Last week, Peoria Forward received the Best of the West Award for Excellence in Innovation from WESTMARC.
WESTMARC – the Western Maricopa Coalition – is a public/private partnership of the 15 cities, the business community and the educational sector in the West Valley. The Best of the West Awards Dinner is a signature event for WESTMARC with a rich history of celebrating outstanding accomplishments and contributions to the quality of life, economic development, innovation and leadership.
The Best of the West Award ceremony was held at State Farm Stadium, with a diverse crowd of local government, business and community leaders. The story of Peoria Forward and the West Valley ecosystem was recognized alongside several unique economic and cultural projects. Peoria Forward was represented by several founders, the City of Peoria Economic Development team and ASU team members.
The evening was exhilarating and featured pictures of the ecosystem in action streamed on the jumbotron and remarks from Mayor Carlat about the importance of entrepreneurship. Kristin Slice accepted the award and recognized many of the people and ventures that have contributed to the ecosystem over the last four years.
This award is a milestone for our ecosystem. Thanks to your hard work and contribution, entrepreneurship is now recognized as a critical part of the West Valley’s growth.
Join the Celebration
We will be celebrating the recognition at our upcoming Innovation Night. This year Innovation Night is part of Global Entrepreneurship Week, with a specific focus on how the West Valley can leverage our assets to advance as a global leader in healthcare. Now we have even more to celebrate as an ecosystem and we will be incorporating a couple of great surprises to make this occasion even more special.
Join us and invite a friend to see our award-winning ecosystem in action!