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WESTMARC Nominations for the 25th Anniversary Best of the West Awards Dinner Opens August 1st

Glendale, Arizona (July 26, 2017) – WESTMARC is seeking nominations for the 25th Anniversary Best of the West Awards Dinner on Thursday, November 2nd, at the University of Phoenix Stadium. WESTMARC is accepting nominations in three categories: Economic Engine, Quality of Life Enhancement, and Excellence in Innovation. The online nomination form opens August 1st and the deadline to submit is 9:00 pm on Friday, September 8th. Nominations can be submitted online at www.westmarc.org/bow17. The cost for each nomination is...

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WESTMARC Announces New President and CEO

PEORIA  (Jan 19, 2016) – The Executive Committee of WESTMARC announces the hiring of Sintra Hoffman as President and CEO. Chairman Michael DiMaria stated, “We are delighted to announce that Sintra Hoffman is joining WESTMARC as our new CEO. Sintra has a strong background in economic development and public policy, relationships with centers of influence throughout the Valley, and her ability to work with regional leaders enhances WESTMARC’s vision for the future of the West Valley.”

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WESTMARC Celebrates 22nd Annual Best of the West Awards

PEORIA  (Nov 10) – WESTMARC, the Western Maricopa Coalition, honored West Valley individuals, businesses, and projects at the 22nd Annual Best of the West Awards held on November 5.

Nearly 500 business and community leaders and elected officials from throughout the valley gathered at Phoenix International raceway in a combined celebration of Best of the West and PIR's 50th Anniversary.

"WESTMARC's Best of the West Awards is the premier business event for the West Valley," said Sharon Grambow, Chief Operations Officer of Sun Health Senior Living and Chairman of WESTMARC's Board of Directors. "It was a great opportunity to combine our celebration with the commemoration of PIR's 50th Anniversary. PIR is such an important asset for the West Valley, and a unique place to showcase all the great things that are happening in economic development, quality of life enhancement, and excellence in innovation."

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WESTMARC to Host Annual Best of the West Awards November 5 at Phoenix International Raceway

PHOENIX (July 29) – WESTMARC is proud to announce that the 22nd Annual Best of the West Awards ceremony will be held at the Phoenix International Raceway (PIR), which is celebrating its 50th Anniversary this year.

WESTMARC’s Best of the West Awards has been the signature event of the West Valley for over twenty years. The event is designed to celebrate the best of Western Maricopa County, and recognize outstanding contributions to the quality of life, economic development, and innovation in the West Valley. WESTMARC is looking forward to being a part of the 50th Anniversary celebrations at PIR.

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WESTMARC Welcomes Back Marketing Director


PHOENIX (July 14) - Please join WESTMARC in welcoming back Darah Mann in her new capacity as WESTMARC's director of strategy, marketing & public relations. 

Mann previously served as WESTMARC’s director of marketing and communications from February 2008 through June 2013, and returns with an expanded role which includes organizational strategy as well as marketing and promoting WESTMARC’s events, members, and the West Valley region.

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Arizona Business and Tourism Groups Partner to Help Promote Arizona through the Lens of its Citizens

PHOENIX (May 13) – Arizona Commerce Authority, Arizona Office of Tourism, Greater Phoenix Economic Council, Local First Arizona, Mesa Chamber of Commerce and Westmarc today announced the launch of MyAZ, a channel that allows Arizonans to help combat stereotypes often associated with the state by utilizing a new mobile app to show the world what it’s truly like to live and work in Arizona.

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WESTMARC Announces Arizona’s FIRST GeoTour

Peoria, Ariz. (February 10, 2014) – WESTMARC will host a launch party on March 1, 2014 at the Rio Vista Recreation Center in Peoria from noon to 2:00 pm to kick off the West Valley STEAMpunk GeoTour. WESTMARC, along with our GeoTour sponsor Credit Union West, in collaboration with the Arizona SciTech Festival, would like to invite everyone to the launch party.

Geocaching is modern day treasure hunting using a GPS enabled device. Someone hides a container, uploads coordinates online, and anyone can go find the container and sign the log book inside. A GeoTour is a collection of geocaches meant to take people on a “tour” of an area or specific landmarks. The West Valley STEAMpunk GeoTour began as an initiative to get people to explore the West Valley stemming from the AZ SciTech Festival. From there, it blossomed into the West Valley STEAMpunk GeoTour!

West Valley STEAMpunk GeoTour


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