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McClymonds: I plan to continue giving back to Chandler

December 29th, 2020 Chandler Arizona Staff
McClymonds: I plan to continue giving back to Chandler
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By Councilman
Jeremy McClymonds
Guest Writer

I moved to Chandler more than 17 years ago for opportunity in business, to start a family and to become part of a community where I could make a lasting impact. Throughout my years of living in Chandler, I have contributed to the City economically, charitably and politically.

I believe children and commerce are the lifeblood of all great communities.

Throughout my career I have worked with local organizations, like the Chandler Compadres and Kiwanis Chandler Young Professionals, which work to improve the quality of life for those who call Chandler home.

I have dedicated my time through local business organizations and as a councilman to ensuring a strong economy through a focus on economic development and fiscal responsibility.

My professional experience in finance and as a business owner lent itself well to my duties on Council, allowing me to look at situations through many different lenses.

My civic journey from the City’s Parks and Recreation Board, to the chairman of the Vote Yes on Prop 493 campaign for our General Plan, to my appointment in 2018 to City Council member has been incredible.

As a councilman, my mission was to continue giving back to my community, leave a positive impact and inspire programs that would benefit our city for years to come. It has been an honor and privilege to serve the citizens of Chandler for the last two and a half years.

I have learned so much during that time. I can only hope that I achieved my goal, which is to leave Chandler in a better place than when I was appointed.

We dealt with unprecedented issues during my time on Council while still delivering the first-class services the residents deserve.     Some of my proudest accomplishments as Councilmember include:

• Setting the vision for the future of Chandler through Council’s first strategic plan;

• Laying the foundation for city planning through updates to the transportation, parks and airport master plans;

• Encouraging the growth of Downtown Chandler and the completion of major infrastructure projects;

• The refresh of the Chandler Museum, including the formation of the Chandler Cultural Foundation and the new store;

Advocating for additional multiuse sport fields resulting in four new lit fields and tournament quality volleyball courts;

• Lowering taxes so Chandler could continue to boast one of the lowest costs of service;

Supporting our public safety professionals through supporting the completion of the first and second phases of the Public Safety Training Facility and securing funds for Chandler to purchase state-of-the-art equipment;

• Supporting economic development projects that resulted in more than $190 million of capital investment in the community, created nearly 4,000 jobs; and

• Prioritizing innovation in all aspects of our community including launching an autonomous vehicle ride-hailing program for City employees, using technology to better connect with residents during the pandemic and creating relief programs to support our business community through trying times.

I will continue to look for opportunities to give back and serve Chandler going forward. I thank our residents and business community for allowing me to serve, the rest of Council for their leadership and my family for their support.

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