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PrescottBiz.com SUMMER 2018 â&#x20AC;¢ THE SUMMER EDITION
GLENDA LE LI V ING
A MESSAGE FROM THE MAYOR
n behalf of the City of Prescott, I welcome readers to this first-of-itskind publication designed to paint you a picture of Prescott—a great place to “live, learn, work, and play.” Prescott has a prestigious past and a bright future. • Prescott was Arizona’s first territorial capital and is host to the World’s Oldest RodeoTM. • Prescott is the county seat of Yavapai County. • Home to the Northern Arizona VA Health Care System, Yavapai Regional Medical Center and thousands of businesses. • Ernest A. Love Field, Prescott’s municipal airport, services commercial and general aviation, as well the U.S. Forest Service Regional Fire Center. • Home to four institutes of higher learning: Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Prescott College, Yavapai College and Northern Arizona University. • A variety of award-winning public district schools, public charter schools and private schools.
Prescott is a great place to do business, in part because it is a desirable destination to live. Located in the north central highlands of Arizona, our milehigh city enjoys four mild seasons. Just 90 miles from the Phoenix metro area, the cool summers, over 450 miles of trails, five area lakes and several golf courses make Prescott a favorite travel destination. Our Western heritage draws visitors to our historic downtown to explore Whiskey Row, the Courthouse Plaza and a variety of museums, art galleries, shops and restaurants. Many visitors fall in love with Prescott, and later plan to live here, or in some cases, expand or move their business enterprise here.
Our city government is focused on several areas to improve business and create opportunity for our young people. Our economic development team is actively recruiting high-tech satellite operations and encouraging business startups. In addition, the team is working toward establishing an innovation center for aspiring entrepreneurs and partnering with our higher education partners to develop new curricula to meet specific business needs. Your city leaders are proud of Prescott’s heritage, and truly excited about what lies ahead. Our team invites you to learn more about how your business can be part of Prescott’s bright future. Sincerely,
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Greg Mengarelli Mayor, City of Prescott
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cknowledged internationally as the “Number One Place to Live in the Southwest” (Sunset Magazine, February 2017), Prescott offers breathtaking beauty and a great quality of life. The city continues to receive accolades, and in 2017 was cited on more than 15 different lists, such as “Best Old West Town to Live In” by True West Magazine. Just a few of “bests” or “top” citations include: • #9 in Well-Being Gallup March 2018 • 26th Best Performing City in U.S. Milken Institute April 2018 • Cleanest Air in the Nation American Lung Association, 2015 • Top 5 Visitor Destinations in Arizona USA Today, June 2017 • Top 13 Happiest & Healthiest Communities Time Magazine, March 2017
Most recently, in January, Expedia Viewfinder named Prescott as “18 to be Seen in 2018.” Praise for Prescott comes equally from Arizona leaders.
Governor of Arizona Doug Ducey “The Prescott area is the state’s third-largest metro area. With cutting-edge technologies in cyber-security, 3D printing, satellite communications and more, Prescott is home to four higher education institutions. It has an outstanding regional medical center. Moreover, Prescott offers an outstanding quality of life, scenic beauty, mild four season climate, a Western heritage, and strong tourism economy.” Yavapai County Board of Supervisors Chair Rowle Simmons “Prescott is a vibrant community where people want to live, learn, work and play. The moderate climate and hometown atmosphere draws talented individuals to the area. They make up a solid workforce available to existing and new businesses and industry to thrive. Myself, a longtime business owner, I found that our Chamber of Commerce and Prescott Downtown Partnership provide excellent support for business. From experience, I know of the community pride that exists among local businesses.” 4 CITY OF PRESCOTT
Arizona Office of Tourism Executive Director Debbie Johnson “Prescott is very much the city of the moment. The city and the office of tourism actively markets not just Prescott’s rich history, but also its forests, parks, lakes, trails and oneof–a-kind natural wonders like the Granite Dells. Prescott’s appeal results in visitor spending and job increases that have gone up every year since 2010. In 2017, the county’s hotels experienced year-over-year increases across every lodging performance indicator.”
Sandra Watson, CEO & President, Arizona Commerce Authority “Prescott’s world-class aerospace industry, supported by top-ranked Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, couples with robust manufacturing and health care sectors to provide an excellent platform from which to build and sustain economic success. With its talent, infrastructure and natural beauty, it’s no surprise to see companies continue to invest in Prescott.”
Prescott is part of Arizona’s third-largest metropolitan area, and is an educated, affluent and growing community with a continued demand for new home development.
Total Population (2015)*
61,000 by 2020
projected to grow to POPULATION *Includes unincorporated Prescott
Population increase from 2000 to 2010
POPULATION INCREASE Average Household Income
$65,051 Total Housing Units
Growth in Single Family AVERAGE HOUSEHOLD INCOME New Residential Developments Underway
19% (from 2016-17) 5-Year Projected Growth in New Home Development
Total Housing Units
Prescott’s perfect weather provides an average temperature of 70 degrees, with four seasons and breathtaking landscapes - complete with graniteCommute mountains, lakes, streams and rolling meadows AVERAGE HOUSEHOLD INCOME filled with wildlife.
Average Average Average Average High (F) Low (F) Precip. (in) Snow (in)
January 54 24 1.9 4.9 February 54 24 1.9 4.9 March 59 28 1.7 5.1 April 67 34 1.0 1.3 May 75 41 0.5 0.2 June 86 Climate 49 0.4 0.0 July 89 57 2.9 0.0 August 86 56 3.3 0.0 September 82 49 1.7 0.0 October 72 37 1.2 0.2 November 60 27 1.3 2.1 December 52 22 1.6 4.7 | CITY OF PRESCOTT Education
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Work & Learn Total Housing Units
Prescott’s workforce earns more than the national average and enjoys a short commute.
Prescott’s population is highly educated and has access to worldclass universities and exceptional PreK-12 schools.
