Scott Smith was first elected Mayor of Mesa, Arizona, the 3rd largest city in Arizona and 38th largest in America, in 2008. He was re-elected to a second term unopposed in 2012.  Mayor Smith is also President of the United States Conference of Mayors, Arizona’s first Mayor to lead the organization.

Mayor Smith earned a degree in Accounting from Brigham Young University, and MBA and Juris Doctor degrees from Arizona State University.

Serving in his first elected office, Mayor Smith has used his private-sector experience as a CEO, accountant and attorney to usher in a new era of decisive leadership and civic engagement.  Smith led efforts for the largest reorganization of city government in Mesa’s history reducing the budget nearly 20 percent, while simultaneously making the city more effective, efficient and business-friendly.

Most recently, Mayor Smith was instrumental in attracting Apple, Inc. to establish a new U.S. manufacturing facility in Mesa creating 2,000 new jobs in engineering, manufacturing and construction.

Realizing that a strong higher education environment is crucial to producing much-needed high wage jobs, Mayor Smith spearheaded the recruitment of five liberal arts colleges to Mesa.  All five institutions, which includes Arizona’s first Catholic college, will join Arizona State University Polytechnic Campus, Mesa Community College, and Northern Arizona University’s Mesa Campus in transforming the educational landscape of the region. Four of the five new colleges will be located downtown, creating a college town atmosphere and complimenting the light rail extension through the heart of Mesa.

During his 2012 State of the City address, Mayor Smith announced StartUpMesa, an innovative initiative to make Mesa the most business-friendly city in America. StartUpMesa expands collaboration between business and government, empowers and strengthens small business, fosters innovation, expands access to capital, provides entrepreneurship education and removes barriers to success.

Mayor Smith’s HEAT initiative – which stands for Healthcare, Education, Aerospace, Tourism and Technology – has provided Mesa with economic development direction and focus that has lead to many successful efforts.  For example, he created a way to finance a Chicago Cubs spring training facility which voters approved by a 2 to 1 margin. Also, under Mayor Smith’s leadership, Mesa gained the keys to AZLabs, a high-security former military lab that has the potential to become a national aerospace research center. Another success is Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport, which has become a thriving commercial airport with several airlines serving more than 1.5 million passengers.

Mayor Smith also championed iMesa, a cutting-edge civic engagement initiative. Leveraging online crowdsourcing technology, iMesa is a grassroots improvement effort where residents submit, vote, comment on and process ideas that will transform the community. In the November 2012 election, voters overwhelmingly approved a $70 million parks plan generated from the internationally acclaimed iMesa effort.

The Arizona Republic has touted Mayor Smith’s regional and local leadership and vision, writing, “He has strengthened ties with several cities and has gained the confidence of many skeptical residents. The change is so marked that we shudder to think what shape the city would be in without him at the helm.”

Mayor Smith is also sought after for his insight and commentary on city and national issues.  He has been quoted in national publications such as The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post and USA Today.  Mayor Smith has also appeared on news outlets such as ABC News, CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, CNBC, Fox Business, Bloomberg Television, and CNN Español.

Mayor Smith is a fourth-generation Arizonan who lived in Tucson before moving to Mesa in his youth.  He and his wife Kim have been married for more than 30 years and have three children and five grandchildren.

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Building a Better MesaI often ask myself, "What will Mesa be like when my grandchildren have families? Will they want to live in Mesa, as generations before them have done? Will they have the opportunity to find high paying jobs within the city? Will they feel confident that their children can receive the best education possible? Will they feel protected and secure? Will they live in an All-American City?"

As I ponder these questions, I recognize that the decisions we make, and the actions we take will determine the kind of city we create for our children and grandchildren. For their sake, we must commit to building that All-American City.

We must start today to change so we can build a better Mesa. As we address today's issues, we also set the stage for the future. To build an All-American Mesa, I believe we must focus our vision on six critical areas.

