On Tuesday, Phoenix Mayor Stanton gave his final State of the City address. This was Stanton’s final address before resigning to run for Congress. In October 2017 he announced his plans to run for Congress in District 9, although he has not disclosed when he will officially step down as mayor, he will have to leave his role before the end of May. In his address, he shared his report on Phoenix’s economic, environmental, and social turnaround highlighting noteworthy achievements in transportation, sustainability, social justice and more.
During his address, Mayor Stanton shared that “Governing Magazine, named Phoenix one of the highest performing city government in the Nation”. The Phoenix Metropolitan area has increased in popularity in recent years for new business. It has been recognized as “one of the top cities for startups and young professionals”. This can be seen in the growing numbers of new graduates from other states who are taking up residence in Arizona. Companies like Intel, Amazon, Apple, Uber, and Google have invested large sums of money in Arizona and as a result, Phoenix Metro is “3rd in growth for high tech jobs” with the “highest wage growth of any region in the USA”. Small businesses have raised their wages here more than anywhere else, and Phoenix boasts “near record low unemployment rates”. Metrics like this make it easy to see why Phoenix was named “one of the top ten growing economies”. Mayor Stanton also talked about Phoenix’s triumphs and advances in biosciences, transit, sustainability, social justice.
Check out the video of his full address on azcentral.com
By Raul Guevara