Earnings in Prescott
Population with at Least Some College or Post-Secondary Degree
37% Higher Than
the National Average -
Average earnings determined by 2016 U.S. Social Security Administration National Average Wage Index Average Commute
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Oldest school district in
the state - Prescott Unified School District established in 1868
Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, Prescott Campus’ Aerospace/Aeronautical/Astronautical Engineering Program #1 in the nation among undergraduate institutions - U.S. News & World Report 2018
Prescott offers limitless opportunities to enjoy the outdoors and a variety of arts, cultural, sporting and entertainment options, which generate increasing sales tax revenue year over year.
450 Miles of Trails 5 Lakes in Prescott and
Low taxes and small state government means Arizona offers one of the lowest costs of doing business in the U.S., according to the Arizona Commerce Authority. The state also boasts a robust, skilled workforce and ease of transportation to local and international markets.
less than national average per capita income going to taxes
2ND LOWEST IN NATION
Government employees per 100 residents (Source, 2018 ALEC-Laffer State Economic Competitiveness Index)
6TH MOST FAVORABLE IN NATION Property Taxes
15TH MOST FAVORABLE IN NATION
Unemployment Insurance Tax (Source, 2018 Tax Foundation State Business Tax Climate Index)
13TH LOWEST IN NATION
Average Workers’ Compensation Costs (per $100 of payroll) (Source, 2018 ALEC-Laffer State Economic Competitiveness Index)
FY17 Taxable Activity
Number of Workers Living in Greater Phoenix Area Alone (Approximately 100 Miles from Prescott)
FY17 Retail Sales
A LOOK AT ARIZONA
65 MILLION AVERAGE HOUSEHOLD INCOME Number of people a one-day drive is
FY17 Restaurant/Bar Sales
$114 Million Bed Tax Collections Increased an average of 12% Annually Since 2014 Prescott’s Taxable Activity Has Grown an Average of 4.3% Annually Since 2014
capable of reaching
+100 CITIES +4 COUNTRIES
(Including Mexico, Canada, England and Germany) Served by Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport
Daily Amount of Cargo Handled at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport Daily
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PROXIMITY CENTRALLY LOCATED
IDEAL LOCATION FOR BUSINESS, RESIDENTS, VISITORS AND TOURISTS
iven Prescott’s geographic location, just slightly west of the center of the state, and given its almost year-round perfect weather, it is an ideal location for businesses – small, medium or large. The terrain has enough geographic diversity to satisfy everyone— granite mountains blanketed with forests, lakes and streams, stunning geologic upthrusts and rolling rangelands covered in meadows replete with wildlife.
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TO GET HERE
Highways leading into Prescott are as follows: • From the East: From Interstate 17, those driving from the north can drive SR 169 until it intersects with SR 69 and then drive west. Those coming from the south leave I-17 and take SR 69 directly northwest into Prescott. • From the North: From Interstate 40, SR 89 leads directly into Prescott.
• From the South: From SR 93 (soon to be I-11) SR 89 leads directly into Prescott. • From the West: Two county roads— 5 and 10—lead into Prescott. • From the East: SR89A is an option that goes to Prescott Valley, Clarkdale, Cottonwood, Sedona and Flagstaff.
Several local and regional transportation services provide passengers with reasonable service to Phoenix and other destinations.
Las Vegas 10
San Diego 13
100 miles Tucson 3 12 El Paso
FROM HERE TO THERE
Below is approximate distance and drive time from Prescott to a variety of communities both within Arizona and in adjacent states and Mexico. CITY
1 Flagstaff AZ . . . . . . . . . 96 miles. . . . . 1h 30m
8 San Diego CA . . . . . . 372 miles. . . . 6h 4m
2 Phoenix AZ . . . . . . . . . 86 miles. . . . . 1h 29m
9 Los Angeles CA. . . . . 379 miles. . . . 6h 3m
3 Tucson AZ. . . . . . . . . . 213 miles. . . . 3h 9m
10 Las Vegas NV . . . . . . 251 miles . . . . 3h 56m
4 Winslow AZ. . . . . . . . . 136 miles. . . . 2h 23m
11 Albuquerque NM. . . . 417 miles . . . . 6h 0m
5 Yuma AZ. . . . . . . . . . . . 216 miles. . . . 3h 46m
12 El Paso TX . . . . . . . . . 530 miles. . . . 7h 33m
6 Kingman AZ . . . . . . . . 149 miles . . . . 2h 21m
13 Mexicali MX. . . . . . . . 269 miles. . . . 4h 49m
7 Laughlin NV. . . . . . . . . 181 miles. . . . . 2h 53m
14 Salt Lake City UT. . . . 614 miles . . . . 9h 27m
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STRONG COMMITMENT T
TO ECONOMIC HEALTH
he City of Prescott, along with other community partners, encourages business and industrial growth in the community. Strategic partnerships include: • Higher education institutions • Public and private entities • Corporate enterprises that focus on technology, engineering and cybersecurity
Prescott has great quality of life, solid higher educational institutions and smart people. We want to help the Prescott area grow in the number of technology companies that will call the area home. Steven G. Zylstra, President and CEO, Arizona Technology Council
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Investment fund partners Incubation center partners Corporate expansion and relocation partners Workforce development partners I.P. development and licensing partners
Among recent businesses that are now based in Prescott are these:
• RESA Wearables Company owner Glen Hinshaw recently signed an agreement with Yavapai College to lease a 3,700 square-foot space at the College’s Career Technical Education Center near the Prescott Municipal Airport. In addition to their company headquarters in Prescott, they are also utilizing space within VinylVisions manufacturing facility. RESA utilizes 3D printing technology to design and manufacture custom orthotic shoe inserts. It is expanding its markets not only in the U.S. but also internationally. RESA has kiosks located in Costco, Walmart and Macy’s stores throughout the nation. Owner Hinshaw envisions continued major expansion.
See Case Study on RESA on Page 17
ARIZONA OPPORTUNITY ZONES
Arizona’s Opportunity Zone nominations were submitted on March 21, 2018 and approved by the U.S. Treasury Department on April 9, 2018, making Arizona one of the first states in the nation to have its zones officially designated.
