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ABOUT THE COVER: City of Casa Grande Mayor Craig McFarland approves the final draft of “Casa Grande: A Growing Horizon.” The report is part of a special section in this edition of Golden Corridor LIVING Magazine, and features information, reports and stats about why our community is a great place to live, work and play. Photo credit: Tina Cates, Elegance in Images

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Economy & Local Business

Health, Wealth & Education

Travel, Dining & Entertainment

From Monthly Events To Advocating For Transportation: Learn what Pinal Partnership is all about. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24

Out & About. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 76 Pharmacists In Rural Primary Care: Recruiting a pharmacy manager for Sun Life. . . . . . . . . 86

Stunning Safari: An abridged excerpt from the soon-to-be published book: “Confessions of a Safari Junkie”. . . . . . . . . . . . 94

Lead By Example: Three simple words that are often forgotten . . . . . . . . . . 26

Senior Exercise: It’s never too late to get started . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 90

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Letter from the Editor

A CHANGING SEASON, “A GROWING HORIZON”

I Bea Lueck

t’s official – the calendar says it’s fall. Fall is a different experience in Pinal County than in other parts of the country. In central Arizona, fall begins when the temperatures stay continuously below 100 during the day. In some states (and even in the mountainous areas of Arizona), the leaves produce a vibrant array of colors. But here, the most noticeable change of colors is seen on the license plates of the cars traveling our roads and highways. The colors of Wisconsin, Iowa and Ohio plates as well as the various shades of Canada provinces will soon flock to our streets. And to this we say, “Welcome home, winter visitors!” Our community is blessed with sunshine and very few natural disasters. In the last two months, multiple hurricanes have devastated parts of Texas, Florida and various U.S. territories. Our neighbor to the south, Mexico, was just hit with a strong earthquake that toppled buildings and took the lives of hundreds. In the midst of so much tragedy and despair, it is heartwarming to see members of our community stepping up to lend a hand to those in need. Our communi-

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ty members worked tirelessly to gather donated supplies for both humans and pets, and then drove to Texas to deliver them. And I’m not just talking about an SUV full of supplies! Semi trucks were loaded in Casa Grande and Maricopa to help. To all who made an effort to help, thank you for your kindness and generosity. It took great strength and leadership to accomplish everything in just a few short days. This is what community is about, and I’m honored to be a part of this one. Speaking of community, this edition is our leadership edition. This year, we have included a special section from the City of Casa Grande called “Casa Grande: A Growing Horizon.” Casa Grande is no longer a small, rural community. It is well on its way to becoming a strong economic giant in the region. That isn’t to say that agriculture – the historical lifeblood of Pinal County – is gone. Far from it. Agriculture is alive and well, and is thriving thanks to the synergy among farmers, dairymen and the industry as a whole. For the past several years, as the general economy was still limping along, the economic

development forces have been very active. Casa Grande city government has been proactive in creating shovel-ready industrial parcels as well as working to attract developers to the area. “A Growing Horizon” will be one more tool used to reach out with pertinent information to prospective businesses. I hope you enjoy learning more about the community we call home, even if you’re here just part of the year. Home has a special meaning during the holidays. A sneak peek of what’s coming up for the next issue - our Holiday edition, featuring the 12 Days of Christmas. Please share your favorites with the community. Email me at editor@roxco.com We’re looking for the following: • Favorite holiday recipes • Handcrafted gift ideas • Special events in the community • And of course - gift ideas! Until then - Enjoy!

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Breanna Boland

Breanna is the Executive Director of the Casa Grande Alliance. She started working for the organization in 2012 as a Prevention Specialist. Breanna studied Public Health at Northern Arizona University and is a Arizona Certified Prevention Specialist.

Katie Mayer CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Donna McBride ADVERTISING EXECUTIVE Debbie Cortez CREATIVE DIRECTOR/GRAPHIC DESIGNER Tim Clarke SENIOR GRAPHIC DESIGNER Jake Pagano

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Conceived in a plane behind the Airport Tavern and living proof that it takes a village to raise a kid proper. Married to the best man and we live in what I call the “Best Dog House in Casa Grande” shared with a bunch of dogs, two parakeets and a finch called “Rusty”. Lived in Alaska, drove on the Arctic Ocean, Walked on the Great Wall of China and drank Guinness in Ireland. But none of this compares to my profound love of animals and Flying Leap wines!

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Donna McBride

Donna is the Program Administrator/Public Information Officer and Supervisor for the CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) Unit for Pinal County Juvenile Court. McBride is actively involved as a Board Member for Casa Grande Alliance, Parks and Recreation Advisory Board, BlackBox Foundation, Mayor’s Reading Program, Pinal County Town Hall Vice-Chair, Parks and Block Watch Captain for the Casa Grande Police Department. She is a current member of the Casa Grande City Council.

Helen Neuharth

Helen was hired as the President/CEO of the Greater Casa Grande Chamber of Commerce in August 1991 and is a graduate of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Institute for Organizational Management from Boulder, Colorado. Helen is an active member of the Arizona Chamber Executives.

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Evelyn Casuga

Evelyn Casuga CEcD, serves as Economic/ Community Development Advisor for Access Arizona, the area’s regional economic development foundation. Evelyn works part time at CAC and consults with the Center for the Future of Arizona, and other non-profit/private entities. She volunteers with numerous organizations in economic and community development throughout Arizona.

Tiffanie Grady-Gillespie CPT

Tiffanie is the owner of WickedFiTT, in Casa Grande, AZ. She is a well-known personal trainer, group fitness instructor, and all around fitness junkie. Tiffanie specializes in weight loss, strength and conditioning, and general fitness.

Craig McFarland

Born and raised in California, Mayor McFarland has lived in Casa Grande since 2005. He is a graduate of California State University of Fresno, and retired from Golden Eagle Distributors in January 2015 as VP of Sales after a ten year run with the company, and 36 total years in beverage business sales management, marketing, and operations. McFarland began his first term as Mayor in December 2016.

Jon Thompson

Mayor Thompson graduated from NAU in 1979 with a Bachelor of Science degree. He was first elected to the Coolidge City Council in 2002 and served as Vice Mayor from 2006 to 2010. He gave up his council seat to run for Mayor and since being elected, has retired as Division Director for the Pinal County Adult Probation Department after 30 years.

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BUSINESS INDEX Academy Mortgage - CG . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 108 Agave Dentistry . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 107 Annie-Mac Home Mortgage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 101 Banner / CGRMC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 79 Brutinel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Caliche Senior Living . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 85 Calvary Chapel of Casa Grande . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 88 Capital R Construction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Casa Grande Alliance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 99 Casa Grande Family Dentistry . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 97 Casa Grande Union High School District . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 CASA of Pinal County . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 Central Arizona College . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 92 Coldwell Banker ROX - BROKERAGE . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4, 23, 21 Coldwell Banker ROX - Property Management . . . . . . . . 75 Cole & Leal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Coolidge Chamber of Commerce . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 105 Desert Sun Heating, Cooling . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 Dick & Mitchell DDS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 103 DM Family Dentistry . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Doctor’s Choice Mobility & Medical Supplies . . . . . . . . . . 97 Fitzgibbons Law Offices . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 93 Freeway Chevrolet . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Grande Innovation Academy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 Hospice of the Valley . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34 Jenkins Chiropractic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 Mankel Mechanical . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 Mission Heights Preparatory . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 103 Rich’s Auto Repair . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 101 ROX Casa Grande Insurance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 91 Seeds of Hope . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 80 Star Towing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 Sun Life Family Health Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 87 TeePee Sand & Gravel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 102 The Landmark Event Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 97 Title Security . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 101 Tommy’s On The Go . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 Whole Health Alliance LLC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Yang and Horsley Dentistry . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 Yes on Prop 416-417 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 96

City of Casa Grande Growing Horizons Special Section Abbott Nutrition . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Arizona Public Service - CG . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Arizona Water Co . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 ASU Preparatory Academy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 Attesa . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 Banner / CGRMC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 Casa Grande Elementary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 Casa Grande Union High School District . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 Central Arizona College . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 COX Communications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 Dreamport Villages . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31 Greater CG Chamber of Commerce . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Legacy Traditional Schools . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33 Mission Heights Preparatory . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35 National Vitamin Company Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37 Phoenixmart . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38 Pinal Alliance for Economic Growth . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 SRP . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39 GOLDEN CORRID OR LI V ING

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Casa Grande Union High School District

A 21st Century Education with 21st Century Choices! CAMPUSES

Every Student Access 1:1 Schools Two comprehensive campuses, one STEM Academy and a Learning Center Program

STAFF

Led by 148 qualified teachers

COURSE OFFERINGS Over 200 course offerings

LIBRARY AND RESOURCES More than 10,000 volumes at two campuses

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT Emphasis on effective instructional practices and 21st Century Skills and Student Based Learning

TUTORING

Available four days a week on all campuses

STEM AT CASA VERDE

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics

COMMUNICATIONS

Websites, PowerSchool, Schoolway App, direct email to staff, weekly news

ACTIVITIES

Choir and Drama, FFA, FBLA, FPS, Robotics, Marching Band, National FCCLA, DECA—state, national and international awards

COLLABORATION ALTERNATIVES CAVIT, CAC, private corporations, City of Casa Grande

FACILITIES

Professional Culinary Arts Kitchen, FFA greenhouse, Art, Auto Shop, Computer Labs, Theater Arts Auditorium

ATHLETICS

Baseball, Softball, Basketball, Football, Track, Cross Country, Soccer, Golf, Spiritline, Swimming, Tennis, Volleyball, Wrestling

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BIKER NATION FOR NATHAN - BLOOD DRIVE & POKER RUN - 9:00 AM Register in front of Cal-Ranch @ 1140 E. Florence Blvd. $15/ bike, $25/couple.

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FALL FUN FEST - CG ROTARY FUNDRAISER - 2:00 PM-5:00 PM - J Warren 525 N. Peart Rd., Casa Grande. Fundraiser for Casa Grande Rotary Club’s scholarships and youth charities.

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5TH ANNUAL D.R.E.A.M. JOB NETWORKING FAIR - 10:30 AM-1:00 PM - St. Anthony Comm. Center - 150 N. Drylake St., Casa Grande

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SEED SAVING AND SEED SWAP - 6:00 PM-8:00 PM - Herbalicious - 423 N. Florence St. RSVP REQUIRED 520-414-0041

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PINAL 40 ANNUAL GOLF CLASSIC - 8:00 AM - Pinal 40 Annual Golf Classic at the Ak-Chin Southern Dunes Golf Club. More information at http://azagexperience.org/golf

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COOLIDGE DAYS CELEBRATION - San Carlos Park - 300 W. Central Ave., Coolidge. Arts & Crafts, Entertainment, Volleyball Tournament & More!

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TIP OVER THE SHELVES CHARITY 5K RUN/WALK - 7:30 AM - Main Street Park 628 N. Main St., Eloy

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SAM’S CLUB COMMUNITY PARKING LOT SALE - 9:00 AM-1:00 PM - Sam’s Club 2425 E. Florence Blvd., Casa Grande. Proceeds go to Phoenix Children’s Hospital.

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CG CHAMBER 25TH ANNUAL BUSINESS SHOWCASE - 5:00 PM-7:30 PM

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5TH ANNUAL OKTOBERFEST IN OLD TOWN - 5:30 PM-8:30 PM Old Downtown Florence St & 2nd St., Casa Grande

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BLACKBOX THEATRELEARNING TO FLY Blackbox - 413 N. Florence St., Casa Grande. Call for times.

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ADOPT-A-STREET CLEANUP EVENT 7:00 AM-10:30 AM - Shumway (North) Park - 600 W. 14th St., Eloy. Hamburger & hot dog cookout after the clean-up at Shumway Park.

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MOVIE NIGHT Aquatic Center MultiPurpose Fields - 174 1st St. Florence - All Day

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BLACKBOX THEATRELEARNING TO FLY Blackbox - 413 N. Florence St., Casa Grande. Call for times.

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CONCERT IN THE PARK - 6:00 PM-8:00 PM - Peart Park - 350 E. 6th St., Casa Grande. Oldies from the 50s & 60s.

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1ST ANNUAL MANNY ALVAREZ MEMORIAL 5K RUN/WALK - 8:00 AM-1:00 PM - Ed Hooper Park - 2525 Casa Grande. $40/runner.

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3RD ANNUAL CG INVITATIONAL GYMNASTICS MEET - 8:00 AM-5:30 PM - CAC - 8470 N. Overfield Rd., Coolidge

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3 FRENCH HENS MARKET - 9:00 AM5:00 PM - City Gate - 2300 E. Tanger Dr., Casa Grande. Day of shopping fun!

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FALL-TACULAR SHOPPINGS - 10:00 AM-6:00 PM - Ultra Star Multi-tainment Center - 16000 Maricopa Rd., Maricopa. 35 vendors. Get an early start on holiday shopping!

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31ST ANNUAL TASTE OF CASA GRANDE 1:00 PM-4:00 PM - Eva’s - 665 N. Pinal Ave., Casa Grande

MOTORCYCLE POKER RUN / CAGE CRUISE - 7:00 AM - American Legion Post #9 - 520 N. Main St., Florence. $25 for single rider, $10 for passenger.

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DAY OUT DOWNTOWN & HISTORIC WALKING TOUR 9:30 AM - Florance St. & 3rd St., Casa Grande

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2017 TRANSITION FAIR - BUILD YOUR FUTURE - 5:00 PM-7:00 PM Casa Grande Union High School - 2730 N. Trekell Rd.

LANTERN FESTIVAL - 1:00 PM-11:00 PM - Pinal Fairgrounds - 512 S. Eleven Mile Corner Rd., Casa Grande FALL CITY WIDE CLEAN UP - Dorothy Powell Senior Center - 405 E. 6th St., Casa Grande.

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3RD ANNUAL CG INVITATIONAL GYMNATICS MEET - 8:00 AM-5:30 PM - CAC - 8470 N. Overfield Rd., Coolidge

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TRUNK ‘R TREAT 10:00 AM-11:00 AM - Dorothy Powell Senior Center - 405 E. 6th St., Casa Grande

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LUCKY STIFF A MUSICAL COMEDY -

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CENTRAL ARIZONA SPEEDWAY - DIRT TRACK RACING - 7:00 PM Central AZ Speedway - 512 Eleven Mile Corner

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“HALLOWEEN MYSTERIES” THREE LIVE RADIO DRAMAS - 2:00 PM - Desert Rose Baha’I

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RIDE FOR THE WARRIOR IV MUSIC FESTIVAL 12:00 PM-10:00 PM - Paul Mason - 2525 N. Pinal Ave., Casa Grande

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SANTA CRUZ VALLEY HISTORIC MUSEUM 14TH ANNUAL FUNDRAISER - 5:30 PM-10:00 PM - The Property - 1251 W. Gila Bend

HALLOWEEN FAMILY FRIGHT NIGHT 6:00 PM-9:00 PM - Historic Downtown Florence St., Casa Grande HALLOWEEN FRIGHT FEST: FLORENCE - 6:00 PM-8:30 PM - Historic Main St. - 440 N. Main St., Florence.

NOVEMBER CG CHAMBER ANNUAL FALL GOLF TOURNAMENT - 8:00 AM - Francisco Grande 12684 W. Gila Bend Hwy., Casa Grande. Individual players $95/ person, Foursomes $360. CASA GRANDE ART MUSEUM - ART SURRENDER EXHIBIT - 1:00 PM-4:00 PM - CG Art Museum - 319 W. 3rd St. Wednesday Saturday.

