Jennings Strouss collaborated with Arizona Western College, City of San Luis, City of Somerton, City of Yuma, R.L. Jones, Town of Wellton, and Yuma County to present the "Yuma County Qualified Opportunity Zones, Investment and Development Forum". The event took place on May 8th, 2019, at Arizona Western College.
The City of Yuma, the Mexican Consulate in Yuma, the Arizona Western College (AWC), among other local sponsors, successfully presented the forum “Nafta 2.0: The Impact of USMCA on the Megaregion”. The event took place on April 23rd, 2019, at AWC.
The AWC & NAU Startup Weekend 2019 took place from April 12th - 14th, 2019 at the Arizona Western College.
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Event organized by Arizona Western College and Northern Arizona University.
Yuma County, Arizona – The Four Borders International Academic Alliance (Alliance), an alliance of colleges, universities, and technical schools from the United States and Mexico celebrated its 2nd Anniversary on March 29, 2019 at the Arizona Western College Schoening Conference Center beginning at 4:00 p.m. As part of this celebration, an additional 7 new Alliance members with sign on to the original Memorandum of Understanding that created the Alliance.
San Luis, Arizona – 2018 saw the arrival of new businesses and an economic rebound in San Luis, fueled by a thriving housing market and demand by residents for consumer goods and services, the city's mayor said.
Looking back on the year just completed, Mayor Gerardo Sanchez said he believes San Luis was able to strike a positive balance between business growth and City Hall spending on public infrastructure needs of residents.
Sanchez believes his and the city council's agenda for San Luis was validated by the results of the 2018 election season, which saw a crowded field of candidates compete for mayor and four council seats.
Somerton has been called the “Best Little City in Arizona,” and local officials continued efforts to live up to the title in 2018 by focusing on projects that improve the quality of life for residents.
Newly elected Mayor Gerardo "Jerry" Anaya and City Manager Ian McGaughey recently shared the highlights and challenges the city faced this past year.
The city made some changes. Citizens elected a new mayor and the council hired a new city manager. Joseph Turitto, acting police chief since June, was named to the post permanently.
The year 2018 was a period of continued progress in expanding services to Yuma County residents despite continuing state budget mandates hitting the bottom line, officials said this month.
This was enabled in part by improving financial conditions outside the offices and some penny-pinching from within, County Administrator Susan Thorpe said.
"The economy has gotten better so our financial stability is there, it's not booming but we're in better shape than we were before," she said.
The town of Wellton’s 2018 was spent shoring up the Coyote Wash Golf Course while signs of a new growth spurt began to sprout in the east Yuma County community.
Town Manager Larry Killman said taking over management of the town-owned golf course from previous leaseholder John Bass on May 1 was the biggest project Wellton had to take on, due to the condition its 18 holes were in.
“We’ve put $400,000 into it in the first six months, just basically sprinkler systems, and trying to fix things that haven’t been replaced. It was run-down, really bad,” he said.
Editor’s Note: As 2018 comes to a close, the Yuma Sun reporting staff met with local government officials for a look back at the year. This story is one in a series called “2018: Year in Review.”
Yuma experienced a whirlwind year of activity in 2018.
“It’s a huge year for economic development and job creation,” City Administrator Greg Wilkinson said. “We were extremely busy on the economic development side, tremendously successful both as a city and working with partners.”
The Arizona-Mexico Commission hosted a “Gateway to Arizona” series that started in Douglas, continued in Nogales and ended in Yuma. The purpose of the event was to “showcase and celebrate the importance and uniqueness of our border communities” and “hone in on the importance of the growing international trade and commerce sector for Arizona and the special roles our border communities play.”
Each event included a panel discussion on the Arizona-Mexico relationship with Kirk Adams, chief of staff to Gov. Doug Ducey; AMC Board President Jessica Pacheco; University of Arizona Research Center Director Dr. George Hammond; and Luis Ramirez Thomas, chair of the Border Infrastructure and Economic Development Initiative for AMC.