Eric Orsborn, Buckeye Mayor, celebrated a year full of accomplishments by sharing his 2022 state-of-the-city video. “Moving Forward.”
The video aired May 5th and highlighted 5,000 new jobs in the city, as well as the new water supplies that were secured.
“The past year has given us all new challenges to face, but it has also provided us with some incredible opportunities and accomplishments,”Orsborn stated at the beginning of his address.
“Along with the entire city council, I am proud to help guide Buckeye into a bright future as we move forward into 2022 and begin to see the end of the pandemic. I’m happy to report the city of Buckeye is strong, resilient and thriving.”
Of the 5,000 new jobs, 3,000 came from the new KORE Power project, which breaks ground this summer and is set to open in 2024. In total, the city’s job hike is a 33% increase from 2020.
“This time last year that 850,000-square-foot Five Below distribution center and retail store was still being built. Now, it is operational, employing more than 150 people with another 150 jobs on the way,”Orsborn stated.
“The future Ross Dress for Less distribution center at Broadway and Watson will employ 1,300 people. The Funko distribution center at Miller and Lower Buckeye will have 300 jobs, and the big one, KORE Power, the first U.S. company to manufacture lithium ion battery cells, will bring 3,000 jobs to Buckeye.”
Orsborn stated that the community values new retail outlets, services, and health care, in addition to creating employment opportunities.
The mayor spotlighted Abrazo Health Care’s new project at the southwest corner of I-10 and Verrado Way. Abrazo plans to build a medical office building, an ambulatory service, and a hospital on the 27-acre site. The first phase of construction is expected to be completed later in the year.
Banner Health also announced the construction of a new hospital/medical center at the northwest corner I-10 and Verrado Way. The hospital, which covers 330,000 square feet, is expected to open in fall 2024.
Orsborn claimed that the Jackie A. Meck water campus had a significant impact on the city.
“Up and running before schedule and below budget, the Jackie A. Meck water campus is officially online, capable of treating 6 million gallons of water a day,”He said.
“With the growth the city is experiencing in all areas of development, we are well aware of the need to acquire additional water sources to ensure we are sustainable now and as we forge into the future. The water resources department is looking ahead, and not just for the next few years but for the next 20 to 40 years.”
Orsborn also addressed Buckeye projects that encourage residents to be active and healthy, including opening the Sundance Recreation Center last year.
“Before we even cut the ribbon at this facility, classes were booking up,”Orsborn spoke highly of the recreation center. “The community services department continues to provide you and your family a ton of options to stay healthy and packed. Skyline Park continues to be the top destination with over 400,000 visitors to this beautiful park last year. Sundance Park expansion is underway with a 3.2-acre lake splash pad, basketball courts, sports fields and more opening later this year.”
Orsborn concluded his address on the state of the city by saying that there is much more to be happy about in 2014.
“We are off to a great start with our accomplishments this year, but we were only on the ground floor of a fantastic future,”He said.
“We love Buckeye as much as you do, and we’re working hard to make sure this city remains the best place for you to live, work and play. Buckeye’s future is progressing quickly with exciting new developments, more employment opportunities, and great amenities for you and your family. The entire Buckeye City Council is proud to be charting the course, and we will continue moving forward to ensure better tomorrow for you.”
Visit this page to see the current state of the city address and the year in review publication. buckeyeaz.gov/StateoftheCity.