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Real AZ Corridor Debuts Future Forestry Website

Monday, June 10th, 2013

biofuel Real AZ CorridorThe Real AZ Corridor debuted its new Future Forestry/Forest Management website today. This is a high growth economic development sector with MUCH future potential in northeastern Arizona, thanks to 4FRI … biomass … wood product innovations … the emergence of the carbon offset credit industry and more.

Northern Arizona is home to the largest contiguous Ponderosa pine forest in North America, with more than 2.4 million acres of pines in the Apache-Sitgreaves, Coconino, Kaibab and Tonto National Forests. Future Forestry and Forest Management has been identified as one of four sectors having strong economic development potential in the Real AZ Corridor.

Future Forestry contracts and industry are expected to create more than 700 permanent jobs in the Real AZ Corridor, including loggers, drivers, mill operators and biomass plant workers. The region’s emerging wood products industry is expected to grow significantly, fueled by the outputs of large-scale, small timber harvesting on more than 300,000 acres over the next 10 years.

The website features the Real AZ Corridor Sector Profile … links to key resources … and a gateway to emerging opportunities in the sector. A landing page strategy and new links on the Real AZ Corridor website are designed to enhance search engine optimization.

It is the first dedicated future forest/forest products/forest management site of its kind … and we expect it to be a gateway to growing opportunity in this sector, and throughout the Real AZ Corridor … Lori Martinek, ED/c Partners

Real AZ Corridor Plans for Workforce Needs

Friday, April 12th, 2013

The Real AZ Development Council (RADC) formed a committee to plan for the Real AZ Corridor’s future workfoce needs at its April meeting in Snowflake yesterday. The Workforce Development committee will work with employers in the potash mining, general mining and other labor-intensive industries and local educational institutions and training providers to identify the types of skills that will be needed to sustain economic growth in the region.

The effort was spurred by projections from Passport Potash and American West Potash that they could create as many as 2,500 permanent production-related jobs within the next four to five years. Existing Corridor employers, including Preferred Sands, have a need for trained workers now. RADC is working to ensure that the Corridor can provide a sustainable pipeline of ready, well-trained workers to support the these and other industries. Potash mining is expected to create jobs with an average salary of $70,000. Resource estimates put the projected life of the mines at a minimum of 26 years. Some estimates project several generations of mining in the region.

RADC also formed committees to oversee prospect development in categories that have been identified as related to potash mining and ripe for investment in the Corridor. The committee will create a list of target businesses, and also identify opportunities for new business development or business expansion in the Corridor. … Lori Martinek, ED/c Partners for Real AZ Corridor

 

Potash Projects Make Progress, RADC Targets Growth

Tuesday, April 9th, 2013

Potash Mining in Real AZ Corridor 2013The Real AZ Development Council (RADC) was awarded a Vision Grant from the Arizona Commerce Authority. As part of that grant, RADC produced a Potash Sector Profile (see it online HERE) and a detailed Potash Sector Target Marketing Strategy that identifies how RADC can leverage expected growth in that sector. 

With plan in hand, we are now putting the finishing touches on a Potash Sector Website, which has been built as a sub-domain expansion to the Real AZ Corridor website. The new site will debut at www.azpotash.com on April 22. It will also be linked to a landing page at www.potashsector.com, and appear as a new gateway page on the Corridor’s website at www.realazcorridor.com.

Committees are now being formed to drive implementation of the strategy for this sector. ED/c Partners owner Lori Martinek will attend the April and May RADC meetings in Snowflake to present the Potash Sector strategy to stakeholders and to help RADC get started with developing a prospect list, identifying workforce needs and sourcing a lead tracking and follow up tool.  

A similar process is about to begin for the Future Forest/Forest Management Sector, which will be impacted by the U.S. Forest Service’s 4FRI (Four Forest Restoration Initiative) contract award to Pioneer Forest Products. Pioneer is expected to build a mill and wood processing plant at Winslow, and create nearly 800 short and long-term jobs over the life of the 10-year 4FRI contract.

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.

St. Johns Project Helps GreenFire Energy Propel Geothermal Energy Development

Friday, January 6th, 2012

GreenFire Energy is working in the Real AZ Corridor (St. Johns) to develop processes that will enable it to become the first company in the world to produce electric power at commercial scale using geothermally heated CO2.

The potential is enormous, given the capacity of Real AZ Corridor soils to store CO2 … and the availability of emissions from the Corridor’s expanding energy industry. CO2 is also a food source for algae, another high potential sector in the Corridor.

Geothermal is one of the renewable/alternative energy sectors that are emerging – quickly – in Navajo and Apache counties. There’s a lot to be excited about in the Real AZ Corridor … and geothermal energy production is part of that.

Visit GreenFire Energy’s website at www.greenfireenergy.com  to learn more. Here’s an excerpt:

‘Imagine a clean, renewable energy source that can greatly increase the amount of baseload power while having a positive impact on CO2 emissions and the environment. That energy source is CO2- based geothermal power. GreenFire Energy is working to develop and harness this power, creating a suite of geothermal technologies which we call CO2ETM.

We have combined an unrivaled, multidisciplinary R&D program with a viable, realistic business strategy. GreenFire is currently developing innovative and patentable technologies to accomplish this goal.

GreenFire’s Technology Approach is carefully measured, constantly focusing on the realistic challenges associated with scale-up to commercial production, rather than merely focusing on successful lab-scale technology itself.’

Support Small Business Saturday in the Real AZ Corridor

Thursday, November 17th, 2011

The Real AZ Corridor encourages everyone to support Small Business Saturday on November 26. The event is sponsored by American Express OPEN and dedicated to supporting small businesses on one of the busiest shopping weekends of the year. Shop Small at your favorite Real AZ Corridor local business and help fuel the small business economy and support entrepreneurship.

Learn more about Small Business Saturday and how we each can make a difference by shopping at a local business next week at http://smallbusinesssaturday.com/ 

Small business owners: Check out the event site for FREE marketing and social media tools that you can use to promote your local business.

Entrepreneurship and small business development are VERY important to the success of the Real AZ Corridor. A vibrant small business community demonstrates that opportunity exists at every level of the economy in northeastern Arizona.

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!