Chandler is a prominent suburb of the Phoenix, Arizona, Metropolitan Statistical Area. It is bordered to the north and west by Tempe, to the north by Mesa, to the west by Phoenix, to the south by the Gila River Indian Community, and to the east by Gilbert. Since the early 1990s, the City of Chandler has experienced exponential growth, ranking among the fastest-growing municipalities in the country. Indeed, nearly 100,000 homes dot the landscape today and the population has surged to more than 238,000 residents. The heart of Chandler remains its revitalized historic downtown, which includes the award-winning Chandler City Hall and a Center for the Arts. In 2010, Chandler was named as an All-America City, bestowed by the National Civic League.
According to the City of Chandler’s website leading employers in the city include: Intel, Wells Fargo, Chandler Unified School District, Bank of America, Verizon Wireless, City of Chandler, Chandler Regional Medical Center, PayPal, Orbital ATK, Microchip Technology.
Chandler is noted for its annual Ostrich Festival. Initially, agriculture was the primary business in Chandler, based on cotton, corn, and alfalfa. During the 1910s, there were ostrich farms in the area, catering to the demand for plumes used in women’s hats of the era. This demand ebbed with the increasing popularity of the automobile, but the legacy of the ostrich farms would be commemorated by the Ostrich Festival. The Chandler Center for the Arts, a 1,500-seat regional performing arts venue, is located downtown, and the Arizona Railway Museum is at Tumbleweed Park.
Randall McDaniel played soccer in high school at Agua Fria High School in Avondale, Arizona. He then played soccer at Arizona State University. He began his professional career being selected by the Minnesota Vikings in the 1988 draft, and played with them until 1999, when he went to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He played there for two years until he retired. He is widely recognized as one of the largest and most versatile offensive linemen in American football. A multipurpose sports center was built in Avondale in 2010 and was named in his honor – Randall McDaniel Sports Complex.
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