President and CEO of the Greater Phoenix Economic Council (GPEC), Chris Camacho, joined Governor Doug Ducey in Mexico City for an important trade mission last week, with more than 40 business, university and government leaders – including GPEC board members Sharon Harper of The Plaza Companies, David Rousseau of SRP and University of Arizona President Dr. Ann Weaver Hart.
At $15.8 billion, bilateral trade (imports into Arizona and exports to Mexico) between Arizona and Mexico is larger than the state’s next six largest trading partners combined. And according to an April 2015 report from the U.S. Census Bureau, growth for total exports and manufacturing exports to Mexico is up 22.7 percent and 28.5 percent, respectively.
“Arizona and Mexico share more than an important border for global commerce, but are also connected by the rich historical, social and cultural ties,” said Camacho. “Governor Ducey’s leadership, and the work of David Farca, president of the Arizona Mexico Commission, has set a new tone and reinvigorated dialogue with Mexico City.”
The impact of Gov. Ducey’s trade mission, and the recent opening of the Trade & Investment Office in Mexico City, sends a strong message that Greater Phoenix and the state of Arizona is open for business with our neighbor to the south. With more than 370 miles of shared border, there is an unparalleled opportunity for both Arizona and Mexico to continue to increase trade.
Camacho also added, “The meetings this past week with government and business leaders will further enhance the economic prosperity for both sides of the border, and I am eager to continue the work being done to foster this growth.”
The 2015 Super Bowl kicked off an unprecedented run for the Phoenix metro area as the host of mega-sporting events. But if the Valley is going to continue to lure Super Bowls, NCAA championship football games and Final Fours, leaders in the sports community say the current system needs to be improved.
“We’re playing with a bow and arrow and everybody else is playing with a howitzer,” said Jon Schmieder, founder and CEO of the Huddle Up Group that is based in Phoenix and consults with sports commissions across the country.
The howitzer belongs to cities like Dallas, Houston, New Orleans and Miami that have deep pockets and one central sports commission with full-time staffers.
Phoenix, in conjunction with Glendale, Scottsdale, Tempe and Mesa, won bids for high-profile collegiate and professional events without the benefit of a unified sports commission to spearhead the effort. The successful bids were the results of hard work by dozens of people around the city, none of whom work together under one roof on a regular basis.
Phoenix might be in danger of falling behind other cities if it doesn’t update the system used to organize these events.
In 2016, the College Football Playoff National Championship Game will be played at University of Phoenix Stadium. One year later, the Men’s Final Four rolls into the Valley.
These rotating events complement the annual large-scale sporting events that call the Greater Phoenix area home. For more than 40 years, college football pageantry has descended on the Valley with the Fiesta Bowl and, more recently, the Cactus Bowl. Phoenix International Raceway hosts two NASCAR races every year. The Waste Management Phoenix Open at TPC Scottsdale is arguably the most raucous and fan-friendly tournament on the PGA Tour.
And the city hosted two Super Bowls in seven years.
When the pieces fit together, the picture seems clear: Phoenix has carved out a place among the major host cities of the nation’s biggest sporting events.
The question now becomes: Can the metro area maintain its hot streak?
David Rousseau, president of the Salt River Project and chairman of the Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee, worries the current system of assembling a different committee each time a new event comes to town could hinder future attempts to secure and produce the events.
“That (system), at some point, is going to start to be this frayed, fragmented effort,” he said. “I think there’s some value in just continuing to improve upon and refine that effort and you can only do that if you have that one platform model as opposed to startup efforts every time a new bid opportunity comes by.”
Only one person served on both the 2008 and 2015 Super Bowl host committees. Several members of the 2015 committee have transitioned to the Arizona Organizing Committee that will produce the college football championship game. But the majority of the Super Bowl host committee members have taken other jobs and gone their separate ways.
Each loss means some institutional knowledge gained from valuable experience is siphoned off, but the lack of overall consistency in personnel from committee to committee doesn’t necessarily mean a drop in the quality of the event.
By all accounts, the 2015 Super Bowl was a major success for the Valley. Rousseau hopes the economic impact report being produced by Arizona State University’s W.P. Carey School of Business will show numbers that equal or exceed the half-billion dollars of direct-spend money he said was captured around the 2008 game.
“We’ve never been better in terms of customer satisfaction than we are right now but we don’t have a staff to go ahead and go forward and secure that commitment for future bids,” Rousseau said.
Tom Sadler, president of the Arizona Organizing Committee, shined a positive light on the current model but also acknowledged there might be a better way to operate.
