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6. Center for the Arts remodel
challenging time for our elected offi cials.” participate.
Originally built in 1989, Chandler Center for the
“The phrase we’re using is ‘$400 for every person for
Arts reopens in May after nearly a year of renovations.
8. Biotech incubator launches 10 years,’” explains Jane Poston, public information
The remodel includes new carpeting, stage fl oor
Even prior to today’s tough economic times, offi cer for Chandler. “These are dollars toward real,
replacement, safety and security upgrades, restoration
Chandler’s Economic Development staff was working tangible benefi ts to the community like library books
of seats and improvements to ensure the facility is
to fi nd new paths for bringing business to the area. and police. Any time population numbers are used for
compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Five years ago they identifi ed the need for a “business Chandler, the census is what they use.”
Chandler Center for the Arts staff is already working
incubator” complex, a unique concept where Poston says the 2010 census will include only
to book events and promote acts for 2010, which
specifi cally focused spaces like laboratories are leased 10 questions so residents can complete it quickly.
will see the return of the summer concert series, the
to innovators working to create brand new products. The government closes all census data for 70 years
homecoming of the Chandler Symphony Orchestra
While the East Coast and California offer many except for use by the U.S. Census department, so
and the appearance of nationally known performers
such facilities, Chandler did not, for all its vision confi dentiality will not be an issue for those who
starting in the fall. Interested residents can visit
of becoming a high-tech area. Out of that process participate. for renovation photos and
came the idea for Innovations, a new 40,000-square-
more information.
foot biotechnology incubator located in a former 10. Paseo Vista Recreation Area
Intel facility near Chandler Fashion Center that will
7. Mayor, council elections
support new ideas and technologies, while growing
All elections are important, but the 2010 Chandler
local business organically.
election is critical.
“Once the project was approved by council in
“What happens in this election will be extremely
September it started moving very quickly,” says
important for the community,” believes Marquez.
Marquez. “Innovations will open in April with a grand
“Mayor Boyd Dunn is termed out. Bob Caccamo is
opening in May. This is a great example of how the
termed out. Trinity Donovan and Jeff Weninger are up
City of Chandler has focused on being ready, not
for reelection. It’s very signifi cant when you have that
sitting and waiting for things to improve. Instead
many votes up at once.”
we’re building spaces like this and working with the
Candidates for mayor and city council should
business community.”
start announcing their intentions soon, as spring will
STSN photo
mean gearing up for campaigns and debates in the
9. Census 2010
ULTIMATE RECYCLING: The old Chandler landfi ll has been turned
community. The primary election takes place Aug. 24
Although typically considered a federal government into a recreation center, which will open after the fi rst of the
and the general election is held Dec. 2.
process, the City of Chandler emphasizes that the
“Our mayor and council are so important in terms
census data collected in 2010 will be critically Southern Chandler’s own trash-to-treasure story,
of forming what direction the City will go and how
important to local concerns, as well. City offi cials are the 64-acre Paseo Vista Recreation Center, opens in
the City is viewed,” Marquez says. “Who’s going to
focused on informing and educating everyone who early 2010 with an offi cial dedication ceremony in
best represent our entire community? Who will have
lives in Chandler about the signifi cant impact of the February. Once the former landfi ll at McQueen and
the vision and the big picture perspective? This is a
census on local budgets and the need for everyone to
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