Broome, Smith named CoreNet Global Real Estate Excellence Awardees


Inaugural recipients recognized for commitment and leadership to corporate real estate in Valley

Phoenix, AZ – October 13, 2011 – (RealEstateRama) — CoreNet Global Desert Mountain Chapter has chosen two recipients for the inaugural Corporate Real Estate Excellence Awards: Barry Broome, president and CEO, Greater Phoenix Economic Council, and Scott Smith, Mayor, City of Mesa.

The award was created to recognize these leaders’ commitment, dedication and support of the corporate real estate industry.

Leading GPEC, Broome has played an integral role in attracting new companies to the state and helping existing Arizona-based companies. He is noted as a highly effective collaborator, bringing together contractors, government officials, investors and real estate professionals to spur growth in the Valley. Among his accomplishments are his efforts in working with the legislature to create a fund to attract high wage positions to Arizona. He was also instrumental in the creation of Invest Arizona. During a difficult economic period, Broome led GPEC to its best-ever fiscal year in the 22-year history of the organization. In addition to domestic growth, Arizona attracted five international companies and increased the potential pipeline by 16 percent. Broome is also credited for his efforts to establish the Valley as a clean technology hub, bringing companies such as First Solar, Fluidic Energy, Gestamp, Power One, Suntech and others.

As Mayor of Mesa, Smith is credited for his personal involvement to help companies expand and create new jobs. Smith championed the Formed Based Zoning for the Mesa Proving Grounds that ultimately became a key issue in First Solar’s decision to locate in Arizona. First Solar’s planned manufacturing plant in Mesa will bring nearly 5,000 high-wage jobs ranging from accounting and manufacturing to engineering and information technology. Smith was also instrumental in the Air Force Research Lab agreement, one of only a handful of high-classified sites in the U.S., and a foundation for a statewide effort in aerospace research and development, as well as collaboration between industry and university programs. This year, he unveiled the iMesa initiative, a grassroots effort to invigorate Mesa through transformative community projects. Smith has also been at the forefront of identifying best practices for the expansion of the light rail system and improvements to the East Valley highway systems.

Broome and Smith will be presented the Corporate Real Estate Excellence Awards at the CoreNet Global Desert Mountain signature event on October 19.

Event information:

Date:                October 19, 2011

Agenda:               1:30 p.m., registration and networking

2 – 5 p.m, panel discussions: elected federal leaders, economic development and employment leaders, elected state leaders

5 p.m., presentation of the CoreNet Global Desert Mountain Chapter Corporate Real Estate Excellence Award

5:15 – 6:30 p.m., networking reception

Location:          Phoenix Convention Center, West Building, 100 N. 3rd Street, Phoenix, Arizona


Education:        Approved for 3 hours Legal Issues category by the Arizona Department of Real Estate

CoreNet Global is a dynamic, fully developed global network of professionals who create strategic value for their enterprises. CoreNet Global’s membership base totals 7,000 corporate real estate executives, service providers and economic developers. This professional mix reflects the industry’s focus on global alliance partnerships and on integrating the management of corporate assets, the workplace and infrastructure.


Contact: Sheila Hamilton

Sheila (at) gettingitdone (dot) org

(602) 330-8039

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