“I wouldn’t say it puts us at a disadvantage when we are bidding head to head … because at the end of the day we’ll rise to the occasion,” he said. “Could it be more efficient to have an overarching commission overseeing this so we’re not reinventing the wheel every year? The answer is yes.”
Sadler is a busy man in the landscape of mega-events en route to the Valley. As president and CEO of the Arizona Sports and Tourism Authority, he is the head of the group that oversees the operation of University of Phoenix Stadium. He was also co-bid chair for the Final Four.
“I would like to see an organization that would respond to not just the big three mega events – Super Bowl, college champ, Final Four – but soccer events, entertainment events, to be an agency that’s nimble enough to be on the leading edge of competition with these other cities,” Sadler said.
Cities that perennially host major sporting events in the country are the competition: Miami, Tampa Bay, Atlanta, New Orleans, Houston, Dallas, San Diego, San Francisco and Indianapolis. The New York Super Bowl opened the door for so-calledcold-weather cities to host the game.
Minneapolis was awarded the game in 2018, to be played in a new domed stadium.
Those cities, as well as many others in the rotation for at least one of the big events, have one central sports commission to oversee the recruitment and coordination of events of all sizes. The size and scope of the commission varies from city to city.
Individual committees can be formed on an as-needed basis or the commission itself can double as the host committee, as is the case with the Dallas Sports Commission.
“The sports commission is the local organizing committee (for the 2017 Women’s Final Four),” said Larry Kelly, communications and marketing manager for the Dallas Sports Commission. “It varies event to event but on all the collegiate and amateur events that we bring in, we’re the local organizing committee. And then on the major professional events, depending on the event, there will be a larger committee involved.”
The oldest sports commission in the country is the Indianapolis Sports Corp. Founded in 1979, its website lists close to 30 full-time employees who run departments like business development, finance and events.
Miami’s sports commission is one of the smallest, though the city is obviously a prime destination. The staff is comprised of only two people but the commission’s large board of directors, which includes ESPN college football analyst Desmond Howard, helps bring in all types of events.
“We have a very wide array of board members so that helps bridge a lot of the gaps and helps bring everyone together,” said Miami-Dade Sports Commission Associate Executive Director Mathew Ratner.
Despite the size and duties of a specific commission, the NFL requires each host city to form a new stand-alone committee to oversee the production of a Super Bowl. Even with an all-hands-on-deck mentality, the effort required for success is enormous.
“It is a herculean task put together an effective bid,” Sadler said. “It’s beyond herculean to execute these events when they come out.”
Two themes run through the discussion when the word “fundraising” comes up among metro-area leaders of the sports community: Arizona could benefit from a state fund for mega-events similar to the one used in Texas. Fundraising on an event-by-event basis is not a sustainable model for the future if Phoenix wants to remain competitive with other markets.
“Our fundraising focus was on largely (the) business community and I think we probably raised on the order of 70 percent of our dollars of the $30 million that it took to host the game from our business community,” Rousseau said.
With three mega-events landing in the Valley in consecutive years, the concern is each host committee must try to raise money from the same small pool of potential donors.
“We just can’t year in and year out count on the support from the private sector,” Sadler said. “I think it’s possible to do it for a few years in the short run, but year after year would be very difficult, and that’s why we need the state’s help.”
Texas has adjusted and amended its model over the years, but the concept has remained the same. If an event hosted in the state can prove a certain level of revenue was generated during its run, the state will reimburse the host committee for a percentage of its operating budget on par with the money earned.
The host committee can then pass some of those savings on to the rights holder of the event to hopefully ensure the event returns in the future and also roll some of the money over to pursue subsequent events.
Said Kelly: “The Texas Major Event Trust Fund program has been a tremendous success story for the city of Dallas and its ability to attract and retain major sporting events and certain citywide conventions to the state of Texas, and to Dallas.”
Texas has $50 million authorized for the fund for the 2015 fiscal year.
While many sports leaders in Phoenix agree a state fund would be beneficial, if not necessary, they also agree the $50 million figure is probably too high for Arizona.
“I frankly think that’s too rich of a model,” Rousseau said.
The exact dollar amount feasible in Arizona is debatable, but attempts to create such a fund have already begun.
In 2014, former state Rep. Tom Forese, R-Gilbert, introduced a bill that would have created a $10 million fund, though he and others were quick to say the fund must be carefully regulated.
“It’s a very competitive environment when you’re chasing opportunities like this, so you want to give the state every competitive advantage and yet you don’t want to be throwing money blindly at anything,” said Forese, now a member of the Arizona Corporation Commission. “So the model that we had was a revolving fund, and it was a fund that could be used in order to provide that competitive edge and then be reimbursed by the proceeds of the event.”
