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Summarized by Kent Larsen

Mormon Roots Give Mesa, Arizona An Advantage
(Phoenix) AZ Republic 28Apr00 D6
By Betty Beard: Arizona Republic

MESA, ARIZONA -- A study commissioned by the city of Mesa to help lure new employers there credits the city's Mormon roots for it strong work ethic and above average knowledge of a second language. The study, by the Morristown, New Jersey company Wadley-Donovan Group, points out that the city has more bachelors degrees per capita and higher ACT scores than neighboring Phoenix suburbs like Scottsdale and Gilbert.

Mesa's economic development director Richard Mulligan says the study's results were not a surprise. "We've known this all along. We wanted third-party, independent confirmation," he said. The study was based on a survey of major employers in the Phoenix area. The city's share of the bill for the study was about $17,000.

The study also says that the 10 to 11 percent of the city that are members of the LDS Church is the reason why the city has an above average knowledge of a second language. According to Mulligan, a number of CEOs have told them that this is an important advantage.


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