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RIDE FOR THE WARRIOR IV MUSIC FESTIVAL - 5:00 PM-10:00 PM - Paul Mason 2525 N. Pinal Ave., Casa Grande

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ITZY BITZY BIG ADVENTURE - YOUTH THEATRE - 7:00 PM - BlackBox - 413 N. Florence St., Casa Grande

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DESERT GRANDE TRIATHLON/DUATHLON - 7:30 AM - CAC - 8470 N. Overfield Rd., Coolidge

HELPING HANDS & OPEN HEARTS ZONTA CLUB FUNDRAISER - 6:00 PM-9:00 PM - The Property Conference Center 1251 W. Gila Bend Hwy., Casa Grande. Tickets: $50. Live & Silent Auction

CONCERT IN THE PARK - 6:00 PM-8:00 PM - Peart Park - 350 E. 6th St., Casa Grande. Music from the 70s, 80s & beyond. CENTRAL ARIZONA SPEEDWAY - DIRT TRACK RACING - 7:00 PM Central AZ Speedway - 512 Eleven Mile Corner, Casa Grande

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THANKSGIVING BOOGIE/SKYDIVE ARIZONA - SkyDive AZ - 4900 N. Taylor Rd., Eloy - Call for times, 520-466-3753

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MEMORIAL RUN WESTERN PINAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS - 8:00 AM-11:00 AM - Paul Mason - 2525 N. Pinal Ave., Casa Grande. $25 registration fee. Proceeds go to the Cancer Support Center.

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STEPPING OUT - ROARING 20’S HOLLYWOOD GALA / CLASSIC CAR SHOW - 2:00 PM-6:00 PM - The Garnet - 510 E. 8th St., Casa Grande. Dress in your best 1920’s attire!

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Developer closes on $7.25 million land purchase in Casa Grande

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oolidge Municipal Airport was recently designated 2017 Airport of the Year by the Aeronautics Group of the Arizona Department of Transportation Multimodal Planning Division. ADOT selects one airport annually to receive this award. This prestigious honor is based on accomplishments in the following areas: aviation

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advocacy and community relations, airport management, special events and recognition, and innovative activities and programs undertaken at the airport. One such activity is the annual breakfast flyin, which is well-attended by pilots, and adds awareness to and appreciation of the role that Coolidge Municipal Airport plays in Arizona. A num-

ber of key city leaders and political figures were present at the President’s Banquet during the 2017 Spring Conference, where the award was received. Congratulations to the City of Coolidge and Coolidge Municipal Airport on this outstanding accomplishment.

and Advisors Organization, which has offices in 10 states including Arizona, recently brokered the $7,825,000 purchase of more than 156.5 acres of prime industrial land in Casa Grande. Kirk McCarville and Michele Pino, of Land Advisors Organization, exclusively listed and brokered the transaction between the buyer, Nelson Commercial Properties, in Houston, Texas and the seller, Auza Ranches LLC. The land is located on the northwest corner of Thornton and Peters roads in the industrial hub of Casa Grande. The site was purchased by a development company to construct a new build-to-suit facility that will be leased by LKQ. With access to major Interstates I-10 and I-8 and Highways 84 and 387, as well as the Union Pacific Railroad, the site is choice real estate for LKQ Corporation, a leading provider of alternative and specialty parts to repair and accessorize automobiles and other vehicles. LKQ is a leading distributor and marketer of specialty aftermarket equipment and accessories in North America, the largest distributor of mechanical and collision alternative parts in the United Kingdom and the largest distributor of mechanical parts in the Netherlands. “This project came together because of a trusted, effective and efficient partnership between Jim Nelson of Nelson Commercial, LKQ and Larr y Rains and his staff at the City of Casa Grande,” McCarville said.

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Animal Care and Control educating public about rabies

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n the past two months, three animals have tested positive for rabies virus in eastern Pinal County. In response to this rise in rabies cases, Pinal County’s Animal Care and Control Department has been hosting community meetings to educate the public about the importance of rabies vaccinations and answer any questions from residents. There has also been free rabies vaccination clinics scheduled for residents in specific areas of Pinal County. Rabies is an infectious disease that affects the nervous system, including the brain and spinal cord of animals and humans. It is caused by a virus present in the saliva of infected animals and is transmitted to humans through contact with the live virus. Rabies is fatal to humans once symptoms appear. While human exposures to rabid animals are rare, family pets are more often exposed to wild animals, including wild animals that are rabid. Vaccination against rabies is available through your veterinarian or Pinal County Animal Care and Control. This will prevent them from getting rabies if exposed to a rabid animal. Unfortunately, household pets that are not vaccinated against rabies need to be put to sleep after having an exposure to a wild animal. Rabies is found mainly in wild animals such as bats, skunks, foxes, raccoons, bobcats and coyotes. Cats, dogs and livestock can also become infected with rabies if they are bitten by rabid wild animals and they

have not been vaccinated. Rodents such as rats, mice, gerbils, guinea pigs and squirrels are not likely to be infected with rabies. Wild animals exhibiting unusual behavior should be reported to local animal control officials. The best way to protect yourself and your family is to avoid touching, handling or adopting wild or stray animals. The first sign of rabies is usually a change in the animal’s behavior. Animals may act more aggressive or more tame than usual. Animals usually active at night such as skunks, foxes and bats may be out during the day. Rabid animals may appear agitated and excited or paralyzed and frightened. Sometimes, rabid animals do not show any

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signs of illness before death from rabies. That is why contact with wild animals should always be avoided. Animal Care and Control recommends the following precautions: • Keep people and pets away from wild animals. Do not pick up, touch, or feed wild or unfamiliar animals, especially sick or wounded ones. If someone has been bitten or scratched, or has had contact with the animal, report it immediately to animal control or health officials. • Do not “rescue” seemingly abandoned young wild animals. Usually, the mother will return. If the mother is dead or has not returned in many hours, call the Arizona

Game and Fish Department. • Vaccinate all dogs and cats against rabies. Pets should be kept in a fenced yard. • Ta k e pr e c aut i on s wh en camping, hunting or fishing. Avoid sleeping on the open ground without the protection of a closed tent or camper. Keep pets on a leash and do not allow them to wander. • Do not disturb roosting bats. If you find a bat on the ground, don’t touch it. Report the bat and its location to your local animal control officer or health department. Place a box over the bat to contain it. Be careful not to damage the bat in any way since it must be intact for rabies testing. GOLDEN CORRID OR LI V ING

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SPEAK L Over the last eight months, I have had many opportunities to speak with individuals and groups about Casa Grande So, my approach to city matters has been to highlight the positive and to find ways to support, promote and market our community.

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CASA GRANDE LEADERSHIP! by Craig McFarland, Mayor of Casa Grande

eadership attributes are found in the “7 Mindsets.” They remind me every day that everything is possible because we are passionate about Casa Grande; we are connected to each other and each other’s success, and it’s about giving back, remembering our attitude of gratitude and that the time is now! Now is the time to make a difference in our community. Defining “leadership,” on the other hand, can be a challenge. A friend shared a quote that I think does a good job of defining “leadership.” It’s a quote from Douglas MacArthur, and it says, “A true leader has the confidence to stand alone, the courage to make tough decisions, and the compassion to listen to the needs of others. He does not set out to be a leader, but becomes one by the quality of his actions and the integrity of his intent. In the end, leaders are much like eagles… they don’t flock, you find them one at a time.” We are not given leadership; it is earned! Your Casa Grande City Council is full of leaders. They have the “courage to make tough decisions and the compassion to listen to the needs of others” (others being Casa Grande’s residents). Even when we disagree, every councilmember’s actions are made with integrity and made in the best interest of the city. They are leaders – all of them. Leadership is linked to personality styles; they vary between the glass is half empty to the glass is half full. My style has always been the glass is half full, or more succinctly, a positive approach when dealing with people. Over the last nine months, I have had

many opportunities to speak with individuals and groups about Casa Grande. So, my approach to city matters has been to highlight the positive and to find ways to support, promote and market our community. So where is this leadership taking us? Casa Grande is positioned for tremendous growth. We need to be prepared and manage this growth. As my colleague Councilman Dick Powell said, “From 2018 forward. there are literally thousands of new jobs projected in connection to several of the large projects expected”. Additionally – and I agree 100 percent with Councilman Powell – he has said, “The best communities are those most-livable, sustainable and that provide the best quality of life to residents.” I couldn’t have said it better myself! From here, we can build on a plan to positively promote our community. With this great leadership, we can manage growth, and more importantly, manage what growth looks like. I believe that we all want a community that has things for the people, has things to do, has managed growth and ultimately is a place that is “livable, sustainable and provides the best quality of life.” Learn more! Don’t forget to look in the center of this edition of the Golden Corridor LIVING Magazine. There’s an insert called “Casa Grande - A Growing Horizon.” It is a campaign to promote what is good about Casa Grande. Please enjoy reading it, and share it with your friends and business associates.

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COOLIDGE, ARIZONA MOVING FULL SPEED AHEAD by Jon Thompson, Mayor, City of Coolidge

O Community revitalization and beautification will continue through volunteer efforts and active code enforcement.

ne of the reasons I enjoy w riting these articles is the ability to talk about the exciting changes happening all around the City of Coolidge. Many of our streets in the downtown area are being repaved. The revitalization adds improvements to the look and feel of our growing downtown, and offers residents and visitors alike a place to come together. Along with our streets, our Coolidge Library has a new addition and meeting space. The new activities center was constructed in early 2017 and has hosted many functions from community talks to activities for children. I’d also like to highlight two proposals on the upcoming election in November this year. Propositions

416 and 417 will help pave the way for much needed road and transportation projects across Pinal County. Some of the highlights of these propositions for Coolidge include: • A brand new north-south freeway that will align within the city limits running from Apache Junction to Eloy connecting Interstate 10. • Increased Dial-A-Ride transportation for senior citizens and those in need • Kleck Road improvements • Additional funds to pay for enhanced public transportation within the city and county I believe these projects will provide needed infrastructure to fuel economic opportunities in Coolidge and the rest of Pinal County. Funding these projects will incur a one-half-cent sales tax. While I’m not a supporter of raising taxes, I truly believe this sales tax will accomplish much needed transportation improvements around the city and county. Finally, I’d like to invite the public and our residents to the Calvin Coolidge Days on Oct. 5, 6, 7 and 8. This is a wonderful celebration of life in Coolidge with a parade, food, carnival, activities and more. All of these functions will take place downtown at San Carlos Park. I invite you to visit and see the many sights and events Coolidge has to offer.

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WHAT KIND OF LEADER ARE YOU by Helen Neuharth, President/CEO, Greater Casa Grande Chamber of Commerce

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o you think leadership is only for other people? If you do, then consider this – those who want to make a difference can - no matter how large or small - and when they do, they are leaders. Leadership has to come from individuals, individuals with a passion for something. Only you can determine what your passion may be (for example, family, work, change, various issues, etc.). Your level of leadership and involvement depends on you.

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Each of us is a leader in our own right; it is just a matter of how each of us recognizes and uses our leadership. Just as each one of us has unique traits in our personalities, we also have unique ways that we handle leadership. Leaders are not always in the front of the line! There are individuals who lead from within a group or from behind the scenes. You may be a part of a large business, group or organization and have a leadership role in one segment of that larger group.

Taking from Seth Godin, the author of Tribes: We Need You to Lead Us, “If you ignore the opportunity to lead, you risk turning into a “sheepwalker” – someone who fights to protect the status quo at all costs, never asking if obedience is doing you (or your organization) any good. Sheepwalkers don’t do very well these days.” Are you interested in finding out what type of leader you are? I recently took that Leadership IQ test at www.leadershipiq.com and I was not surprised by my results. Here is what my leadership type is: “Diplomats prize interpersonal harmony. They are the social glue and affiliative force that keeps groups together. They’re typically kind, social and giving, and often have deep personal bonds with their employees. And they’re often known for being able to resolve

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conflicts peacefully (and avoid them in the first place). Working for Diplomats is often more fun and social than working for other leaders (especially the Pragmatists). Diplomats put less emphasis on challenging their employees than they do putting their people in positions to succeed and leveraging their strengths. Diplomats work to avoid having people feel uncomfortable or anxious. Traditional measures of employee satisfaction are often very high for Diplomats. For the appropriate people, it’s a great situation. Famous Diplomats include Mohandas Gandhi and Sheryl Sandberg (COO of Facebook).” (Mark Murphy Company-Leadership IQ) How about you? Why don’t you find out what your leadership type is? You may or may not be surprised at the type of leader you are.

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WHAT'S UP DOWNTOWN by Rina Rien, Director, Casa Grande Main Street

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s most of us reach our breaking point with monsoon storms and air conditioning-induced lethargy, take heart in knowing fall is just around the corner, and there is local fun in your historic downtown. We’ll kick off the season on Friday, Oct. 13 with an encore of “Oktoberfest,” our most popular evening event. Traditional polka music, biergarten and brats will be on hand from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Historic Florence Street. As always, this event is free to attend and will include community favorites, such as a classic car show from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., “Live! in the Alley” open mic and the RaMagik dancers. Come dressed to impress in your lederhosen, and we’ll show our appreciation for your enthusiasm with impromptu prizes! Main Street will partner with the City of Casa Grande to have a kids’ zone with fun activities to keep the little ones happy. A very special commemoration will happen at 6:30 p.m. at the intersection of Florence and 3rd streets. In partnership with The Casa Grande Historic Preservation Commission, we will conduct a lighting ceremony for our first

restored neon sign, the Sunset Court, which will be installed on the south wall of Western Trading Post. Future plans include a Highway 84 Trail Mural to complement the Sunset Court sign. The City of Casa Grande will bring “Family Fright Night” back to Historic Florence Street on Oct. 31. Carnival games and food, a Zombie Walk and Monster Mash Dance in the Alley provide a family-friendly environment for your night crawlers! “Day Out Downtown” Living History Tours will resume on third Thursdays beginning Oct. 19! Our monthly event runs from October through April (except January). We meet on the Main Street Patio at 9:30 a.m. for refreshments and an orientation before heading out for a one-hour historical walking tour at 10 a.m. Restaurant specials, a merchant scavenger hunt and tours of The Museum of Casa Grande and the Casa Grande Art Museum complete your “Day Out Downtown” experience. With prior notification, groups are welcomed. The best way to stay in the know is signing up for our text message service. You’ll receive weekly announcements on your smartphone

for upcoming events with hotlinks that will take you right to event info and ticket sales. Just text CGMS to 57711. You’ll be prompted to authorize the texting service with a “yes” and receive a confirmation within seconds! If you are looking to get involved in your community, please consider joining our “Main Street Mob.” We could not bring you these free events without our tireless volunteers and financial support from businesses giving back to our community. Casa Grande Main Street is a nonprofit organization designed to improve all aspects of the downtown experience. Strengthening public participation and making downtown a fun place to visit are as critical to Main Street’s future as revitalization and preservation projects. You can find all the latest information for ongoing events and more by checking out our website at cgmainstreet.org. Click on our Facebook link to stay connected and “like” our page for impromptu announcements.

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by Harold Christ, Pinal Partnership President/CEO and Owner of The Windmill Winery in Florence Currently, our board of directors is made up of 22 members from both the government and private sectors, including mayors and presidents of different companies who are helping in their various capacities to help better Pinal County.

