Apache (Junc-tion): Where Old Meets New

Patrick Ainsworth – Economic Development Director

Patrick Ainsworth is the Economic Development Director for Apache Junction, Arizona. While I have only been in Arizona for a few months, I bring with me over 12 years of experience in urban planning and economic development from the Chicagoland suburbs.

I worked for a few different communities in Illinois, but they all taught me different aspects of the built environment.ย  Additionally, I worked a few retail, food and beverage and customer service jobs starting in high school and all these experiences have culminated into a unique approach to my current role as Economic Development Director for the City of Apache Junction.

My experience of updating codes, enhancing entitlement processes, implementing new business assistance programs, being the professional who connects end users to available spaces and sites, and getting new out-of-the-box ideas and approaches to be the new norm is something that sets me apart from other economic development colleagues.

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/patrick-ainsworth-aicp-b6a0168a

Bryant Powell – City Manager – City of Apache Junction

In July 2015 Bryant Powell moved into his current role as Apache Junctionโ€™s City Manager, having spent 14-years as the Assistant City Manager. Teamed with the City Council, his focus is creating strategic plans that will enhance the lives of those who live, visit, and work in Apache Junction. As Assistant City Manager, Bryant took a lead role in creating the updated city hall campus, which continues to evolve as the city organization grows and changes.

Bryant holds a Masters in Public Administration from BYU, and a BA from Southern Utah University. Prior to joining the City of Apache Junction, Bryant held positions as Senior Budget Analyst for the City of San Antonio and interned in City Mangerโ€™s Offices at the municipalities of Cedar City and Orem, Utah, and in Orange, California. Bryant lives in Apache Junction with his wife and three daughters.

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