Written by Bryan Martyn Pinal County Supervisor-District 2
Tuesday, 23 June 2009
Well, the results are in. San Tan Valley was decisively selected with 17% of the over 1700 votes via email, on-line ballots, and paper ballots. The previously submitted name of Bella Vista came in second with 11% of the vote.
Thank you to those in the community who came out to voice their opinions on the subject. Although a time-constrained process, the combination of zip code change and name change will help to alleviate some of the angst of changing everything from letterhead to credit cards. Most importantly, the naming of the area will allow an increased focus and emphasis on bringing in desperately needed economic development.
Now the process of coming together as a community begins. No longer will 80,000 citizens need to explain where they live. The area stands united as they start a new community; a family, if you will. The efforts of those before will be built upon. New traditions will emerge. The community's unique wants, needs, and desires will begin to take shape. Today is the beginning of a community where the grandchildren of today will choose to raise their children.
Thank you to so many in the community who stepped up to help spread the word. Thanks to Dena Larsen and Rhett Homan in the Pecan Creek area for their commitment to the process and the community.
Very special thanks to Tisha Castillo of GSTAC for going above and beyond to get the word out. Her efforts were monumental. Her organization of community-wide ballots, combined with the town hall meeting organization were instrumental.
The official results (all the numbers/demographics) will be out this Friday on the GSTAC website www.ourgstac.com and at www.pinalcountytoday.com. There is also additional news available on the www.pinalcountytoday.com website.
Welcome to San Tan Valley, AZ.
Pinal County Supervisor-District 2