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Smart Communities align policy, technology and programs to make sure the cultural heritage and forward-looking vision are inclusive, respond to social challenges and create widespread improvements throughout the greater Mesa community. A smart community is one that is safe, equitable, inclusive and provides a high quality of life for all citizens. 

 

Innovation District

Project  Create a physical space and environment for entrepreneurs, academic innovators, city staff and citizens to work together to explore solutions for improving the quality of life for our community.

Benefit  Innovation Districts combine economic, physical, and networking resources to create a culture that facilitates idea generation.  Employers are finding these environments essential to attracting highly skilled workers. Downtown Mesa is on the cusp of an urban renewal that will bring exciting innovations with a trained workforce, new housing, collaborative work spaces and higher education opportunities. As part of the Innovation District, the City Center Design Concept is the first step in the design and development of a distinctive place which will capture and enhance the urbanizing momentum of Mesa's downtown.

Current Status  The Innovation District is continually being developed. Some projects in development include:

  • ASU @ Mesa City Center is a three-story academic building that will house programs offered by the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts
  • The Plaza @ Mesa City Center is a two acre gathering place, located just south of the ASU building, with a large open community space, water features and seasonal ice rink. 
  • The City’s LaunchPoint assists startup entrepreneurs with a flexible space for business development, networking and training opportunities. Located in Mesa Center for Higher Education, more than a dozen companies reside there with nearly 60 full-time employees.
  • CO+HOOTS (a collaborative coworking space) will be a tenant in The GRID, a seven story mixed project near Mesa Drive and Main Street. 

 

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Mesa Now

 

MesaNow mobile app provides a central hub for services and information, including providing the ability to access utility accounts and make payments, check out news, calendar, parks and other resources, review road restrictions, and to report an issue.  The City will continue the expansion of MesaNow mobile application functionality to enhance citizen engagement, increase access to information and resources, and augment community involvement.

 

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