Gov. Doug Ducey highlighted enterprise success in a West Valley model of his earlier State of the State speech.
In a Jan. 13 digital assembly sponsored by WESTMARC, Ducey additionally mentioned the COVID-19 vaccine rollout, the violence at the usCapitol and academic issues about distance studying.
Ducey addressed questions in regards to the financial results of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“In the event you return a 12 months in the past right now … our state was booming,” he stated. “We have been within the prime 5 states for not solely private earnings development however financial momentum. By the pandemic, we’re nonetheless within the prime 5. Our pipeline has by no means been extra full.
“Locations like Tolleson are getting actual financial improvement.”
Ducey highlighted the brand new White Claw Laborious Seltzer and Purple Bull crops which are neighbors in west Glendale and Mitek’s industrial enlargement coming to Tolleson.
“In October, White Claw minimize the ribbon on its new $250 million manufacturing facility in Glendale. … In November, Purple Bull started producing cans at its 700,000-square-foot manufacturing unit constructing in Glendale. Mitek introduced it’s increasing manufacturing jobs, bringing new jobs to Tolleson,” stated Ducey.
The West Valley can also be the middle of Ducey’s COVID-19 vaccine rollout plans.
“Arizona’s going to do that quick, and higher than different states. We’ve had an actual sense of urgency and goal on this. Proper within the West Valley at State Farm Stadium, we’ve received a 24/7 vaccination website. We’re doing about 6,000 vaccinations a day. We need to ramp that up 12,000,” stated Ducey.
Whereas prioritizing firefighters, cops, academics and older Arizonans, Ducey stated, “I’ve not acquired the vaccine. I’m not going to get it earlier than my grandmother.”
Ducey addressed instructional issues about distance schooling, particularly for low-income communities.
“Most Arizonans are involved about their children and their schooling and their jobs. … Each scholar fell behind to a sure diploma throughout distance studying. We’ve had an achievement hole in our state for years,” stated Ducey. “On-line studying has not been for our children in low-income areas. … Job one is getting children again as much as grade degree.”
Ducey additionally spoke out towards the U.S. Capitol rioters.
“All perpetrators must be persecuted to the fullest extent,” stated Ducey. “It ought to by no means occur once more. … I do know that persons are divided. It was a really spirited election cycle. It’s time that we in management positions lead and likewise search for insurance policies that we are able to come collectively on.”
Trying forward, Ducey talked about key priorities together with broadband enlargement, higher entry to telemedicine, higher roads and bridges, higher tools/coaching for legislation enforcement and felony justice reform.
“We are able to full all of this in 2021, and I’m prepared,” stated Ducey. “Thanks in your households and for our hardworking medical doctors and nurses.
“Get the vaccine.”
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