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inal County has become the fastest growing county in Arizona with some of the most exciting possibilities and projects planned in the country. With so many diverse resources and so much opportunity, Pinal Partnership was formed in 2005 to bring together all the people and ideas that will ultimately lead Pinal County to its full potential. Pinal Partnership is a nonprofit that brings together private and public efforts related to infrastructure, natural resources and community development in Pinal County. We hold monthly breakfasts on timely topics. Our breakfast in September focuses on the “New Roads and Freeways Before It’s Too Late” campaign, and obtains the latest details on the efforts underway to improve transportation in the county. The driving force behind Pinal Partnership is our members. We currently have over 140 members, which range from the various cities and towns in the county to business owners, corporations, land developers, engineers,

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homebuilders, tourism and professional services. Our members serve the partnership in various aspects including serving on our board of directors and working on or with our eight different committees (Business & Education, Open Space & Trails, Health & Human Services, Government Relations, Economic Development, Transportation and Water Resources). Currently, our board of directors is made up of 22 members from both the government and private sectors, including mayors and presidents of dif-

ferent companies who are helping in their various capacities to help better Pinal County. The current chair of the board is Jordan Rose of Rose Law Group. Rose and her law firm continue to represent many of the exciting projects and landowners throughout the county. The current vice chair is Jackob Andersen of Saint Holdings, whose company is the developer of many different projects throughout Pinal County including Central Arizona Commerce Park, the new home of Lucid Motors. In addition to our own efforts,

Pinal Partnership June 2017 breakfast event discussing economic drivers featuring: (as pictured) President of APEX Motorsports, a private car club in Maricopa, Jason Plotke; Mayor Christian Price of Maricopa; Mayor Craig McFarland of Casa Grande; Abbott Nutrition, with Site Director Angela Doerr

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Pinal Partnership January 2017 breakfast event featuring new Mayors in Pinal County sharing their goals: (as pictured at panel table) Superior Mayor Mila Besich-Lira, Florence Mayor Tara Walter, Casa Grande Mayor Craig McFarland, Apache Junction Mayor Jeff Serdy

we also work to bring together stakeholders to advocate for efforts such as education and transportation improvements. There are many exciting projects in the works throughout the county that are projected to bring thousands of jobs and spur even more economic development, so it’s crucial we have sufficient transportation and education for the residents in and near the county. The partnership is involved in many

other projects including the Superstition Vistas Steering Committee and Pinal County Town Hall annual events. We are active in the various chambers and local events throughout the county as we continue to look for new partnerships and ideas to continue to build Pinal County into an amazing place to live, work and play. To learn more about membership, our board of directors or monthly breakfasts, visit us online at PinalPartnership.com.

In addition to our own efforts, we also work to bring together stakeholders to advocate for efforts such as education and transportation improvements.

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LEAD BY by Donna McBride

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ead by example: Three simple words that are often forgotten when you are in the thick of controversy, important decisions and getting things done. Let’s face it – everyone makes mistakes, especially those in leadership positions. It’s what we do with our mistakes that move us forward, or backwards. I always look at what I do through the eyes of my family. My sons were always my best – and worst – critics. They helped shape my leadership skills. Now young men with successes of their own, I still want to lead by example for them. Working with young people has that effect on you. They are always watching. In Casa Grande, we are fortunate to have a group of young leaders who are shaping the future of our community. The Casa Grande Youth Commission is composed of 16 students representing Casa Grande Union and Vista Grande high schools. After going through an interview process, the students were selected to represent the mayor and council by being the eyes and ears on issues related to their peers. They have guidelines that they set for themselves as a team. It is inspiring to watch them mentor one another, often leading by example. City Councilman Matt Herman, Community Services staff member Jeff Molner and volunteer advisors

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Karl Montoya, Kendra Bray and Krystal Heinz guide this high energy group. Kendra and Krystal were both youth members of the Youth Commission when they were in high school and have now come back to put their leadership skills to work. They are doing a great job of leading by example. At the group’s annual retreat in August, they were given the task of sharing their views about what inspired them to take on a leadership role as well as their own goals and qualities they look for in adult mentors. Take note, you may just see a future city leader in this group! President Alexandra Chapparro is a senior at Vista Grande High School and has set a goal to give back to her community by providing services like the Day of Shredding Recycling Program. She also looks forward to guiding others down the road of community love, involvement and responsibility. Adults who are able to dismiss a narrow mindset and open their ears to hear students are the qualities Alexandra looks for in an adult mentor. Mentors who provide wisdom in conjunction with their eccentric ideas is what she considers most successful. Vice President Gloria Holt is a junior at Casa Grande Union High School. She was inspired to get involved with the Youth Commission because of the many actions the group has taken around the communit y to promote positive change. Gloria wants to stay focused and dedicated in everything she does, no matter what obstacles she is faced with. A leadership quality she finds important is “drive.” If you are not driven by change

or positivity, nothing will be done or changed. Treasurer Mackenzie Lopez is a senior at Vista Grande High School. She wanted to get more involved with Casa Grande and interact with people outside of school. As a member of the commission, Mackenzie has set her own leadership goal to become more social and approachable. Adult mentors should be reliable and approachable. Just like students, adults need to be reliable. Being able to talk to them is important to Mackenzie. Public Relations Officer Shawn “Alex” Johnstone is a junior at Casa Grande Union. He decided to get involved after being inspired by past successful and charismatic Youth Commission leaders. His goal is to make an impact on someone’s life in the same way as other commission members have done for him. Adult mentors who can win Alex over are those who can speak effectively. He looks for someone who has an ability with words. Secretary Acela Eldridge is a senior at Vista Grande High School. Her friends inspired her to get involved after she saw all the amazing projects they had the privilege to work on. Her goal is to become more outspoken. Teens have great ideas, but no one will ever know about them unless they are brave enough to speak up. One leadership quality that Acela looks for in an adult mentor is someone who is willing to tell it like it is. From what she’s learned on the commission, honesty is the key when working with anyone in order to make something great happen. Dylan Goodsell is a sophomore at Casa Grande Union High School. His reason for getting involved with the commission came after he saw problems in the community and decided to step up and make a difference. Vol-

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In Casa Grande, we are fortunate to have a group of young leaders who are shaping the future of our community. The Casa Grande Youth Commission is composed of 16 students representing Casa Grande Union and Vista Grande high schools. unteering as much time as he can to helping the city is Dylan’s goal for the year. In terms of adult mentors, he pays attention to their own life experiences. Whether they have struggled, had hard times or fun times, it’s important how they handled things. Thaliana Mercado is a junior at Vista Grande High School and decided to get involved to help others and to make her community a better place. Seeing what the Youth Commission has done inspired her to do the same. Her goal is to guide others in situations by using the skills she has acquired over the years so they can reach their goals, too. Thaliana is looking for adult mentors who direct her on the path that will lead to success as a person, reaching her goals and beyond. Henry Sholes attends Casa Grande Union as a junior. He was inspired to join the Youth Commission so he could be the voice for youth and take advantage of all the benefits that come with being a member. He wants to improve his communication skills so he can speak more naturally and help Casa Grande youth. When looking for an adult mentor, Henry looks for someone who is a strong communicator, meaning they are approachable, considerate and have open ears. Lincoln Opara goes to Casa Grande Union as a junior. He was inspired to take part in the commission to share his opinions and those of other youth in Casa Grande. His goal is to take part and make changes in our community by participating in projects that benefit youth. Adult mentors who are focused and dedicated to keep the group focused on its vision is important to Lincoln. Adrianna Alejandra Guerra is a sophomore from Vista Grande High School. She wanted to be involved with the commission to help the community. A leadership goal is to communicate with other commissioners and her community. She wants to receive feedback, advice and opinions. To be able to make a difference and work together as a community is important to Adrianna. She wants adult mentors to show respect and be responsible while sharing feedback and advice, so they can improve their own work and improve themselves. Madison Reeves attends Casa Grande Union as a senior. She heard about the commission through friends and noticed they were getting involved in the city in a way that she always wanted to. By being a member herself, Madison has set a goal to be more inFALL 2017 • THE BUSINESS & LEADERSHIP EDITION

volved and make sure the concerns of youth are heard and brought to the city council. Adult mentors who have passion in their jobs or projects inspire Madison. Not only does it motivate her, but it helps spread the excitement and shows they care. Sheyenne Donlay of Vista Grande High School is a senior who was inspired to make a positive change in Casa Grande by being the voice for youth. Making this year even better than last year, along with having some fun, is Sheyenne’s goal. An important leadership goal for adults to have is to be someone who is willing to listen to opinions and views of others while being open to ideas and suggestions. Lynette Butrom attends Casa Grande Union as a senior. She applied for the commission because she wanted to be a voice in government while having a better understanding of Casa Grande’s position as a city. Her personal goal is to complete more community service projects and make sure the commission expresses its opinions in a productive way. Lynette is drawn to adult mentors who are stern, understanding and inspirational. Nathan Harris is a senior at Vista Grande High School. Having such a great experience last year led him to continue with the commission. Nathan wants to develop and promote good teamwork abilities among the commission, making everyone feel like family. Adult mentors who possess respect are important to Nathan. If a mentor respects students, he or she will get respect back. Jasmine Moreno, a sophomore at Vista Grande High School, was inspired to help her community be a better place. The Youth Commission allows her to do that. She has set her goal to have good communication between the commission and her peers by contributing their ideas. One leadership quality Jasmine feels is important is respect – not only respect for themselves, but for the community and everyone in it, regardless of their color, education or religion. Simarah Smith is a senior at Casa Grande Union. Inspiration to join the commission came from a close friend after learning how important the commission is for local youth. Assisting with more events and taking on leadership roles is a goal for the year. Adult mentors with an open mind are helpful, because everyone has ideas. It’s important for mentors to take everyone’s opinions into consideration.

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LEADERSHIP IN AND BY COMMUNITY REBRANDING ANNOUNCEMENT

by Evelyn Casuga, Certified Economic Developer; 2nd VP, Pinal Alliance for Economic Growth; formerly Access Arizona Senior Advisor; Community Relations, Central Arizona College With nearly four decades of working in communities throughout Arizona and elsewhere, I’ve observed and worked in places where the threads of success are brightly colored and can be followed and woven into the unique tapestries that each of our communities represents.

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eginning in 2016, the Access Arizona board of directors embarked on a new strategic direction. One of the objectives was to rebrand the organization to provide clarity as to who and where we are, as well as the organization’s role in the community. The board is pleased to announce that our new brand embodies exactly what we set out to achieve. Effective immediately Access Arizona will become Pinal Alliance for Economic Growth.

Leadership in and by community A few issues ago, in this space, Vitalyst Foundation discussed the Year of Healthy Communities and the 12 aspects that comprise healthy communities, from access to health care to economic development and food safety. To delve deeper along the same trajectory, communities that seek to improve the quality of life for current and future residents have leaders and citizens who share common values and traits that are easily identified and replicated. With nearly four decades of working in communities throughout Arizona and elsewhere, I’ve observed and worked in places where the threads of success are brightly colored and can be followed and woven into the unique tapestries that each of our communities represents. Here are a few of those common attributes: Relentless selflessness Above all else, the collective community outweighs individual gain in

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pursuit of community success. Choosing to invest and build a hospital, a college, expanding public schools or preserving open space benefit the greater community. The positive effects of these kinds of investments are felt community-wide. Notwithstanding, individual gains are certainly a secondary outcome that also feed into the positive economic cycle. Guided by shared values and principles Arizona is scattered with former “company” or extraction-based towns that did not survive beyond, for instance, the end of gold mining or logging. Without a collective sense of “community” that is articulated, lived by, celebrated and nurtured, whole populations migrate away for economic survival. We do see, however, communities reinventing themselves beyond their past economic downturns, as well as communities who have principles and values that may include recognizing the worth of each individual, protecting natural landscapes and resources and access to education and health care. With an agreed upon set of values, community choices are clearer given limited resources. Working collaboratively is a norm and consensus is honored Successful communities have learned, typically the hard way, that transparent processes and allowing input from community members leads to greater support and fewer negative surprises. As communities grow and hopefully thrive, changes are needed to meet new challenges (i.e. expansion of schools, roads and recreation programs). What may seem as tedious, time-consuming meetings and gathering of i np u t i n e v it a bl y leads to more favorable outcomes. Total agreement is sel-

dom reached, however, the process of consensus allows for greater understanding among interested parties and allowance for negotiated positive agreement, leading to execution and implementation. Facts and knowledge are used to make sound decisions Research and data are required as part of decision-making, whether at the individual, family, community, regional level and greater. Analytics and analysis are necessary inputs to sound decisions. Best guesses can be fraught with error and wasted resources, which communities can little afford. Decision-making is reasoned and thoughtful Community leaders with character understand their roles, and when “the buck stops here,” these leaders will have sought and gleaned community input, hard data and analysis, and weighed present and future outcomes to make reasoned and thoughtful decisions for the benefit of the greater community. There are several other attributes that successful communities share, which I may explore in a future article. These five today are food for thought as our region embraces 21st century opportunities and challenges. Borrowing from authors David Darling and Gayla Randel in Kansas, I use their model to share here as an ideal:

Dimensions of a healthy community It’s a place where: • Residents hold a common vision of their collective future which challenges, motivates and unites them; • Leaders identify and resolve issues; • Organizations and institutions anticipate and adapt to an everchanging environment.

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nstead of bringing you the “LIVING Interview” in this issue of Golden Corridor LIVING Magazine, we’re bringing you smaller interview bites from leaders and residents in our community.

We asked three important questions: • “Where do you see our community in 20 years?” • “What can we do to improve the quality of life in our community?” • “What do you see as our greatest need?”

from local leaders and residents

From jobs to education and to fostering business in our community, the answers reveal our community’s take on what we’re doing right, what we can do better and where we hope to be headed.

rise from the threefold effect of those people buying nicer homes, spending their disposable income in town and supporting lower-income service industries, which subsequently helps reduce dependence on the government.

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asa Grande is the heart of Pinal County, and the place to live, work and play in Arizona. It’s the fastest-growing city in the state, the No. 1 light-industry corridor in Arizona and has a thriving local business community and downtown area featuring boutique hotels and winery/distillery tasting rooms. Our full-time population is approaching 200,000 people, with winter visitors reaching 50,000 annually. We have two beautiful community centers with a connecting bike and walking trail system. There are four 350-room hotels/resorts and five public golf courses. I see Attesa located in the City of Casa Grande and employing 5,000 people; Dreamport Village as the largest employer with 15,000 employees and PhoenixMart becoming the third-largest sourcing center in the world with 6,000 employees. The Loop 303 south runs east and west through Casa Grande, connecting through Maricopa and Buckeye to the west and Coolidge, Florence and Apache Junction to the east and north. I-10 is four lanes in each direction heading north to Chandler and south to Tucson. And life is good in Casa Grande!

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uality of life means different things to each of us. It reflects who we are as a community. While there are certainly different opinions of its true definition, we should all start with the same foundation -respect for one another, embracing how we are more alike than different and the responsibility to mentor our youth by setting good examples of citizenship. While these qualities sound simple, they are essential for sustaining a strong economy, successful workforce and a safe place to raise our families.

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ll three of these questions are intertwined. Our greatest need is to continue attracting businesses that require skilled labor. The more of our population that is making 150 percent or more of median income, the more our tax base will

Barbara Williams - Facebook citizen response

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ur greatest need is to reduce the illegal drug trade coming into our community.

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he City of Coolidge engaged community members nearly five years ago during the kickoff of the 2025 General Plan Update. The experience and opinions of this diverse gathering developed a long-ranging vision for our community, which addresses the questions asked by Golden Corridor LIVING Magazine. In short, it is to have a warm, inviting and beautiful city with prospering individuals, strong families and active seniors.

