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Women in 

POWER

SOUTH MOUNTAIN TECHNOLOGY 

CORRIDOR

Mayor Greg Stanton announced at the “State of the City Address” last month the creation of 
the “South Mountain Technology Corridor.” The council will be taking actions to protect and 
invest in it to turn it into that thriving tech hub. 

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 “Companies have voiced concerns that West 

Valley does not have that qualified workforce so I believe this will reshape that opinion for the 
better,” she says. An astonishing 39 percent of the educated employees that reside in the West 
Valley commute over an hour to work every day. 

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 When the City of Phoenix saw that 

there were buildings downtown with vacancy rates of above 30 percent, Mackay’s 
team diligently decided to re-strategize. Midtown was the first subsection to 
be affected by her magic touch as Mackay discovered that parking was 
the main concern for owners. So, Mackay’s team created the “Parking 
Cooperative” which essentially matched up buildings with lots full 
of additional parking. 

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 The other issue was that beautiful, new 

suburban spaces were coming online making it difficult to compete, 
but the team helped to make the buildings not be seen as obsolete 
by working with their owners to retrofit the buildings. 

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 Upon its 

success, the team went on take the same steps for Downtown and 
the Warehouse District and is now targeting Gateway.

CHATTING WITH CHRIS

While she’s keeping her hands full with all the current initiatives and says 
it’s a 24/7 job, Mackay does find time to give back to the community, mostly 
on the workforce side. Working closely with Kimber Lanning at Local First 

Arizona, she is passionate about creating pathways for small local 

companies to grow. 

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 Mackay and her husband, who is a Registered Nurse, 

have discussed after they retire to travel to small, underdeveloped towns and 

volunteer both of their services to bring economic stability and healthcare 

to make a difference. 

Number of 

TECH COMPANIES

in Phoenix

PHOENIX

When Mackay received a phone call from the City of Phoenix 
to drive its economic development, she was more than 
flattered.“Getting the opportunity to work with Paul Blue 
(Deputy Director), whom I’ve known for a long time prior and 
have great respect for, was enticing. I’ve always said, ‘Paul does 
not think outside the box, he does not own a box.’” 

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 In an 

attempt to mirror that technology strategy she had in place from 

1998-2014 in Chandler, Mackay initially became quite overwhelmed and realized that it was going to be a more complex 
animal. 

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 “I’m not embarrassed to admit, it was quite the undertaking. During months four through eight, 

I was in total panic mode,” she says. “The turning point when I finally took a breath happened one day 
while driving up by 7th Street in Deer Valley and I thought to myself, ‘This looks just like Chandler… 
I’ve got this!’” 

“To be honest, I never thought I would leave 
Chandler. I take great pride in the fact that I was 
part of the team that built that city to what it is 
today,” she says. “It was an opportunity to diversify 
the scale of the projects I got to work on and to 
drive the fifth largest city in the country’s economic 
strategy, so it was too hard to refuse.”

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