As third-generation Arizonans we applaud Phoenix Councilman Sal DiCiccio for his leadership in cutting red tape to get people employed.

We recently became acquainted with Mr. DiCiccio while trying to grow our 20-year-old small business. We were the low bidder on a Phoenix contract in May.

What was seemingly an open and shut decision for award quickly became a battle against a well financed out-of-state corporation.

We did our best to fight Goliath, but until Councilman DiCiccio caught wind of our plight we were stuck in red tape. His quick actions and decisiveness moved the process quickly.

After nearly losing the six-month uphill battle, in just two weeks DiCiccio assessed the situation, garnered support, and cut red tape and bureaucracy.

We are now hiring 35 Arizonans, buying local trucks and machinery, leasing a larger three-year vacant property in a district that needs jobs and stimulation, while also keeping corporate profits in Phoenix.

Councilman Sal DiCiccio isn't just talking the talk as he works with creating the Development Task Force to get people working. He's already walked the walk.

We need to support community-minded leaders like him.

Cheryl Stone

A Mind for Detail, Inc.

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