Valley Partnership has announced the topic for its upcoming monthly breakfast on Friday, Sept. 25. This month’s program will feature a discussion on why the Salt River Project and Arizona State University continue to invest in the city of Tempe.

The panel will feature John Creer, Assistant Vice President for Real Estate Development at ASU; Mitch Rosen, Development Manager, Papago Park Center, SRP; and Don Bessler, Director of Public Works for the city of Tempe. Moderating the panel will be Grady Gammage, founding member, Gammage & Burnham.

The ASU Athletic Facilities District is a proposed 330-acre project located adjacent to ASU and Tempe Town Lake. Over the next 20 years it will be transformed into a mixed-use urban community combined with NCAA-quality athletic fields and facilities.

The Grand is the final phase of Papago Park Center, a 350-acre mixed-use business park located between the N. Priest Drive and N. Center Parkway off-ramps. The Grand is zoned with a Planned Area Development (PAD) overlay allowing for office, retail, and hotel uses.

“Tempe is one of the most dynamic markets in the Valley, and these two projects reflect that,” said Cheryl Lombard, CEO and President of Valley Partnership. “These are long-term developments that will drive employment growth not just for Tempe, but the Valley as a whole.”

In addition to the panel, Brad Wright will be a special guest at the September breakfast. Wright is a member of the 2016 Arizona Organizing Committee for the College Football National Playoff Championship, which will be held at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale on Jan. 11. Wright will give an update on the community impact and opportunities that accompany being the host city.

Buesing Corp. is the September breakfast sponsor.