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It will be a well-planned and managed city with strong and capable leadership. The area’s cultural and recreational programs will flourish, and it will be the epicenter of educational excellence. We will have attracted quality businesses and industry, creating jobs to keep our young people working, prospering and growing a strong tax base that is reinvested in the community. We will continue to be a wise steward of our natural resources and will continue to be capable of delivering the necessary public services to support new growth. Our accepted laws and regulations will be sensitive to business and promote quality development. To realize our vision will require continuous engagement by governments, private industry and business partners, nonprofits, schools, residents and religious institutions in this rewarding work. Community leaders are actively engaged in regional planning efforts to develop critical infrastructure that will improve major transportation systems in Pinal County, connecting this region to the urban areas of Pima and Maricopa counties. We will continue to work toward our vision for the future, and will always seek the community’s input in moving in that direction.

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ur greatest need is an animal shelter for the City of Maricopa.

Barbara Nichol Kunz - Facebook citizen response

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ur greatest need is public transportation. I have lived in smaller communities than Casa Grande that had public transportation. There were two buses -- one ran the “east” route and the other ran the “west” route on the half-hour. It’s a no brainer.

Benjamin Franklin “Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn”

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withstand the summers and be here yearround? It’s something to think about!

Cindy Schaider, Retired Director, Casa Grande Alliance

here do I see our community in 20 years? It will look very different, both by who lives here and what it looks like. Right now, it is attractive to seniors as a second-home community. It has that smalltown feel, but plenty of amenities.If the four major projects on the books all go through, Casa Grande will be home to a much more ethnically and culturally diverse population. The type of people who visit will be recreation seekers, rather than winter residents. And the community will be doubled in size. Growth is sometimes exponential. None of those things are bad, just different. I predict an exodus of residents seeking a smaller community.

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hat do we see as our greatest need? Wow, this one is so important as we have watched -- over the years -- businesses close, and usually it happens during the summer months. Why is that? Because unfortunately, we have a smaller population during those months, as we have built ourselves upon the snowbird cycle. We love the snowbirds and all the equity they bring to Casa Grande, however when they leave and the long hot days of summer hit, the electricity goes through the roof and the amount of people out shopping slows way down so that businesses find themselves either closing early on off days, shutting down for a month or so or literally throwing their arms up and saying, “it’s over.” We do our best to support local, but unfortunately it’s not enough. The coming plants, motorsports and possible entertainment park are great for us, but years away. How do we help keep businesses viable today where they can

David Snider, Governing Board Member, Casa Grande Elementary School District, former Pinal County Supervisor

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hat can we do to improve quality of life in our community? To-date, our city mothers and fathers have rightfully invested heavily in infrastructure. However, it’s now time to invest in quality of life elements that will truly make Casa Grande a great place to live and raise a family. These include actively supporting (financially and otherwise) community groups like the Veterans Center/HOHP, the Casa Grande Valley Historical Society, The Casa Grande Art Museum and the Casa Grande Youth Commission – just to name a few.

Harold Christ - Facebook citizen response

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hat do I see as our greatest need? Pinal County is in the transformation business. The county is transforming from a drive-through from Maricopa County to Pima County to becoming the pivotal development center in the Southwest. What does it take to maintain the development Pinal County has and attract the pent up demand that is looking to locate here? It’s transportation. As the transportation corridors grew in Maricopa County, employment corridors followed. The same thing can be seen in the key areas of Pinal County along the I-10 corridor in the Casa Grande area. Pinal County enjoys exceptional leadership; now is the time to challenge ourselves to see all of the dreams and aspirations blossom.

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hat do I see as our greatest need? I believe that our greatest need in our community is education and workforce development. Casa Grande and the surrounding communities are doing a great job of attracting new industry and employers. We need to make sure that we as a community, have the available trained workforce that can help them succeed as a business. This will be accomplished by everyone working together -- the City of Casa Grande, Pinal County, the school districts, Central Arizona College, AZ@work and local community groups, like Achieve60AZ. These types of partnerships and coordination will help lead us in the right direction for the betterment of everyone in the future.

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Not only will there be thousands of new jobs available, they will require skill sets for which many in our local workforce are not prepared. Efforts to develop a qualified-worker pipeline are critical for the success of these new employers. We are serving on the Achieve60AZ Pinal Committee, an initiative to step up efforts to build a more highly-educated population. Our goal is to contribute to the statewide effort of increasing Arizona’s educational attainment. The statewide goal is to reach 60 per cent of adults with a professional certificate or college degree by 2030. Achieve60AZ Pinal is an alliance of people representing, business, education, government and philanthropy to re-energize regional collaborations to prepare our local workforce for jobs coming to our region through education.

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“​ Whenever you are asked if you can do a job, tell ‘em, “Certainly, I can!” Then get busy and find out how to do it.”

Mark Vanderheyden, Executive Director, Seeds of Hope

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hat can we do to improve quality of life in our community? First, we need to work with our fire and police to continue to make Casa Grande a safe place to live and raise a family. Second, bringing good jobs to our community is vital to enhancing the quality of life. We need to make sure our residents are able to live and work in Casa Grande. Third, we need to provide first-rate services to all of our community members, so they stay active and involved. Building the community center, increasing hiking/biking trails and maintaining and improving our city parks will help improve the quality of life for everyone in our community.

hat can we do to improve the quality of life in our community? We must continue helping individuals develop workforce skills that will allow them to seek meaningful employment in our community. Too many employers have said our workforce is not trained in basic skills to get and maintain entry-level jobs. Many of our better-paying jobs are filled by people who live elsewhere. Schools and nonprofits need to work together to reverse this trend. Soft skills need to be taught and developed, which will allow employers the foundation to teach the requirements of their job positions. Meaningful employment is the strength of all communities.

John Quincy Adams “If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more, and become more, you are a leader.”

John F. Kennedy “Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.”

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HOSPICE OF THE VALLEY

LEADS THE WAY IN DEMENTIA CARE by Beverly Medlyn, Communications Director, Hospice of the Valley

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very one of us has been touched by dementia. It robs loved ones of their memories and stresses family caregivers, who are not sure where to turn for help. Barbara Yavitt was struggling to cope with her husband’s dementia. Married for 60 years, and both in their 80s, she was determined to care for Richard at home. Her family doctor recommended a Hospice of the Valley program that provides vital support, including visits from a dementia educator. “They helped me be a better caregiver,” said Yavitt, of Scottsdale, who took mindfulness classes while her husband received services from social worker Amy Chengalaram. “I wasn’t perfect and could get upset. I had to learn what was best to do. I used the phone service to call at all times of the day and night, and I was helped.” With dementia already the fourth-leading cause of death in Arizona, Dr. Jay Friedman

wishes there were more programs to help Robert Yavitt and Amy Chengalaram doing a puzzle desperate families like the Yavitts. to engage his cognitive skills “It is absolutely what the doctor ordered,” he said. “I need eyes in the home and feet on the ground to help assess the family and • Quiet Moments. A nursing aide visits then get back with me. I can do a better job if with dementia patients to discover what I have collaborators.” activities engage them. It could be picture Hospice of the Valley has many resources books, dancing or music. for families struggling with dementia: • Dementia Hospice Care. Care for late-stage dementia patients that is customized • Palliative Care for Dementia. Helps people to lifelong preferences, using sensory at any stage of the disease; home visits activities to stimulate and calm. Family from a dementia educator, who teaches caregivers are supported by the hospice behavior management strategies and helps team — doctor, nurse practitioner, nurse, with medications, placement options and nurse’s aide, social worker, chaplain and living wills; phone consults with physivolunteer. Cost covered by Medicare. cian; 24/7 phone support from a nurse; volunteers for weekly respite visits; private pay and grant-funded. Hospice of the Valley is also leading the effort to educate tomorrow’s dementia caregivers by • Gardiner Home. An inpatient setting for teaching a class at ASU and offering a year-long dementia patients at any stage for limited fellowship for professionals. To learn more, call time periods. Some is private pay; some is 602-530-6900 or view hov.org. covered by Medicare.

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elcome! Let me take a moment to introduce you to Casa Grande and our “Growing Horizon!” As Mayor, I get many opportunities to speak with individuals and groups about Casa Grande. Our “Growing Horizon” and the potential of attracting thousands of new jobs have given me some sleepless nights. How do we prepare? How can we find ways to promote and market our community? That one line led me to ask myself the questions: “Why would someone want to live, work and play in Casa Grande? Why should a company decide to move or build its business here? How can we promote growth in a responsible way?” Next, my marketing and sales background began to kick in. Casa Grande needs to manage its image and brand as well as market itself. We need marketing materials to highlight our attributes such as our industry, businesses, available platted lots, industrial business centers, downtown Main Street, community center, education choices, community health, workforce development, trail system, climate, location and close proximity to things to do. This publication we are calling Casa Grande - A Growing Horizon will help answer the questions I posed above. It’s a campaign to promote what is good about Casa Grande, and will feature in 40 pages: • Education, education options, local education accomplishments • Industry • Chamber of Commerce and businesses • Downtown and our “Main Street” • Pinal County and things to do • CG Mountain Trail System • Proximity • Infrastructure-ready home sites • Public transportation • Community health This document will help prospective Industry, business, home builders, visitors and residents understand what Casa Grande has to offer. It’s a beginning. From here, we can build our plan and continue to promote our community. Growth is inevitable. What it looks like and how we manage it is up to us. I believe that we all want a community that has the best things for our people, has things to do, managed growth and, ultimately, is a great place to live, work and play!

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W H Y C A S A G R A N D E ? The City of Casa Grande is the southern-most city in the Phoenix Metropolitan area and is conveniently located midway between Phoenix and Tucson, approximately one hour from each city. The I-8, I-10 and Union Pacific Railroad run through the city of Casa Grande, and the I-8/I-10 interchange is located just south of the downtown corridor providing convenient access to three major freight routes. In addition to the trading and transit advantages the city has, Casa Grande boasts wonderful schools, incredible quality of life options, and will have 30,000 new jobs over the next 5-10 years. New home construction is reaching its highest levels in the history of the city, and new industry additions Lucid Motors and Dreamport Villages will be arriving soon. With so much growth, opportunity, places to explore and enjoy, there has never been a better time to move to Casa Grande!

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QUALIT Y OF LIFE C A S A G R A N D E H A S A FA N TA S T I C A R R AY O F O P T I O N S F O R O U T D O O R E N T E R TA I N M E N T A N D HI G H LY D E S I R A B L E Q U A L I T Y O F L I F E O P T I O N S T H AT R E S I D E N T S A N D V I S I T O R S A L I K E C A N E N J O Y.

GOLF COURSE

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GRANDE SPORTS WORLD

DOROTHY POWELL SENIOR CENTER

Dave White Municipal Golf Course is open year-round for great golfing in Casa Grande. As a Par 72 and 6,651 yards from the gold tees, it is a challenging course. Beautiful mountain views and mature trees line the course. The cart paths are all paved, and the course’s new irrigation system makes for a wonderful golf experience.

Grande Sports World has helped solve the recreational needs of the community, while providing the local economy with a much-needed boost. Located on 50 acres of land adjacent to Francisco Grande, Grande Sports World is a state-of-the-art facility whose scope of operations and activities stretch 365 days a year. Grande Sports World currently includes eight football and soccer fields, a 59,000 square-foot training facility that houses a weight-training exercise area, therapy centers, classrooms, locker rooms, meeting rooms and laundry facilities that can accommodate up to four full-sized professional teams. The public-private partnership allowed the city to build the facility while turning the day-to-day operations and maintenance over to the Francisco Grande Hotel & Resort. The city also aligned with other groups to help make Grande Sports World a hub for training, fitness and recovery activities. Additional partnerships were formed to market Grande Sports World globally and drive professional and aspiring athletes to the Performance Institute. Furthermore, Casa Grande has partnered with Major League Soccer teams and the U.S.Soccer Development Academy to house their player development program at the site. Ultimately, the Grande Sports Academy will provide world-class instructional programs in soccer, tennis, football, golf and physical and mental conditioning for children from 7 to 18 years old. Grande Sports World has hosted multiple tournaments, and many more are scheduled over the course of the next year. Despite the many things that occur at Grande Sports World, one of the most important aspects of the facility is that it is also used as a venue for local recreational activities. Youth and adult leagues in Casa Grande also have opportunities to schedule dates, reserve the fields and otherwise enjoy the facility.

The Paul Mason Sportsplex is home to four adult-sized lighted softball diamonds and scoreboards, a concession stand and restrooms. This facility also has fencing available so that fields can be transformed to accommodate regulation fields for Little League, Pony League, Babe Ruth and girls fastpitch softball. Dorothy Powell Senior Adult Center provides area residents the opportunity to experience recreational, cultural and educational programming in a friendly atmosphere. Dorothy Powell Senior Adult Center is open to individuals 50 years of age or older. Tours and an explanation of programs are available during our normal operating hours.

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A local venue that hosts a wide variety of rodeo events throughout the year, these rodeo grounds are definitely a hot spot for thrill seekers looking for old school entertainment that gets back to the roots of Western culture in Arizona. Rodeo has seen a comeback in popularity over the past few years, and the events held here always offer a fun time!

COMMUNI T Y RE CRE AT ION CE N T E R

The new Casa Grande Community Recreation Center is currently scheduled to begin construction in January 2018 and can be expected to open in early 2019. Amenities include a walking track, fitness rooms, a dance studio and many other things for people in the community to do.

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The Casa Grande Mountain Park covers more than 1,000 acres, and is one of the best hiking spots in all of Pinal County. The highest point of the mountain range is 2,350 feet, and the majority of the lands are rocky, steep and rugged. The vegetation on the trail is similar to that of the Sonoran Desert landscape. This includes saguaro, prickly pear and barrel cactus, foothill palo verde, creosote bush and other plants prominent in Arizona. Hikers on the trail can also expect to see wildlife typical to Southern Arizona. Red- tailed hawk can be seen flying around the trails, while other common critters such as cactus wrens, mourning doves and blacktailed jackrabbits roam the areas, too. Hikers have also spotted coyotes and bobcats from time to time. If you love the outdoors, love hiking and spotting all sorts of amazing wildlife, the Casa Grande Mountain Park is a place you have to see!

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he City of Casa Grande’s key industry focuses are on retail trade, manufacturing and agriculture, with significant contributions from health care and social services, as well. Health care and social services make up 13.2 percent of the city’s economy; manufacturing makes up approximately 12.4 percent, retail makes up 12 percent and accommodation and food make up 10.9 percent. Over the past two years, Casa Grande has generated significant media attention at the national and international levels with development announcements by Lucid Motors (electric vehicle manufacturer), Attesa Motorsports (2,300-acre development that will include two professional racing venues) and Dreamport Villages (1,500-acre extreme sports-themed amusement park). In addition, construction of the Phoenixmart, the 1.5 million-square-foot international business-to-business sourcing center is well underway, and should be completed by the end of 2018. These four projects combined are projected to create over 30,000 jobs and represent over $5 billion in capital investment over the next 10 years. In addition, the Attesa Motorsports venue and Dreamport Villages are expected to attract over 4 million visitors a year.


MANUFAC TURING

These economic development projects have the potential to expand Casa Grande’s economy at an enormous rate, and add to an already impressive list of other key industries and businesses that exist in Casa Grande today. Manufacturing has an impressive presence in Casa Grande, boasting companies such as Frito-Lay, Abbott Nutrition and Hexcel. One of the great benefits for the manufacturing industry in Casa Grande is the easy access to the I-10 and I-8 highways that intersect only a few miles south of Casa Grande.

RE TAIL T R ADE

As a result of Casa Grande’s increasing population, retail trade has also increased, as well. Florence Boulevard, which runs east to west in the southern part of the city, has become a major corridor for retail development in dining, shopping and entertainment. To the east of I-10 on Florence Boulevard lies an impressive number of department stores, chain restaurants, a Harkins Theatres and the potential for future development as the city continues to grow. Additionally, in the northern part of the city, more commercial development is planned and will continue to grow in parallel with the arrival of new homes and new industries that will open in the coming years.