Prescott’s Opportunity Zone is situated in the heart of Prescott, making it a tremendous asset for new or redevelopment. The federal Opportunity Zones program allows each state’s governor to nominate up to 25 percent of the qualifying low-income Census tracts as Opportunity Zones. It was created under a provision of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which was signed into law December of 2017. Investors who reinvest capital gains monies in Opportunity Zone funds will receive reductions on capital gains taxes relative to the years of their investment. www.azcommerce.com/arizona-opportunity-zones/
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PRESCOTT OPPORTUNITY ZONE
The Yavapai County Contractors Association (YCCA) has a wide array of contractors who are experienced, meticulous, professional and customer-oriented. They will dedicate themselves to contributing time, money and other resources to developing and expanding our economy. Sandy Griffis, Executive Director, YCCA
What we have in Prescott is critical to the economic development of central Yavapai County. We are going to grow, and we want it to be smart growth. We want sustainable growth that does not exploit natural resources. We want good jobs that will give our young people reason to stay in the area. Mike Fann, President and CEO, Fann Contracting and immediate past-president of the Prescott Chamber of Commerce
• VinylVisions Formerly based in Chino, California, this manufacturer for the window and door industry for residential and commercial markets is now thriving in Prescott. Owners John and Helen Halle built a 50,000 square-foot state-of-the-art facility in mid-2016. It has been operating successfully ever since. The firm employs around 50 skilled and highly trained well-paid employees and anticipates expanding still further. The owners have expressed publicly their delight in working, living and playing in the clean mile-high scenic environment of Prescott.
• Mokuele Airlines A Hawaiian-based air service, Mokuele Airlines recently signed an agreement with North-Aire Aviation to place North-Aire students directly into an airline setting upon completion of their commercial pilots certification. North-Aire is an FAA Part 141 flight school. Greg Landers, COO for the commercial airline, said that he was enthusiastic about having the agreement with the Prescott-based pilot training program. Training will occur at the North-Aire flight training and advanced simulation lab at the Prescott Municipal Airport (PRC) the airport and in its fleet of single and multiple engine aircraft.
Working with the Prescott Economic Development Department is just one of many reasons why we chose to move our company to Prescott. Moving an entire company to Arizona can be quite an intimidating task, but with the right team members it not only gives you the confidence to persevere but successful execution. John Halle, CEO and Founder, VinylVision
Our company, Ponderosa Hotel Management Services and I are strong supporters of those who relocate to the Prescott area. We especially welcome those in the technology and aviation industries. Attracting and retaining young individuals and families is key to our having a vibrant workforce with good-paying jobs. It is critical to supporting the local economy. Prescott Chamber of Commerce Board Chair Margo Christensen
To learn more about Economic Development opportunities in the Prescott area, contact: Wendy Bridges, Economic Development Coordinator 928-777-1204 or firstname.lastname@example.org VINYLVISIONS COMPANY • PRESCOTT, ARIZONA
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Five Key Airport Players
ive entities, with more than 150 years of collective pilot training experience, appeal to aspiring pilots of either fixed wing or rotary aircraft.
The oldest private business is NorthAire Aviation, which was founded in 1973. This widely recognized flight training company offers the full range of aviator experiences—from ground preparation to in-air training and from private pilot licenses to commercial pilot certificates. The second-oldest is Guidance Aviation, a leader in helicopter flight training. It cooperates with local higher education institutions and follows an academy-style training model. It combines substantial simulation training with actual in-air training. It is FAA approved.
The third is Universal Helicopters, which for 18 years has offered the full range of training experiences in renowned Robinson and Bell helicopters. Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-Prescott has selected Universal Helicopters as the exclusive provider for its helicopter flight training program for ERAU students.
TacAero specializes in tailwheel aircraft, and offers programs for private flight training in a variety of fixed-wing planes. The company is also the CubCrafters’ exclusive factory transition trainer. Pilots who regularly go into the wilderness often seek out the company for its backcountry flying and survival courses. The Department of Flight at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Prescott campus provides a four-year aviation degree sought by everyone from pilots to members of the military and even corporate executives and astronauts. The school’s roots date back to 1925 when it was an aircraft dealer and airmail provider, and today is the largest fully-accredited university system specializing in aviation and aerospace. 12 CITY OF PRESCOTT
bout 108 years ago —1910— the first sighting of an airplane over Prescott was recorded. Shortly thereafter, the target area at Fort Whipple Army Post was used as a temporary landing field. That lasted until Aug. 28, 1928. The City of Prescott dedicated Ernest A. Love Field at its present location on the northwest edge of the city limits. It has been in active use since.
EXPANSION OF AIRPORT MAJOR PRIORITY
City officials have prioritized expansion of Love Field (also known as Prescott Municipal Airport). In fact, recently elected Mayor Greg Mengarelli moved airport expansion to the top of his list of what he calls “valuable assets.”
The 760-acre airport site is at an elevation of 5,045 feet, making it a key location for testing new technology at altitude. Current data indicates it is one of the nation’s busiest General Aviation Airports and the third-busiest in Arizona.
• Multiple taxiways and runways capable of handling small-tomajor aircraft, including charter aircraft and commercial jets. • Hangers and other support facilities, including, a terminal and control tower. • A privately-owned FBO (field-based operation) considered critical for any genuinely active airport.
SCOPE OF PROPOSED EXPANSION
• Extension and strengthening of existing runways. • Relocating the control tower. • Constructing a new airport terminal. • Negotiating future terms with current active airport users, private pilots and plane owners. • Enhancing surrounding business parks.
PRESCOTT MUNICIPAL AIRPORT Home to United States Forest Service Tanker Base 35th Busiest Airport in the Nation
5th Busiest Airport in Arizona
Tie-Downs and Hangar Rental Available
Full Service FBO Legend Aviation 233,443 Operations for 2017
5 Flight Training Schools On-Site: • Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University • Guidance Aviation • North-Aire • Tac-Aero • Universal Helicopters Inc. 320 Based Aircraft
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TAKING FLIGHT SkyWest Airlines Takes off as Prescott Municipal Airport’s Essential Air Service Provider
assengers flying in and out of Prescott Municipal Airport enjoy a safe, convenient and affordable experience. With much shorter wait times and no big-city congestion, travelers save more time preparing for their trips and less time waiting at the airport.
