As we count down to Marana's trip to Denver for the All-America City gathering, we're highlighting all the ways Marana is making its mark. Inspired by our farming and ranching heritage, we'll be highlighting Marana's official Branding Iron alongside many of the incredible people who make this Town an All-America City. Are you Making Your Mark on Marana? Let us know by using #MakingOurMark, and we may feature your story here.
For the past year, Jordan Idler has been applying his creative touch to Marana's Communications and Marketing team. As a high school senior at Marana High School, he has participated in the first year of Marana 2.0, an internship program that gives students a chance to learn about their local government by working within it. This experiential learning opportunity allows students to see how government operates, and even to provide input on how Marana can better serve its residents.
During his internship, Jordan has spent many hours recording interviews with Town staff, filming special events, and taking photos across the Town. His efforts are providing the Town with a wealth of footage that can be used to promote future special events and to market the Town as a high-quality destination for residents and tourists alike.
Programs like Marana 2.0 are giving students new opportunities to explore potential careers. In the fall, Jordan will enroll at Pima Community College, and he will begin thinking about what professional path he wants to pursue. "I've always been into the technical aspect of visual production, but I never thought of local government as a place where I could apply those skills. Marana 2.0 has helped me understand this profession in a new way," says Jordan.
Marana is making its mark on Jordan by teaching him about local government, and Jordan is making his mark on Marana through his creative efforts to capture images from across the community. This is what it means to be an All-America City.