Robin Arredondo-Savage Honored with Spirit of Tempe Award

by Christopher Samuels

Robin Arredondo-Savage, Vice Mayor for the City of Tempe and a local small business owner, was honored by the Tempe Chamber of Commerce by receiving the Chamber’s annual Spirit of Tempe Award.

The award recognizes a lifetime achievement of service, dedication and contribution to the community and honors hard work and a strong commitment to improving the quality of life in Tempe.

Arredondo-Savage had done just about everything there is to do in the city. Before her appointment to the city council and the vice mayorship, she served on the Tempe Union High School District Governing Board. An A.S.U. graduate, she served in the U.S. Army and has led efforts for Tempe to become the first Veteran Supportive City in the state and developing Valor on 8th, the first female veterans’ housing project in Arizona.

Arredondo-Savage was elected to the Tempe City Council in March 2010 and has been proactive in the city’s education and economic development policy. She’s led efforts to connect STEAM programs with youth, business and community through Geeks’ Night Out and has fostered connections between surrounding state and local universities and colleges. Arredondo-Savage also collaborated with her council colleagues to create an Equal Pay program for local businesses.

In the private sector, Arredondo-Savage also helps run Arredondo & Arredondo Insurance, a family-run business that is also celebrating its 25th year as Chamber members.

“Robin is a remarkable person and personifies everything we love about Tempe,” said Anne Gill, president and CEO of the Chamber. “She is a shining example of our government, businesses and community engagement in Tempe and is truly deserving of this award.”

Regarding the award, Arredondo-Savage said, “I’m honored to receive the Tempe Chamber Spirit of Tempe Award. I’m grateful for all of the individuals and organizations who’ve partnered to create positive outcomes for our Tempe community.”

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