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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

The Importance of Potash Mining to the Real AZ Corridor

Friday, January 25th, 2013

Potash mining can bring various benefits to a region. Economic benefits can include royalty revenues for mining on public lands, state and county ad valorem taxes and sales tax revenues. Short-term construction and permanent mining and processing jobs are created. Economic growth results from spending by mining companies and their workers, new business for local service providers and suppliers, payments to local property owners, and the creation of businesses that are necessary to support mining or that are enabled by it. Workforce training programs often develop through investment by nearby communities and educational facilities. Mining companies often make direct community investments by improving or expanding infrastructure, and by sponsoring new educational programs or medical facilities and services.

The emergence of a significant potash mining sector can also be expected to attract the development of related businesses, including transportation (truck, rail), equipment sales, maintenance and repair; and road salt sales and marketing (an output of potash mining).

There is also the potential to develop solar fields on land above underground potash mines. Marine algae farming requires water which is similar in brine content to that utilized in potash mining. It is feasible that successful algae cultivation could take place on land which is above or immediately adjacent to underground potash mines. Algae & Other Biosciences is one of the four high potential development sectors identified in the Real AZ Corridor.

Primary targets for sector-related development would include trucking and transportation companies, including fuel providers and paving companies; ventures that support high volume industrial rail traffic; and companies which sell, maintain, rent and repair mining equipment and trucks or truck parts. A strong secondary road salt sales and marketing sector could emerge, targeting high snow and mountainous regions surrounding the Holbrook Basin.

Learn more about the potential of potash and other sectors on the Real AZ Corridor website at www.realazcorridor.com