A second-year medical student has played a role in the city of Phoenix being named an All-America City in a prestigious nationwide competition.
Alpen Patel, a second-year student at The University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix in partnership with Arizona State University, who also grew up in Phoenix, was part of the city's presentation that led to Phoenix being named one of the 10 winners by the National Civic League at ceremonies held last week in Tampa, Fla.
"It was great to tell how the city strengthened downtown with the development of our campus," said Patel, who joined community members from Phoenix as well as Mayor Phil Gordon, City Council members Michael Johnson and Michael Nowakowski and City Manager Frank Fairbanks in Tampa. "The expansion of the UA medical school has helped create excellent educational and research hubs in downtown Phoenix."
Phoenix was one of 29 finalists for the 60th annual awards. A committee of about 60 people worked collaboratively on the presentation and award application, including 40 community members and 20 city employees.
"The UA has been an excellent partner in our efforts to develop downtown Phoenix into the thriving urban core it has become," said Mayor Gordon.
In its application and subsequent presentation, Phoenix highlighted newly developed urban education campuses providing an economic boost, parks and land preservation strategies and the city's innovative library teen spaces.
"We are honored and proud for America's fifth-largest city to be named an All-America City for the fifth time," said Mayor Gordon. "Our collaborative, progressive projects have improved education and the economy downtown, saved thousands of acres of open space, renovated and built neighborhood parks and provided unique spaces just for teens at all of our libraries. Working with the community means that everyone in Phoenix has a chance to help shape the future of our All-America City."