SkyWest Airlines, which operates as United Express, provides essential air service to the airport and is contracted through mid-2020. The airline operates 50-seat CRJ 200 jets from Prescott with roundtrip flights daily to Denver and six days a week to Los Angeles. These locations allow passengers to connect to hundreds of destinations throughout the world. Tickets can be purchased conveniently online at united.com.
WHY SKYWEST AIRLINES?
Prescott Mayor Greg Mengarelli said that United Express will change the travel paradigm for area residents. “For years we have all operated under the mind set of going to Phoenix for air travel,” said Mengarelli. “Travelers can now fly anywhere they want in the world conveniently from Prescott. Our thanks to Dr. Sobotta and the team that brought this together.”
Prescott Valley Mayor Harvey Skoog said that SkyWest Airlines is the right choice for essential air service. “Our leadership wholeheartedly supports the selection of SkyWest Airlines. They have a solid reputation of providing reliable air service to communities across the country. I am certain they will meet the needs of Prescott Valley and the entire region.”
On July 3, 2018, the Prescott City Council unanimously approved the recommendation of the U.S. Department of Transportation to select SkyWest Airlines – United Express as the region’s provider. The company, based in St. George, Utah, has more than 13,000 aviation professionals operating over 2,400 flights every day and connects millions of passengers each month to 245 designations across North America. SkyWest Airlines operates in partnership with Delta Airlines, United Airlines, American Airlines and Alaska Airlines, and has a fleet of 443 aircraft.
SkyWest will provide our citizens and our entire region with a reliable, comfortable and convenient way to fly anywhere in the world from Prescott Municipal Airport.
–Prescott Mayor Greg Mengarelli
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PRESCOTT AIRPORT DRIVES ECONOMY
he Prescott Municipal Airport area is an important economic engine for the Prescott region, providing not just commercial air and general aviation service, but also available land for manufacturing and distribution operations.
In fact, the airport creates a total economic impact of $154.8 million annually, supporting 1,297 jobs with wages of $52.4 million, according to a study released in 2018 by Elliott D. Pollack & Company.
The operations of Prescott Municipal Airport, including visitor spending, generate an estimated $2.1 million for the State of Arizona, $909,640 for Yavapai County, $528,640 for the City of Prescott and $315,640 for the surrounding local communities.
ELECTRIC AIRCRAFT MANUFACTURER SELECTS PRESCOTT FOR HEADQUARTERS
viation Aircraft, An Israeli startup which is pioneering the industry’s first all-electric aircraft, selected Prescott in July 2018 for its corporate headquarters.
The decision came following months of discussions in the greater community and across the state, according to Jim Robb, City of Prescott Economic Development Consultant. With physicist and high-power electrical propulsion systems expert Omer Bar-Yohay at its helm along with accomplished entrepreneur Aviv Tzidon, Eviation Aircraft aspires to be “Uber meets Tesla in the Sky” and has been recognized around the world for its disruptive technology.
According to Fast Company, Eviation Aircraft debuted its all-electric, zero-emissions regional aircraft at the Paris Air Show in June 2017. The plane on display was a model version of a 40-foot aircraft that will be able to travel 650 miles on a single charge with nine passengers onboard. Called the Alice Commuter, the
plane will have a quiet and emission-free engine and is designed to be self-flying with three electric motors. The company is currently flying and testing Orca, a smaller unmanned version of the commuter plane that has no passengers. The Prescott area was attractive to Eviation Aircraft for a number of reasons. One is the local presence of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, which is a key partner in developing the working relationship Eviation Aircraft will have with the community, Robb said. Lieb Bolel, president-CEO, Arizona Israel Technology Alliance, Phoenix, was another major influence for the company. In a statement made July 19 to BBC television, Bar-Yohay said, “We are in a new age of aviation. The simplicity of electrical systems and the cost of energy create a huge price advantage for maintenance and energy costs for electric aircraft.”
Prescott is proud that this “new age of aviation” will have its beginnings in Prescott.
Indeed, a well‐maintained aviation system is a critical competitive advantage in today’s global marketplace, facilitating business and leisure travel, cargo shipments and enhancing business investment.
Through our interactions with the community, it’s clear there is great demand for reliable air service in Prescott for leisure and business travelers alike. SkyWest looks forward to providing what the community has been seeking: quality, reliable air service and connecting Prescott to the globe through United’s Los Angeles and Denver hubs.
– SkyWest Airlines
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ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT At press time, Eviation Aircraft announced that it will open a US headquarters in Prescott later in 2018. Eviation is an Israeli-based aviation company that will design and build a compact electric, ultra-light aircraft that will also be autonomous, when regulations allow.
Eviation CEO Omer Bar-Yohay said of Prescott: “Your efforts, and accommodating spirit from the community went a very long way to make this happen.” Eviation will work closely with Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, tapping student and faculty expertise.
EXISTING BUSINESSES ARE SUCCESSFUL
Long-standing nationally and internationally-known innovative firms have enjoyed strong support from the community. Major among them are:
• Cobham Aerospace: Cobham specializes in the design, development, sales and support of avionics and connectivity systems globally for airborne platforms at the leading edge of technological development.
• Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc.: The Prescott-based firearms manufacturer focuses upon carbines and pistols. Recognized nationally as a premier maker of reliable firearms for the commercial sporting marketplace, the company produces many variations of more than 40 product lines.
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• Quality Plastics: For more than 45 years, this manufacturing company has produced diverse shapes and sizes of containers for worldwide markets. Its products are used for personal care items, industrial uses, food packaging and more.
• Pure Wafer: Pure Wafer is the largest U.S. based supplier of virgin silicon wafers, wafer reclaim services and specialty thin film deposition products. Pure Wafer focuses on creating efficiency for our customer base that includes most of the world’s largest semiconductor manufacturers.
Located in the “hub” of central Arizona, historic Prescott is home for more than 57,000 people. The immediate surrounding area increases that population to over 120,000 people.
A CASE STUDY IN SUCCESS:
RESA WEAR How the City of Prescott Supported a Startup in Growing Revenue, Securing Funding and Building a Pipeline of Talent
hen area resident and former competitive cyclist Glen Hinshaw developed a new business concept, he began pitching it to major retailers.
