Be part in a Carnival as a bussiness , Celebrating each year in the date when Mesa born, inviting bussiness , schools and people to create a unique " COMPARSA " . This kind of event will bring money to the city , resudents and tourists will know who we are and where to find us and slsi any people can participe ... BRING JOY TO THE CITY OF MESA !!!!!!
The challenge IMO is institutionally we are willing to spend more to "attract" then to "support" sometimes. This is an organization that in some ways has hit a temporary glass ceiling. Their volunteers and board already do so much, that it seems hard for them to have someone work any more substantially on things like public outreach, additonal workshops, grant writing, tours, etc. to continue to grow this amazing resource. So to somelike like me, it seems smarter and a better use of funds to supplement and grow what they are already so good at doing instead of reinventing the wheel over and over in our city. Collaboration efforts seem like a better use of resources and like they will have a greater ROI in a much faster time. Obviously I am not super well versed in City budgets and land leases, but I feel this is a great "what's possible" conversation and I hoep it continues. I am happy the City has been open to learning more about Heat Sync and receptive to helping. I think it's been hard for anyone, including myself, to keep pushing the discussion, but I do feel it should be at the top of our discussion list for Mesa. My 2 cents.
Accidental omission from last post: the startup was Octoblu which sold to Citrix for a pretty penny.
I constantly refer to Heat Sync as the best hidden gem in DTM. As a small business owner, I have utilized their resources many times to do things that I could not afford to outsource. The assistance their volunteers have provided me and my children through the years with various projects has been invaluable. The idea generation and networking that I have witness within thier 4 walls is unparalled in any current private or public resource we have in Mesa IMO. Several tech start up have been build by people using their space a workspace and synergetic mind equity that is organically on site daily. One large start up born within thier walls sold
So how do we help support Heat Sync? Milton below gave some great suggestions. Utility sponsorship would be amazing, a grant writer or intern would be helpful I'm sure, a larger space utilizing a currently vacant, blighted building would be super helpful. Cross marketing existing City facilities such a Think Spot would help IMO (Think Spot is a GREAT entry point, and Heat Sync to me is the next step once you have explored all a space like Think Spot can offer). Kelly brings up a great point about specific "asks" and I spent the last year voluntarily championing for very specific "asks" of larger space, or smaller asks like utilities, grant writing, etc. (PS. I am not a member nor do I represent Heat Sync in any capacity with the exception of recognizing what an asset they are and taking it upon myself for a year to attempt to get them some backing and City support)..
HeatSync is one of the most money smart investments on this forum. The organization makes ever donation go further than most organizations. Check out all the things on thier calendar. Most are free and it doesn't even list thier free open hours. The city could do something as small as waive thier electric bill for a year and new tools and innovation would immediately benefit. The city could do something as big as assist with a space and cement HeatSync as a cornerstone of Mesa. I heard wilks University was leaving some City owned lab space empty...
Everyone talks about grassroots movements and HeatSync is that in our city. It has momentum, attitude, and innovation to spare. I hope the board of directors will speak up and ask for something specific.
Disclosure: I am a member at HeatSync but do not represent them. ;)
Heatsync is amazing and without question has made Mesa a better place. I am all for city support, but it's not obvious to me what specific things the City should do. This idea becomes more likely to get picked if we can come up with specific asks. What do you think? Incentives to help find a bigger building? Contacts/connections for outreach? Direct funding? Help finding corporate sponsors?