Chandler Edition - February 2020

CHANDLER EDITION

VOLUME 1, ISSUE 7  FEB. 27MARCH 25, 2020

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After more than a decade, Chandler city ocials may again be asking voters to extend the runway at Chandler Municipal Airport—a move ocials say is necessary to keep the airport competitive with nearby operations, but it is an initiative voters have historically rejected. As airport usage has continued to trend upward in recent years, the city is working to update its airport master plan, originally approved by the Federal Avi- ation Administration in 2010. The updated plan will take into account the increasing economic impact the airport has had on the city as well as the uptick in number of ights in the past two years. A runway extension is likely to be a major recom- mendation to come from the master plan update, which is expected to be approved in late 2020 or early 2021, according to airport ocials. “[The runway extension] would allow our airport to compete with the other airports in the county,” Chandler airport plans for anticipated growth BY ALEXA D’ANGELO

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In the decade since the city last updated the Chandler Municipal Airport master plan, the number of ights per day has increased at the airport. Previous plans have included a runway extension and ocials expect another extension proposal in the latest iteration of the plan. Changes in airport traffic

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Chandler is home to some of the biggest names in technology and innovation—from Intel to Waymo to Microchip Technology to Northrop Grumman to the small businesses throughout the city focused on entrepreneurship and disruption of the status quo. Innovation is at the core of Chandler’s identity, ocials said. Economic development ocials in Chandler said 23% of the city’s workforce is in the innovation economy—much higher than the national average, which sits at about 10% and even the East Local tech-based, innovative companies drive economy BY ALEXA D’ANGELO

Valley average, which is at 14%. To honor the city’s history with innovation and set a tone for Chandler’s future, the City Council unan- imously voted to change the city’s tagline to “Com- munity of Innovation” in a resolution the council approved in 2019 that updated the city's tagline, logo and strategic framework. “It goes back decades,” Chandler Economic Devel- opment Director Micah Miranda said. “Having Rog- ers Corp. and Intel and Microchip and Boeing and all of them having a presence in the East Valley, and in Chandler specically, solidied our community as we know it today. They were the early roots.” Now, ve out of Chandler’s six target industries, as identied by the city’s economic development CONTINUED ON 14

Waymo, an autonomous vehicle company, is one of the innovative companies in Chandler. (Alexa D'Angelo/ Community Impact Newspaper)

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