AGRICULT URE

As most longtime residents in Casa Grande know, agriculture has been a large part of the economy for many years. Crops, such as alfalfa and cotton, grow in abundance, in addition to other types of agriculture, such as dairy. While many new industries continue to arrive in Casa Grande, agriculture will always have a home in Casa Grande, and will continue to be a staple of the economy for years to come. For more about health care, see page 12

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CASA GRANDE MUNICIPAL

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he Casa Grande Municipal Airport (CGZ) is owned and operated by the City of Casa Grande and occupies approximately 640 acres. It provides a world class fuel product to its customers at an affordable price. The airport staff maintains the airport-owned buildings, lighting and property, providing a safe environment for all of its customers. The Casa Grande Municipal Airport (CGZ) is located south and west of I-10 and west of Arizona Highway 387, and hosts several aviation events from December to April. The Casa Grande Municipal Airport offers many amenities and benefits, so why fly CGZ? • Non-towered air space • Easy access to airport • Plenty of ramp space • Close to casinos/shopping • No landing fees

MIS SION S TAT E ME N T

The mission of the Casa Grande Municipal Airport is to provide a safe, efficient airport, and to support upgrades and additions to accommodate future growth.

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The City of Casa Grande maintains and rents out 52 T-hangars, 18 shade hangars, and 100+ tie-downs. The city has leased out land for the construction of four private hangars and has enough land for up to 15 additional private hangars.

TERMINAL

Located at 3225 N. Lear Avenue, the terminal building was built in 2001. The 4,800 square-foot facility contains offices, restrooms, a pilot briefing area and flight-planning area, a pilot’s lounge, a pilot shop and a fuel service desk. The terminal is generally open seven days a week from 6:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Hours are subject to change during seasons.

FOXTROT CAFE

The Foxtrot Cafe is located inside the Casa Grande Municipal Airport terminal and serves a variety of breakfast and lunch items. The Foxtrot Cafe is open 6:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday – Saturday and is closed on Sunday.


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he predicted increase in industrial businesses and population in the coming years will likely have a profound effect on traffic. To ensure that transportation needs are met and there are no major traffic deficiencies, both the city and Pinal County are conducting studies to understand to understand the most important areas for road improvements.

CASA GRANDE TRANSIT PLAN

Work on the Casa Grande Transit Development Plan began in December 2016. The plan has included a management plan as well as public outreach to ensure public input is considered for the project. In addition, a transit technical committee has been established to guide study efforts. Based on initial assessments, the plan suggests that Casa Grande will be dramatically different than it is today. The study also includes the creation of new service route options, and they have been reviewed by the public -- via surveys and online interactive mapping tools -- and by the committee itself. The study will conclude in December 2017.

PIN A L COUN T Y REGION A L T R A NSP OR TAT ION PL A N

In addition to the transit plan that Casa Grande is working on, the Pinal County Regional Transportation Plan is currently in works to make investments in key strategic routes to improve regional transportation as the population of the county increases. These improvements will come in the form of financial assistance to each community based on population size and project importance. Casa Grande, for example, is expected to receive over $260 million in funding for traffic infrastructure projects over the next 20 years. This will go toward road improvements, expansions and a brand new freeway connecting to the East Valley.

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s Casa Grande has grown and medical technology has improved over the years, health care and medical treatment in Casa Grande has not only gotten better, it has become the envy of the region. Casa Grande now boasts the best medical facilities in all of Pinal County, and with an even bigger expected increase in population coming in the next few years, the pillars of health care in the community are ready to meet the challenge. Banner Casa Grande Medical Center is home

to some of the newest state-of-the-art technology for patient care and health care techniques. In addition to the primary medical center, Banner provides many other services, such as infant services, cardiac care, urgent care and many other treatment options, available for specific patient needs. In addition to the amount of services available, health care providers are focusing even more on patient experience and quality service. Ron Curphy, CEO of BCGMC, is a firm believer in this ideal. “Banner Health has moved to an

integrated delivery system that embraces value-based care, advances in clinical care, care coordination as well as accessible services with a superior patient experience,” Curphy said. In addition to the services Banner provides, Nextcare, Sunlife and United Way are among the other leaders in Casa Grande that provide first-line aid to people in need. With so many different options for care that are highly focused on providing the greatest quality care possible, it’s easy to see how Casa Grande is in good hands!

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E DUC AT ION E L E ME N TARY S CHOOL S

Casa Grande boasts some of the best elementary schools in the entire region! The Casa Grande Elementary School District instructs approximately 7,000 students each year, and maintains a staff of approximately 900 dedicated and talented employees. Over the past 17 years, the district has received a staggering 44 awards for its accomplishments in areas such as teaching and student achievement. In addition, schools in the district have received A+ ratings from the Arizona Education Foundation.The district also offers amazing special programs that help students succeed by focusing on important attributes that will guide them for the rest of their lives. Such programs for the district include the Leadership Academy, the career camps that are held each summer, the “cluster” classrooms for high-achieving and gifted students in elementary school and the Leader in Me program. Casa Grande also has three high-achieving private schools for K-8 students. With so many school choices and so many high caliber schools for parents to choose from, it’s not hard to see why the CGESD has won so many awards over the years. When someone asks if Casa Grande has good schools, don’t take our word for it -- just look at the facts.

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For the workforce of tomorrow, Casa Grande Union High School District is preparing students like no other high school district around. CGUHSD instructs over 4,500 students and maintains a staff of approximately 450 committed employees. Approximately 1,800 of these students are enrolled in Career Technical Education (CTE) programs offered by CGUHSD, which is helping prepare students to become part of the workforce that future businesses in Casa Grande will need to succeed. The CTE program boasts exceptional production from its students; its program enrollees have a 98 percent graduation rate, a 100 percent credential licensing to all students who complete the program, and the program provides 12 different fields for students to choose from. Each give them the tools they need to succeed for life after high school. These programs have produced exceptionally talented students and are awardwinning for their success. For example, the FFA (agriculture) chapter at Casa Grande Union High School has been named the State of Arizona’s most outstanding high school FFA chapter three times in the past 10 years. In addition to the CTE programs offered, CGUHSD offers competitive AP and honors courses in fields such as math, science, English and social studies that help prepare students for college. Many students that graduate from Casa Grande high schools are college-bound, and just last year, graduates were offered more than $3 million in scholarship money to attend colleges. With so many exceptional programs and classes offered by the CGUHSD, it is easy to see how Casa Grande is molding the work force for the future.


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Consisting of 7,000 students in 13 school sites, the Casa Grande Elementary School District is one of the largest school districts in Pinal County. With a long and rich history of serving the community, we are passionate about meeting the academic, social, and emotional needs of our students based on our mission of Success for Every One – The responsibility is Yours and Mine. We proudly serve students in preschool – 8th grade and offer a wide variety of programs ranging from our highly-popular gifted classrooms to our award-winning music programs. No matter the interests or needs of your child, we have a place for them in the Casa Grande Elementary School District. Visit www.cgesd.org to find out more.

OUR LONG AND RICH TRADITION OF SERVING FAMILIES HAS BEEN RECOGNIZED BY LOCAL, STATEWIDE, AND NATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS. IN THE LAST DECADE ALONE, THE RODEL FOUNDATION HAS RECOGNIZED FOUR CASA GRANDE ELEMENTARY PRINCIPALS AS ARIZONA EXEMPLARY PRINCIPALS AND THE ARIZONA EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION HAS NAMED FOUR SCHOOLS IN THE DISTRICT AS A+ SCHOOLS OF EXCELLENCE.

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8 OUT OF 10 FAMILIES IN CASA GRANDE CHOOSE THE CASA GRANDE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL DISTRICT TO EDUCATE THEIR CHILDREN. FAMILIES HAVE A CHOICE WHEN IT COMES TO THE EDUCATION OF THEIR CHILDREN; COME SEE WHY THE VAST MAJORITY OF FAMILIES CHOOSE THE CASA GRANDE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL DISTRICT.

CASA GR ANDE ELEMENTARY DISTRICT Dr. JoEtta Gonzales, Superintendent 220 W. Kortsen Road, Casa Grande, AZ (520) 836-2111 • www.cgesd.org joetta.gonzales@cgelem.k12.az.us


CITY OF CASA GRANDE A GROWING HORIZON E D U C A T I O N Casa Grande Union High School District 1362 N. Casa Grande Ave., Casa Grande, AZ (520) 316-3360 • CGUHSD.ORG

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he Greater Casa Grande Chamber of Commerce was organized in 1920 and incorporated in 1935. According to a national study, conducted by The Schapiro Group, an Atlanta-based strategic consulting firm: When consumers know that a small business is a member of the chamber of commerce, they are 49 percent more likely to think favorably of it and 80 percent more likely to purchase goods or services from the company in the future. If a company shows that it is highly involved in its local chamber (e.g., attending events, serves on a committee or chamber board), consumers are 10 percent more likely to think that its products stack up better against its competition. When consumers know that a national restaurant franchise is a member of the chamber of commerce, they are 68 percent more likely to eat at the franchise in the next few months. When consumers know that an insurance company is a member of the chamber of commerce, they are 36 percent more likely to think favorably of the company.

Q: What are some benefits for new businesses that join the Chamber of Commerce? A: There are many benefits and opportunities that apply when a business joins the Greater Casa Grande Chamber of Commerce. To name a few: excellent networking opportunities, marketing of businesses, website listings and postings on the chamber’s Facebook page, educational workshops and seminars, luncheon speakers and advocating for businesses. It is the largest business organization advocating for business in Western Pinal County, with more than 485 business members invested in the chamber When businesses join the Chamber of Commerce, they become part of a team dedicated to growing local business and promoting business as a whole.

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Q: What does the future look like for local businesses in Casa Grande? A: Always optimistic! We feel businesses in Casa Grande have the opportunity to prosper and, in some cases, expand. Working in partnership with the educational institutions in the area and a number of prospective businesses coming to Casa Grande, the future looks bright. However, a business person needs to keep up with the ever-changing marketplace and with consumer trends. Q: Tell us a bit more about your organization and what your mission is. A: The Greater Casa Grande Chamber of Commerce as the voice of business, leads, promotes and develops opportunities for the success of its members and the community. Small business represents the largest segment of the Greater Casa Grande Chamber of Commerce, indicating that chamber membership has consistent and powerful benefits for small business members – especially if consumers are aware that the small business is involved with its local chamber. The Schapiro Group study further found that if respondents know that a small business is a member of its local chamber, the business enjoys a 49 percent increase in its consumer favorability rating, a 73 percent increase in consumer awareness, a 68 percent increase in its local reputation and an 80 percent increase in the likelihood that consumers will patronize the business in the future Q: What do you see as some of the biggest opportunities for growth in Casa Grande? A: One of the biggest opportunities for growth in Casa Grande is location, location, location! At the intersection of I-10 and I-8, Casa Grande needs to continue to market as a destination for all types of business, large and small. Of course, just having a great location doesn’t mean immediate success for a business. Business owners and managers need to continue to be involved in the community, network and participate and partner with other businesses and entities. Success comes from great partnerships.


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Points of Interest TOURIST SITES 1

Aravaipa Canyon

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Arizona Zipline Adventures

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Biosphere II

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Boyce Thompson Arboretum

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Casa Grande Ruins

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Goldfield Ghost Town

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Dolly Steamboat

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Ira Hays Memorial Park

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Rooster Cogburn Ostrich Ranch

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Poston Butte Memorial

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Queen Creek Olive Mill

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Sky Dive Arizona

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St. Anthony Greek Orthodox Monastery

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Tom Mix Monument

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Sunland Vitisors’ Center

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Superstition Zipline

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UltraStar Multi-tainment Center, Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino

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Lost Dutchman State Park

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McFarland State Historic Park

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Oracle State Park

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Picacho Peak State Park

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Pinal County Historical (Florence)

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want to thank Mayor Jackson and current and past City Council members for their vision, direction and dedication to our city! They did an amazing job guiding the City of Casa Grande through some difficult times. THANK YOU! Previously I have talked about ‘The Plan.’ I thought that over the next several months we should expand on the plan, which is our road map for success and growth for Casa Grande. But before we can expand on the plan, we need to have a discussion regarding how money flows through a community -- how where we spend our $1 can impact our overall community. It’s an economic term called the “Multiplier Effect.” Here is the definition from Wikipedia.org: “The local multiplier effect (sometimes called the local premium) refers to the additional economic benefit accrued to an area from money being spent in the local economy.” It continues, “One perspective of the local multiplier effect focuses on the greater local economic return generated by money spent at locally-owned independent businesses compared to corporate chains or other absentee-owned businesses. Localization advocates cite the multiplier effect as one reason, of many, for consumers to do more of their business locally.” The common thought is that for every $1 spent in local businesses, it will circulate/be spent eight times. It is also commonly felt that if the $1 is spent online, it’s only $1 with no multiplier effect. The same can be said if that $1 is spent in a national chain, except the multiplier effect is one to two times, so that $1 might be $2 (more than online

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because it does generate local sales tax). Let’s take the effect of something like Lucid Motors, which announced that they will be building their Electric Car manufacturing plant here. Just on the surface, 2,000 jobs with an average salary of $50,000 is a payroll of $100,000,000. Using the multiplier effect, if that payroll is spent only online, it is still $100,000,000 (a big number). Now use the local “Multiplier Effect” and it is spent in local businesses multiplied by eight times, so that would be $800,000,000. What effect would that have on our Casa Grande economy and community? Much more! I’m not suggesting that everyone stop buying online or going up to Phoenix to make your purchases. I am suggesting that you think next time, “Can I buy what I need here in Casa Grande? Can I go to dinner here in Casa Grande, and can I buy what I need from a local businesses?” Think about it -- $1 versus $8 -- $100,000,000 versus $800,000,000?

“These are INVESTMENTS in our community, in local businesses, in things to do, investments for our children, our young people, our veterans, our homeless, our seniors and ourselves; let’s work together to make it happen!” Craig H. McFarland, City of Casa Grande Mayor


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question the Historic Downtown district. Downtown Casa Grande has a lot to offer in terms of family entertainment, artistic craft, historic sites, family-run restaurants and so much more! Going out a bit further, visitors can explore the wonders of the Main Street District. Many residents believe this area is at the heart and soul of both the historical Featured Artists: and the cultural foundation of Casa Grande, as it includes so many historical sites, localRoger Kullbuildings & Judith Durr, The Ranch ly-owned shops, government and many other popular entities. Studio & Gallery A great deal of investment has been made into this area by both the city and other organizations that want to see this area continue to flourish. The City of Casa Grande has invested millions of dollars into the historic sites, street decor and scenery all over the area. Local businesses in this area have also partnered with the nonprofit Casa Grande Main Street to provide support to new and existing business owners in the area with the goal of providing stability and maximizing success!

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To support the vision of Historic Downtown by enhancing the economic vitality, promoting and marketing the district, fostering partnerships and acting as the lead advocate for Historic Downtown and its historic preservation. The Main Street program is designed to improve all aspects of the downtown, producing both tangible and intangible benefits. Strengthening public participation, and making downtown a fun place to visit are as critical to Main Streetâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s future as recruiting new businesses, rehabilitating buildings and expanding parking.

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FUTURE OF HOUSING IN CASA GRANDE

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ver the past 10 years, Casa Grande has been consistently adding hundreds of homes each year due to the increasing population and growing job market. With the arrival of major economic entities such as PhoenixMart, Lucid Motors, Frito-Lay and Dreamport Villages, the need for housing in Casa Grande has never been greater. It’s also one of the reasons why Casa Grande Planning & Development Director Paul Tice believes the next few years will see the biggest increase in new home construction in Casa Grande’s history. Since 2010, Casa Grande has added an average of 200 homes per year. But, starting in 2018, the city projects annual home construction to rise to over 400 homes per year! With so many major corporations arriving to the Casa Grande area, the influx of new jobs and the increased demand for housing can only bring good news to the city. Residents can expect property values to increase, new tax dollars to result in additional city services and a growing customer base for existing businesses in Casa Grande.