The bill did not make it through the Legislature, but Sadler, who helped promote the bill, hopes to keep the issue alive.
“Given the state’s current economic status, it wasn’t a great time to enter into that conversation, but we’re going to keep it on the front burner and see if we can get something enacted,” he said.
The challenges of raising money in the Valley can be daunting, and proponents of the fund say it would help ease the burden on both the host committees and local businesses.
The Phoenix metro area is home to only four Fortune 500 companies, according to the 2014 list compiled by Fortune magazine. By comparison, Dallas and Minneapolis both have 18 and Atlanta has 16.
Steve Moore, president and CEO of Visit Phoenix, has the unique experience of having worked with the Texas fund during his 14 years at the Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau and 14 years at the San Antonio Convention and Visitors Bureau. He has overseen Visit Phoenix for 13 years and sees the need for some kind of state fund for events.
“Those states that enjoy mega-event funding have clearly placed us at a disadvantage. It’s no longer just that our good weather is going to bring mega events here. It has to be an organized, consistent, well-funded effort that is a great business model, that is inclusive and aware, and abides by the sunshine (law) of open government.”
Questions without answers
The reason for a central sports commission, which would recruit and coordinate major sporting events in the Valley, seem plentiful. However, the idea is rife with questions.
Alan Young, COO of the Arizona Sports and Entertainment Commission, which primarily organizes youth and amateur events, sees several outstanding issues that would need to be addressed.
“I think the main question to ask is, what do the citizens believe?” he said. “What is the overall concept of this? Is building stadiums a drain on the economic impact of the community or is it a positive, is it a plus? Investing in these events – is it a drain on the citizens, the taxation, or is it a good investment? Is it a good business decision or not?”
Despite numerous questions, Young is in favor of a unified sports commission and a state fund.
“I certainly believe and our commission believes it’s a great business decision to invest in these types of events but getting the Legislature, getting the citizens, to buy into this has always been a difficult task,” he said.
Steve Moore speculated about the uses of a potential state fund for event production.
“Is this (state fund) something you’d use for a national political convention?” he asked. “That’s a partisan event. Would you use that for it? Is there an answer to that? That’s not a sports commission issue, but it’s a mega-event issue.”
Tom Sadler raised the issue of the year-round responsibilities of the prospective commission.
“What does this commission do between bids and between executing these bids?”
Opinions and theories are abundant in the sports community, and the discussion is ongoing. The goal, though, is the same for all.
“When we have these national sporting events … they’re massive economic drivers and so it’s much more than just sports,” said Commissioner Forese. “This is a way to put Arizona’s best foot forward, and also it’s a way to have people come and take a look at Arizona and consider moving here or moving their business here.”
Today the Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee formally announces the CEO Forum, a cornerstone program that will directly foster Arizona economic growth. The CEO Forum will welcome more than fifty (50) business executives from around the world to participate in a premier policy discussion about opportunities and challenges that will shape our future communities and businesses. The program will take place the weekend of Super Bowl XLIX in Phoenix and highlight the unique opportunities and positive business climate in Arizona.
“We want to introduce corporate decision-makers to Arizona and show them what our state has to offer. Arizona is pro-business and there’s a great workforce here. Our goal is simple, to encourage participants to move or integrate business operations to Arizona,” said David Rousseau chairman of the Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee. “We want to plant the seeds during Super Bowl XLIX and see Arizona business grow in the future.”
Super Bowl XLIX will serve as a tremendous catalyst to boost the Arizona business environment. The game and surrounding events and activities are expected to draw more than 100,000 visitors, which will ideally foster future business relocations and expansions in Arizona as well as continuing strong tourism.
The Arizona Commerce Authority is leading Arizona’s various economic development organizations in a collaborative effort to identify a diverse group of companies to participate in the CEO Forum, from Fortune 500 corporations to emerging, high-growth businesses. The Host Committee has engaged with several presenting sponsors that are heavily invested in supporting Arizona growth to create a world-class program that capitalizes on the interest and prominence of the Super Bowl, including Apollo Education Group, First Solar, Inc. and National Bank of Arizona (NB|AZ).
A pillar of the CEO Forum will be the CEO Leadership Huddle, a multi-panel policy forum being conducted in partnership with The McCain Institute for International Leadership. The panels will focus on a range of topics with the common theme of global leadership and will be highlighted by discussions between prominent business leaders, international politicians and philanthropic visionaries. In addition, the CEO Forum will include many opportunities for attending CEOs to engage with Host Committee sponsors, Arizona’s business leaders, elected officials and other advocates. Additional program and panel details will be announced in January 2015.
