Archive for the ‘About the Real AZ Corridor’ Category

Good Earth Power Buys Pioneer; Takes Over 4FRI Contract

Friday, September 20th, 2013

The U. S. Forest Service has announced that Good Earth Power AZ LLC has taken over the 4FRI contract as part of its acquisition of the assets of Pioneer Forest Products.  

Good Earth Power is now contractually obligated to carry out the terms and conditions of the Phase 1 4FRI stewardship contract, which involves forest restoration treatments across four National Forests in northern Arizona. Pioneer was awarded the contract in May 2012, but failed to find financing for its operations.  

The 4FRI award calls for 300,000 acres to be thinned over 10 years on the Coconino, Kaibab, Apache-Sitgreaves and Tonto National Forests. Oman-based Good Earth has brought on a forest management company to oversee thinning operations.  

Good Earth CEO Jason Rosamond said that the company will invest in about 20 pellet mills in the project area and plans to ship product overseas. A $50 million wood processing mill in Winslow and a facility to produce biofuels are also part of the company’s plans.

This is very good news for the Real AZ Corridor. Good Earth is involved in diversified energy production, future forestry and biomass utilization, resource management and community development — which are also priorities for the Real AZ Development Council.  

Information on Good Earth can be found online at www.futureforestsector.com  and at www.goodearthpower.com

Lundberg Named New RADC Coordinator

Monday, February 18th, 2013

Gus Lundberg has agreed to serve as the new RADC Coordinator for the Real AZ Corridor. Gus was formerly with the Town of Taylor and joined the Navajo County Finance Department in January 2013. Gus can be reached at glundberg@realazcorridor.com  or by calling (928) 243-8840. He will handle inquiries and all information requests for the Real AZ Corridor.

Gus takes over coordinator/outreach duties from former RADC Coordinator Eric Duthie, who left the Town of Taylor in early February to pursue a new career opportunity. Eric did an amazing job putting a face on and building momentum for the Real AZ Corridor since its debut in 2010, and the RADC leadership and membership thanks him for all of his efforts on the region’s behalf.

The State of Our State

Thursday, December 6th, 2012

Last week’s State of Our State event offered insights on economic development projects in progress — or being planned — throughout Arizona. Potash was in the spotlight for the Real AZ Corridor. You can view the documents and presentations HERE.

Video Series on White Mountain Stewardship Contract

Tuesday, October 11th, 2011

The new Informational Videos page on the Real AZ Corridor website features video clips on energy projects and topics that are important to the 100-mile wide Corridor. A five-part series just posted online talks about the White Mountain Stewardship Contract, which is credited with containing the Wallow Fire in some areas. It was also the forerunner to the Four Forest Restoration Initiative (4FRI), which will bring even greater forest management practices and new industries to the Real AZ Corridor.

Watch the White Mountain Stewardship Video Series HERE

The Real AZ Corridor is the Gateway to America’s Energy Future

Friday, October 7th, 2011

Arizona’s energy and economic development corridor is also the gateway to America’s renewable energy future.

And you can get there from here.

Few regions offer access to transportation assets and natural resources. The Real AZ Corridor offers Interstate access and frontage, a strong state highway network and a location that is within four hours of Phoenix and Albuquerque, within easy reach of the energy-hungry California and Nevada markets and less than eight hours from the Mexican border.

Commercial rail service via the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway connects the Real AZ Corridor with national markets. Passenger rail service serves the region, with an Amtrak station in Winslow.

Nine public airports serve the Real AZ Corridor, including daily commercial passenger service to Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport from Show Low Regional Airport.

The Real AZ Corridor is a gateway that also serves the regional shopping needs of the adjoining Navajo, Hopi and White Mountain Apache Tribe Nations.

Learn more about ACCESS to and from the Real AZ Corridor HERE.

Real AZ Corridor Wins Governors Award and Continues To Move Forward

Wednesday, September 21st, 2011

The Real AZ Development Council  and the Real AZ Corridor won the Governor’s Excellence Award for Innovative Economic Development at last year’s Regional Development Conference in Flagstaff. Since that time, the Corridor has continued to move forward, adding new partners and increasing its visibility across the country.   

The Real AZ Corridor is an exceptional example of the effectiveness of emphasizing Collaboration versus Competition. The Real AZ Development Council includes two Arizona counties (Navajo and Apache) and nine communities (Winslow, Holbrook, Snowflake, Taylor, Show Low, Pinetop-Lakeside, Eagar, Springerville and St. Johns). A gateway regional website leads to the Corridor at www.RealAZCorridor.com      

Collaboration is THE Game-Changer when it comes to Regionalism … and to productive economic development. Communities that work together as a Region make it easier for developers, business owners and investors to bring beneficial projects — and jobs — to their area. When civic leaders, business owners and decision makers choose to work together for the entire Region, everyone wins.

The Real AZ Corridor is Arizona’s Energy and Economic Development corridor. Arizona’s energy future will be built here — and it is already at work!