Since taking office in 2011, Mayor Jay Tibshraeny has launched several initiatives to connect with community members in areas that are important to the entire City. The Mayor encourages all Chandler residents to get involved. Here's a look at these important initiatives.
Neighborhood Excellence Awards
Mayor Jay Tibshraeny launched a new Neighborhood Excellence Awards recognition program in 2013. The Mayor has long been a supporter of neighborhoods and announced the awards program as a way to recognize neighborhoods and their leaders for working to improve their community and inspire others to be more active and involved. For more information about the awards program or how to become a registered neighborhood, contact Chandler's Neighborhood Programs Office at 480-782-4354.
Applications are due by 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 10, 2018.
The winners of the Neighborhood Excellence Awards will be announced on Saturday, Sept. 22, 2018, at the Police Department Main Station, 250 E. Chicago St., beginning at 10 a.m., as part of the 2018 (G.A.I.N.) kick-off event.
Every February, Mayor Jay Tibshraeny and the City Council host the annual Budget Connect online forum where Chandler residents may ask questions and learn about the City's budget and fiscal policies. The online forum is streamed in real time on the Chandler Channel, on YouTube and Facebook. Budget Connect also is broadcast on Chandler's cable station, Channel 11 (CenturyLink's Channel 8002). Mayor Tibshraeny moderates the event and answers submitted questions in real time with City staff and City Councilmembers. During the event, City staff monitors social media for the hashtag #budgetconnect. Residents are encouraged to engage in this live forum from their home, office or any place they may be at the time by connecting online.
Safety and Veterans Expo (S.A.V.E.)
The S.A.V.E. Expo is a free event for the entire family. Attendees can learn about personal and property safety, fire and crime prevention methods, and sign up for services and programs provided by City of Chandler departments as well as various Veterans services organizations. The event is usually held on or near Veterans Day, Nov. 11, at Veterans Oasis Park, 4050 E. Chandler Heights Road. The 2018 event will be held on Saturday, Nov. 3.
Mayor Jay Tibshraeny held the very first Neighborhood Connect, a Virtual Town Hall, in 2011. In addition, the City of Chandler's Neighborhood Advisory Committee (NAC) is a seven-member Mayor and Council appointed committee. The NAC holds Public meetings the second Tuesday of every month at 6:30 p.m. in the Neighborhood Resources Office, 235 S. Arizona Ave. As part of the Committee's commitment to the community, the NAC hosts the Mayor's Listening Tour where Mayor Tibshraeny listens to residents speak out on the various challenges facing their neighborhoods and community. Stay tuned for dates of upcoming Listening Tour dates and locations.
Teen Leadership Academy
The Teen Leadership Academy is a free, five-day program held during the spring school intersession that teaches participants about the inner-workings of municipal government, from the Mayor and Council office to every department in the City. Students meet with City elected officials, managers and staff while also participating in activities to better understand how Arizona's fourth largest city is run. To qualify, you must: be currently enrolled in high school or a similar level home-school program, be a Chandler resident, have transportation to and from the City Hall complex for all five days, and have a strong work ethic and a willingness to learn about the City. For more details contact the office of the Mayor and Council at 480-782-2222, or email firstname.lastname@example.org .
One of Mayor Tibshraeny's newer initiatives for a healthier Chandler is Health Connect, a three-pronged approach to promote financial, physical and mental health through a community-wide awareness campaign. We invite you to explore available resources like access to a prescription drug savings card, ideas on where to stay physically active in our community and stress management tips and information.