The CEO Forum is unique to the Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee and was started in 2008 with Super Bowl XLII. The program brought more than 20 CEOs to Arizona for Super Bowl weekend and resulted in more than 1,000 jobs and over $400 million invested in the state.
One of the participants in the 2008 CEO Forum was Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong, who led a sizeable business investment in Arizona after participating in the program. Dr. Soon-Shiong recently joined the Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee Board of Directors and continues to be an advocate for investment in Arizona. He also will play a key role in the CEO Forum curriculum.
Unveiling the countdown clock are Phoenix Councilwoman Laura Pastor, CEO of the Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee Jay Parry, Phoenix Councilwoman Kate Gallego, Phoenix Councilman Bill Gates, Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton and Chairman of the Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee, David Rousseau.
With 179 days and counting until Super Bowl XLIX, the Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee and Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton today unveiled a countdown clock at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport which will mark the days, hours and minutes until the opening kick-off of the State’s third Super Bowl since 1996.
“We’re thrilled to have the Super Bowl XLIX countdown clock prominently located at Sky Harbor, the most highly-trafficked point of entry to the state. As we hit the six-month mark, this will help drive awareness and anticipation for the Super Bowl and all the surrounding events,” said David Rousseau, Chairman of the Board of the Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee.
The state-of-the art digital clock located in Terminal 4 at Sky Harbor is illuminated on a 55 inch, high-definition LED screen. After today’s unveiling on the west end of the baggage claim area, an additional countdown clock was illuminated on the east end of baggage claim in Terminal 4. The terminal serves more than 80 percent of Sky Harbor’s passengers.
“The city of Phoenix is ready to host its largest Super Bowl celebration yet,” said Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton. “Phoenix Sky Harbor will be the gateway to the Valley for tens of thousands of Super Bowl visitors and we are working closely with the Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee to ensure the best fan experience the NFL has ever seen.”
In the month surrounding the big game, Phoenix Sky Harbor will serve an estimated 4 million passengers. The new PHX Sky Train will provide a quick, convenient ride from the airport to the light rail connection, giving football fans an easy way to travel to Super Bowl Central, a festival made up of 12 city blocks that will be the epicenter of free, fan fun, in Downtown Phoenix. Super Bowl Central will be held for four days leading up to the game.
Super Bowl XLIX will be played at University of Phoenix Stadium on February 1, 2015, marking Arizona’s third Super Bowl in 19 years. At Super Bowl XLII in University of Phoenix Stadium on February 3, 2008, The New York Giants beat the New England Patriots 17-14. Arizona’s first big game, Super Bowl XXX, was held at Arizona State University’s Sun Devil Stadium in 1996, with the Dallas Cowboys beating the Pittsburgh Steelers 27-17.
The Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee announces its Board of Directors for Super Bowl XLIX. The board of directors is comprised of business leaders that volunteer their time to drive the state’s efforts for Super Bowl XLIX.
The Host Committee is a private, non-profit Arizona corporation. The mandate of the Host Committee is to galvanize local stakeholders in a united approach to hosting the largest single-day sporting event by maximizing positive media exposure, fueling the economic engine of Arizona and leaving a lasting legacy long after the excitement of the Big Game. The board was assembled in 2013 to begin planning and to garner local corporate support and sponsors.
Board members include:
● Board Chair David Rousseau, president, SRP
● Jose Cardenas, senior vice president and general council, Arizona State University
● David Farca, president, ToH Design Studio
● Jim Grogan, chief operating officer, International Capital Investment Company
● Michael Haenel, executive vice president, Cassidy Turley
● Mike Kennedy, partner, Gallagher & Kennedy, P.A. (chairman, Super Bowl XLII Host Committee in 2008)
● Dan Lewis, senior vice president, Sovereign Finance
● Jeffrey Lowe, president, MidFirst Bank
● Mary Martuscelli, regional president for the private client reserve, U.S. Bank
● Andrew McCain, vice president and CFO, Hensley Beverage Company
● Patrick McGinley, vice president of property management, Vestar
● Steve Moore, president and CEO, Greater Phoenix CVB
● Jodi Noble, partner, Deloitte
● Jay Parry, president and CEO, Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee
● Earl Petznick Jr., president and CEO, Northside Hay Company
● Ken Van Winkle, managing partner, Lewis Roca Rothgerber LLP
● KJ Wagner, president and CEO, Willis of Arizona, Inc.
● David Watson, co-founder and managing partner, mybody and president and managing partner, Revolution Tea
● John Zidich, CEO, Republic Media Publisher, The Arizona Republic
“We have an impressive group of business leaders working together to meet the fundraising goals for Super Bowl XLIX and to maximize the opportunity to build the Arizona brand in this unparalleled global spotlight,” said David Rousseau, Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee chairman. “We want to promote Arizona as an ideal destination for businesses and tourists well beyond Super Bowl XLIX.”
