The city of Mesa Office of Economic Development has hired Aric H. Bopp, CEcD, as deputy director of strategic initiatives for the team. He will focus on development priorities related to Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport, southeast Mesa, and other economic development projects of strategic importance to the city.
Prior to joining Mesa, Bopp worked for the city of Phoenix as the program manager for business retention and expansion in the Community and Economic Development Department.
Before joining the city of Phoenix, Bopp served as executive director of the New River Valley Economic Development Alliance, a regional economic development organization based in Blacksburg, Virginia. During his 12-year tenure, he helped bring national and international companies to the region creating thousands of jobs and more than $1 billion in investment.
“Aric’s depth of experience will be a tremendous asset for our office and the city of Mesa,” Mesa Economic Development Director Bill Jabjiniak said. “Aric will play a key role in moving forward important initiatives critical to creating quality jobs in our community.”
Bopp is actively involved with economic development organizations throughout Arizona including the Arizona Technology Council, Arizona Commerce Authority, Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce, Black Chamber of Arizona, Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Greater Phoenix Economic Council, Arizona Association of Economic Development, and many others.
Bopp received a bachelor’s degree in economics from Johns Hopkins University, attended graduate school at the University of Virginia, and received his economic development certification (CEcD) through the International Economic Development Council (IEDC).