Local economic development representative, Mignonne Hollis has been named to the statewide transportation investment committee with the Arizona First Leadership Foundation. The foundation is a non-profit organization started earlier this year by Mesa Mayor Scott Smith to bring leaders together to tackle Arizona’s most pressing issues.
The first initiative of the group was launched this month and features iArizona: interconnect, invest, innovate.
The statewide committee will be chaired by former U.S. Secretary of Transportation Mary Peters and former CEO of Sundt Construction Doug Pruitt and will include business and political leaders from across the state and political spectrum. Last week, the committee received a briefing on the newly released ADOT Statewide Transportation plan.
The goal of the iArizona committee is to spend the next few months listening to residents statewide and building a constructive dialogue about the state’s most pressing transportation needs.
In addition, the group will soon launch a website at www.iArizona.com which will be a hub to share and solicit ideas from the public about the most pressing needs throughout the state.
“Arizona’s future economy depends on a well-designed and interconnected transportation system that optimizes time and job creation,” said Peters. “It is an honor to be a part of this diverse group of leaders working on such an important issue in Arizona.”
Over the next four months, Mayor Smith and other iArizona committee members will lead Town Hall discussions and solicit ideas from Arizona residents. With that feedback, the iArizona committee plans to formulate a citizen-led transportation planning process focused on creating jobs and economic opportunity in Arizona.
“Arizona’s shared borders with Mexico and California present enormous opportunities that can create thousands of jobs here in our state,” said Doug Pruitt. “This is exactly what Arizona needs to take us to the next level in economic development, trade, interconnectivity, innovation and investment in our future. I’m proud to be a part of this conversation.”
Committee members include co-chairs Mayor Scott Smith, City of Mesa; Former U.S. Secretary of Transportation Mary Peters; Doug Pruitt, former CEO Sundt Construction; Karrin Taylor, Vice President Entitlements DMB Associates.
Members: Mayor Jonathan Rothschild, City of Tucson; David Berry, Swift Transportation; Pricilla Storm, Diamond Ventures; Jim Klinker, Arizona Farm Bureau; Steve Trussell, Arizona Rock Products; Chuck Coughlin, HighGround Inc.; David Martin, Arizona Chapter Associated General Contractors; Councilman Tom Simplot, Arizona Multi-housing Association; Kimber Lanning, Local Arizona First; Former Representative Russ Jones; Steve Betts, Channen Construction and I-11 Coalition; Scott Higginson, I-11 Coalition; Martin Shultz, Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck; Bas Aja, Arizona Cattle Feeders Association; Supervisor Stephen Miller, Pinal County; Roc Arnett, East Valley Partnership; Michelle Rider, Westmarc; Mignonne Hollis, Sierra Vista Economic Development Association.