At Phoenix Forge, Sinema Meets with Local Mayors & Employers to Discuss Arizona Priorities in New Congress

Jan 23, 2023

Senator discussed with Maricopa County Mayors and local business leaders their priorities around housing, water, and broadband and transportation infrastructure

PHOENIX – Arizona senior Senator Kyrsten Sinema held a roundtable discussion at Phoenix Forge with Maricopa County Mayors and local business leaders to discuss their priorities on issues impacting their cities and towns and the business community – including issues around housing, water, and transportation infrastructure.
“As we look forward, I’m grateful for the partnerships of local employers and leaders and I’m excited to continue our work finding innovative, lasting solutions that fuel economic security, growth, and opportunity for communities across our state,” said Sinema.
Sinema brought together Maricopa County Mayors and local business leaders who are members of the Greater Phoenix Economic Council to discuss legislative solutions to the challenges facing local communities in the Greater Phoenix area. 
The Senator underscored the success of bipartisan cooperation after passing historic laws that invest in Arizona’s infrastructure for safer roads, more accessible broadband, and a more secure water future, keep Arizona competitive and strong against foreign adversaries like China, and other bipartisan laws that address the roots of gun violence, protect democracy and election integrity, and ensure legal protections for marriage and religious freedom.
Roundtable participants included Avondale Mayor Kenn Weise, Buckeye Mayor Eric Orsborn, Gilbert Mayor Brigette Peterson, Scottsdale Mayor David Ortega, Surprise Mayor Skip Hall, Goodyear Mayor Joe Pizzillo, Apache Junction Mayor Chip Wilson, representatives from the Greater Phoenix Economic Council, representatives from Salt River Project and Arizona Public Service, and other local business leaders.
The Senator thanked Phoenix Forge for affording Arizonans learning and growing opportunities through educational workshops and resources. Phoenix Forge is a makerspace powered by GateWay Community College on behalf of the Maricopa County Community College District. The partners that developed Phoenix Forge include GateWay Community College, Arizona State University, the City of Phoenix, the U.S. Department of Commerce, the Economic Development Administration, and Arizona Public Service.