Let's plan Maricopa's Future Together...
The City of Maricopa has embarked on a citizen-driven visioning program to establish the City's direction for the future. The program – "2040 Vision" – strongly encourages Maricopa citizens to attend a Community Forum and provide valuable input that will set the City's course for the next 25 years! Learn more or view Community Forums schedule...
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Maricopa’s 2040 Vision process successfully launched on Monday night with lively public participation. Forum participants are encouraged to provide their ideas, concepts and dreams for Maricopa’s future. Attend one of the Forums and provide valuable input that will set the City’s course for the next 25 years!
For full details on Maricopa’s 2040 Vision program, go to www.maricopa2040vision.com.
The City of Maricopa has received a Gold Excellence in Economic Development Award from the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) for its "Free Chief Stahl from City Hall" shop local event. The award was announced on October 20 at IEDC's 2014 Annual Conference in Fort Worth with Economic Development Director Micah Miranda accepting on behalf of the City. The project won in the category of Promotional Award: Special Event for communities with populations of 25,000-200,000. IEDC received more than 750 applications for its different award categories. In addition to receiving the award, the Free Chief Stahl from City Hall shop local event was one of only four award-winning projects selected to be presented during IEDC's Awards Showcase Session.
Last November during his 2013 State of the City Address, Mayor Christian Price guided the audience through Maricopa's 10 year history and shared a vision for the community's future. One key aspect of this vision is laying the foundation for sustainable economic success by pursuing higher education institutions and talent. He specifically noted how attracting an engineering school to Maricopa could become the catalyst for landing high tech companies with high paying job opportunities.
In September, a conference call was held between representatives from the University of Arizona, City of Maricopa Economic Development Department and Maricopa Unified School District (MUSD). The discussion focused on the establishment of a viable partnership between the City and MUSD to support engineering degrees through the University of Arizona College of Engineering. The long-term goal of the initiative is to create a pipeline of Maricopa High School (MHS) students to the University of Arizona. "There is a projected future shortage of scientists and engineers throughout the Greater Phoenix region and United States," said Mayor Christian Price. "We believe Maricopa has the potential to fill a critical niche by developing talent locally. Through this partnership, we hope to generate excitement among Maricopa students and provide them with an academic track to pursue careers in high demand, technology-driven fields."