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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.

An Update on Potash Projects in the Real AZ Corridor

Friday, December 21st, 2012

This is a good overview of what’s happening, and expected to happen, in potash mining development in the Holbrook Basin and the Real AZ Corridor over the next few years:

Passport Potash and Prospect Global are two exploration-stage mining companies with significant claims to the potash rights in and around the Holbrook Basin of eastern Arizona. As previously mentioned, there is a blueprint that greenfield companies follow to move from exploration to production. Both companies are following this blueprint on the same trajectory.

For the most part, the U.S. has potash deposits that, until recently, have not been economically viable to develop. The U.S. imports 80-90% of its potash- an unashamed “net importer.” Potash is mined in small amounts in Utah, Michigan and New Mexico. Intrepid Potash (IPI) operates two potash mines in Utah and one in New Mexico. Mosaic mines potash in Michigan and also New Mexico. Potash from reasonably-priced domestic sources can have a competitive advantage because transportation costs are lower. Additional consideration is given to domestic potash because of the significant strengthening of the U.S. dollar versus the Canadian dollar during the past couple years.

Arizona may be critical to expanding domestic potash production. In addition to being one of the friendliest and safest areas of the world for mining, Arizona’s deserts and plains have favorable year-round climates. Arizona’s Holbrook Basin has between 682 million metric tons to 2.27 billion metric tons of potash deposits, according to the Arizona Geological Survey. This deposit underlies 600 square miles east of Holbrook, Arizona in the northeastern area of the state. The Petrified Forrest National Park is located squarely in the center of the formation. The site is served by railroad, highway, power and water.

Arizona’s Holbrook geophysical formation is not a new discovery. Minerals were discovered here in the 1960s after initial mineral exploration. Exploratory holes have been drilled over the years, and there is a significant amount of historical information. The top of the potash deposit is situated from 700 to 2,000 feet below the ground surface; most of the deposit is found at about 1,200 to 1,300 feet deep. Maximum thickness of the potash is about 40 feet and averages less than 20 feet. In comparison to the large deposits in Saskatchewan, Canada, Arizona’s potash is about 50% less thick yet 50% shallower, meaning that the mine will be about 50% less expensive to build. Reports of the average grade of Arizona’s potash range from 6% to 20%.

As a number of permanent demand changes appear to be sustaining potash around $400 (well above its historical price range of $100), the potash deposits in the Holbrook Basin in Arizona have become economically feasible to develop. Prospect Global and Passport Potash are competing to take advantage of this opportunity by entering production within the next three to four years. Investors, looking for a way to gain exposure to potash exploration in the United States, may want to consider these two junior potash companies.

At this point, both companies are approximately four years away from any mining operations (lengthy preparation is typical in potash mining). However, both have the requisite resources for building a mine: supportive government, enthusiastic blue-collar labor force, no safety concerns, billions in potash deposits, and easy access to power, water, rail and highway. Exploration-stage potash companies are not the right investment option for every investor, but with the U.S. importing 90% of its consumption, there is an obvious need for new domestic producers.

Read the full profile and report here, which includes a detailed timeline and more project information. It’s long, but defiitely worth a few minutes:

http://seekingalpha.com/article/1072401-american-potash-companies-looking-to-capitalize-on-fertilizer-demand?goback=%2Egde_4146073_member_198081969 

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.

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.

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

Learn Why Forest Management Is Important To Wildfire Management

Wednesday, September 28th, 2011
Record breaking fires in the Southwest have burned thousands of acres, disrupting people and animals, and leaving muddy, flood-prone landscapes in their wake. In this remote broadcast from Flagstaff, Arizona, Ira Flatow and guests discuss fire ecology, and how new forest management strategies may help stifle the blazes.

Listen to the NPF Science Friday show HERE

Navajo County Supervisor David Tenney and members of the Real AZ Corridor worked tirelessly to promote the need for large-scale forest management at the federal level. The result is the Four Forest Restoration Initiative (4FRI), which was signed in February 2011.

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!