The concept was a 3-D printed, custom-fit orthotic shoe insert that could be measured using a computer and scanner and made in a store at a kiosk for a fraction of the cost of a doctor’s visit. Called RESA Wear, the footwear company was based in a small industrial building, owned by Hinshaw’s father, in Prescott. In May 2017, City of Prescott officials reached out to the entrepreneur to see if they could help.
Hinshaw decided to grow his business in Prescott, and connected with the city to discuss workforce development and financing his next stage. When city officials met with him, Hinshaw was in talks with Costco and other major retailers.
Having only a business manager, a few engineers and some interns from EmbryRiddle Aeronatics University (ERAU), Hinshaw knew he needed to staff up
quickly to ramp up production of more kiosks, as orders came in nationwide. He also needed employees to travel with the kiosks and staff them inside the stores. Then, Costco asked him to take the kiosks on a “road show” across all four of its market areas. Hinshaw sought to raise capital for this next stage, so the City of Prescott connected him with the Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA), and with the city’s consultant, Jim Robb. Hinshaw successfully obtained financing from local investors. Now, the focus was on ramping up production quickly, so work with the city and community partners continued.
Hinshaw soon connected with Yavapai College Career and Technology Education Center (CTEC) campus, and over the course of a few weeks in December 2017, CTEC worked with him to develop a 15-week curriculum to train students on 3-D Printing, electronics systems, IoT and advanced networking. The City of Prescott then worked with CTEC to market the new class to the
workforce in the Prescott area during the holidays. Even with such short notice, nearly 90 students applied for 30 slots in the class, which began January 2018.
Hinshaw and Yavapai College also connected with the Northern Arizona Council of Governments (NACOG) to provide training dollars to the students in the RESA training program. Within two weeks, NACOG had already assisted with 27 new hires and investments of $120,000 for training. Qualified students will begin working for RESA at a starting wage of $25 per hour. This wage is unprecedented for this type of work in Prescott, and is already influencing the Prescott labor market in a positive way.
A POSITIVE IMPACT
The access to a trained workforce and available capital gave Hinshaw the confidence to sign on with two additional national retailers, including Macy’s. All of this means that RESA will need a steady pipeline of skilled staff to operate the kiosks in stores across the country. Yavapai College will start a new course to meet RESA’s need for trained workers. They expect to hire up to 150 of these specialized employees. Further, RESA is sourcing products from other Prescott companies, including VinylVisions and DT Products, keeping their business local. RESA is an example of diversification of Prescott’s industrial market, maintaining a healthy economy and aligning with the city’s goals for attracting high-tech startups and businesses. It is also an example of how the City of Prescott identified a business in need and brought together a variety of resources to help them succeed in Prescott. This is just one example of the city’s strong commitment to fostering business in our community.
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Infrastructure—the system of services and resources that serve as a foundation to support a community—is solid in Prescott.
• Prescott provides a robust system of services to support the community. These range from animal control to professional police and fire departments and also includes highly praised parks, recreation and public library departments. • Water, sewer, trash, recycling and local street construction and maintenance are provided by the City of Prescott.
• Cable ONE provides a variety of cable TV packages, high-speed internet and business and residential telephone services. Other TV, internet and telephone providers also are available, including DISH Network and DIRECTV.
• Century Link is an internet and phone provider, which also offers PC protection. Customers can bundle their internet and phone packages to save money, and can choose from internet packages ranging from 40-140 Mbps (if available in the area.) • Arizona Public Service (APS) is the primary source for electricity. It provides reliable service, and has local personnel in the community to accommodate customer needs.
• UniSource is the natural gas provider for Prescott and Yavapai County. UniSource is among a family of utilities owned by Fortis. 20 CITY OF PRESCOTT
Widening of State Route 89 from two to four lanes by the Prescott Airport (Construction begins Summer 2018)
Widening of State Route 69 between Frontier Village and Prescott Lakes Parkway
Central Yavapai Metropolitan Planning Organization (CYMPO) is the regional transportation planning agency in the Greater Prescott area.
REGIONAL TRAFFIC (Source ADOT traffic data web page)
The two main roadways between Prescott and Prescott Valley carry 77,000 vehicles per day SR 69: 46,000 ADT *ADT: average daily traffic
comparable to I-10 between SR 187 south of Phoenix to Marana just north of Tucson SR 89A: 31,000 ADT comparable to I-17 at Sunset Point Rest Area CYMPO has leveraged $12 million dollars of local funding into $115 million of regional transportation projects with regional and state partnerships
(Design begins Summer 2018) (Construction 2020/2021)
CYMPO’s planning area population is estimated to be approximately 125,000 people, which is about the same or larger than eight Arizona Counties.
CYMPO’s planning area covers 400 square miles in central Yavapai County.
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CITY OF PRESCOTT SUPPORTS HIGH QUALITY CONSTRUCTION ENVIRONMENT
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ity leaders proactively promote and stimulate “smart growth,” keeping the local economy healthy. Residential, commercial and industrial growth activities include:
• Promoting public and private sector collaboration to build a more diversified economy. • Providing business development assistance to encourage new investment and drive regional economic strength. • Offering materials, programs and policies that support and encourage targeted businesses and industries that adhere to a sustainable growth model. • Providing a consistent regulatory environment. • Marketing with public and private sectors to create focus on building and expansion opportunities. • Promoting the community well beyond the city limits to potential developers and builders. • Developing or redeveloping vacant or under-utilized commercial and industrial properties. • Providing guidance in matters such as site acquisition and improvement. • Maintaining the necessary infrastructure, like roads, water and wastewater. • Contributing to project infrastructure. • Expediting the permitting approval process.
