Sept. 6, 2013
Next week, Mayor Greg Stanton along with Barry Broome, President and CEO of Greater Phoenix Economic Council, will travel to Dalian, China to meet with leaders of nearly 1600 of the world’s most dynamic and fast-growing companies. The World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting of the New Champions, also known as the “Summer Davos,” is the foremost global business gathering in Asia. Participants will share strategies and solutions regarding global issues and risks in business development and sustainability.
Mayor Stanton will serve on a panel with world government and business leaders to discuss “Strategic Shifts in Urban Ecosystems," including examples of how Phoenix is building a sustainable future. He is the only U.S. policy leader who has been invited to take part in the World Economic Forum.
“Phoenix has come a long way with our sustainability efforts, and this will provide an opportunity to showcase our accomplishments on a global platform,” said Mayor Greg Stanton. “It will also enhance Phoenix’s visibility when it comes to job creation, business cultivation and forging deeper relationships with foreign companies interested in doing business in our great city.”
In November 2012, the mayor launched PHX Renews, a signature project that’s transforming 15-acres of vacant land at Central and Indian School roads into a sustainable public space featuring urban community gardens, outdoor classroom space and large public art displays. Bloomberg Philanthropies also recognized Phoenix for its innovative plan to create smart-energy districts in 15 urban neighborhoods to become the “smartest energy city in the world.” Phoenix was one of 20 finalist cities selected in the Mayor’s Challenge for its solution to sustainability issues that face cities across the nation.