Daniel Valenzuela we re-elected to his second term on the Phoenix City Council in August, 2015. He began his tenure on the City Council on Jan. 3, 2012. He proudly represents District 5, which includes west and central Phoenix. Daniel is committed to keeping our families safe, strengthening our economy and improving our neighborhoods.
Councilman Valenzuela currently chairs the Downtown, Aviation, Economy and Innovation Subcommittee. He also serves as a member on three additional subcommittees: Sustainability, Housing, Efficiency and Neighborhoods; Parks, Arts, Education and Equality and Transportation and Infrastructure. In 2015 the Councilman was appointed to represent Phoenix on the Arizona League of Cities and Towns Executive Committee. He also was just appointed to th National League of Cities (NLC) 2017 Community and Economic Development (CED) federal advocacy committee. This committee has the lead responsibility for developing NLC’s federal policy positions on issues involving housing, community and economic development, land use, recreation and parks, historic preservation and international competitiveness.
Daniel is leading the effort on the City Council to help Phoenix build momentum as an epicenter for entrepreneurship. These businesses are critical to growing the city's economy. In 2014, he joined CO+HOOTS, a local co-working space, in launching the first global entrepreneur exchange program – a program that is designed to bring together the world's most innovative entrepreneurs and coworkers to share ideas in cities throughout the world.
Councilman Valenzuela also worked with Arizona State University to create The Hive, a program at Burton Barr Library that provides a discovery space for business entrepreneurs and combines elements of a co-working space with services and resources. The collaborative offers nearly 500 service programs and since its inception more than 36,000 individuals have utilized the space, with women over the age of 35 representing 2/3's of the participants. Since its inception, 93 startups have been launched and 139 jobs created as The Hive has set the tone for public models to embrace Phoenix as a destination for success.
Additionally, Councilman Valenzuela is working with the Valley's higher education institutions including the Maricopa County Community Colleges District and Grand Canyon University to continue to make Phoenix the place where entrepreneurs thrive. Finally, he has worked with the city's Community and Economic Development Department to create a program called 5K in 5Y. Through this effort, private funds will be raised to develop real estate solutions facing new or expanding startups and to provide grants to augment startup costs with the goal of creating 5,000 startups in Phoenix in five years.
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