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This contemporary approach seems to have been effective, particularly in the wake of the Great Recession. Since that time, city data show the following increase in building and construction permits:
PERMITS ISSUED 2012-2017
COMMERCIAL / INDUSTRIAL
221% increase since 2012 $124.51 Million
336 permits in 2017 $41.40 Million
Residential Permits Value in 2017 Already, dozens of construction projects are underway. Among major builders or contractors are: • Aspen Valley Homes • B’s Contractors • Benttree Custom Homes • Branson Custom Homes • Carrington Homes • Crystal Creek Builders • Culhane Contracting • DeCarol Company • Don Savage Builders • Dorn Homes • Evergreen Homes • Fann Contracting • Haley Construction Company • Hughes Building Company • James and James Construction Corp. • JEBCO Construction Companies • John T. Barenz Construction • Kenson Construction • KNA Construction, Inc. • Mandalay Homes®
Commercial Permits Value in 2017 • NJ Builders, Inc. • Northstar Builders • Prescor Builders • Prescott Builders of AZ • Savage Development • Sun Pine Homes • Sun State Builders • TLC Construction • Triple E Construction, Inc. • Warren Savage Development • Womack Enterprises
Our YCCA organization is the only local one that represents the construction industry at the local government level and with local building officials for the protection of the industry and of the general public.
–Tyler Smith, General Manager of Yavapai Block Company and YCCA board member.
ROLE OF THE YAVAPAI COUNTY CONTRACTORS ASSOCIATION
An excellent gauge of the construction environment in Prescott—and Yavapai County—is best provided by the Yavapai County Contractors Association (YCCA). That organization, more than 60 years old, monitors carefully all construction in the community—residential, commercial and industrial. Its members—more than 350 of them—further dedicate themselves to meeting the stated mission: “...to properly manage a construction industry association that transfers and promotes education, safety, political action and networking for the benefit of its members; and promotes community protection education on construction issues for the citizens….” Economic Development, Infrastructure & Growth
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FULL RANGE OF
EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS AVAILABLE D
eveloping a highly-skilled workforce requires exceptional education opportunities, and Prescott is proud to offer top-tier schools beginning with PreK-12 through college and post-graduate. With two world-class universities and two accredited colleges, students graduating in Prescott are prepared not only for today’s workplace, but for the workplace of the future. From cyber security to coding, and from aerospace to engineering, the leading-edge courses offered here in Prescott are attracting tomorrow’s leaders from throughout the state, country and world.
POST-SECONDARY COLLEGE AND UNIVERSITY OPTIONS
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU): This accredited university is recognized as the world leader in aviation and aerospace, and has estab-
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lished a reputation as “The Harvard of the Skies.” The reality is that ERAU has gone far beyond education related to aviation. The Prescott campus features four academic colleges and offers 25 baccalaureate degrees, three master’s degrees and courses leading to a doctorate.
Northern Arizona University-Yavapai (NAU): This branch of one of Arizona’s three state-supported universities has sites both in Prescott and Prescott Valley. Its focus is providing undergraduate and graduate students with access to high-quality degrees that are accelerated, affordable and designed to prepare them for today’s contemporary job market. Fully accredited through the North Central Accrediting Association, the university utilizes highly qualified professors in small classroom environments, thus assuring that each student receives personal attention.
Yavapai College: This accredited twoyear community college has multiple locations throughout the county, with the main campus in Prescott. Yavapai College offers a full range of of two-year academic programs leading to associate degrees, including many programs which lead to certification in specialized and technical fields at the Career & Technical Education Center (CTEC).
Prescott College: Fully accredited at both undergraduate and graduate levels, this renowned private college for more than 50 years has offered students of diverse ages, cultures and backgrounds the opportunity to seek a collegiate degree while achieving a balance between self-fulfillment and service to others. Students are encouraged to seek experiential learning and self-direction in a pluralistic multidisciplinary environment. Undergraduate and graduate degrees are offered both on campus and online.
PRESCHOOL THROUGH HIGH SCHOOL OPTIONS
Prescott Unified School District Elementary, Middle and Secondary Schools • Abia Judd Elementary • Taylor Hicks Elementary • Lincoln Elementary • Granite Mountain School • Prescott Mile High Middle School • Prescott High School
The award-winning PUSD schools offer a complete educational experience for students, including traditional academic programs, advanced placement programs, performing and creative arts, athletics and a wide variety of supervised clubs and activities. These schools focus on preparing students for the workforce of the future—and in many cases, jobs that don’t even exist yet. The system is governed through an elected school board and its superintendent at administrative offices of Prescott Unified School District.
PUBLIC CHARTER SCHOOLS— ELEMENTARY AND SECONDARY
• La Tierra Community School (K-7) • Mountain Oak Charter School (K-8) • Skyview School (K-8) • Willow Creek Charter School (K-8) • BASIS Prescott (K-12) • Northpoint Expeditionary Learning Academy (9-12) • EdOptions High School Learning Center (9-12) • Tri-City College Prep High School (9-12)
workforce. Programs develop both skills and certification students need to gain meaningful employment.
The community of Prescott is proud to have multiple educational institutions that provide its residents with exceptional opportunities to learn and prepare for the workforce of the future.
OTHER EDUCATIONAL OPTIONS
Del E. Webb Family Enrichment Center: On the campus of and supervised by Yavapai College, the Del E. Webb Family Enrichment Center provides parents with infants through 5-year-olds an opportunity to place their children in a securely managed and educationally-based environment. It operates on a year-round basis.
