Challenge issued for 66th Annual State of the City address
by Glendale Chamber of Commerce on February 9th, 2017

By The Glendale Star

​Mayor Jerry P. Weiers will present the 66th Annual State of the City Address & Dinner, March 2 at the Renaissance Glendale Hotel & Spa, 9495 W. Coyotes Blvd. The evening begins with check-in and reception 5:30 p.m., followed by the dinner and program 6:30 p.m.
More than 500 business and community leaders will attend the State of the City Address and Dinner.

Delivering a “Make A Positive Difference” theme, Weiers will lay out the City’s accomplishments for the year, and provide a roadmap for continuing the positive trends and momentum the City of Glendale is experiencing. In doing so, he plans to issue a special challenge to encourage individuals and businesses alike.

“It’s vital we continue the positive momentum that our city is experiencing,” Mayor Weiers said. “I’m convinced if every citizen, every business person commits to making a positive difference in someone’s life each day, we can achieve anything we set our minds to. That especially includes attracting more jobs to Glendale because that provides our residents even more opportunities for success.”

Hosted by the Glendale Chamber of Commerce in partnership with the City of Glendale, the State of the City has been a time-honored tradition for 66 years. This year the Chamber celebrates its 90th year in business. During this event, Chamber leadership will pass from 2016 Board of Directors Chairman, Jeff Blake of the Blake Group, to the 2017 Chairman, Jean Higginbotham of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona. Special awards will also be presented to “Chamber Champions.”

“It’s an exciting time to be a part of the Glendale Chamber of Commerce with our commitment to excellence being recognized so broadly,” said Higginbotham. “Most importantly, our hard work can be seen in the City’s extreme growth and this success is felt in our flourishing business community, among residents and even in surrounding cities. This year it’s my honor to be a part of celebrating the Chamber’s 90th Anniversary alongside more than 1,200 prospering members.”

Glendale is among Arizona’s largest cities, with a population of about 237,000 residents. Highlights of the mayor’s presentation will include the key initiatives and decisions, resulting in more businesses expanding in Glendale and additional businesses locating to the city.
Weiers will present a Citizen of the Year Award to an individual who has truly embraced the spirit of community in making a positive difference in the lives of Glendale residents. The invocation will be given by Pastor Dean Kuest of Central Christian Church in Glendale. Event attendees will be treated to a patriotic tribute provided by the Sounds of the Southwest Singers Community Choir.

The cost of the event is $90 per person, $800 for a sponsored table of eight and $1,000 for a sponsored table of 10. Register by Feb. 19 by visiting Glendaleazchamber.org, or calling 623-937-4754.

The event is supported by the following organizations:

Presenting Sponsor
• OneAZ Credit Union
Supporting Sponsor
• EPCOR
Event Partners:
Platinum Level Glendale Chamber Investors:
• APS
• Arizona Coyotes
• Arizona Cardinals
• BNC National Bank
• Casino Arizona/Talking Stick Resort
• Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona
• Desert Diamond West Valley Casino
• The City of Glendale
• The Connell Group
• Gila River Indian Community
• Renaissance Glendale Hotel & Spa
• SRP
• Walmart
• Wells Fargo
Gold Level Glendale Chamber Investors:
• The Apple Daisy Companies
• The Glendale Star
• One Community
Silver Level Glendale Chamber Investors:
• Arizona State University
• Dignity Health
• Gila River Arena
• Humana Insurance
• Midwestern University
• Sante at Westgate
• Thunderbird School of Global Management
• OneAZ Credit Union
Bronze Level Glendale Chamber Investors:
• FirstBank
• Banner Thunderbird Medical Center
• BBVA Compass
• CenturyLink
• Capital One
• Cox Communications
• HonorHealth
• Pendergast Elementary School District
• Phoenix Children’s Hospital
• Pritchard Group Insurance
• Southwest Airlines
• Southwest Ambulance
• Southwest Gas Corporation
Event Partner:
• Renaissance Glendale Hotel & Spa
Printing Sponsor:
• Alphagraphics
Centerpieces Provided By:
• Peverini Custom Floral Designs
Event Photographer
• Arborwells Photography



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