Super Bowl XLIX is scheduled to be played at University Of Phoenix Stadium on February 1, 2015, marking Arizona’s second Super Bowl in seven years. In Super Bowl XLII at University of Phoenix Stadium on February 3, 2008, The New York Giants beat the New England Patriots 17-14. Arizona’s first big game, Super Bowl XXX, was held at Arizona State University’s Sun Devil Stadium in 1996, with the Dallas Cowboys beating the Pittsburgh Steelers 27-17.
Today the Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee announces its community campaign for Super Bowl XLIX. In addition to creating direct economic impact for Arizona, investing in the community and local nonprofits is paramount to the Host Committee’s mission to leave a positive lasting legacy from Super Bowl XLIX. The Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee is partnering with the National Football League (NFL) Foundation to distribute more than $2 million to Arizona nonprofits leading up to Super Bowl XLIX on February 1, 2015.
With the launch of the “In the Community” web page, www.azsuperbowl.com/community, local nonprofits are encouraged to visit the site to learn about the Host Committee’s giving mission and focus areas. The legacy grants will focus on distributing dollars to local nonprofits that submit proposals with a key focus in education and youth health and wellness programs. The application will be available online June 23 until July 11.
The Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee has also partnered with the Arizona Community Foundation to provide the administration to distribute the foundation dollars. Their expertise in the nonprofit sector as well as the synergies in the foundation focus areas will be a tremendous asset to the Host Committee.
The NFL Foundation annually donates $1 million towards Super Bowl legacy programs and is matched by local private and public donations.
“Giving back to the local nonprofit community is a tremendous opportunity that will allow us to leave Arizona in a better place as a result of Super Bowl XLIX. We appreciate the local business leaders and corporations support to make this investment possible and look forward to the many legacy projects that will be funded leading up to the Big Game,” said David Rousseau, Chairman, Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee.
The “In the Community” web page also features current community outreach events that the Host Committee has participated in throughout Arizona ranging from tree planting events to literacy fairs and football clinics. In addition, there is a donation page for the public to join the movement to leave a lasting legacy in Arizona by donating online and becoming an active philanthropist.
Voters in Salt River Project elections Tuesday elected new officers and filled 22 seats on the board and council of the Salt River Project Agricultural Improvement and Power District and new officers and 20 seats on the board and council of the Salt River Valley Water Users’ Association – SRP’s collective governing bodies.
Results from Tuesday’s election become official after a canvass by the SRP boards at their next meetings on Monday, April 7. The newly elected officials will take office May 5 and 6. The terms of SRP president, vice president, board and council seats are all four years.
In unofficial results posted this morning, SRP President David Rousseau of Phoenix and Vice President John R. “Randy” Hoopes of Chandler were re-elected to their second four-year terms. Both candidates were unopposed.
In other unofficial results in which Board incumbents faced challengers, John “Jack” M. White Jr. of Phoenix was re-elected over Ray Arvizu of Phoenix for Seats 6 in both the District and Association; incumbent William W. “Bill” Arnett of Mesa held off challenger Connie Wilhelm of Phoenix for District at-large Seat 12; and incumbent Wendy L. Marshall of Phoenix defeated John Hulburd of Phoenix for District at-large Seat 14.
In contested board seats in which there was no incumbent seeking re-election, Mark V. Pace of Gilbert won Seats 10 in both the District and Association; defeating Mark J. Andersen of Gilbert in the unofficial results. Pace will succeed the retiring Dwayne Dobson on the Board.
In non-contested board seats, incumbent Paul Rovey of Peoria won Seats 2 and Deborah S. Hendrickson of Tempe won Seats 8 in both the District and Association.
In non-contested board seats in which there was no incumbent seeking re-election, Leslie C. Williams of Phoenix won Seats 4 in both the District and Association.
In contested Council races, unofficial winners were Jacqueline “Jacque” L. Miller, Nicholas J. Vanderwey and Robert W. Warren for Seats 6; and Dave B. Lamoreaux, William P. Schrader Jr. and William “Billy” P. Schrader III for Seats 10.
Also elected to Council seats were Jerry Geiger, Kimberly Owens and Bill Sheely for Seats 2; Garvey M. Biggers, M. Brandon Brooks and Michael G. Rakow for District 4; Christopher J. Dobson, Mark L. Farmer and Mark C. Pedersen for Seats 8.
