I posted the following to my AzCentral.com blog on 22 June 2008.On 18 June 2008, the Tempe Republic had a story headlined: "Tempe split on staying in Phoenix economic group." I guess some Tempe residents think it is a waste of money to be a member of the Greater Phoenix Economic Council (GPEC). One Tempe city council member doesn't like that the 'P' in GPEC stands for Phoenix. The "GP" could be replaced with "MC" (Maricopa County), but the MCEC.org domain name is not available. When I travel and tell people I'm from Tempe, many of them ask "where's that?" I respond with "near Phoenix" and they immediately have an idea as to Tempe's location. Like it or not, Tempe will always be part of the Phoenix sprawl; therefore, the 'P' in GPEC is not an issue. The Tempe Republic article indicated that Tempe mayor Hugh Hallman was "outraged" with ASU President Michael Crow for being pro-GPEC. The Republic printed the following: "The mayor suggested during a public meeting that if Crow was so pleased with GPEC perhaps he should seek the financial support Tempe offers ASU from his friends at GPEC instead." Tempe claims it is "the smart place to be." Take away ASU and Tempe would have to strike the word "smart" from its motto. I was going to advocate Tempe stay a member of GPEC; however, I was dismayed when I found that the most recent item in the scrolling "News & Events" section on the GPEC.org homepage was dated 3.28.08. In a nutshell, the GPEC.org homepage has gone stale and between 3.28.08 and 6.22.08 there was zero newsworthy economic activity in Maricopa County.
Creator: Gerald Thurman
Created: 22 June 2008