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Gordon announces ‘true game-changer’ in last State of the City address

Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon (File photo)

Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon (File photo)

In his eighth and final state of the city address, Mayor Phil Gordon announced “a true game-changer” for the city of Phoenix: the arrival of Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong’s non-profit Institute for Advanced Health.

The Institute, to be headquartered in Phoenix, will be home to the world’s fastest supercomputer dedicated to health information and will utilize technology to help patients receive treatment for cancer, diabetes and hundreds of other diseases, Gordon said.

“This game-changer will redefine how the nation and world will see Phoenix,” he said. “Its timeline will begin shortly, in just months.”

The facility is expected to create thousands of jobs and make Phoenix a must-stop knowledge center on the information superhighway, Gordon said.

In his March 29 address at the Sheraton Phoenix Downtown Hotel, Gordon touted progress in his three priority areas: public safety, education and jobs.

“In Phoenix, we are safer today in nearly every major crime category than at any time in the past 25 years,” he said.

In the past few years, the city of Phoenix has partnered with Arizona State University and the University of Arizona to expand the schools’ downtown campuses. The venture led to the establishment of ASU’s downtown campus in 2007 and the UofA College of Medicine’s Health Sciences Education building, which is expected to open next summer.

Gordon said the education institutions and the city are continuing to pursue growth in order to provide “centers of excellence, creativity, knowledge, and vision” for future students.

Gordon also asked for the audience to fill out cards on their tables to support Dare to Dream, an organization raising money to send kids to college who otherwise cannot attend because the Dream Act has yet to pass.

“If our state Congressional leadership isn’t willing to make the necessary investment, if they intend to risk Arizona’s future, we must step in where they refuse to act,” Gordon said.

Gordon will be making the first pledge of $10,000 to help students in the pursuit of a quality education.

Not only does Gordon plan to offer quality educations he also hopes to provide quality jobs for Phoenicians.

In the beginning of 2011, Gordon set a goal to create 35,000 new jobs across the region. Already this year, employment figures show that 11,000 new jobs have been created. If growth remains constant, there will be more than 50,000 new jobs created by the end of the year, Gordon said.

Gordon said he will remain in Phoenix and continue to help the state from the private sector once his term is over.

“Seven years ago, I made you a promise,” he said. “It’s a vow you can still count on, a constant in this time of change: No matter my title, no matter the address of my office, I will always be your partner. I will always love this city, and I will always strive to make it the best place to live in the world.”

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