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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 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

Resource Report Identifies Potash in Real AZ Corridor

Friday, September 28th, 2012

A resource report released this week identified potash resources in the Holbrook Basin that were deemed to pursue further testing.

It summarized: ‘In the opinion of the authors, the investigated part of the PASSPORT Property con-tains sufficient resources to start work on a Preliminary Economic Assessment (PEA). Furthermore, the results justify further expenditures of funds to expand the resource.

It is also the opinion of the authors that it is reasonable to conclude that the potash mineralization as identified in the drill holes may extend to the central eastern part of the property and the Fitzgerald Trust Land, where further drilling and seismic survey-ing can be conducted. In order to form a continuous area of higher classified resources as well as to con-firm the continuity of the deposit, ERCOSPLAN recommends drilling as well as as-saying of five to six drill holes while the PEA is being prepared. The focus should be on the “West Block”, which is part of a potential area for a later mine.’

The Real AZ Corridor has the potential to become the largest source of potash in the world. Three global companies have test drilling underway, or are in the permitting stage.

Read the full report on the Real AZ Corridor website HERE