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07/29 2014

WESTMARC to Host Annual Best of the West Awards Nov. 5 at Phoenix International Raceway

WESTMARC to Host Annual Best of the West Awards Nov. 5 at Phoenix International Raceway

Peoria, Ariz. –  WESTMARC is proud to announce that the 22nd Annual Best of the West Awards ceremony will be held at the Phoenix International Raceway (PIR), which is celebrating its 50th Anniversary this year.

WESTMARC’s Best of the West Awards has been the signature event of the West Valley for over twenty years. The event is designed to celebrate the best of Western Maricopa County, and recognize outstanding contributions to the quality of life, economic development, and innovation in the West Valley. WESTMARC is looking forward to being a part of the 50th Anniversary celebrations at PIR.

“We’re excited to celebrate the Best of the West at one of the West Valley’s most significant assets,” said Michelle Rider, President and CEO of WESTMARC. “Not only are they a huge economic driver, they also add to the quality of life for residents and visitors to the region.” PIR was awarded Best of the West awards in 1996 and 2006.

WESTMARC is accepting nominations in three categories: Economic Engine, Excellence in Innovation, and Quality of Life Enhancement. All nominees will be acknowledged, and one winner in each category will be announced at the awards dinner Wednesday, November 5. You can find nomination forms and additional event information online at www.westmarc.org.

The 22nd Annual Best of the West Awards will serve as an unofficial launch of NASCAR’s semifinal race weekend at PIR, headlined by the Quicken Loans Race for Heroes 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on Sunday, Nov. 9.

“As a proud member of the West Valley business community, Phoenix International Raceway is honored to host the 22nd annual Best of the West Awards,” said track president Bryan R. Sperber.  “I look forward to kicking off our race weekend by celebrating the work of so many outstanding people who make the West Valley a great place to live and do business.”

Located in the City of Avondale, PIR is a great asset to the West Valley because of the huge social and economic impact the NASCAR races have on the region. According to a study conducted by Arizona State University’s W.P. Carey School of Business in 2006, PIR’s two NASCAR race weekends combine to generate an estimated $473 million annually for the Arizona economy.  With its great weather, beautiful desert scenery and abundant recreation options, Phoenix has become one of the most popular destinations in motor sports, for drivers and fans alike.

“It’s Gonna Be BIG!” is the slogan of PIR’s 50th Anniversary celebrations this year, and, there is no better way to promote and highlight this great asset of the West Valley than to have the 22nd Annual Best of the West Awards at the historic Phoenix International Raceway.