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Williams Statement on Council Approving Downtown Arena AgreementWilliams Statement on Council Approving Downtown Arena Agreement<div class="ExternalClassD5A7894FF6364AA691F5173B7065C3E5">PHOENIX – Mayor Thelda Williams released the following statement following Council approval of the agreement for renovations at Talking Stick Resort Arena:<br><br>"I commend the City Council for their leadership and courage in doing the right thing for the city. They heard the overwhelming support from the community and voted accordingly. <br><br>Every year, the arena generates $335 million in economic impact to our city, region and state, along with supporting job and businesses, and helping to give Phoenix a national presence. Monies to the general fund then help pay for public safety, parks, libraries, etc. I believe supporting the viability of the arena is the right thing to do.<br><br>The City of Phoenix owns Talking Stick Resort Arena and is responsible for renovations to make it a viable building—regardless of the tenant. Phoenix has long enjoyed a valuable partnership with the Suns that has helped make downtown what it is today. <br><br>I am grateful to the community for their input over the last few weeks—it is important, and I have appreciated the opportunity to listen to and address concerns. Today's decision was not one taken lightly. I also appreciate the hard work of city staff in putting together presentations and information for the community."<br><div style="text-align:center;">-30-<br></div></div>1/24/2019 1:30:00 AMRaquel Estupinan(602) 261-8823