If we had a billion dollars- Mesa Arizona voters to vote on Hotel/Convention

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Gaylord Entertainment Rendering - Mesa, AZ

Rendering of Gaylord Entertainment & DMB project for Mesa, Arizona (from "yes on 300")


Mesa, Arizona is an anomaly.

It's large.

To be precise, it's the 38th largest city in America.

That means there are several states in the union that don't have a city as large as Mesa.

But Mesa lacks something.

Overshadowed by the bigger cities of Phoenix and Tucson, Mesa is looking for something beyond the bland.

I don't know if I should even mention this, but Mesa just earned another distinction that cements this.

Forbes named Mesa one of the ten most boring cities in America.

Ouch. That hurt.

However, I doubt most of America knows about the article... more likely- most were too bored to care.

So... what to do?


Mesa has a great deal to offer beyond friendly people, great fall/spring/winter weather, access to several lakes, affordable housing, and winter league baseball.

And, if voters have their say, Mesa will house the state's (nation's?) most compelling new project.

Gaylord Entertainment has proposed to build the state's largest hotel and conference center in Mesa.

The price tag for this?

A billion dollars. (To the penny? I always wonder about these conveniently priced initiatives.)

Gaylord Entertainment and DMB have developed a campaign to woo Mesa voters to finish what the city council started... that is... to approve a bed tax agreement that will bring the project to the go-stage.

These two partners in development claim that this project will:

  • Create 8,000 construction jobs
  • 4,000 permanent jobs
  • $12 million in construction fees for Mesa
  • $5.5 million in annual sales tax for city services
  • Monies come from tourists not taxpayers

That's the sales pitch.

I'm for it.

It would be, I dunno, not boring.

Comments (5)

Kathy McGraw
CELLing Realty - White Water, CA
Riverside County CA Real Estate

Well, even if Mesa is "boring" it at least made the news :)  My little town hasn't gotten that much attention :)

Feb 13, 2009 07:23 AM
John Walters
Frank Rubi Real Estate - Slidell, LA
Licensed in Louisiana

BORING is good sometimes.  At least at my age.  Chuck is there a casino in that complex or just a hotel and convention center?

Feb 13, 2009 11:03 AM
Randy Hooker
Dreamcatcher Realty / Greater Phoenix Area - Gilbert, AZ
Gilbert, Chandler, Mesa, Queen Creek

Hey Chuck, the plan actually sounds pretty darn boring to me! But if it will generate jobs and revenue anywhere close to those numbers, and includes a casino, then I say, "Bring it on!"   :)

Randy Hooker - Dreamcatcher Realty - Arizona Real Estate

Feb 13, 2009 11:22 AM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Chuck, OUCH is right!!  It sounds like a great idea to me but can they afford it?  OR can they afford NOT to build it?

Feb 13, 2009 02:18 PM
Ann Heitland
Retired from RE/MAX Peak Properties - Flagstaff, AZ
Retired from Flagstaff Real Estate Sales

A billion dollars? Perhaps it'll be part of the stimulus package? If our forward-thinking legislature doesn't tell Washington where to stuff Arizona's share of the money.

Feb 13, 2009 02:26 PM