                                                                         lehi elementary school, which was built
                                                                                                         in 1914 and is the oldest existing school
                                                                                                         structure in Mesa. the first comprehensive
                                                                                                         exhibit on Mesa, “searching for Mesa: Finding
                                                                                                         ourselves in our history” is on permanent
                                                                                                         display. other exhibits include a replica of
                                                                                                         an early adobe one-room schoolhouse,
                                                                                                         two additional galleries displaying artifacts
                                                                                                         from life in early Mesa, and a large collection
                                                                                                         of historic agricultural equipment.
                                                                                                            each winter, the museum hosts the Mesa
                                                                                                         historic home tour. residents in one of
                                                                                                         Mesa’s historic neighborhoods annually
                                                                                                         open their homes to help highlight Mesa’s
                                                                                                         historic roots and show the importance
 arizona museum for youth
                                                                                                         of preserving the city’s heritage.
                                                                                                            For more information, contact the Mesa
displays of plants, animals and minerals,              Finally, you can fly back in time at the          Historical Museum at (480) 835-7358.
from prehistoric to present-day arizona.            arizona wing commemorative air Force
   dinosaur hall presents a variety of              aircraft Museum, from world war i to the
prehistoric land, air and seaborne                               viet nam era. the 30,000-square-
creatures. dinosaur Mountain’s
                                          Did                    foot museum features artifacts
robotic replicas react to a
                                          you                    and warbirds, including a B-25, a
realistic thunderstorm, complete
with a rushing waterfall.                 know?                  c-45, an snJ, an F4 phantom, MiGs
                                                                 and the most fully restored B-17
   other vignettes introduce               When the              still flying today, the B-17G Flying
past north american and                   Arizona                Fortress sentimental Journey.
Mesoamerican cultures. kids               Museum for                enthusiasts can even schedule
can even pan for “gold” and               Youth was              a flight on the B-17, the snJ
step into an authentic jail cell.         founded in             and the c-45, as well as watch
   “we show the visual history            1980, it was the restorations in progress inside
of ancient and contemporary               only children’s        the maintenance hangar.
arizona in smashing, striking,            museum in the             “the airplanes are so impressive,”
three-dimensional visuals,” said          United States          said administrator debra Mckinion.
Jerry B. howard, ph.d., curator           with a focus on “even for those who are not history
of anthropology. “it’s a fun place        fine art.              buffs, there’s a lot to enjoy.”         char Leatham-
                                                                                                         Bahr, elementary
for families to learn together.”                                    For more information,                school teacher
   For more information, call                                    call (480) 924-1940 or go
(480) 644-2230 or go to              to

arizona wing                                         Mesa hisToriCal MuseuM
CoMMeMoraTiVe air ForCe                                the Mesa historical Museum, at 2345 n.
airCraFT MuseuM                                      horne st., is home to numerous artifacts