Mountain Institute Joint Technical Education District - MIJTED is a partner with Yavapai College in providing educational opportunities for high school students preparing for the Education
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Embry-Riddle PRESCOTT Named Best In Aerospace,
Aeronautical, Astronautical Engineering U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges guidebook, an annual ranking of nearly 1,800 accredited four-year schools in the United States, has ranked Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University—Prescott Campus’ Aerospace/ Aeronautical/Astronautical Engineering Program No. 1 in the nation among undergraduate institutions in its 2018 edition. ERAU Offers Undergraduate and Graduate Degrees in Cyber Programs: • Bachelor of Science in Cyber Intelligence and Security • Master of Science in Cyber Intelligence and Security
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“Embry-Riddle has a long history of preparing our graduates to ‘hit the ground running’ early in their careers,” said Dr. Ron Madler, Dean of the College of Engineering at the Prescott Campus. “We are able to do this because we focus on hiring faculty with significant industry experience, and our students are engaged in a hands-on curriculum with new and state-of-the-art labs and facilities.” The ranking was based solely on the judgments of deans and senior faculty, who nominated the 10 best engineering programs in the specialty engineering area of aerospace/ aeronautical/astronautical. Schools had to receive at least seven nominations to be eligible to be ranked. “This No. 1 ranking reflects the caliber of our faculty, and is exemplified by the quality and hard work of our students and alumni,” said Dr. Mark Sensmeier, Aerospace Engineering Department Chair. “Embry-Riddle Prescott is a true gem in the mountains of Northern Arizona. The fact that our academic peers recognize this is encouraging and inspiring.” In the category of best undergraduate engineering program at schools that don’t offer a doctorate, Embry-Riddle Prescott is tied at No. 14 out of a total of 200 schools, and is the highest ranked school in Arizona for this category. “With the addition of our brand-new, 52,000-square-foot STEM education center, we now have even more lab and undergraduate research space,” added Madler. “That and the addition of our software engineering degree program should help to propel our College of Engineering even higher in future rankings.” Highlights of U.S. News & World Report’s 2018 Best Colleges guidebook are posted at usnews.com/colleges, where the e-book is available for purchase. The print guidebook will appear in stores Oct. 10. For more information on Embry-Riddle Prescott’s College of Engineering, please visit: prescott.erau.edu/college-engineering/index.html.
Prescott. Home to the best. 40 Years in Prescott Embry-Riddle has been an integral part of the Prescott community since its establishment in 1978, nearly 40 years ago. Ever since, Prescott and Embry-Riddle have become home to tomorrow’s leaders in aviation aerospace and established a reputation for excellence in the skies.
STEM Embry-Riddle’s new 52,000-square-foot STEM Education Center contains over 20 industry-grade laboratories, replete with innovative technological equipment unique to each STEM program the university offers.
No. The Community The $22 million center also includes the community-friendly Jim and Linda Lee Planetarium — the only Arizona planetarium north of Phoenix — capable of seating 125 students and visitors for captivating explorations into the farthest reaches of the universe in full 360-degree high definition.
The Aerospace/Aeronautical/Astronomical Engineering Program at Embry-Riddle’s Prescott Campus ranks No. 1 in the nation among undergraduate institutions. 2018 U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges
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US News & World Report Ranks
Embry-Riddle Worldwide One Of Nation’s Best Online Educators For the fifth consecutive year, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Worldwide Campus is the only private, notfor-profit institute out of 346 universities nationwide ranked in the Top 5 of U.S. News & World Report’s 2018 list for best online bachelor’s degrees.
In the annual list for 2018, Embry-Riddle Worldwide (online.erau.edu) tied for second place with Temple University. First place was Ohio State University and the remaining top five included Arizona State University and Utah State University. To publish its annual lists, U.S. News & World Report analyzes nearly 1,500 online bachelor’s degree programs at universities in the following categories: student engagement, faculty credentials and training, peer reputation, and student services and technology. For the complete U.S. News & World Report 2018 list, go to usnews.com/education/online-education/bachelors/rankings. “Our never-ending commitment to provide innovative and forward-thinking online degree programs and delivery platforms is at the heart of what we do every day, and it’s an honor to be recognized for those efforts,” said Embry-Riddle Worldwide Chancellor Dr. John R. Watret. “To be ranked at the top of a list of nearly 350 schools with incredible reputations not only motivates us to sustain that excellence but take it to the next level.” With its administrative headquarters based in Daytona Beach, Florida, Embry-Riddle Worldwide provides bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs for more than 23,000 students online and at 125 campuses in the United States and globally. It has earned numerous accolades including being named one of the best online colleges in the nation by the Center for Online Education, multiple top nods for its online master’s and bachelor’s degrees in engineering programs from independent online ranking providers as well as being designated a top military-friendly school by Victory Media. “What sets Embry-Riddle Worldwide apart is that we are one of the pioneers of online education and for more than 25 years have been honing and expanding our efforts to excel in the areas this ranking acknowledges,” said Dr. Jason M. Ruckert, Embry-Riddle Worldwide’s Vice Chancellor for Online Education. “We find new ways to engage our students, incorporate the latest in technology and student services, provide real-world and valuable education and experience via faculty who actually work in the careers our students want to pursue, and in the end, our graduates carry on that well-earned reputation for being the best.”
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Leading online education.
Best Online Bachelor’s Programs 2018 U.S. News & World Report
For the fifth consecutive year, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Worldwide Campus is the only private, not-for-profit institution out of 346 universities nationwide ranked in the Top 5 for best online bachelor’s programs.
25 YEARS Embry-Riddle has been in Online Education for the past 25 years.
Best Online Bachelor’s Programs for Veterans 2018 U.S. News & World Report
Raising the bar. Flexible Schedule: Online degree programs feature multiple start times throughout the year, with 12 undergraduate and 10 graduate terms. Each session is nine weeks (Master of Science in Aerospace Engineering is 12 weeks). Experience: We have decades of experience with recent high school graduates, transfer students, international students, active-duty military, and veterans who may need flexibility for their work or family environment. Your Own Plan: Personalized degree maps show how you can graduate on time, no matter your other obligations or location.
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ERAU Students Combat Real-World
Cyber Security Threats Safety Net Q&A In the wake of increasing computer breaches, the need for cyber security professionals is likely to increase 18 percent by 2024, says the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. At Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Prescott Campus’s College of Security and Intelligence, Department Chair and founding faculty member Dr. Jon C. Haass, who was recently appointed to Gov. Doug Ducey’s Arizona Cybersecurity Team (ACT), leverages decades of experience as a leading expert in digital security to arm students with the real-life skills to fill that demand. We recently spoke to Haass, who joined Embry-Riddle in 2013, about the Cyber Security Lab and the importance of research to combat hacking concerns.
