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Grow Our Economy

​​​​Councilman Valenzuela is committed to growing our city's economy.  In order for our economy to thrive, we need to support existing businesses, attract new businesses to Phoenix, and build an environment where entrepreneurs can flourish.

  • Appointed Chair of the city's Downtown, Aviation and Redevelopment Subcommittee in 2014
  • Supported and advocated for the city's Access to Care ordinance​ – allowing Phoenix to receive our fair share of federal dollars set aside for healthcare.  This ordinance allows Phoenix to access already set-aside federal funds to reimburse hospitals for un-recovered costs related to uninsured and low-income patients.  Our local hospitals contribute nearly $28 billion each year to our economy.  This ordinance will ensure that our hospitals can continue to create jobs and drive our economy in a positive direction. 
  • In 2013, co-chaired the city's efforts to reform our employee pension system​ by creating sensible, sustainable solutions that respect our taxpayers-at-large and our dedicated city employees.  The majority of Phoenix residents voted in support of the plan to create a 50-50 partnership between the employees and the city of Phoenix for pension contributions.  The city will save nearly $600 million over the next 23 years. ​
  • Leading the effort on the City Council on entrepreneurship – working to create a brand to promote Phoenix as 'the' place for innovators; provide clear access to idea development resources; increase the concentration of entrepreneurs; and attract more capital to Phoenix.  Led the effort along with Mayor Stanton to join the ASU Alexandria Co-working Network to offer collaborative space and resources at the Burton Barr Central Library, with plans to expand to all city libraries within the next few years. 
  • Served as a key leader in accelerating the Northwest Light Rail Extension.  The light rail extension will play a major role in the revitalization of our city's core, create 1,500 jobs and will provide access to transportation for more than 20,000 people who live around the project.  The approximate $2.4 billion investment in light rail has resulted in a $7.8 billion return to the Valley.​
  • Played a key role in the passage of the city's human rights ordinance which added lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and disabled residents to the city's anti-discrimination ordinance. Passage of the ordinance will help grow the city's economy - attracting the right kind of jobs and  people, to Phoenix.  Councilman Valenzuela believes in building not only a diverse community, but an inclusive community.  

Related statements:​​

Councilman Valenzuela Issues Statement on Creation of Trade Office in Mexico
Councilman Valenzuela's statement on City's Credit Rating
Councilman Valenzuela's Statement on Today's Google Announcement
Councilman Valenzuela's Statement re: Granting CDBG Funds to Support Small Biz
Councilman Valenzuela Hosts Meeting to Discuss PHX Sky Train, Airport Expansion
Council Approves Extension of Milwaukee Brewers Contract at Maryvale Stadium

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