Marana State of the Town speech to stir up excitement

2014-04-17T00:00:00Z Marana State of the Town speech to stir up excitementBy Phil Villarreal Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

State of the Town events are occasions for optimism and opulence, which is why Marana is snug in its annual home for the event, the tony Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain.

“The Ritz is chosen for a couple reasons. One is that it’s the nicest resort in the entire region, and arguably the nicest one in the state. It’s a great venue — a place where people want to come to an event,” town spokesman Rodney Campbell said of the resort, which is hosting Marana’s State of the Town events for the fifth straight year.

“It means a lot to the region and a lot to Marana. It’s also the largest facility we have in town. It’s a place that can accommodate 400 attendees for the event. It’s a real bragging point for us to have the Ritz-Carlton in town.”

Marana’s State of the Town Address & Luncheon, hosted by the Marana Chamber of Commerce, goes from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Friday at the Ritz-Carlton, 15000 N. Secret Springs Drive. Mayor Ed Honea will speak.

Chamber president and CEO Ed Stolmaker said the elegant location underlines the event’s vibes.

“It’s awesome. What I like about it is the positive atmosphere,” he said. “The mayor is going to give the State of the Town speech in relationship to what is going to be happening in the next year. And maybe, beyond that, talk about some of the achievements the town has had to date, looking forward to the future as well, for the town of Marana.”

Campbell confirmed that Honea’s speech would focus on the town’s plans. Details remain under wraps for now, but he said there is reason to be excited.

“In the past, the speech has focused on accomplishments, and it will still do that, but this year it’s also about things coming up in the future,” Campbell said. “It will give people things to look forward to — things we believe will make the community even better.”

Campbell said the large but intimate crowd is an excellent pep rally of sorts for the town’s spirit.

“It’s a good opportunity to have the mayor share an optimistic message in front of a crowd,” he said. “They are people who live here. They are members of the business community at large throughout the region, and they’re there to hear what’s going on in Marana.”

Stolmaker said the luncheon is also notable for what the attendees have to share with one another.

“To have so many members of the business community here, it’s just a great way to connect to people attending the event,” he said. “It provides an opportunity for people to talk to each other and have a networking experience.”

Contact reporter Phil Villarreal at or 573-4130.

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