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two new home developers arrive in Casa Grande to keep up with the rising demand for new homes in the city -Paul Tice


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n addition to the number of building permits issued, there are approximately 6,000 vacant platted lots for housing development in Casa Grande, with nearly 3,000 lots that already have all the necessary infrastructure (water, drainage, facilities, streets, sidewalks, streetlights, etc.) in place and are ready for building permit issuance.

COMMERCIAL LOTS

Mayor McFarland and City Councilmembers McBride and Kortsen welcome new business owner with ribbon cutting ceremony at wine and coffee bar, A Latte Vino.

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When business owners want to open shop in a new place, two of the absolute most important factors are the location of the business and the transportation access those locations have. In Casa Grande, business owners don’t have to worry about those at all! Casa Grande has an estimated 1,865 available acres in commercially zoned property all over the city, and businesses have access to transportation options that aren’t even available in the Phoenix metropolitan area. In Casa Grande, commercial businesses have very close access to the I-10 and I-8 freeways, making transporting goods to Phoenix, Mexico and California quicker and cheaper. Businesses also have “through-the-gate” access at the airport for their industrial needs. This means that businesses will be able to get on and off the tarmac at the airport much quicker than regular commercial airports, as well get things on or off the ground faster to reach their destinations. With the arrival of thousands of jobs, an increased population and so many transportation options available, there has never been a better time to open a business in Casa Grande!


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s part of an ongoing effort to manage its image, brand and marketing strategy, the City of Casa Grande has recently launched a revamped website. The new site aims to improve user experience, navigation, and content. Residents, visitors and businesses are encouraged to explore the new website at casagrandeaz.gov.

E NHA NCE D FE AT URE S ON T HE NE W WE B SI T E INCL UDE: MOBILE COMPATIBILITY: Created with smartphone and tablet users in mind, the website utilizes "responsive design" to display content correctly on both internet browsers and mobile devices.

There is now a centralized location that houses key documents for all of the city’s departments. Users are able to search using document titles or keywords or browse by selecting the corresponding department’s folder.

SIMPLIFIED PAGE LAYOUTS: In order to help users locate information more quickly, excess pages have been eliminated in favor of tabs. Each department page includes a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) tab that readily provides the information most often requested. Each sidebar contains relevant contact information, hours of operation, fees (if applicable), popular documents and links, along with a map to the department’s facility or office. Additionally, each page now includes a “News and Updates” section to provide timely, in-depth information on projects, events and news.

ONE-CLICK FOOTER: For easy navigation, the footer now contains links to the most utilized elements of the website. The sections of the footer include links to the most popular services, forms to report issues or problems to city staff, quick links to resource pages and links to stay connected with the city via social media, email notifications and Channel 11.

SEARCHABLE CITYWIDE CALENDAR: The calendar provides information on all upcoming events, classes, public notices and meetings. More detail is provided on the new site than on the previous site, and users can now search and filter the calendar by topic, venue or category. DOCUMENT CENTER:

The City of Casa Grande utilizes many platforms to communicate and share its story. Looking for other ways to stay connected and informed?

COX CHANNEL 11: Watch local programs on Cable Channel 11, including “City Scene,” “Parade of Paws,” “Department Spotlights,” “City Tips,” and City Council study sessions and meetings. Not a Cox subscriber? Not a problem. You can also watch the live stream of Channel 11 anytime on the city website at www.casagrandeaz.gov. SOCIAL MEDIA: Be social with us! Follow or like us on Twitter and Facebook. It’s a great way to stay informed about city events and news, and show your pride by letting your friends see why Casa Grande is a great place to live, work and play! Twitter: @cgazgov | Facebook: /cityofcg

E-NEWSLETTERS: Sign up to receive a variety of e-newsletters at casagrandeaz.gov. Simply select which list you’d like to join via the website footer and enter your email address to get news delivered directly to your inbox. Topics include library news, parks and recreation, City Beat newsletter, road closures, City Council news and general interest and news releases.

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asa Grande is one of the friendliest cities in Arizona for business owners! Most cities require many forms of paperwork to sign and require nearly a month-long waiting period to start doing business. In Casa Grande, that process takes half the time! The city only requires two quick documents to start your business: a standard form of ID to show proof of citizenship and proof of payment of a small business transaction tax, followed by a quick two-week review process to earn a business license. Once these processes are complete, you can get started in no time! Below is a quick step-by-step guide for how to get your business started.

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Fill out and complete the Business Transaction License This step is simple. Business owners will just need to list some basic information on the Business License Application form and follow the instructions to complete the document. You will need to list information about your business, such as the mailing address, ownership of the business, emergency contacts, your business type and your business location status. After filling out this information, you will just need sign and date the document.

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Bring a form of ID and complete the Casa Grande Licensing Eligibility Requirement form This step is quick! Just bring in one standard form of ID: a driver’s license, passport, birth certificate or another form of identification, then date and sign the document.

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Pay Transaction License Fee Once your documents have been signed and completed, you’ll need to pay the transaction fee. The annual rate is $70, but if you start your business any month after January your fee will be prorated! If you’re looking for a temporary license, Casa Grande also offers these licenses starting at $10 per day. If you’re a peddler, solicitor or a transient merchant, a different license fee will be required. These start at $40 per day. (For most businesses, there will be a two-week review process, required upon completion of all paperwork) Once you have completed these steps and have gone through the review process, you are ready to begin doing business in the City of Casa Grande!


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n Casa Grande, the success of small businesses is critical to sustained economic growth in the city. In order to obtain success, it is important that business owners have the right tools and are connected to key resources. The Arizona Small Business Development Center is committed to helping ensure small businesses have the right plans, equipment, budgeting skills and all the necessary information needed in order to succeed. As a part of Central Arizona College, the center is a vital part of business retention efforts here in Casa Grande.

WHO THEY ARE

The AZSBDC Network is here to help launch, grow and sustain small businesses in Arizona. We are Arizonaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s largest most comprehensive and accessible statewide source of assistance for small businesses in every stage of development. The network consists of two teams â&#x20AC;&#x201C; the Arizona Small Business Development Centers (SBDC), which provide tools, training and one-on-one business counseling, and the Arizona Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (PTAC), which help businesses seeking federal, state and local contracting opportunities. The AZSBDC Network is a great investment! On average, for every dollar spent on the AZSBDC, an Arizona small business client increased sales by $18, accessed $14 in new capital and created or retained six jobs every working day.

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The AZSBDC Network provides free one-on-one confidential evaluation, guidance and counseling by business analysts with real-life business ownership and management experience. We are here to help you fast-track your business plans for success.

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• Dreamport Villages • The amusement park described as the "next Disney World" just r request right here in Casa Grande. The Casa Grande City Counci to develop the destination resort. The development will occur at project is expected to generate up to 5,800 jobs, and full develop budget of $4 billion. Upon completion, Dreamport is projected to an annual visitor count of over 15 million.

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Casa Grande beat out 60 other potential sites in 13 states to secure the LUCID manufacturing facility. LUCID, a new Silicon Valley luxury electric vehicle brand, has announced a 500-acre, $700 million facility, which will employ approximately 2,000 workers right here in Casa Grande.

Learn More experience center, multi-surface racing and event center. The com jobs directly and indirectly and have a $1.2 billion impact during economic activity following completion of the complex.

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DREAMPORT VILLAGES • Dreamport Villages

• The amusement park described as the "next Disney World" just received its first approval of a land use The amusement park described as the request right here in Casa Grande. The Casa Grande City Council approved 1,500 acres in a unanimous vote to develop the destination resort. The development will occur at the junction of I-8 and I-10. Phase one of the "next Disney World" just received its first approject is expected to generate up to 5,800 jobs, and full development of the project will take 10 years with a budget of $4 billion. Upon in completion, proval of a land use request right here CasaDreamport is projected to create 15,000 direct and indirect jobs, with an annual visitor count of over 15 million. Grande. The Casa GrandeLearnCity More Council approved 1,500 acres in a unanimous vote to develop the destination resort. The development will occur at the junction of I-8 and I-10. Phase one of the project is expected to generate up to 5,800 jobs, and full development of the project will take 10 years with a budget of $4 billion. Upon completion, Dreamport is projected to create 15,000 direct and indirect jobs, with an annual visitor count of over 15 million.

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• Attesa • A 2,360-acre mororsports complex housing two separate 2.8 mile road courses, a karting track, driver experience center, multi-surface racing and event center. The complex is projected to create more than 10,000 jobs directly and indirectly and have a $1.2 billion impact during construction, and create $1.8 billion of economic activity following completion of the complex.


wil be the largest Global Product Marketplace in the Western Hemisphere. The 1.58 mil ion square foot facility wil be comprised of 1,866 showrooms and wil span the equivalent of 26 football fields.

f 12 to 19 and compete in the highest division of the US Soccer categories.

at Completion* Over 9,000 new American jobs to be created with average annual earnings in excess of $42,300

PhoenixMart is the flagship project of the North American Logistics, Trade and E-Commerce City Local projected output to rise over (NALTEC), a 585 acre master-planned development $1 bil ion annually and and Buyers. in Casa Manufacturers, GrandeBuyers. that includesDistributors, warehousing, officSuppliers es, Together. In One Place. hotels and residential communities.

arts and vehicle recycling company, has received a conditional use Casa Grande Planning and Zoning Commission. LKQ is planning to use on 120 acres of land on the northwest corner of Thornton and pany plans to hire up to 100 people upon completion, and the siting of close other LKQ locations in Phoenix and Chandler.

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PhoenixMart PhoenixMart Facts Scheduled to open in the Fall of 2018, PhoenixMart Facts at Completion* at Completion* will be the largest Global Product Marketplace in the Western Hemisphere. The 1.58 million square foot Over new American jobs Over 9,000 new American jobs facility will9,000 be comprised of 1,866 showrooms and towill be created with average annual to be created with average annual span the equivalent of 26 football fields. earnings in excess of $42,300 earnings in excess of $42,300

PhoenixMart is the flagship project of the North Trade and E-Commerce City American Logistics, Local projected output $1 billion annually (NALTEC), a 585 acre master-planned development in Casa Grande that includes warehousing, offices, hotels and residential communities.

to rise Local projected over output to rise over $1 billion annually

Visit our Welcome Center at 2300 E. Citygate Dr., Casa Grande, AZ 85122 (Located at I-10 and Jimmie Kerr Blvd.) www.PhoenixMart.com

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asa Grande, Visit our Welcome Center at AZ 2300 E. Citygate 85122 Dr., Casa Grande, AZ 85122 lvd.) (Located at I-10 and Jimmie Kerr Blvd.) www.PhoenixMart.com A GR OW ING HORI Z ON CI T Y OF C A S A GR A NDE

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Dreamport Villages Dreamport Villages is a multi-faceted, 1,500+ acre global Entertainment Destination Resort project to be located in Casa Grande, Arizona, USA Phase 1 is planned to include an Extreme Sports Park & Adventure Zone, Live Entertainment, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Wildâ&#x20AC;? Family Entertainment Park which includes animal exhibits/shows and rides with themed Hotel, Indoor Water Park with Themed Hotel, Meeting Facilities and Entertainment, Welcome & Regional Transit Centers, RV Park, Retail Entertainment district including Restaurants, Nightlife, Retail Shops and Offices along with other coordinated amenities around a Reservoir with Lake and Canal System. Disclaimer: The images shown for Phase 1 are for illustration purposes only and are not intended to reflect the actual Resort, which may take three or more years to develop and is subject to final design & engineering, approvals, permits to build, construction development and completion necessary for opening the Resort to host and serve visitors.

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According to an Economic Impact Study created by Elliott D. Pollack & Company, 61% of the jobs at Attesa will be held by residents of Pinal County. And the great majority of those people will live in Casa Grande. Attesa anticipates over 15,000 direct and indirect jobs upon buildout of the $1.1 billion project. About 8,000 jobs will be created during construction.

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Bringing Motorsports to Casa Grande Is One Thing. Creating Nearly 5,000 Jobs Is Quite Another.

When completed, Attesa is projected to generate $293.5 million in annual wages, with total economic activity averaging $1.8 billion per year. Attesa loves racing, advanced technology, entertainment and tourism. Phase 1 will include two road racing circuits, a 300-room hotel and conference center, solar canopy plaza, residential and industrial parks. But what we’re really excited about is helping the City of Casa Grande grow in every sense of the word.

Bringing Motorsports to Casa Grande Is One Thing. Creating Nearly 5,000 Jobs Is Quite Another.

One half mile south of Interstate 8 between Bianco Road and Montgomery Road. Ground breaking expected Spring 2018. For more information: 602-707-7222 or visit www.attesa.com

ATTESA (602) 707-7222 www.attesa.com According to an Economic Impact Study created by Elliott D. Pollack & Company, 61% of the jobs at Attesa will be held by residents of Pinal County. And the great majority of those people will live in Casa Grande.

Bringing Motorsports to Casa Grande Is One Thing. Creating Nearly 5,000 Jobs Is Quite Another.

Attesa anticipates over 15,000 direct and indirect jobs upon buildout of the $1.1 billion project. About 8,000 jobs will be created during construction. When completed, Attesa is projected to generate $293.5 million in annual wages, with total economic activity averaging $1.8 billion per year.

According to an Economic Impact Study created by Elliott D. Pollack & Company, 61% of the jobs at Attesa will be held by residents of Pinal County. And the great majority of those people will live in Casa Grande.

Attesa loves racing, advanced technology, entertainment Attesa anticipates over 15,000 direct and indirect jobs and tourism. Phase 1 will include two road racing circuits, upon buildout of the D. $1.1 billion project. a 300-room hotel and center, Impact solar canopy According toconference an Economic Study created by Elliott Pollack & About 8,000 jobs will be created during construction. plaza, residential and industrial parks.

Company, 61% of the jobs at Attesa will be held by residents of Pinal

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One half mile south of Interstate 8 between Bianco Road and Montgomery Road. Ground breaking expected Spring 2018. For more information: 602-707-7222 or visit www.attesa.com

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o you like looking for tips that can give you valuable information about your health or the well-being of a loved one? Who doesn’t love free health advice with recipes? Look no further than Banner Health’s Health eConnect blog. While this blog is a great tool for important wellness information, it’s not intended to be used as medical advice or to diagnosis or treat any medical issue. If you do have a medical issue, you should consult with qualified health professionals who are familiar with your individual medical needs. This informative blog will not only provide you with some fascinating information, but will also help you, the consumer, navigate through the complicated health care world. The Health eConnect blog covers several major topics: • Health and wellness • Parenting • Eating well • Mind and memory • Navigating health In the “Health and Wellness” section, there are topics geared for both men and women. If you’re a middle-aged man, you may be worried

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GET THE FACTS ON TAX CREDITS by Terri Durham, Office Coordinator

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here has never been a better time to help your community! As an Arizona taxpayer, you have a unique opportunity to give to Seeds of Hope and have it count dollar-for-dollar toward your tax liability with a tax credit. Here are some answers to questions you might have.

