Monday, February 23, 2009

Gateway lands Aerospace Institute

Earlier last week, it was Mayor Smith standing tall for Gateway, now even more good news for the Mesa's growing area. It was announced that Gateway will be the future home of the newly formed Arizona Aerospace Institute (Trib version here). The institute will be headquartered at the Proving Grounds, which is also going to be the home of the new Gaylord Resort if it passes next month.

What a great time for the Southeast Valley. These types of large projects will not only transform that part of Mesa, but will also be a boon to the other surrounding cities such as Gilbert, Queen Creek, and even more of Pinal County. As jobs and economic opportunities locate in that area, people will be able to stay closer to home to find quality jobs, and perhaps it can reverse our old trend of "drive until you can afford it" housing that has lead to our current unsustainable housing model.

From Mesa's perspective, its certainly a big boost to the A in Mesa's HEAT, which stands for healthcare, education, aerospace, and tourism. Mesa was recentlynamed one of the nation's top cities for aerospace, our goal now should be to make Mesa THE top city for aerospace. What is stopping Mesa from becoming the "silicon valley" of aerospace technology?

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