As your mayor, I promise that I will do all within my power to see that our vision of a better Mesa comes to fruition. I am confident that with faith, dedication, commitment, and a lot of hard work, we can make this desert blossom into an even more beautiful and desirable rose. We can make Mesa the place of choice for people and for business. Let's start building a better Mesa together.

Six Critical Areas

Families can live in safer, more active neighborhoods.  We can "Build a Better Mesa" by increasing local access to quality education, as well as affording families local venues for shopping and recreation.

Future generations can stay in the city and realize their career goals.  "Building a Better Mesa" means working to expand its economic base so all of its citizens can enjoy high paying jobs without leaving the city.

Build pride in our community.   In order to "Build a Better Mesa," we need to make Mesa a place where families, businesses and investors want to live and work. 

Leader in regional issues.  "Building a Better Mesa" does not mean that we only look within our own borders for change.  We must work with our neighbors as a region on common issues such as transportation and infrastructure planning and development.

Re-establish trust in city government.  As a government, we cannot "Build a Better Mesa" without the guidance of our citizens.  We must prove to them that the City is wise with its finances, transparent in its dealings and respectful to its residents.

Economic Development city-wide.   We can no longer rely on growth as our sole economic development tool.  In order to "Build a Better Mesa" we also need to look at renewing and revitalizing our mature communities.

Working for You


State of the City recap video
Covering Mesa - News clips from Mesa Channel 11
Mayor's News Brief



Chicago Cubs Spring Training
Feb 28 - March 27

March 19-23

Falcon Field Open House
March 29

April 4-5

April 19

Celebrate Mesa
April 26


In The News

Governing Magazine: Can Cities and Suburbs Work Together?

Arizona Republic: Mesa Mayor fears Congress won't act on immigration


Detroit Free Press: Will Detroit bankruptcy lead to others? U.S. Conference of Mayors weighs in


National Journal: The Nation’s Future Depends on Its Cities, Not on Washington


ABC 15: Flights for Life


NPR: Mayors Warn Congress That Sequestration Could Hit City Services


Arizona Capitol Times: Mesa mayor says lifting bonds' tax-exempt status could hurt cities


MSNBC with Alex Witt


MSNBC: Creativity still key as Smith approaches 2nd Mesa mayoral term


Arizona Republic: Mesa's coup for Arizonans


Fox Business with Neil Cavuto: Can Federal and State Governments learn budget lessons from cities?

Arizona Republic: Mesa Mayor Scott Smith's successful first term


NPR: Don't Forget All Politics Is Local, Mayor Says


Arizona Republic: Mesa residents can help shape future of city  


Arizona Republic: Mesa ratifies mayor, 3 council members; Ash leads JP race


Arizona Republic: How Mesa became a college town


New York Times: Mayors see slight gains, no thanks to Congress


MSNBC with Thomas Roberts: Mayors meeting focuses on innovation (video)


Arizona Capitol Times: Mayor Smith voted Best Republican Elected Official


East Valley Tribune: Mesa mayor Smith to be VP of national mayors organization, eventual president


Cronkite News: Defense cuts could be 'devastating' to region's economy


Arizona Republic: Mesa lands Albright College campus; city's 3rd school deal this year


Dial Global Radio Network interview with Jim Bohannon: Mayor's on the front line when it comes to the economy

Arizona Capitol Times: Mesa to be in national spotlight as it hosts GOP debate


Arizona Republic: Eyes will be on Mesa's triumph

ABC News: Bipartisan Mayors group turned road warriors (video)


FOX News: Cities still struggling to recover (video)


Bloomberg: Few U.S. Cities Recoup Jobs as Economy Rebounds From Recession


Arizona Republic: Three Mayors from Arizona meet with President Obama in D.C.