WHAT IS A TAX CREDIT? This is a contribution made to a qualifying charitable organization that reduces the amount of tax you owe on your Arizona state tax return dollar-for-dollar. HOW MUCH CAN I DONATE TO SEEDS OF HOPE? You can now donate up to $400 if you are filing as a single and up to $800 if you are filing jointly. WHAT TYPES OF TAX CREDITS ARE THERE? There are four tax credits – a qualified charitable organization tax credit, public

school tax credit, private school tuition tax credit and foster care charitable organization. CAN I GIVE TO MORE THAN ONE? Yes! You can give to one or more to maximize your tax credit power. There are different maximum amounts you can donate for each type. For Seeds of Hope, you can donate up to $400 or $800 depending on how you are filing. CAN I GET A CREDIT FOR DONATIONS MADE THAT EXCEED HOW MUCH I OWE IN TAXES? No. If your tax liability — the amount of taxes you owe for a given year — is less than your donation, the credit can only be used to reduce your liability to zero. IF I CLAIM A TAX CREDIT CAN I ALSO WRITE OFF THE DONATION ON MY TAXES? No. Donations claimed as tax credits cannot also be used to itemize deductions.

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WHAT IS THE DEADLINE TO DONATE? The deadline to give to Seeds of Hope and claim a tax credit on your 2017 taxes is April 15, 2018 There are many places where you can get more information on how to redirect your tax dollars. The above information was taken from www.azcredits.org. You can also learn more at www.azdor.gov/taxcredits.aspx or talk to a tax professional. Seeds of Hope is a local faith-based nonprofit. We promote opportunities to improve lives through relationships and community development. Find out more about what we do at www.seedsofhopeaz.com

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Taste of Casa Grande by Jo Anne Pinto, MS Children’s Counselor, Against Abuse, Inc.

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o-gooder foodies have some place to be on Sunday, October 15, 2017 between 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. at Eva’s Fine Mexican Food for the 31st Annual “Taste of Casa Grande.” For 31 years, restaurants, concerned community members and the general public have come together to enjoy great food, good drink, and generous company – all while benefiting Pinal County’s own Against Abuse, Inc. (AAI). It is a big party for an important cause – and we hope you will come out to sample all of the wonderful cuisine that is situated right here in our own backyard! Founded in 1981, Against Abuse, Inc. is one of Arizona’s most well-respected domestic violence agencies. As a 501(c)3 nonprofit, we serve victims of domestic violence and child abuse through shelter, legal advocacy, counseling, education, case management and a myriad of constantly evolving services designed to help victims become self-sufficient. AAI funds its programs through a combination of federal, state and corporate grants, as well as community events and individual giving. Like many small nonprofits, each year AAI pieces together funding for staff salaries and program materials in order to make a difference in the lives of the people we serve. Here are a couple of examples of the impact of services for women and children: 1) 8-year-old “Johnny” returned to the shelter with his mother after a nine-month absence. His mother had several broken bones in her face and ribs, but it was little “Johnny” who remembered what he had learned in the children’s education group: When his mommy

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was getting hurt again he didn’t waste any time - he ran to the next door neighbor’s house and had her call 911. He was SO proud of himself! 2) We once took a crisis call from a young lady who was crying and upset. Staff could hear her husband yelling and cursing her in the background. When asked if she wanted us to call 911 she said "yes" and whispered the address. About an hour later she appeared at the shelter gate with her two children. The staff member who took the call introduced herself and the young lady “K” began to cry saying she was embarrassed. After she calmed down, they talked about her situation. She did not have time to get her work uniform or kid’s school uniforms out of the house when she left. She was also concerned because her in-law used to babysit the children and she was sure that assistance would no longer be available. Staff helped her organize what she needed to do, which started by calling her place of employment and asking for the next day off to take care of things. AAI assisted her with an order

of protection and police escort to get her belongings out of the home. She then applied for alternative housing resources. AAI gave her childcare, transportation assistance and counseling. Her children finished school, she applied for and received more hours at work, and she was eventually approved to enter a transitional living program. Possibly the most exciting thing about “K” is that she took all of her counseling sessions and group lessons very seriously and she became a peer mentor for other women coming out of abusive situations! Each dollar contributed goes a long way toward helping people in crisis regain hope, a sense of meaning and purpose to re-establish their lives. For example $5 pays for prescriptions, $10 helps get copies of birth certifcates/ID’s for housing, $20 can purchase work/school clothing or non-slip shoes needed for employment, $50 helps with transportation/relocation costs, etc. Never forgotten are the innocent child victims in AAI services. To meet their needs, AAI has developed programming for children who have witnessed violence or suffered abuse themselves and we also teach teens about healthy relationships. PHOTOS BY CASA GRANDE DISPATCH

You may support Against Abuse, Inc. by attending the 31st Annual Taste of Casa Grande on Sunday, October 15th at Eva’s Fine Mexican Food located at 665 N Pinal Ave, Casa Grande, AZ. You will have a great time and be able to sample various hors d’oeuvres, amazing entrees, scrumptious desserts and beverages from over 24 local restaurants! You will be astounded by the variety and QUANTITY of food donated by local eateries. Entry tickets are $40 and all proceeds benefit AAI and the victims we serve. The Taste is also well known for its beautifully presented raffle baskets and imaginative door prizes! Raffle tickets are available for purchase on-site. Please visit the AAI website under “Events” to purchase entry tickets (www.against-abuse.org or Tasteofcasagrande.com). Sponsorship opportunities and other questions can be directed to Pat Griffen, Executive Director. 520.836.1239 x 12.

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Against Abuse, Inc. has a THRIFT STORE?

YOU'LL FIND GREAT VALUES SUCH AS: • Furniture • Electronics • Appliances • Name Brand Clothing • Children & Baby items • Antiques and Collectibles • Housewares • And So Much MORE! Summer Hours: Tues - Sat, 7am to 3pm Winter Hours starting October 1st - 8am to 4pm YOUR DONATIONS ARE NEEDED! PLEASE CONTACT AGAINST ABUSE, INC. ADMINISTRATION AT 520-836-1239 OR STOP BY THE STORE. Located at 110 E 1st St (in Old Town Casa Grande) Behind the former Don's Market

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I WANNA GO HOME! by Gigi McWhirter

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ust like a human, when an animal is lost, the foremost thought in his or her mind has to be, “I wanna go home.” And much like a lot of people, they cannot just pick up a phone or ask directions to get them there. Keep in mind that animals don’t only get displaced by getting out of the yard or escaping through an open door or gate. They can also be the victim of a natural or not-so-natural disaster, such as a house fire, crime or car crash. Here are a few things you should do if you discover your pet has been separated from you: • Search the area within onehalf mile of your home or where the incident occurred. Expand the search area as days pass. (Editor’s note: My own dog was found 10 miles from home) • As you are going through your neighborhood or area, ask kids, their parents, other adults, mail carriers and service agents (like the cable installer or trash collector) if they have seen your pet. Give them your name, number and

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description of your pet so they can keep an eye out. Tell them to also call local animal control agencies and advise them that they have found your pet and where the animal can be picked up. • Call all area animal control agencies and let them know your pet is missing. Give a thorough description of your pet. Once your animal is found please call the agencies back – this is important – and let them know you have been reunited. If you have not found your pet within two to three days, visit all the shelters in person. Even though shelter personnel work hard to identify found animals, a pet without ID tags or a microchip can be hard to match up with varying descriptions. • If your pet has a microchip, contact the microchip company immediately and make sure that your contact information is up to date. Also offer them a secondary contact, should you be unable to answer the phone. Some microchip companies send out mass emails

and faxes to several agencies and vet hospitals to make staff aware of your missing pet. • By far the quickest way to get your information out, is to use social media! Tag all of your friends, and ask them to share – not just “like” your information on their pages. We have had more “love connections” because of Facebook posts than any other public announcement source. Use Twitter, Facebook, CG Chat, Instagram, and any other source you can think of. • Place an ad in your local newspaper. They may run the ad at no charge, but remember it may take a few days before it actually prints. Agency Contact Phone Numbers: (for the Casa Grande area) Casa Grande Animal Control 520-426-9300 Pinal County Animal Control 520-509-3555 Eloy Animal Control 520-466-7324 Valley Humane Society 520-836-0904

Most of these agencies have phones that go straight to voicemail. Make sure to leave a detailed message that includes the following: • Your name. • Your pet’s name. • Your street address. • Your telephone number. • A secondary contact name and phone number. • The area the animal was last seen. • A detailed description of the animal, including breed (don’t just say, “mutt.” Say, “It looks like a poodle,” for instance), gender, color and the color of the collar it was wearing. • Microchip number, or if you don’t know the number, tell them it has a chip. REMEMBER: It is up to YOU to get your animal’s information to all the sources. I hope you never have to use any of this information. Happy Tails to you!

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WELCOME TO CALICHE SENIOR LIVING! There is more to life here

by J. Jeanette Simi, Lifestyle & Leisure Director, Caliche Senior Living

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eptember already? With more than half the year gone, Caliche Senior Living is going strong! Imagine living in a community that sets its goals high and pursues a lifetime of happiness for its residents. At Caliche Senior Living, we strive to make our residents’ experience an exceptional one. Our skilled team members aim for this experience by fulfilling our residents’ needs with great consideration for their comfort and well-being. Caliche Senior Living is located in beautiful Casa Grande, Arizona. We offer our residents the enjoyment of luxurious senior living, which includes assisted living, memory support and an

adult day club. We enhance our residents’ living experience by offering exceptional programs that promote lifestyle and leisure events, physical engagement, artistic expression, community connections, continuing education and spiritual support. Caliche Senior Living offers a variety of group activities for social engagement and educational programs for residents and their families. There are also creative activities programs offered to support individuals with varying levels of dementia and cognitive abilities. Our community includes full-service dining from our in-house chef, a theatre with cinema-style seating, a billiard room,

library with fireplace, arts and craft studio, card-game rooms and a beauty salon, so residents can look and feel their very best. Our activities schedule is brimming with fun daily activities. The residents enjoy day trips to museums, heading out to restaurants for local cuisine, casinos, music events in the park and shopping. These activities provide our residents the opportunity to thrive in their environment. We attempt to personalize each new resident experience with programs that help integrate them into their new community. Each new resident will be assigned his or her own personal ambassador. The assigned

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PHARMACISTS IN RURAL PRIMARY CARE

Recruiting and training a pharmacy manager for Sun Life Family Health Center – Florence Pharmacy by Matthew Bertsch, Director of Pharmacy, Sun Life Family Health Center

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un Life Family Health Center is preparing to open a new location in Florence, Arizona on Highway 287. This new location will offer a full-service pharmacy, open to the public. The new location in Florence will be our sixth community pharmacy location, adding to our already existing locations in Casa Grande, Eloy, San Manuel, Maricopa and Apache Junction. Building out a new pharmacy is not just about the arrangement of the space and the medications that are stocked, it is also about the people involved in the process. We at Sun Life feel that one of the most important pieces to the process is recruiting and retaining great employees. We hired Kenny Leutz onto our pharmacy team in November 2015. Kenny was one of our first true “home-grown” pharmacy managers. We trained Kenny from intern through pharmacist, and now we are preparing him for his role as pharmacy manager. He came to us from a larger chain pharmacy, where he worked as an intern for Jared Hatchard, who also previously worked for the larger chain. The first thing you notice about Kenny when he is around is how kind and caring he is. He is truly here for the right reason – for patient care. As is the case with many pharmacists graduating from pharmacy schools around the nation, there is the desire Kenny verifies prescriptions to spread the during his training as a staff message that pharmacist at the Casa pharmacists, Grande location in general,

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are more than meets the eye. The career is no longer just about filling and looking at prescriptions and medications. The career isfocused on patient safety and making certain that patients leave our hands with the best possible outcomes.

Q&A with Kenny Leutz regarding pharmacists and patient care: How can a pharmacist improve patient care? “Pharmacists can play an important role in providing comprehensive healthcare to every patient that they have. Prescription medications are a great tool in helping slow disease state progression, prevent new disease onset and improve quality of life, if used correctly. The role pharmacists play is vital in assuring medication therapy is safe and effective for each individual. Pharmacists verify that appropriate medications are prescribed to patients, free from dosing errors, serious drug-drug interactions and drug-disease interactions. Additionally, patients need to be counseled on how to take medications correctly. Having the right medication prescribed means nothing if the patient is not educated on when medications should be taken, how they should be taken and signs that the medication can be harmful instead of helpful. Moreover, pharmacists play a key role in medication adherence. Often medications are only effective if they are taken consistently over time, sometimes lifelong. Patients need to be educated and understand how their medication helps improve their health over time and why taking their medications is essential to preventing worse health outcomes. If pharmacists do not work to provide safe and effective medication therapy and do not fulfill their mission to educate patients, time

and resources will be wasted and patient health outcomes will worsen over time.” Why did you become a pharmacist? “I wanted to pursue a career in pharmacy because I understood from a young age how medicine can be used to help improve quality of life. I also wanted to be involved in health care in some capacity, and pharmacy was a good fit for me. Once I learned more about the pharmacy profession during my undergraduate time at The University of Arizona, I began to understand how pharmacists are important beyond the typical retail setting. That was something I wanted to explore.” What do community health centers mean to rural healthcare? “Community health centers are extremely important to residents of rural communities, mainly because access to healthcare is so limited. Many residents of rural Arizona lack healthcare coverage, have lower than average income, lack physical access to healthcare facilities and have no supplemental support that is needed to live a healthy lifestyle. Community health centers are essential to help bridge this gap in care to underserved communities by providing primary and preventive care, health education, mental health, pediatric, dental and pharmacy services, among others.” What do you see in your future? “I see myself continuing to work in rural communities providing quality, comprehensive healthcare. I feel that I can play a larger role in rural communities due to the limited number of providers and resources that are available”. continued on page 103... THE BUSINESS & LEADERSHIP EDITION • FALL 2017


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Adventists:

Calvary Chapel:

1867 N. Trekell Rd

962 W. Gila Bend Hwy.

Casa Grande Seventh-Day Adventist Church

Calvary Chapel of Casa Grande

Arizona City Ward

Kingdom Living Ministries

Genealogy Family History Center

Ministry Center

1555 N. Colorado

297 W. Rock Creek Place

Apostolic:

Roman Catholic:

241 W. Cottonwood Ln, Ste 132

201 N. Picacho St.

Casa Grande Stake Office

Sun Valley Community Church

Liberal Catholic:

Lutheran:

Universal La Iglesia Del Reino De Dios

Abundant Grace Church & Bible College Apostolic Tabernacle - United Pentecostal Church 432 W. Saguaro St.

Iglesia Apostolica De La Fe En Cristo Jesus in the USA 16460 W. Ashmore Rd.

Torre Fuerte Strong Tower Church 409 W. Cholla St.

Unity of All Nations New Testament Church II 417 N. Trekell Rd.

Assemblies of God: First Assembly of God 501 E. Kortsen Rd.

Grace Assembly of God 200 S. Florence St.

Iglesia Apostolica Del Dios Vivo 220 N. Lincoln Ave.

St. Anthony Of Padua Catholic Church

St. Michael And All Angels Liberal Catholic Cathedral 545 E. Palm Parke Blvd.

520.836.7519

1555 N. Colorado

1556 N. Arizola 412 N. Brown

Central Lutheran Church 324 N. Sacaton St.

Christian:

Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church

400 E. 3rd St.

Conland Lutheran Church

Bethel Christian Community Christ Life Church

2016 N. Pinal Ave.

1805 E. Sierra Pkwy.

18171 W. Hopi Dr.

Trinity Lutheran Church and TLC Preschool

Living Waters Church Of God

1510 N. Casa Grande Ave.

Messianic:

Pentecostal Church Of God:

Indian Hills Community Church

3153 E. Cornman Rd.

Hwy 86, Milepost 90, Covered Wells AZ

Compass Christian Church

20110 W. Hopi Dr.

Victory Chapel Christian Fellowship Church

1482 N. Pueblo Dr.

Beit Roi

Methodist:

Pentecostal Holiness:

1576 E. Cottonwood Ln.

640 W. Ocotillo St.

109 E. 11th St.

People Of The Son Emc

Greater Evangelist Temple Church Of God In Christ

Church of Christ:

The United Methodist Church

More Than Conquerors Ministries

Nazarene:

Outreach Church Of God In Christ INC.

