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My committee also has jurisdiction owner, I also understand the burden out of their way or where they may need have questions about these forums or
over a number of state agency functions. government can place on people who support. would like to discuss any other issue
Again, my experience has been valuable. are trying to make a living and support In today’s environment it is even with me, feel free to contact me at 602-
During my time as mayor, I worked their families. This understanding helps more important to remain close to the 926-4481 or email me at jtibshraeny@
closely with the city’s elected offi cials, guide me whenever I consider a piece of public. I plan to continue this outreach Your opinions are important
professional management and the legislation. Still, I know I can’t rely solely effort by holding a series of meetings to me and I appreciate the opportunity
department heads to ensure we were on my personal experience in analyzing throughout the City of Chandler to listen to serve you.
delivering services in as effi cient and the impact of proposed bills. Instead to the ideas, suggestions and concerns
economical a manner as possible. This I have worked hard to reach out to of the community. These meetings
Sen. Jay Tibshraeny, R-Chandler, represents
understanding of the internal functions my constituents and remain in contact will be from 6 to 8 p.m. April 14 at
District 21 in the Arizona State Senate. He
served as mayor of the City of Chandler from
of government is useful, especially in with them. They are the best source of Sunset Library; April 22 at Tumbleweed
1994 to 2002.
these diffi cult times. “real world” information about what’s Recreation Center; and, May 12 at the
Additionally, as a small business working and what isn’t, how we can get Chandler City Council Chambers. If you
Price Road continues to attract quality employment
by Councilmember Jack Sellers building across the street from the current currently for sale. This site provides are two Marriott-brand hotels under
South Chandler has undergone a campus at the northwest corner of Price the City an opportunity to strategically construction -- Courtyard and Fairfi eld
signifi cant transformation over the past and Dobson roads. This development will develop a Science and Technology Park Inn.
couple of decades, as dairy farms moved result in 310 new jobs, and the potential much like the ASU Research Park. As Already a shining star, the Price Road
out and cutting-edge employers moved for hundreds more down the road. we continue to explore ways to create Corridor has a bright future. The area
in. This is especially true along the South As you continue northbound along the partnerships in areas like incubator is attracting a number of technology-
Price Road Corridor, already one of the corridor, Downtown Ocotillo, a mixed- technology to further attract emerging based companies for several reasons
premier employment centers in the use project on the southeast corner of businesses to strengthen Chandler’s beyond a great location. Access to
Valley. And despite a rough economy, Price and Queen Creek roads completed economic base, we hope to make this critical infrastructure like high-speed
good things are still happening along the its fi rst phase in October 2008. Downtown site fi t that vision. Wells Fargo still has communications access, electric and
Price. Ocotillo includes both retail and offi ce plans to develop additional facilities at the underground chemical lines have proved
Intel’s recent announcement is a prime space and already has a number of southeast corner of Price and Germann to be very attractive. As part of the City’s
example. Located at the southernmost area tenants, including several eateries and a roads. General Plan, this area also allows for
of the corridor, Intel recently announced day spa. Future plans include a residential Three other commercial developments, sizeable sewer and water users, resulting
a $3 billion expansion that will convert and hotel component. comprising 600,000 square feet of offi ce in the expansion of current companies
two existing chip plants into the country’s On the southwest corner of Price and space are also planned for the corridor. and interest from several new businesses
fi rst mega-fab. Intel’s project is estimated Queen Creek roads, zoning was approved Additionally, two Hilton brand hotels are along the South Price Road Corridor.
to take approximately 18 months and for an estimated 360,000-square-foot under construction at this site -- Hampton So along the Price, the news is good.
will temporarily create up to 1,500 new offi ce and light industrial project called Inn and Homewood Suites. This additional industrial, mixed-use
technology-related construction jobs. Park Ocotillo. This project is expected On the southwest corner of Loop 202 and offi ce development will help sustain
This investment also helps to safeguard to begin in 2010 and will be rolled out in and Price Road, the Chandler Echelon is Chandler’s economic future, particularly
existing jobs at the facility. multiple phases. near completion. This space includes a as we move closer to residential build out.