Arizona Republic: Eastside Mayors hope Obama talks job creation during visit


Chicago Tribune: Play ball! Spring training has turned the Phoenix area into a virtual baseball theme park

USA Today: Mesa apt to land Catholic college

Phoenix Business Journal: Mr. Smith goes to Mesa, and bats for the Cubs' business

WIST TV (South Carolina): Building America's Future

Phoenix Business Journal: Mesa beats out Phoenix, Tempe for presidential debate

Cronkite News: Mesa Mayor hosts Twitter town hall

Arizona Republic: Mesa Mayor Scott Smith takes town hall to twitter realm

Washington Post: GOP mayors like Obama's jobs plan. GOP governors don't.

CNN: Unemployment Crisis Hurts Cities

Q&A with The Washington Post

Mayor Smith with Andrea Mitchell on MSNBC (video)

Mayor Smith with Mark Crumpton on Bloomberg Television's "Bottom Line"  (video)

NPR Marketplace Morning Report: U.S. mayors put pressure on Congress over debt deal

CNBC's The Kudlow Report: Debt Talks Fall Apart

Wall Street Journal: Amid Budget Cuts, Nation's Mayors Speak as One

Los Angeles Times: Debt, jobs and politics

Huffington Post: Debt Ceiling Crisis Threatens State Budgets, Credit Ratings, Governors Furious

The Hill: Mayors tell Congress to compromise on debt-ceiling, add stimulus spending

Think Progress: Leading GOP Mayor Says Failure To Raise Debt Ceiling Would Have Disastrous Consequences For His City

Arizona Republic: Mesa mayor to Obama: End budget impasse

Tucson Sentinel: Mesa mayor has 'honest dialogue' with Obama about economy

Real Clear Politics: For Obama and Mayors, It's All About Jobs -- And Limited Cuts

Bloomberg News: U.S. Mayors See Few Recovery Signs as Cutbacks Pose Fresh Economic Risk

Investment News: 'Lost Decade' for many U.S. cities looms as job growth stagnates

Water Is Your Business: Featured Leader, Mayor Scott Smith

East Valley Tribune: "HeatSync Labs board unanimous in approving proposed Mesa lease"

East Valley Tribune "Offbeat events and stores are transforming downtown Mesa"

Arizona Republic "It's time to stop micromanaging" (editorial)

Arizona Republic "First Solar picks Mesa for big plant"

PBS Horizon discussion on impact fees (video)

First Solar: Ch 12 LunchCast (video) and Arizona Republic story

PBS Nightly Business Report (video)

Safe and Active Neighborhoods
    Building Strong Neighborhoods
    Mesa PD App

Economic Development
    Mesa H.E.A.T. Initiative for Economic Development - Healthcare, Education, Aerospace, Tourism/Technology
    Power Knowledge Corridor
    StartUpMesa Small Business Assistance
        Get Your Business Online partnership with Google

    Mesa Counts on College
    Mesa Educates U Scholarships
    Mesa Center for Higher Education
    Read On Mesa

    Mayor's Youth Committee
    Mayor's Youth Summer of Service

Community Pride
    Mayor's Award for Building a Better Mesa
    Cities of Service
    MyMesa App - Report a Problem
    Mayor's Day of Recognition for National Service
    Love Your Block

Regional/National Leadership
   United States Conference of Mayors
   Maricopa Association of Governments
   League of Arizona Cities and Towns
   National League of Cities
   Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Board of Directors

Transparency and Civic Engagement
    iMesa - imagine, invest, improve...
    MyMesa App - Report a Problem
    State of the City Address
    Mayor's Town Hall Meetings
    Advisory Boards and Committees

    Veterans' Resources
    Human Relations Advisory Board Veterans Task Force
    East Valley Veterans Parade

Mayor Scott Smith

Office of the Mayor
City of Mesa
PO Box 1466
Mesa, AZ 85211


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Mayor's staff:

Kathy Macdonald
Chief of Staff

Melissa Randazzo
Public Information

Misty Wells
Executive Assistant to the Mayor

This is My Mesa
General Plan Update

Arizona Republic Series
Fear in Bolivia forges a future Mesa mayor
Lights, camera, Smith - new Mesa mayor isn't shy
Mesa mayor used to shaking things up

Mayor's Bio
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