Paving the way for a downtown pulsing with excitement


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Beth Fiorenza
                    Beth Fiorenza

By Daniel Ochoa

Progression. It’s a word that’s synonymous with the direction Beth Fiorenza plans to pursue in her new role as Downtown Chandler Community Partnership’s executive director.

For nearly 17 years, Fiorenza has dedicated herself to non-profit management throughout the Valley.

“I’ve been with non-profit organizations since the day I graduated from college back in 1998,” she said.

Prior to her being DCCP’s executive director, Fiorenza worked with the Tempe Community Action Agency for 10 years.

Within Fiorenza’s new position, she will continue to work with such non-profit organizations within in Chandler as The Downtown Chandler Community Partnership and the merchants within the area.

“Through the foundation, we also give back to many non-profit organizations that help the residents of Chandler,” she said.

“The Downtown Chandler Community Partnership accepts grants from non-profit organizations and civic organizations in the Chandler area.”

Some organizations the DCCP has assisted in Chandler include Chandler Christian Community Center, Matthew’s Crossing Food Bank, Assistance League of the East Valley and ICAN.

“We want to market and promote Downtown Chandler as a whole and make it a destination for dining, shopping, culture and the arts,” Fiorenza said.

“We work very closely with the city of Chandler, The Chandler Center for the Arts and with our downtown merchants to make sure the entire East Valley is aware of what’s happening in the downtown area.”

Fiorenza’s first order of business will be to work closely with city organizations to bring a variety of family events scheduled to take place this coming

In addition, Fiorenza and her team will seek additional revitalization opportunities in the downtown area to provide community members with fun-filled events.

“We are hoping with the additional recreational spaces in the area like Dr. A.J. Chandler Park we can offer more family events in the near future,” she said.

Fiorenza said it’s an exciting time for Downtown Chandler because of the additional development the area will experience in the near future.

“We are experiencing a growth of retail, residential and office development in the downtown area, so there’s going to be more people in the area,” she said.

“This makes a great opportunity for us to look at what we are doing now, and provide opportunity for downtown to become a destination.”





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