On Thursday, March 29th, Mayor Vartan Gharpetian addressed community leaders at the Glendale Chamber of Commerce’s annual State of the City Luncheon. He touted the accomplishments Glendale has made this year, and described his vision for the City’s future. Alongside Gharpetian’s address was an awards ceremony led by Ellen Leyva, co-anchor of ABC7 Eyewitness news. Award recipients included Councilmember Zareh Sinanyan for Project of the Year.
“I can report that the state of our City is stronger today because of our partnerships,” said Mayor Gharpetian. He cited initiatives the city has taken in housing, homelessness, safety, and leisure. He continued with talks of a strong economy, high mobility, and clean energy. He then thanked our Veterans for protecting American freedoms, and the hall roared with applause. The address concluded with this value-statement video:
Councilmember Sinanyan also spoke at the day’s event. He took the podium to accept the Project of the Year award on behalf of the City for Glendale Tech Week – a project resulting from the Tech Initiative Program Sinanyan spearheaded. In his speech, he recognized his fellow councilmembers for their support, acknowledging that the project’s success is product of a cohesive team working together to transform Glendale into a hub of technology and innovation.
Other prominent members of the Glendale community were also awarded. Their outstanding contributions to the Glendale community are part of what makes Glendale great. Congratulations to the following awardees:
Project of the Year: Tech Week hosted by the City of Glendale
Small Business of the Year: My Glendale Florist owned by Art Arutyunyan
CEO of the Year: Keith Hobbs from USC Verdugo Hills Hospital
The 2018 Man of the Year: Brent Gardner, Sr. General Manager of the Glendale Galleria
The 2018 Woman of the Year: Toni Beck Espinoza of the Stone Beck Group at Morgan Stanley