College Connect Tempe is a community collaboration designed to increase access to postsecondary opportunities. This free workshop series enlists mentors who provide resources, financial guidance, and support for low-income and first-generation students at critical points in the college application and admissions process.
Mark Mitchell is a third-generation Arizonan with deep roots in the Tempe community. Before being elected Mayor in May 2012, Mitchell was elected to the City Council in March of 2000 and served three four-year terms.
Mayor Mitchell is a native of Tempe, attending elementary and middle school in the community before graduating from McClintock High School. He also earned a political science degree from Arizona State University.
During his time as Mayor, Mitchell has strengthened Tempe’s local economy and the economic recovery by working to attract new businesses and retain current business partners. Since his election in May 2012, the City of Tempe has added tens of thousands of jobs, and with the addition of such companies like State Farm, Silicon Bank, Northern Trust, Bank of the West, Benchmark Electronics, Shutterfly, and Union Bank. Tempe is looking forward to welcoming tens of thousands of jobs from these companies and new companies locating in our community over the next decade. Mayor Mitchell is also committed to maintaining and improving Tempe’s world-class assets like the Tempe Center for the Arts and Tempe Town Lake, working with law enforcement to ensure that Tempe is made up of safe neighborhoods, and providing a transparent city government.
Mayor Mitchell is continuing his family’s legacy in Arizona politics. His father, Harry Mitchell, was Mayor of Tempe from 1978 to 1994 and served on the City Council for more than 24 years. Harry Mitchell was also elected to the U.S. House of Representatives and served Congressional District 5 including the City of Tempe from 2007 to 2011. Mayor Mitchell’s great-grandfather, W.W. Mitchell, moved to Tempe in 1945 and served as an Arizona State legislator in the 1940s.
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In 1980 the City of Tempe recognized the need for youth voice and input into issues that affect them and formed the Mayor’s Youth Advisory Commission. Forty years later, the Commission continues to play a critical role in developing solutions for persistent issues, such as depression, pregnancy, substance abuse, and violence. Reporting directly to the […]
In 2017 the Tempe City Council allocated $6 million for 20 preschool classrooms now located in 12 elementary schools and serving approximately 360 children. This high-quality, tuition-based, full-day preschool program is open to families living or working in Tempe and neighboring cities. The program is five days a week with schedules corresponding to those of […]