by Renée Louzon-Benn, President, Greater Casa Grande Chamber of Commerce
Everywhere we turn these days, we hear about new business and industries looking at investing in Casa Grande and Pinal County. We are part of the Technology Corridor that is buzzing with the prospect of tremendous growth in our workforce, business services and types of subsidiary businesses that will support a burgeoning population and connectivity on local and global levels.
I like this quote by Simon Sinek: “Leadership is a way of thinking, a way of acting and, most importantly, a way of communicating.” The most effective leaders in government or in the private sector are those who want to create the most successful community, business, educational institution or nonprofit organization.
These leaders will listen to others and find the most effective ways to communicate through means that inspire dialogue rather than monologue. The best leaders should be willing to step up and lead, yet also view those whom they lead as partners in accomplishing the goals of the team or organization.
When envisioning the type of city/community that can easily answer the needs of the increasing population, we know a positive attitude is vital to attracting businesses and individuals who will enjoy the lifestyle we offer in Casa Grande.
If asked why you choose to live in Casa Grande, be the “glass half-full person.” Communicate the great things about our community. If you can’t think of anything, try interviewing some of our repeat winter visitors, as we do at the Chamber. They will tell you the people they meet here are very friendly and fun; that the City and community groups offer great, unique events and programs; they love the beautiful new Community Recreation Center and beautiful parks with facilities that include pickleball, tennis, swimming, hiking, even skateboarding. Add to that fantastic restaurants and stores, golf courses, theater, concerts, movies and dazzling sunsets – what you get is a big city on the move that still has the spirit of a neighborhood.
No matter who is leading, remember each of us can help to make this the community we want by being optimistic and sharing that optimism with others.
If we want change, we can work with others to enact that change. If we want to support planned growth of Casa Grande and Pinal County, let’s find out about some of the organizations and schools that offer programs, classes, courses and experiences that can build the type of workforce we will need now and in the future and communicate that information to others.
If you would like information about volunteer educational opportunities, service organizations, community or business resources, please contact the Greater Casa Grande Chamber of Commerce, 520-836-2125, firstname.lastname@example.org, or stop by the chamber office, 575 N. Marshall St., Casa Grande – Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.