Another exciting expansion involves And, the former home of the 153- 180,000-square-foot offi ce building and
Orbital Sciences who is adding an acre Motorola campus on Price between parking structure. Phase two will include
additional 82,000-square-foot office Germann and Queen Creek roads is an identical building. Also on this site
to the
Positive outlook on economy
been to several networking events economy. Yet, we can’t ALL let it bring
Statement on Covance
I’m tired of the media and all the
lately, and most of the attitudes of the us down - or we ALL WILL go down.
negative attention the economy is
participants are quite positive. If I meet My overall feelings and experience are
We’re not surprised. We knew they
receiving. It’s all one-sided. I know
someone who is not upbeat, I try to stay refl ected quite nicely in the thoughts of
would do this quickly and quietly with
things are bad, much of it is reality
clear and I do not take that particular Colly Remley, an educator I spoke with
no heads up. It doesn’t matter … it
and not exaggerated. However, I have
business card! recently who shares my optimism. “Yes,
doesn’t change our plans.
personally spoken with several business
4) Renting space or buying property there is a positive side to the current
It’s a shame that a company with
people who are remaining positive,
is cheap. This is a good time to make economic downturn. As in every other
a history of secrecy, deception and
doing well and looking forward. I think
that move. challenging time in our lives, we have
federal law violations has put down
we all know that the more one puts a
5) Everyone is competing for your a choice as to how we respond and
its tentacles in our community, but
negative twist or thought out there, the
business, so purchasing equipment, ultimately react. These changing times
disreputable companies open all the
more it catches like wildfi re. That is part
starting advertising campaigns, necessitate a re-evaluation of our
time. There is certainly no shortage of
of what is happening now. People who
whatever you may need is cheaper than priorities and a refocusing on what is
corrupt city offi cials and GPECs (Greater
are doing well have stopped spending.
usual. truly important in our lives and our
Phx Economic Council) with whom
Not only that, but general attitudes and
My business was up 15 percent in community. What do we want, what do
to collude and conspire against the
moods are dismal. This is not good for
2008. I don’t see much slowing in 2009. we really need? How do we allocate the
residents of the community. Especially
the economy, for one’s life or for the
My staff is great, our customer service time we have…at work, at home, with
in these economic times.
planet as a whole.
and quality are awesome, and I didn’t family and friends? Are we taking care
It doesn’t change our plans.
Here are some positive things to
raise my prices because I know many of ourselves spiritually, emotionally,
Jan McClellan, Citizens Against
consider about the economy, for me
clients are struggling. I’ve also thrown physically? Can we connect to others
Covance, Chandler
and for others:
in a freebie to a long-time client who in our community by giving to those
1) Employees - I have never had such
just couldn’t pay this time around, and in need thus rediscovering our
a strong batch of applicants in my 20
I know how important our service is to interconnectedness? By intentionally
Letters to the Editor
years of business!
her. recalibrating our relationship with the
We know you have an opinion! Share it with the
2) Employees are also working harder
Yes, I am lucky that my business has world, this can be a great time in our SanTan Sun News. Unless you’re the Mayor, however,
and staying put. We no longer have to
managed to still be doing well in the lives.
please keep your Letters to the editor around 200-
300 words, or they may be edited for length. Include
tolerate crabby employees because we
economy. Could that change? Certainly. Janice Jaicks of Mesa, is a seasoned
your fi rst and last name, community or development
fear there is no one better to take their
But unless I see the economy directly water fi tness professional who founded name in Southern Chandler (Cooper Commons,
place. I have played “victim” to this for
affecting my business in a negative way, Waterworks On Wheels, Inc., in 1985
Ocotillo, Sun Groves, etc.) or ZIP code and daytime
phone number for verifi cation. Anonymous letters
many years, and frankly it’s refreshing
I refuse to buy into this depression. and provides swim lessons in Chandler,
are not typically accepted. Email is the preferred
not to be in this position now!
I do not mean to be insensitive, I Gilbert, Ahwatukee and other parts of
submission method, to
Opinions expressed in Community Commentaries,
3) Social networking is huge and
know personally many people whose the Southeast Valley.
Letters to the editor or cartoons are those of the
spreading, which is a nice way to make
lives have taken a turn for the worse
author, and not that of the SanTan Sun News.
contacts and spread good news. I’ve
at present because of the shifting
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