Mayor Eric Orsborn

Buckeye Mayor Eric Orsborn’s 2022 state of the city video was titled “Moving Forward.” Keeping in line with that title, it looked to the city’s future. (City of Buckeye/Submitted)

Buckeye Mayor Eric Orsborn celebrated a year of accomplishments with his 2022 state of the city video, “Moving Forward.”

The video aired on May 5 and highlighted 5,000 new jobs coming into the city, and the new water supplies that were secured, and welcomed new retail and services.

“The past year has given us all new challenges to face, but it has also provided us with some incredible opportunities and accomplishments,” Orsborn said 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 said. 

“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.”

In addition to creating job opportunities, Orsborn said the community values new retail stores, services and health care.

The mayor spotlighted Abrazo Health Care’s new project at the southwest corner of I-10 and Verrado Way. On the 27 acres, Abrazo is hoping to open a medical office building and an ambulatory service and acute care hospital. The initial phase is expected to break ground later this year.

Banner Health has also announced its construction of a new hospital and medical center at the northwest corner of I-10 and Verrado Way. The 330,000-square-foot hospital is scheduled to open in the fall 2024.

Orsborn said the Jackie A. Meck water campus has a substantial effect 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 addressed Buckeye projects that allow residents to stay active and healthy, including the opening of the Sundance Recreation Center last fall. 

“Before we even cut the ribbon at this facility, classes were booking up,” Orsborn said 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.”

To conclude his state of the city address, Orsborn said there is plenty more to be excited about this year.

“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.”

To view the state of the city address or the year in review publication, visit buckeyeaz.gov/StateoftheCity.