Elected to Council seats were Geiger, Owens and Sheely for Seats 2; Biggers, Brooks and Rakow for Seats 4; and Dobson, Farmer and Pedersen for Seats 8.
SRP is locally regulated by officials elected from within the Salt River Reservoir District boundaries. The Association and District boards establish policy, approve annual budgets, and set prices and fees. Councils for both Association and District amend and enact bylaws, and make appointments to vacant board, council and vice president seats. Traditionally, candidates seek identical positions in each organization.
To be eligible to vote, District and Association electors must be the owner of qualified land, or an individual who has been appointed by the trustee(s) to vote qualified land held in a qualifying trust as of Dec. 22, 2013. In addition, District electors must be a qualified, registered Arizona voter and reside within the state of Arizona. Association electors must also be at least 18 years of age.
All Association positions and all but the four District at-large board positions (Seats 11, 12, 13 and 14) are elected on an acreage-based voting system. The four District at-large board members are elected on a one-vote-per-landowner basis.
SRP is the largest provider of water and power to the greater Phoenix metropolitan area.
SRP will hold elections on Tuesday, April 1, to fill 24 seats on the board and council of the Salt River Project Agricultural Improvement and Power District, which oversees SRP’s electric operation, plus the positions of President and Vice President, and 22 seats on the board and council of the Salt River Valley Water Users’ Association, plus the positions of President and Vice President.
The terms of SRP President, Vice President and Board and Council seats are all four years. The officers will be sworn in May 5 and 6 following the canvassing of election returns.
Early balloting by mail is available for qualified voters in the Salt River Reservoir District. The deadline to request an early ballot by mail from the SRP Corporate Secretary’s Office is 5 p.m. on Friday, March 21. Early voting ballots may be requested by calling (602) 236-3048, by visiting the SRP Elections website at www.srpnet.com/elections, or in person from the Corporate Secretary’s Office, located at 1521 N. Project Drive in Tempe.
Qualified voters may vote in person at the SRP Voting Center, located at the SRP Administration Building, 1521 N. Project Drive in Tempe, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on March 24 through March 31, and from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Election Day, April 1.
District voters must own qualified land or have been appointed to vote qualified land held in a qualifying trust that is within the respective boundaries of the District, and must be qualified, registered Arizona voters. Qualified Association voters must own qualified land or have been appointed to vote qualified land held in a qualifying trust that is within the respective boundaries of the Association, and 18 years or older as of April 1, 2014.
The current SRP president, David Rousseau, and vice president, John R. “Randy” Hoopes, are both running unopposed for re-election. Rousseau and Hoopes will be seeking their second terms; they were elected for the first time in 2010.
SRP board members establish policy, approve annual budgets and set prices and fees. SRP council members amend and enact bylaws, and make appointments to fill vacancies on the SRP boards, councils or position of Vice President.
District positions up for election are: President; Vice President; one board position in each of voting divisions 2, 4, 6, 8 and 10; two at-large board positions (12 and 14); and three council seats in each of voting divisions 2, 4, 6, 8 and 10.
Available Association positions are: President, Vice President, one board position in each of voting districts 2, 4, 6, 8, 10; and three council positions in each of voting districts 2, 4, 6, 8 and 10.
The two at-large District board positions (12 and 14) are elected on a one-landowner, one-vote basis. All other positions are elected on an acreage basis. For example, an owner of five acres of land has five votes; an owner of one-half acre has half a vote.
More information regarding the 2014 SRP elections is available at the SRP Elections website at www.srpnet.com/elections or by calling SRP’s Elections Information Line at (602) 236-3048, Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
SRP is the largest provider of water and power to the Phoenix metropolitan area.
From left: David Rousseau, Chairman of Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee, Jay Parry, President & CEO, Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee, Greg Stanton, Mayor of Phoenix, Kate Gallego, Councilwoman District 8, Jim Waring, vice mayor of Phoenix and Michael Nowakowski, Councilman District 7.
The Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee announced several major initiatives that will take over 12 city blocks in downtown Phoenix and together will serve as the hub of fan, sponsor, media and NFL activities for Super Bowl XLIX.
The activities will cover 5th Street to First Avenue and Jefferson Street to Monroe Street and be anchored by the iconic Super Bowl roman numerals, which will tower 30 feet into the air.
Super Bowl Central, will feature live performances by national recording artists and local musical talent, community groups and schools, football themed activities, and beer and wine gardens. The festival will feature family-friendly activities for fans of all ages, will be free to the public and incorporate street level merchants and restaurants. Local culture and food will be showcased. This is a new addition to Arizona’s line-up of Super Bowl activities since the state last hosted the Super Bowl in 2008, and one million visitors are expected to participate.
