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Luis Montes

97 neighbors want the city to increase innovation by investing in HeatSync Labs in Mesa.

HeatSync Labs (a 501c3 non-profit) has been by far the biggest source of innovation in the entire East Valley.

All the work done at the lab, and its funding has been completely on the backs of its volunteers.

In 2011 Mesa's previous mayor Scott Smith launched a similar initiative to neighborhoodland/ImagineMesa called iMesa.   The biggest vote getter by more than double the next suggestion was to support HeatSync Labs.  The result of iMesa was a 70 million dollar parks and rec bill sent to the voters which passed.  Unfortunately, support for HeatSync Labs didn't make it on to that bill.  Let's not allow the City to make the same mistake again.

HeatSync Labs has done so much for downtown Mesa over the last six years, that it is time for the City to contribute something back.


More information on HeatSync Labs can be found here:  www.heatsynclabs.org/


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Terry Benelli
Jeremy R. Whittaker
Milton
Dennis McClung
Ryan Winkle
Karen Svoboda
Moheeb Zara
Jasper Nance
Allison Montes
Jesse Simpson
Larry E. Arenas, MSgt, USAF Retired
Joanna Scheffler
Chris Kurtz
Elizabeth Venable
Randy Kaelber
Kristin LaVanway
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Sandra Torres

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 !!!!!!

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Posted Aug 26, 2017
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Amy Osowski

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.

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Posted Jul 28, 2017
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Amy Osowski

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)..

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Posted Jul 28, 2017
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Milton

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. ;)

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Posted Jul 27, 2017
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Kelly Smith

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?

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Posted Jul 19, 2017
Randy Kaelber
Randy Kaelber
Jul 19, 2017

Good question. I wonder if the city could provide an unused city facility for a low/free rent.

By way of example, the recently closed fire station near Alma School and University when company 203 relocated to a new station. Not necessarily advocating this particular location, but I wonder if there are other things like that available?

Posted by Randy Kaelber on Jul 19, 2017
Marcus Nielson
Marcus Nielson
Jul 26, 2017

I think Mesa is going to struggle to compete with other cities in The Valley to attract and retain the most talented young people until we can do a better job of transforming Mesa into the kind of city that they will want to live in. Currently cities such as Scottsdale, Tempe, and Gilbert in my opinion are doing a much better job being the kind of city young people want to live and work in. Unfortunately we can't only focus on providing an innovative work space. After people are done with work they want and need to play and Mesa is not the place people think to go for that. So I guess what I'm saying is I think we would be more successful at attracting the kind of innovative people we want by first focusing on making Mesa a more interesting place to live. If we can do that then I think half the battle is already won.

Posted by Marcus Nielson on Jul 26, 2017
Maggie
Maggie
Jul 28, 2017

You are right. Scottsdale, Tempe and Gilbert do a much better job . I even go to Scottsdale to play. Not much in Mesa, Until we start investing in our residents then Mesa people will go elsewhere.

Posted by Maggie on Jul 28, 2017
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