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                                  broaDway PalM Dinner tHeatre
       where in Mesa can you enjoy an excellent        each production’s music, stage sets,        located at 5247 east Brown road, with easy
    buffet, a professional show featuring a live    and costumes are original. national Music      access from U.s. 60 and the red Mountain
    pit orchestra, and support a company that       supervisor J.r. Mcalexander and artistic       loop 202, and its expansive parking lot
    consistently backs Mesa? try Broadway           producer seth reines audition more             even accommodates motor coaches.
    palm dinner theatre, voted “2007 Best           than 5,000 actors annually. some have
    place to Bring out-of-town Guests” by           performed on Broadway in new york or and was Phoenix New               on major tours. the cast lives in housing          faCts
    Times “2007 Best dinner and show.”              near the theatre and travels to the other          n broadway Palm Dinner
       it is one of three theatres in the prather   prather entertainment Group theatres                   theatre has welcomed
    entertainment Group, the largest producer       in lancaster, pa., and Fort Myers, Fla.                more than 1 million visitors
    of dinner theatre in the United states.            along with the great entertainment,                 since opening in 2001.
    the Broadway palm is a 55,000-square-           executive chef ryan Barbarisi creates a            n the facility is 55,000 square
    foot venue employing 110 people and             seven-item, all-you-can-eat buffet featuring           feet and seats 500 patrons.
    entertaining more than one million              heart-healthy items, and a decadent ice            n Matinees begin at 11:45
    patrons since its 2001 founding.                cream and dessert bar. patrons may enjoy               a.m. for lunch and the show
       Mesa gains more than entertainment from      a drink before the show in the lobby bar, or           begins at 1:15 p.m.; evenings
    the theatre. “we believe in our community.      they can order beverages at their table.               begin at 6 p.m. for dinner
    For example, we donate proceeds from one           Broadway palm dinner theatre is                     and the show beings at 8
    night’s performance each year                                                                          p.m.; sunday twilights begin
    to the rotary clubs of Mesa. this                                                                      at 5:30 p.m. for dinner and
    helps the club buy dictionaries                                                                        the show begins at 7 p.m.
    for the Mesa elementary schools                                                                    For more information or to buy
    and other club charities. we                                                                       tickets, contact broadway Palm
    also work with the city of Mesa,                                                                   Dinner theatre, 5247 e. brown
    its chamber, and convention                                                                        road, Mesa, at (480) 325-6700,
    and visitor’s Bureau, and have                                                                     or
    provided our theatre for the
    Mesa art center’s fundraiser
    event,” explained director
    of sales rodney kinney.

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             Downtown Mesa

   downtown Mesa is not               to live, work and play.”
only a great place to visit, it’s a
profitable place to work, invest
                                         contact the
                                      association today!
                                                                                     Dobson ranCH
and do business. in fact, this                                                        Golf Course
remarkably revitalized one              faCts
square mile has an annual               n location: a square
                                                                         dobson ranch Golf course
economic impact of $2 billion.             mile in the east valley
                                                                     (drGc) offers 18 challenging
   Mesa’s easily accessible                bounded by Country
                                                                     holes amid 140 acres of tree-
downtown area has been                     Club Drive (west),
                                                                     lined fairways and undulating        faCts
rejuvenated by its modern                  Mesa Drive (east),
                                                                     greens. the lush setting             n 18-hole championship
architecture. astounding arts              university Drive
                                                                     makes this city of Mesa-               golf course; lush
and cultural venues, including             (north) and broadway
                                                                     owned course pleasurable               landscaping; lighted
the new $97.9 million Mesa arts            road (south).
                                                                     even in the summer.                    driving range and
center, have set the tone for           n features: a thriving
                                                                         “this is not a desert course,”     putting greens; newly
the city’s new, vibrant identity.          hub of arts, culture,
                                                                     said don Flavell, golf supervisor.     renovated club house
   “downtown is moving                     shopping, dining,
                                                                     “it’s wall-to-wall turf — like         with pro shop and full-
toward a contemporary style,               government and
                                                                     the courses in the Midwest.”           service restaurant.
with a nod to the past,” said              more with nearly
                                                                         the golf course also hosts       n offers golfers a private
tom verploegen, president                  500 businesses,
                                                                     a 30-station driving range             course experience
of the downtown Mesa                       7,100 employees
                                                                     and two sizable putting                at municipal course
association. “and more ideas               and 22,000 daily
                                                                     greens, all lighted and natural        prices; 2 free junior golf
are on the drawing board.”                 users overall.
                                                                     grass. Golf instruction is             clinics each summer.
   Future plans include mixed-          For more information,
                                                                     available for all ages.              For more information,
use developments, combining             contact the Downtown
                                                                         the 2,000 square foot            contact Dobson ranch
lofts, condos, town homes and           Mesa association, 58
                                                                     clubhouse hosts a full-service       Golf Course at
apartments with professional            w. Main st., Mesa, at
                                                                     restaurant with a lounge,            (480) 644-2291 or
office spaces and an expanded           (480) 890-2613, DMa@
                                                                     three meeting/banquet                www.dobsonranch
lineup of independently       ,
                                                                     rooms and a courtyard.     
owned businesses.                       or www.Downtown
                                                                         the national Golf
   “downtown Mesa is going    
                                                                     Foundation named drGc a
to be a lot more dense and
                                                                     value Golf course. “we offer
intense,” added verploegen.
                                                                     a quality experience and a
“there’ll be a synergy that
                                                                     great atmosphere at rock
will bring people downtown                                                                                            golf course
                                                                     bottom prices,” said Flavell.

