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Access Arizona - Looking Forward with Jim Dinkle (cont) continued from page 27... dred million dollar investment that's going to hire 500 people. It's not that sexy. But, they do contribute in a big way over time... Existing businesses grow incrementally, they're stable, they're going to be here in five, ten, fifteen years. And nine times out of ten they are owners not tenants. And that's a big factor to be considered as well. GC LIVING: Okay. We've worked on the economic development professional. JIM DINKLE: Yep. GC LIVING: Most of our readers are not economic development professionals. Most of our readers who live here, work here, and have various thoughts about that. The next several questions I want to ask are for Jim Dinkle the citizen, about the local life experience here. I want to start that off with the zinger. Why don't you live here? JIM DINKLE: For one thing, because the home that I bought was an investment and the value, as far as being able to sell it, compared to what I paid for it (laughing) is, probably not a big enough margin to warrant selling it, yet. As much as anything it's personal. And plus it doesn't effect, as far as the hours that I spend here or the time that I give to the job or to the community. I'm here early mornings, evenings and weekends as much as anybodywho lives here. GC LIVING: Okay. JIM DINKLE: I do like the anonymity, too, of not living here and that I can go to the grocery, where I live, and not be stopped and asked what's moving in the space where Eva's used to be? Or I hear that such and such business is leaving town. You know, again, I do like that down time away from here, to help kind of clear my brain (laughing) and ground myself. GC LIVING: Okay. From the standpoint of the local citizen, we live here, we work here, we do not have that anonymity. We get around and everywhere we go there's stuff happening. JIM DINKLE: Yep. GC LIVING: There are cranes on the horizon, there's new construction... JIM DINKLE: Yep. GC LIVING: ... there's all kinds of stuff. JIM DINKLE: Yep. GC LIVING: We get home and we look around and we wonder why there isn't anything

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happening here. People I talk to, who end up getting out and about as much as we do to Maricopa County or Tucson or California. They come back and say, where is everything? Why isn't anything happening here? JIM DINKLE: Mm-hmm (affirmative). Well, there are things happening here. Tractor Supply company is opening in October of this year, about a three quarter of a million square foot distribution center, about 200 plus full-time permanent employees

“This is a very transitional time in Pinal in it’s politics and leadership” with benefits. That's happening here. You see other new investment in terms of retail. Retail is a good barometer. If those site selectors see good disposable income and so forth they locate here. So, that's a good sign. So things are happening here, very slowly and quietly. Kuehne + Nagel is a multinational logistics company that just rented much of the warehouse and distribution center building out towards Robson Ranch.Their major market is Asia. And for them to locate here and then take even more space in that building that became available, that's a very good sign that a huge corporation saw our transportation network and the potential to locate here and to be able to distribute here profitably, that's a real good sign. So there are things quietly going on around here. And that's evidenced by our low unemployment rate. You've seen the unemployment rate in the past year drop from about 8.1% down to about the 5 1/2% range in Pinal County. So you're seeing things slowly, quietly, gradually, incrementally happening to improve the economy. GC LIVING: My last question, considering everything we've talked about so far ... what is happening, what isn't happening … It's the potential, all the promise. What single

area would you like help in, from, various groups of Pinal County? Local coverage, that you don't already get? What helped you the most? JIM DINKLE: That's a tantalizing question, it’s a great question. I am going to answer the question, but I'm going to make a statement in the process. I have found people here to be a lot more open minded and accepting of change than I thought they would be. When I came here three years ago, again, this is a very transitional time in Pinal in its politics and leadership. And I have found people more open to change in terms of their outlook and the way they do business and so forth. But, on the other hand, I think if we would look at a paradigm shift in local economic development that would help me considerably. I'm a big believer in a concept that's known as Community Wealth Building. And Community Wealth Building works to retain and expand anchor businesses or institutions in a community. And it works with those anchorsto help connect them with local people who may be general contractors, who maybe suppliers, who maybe vendors. But again, I would like to work more closely withPinal county government, with Banner hospital, with Sun Life, with Central Arizona College and with employers who are anchors throughout the county. Again, to feed business into them by people who live within Pinal county. Lots of people in economic development are extremely dismissive of this term known as Community Wealth Building. Because its not quite as sexy as going out and saying that you've recruited a business that's going to put up a hundred million dollar building and create 500 jobs and have a 10 million dollar a year payroll. Community Wealth Building is more incremental, its more localized … I'm giving a presentation at our next board of directors meeting about it. It's very liberal, it’s extremely progressive and it's something that like 10 years ago when you would get in front of a group of economic developers and you would talk about Dr Richard Florida’s creative class - the series of books he wrote - they would look at you like a tree

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