1915 N. Casa Grande Ave.

Presbyterian:

805 W. Racine Place

Templo Cristiano

Desert Valley Church of Christ

212 S. Drylake

2172 N. Arizola Rd.

Baptist:

Episcopal:

Nondenominational: 241 W. Cottonwood Ln., Ste 132

Calvary Southern Baptist Church

St. Peter’s Episcopal Church

2492 N. Trekell Rd.

704 E. McMurray Blvd.

Eleven Mile Corner First Southern Baptist Church

Interdenominational:

Desert Sky Baptist Church 891 W Kortsen Rd.

First Shiloh Baptist 1121 N Pinal Ave

Grace Baptist Church

1319 E. Cottonwood Ln.

Iglesia Bautista Emanuel Church 112 N. Brown Ave

Landmark Missionary Baptist Church

Christ Assembly

411 Saguaro St.

Crossroads Church

3151 N. Piper Rd., Ste. 101

North Trekell Southern Baptist 2492 N. Trekell Rd.

Primera Iglesia Bautista Del Sur 305 E. 4th St. Tohono O’Odham Baptist Church 18280 W. Hanna Rd.

Trinity Southern Baptist Church 1100 E. Trinity Place

Victory Baptist Church of Casa Grande Independent

Faith Community Church

Off Rodeo Rd. on Kadota Ave.

Arizona Plaza, Ste ll

First Presbyterian Church 702 E. Cottonwood Ln.

1104 N. Pinal Ave.

Jesus Joy Jubilee National Fellowship 241 E. Cottonwood Ln., Ste. A

525 N. Peart Rd.

204. N. Trekell Rd.

Covenant Presbyterian Church

Abundant Grace Church

Iglesia Apostolica Centro De Fe

Religious Organizations: The Supreme Council Of The House Of Jacob Inc. 114 N. Amarillo St.

Other:

Cowboy Church

18171 W. Hopi Dr.

1300 E. Jimmie Kerr Rd.

Native Christian Fellowship 16816 W. Hanna Rd.

Redemption Church 275 W. Viola Dr.

Latter Day Saints:

950 N. Peart Rd.

New Beginnings Church Of The Nazarene

Harvest Family Church

10245 N. Pinal

Hope Baptist Church 9745 N. Trekell Rd.

Newlife Baptist Church

511 W. 1st St.

Desert Joy Church

The Salvation Army

83 N. Pueblo Dr.

1515 N. Trekell Rd.

Gateway Temple Of Worship Non-Demoninational Garden Chapel

201 E. Kortsen Rd.

New Hope Baptist Church

211 E. Date Ave.

Quijotoa Mission

815 E. 6th St.

Corner of 8th & Olive

425 N. Lincoln Ave.

Eagle Summit Ministries

423 W. Ocotillo St.

Casa Grande Church Of Christ

First Baptist Church

Victory Outreach Ministry

Pentecostal:

Love Fellowship Center

767 Castledale

1415 W. Trekell Rd.

Calvary Chapel Casa Grande

1333 N. Center

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints 1555 N. Colorado

Casa Grande First Ward 787 E. Kortsen Rd.

Casa Grande Second Ward 1555 N. Colorado

Casa Grande Third Ward 787 E. Kortsen Rd.

Casa Grande Fourth Branch Spanish 2841 N. Trekell Rd.

Casa Grande Fifth Ward 2841 N. Trekell Rd. Casa Grande Young Single Adult Branch 2841 N. Trekell Rd.

1225 E. Cottonwood Ln.

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It’s never too late to get started by Tiffanie Grady-Gillespie, CPT/Certified Wellness Coach & Owner WickedFiTT

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here are many reasons why we tend to slow down and become more sedentary with age. It may be due to health problems, weight or pain issues or worries about falling. Or, maybe you think that exercising simply isn’t for you. But as you grow older, an active lifestyle becomes more important than ever. Moving can help boost your energy, manage symptoms of illness and keep your weight healthy. A wonderful side effect is how good it is for your mind, mood and memory. In addition, regular exercise reduces your risk of hardened arteries, heart attack and stroke. It also strengthens your muscles, tendons, ligaments and bones to help fight osteoporosis. Keeping your body strong and limber can help you maintain your independence as you age. It allows you to continue the kinds of activities you’ve enjoyed

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Let's start with a couple of myths surrounding exercising as we age: Myth: There's no point to exercising. I'm going to get old anyway. Fact: Regular physical activity helps you look and feel younger and stay independent longer. It also lowers your risk for a variety of conditions, including Alzheimer’s and dementia, heart disease, diabetes, certain cancers, high blood pressure and obesity. And the mood benefits of exercise can be just as great at 70 or 80 as they were at 20 or 30. Myth: I'm too weak or have too many aches and pains. Fact: Getting moving can help you manage pain and improve your strength and self-confidence. Many older people find that regular activity not only helps stem the decline in strength and vitality that comes with age, but actually improves it. The key is to start off gently.

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n a construction industry that expects to have two million fewer workers than it will need in just three years, Tempe-based Sundt Construction and Central Arizona College (CAC), located in nearby Coolidge, are working on unique ways to recruit and train skilled workers. In spring 2016, Sundt Construction approached CAC to explore an apprenticeship partnership in heavy equipment operations. During these discussions, a larger gap in available skilled workers emerged, leading Sundt and CAC to conclude that expanding the partnership beyond the apprenticeship was necessary and warranted. There was one major and significant obstacle for CAC. Most of its construction courses and curriculum were outdated and focused primarily on residential building. In order to meet the growing needs of commercial construction, CAC administrators worked with

Sundt leadership to develop four craft-trade pathways in structural welding, industrial construction, pipefitting and concrete construction technology. These new pathways as well as the heavy equipment operator program are designed to: • Align with NCCER Core Certification and American Welding Society requirements. • Embed OSHA 30 • Consist of 30 college credit hours • Include “soft” skills • Lead to level 1 and 2 certification in the trade as well as a CAC credential The most unique attribute of this partnership is the fact that Sundt and CAC jointly designed every aspect of the courses and programs. This was a pivotal moment in traditional higher education course and program development and design. The process started with the specific craft

competencies and skills needed by Sundt and ended with five customized and tailored academic pathways. This has led to a true partnership where Sundt provides instructors for two of the pathways and equipment for pipefitting and welding, and CAC furnishes on-site lab space and instruction. CAC and Sundt built these pathways in less than three months, which enabled students to begin coursework in August 2017. Once students earn their certificates, those who are hired by Sundt receive a $1,000 tuition reimbursement to help defray the cost of the $2,500 program. The new approach is working. CAC’s construction technology program was dwindling with fewer than 10 students enrolled annually. At the beginning of the 2017 fall semester, more than 100 students were already enrolled in the CAC-Sundt Pre-employment Training Opportunities.

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INJURED IN AN AUTO ACCIDENT? Four tips for helping your case After an injury suffered in an auto accident, well-intentioned actions can hurt your claim for just compensation. by Dan Harrington 1. Do not give a statement to the other driver’s insurance company. After the accident, the insurance company for the driver who caused the accident will probably contact you. When they call, they probably will sound friendly and helpful. Be careful. Their purpose in calling is to obtain a statement from you that they can use to show that the accident was not the other driver’s fault. They may try to get you to tell your story multiple times, with the hope that one version will differ from another. If they find an inconsistency, they will use that in court to challenge your truthfulness. 2. Do not minimize your injury. As a child, you might have been taught not to complain or to admit to being hurt. As the victim of someone else’s negligence, keeping your injury-related pain and other symptoms to yourself can seriously damage your legal claim. If you have been injured, communicate that fact to the police at the scene and to every medical professional you encounter after the accident. If you fail

to acknowledge your injuries and seek treatment for them, the insurance company will argue, “You did not treat, so you were not hurt.” 3. Do not post your accident on social media. The information that you share on social media will be carefully reviewed by investigators and lawyers for the other driver’s insurance company. Your posted statements and photographs can be misinterpreted, taken out of context and used against you in attacking the validity of your claim. 4. Be selective in hiring a lawyer. As soon as you conclude that you have suffered damages that may require legal action, contact an experienced injury attorney. Ask them about their experience with cases like yours, and ask them to explain what you should and should not do to strengthen your case. This is a difficult time for you, and you will need the right lawyer in your corner. Dan Harrington is a personal injury attorney at Fitzgibbons Law Offices in Casa Grande (520-426-3824).

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STUNNING SAFARI

An abridged excerpt from the soon-to-be published book: “Confessions of a Safari Junkie” by Tori Ward, ROX Travel, Cruise and Resort Specialist

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steps at a fake charge. Johnny, our guide, walked over toward a giant termite mound, and the largest elephant nonchalantly headed to the area. He decided to show junior how it was done, and kicked up more dirt and took bigger steps toward the unwanted guest. We were only back on the road a short time when Johnny made a detour toward an open plain. We were off-road and suddenly saw what his trained eyes had caught. Lying at the edge of the plain, a lioness scanned the distance for predators or lunch. We soon realized that there were three cubs lying in the shade of a tree, not far from mom. Later, we stopped for lunch and enjoyed a cold, but satisfying picnic prepared by the camp’s chef. She and the rest of the crew later waited for us with a hot supper and cold cocktails in our new digs. We had just poured tea when Johnny’s head popped up like a meerkat and he said, “Dump the tea; there’s a cheetah.” We jumped back in our seats as Johnny sped across the field. The cheetah was moving too fast to photograph, but slow enough to glance back in our direction. The following morning we were on the road before dawn, and were rewarded when Johnny spotted a leopard lying in tall grass at

the base of a tree. We returned to the Marabou Pan before adventures further afield, and were blessed with the site of brother lions enjoying a morning drink and grooming each other beside the water’s edge. We will be returning for another safari with Johnny next summer. Contact me if you would like to share this remarkable experience with us.

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THE LEADER WE HAVE INSIDE by Sean Clarke, Prevention Assistant, Casa Grande Alliance The leadership qualities that I once never saw in myself came to be known through my participation in SADD.

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hrough high school, you could say I was the type of person who went with the flow. I believed as long as something wasn’t problematic or inconvenient, I didn’t need to speak out against it. During my sophomore year, my friends persuaded me to join Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD), because they thought I would enjoy being in a club that had the same core values as I had for myself. So, I decided to join. At the time, I was a quiet and shy person, so when the chapter held elections for officer positions, I saw no need to run for anything. As time went by, I started opening up more, but never to the point where I saw a leadership position in my future. My junior year was the moment my role in SADD changed for the better. I, a football player at the time, got sidelined by a major concussion, and it prevented me from playing for the remainder of the year. This was an unfortunate event, but it led to becoming more involved with SADD. Fortunately, I had more time to be with my peers who had been involved in SADD themselves. It was at this time that I had the opportunity to become the assistant to the SADD liaison from the Casa Grande Alliance office. Being

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the liaison’s assistant allowed me to become directly involved with the leadership of the club. The following year, I was a senior and in the same position, but our leadership was in shambles. The past leadership left the club in an odd position, so the new leadership team had to work twice as hard just to regroup. The abundant problems we were facing came with many rushed ideas or incomplete plans that would have ended in failure or poor turnout. Foreseeing this, I questioned every detail to make sure we had an actual goal. I asked, “Is this something we could achieve with our resources?” This is one of the main questions I asked for all of the activities that didn’t seem planned out. The question also provided clarification regarding where we were heading with the proposed activity. These interactions led to everything slowing down to a point where our planning improved and our activity completion rate increased. The thought that I could be in a position to lead never crossed my mind until the moment I was trusted with the purpose to lead. A year has passed, and I’m no longer a SADD member, but am now the SADD liaison with the Casa Grande

Alliance. Being in this leadership position allows me to work with and guide the SADD clubs. I have watched the youth, who now participate in SADD, grow as leaders. For example, the 2016 president of one of the SADD clubs was valedictorian and the vice president was salutatorian. They led the club by example and helped SADD members develop as leaders. Their hard work paved the way for many new things in the school, and they inspired others to achieve more. Both leaders worked hard to build a solid foundation for those who would soon follow in their footsteps. The leadership qualities that I once never saw in myself came to be known through my participation in SADD. I can see those same qualities being built in the youth I work with on a daily basis. You can notice a difference in the approach they take, how they are taking on more responsibility in large projects, and becoming more confident in the choices and decisions they make. It feels phenomenal to help facilitate the growth of these traits in youth, because as they get older these traits will always be with them. It is these leadership skills that will help them succeed and flourish wherever they may go.

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than meets the eye. It is the assistance with over-the-counter medications, education of the patient at the time of prescription pickup and the friendliness of the familiar face when patients visit regularly. What is rarely seen is the work behind the scenes, the constant communication with providers, ensuring proper medication dosages, and the careful preparation of prescriptions that often pharmacists do not get the proper credit for. While we prepare the finishing touches to the new pharmacy in Florence, we look forward to the future. We are all very excited to be able to offer a service like this to the people from Florence and the surrounding areas, and are excited to serve all people in the community. Having a community health center, with a full-service pharmacy will be of great benefit to this community. For questions regarding Sun Life’s pharmacy services, the Florence project or any of our 13 locations, please call Sun Life Family Health Center at 520-836-3446 or visit our website at www.sunlifefamilyhealth.org.

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TERRA by Corianna Lee

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Transforming gemstones into artistic pens

t has been said that “the pen is mightier than the sword,” and when it comes to Terra Treasure, that certainly is the case. Gemstones, fossils, wood and other materials aren’t the typical materials we typically associate with writing utensils, but local artisan Michael Day has developed a unique process and tools to develop these high quality artisan pens. But where did this concept begin? Day has always been involved with crafts, and was taught woodworking by his late grandfather. He began his work with gemstones on other crafts and projects. Eventually, pens became a concept as a hobby that was meant to create gifts for friends and family. At some point, the concept evolved into a business concept that developed into Terra Treasure. Over the last three years and

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He began his work with gemstones on other crafts and projects. Eventually, pens became a concept as a hobby that was meant to create gifts for friends and family.

one cross-country move from back East, Day and his wife, Tarras, have turned gemstone crafts into a marketable product. What was believed to be impractical has now developed into a beautiful artisan product of high quality. The time spent over the last three years developing the product and the process have been arduous and challenging, but with breathtaking results. Who would have thought that an everyday item such as a pen could be a beautiful work of art? Artisan pens from Terra Treasure can be viewed and ordered by visiting terratreasure. com. Terra treasure can also be found on Facebook. Tarras and Michael Day work with each customer, giving their unique artisan business a personal touch and are excited to establish their business in their new home of Casa Grande.

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Library Creative Writing Contest

The Chicken by Emily Lawyer

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here is a chicken. This chicken is different. It reads the paper instead of pecking at it. It reads the nutrition facts on the chicken feed box instead of just eating it like a normal chicken. And it wears a tie. I think it got hit by a dictionary, or maybe an autobiography of some healthyeating lawyer. But anyway, this chicken was strange. So, one day, I created a plan. I was going to set up cameras around the chicken coup and leave for a few days. So I packed up and left for five days. When I got back home, I checked the footage on the cameras, and what I saw blew my mind! The chicken was sleeping the whole entire time! Looks like I will have to come up with another plan, or maybe I’ll just leave the chicken alone.

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