ICYMI - City of Mesa Brings Home Pair of Honors as Arizona Association for Economic Development Presents Annual EDDE Awards

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~ The City of Mesa was recently honored with two awards at the Arizona Association for Economic Development (AAED) annual Economic Development Distinguished by Excellence (EDDE) Awards. The awards were presented at the spring conference in Tucson last week and recognized by Mesa City Council at its May 1 meeting.

Mesa won the Economic Development of the Year Award - Large Organization, and Mesa Economic Development Director Bill Jabjiniak won the William Lampkin Award for Long-Term Excellence in Economic Development. This award recognizes outstanding achievements by an individual that has made significant contributions to economic development efforts in Arizona and demonstrated a sustained commitment to AAED.

Jabjiniak has more than 30 years of experience in revitalization strategies, public/private partnership opportunities, project financing, and business recruitment. During his tenure, his team has assisted in creating and retaining more than 36,000 jobs, successfully leading more than 523 projects, and generating more than $17.4 billion in capital investment. Notable companies doing business in Mesa include Amazon, Apple, Cessna Aviation, CMC Steel, JX Nippon, NTT, AT&T, CyrusOne, Dexcom, EdgeCore, Santander Consumer USA, Waymo, Able Engineering/Extron Aviation and Virgin Galactic.

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Jabjiniak's team also helped with numerous high-profile retention initiatives such as the Chicago Cubs and Oakland A's spring training operations; MD Helicopter's corporate headquarters and manufacturing facility; and expanding Banner Health's Desert Medical Center and Banner Children's at Desert Medical Center. Additionally they launched several high-caliber entrepreneurship and small business development programs such as LAUNCHPOINT; Mesa's Technology Incubators; and Mesa Business Builder Small Business Assistance Program which have assisted hundreds of companies grow and thrive in only the last few years.

At the onset of the pandemic his team collaborated to save local businesses by developing a grant program to help businesses in need granting more than $4.5 million to 525 businesses as well as providing free technical assistance (valued at nearly $1 million) to promote resiliency and train businesses to operate in new ways including investing into HUUB - a digital platform that serves local businesses 24/7 providing access to training education webinars resource information - all free to local entities.

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"With a vision from our elected officials and city management," Jabjiniak said "Mesa is a community that is doing great things." He went on to say "I'm very lucky to have that type of support since I've been in this position everyone in the City of Mesa has been on the same page when it comes to getting things accomplished." He concluded saying "I'm honored by this award and I share it with everyone involved in Mesa's success."

The award for Economic Development Organization of the Year for a Large Community recognizes service dedication to AAED as an organization representing a population of more than 100 000 people. As an advocate supporter participant sponsor for many years Mesa has participated in every spring fall conference golf tournament luncheon educational event workshop that AAED has offered making them a regional economic development leader working with more than 55 companies creating 4 200 jobs last year with $2 9 billion capital investment while strongly encouraging education professional development being an IEDC-certified Accredited Economic Development Organization which is a tremendous tribute their commitment performance professionalism.

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