County Continues its Commitment to Copper Corridor Economic Development Coalition

7/23/2013

FLORENCE, AZ – Pinal County District 1 Supervisor Pete Rios, who represents the County’s Copper Corridor region presented a check to the regional Economic Development Coalition. The check for $50,000 is the county’s contribution to support economic development activities aimed at growing and retaining businesses in the Copper Corridor area.

The Copper Corridor covers the mineral rich region in eastern Pinal County stretching south from Superior through the communities of Kearny, Hayden, Winkelman, Mammoth, San Manuel, Oracle and terminating at Oracle Junction.

The Copper Corridor Economic Development Coalition’s volunteer board of directors represents each of the communities that make up the region. Its mission is to “unify Eastern Pinal and Southern Gila Counties into a regional community to promote economic development, plan and prepare for population growth while preserving the region’s values” according to its website.

“In my opinion, this region is the most beautiful part of Pinal County. It has also been the area hardest hit by volatility in the commodities market with the opening and closing of mining operations,” said Pete Rios. “Pinal County supports economic development directly through our staff and also by working with economic development foundations and coalitions who are often the ‘boots on the ground’ helping local businesses grow, expand and flourish.”

“We know that the county’s economic prosperity is linked to the opportunities that are created in all of our communities, which is why I am pleased to present this contribution on behalf of the Board to support the Copper Corridor Economic Development Coalition,” Rios said.


From left to right: Celeste Andreson, The Nature Conservancy Lower San Pedro River; Jake Jacobson, President & CEO of the Copper Basin Railway; Frances Wickham, Vice Mayor of the Town of Mammoth; Pete Rios Pinal County Supervisor for District 1; Maria Munoz, Vice Mayor of the Town of Hayden and Lillian Martinez, Board Member and Executive Assistant to Supervisor Rios.

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