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                           fiesta Mall
                         Fiesta Mall has recently undergone
                      a cosmetic remodel, which includes
                      new tile on the upper level, brighter              faCts
                      lights throughout the center and a fresh           n History: Center built in 1973,
                      coat of paint in the common areas.                     renovated in 1999; acquired by
                         next, plans are underway to replace                 westcor in 2004; redeveloped
                      the former Macy’s building with two                    beginning in 2007.
                      new retail uses (including sporting goods          n Major retailers: Macy’s,
                      and electronics, linens or books).                     Dillard’s, sears, bath &
                         the project plan also includes enhancing            body works, the body
                      the food court entrance plaza, renovating              shop, the Children’s Place,
                      the food court, adding family restrooms                forever 21, Hollister Co.,
                      and developing additional retail or                    Pacsun, torrid and vans.
                      restaurant pads along alma school road.            n fiesta Mall offers a unique
                         the redevelopment of Fiesta Mall is part            children’s play area along with
                      of ongoing revitalization efforts in the city of       a free children’s program,
                      Mesa’s Fiesta district. the total investment           westcor kids Club.
                      by these stakeholders is estimated at more         For more information about
                      than $700 million over the next five years.        fiesta Mall, call (480) 833-4121
                         Fiesta Mall, which is anchored by dillard’s,    or go to
                      Macy’s and sears, is home to 140 specialty
                      stores and eateries. the mall is located at
                      U.s. 60 and alma school road, 15 minutes
                      east of sky harbor international airport
                      and 20 minutes from downtown phoenix.

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                                suPerstition sPrinGs Center

   superstition springs center in Mesa         learn about good health and fitness,      interact with children their own age.
is conveniently situated off U.s. 60 and       enjoy music, song and dance, meet         all while having fun!
power road. Built in 1990, the recently        interesting role models, read books and
renovated center serves a fast-growing
area with a population of more than 1.12                                                    faCts
                                                                                            n History: built in 1990 and
million people in 405,000 households.
                                                                                                renovated in 2002 and 2006.
   Built in 1990 and renovated in 2002
                                                                                            n Major retailers: Dillard’s,
and 2006, superstition springs center’s
                                                                                                JCPenney, Macy’s, Mervyn’s,
major retailers include dillard’s, Jcpenney,
                                                                                                sears, borders, the
Macy’s, Mervyn’s, sears, Borders and the
                                                                                                Cheesecake factory, Gap,
center’s newest addition, the cheesecake
                                                                                                wet seal, victoria’s secret
Factory. altogether, more than 150 popular
                                                                                                and american eagle.
stores and eateries comprise the shopping
                                                                                            n amenities: indoor children’s
center, along with a movie cinema.
                                                                                                play area, full-size carousel,
   superstition springs center’s amenities
                                                                                                outdoor amphitheater, and
include a play area, a full-size carousel,
                                                                                                weekly kids Club program.
outdoor amphitheater and a free
                                                                                            For more information about
weekly westcor kids club program.
                                                                                            superstition springs Center,
   the amphitheater is a popular
                                                                                            call (480) 830-0212 or
entertainment venue, which hosts a weekly
summer concert series as well as various
holiday performances by local school groups.
   westcor kids club is held every
thursday at 10 a.m. and is an interactive
community program where members

