Phoenix is in the midst of an unprecedented boom. Our economy is strong, and our high quality of life is attracting more and more residents to the valley every day. With this success, we are starting to see "growing pains" that demand thoughtful consideration and action. Housing costs are increasing and the homeless population is growing. Our roads and highways are becoming more congested and our air quality continues to get worse. Our summers are getting hotter and our water usage and conservation plans are not designed for a city set to double in population. Pockets of our city are thriving while others are getting left behind. These are all serious challenges we are facing, but together we can solve them if we act now.
Phoenix is the fifth-largest and fastest-growing city in the United States, and the decisions we make over the next 10 years, will shape the future of our home for the next 50-100 years. Let's invest wisely and protect the things we love about this city while preparing it for the century to come.
Maintaining Economic Momentum
We must continue to encourage entrepreneurship and make it easy to start a business here, while continuing to invest in technology, innovation, and growing industries like advanced manufacturing and life sciences.
For the past several years, Mark has served as the Senior Vice President of Entrepreneurship & Venture Development with the Arizona Commerce Authority where he has used his background in Private Equity, Consulting, Social Entrepreneurship and Community Building to help build one of the country's best startup ecosystems and most resilient economies.
Mark leads the Arizona Innovation Challenge - a 1.5 million dollar grant competition for startups, as well as a number of incubators and accelerators. He has spent the past two years helping small businesses navigate the Covid-19 pandemic, helping launch the state's Small Business Bootcamp and Resource Collective which has reached more than 15,000 small businesses across the state.