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Position of Power Visionary leaders and a dedicated economic development team have positioned Peoria as a magnet for visionary developers, major businesses and educated workers BUSINESS by ANDREA MARKOWITZ TOP: Rendering of more development at Park West. BELOW: Here to catch a game? Northern Peoria's Cibola Vista Resort & Spa is perfect for those looking for a luxurious stay. www. visitpeoriaaz. com • PEORIA, ARIZONA 29 C reating a job for every available worker and ensuring that the available jobs complement workers' skills would seem like a daunting task to any city's lead-ers but Peoria's. After recently adding 4.5 million square feet of office space, more than 400,000 square feet of commercial space is being developed. The city also has plans to develop another million or so square feet. Future employment centers along the Loop 303 corridor will have the capacity to create 120,000 jobs. " We're putting together strategies for a healthcare center with hospitals, research and development, biotechnology, higher education and training," said Steve Prokopek, Peoria's economic development director. A sepa-rate Peoria Regional Medical Center is slated for construction northwest of Lake Pleasant and Happy Valley parkways. Commanding economic self- sufficiency Economic self- sufficiency is Peoria's ultimate goal. " We don't want to be just a bedroom community that relies on other communities for its success," said Prokepek. To that end, Peoria's leaders are complementing its freeways — which offer easy access to its employment centers, Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport and the entire Phoenix metro area — with transit- oriented development. Such a plan creates compact, mixed- use communities that encourage residents to spend their money in Peoria. Park West and Vistancia are shining examples of transit- oriented developments. Park West's urban western ambiance combines open- air shopping, dining and a Harkins movie theater with upscale apartment living. Future phases