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  • Pima, Pinal officials meet on economic prosperity

    Oct 29, 2015 | Read More News
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    Pima County Administrator Chuck Huckelberry and members of his leadership team will meet with Pinal County Manager Greg Stanley and his staff Oct. 30 to discuss additional ways in which the two counties can work together on a range of issues including regional economic development initiatives.

    Rail travelPinal County has released an economic prospectus that highlights its partnerships with local governments and the state of Arizona to create a competitive and business-friendly operating climate. This prospectus aligns closely with a number of initiatives identified in the 2015-2017 Update to the Pima County Economic Development Plan reflecting the regional approach by both counties in strategic planning and economic development.  Pinal County Manager Greg Stanley and his senior leadership staff meet quarterly with Pima County leaders to continue exploring ways to work toward regional improvement.

    The two counties have cooperated closely on workforce development, land-use planning and on transportation infrastructure including highways, air, passenger and freight rail. The prospectus specifically cited the importance of market access and connectivity, including:
    • Tucson International Airport, where more than 350 flights arrive and depart each day, moving 5,000 passengers and offering two dozen non-stop flights to California;
    • Construction of Interstate 11, which would offer the nation’s only international trade corridor linking Mexico and Canada; and
    • The Red Rock Project, a multimillion dollar rail park developed by Union Pacific Railroad, Pinal County and the state that would become one of the largest logistics facilities in the western U.S.
    The two counties’ leaders also have worked closely on the continued development of Pinal Airpark. Pima County owns nearly 300 acres of land immediately adjacent to and south of Pinal Airpark on the Pinal/Pima County boundary. Pima County has offered to make that property available to ensure full runway operations, including aviation easements and other items necessary for a successful long-term operation and expansion of Pinal Airpark. In addition, Pima County has offered its property to be incorporated into master planning efforts for developing a larger airfield for the region.