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                                                  HoHokaM staDiuM
       originally built in 1977 and rebuilt       springtime home in 1952, they have enjoyed
    20 years later, hohokam stadium is the        ardent local support as well. in 2007, the         faCts
    chicago cubs’ spring training facility,       stadium’s volunteer group, the hohokams,           n Chicago Cubs spring
    where fans are breaking arizona cactus        upgraded the electronic scoreboard with                training facility.
    league and Major league Baseball spring       a $500,000 video display. “we’re the only          n size: 48.45-acre park; 13,955-
    training attendance records. “cubs fans are   Major league Baseball spring training                  square-foot clubhouse;
    very passionate,” said stadium Manager        facility in the country with a scoreboard              12,500 seats, including
    david dunne. “they love it here, and they     like this,” said dunne, a native chicagoan.            skyboxes and patio seating.
    keep coming back in record numbers.”             Fans can enjoy a variety of food and            n 2004 Cubs set major league
       since the cubs first made Mesa their       drink at several themed concession stands.             record for spring training
                                                              catering is available for private          attendance with 189,692 fans;
                                                              parties held in skybox suites or the       2005 record is extended,
                                                              Budweiser pavilion and shoppers            with 193,993 fans; 2007
                                                              can find souvenirs and other items         Cubs set Cactus league
                                                              at the two cubbie hole team shops.         single-game attendance
                                                                 hohokam stadium also hosts              record of 12,906 fans.
                                                              the arizona Fall league, the           For more information,
                                                              Men’s senior Baseball league           contact Hohokam stadium
                                                              world series and Mesa’s public         at (480) 644-4451 or at
                                                              high school teams. off-season,
                                                              concerts, weddings and other
                                                              events keep the 60-acre venue
                                                              near downtown Mesa lively.                             hohokam

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                                                                        reD Mountain Park
                                                                   at almost 1,200 acres, red       the softball and baseball
                                                                Mountain park is the largest        fields have covered dugouts
                                                                of all Mesa’s city parks.           and electronic scoreboards.
                                                                   the land is used well, with      snacks and beverages are
                                                                areas for softball, soccer,         available at all the complexes.
                                                                baseball, basketball, volleyball,      Fishing in the city? yes,
       Mesa aMPHitHeatre                                        fishing and picnicking.             arizona Game and Fish and the
                                                                ramadas are available for           city of Mesa offer a cooperative
   it’s hosted everyone from       long festivals and can be    private parties up to 160 guests    program that makes fishing
sting and sheryl crow to           rented for weddings and      — and that’s just outdoor           possible, even within city
staind and Blink 182. Mesa         other special events.        sports and recreation.              limits. and a walking/jogging
amphitheatre is one of the                                         For indoor activities, the       path meanders around the
state’s most popular places to                                  65,000-square-foot, award-          lake, through the park and
enjoy an outdoor concert.                                       winning red Mountain                along its natural settings.
   named “Best concert venue”        faCts                      Multigenerational center
in Phoenix Magazine’s                n outdoor concert          houses an indoor walking/
annual “Best of the valley”             venue adjacent to       running track, exercise              faCts
issue in august 2007, the Mesa          the Mesa Convention     equipment, a gymnasium, six          n size: 1,146.3 acres.
amphitheatre is located in              Center; tiered lawn;    classrooms and a billiards room.     n regional municipal
downtown Mesa, adjacent                 large enough for        programs include mind and                park; playgrounds;
to the Mesa convention                  top entertainment       body fitness, the silver sneakers        reservable, lighted
center. the recently enlarged           yet intimate            group and a kids’ club.                  basketball and
amphitheatre features tiered            enough for up-             the red Mountain                      volleyball courts and
festival seating for nearly             close, unobstructed     center also houses a senior              soccer, baseball and
5,000, allowing unobstructed            site lines.             center and the sirrine                   softball fields; lake;
views of its up-close-               n Most unique: named       adult day care center.                   urban fishing; walking
and-personal stage.                     “best Concert venue”       the red Mountain softball             trail; restrooms and
   “it’s large enough to attract        in Phoenix Magazine’s   complex features four lighted            reservable ramadas.
popular acts, yet intimate              august 2007 issue.      and professionally groomed           For more information,
enough for every concertgoer         For more information,      softball fields that span nearly     contact red Mountain
to enjoy the experience,”            contact Mesa               12 acres. the red Mountain           Park at (480) 644-5300
said kelly rafferty, city of         amphitheatre at            soccer complex consists of six       or www.cityofmesa.
Mesa’s assistant director of         (480) 644-2178 or          lighted regulation soccer fields     org/parksrec/parks/
parks and recreation and              on nearly 22 acres. the red          red_mountain.aspx.
commercial facilities.                                          Mountain Baseball complex
   the amphitheatre also                         mesa           has three full-size baseball
hosts a variety of day-                                         fields across almost 14 acres.

