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16 September 2016  

News around the community

GPREP works to create a regional identity

The Prescott Valley Town Council met at 5:30 Thursday to consider a regional economic development partnership agreement.  According to new Economic Development Coordinator Ben Hooper, for the past several years discussions had been held in both the private and public sectors regarding a unified regional economic development effort.  These discussions have led to the formation of the Greater Prescott Regional Economic Partnership 2 years ago.  The Partnership works with Prescott, Prescott Valley, Chino Valley and Dewey-Humboldt to create a regional identity.  This makes the area more attractive for companies seeking to expand and more competitive in the attraction of new businesses.  Last year, the Prescott Valley Town Council approved a 40 thousand dollar contribution to the organization, and they are expected to do the same this year. Council’s voting session will be held in the Library Auditorium on Civic Circle.   

Chino Valley’s 2016 Strategic Plan is in place

The Town of Chino Valley has a new future planning document in place. On Tuesday night, the Chino Valley Town Council approved the 2016 Strategic Plan.  Development Services Director Ruth Mayday says in 2013, Council worked with facilitator Lance Decker to develop the plan, which sets a vision as to what the Town will be 5 years from now.  It also provides direction to staff in enacting the Council’s priorities for the community.  Last November, Council met to reevaluate the goals, objectives and strategies in the existing plan.  After a final draft review last month, Council directed staff to move the plan forward for approval.   Goals in the new plan include improvement of the availability of information from the Town to its citizens, creating relationships with Quad City community partners and development of a comprehensive road and transportation circulation plan.  

Improvements & new classes are coming to Yavapai College. 

Improvements are coming to Yavapai College’s Prescott Valley and Sedona Centers.  Vice-President for Finance and Administration Clint Ewell told the College Board Tuesday the Prescott Valley Center improvement project will accommodate many Allied Health programs, as well as classrooms and labs.  The construction management firm has recommended building a second floor shell to defer additional improvements until educational programming is finalized.  The addition would add nearly 2 million dollars to the 4 million dollar Center budget, but would result in future savings of about 250 thousand dollars.  Ewell also presented an overview of the Sedona Center renovation project.   

The Center will be receiving 2 American Culinary Federation approved teaching kitchens and improvements to the rest of the Center.  This addition would also add nearly 2 million dollars to the 4 million dollar Center budget. The Yavapai College Governing Board has approved increases to both budgets.  

It’s the Quad Cities Business & Lifestyle Expo

Nearly 100 area businesses will be featured as part of the 4th annual Quad Cities Business and Lifestyle Expo.  The Prescott and Prescott Valley Chambers of Commerce are co-hosting the Expo, which will be held at the Prescott Valley Event Center Saturday and Sunday.  During a recent live appearance on KQNA’s Talk of the Town, Prescott Chamber of Commerce Director David Maurer called this event a showcase for local businesses. Maurer explains in addition to nearly one hundred area businesses, non-profit organizations will also be on hand. Prescott Valley Chamber of Commerce Director Marnie Uhl says there will be exhibits outside the Center as well. Uhl says health care providers will be on hand, including Yavapai Regional Medical Center. Expo hours are 9 to 5 Saturday and 10 to 2 Sunday. Admission is free. 

Bill Monroe, KQNA News, 1130 AM

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