“We are thrilled to be providing extensive and engaging events and activities that will showcase the energetic and vibrant culture of Arizona to fans, sponsors and media alike,” said David Rousseau, Chairman, Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee.
Typically one of Super Bowl’s most popular activities, NFL Experience is the world’s largest interactive football theme park. For Super Bowl XLIX, it will be located at the Phoenix Convention Center and feature attractions such as kids’ football clinics, interactive football games, free autograph sessions and more.
NFL House, a VIP hospitality headquarters, is another new addition to Arizona’s Super Bowl activities and will be located at CityScape.
“Super Bowl Central, along with NFL Experience and NFL House, will turn
downtown Phoenix into the Super Bowl epicenter. It will provide both local and
visiting fans an amazing opportunity to be part of this global event. Super Bowl
Central delivers direct economic benefits to local businesses,” said Greg Stanton, Mayor of Phoenix.
NFL Media Center, located at the Phoenix Convention Center, will provide working facilities for 5,000 members of the media from over 30 countries around the world.
National broadcast networks — NBC, NFL Network and others — will broadcast live from Super Bowl Central.
Additionally, NFL Headquarters will be at the Hyatt Regency Phoenix.
The average temperature in the Valley in February is 71 degrees, showcasing the ideal weather conditions for an outdoor fan festival as well as the Super Bowl game.
Super Bowl XLIX will be played at the University of Phoenix Stadium, home of the Arizona Cardinals, on February 1, 2015. This marks Arizona’s second Super Bowl in seven years and the third overall. In Super Bowl XLII at University of Phoenix Stadium on February 3, 2008, the New York Giants bet the New England Patriots 17-14. Arizona’s first big game, Super Bowl XXX, was held at Arizona State University’s Sun Devils Stadium in 1996, with the Dallas Cowboys beating the Pittsburgh Steelers 27-17.
The Greater Phoenix Economic Council (GPEC) today announced the appointment of its Board of Directors for the 2014 fiscal year, as approved by the Executive Committee.
Alliance Bank of Arizona CEO James Lundy will continue to lead the Board of Directors as chairman.
“As the economy continues to improve, GPEC’s team of results-driven board directors will work to ensure the region not only maintains its trajectory but also pushes toward a more diversified and sustainable economy that is less dependent on growth industries like real estate and construction,” Lundy said. “I’m honored to work with this talented group of professionals and look forward to a productive year.”
Rounding out the Board’s leadership is SCF Arizona President and CEO Don Smith and Empire Southwest Executive Vice President Chris Zaharis as vice chairs, APS Vice President and Chief Customer Officer Tammy McLeod as secretary and Bryan Cave, LLP Partner R. Neil Irwin as treasurer.
New Board Directors include: Steve Banta, CEO of Valley Metro; the Honorable Denny Barney, District 1 Supervisor for the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors; Scott Bradley, Area Vice President for Waste Management; Mark Clatt, Area President for Republic Services; the Honorable Vincent Francia, Mayor of the Town of Cave Creek; Dr. Ann Weaver Hart, President of the University of Arizona; Bill Jabjiniak, Economic Development Director for the City of Mesa; the Honorable Michael LeVault, Mayor of the Town of Youngtown; Rich Marchant, Executive Vice President, Global Operations for Crescent Crown Distributing; Ryan Nouis, Co-Founder and President of Job Brokers; and Eric Orsborn, Councilmember for the Town of Buckeye.
“GPEC’s success is largely driven by its strong Board of Directors, all of whom reflect the region and state’s most accomplished professionals,” GPEC President and CEO Barry Broome said. “Every single one of them truly cares about our market’s success and serves as a community thought leader when it comes to competitiveness.”
Mayors from GPEC’s member communities and the organization’s Nominating Committee are responsible for nominating and appointing Board Directors. The one-year terms are approved during GPEC’s Annual Board meeting.
GPEC FY 2014 Board of Directors:
James Lundy – Chairman
Alliance Bank of Arizona
Don Smith – Vice Chair
President and CEO
Chris Zaharis – Vice Chair
Executive Vice President
Tammy McLeod – Secretary
Vice President and Chief Customer Officer
Arizona Public Service Company
R. Neil Irwin – Treasurer
Bryan Cave, LLP
William Pepicello, Ph.D. – Immediate Past Chair
University of Phoenix
President and CEO
Greater Phoenix Economic Council
Richard C. Adkerson
President and CEO
Freeport McMoRan Copper & Gold
Government Affairs Manager
Ernst & Young LLP
Campbell & Mahoney, Chartered
Michael Crow, Ph.D.
