Cleared for Takeoff: Positioning Valley Airports as Economic Engines

Valley Partnership has announced the topic for its June 24 breakfast. This month’s panel will feature presentations from economic development officials on three of the Valley’s municipal airports. Experts will share their strategic plans and outline upcoming opportunities for the real estate and development communities.


The panel will feature Shea Joachim, Business Development Director, Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport; Michelle Lawrie, Economic Development Director, City of Goodyear; and James Smith, Economic Development Program Manager, City of Chandler. Moderating the panel will be Chris Mackay, Community and Economic Development Director, City of Phoenix.
“Municipal airports shape business location and urban development and their economic development impact is expanding with a greater focus on moving people who generate and share knowledge,” said Cheryl Lombard, CEO and President of Valley Partnership.


Registration begins at 7 a.m.; program begins at 7:45 a.m. To register, please visit and click on the “Monthly Breakfast” tab. For more information, please contact Carrie Martin at 602.266.7844 or


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