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MESA BRINGS EVERYTHING HOME Mesa Arts Center
ATTRACTIONS Mesa Historical Museum
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
INFORMATION ABOUT ADDITIONAL ACTIVITIES AND GOLF COURSES, PLUS SHOPPING AND DINING CHOICES
IS AVAILABLE AT VISITMESA.COM.
Visit us online. We’ll prove it’s the smartest move you can make.
Residents Dan and Kristin Alber, owners
of Domestic Bliss, share their thoughts.
A closer look at the City of Mesa.
The Mesa Arts Center is world-class.
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.
Business-friendly environment sparks
growth. Page 20
There’s plenty of room to stay and
play in Mesa. Page 31
Look inside for an eight-
page economic development
section. Includes area map.
10-year Mesa spring training game at hohokam stadium, home of the chicago cubs
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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
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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Boasting smart growth, great amenities,
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
economy, university life, arts,
senior art Director culture and Major league Baseball
steve Adams spring training, for starters.
Mesa’s outstanding schools, abundance of
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
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
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
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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MaC helps loCal
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
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.
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 www.mesaartscenter.com. 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,
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- www.mesaartscenter.com.
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caption for Marcee
the pomeroy building is a fixture in downtown mesa.
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.
and tana Hackett, Five neighborhoods — evergreen, Glenwood- and we have neighborhoods like washington
owners of Vintage
charm by PatriCia batHurst
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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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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
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
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
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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
“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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 www.atsu.edu. and positions of leadership.” www.poly.asu.edu.
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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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
Discover Mesa! i 15
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 www.mc.maricopa.edu.
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.
16 i Discover Mesa!
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 www.mpsaz.org.
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 www.evit.com. 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 www.evit.com. 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 www.evit.com walking and bike riding
memberships. For example,
area car dealerships. local www.Metrolightrail.org.
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
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
18 i Discover Mesa!
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
Discover Mesa! i 19
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
20 i Discover Mesa!
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.”
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,
22 i Discover Mesa!
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
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 associates.com, or click “list
Gateway commercial (l&a), a national commercial of all professionals” at
faCts real estate brokerage firm, www.lee-associates.com/
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
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
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 www.gcbaz.com. 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
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-
construction firm. lauth delivers virtually square-foot retail and entertainment
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 www.lauth.net.
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.
26 i Discover Mesa!
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
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
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, email@example.com.
interest land buyers in the Gateway airport area or www.phxmesagateway.org.
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.
28 i Discover Mesa!
business Park suPerstition
defense and aviation www.lee-associates.com/ 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 lee-associates.com/global/
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)
lee-associates.com. contact pierce at (602) lee-associates.com.
associates.com, or click “list 954.3750, mpierce@lee-
of all professionals” at associates.com, or click “list
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n Provides emergency and
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 www.southwestambulance.com.
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.
30 i Discover Mesa!
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.
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 www.cityofmesa.org
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 www.visitmesa.com.
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 www.arizonamuseumforyouth.com.
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
channel 99, Mesa
arizona museum of natural history
32 i Discover Mesa!
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-
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 www.azmnh.org. to www.arizonawingcaf.com.
arizona wing Mesa hisToriCal MuseuM
CoMMeMoraTiVe air ForCe the Mesa historical Museum, at 2345 n.
airCraFT MuseuM horne st., is home to numerous artifacts
Discover Mesa! i 33
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
azcentral.com 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 www.broadwaypalmwest.com.
provided our theatre for the
Mesa art center’s fundraiser
event,” explained director
of sales rodney kinney.
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downtown Mesa is not to live, work and play.”
only a great place to visit, it’s a
profitable place to work, invest
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 DowntownMesa.com,
rooms and a courtyard. golfcourse.com.
owned businesses. or www.Downtown
the national Golf
“downtown Mesa is going Mesa.com.
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.
Discover Mesa! i 35
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 www.westcor.com.
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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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, www.hohokamstadium.com.
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 www.mesaamp.com. 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 www.mesariverview.com
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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