Arizona State University
Kathleen H. Goeppinger, Ph.D.
President and CEO
President and CEO
President and CEO
The Plaza Companies
Ann Weaver Hart, Ph.D.
University of Arizona
President, Master Planned Communities
The Ellman Companies
President and CEO
Helios Education Foundation
Executive Vice President, Global Operations
Crescent Crown Distributing
Salt River Project
Chairman and CEO
JPMorgan Chase Arizona
Karrin Kunasek Taylor
Executive Vice President and
Chief Entitlements Officer
DMB Associates, Inc.
Gerrit van Huisstede
Regional President Desert Mountain Region
Richard B. West, III
Publisher & President
The Arizona Republic
Managing Director, Gov’t & Community Relations
County Supervisor-District 1
Maricopa County Board of Supervisors
Principal and Partner
The Honorable Robert Barrett
City of Peoria
Area Vice President, Four Corners Area
Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck
Wyatt Decker, M.D.
Mayo Clinic Arizona
Director of Project Development
The Honorable Vincent Francia
Town of Cave Creek
Rufus Glasper, Ph.D.
Maricopa Community Colleges
Snell and Wilmer
G. Todd Hardy
Vice President of Assets
Phoenix City President
Senior VP of Operations and President/CEO
Dignity Health Arizona
Economic Development Director
City of Mesa
The Honorable Robert Jackson
City of Casa Grande
The Honorable Linda Kavanagh
Town of Fountain Hills
The Honorable Andy Kunasek
County Supervisor, District 3
Maricopa County Board of Supervisors
The Honorable Michael LeVault
Town of Youngtown
The Honorable John Lewis
Town of Gilbert
The Honorable Marie Lopez Rogers
City of Avondale
The Honorable Georgia Lord
City of Goodyear
Economic Development Director
City of Tolleson
The Honorable Mark Mitchell
City of Tempe
Co-Founder & President
Town of Buckeye
Rancho de Los Caballeros
The Honorable Christian Price
City of Maricopa
Zions Energy Link
The Honorable Jeff Serdy
City of Apache Junction
Steven M. Shope, Ph.D.
Sandia Research Corporation
James T. Swanson
President and CEO
Richard J. Thompson
President and CEO
City of Chandler
D.L. Withers Construction
The Honorable Sharon Wolcott
City of Surprise
Attorney at Law
Lewis and Roca
Salt River Project has approved a $50,000 donation toward construction of a new Ronald McDonald House on the campus of Cardon Children’s Medical Center in Mesa. The new House will be the first in the East Valley and the third in the Phoenix metropolitan area.
The new 12,600 square foot Ronald McDonald House will be located in a renovated former residential facility adjacent to the hospital. The House will include 16 bedrooms, kitchen, common area, indoor dining room, two outdoor dining areas, work spaces and an outdoor play area.
The two operating Ronald McDonald Houses are located at 501 E. Roanoke Ave. and on the campus of Phoenix Children’s Hospital.
“For more than 100 years, water and power have been essential to SRP’s mission of building a strong Arizona. Equally important is our commitment to improving the communities where we work and live,” said SRP President David Rousseau. “We are proud to support Banner’s Cardon Children’s Hospital, which provides the East Valley and Arizona with access to quality pediatric care, as well as the Ronald McDonald House Charities as it provides vital services and comfort to families in times of great stress and crisis.”
The joint fundraising effort between Ronald McDonald House Charities and Banner Health Foundation has so far raised $1.22 million toward the $2.1 million goal and is expected to be completed by the end of the fourth quarter this year.
“Salt River Project is an important partner for the Ronald McDonald House in our effort to serve the East Valley, and we are incredibly grateful for this generous contribution to help meet our fund-raising goal,” said RMHC Executive Director Nancy Roach.
In 2012, more than 1,850 families stayed at the two Ronald McDonald Houses in Phoenix, nearly 90 percent from Arizona but also from 23 states and 11 countries. The average length of stay was 15 days.
The new House will be the first serving the East Valley. Families staying at Ronald McDonald Houses must live outside a 30-mile radius from the nearest House.
No one is ever turned away for not being able to pay the $15 nightly fee asked of families whose children are undergoing medical care in the Valley.
The cost for housing a family for one night is $51. In 2012, only 12% of families staying at a Ronald McDonald House in Phoenix were able to pay all or part of the fee. Community donations and contributions help cover the difference between the daily cost and the fee the House asks for those who can afford to pay.
For information about making a donation to the Ronald McDonald House capital campaign, contact Jerry Diaz, Director of Development, (602) 798-5092 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information about Ronald McDonald Charities of Phoenix, visit www.rmhcphoenix.com.