At its annual “Best of the West” awards show and dinner, WESTMARC honored Buckeye Mayor Jackie Meck.
WESTMARC also celebrated its 30th anniversary as a key player in West Valley economic development and advocacy during its annual awards show, held Oct. 22 at Phoenix Raceway in Avondale.
The Inspiration in Leadership Award went to Meck.
After spending most of his adult life as a leader of his hometown, Meck decided not to run for yet another reelection. “It’s time for younger people to be the leaders of Buckeye,” he told the West Valley View in December.
On Nov. 17, Meck will pass the mayor’s gavel to Eric Orsborn, the former councilman elected as Buckeye’s next mayor in August.
Buckeye reelected Meck for a third consecutive term in 2016. He started public life as a Buckeye Council member from 1968 to 1975 and previously served as mayor from 1973 to 1975—back when Buckeye was a quiet little farming town.
WESTMARC honored him for his modest but effective leadership, as Meck has presided over the city’s extraordinary expansion as it became the fastest-growing city in the country.
It was fitting that Julie Giese, Phoenix Raceway president, presented the Economic Engine Award, recognizing individuals, organizations, businesses, facilities or programs which have created a significant economic outcome and/or job creation for the West Valley
The Avondale Health-Tech Corridor was a finalist, but the award went to Microsoft, which is expanding data and technology centers in the West Valley.
Ottawa University’s Surprise campus won the Excellence in Innovation Award, beating out the city of Peoria’s autonomous shuttle “Robo Ride” that made its debut at Spring Training 2020.
WESTMARC’s Excellence in Innovation Award recognizes honors “an innovative concept that attempts to fulfill a need for West Valley residents or preserve the West Valley’s assets or resources.”
Sintra Hoffman, president and CEO, presided over the event, with the President’s Choice Award going to Roberta “Bobbi” Magdaleno, executive director in the Office of Government and Community Engagement at Arizona State University. She is based at ASU’s West campus in Glendale.
WESTMARC awards also went to Verizon Wireless for Quality of Life Enhancement in the Community, Abrazo Healthcare’s Residency Program for Quality of Life Enhancement in Education and Western Maricopa Education Center (West-MEC) for Regional Advancement.
“The Best of the West Awards recognize outstanding contributions to the image, lifestyle and economy in the West Valley,” Hoffman said. “WESTMARC is proud to honor these outstanding individuals and organizations making a great impact in the West Valley.”