21st Annual State of the City with Mayor Mark Mitchell

by Ayrianna Drayton

“The Evolution of Our City” was the theme of this year’s 21st Annual State of the City hosted by the Tempe Chamber of Commerce at the Marriott Phoenix Resort Tempe at The Buttes. Mayor Mark Mitchell welcomed a sold-out crowd of 600 distinguished sponsors and guests to hear him reflect on the past year’s success and how Tempe is planning ahead and evolving for the future of an urban metropolitan area some call home.

Mark Holthaus, with Presenting Sponsor Edward Jones, welcomed guests after breakfast following a captivating performance of the national anthem by the Arizona State University all-female a cappella group, the ASU Pitchforks.

Mayor Mitchell’s creative video was played before his entrance to the stage, showcasing his morning routine and all of the helpful resources Tempe has to offer, like the Orbit bus and ride-sharing apps.

The morning was full of excitement as the audience heard about the success of new Tempe businesses; 16,500 new affordable housing units coming to Tempe; and how Tempe plans to build upon the systems, assets and innovations it has now.

As the event came to an end, Mayor Mitchell discussed Career Ready Tempe, a program helping high-school students get paid internships, and how Tempe will continue to set new standards for the cities around it by evolving policies, programs and much more.

The Tempe Chamber of Commerce would like to thank all the sponsors, the City of Tempe’s Communication Team, the Mayor’s staff, and our event host for partnering in this historic morning.

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