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                                                                                                      n venue: the east valley’s
                                                       Mesa riverview                                     premiere mixed-use
                                                                                                          development, offering 1.3
       with its warm, inviting feel, curbside        with a desire to provide a destination               million square feet of retail,
    appeal and mixture of well-known brands          for families to work, shop and play.”                450,000 square feet of office
    and newer mom-and-pop retailers,                      Mesa riverview’s theater district, framed       space, 33 acres of automall
    Mesa riverview is the east valley’s              by Bass pro shops and cinemark theatres,             (toyota, nissan, etc.), and
    premiere mixed-use development,                  is ideal for individual and family-owned             a Hyatt Place Hotel.
    inviting families to feel right at home          niche retailers, including Blame it on the       n retailers: bass Pro shops,
    as they work, shop and play.                     wine, Big sticks cigars, the scout shop and          Home Depot, Cinemark
       Mesa riverview is a 250-acre retail,          hubbard swim school, to name a few.                  theatre, bed bath & beyond,
    office, hotel and auto park development              dining selections include logan’s                Marshalls wal-Mart
    conveniently located along the rio salado        roadhouse, cracker Barrel, chili’s, islamorada       supercenter, PetCo and
    corridor where dobson road and loop 202          Fish company (inside Bass pro shops),                Jo-ann fabrics; also specialty
    converge. it includes 1.3 million square feet    red Brick pizza, Famous dave’s Barbeque              destinations like blame it on
    of retail, anchored by arizona’s only Bass       and many other fast food restaurants.                the wine, big sticks Cigars,
    pro shops outdoor world, the valley’s first          in addition to enhancing the lifestyle           Hubbard swim school and
    cinemark theatre, home depot and wal-            opportunities for east valley residents,             the boy scout shop.
    Mart supercenter. it is also home to a 33-acre   Mesa riverview is bringing 5,000 new             n impact: when complete,
    auto park (including toyota and nissan),         jobs to the labor force, making it one               Mesa riverview will add
    a hyatt hotel, and 450,000 square feet of        of the largest employers in the east                 approximately 5,000 jobs
    office space. Unsurpassed in size and scope,     valley. it will also generate $170 million           to the local workforce.
    the entertainment and shopping center is         in new sales tax revenue over the                For more information, contact
    proud to offer something for everyone.           next 30 years, which will benefit Mesa           Mesa riverview, located at
       “this development will be one of              police, fire and parks departments.              loop 202 and Dobson road,
    the largest commercial projects and                  when it broke ground in the spring           at (480) 461-0050 or
    employment centers in the east valley,”          of 2005, Mesa riverview was scheduled  
    said Marty de rito, de rito partners             for a 10-year build-out time, but de
    development, the firm that is co-developing      rito says tenant interest and success
    the project with kimco developers.               have cut that time-frame in half. all
    “Mesa riverview features a balance               250 acres of riverview construction
    of many different types of industries,           should be completed by May 2010.

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