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Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport Executive Director Kusy Retires

Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport’s Executive Director, Lynn F. Kusy announced his retirement plans at Monday’s Board of Directors meeting. His final day of employment is expected to be March 15, 2013.

“I have been honored to be a part of Gateway’s success over the past 20 years,” Kusy said. “And I deeply value the relationships I have developed along the way. Gateway Airport is well positioned to continue its tradition of outstanding safety, job development, and customer service to the region and the nation. At this point in my life, however, I have decided that the time is right to retire. I look forward to actively leading the excellent staff of the Airport until the selection process is complete.”

Under Kusy’s supervision, Gateway Airport developed from a fledgling decommissioned Air Force Base to the Department of Defense’s premier model for Base Reuse.

“The Air Force left and the East Valley lost 3,800 jobs and $300 million in annual economic impact,” said Roc Arnett, president of East Valley Partnership. “Today, the Airport supports over 4,100 jobs and has an annual impact of $685 million, making Gateway Airport an economic engine for the East Valley.”

The Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport Authority is in the process of engaging an executive recruitment firm to assist in the selection of Kusy’s successor. The selection process is expected to be completed by March 2013.


Scottsdale Public Art director retires

Scottsdale Public Art Director Valerie Vadala Homer has announced her retirement after almost 25 years on the job.

The institution brought the city freeway art, the famous Love sculpture and the $3.2 million Paolo Soleri Bridge.

Homer announced her retirement Friday.

The Arizona Republic says Dick Hayslip will serve as interim director during a search for Homer’s replacement.

He’s a former chairman of Public Art’s advisory board and a member of the Scottsdale Cultural Council board of trustees.

The Scottsdale Cultural Council is considered a private entity even though it receives about 40 percent of its budget in public money from the city.