Monday, June 22, 2009
The PHX Wild West, an All-American Staple
It has finally happened. Sure, we locals know that downtown PHX is one of the friendliest areas around--a small town in the 5th largest city in the country. We know our neighbors, work together and collaborate everyday. It's nothing extraordinary, that's simply how we do it here in the Wild West. It just so happens that there is an award for community members, government, businesses and nonprofit organizations who work together to address critical local issues. Over the years, 500 cities towns, counties, neighborhood and regions have earned the All-American City Award. This year PHX was chosen as one of the 10 winners out of 29 finalists in the 60th annual competition in Tampa Bay last week. We were the only AZ finalist of the country's most prestigious community recognition award thanks to a committee of 60 people, including 40 community members and 20 city employees.
The Phoenix delegation included Mayor Gordon, Councilmembers Michael Johnson and Michael Nowakowski, City Manager Frank Fairbanks and Deputy City Manager Rick Naimark, along with several community members including our very own Greg Esser, the Executive Director of Roosevelt Row. Thanks so much to everyone who worked hard to get the word out about this big small town embarking on uncharted territory everyday.