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Q: The Cyber Security Lab, also known as the Hacker Lab, is where students get hands-on experience analyzing and finding solutions to real-world cyber security issues and threats. Why is that so important? A: Employers are looking for employees to help solve problems, and this requires critical and creative thinking. Understanding the theory is important, and applying this theory to perform work for a client in government or industry is like an internship while still in school. As we grow the number of partnerships, students gain a broad view of the 31 different areas of cyber security as outlined by the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Careers and Studies (NICCS). Our cyber adversaries are talented, well-funded and constantly probing, so our students must be spending time in the lab to keep up. Q: How important is research in the cyber world? A: Research is critical, and it comes in many different flavors. Some spend time analyzing the latest malware because thousands of new variants are discovered each day. Others research vulnerabilities in new products or systems. For instance, what are the cyber security issues related to the introduction of unmanned aerial systems (UAS) into our airspace? Are the communications secure? Too often, developers rush to get product to market with cyber security relegated to version 3.0 or until something goes terribly wrong. In this field where we are still playing catch up, research and the real world overlap daily. Some effort also has to look ahead and imagine what might be possible a few years from now. Q: What research projects have you been involved in recently? A: I co-authored a guidebook on best practices for airport security as part of an Airport Cooperative Research Program led by the Transportation Research Board (TRB), and I recently presented a paper, “Cyber Security: Research Opportunities,” to the 96th annual TRB convention in Washington, D.C. My current activities include working with agencies and companies to better understand cyber threat intelligence sharing. Since we are faced with not just individual cyber attackers but also organized groups with financial and intellectual resources, countering that requires a network of defenders. The research is exploring value based on response times, improved detection of threats and the potential for rapid machine-to-machine threat sharing. Many threats are not discovered within a network for 45 days or more. Threat sharing holds the potential to reduce this dramatically, saving lost data, intellectual property and financial loss. Q: Describe your role as both department chair and associate professor in the nation’s first College of Security and Intelligence? A: In the classroom and lab, my favorite part is introducing students to the exciting questions and challenges facing industry, government and academia under the broad umbrella of cyber security. As chair, a critical aspect of my job is being an ambassador of the program and introducing our college to industry and government. I am still finding too many groups and individuals surprised to find out about our excellent cyber intelligence program. We do more than aeronautics!
A serious answer to a serious threat.
170 MILLION $
The cybersecurity market is expected to grow from $75 billion in 2015 to $170 billion by 2020. Forbes Magazine
INCREASE In the wake of increasing computer breaches, the need for cybersecurity professionals is likely to increase 18 percent by 2024. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
The Hacker Lab Embry-Riddle’s Cybersecurity Lab, also known as the Hacker Lab, is where students get hands-on experience analyzing and finding solutions to real-world cybersecurity issues and threats. The lab includes 24 dedicated workstations and an attached server room with isolated network layers and multiple operating systems.
THE FIRST OF ITS KIND College of Security and Intelligence Embry-Riddle’s College of Security and Intelligence is the first comprehensive degree-granting college of its kind in the United States. The college focuses on the training of future security and intelligence professionals, on both the national and international level — addressing some of the most critical security challenges of our time. The knowledge and solutions that are created today will lead to laws and policies tomorrow. Considering the increased demand for cybersecurity professionals in Arizona and across the country, the college is now proud to offer a Master of Science in Cyber Intelligence and Security.
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n A I trai N s N NOM RIZO cott mean A CH E ECO TRAL A Wear & Pres A TH CEN RES h t i pw i F h “ O ers n t r pa The Swedish word “resa” (REE’-zuh) has many definitions, including e “a journey.” That’s what the g Prescott-based insole maker, RESA olle C i a Wear, Yavapai College and the City of ap v Prescott have embarked on together: creating a Y a new 15-week, 3D printer training and internship program for RESA workers.
RESA Wear builds kiosks where 3D-printers create quality, customized orthotic shoe insoles. YC trains students to staff the kiosks – which scan, design, and print the insoles in about an hour. The kiosks will appear in Costco, Walmart and Macy’s stores throughout the U.S.
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“The City has been working with RESA for several months to help them get to the next level in their business,” Prescott Mayor Greg Mengarelli says. “We are pleased to have brought RESA and Yavapai College’s CTEC together for this exciting new program.” “RESA WAS ENCOURAGED TO KEEP OUR EXPANSION PLANS IN THE PRESCOTT AREA, DUE IN LARGE PART TO YAVAPAI COLLEGE’S INSTRUCTORS AND LEADERS,” SAYS RESA CEO GLEN HINSHAW. “THEY HELPED WITH TRAINING RESA STAFF, RECRUITING POTENTIAL HIRES, AND OFFERING US THE SPACE TO PROPERLY TRAIN AND EDUCATE THE PUBLIC.”
The Northern Arizona Council of Governments is helping RESA provide fully paid tuition for qualified students. The program combines classes at YC’s Career and Technical Education Center (CTEC) with a $14/hour RESA internship. Students who complete the program and become production technicians can earn $25 an hour, with an increase after six months.
FUELING THE LOCAL ECONOMY PrescottBiz.com
MEADERY GETS BETTER WITH AGE
LOCAL ENTREPRENEURS CREDIT YC AND THE CITY FOR THEIR SUPPORT
Superstition Meadery is already a Prescott success story. In six short years, the award-winning producer of honey wine has grown from a Skull Valley startup to its signature downtown tasting room to an industry leader, producing more than 170 types of mead and hard ciders from their impressively equipped production facility near the airport.
Customers, who’d discovered mead in their tasting room, wanted a lot more – immediately. “We couldn’t make it fast enough. We worked through our five-year plan in three months.” Customers quickly forget a product that’s constantly out-of-stock. “We had to increase production to stay relevant.”
There, between aging barrels and gliding pallets of outbound bottles, Superstition owners Jennifer and That’s where Yavapai College’s Small Business Development Jeff Herbert supervise logistics and mull Center (SBDC) played an important role. A one-stop the delicate nuances of upcoming flavors. resource, the SBDC provides coaching, They savor success with the wisdom of a “WE’RE PROUD TO BE A PRESCOTT BUSINESS,” planning assistance, and connections couple who found a passion, had some “WE’RE HAPPY TO BE A DESTINATION BUSINESS for local entrepreneurs. luck – and use a lot of hard work to make IN A DESTINATION TOWN.” “The SBDC researched the brewing it all stick. – Jen Herbert, Superstition Meadery industry, and came up with a plan The phrase “Do what you love, and to connect us with the Arizona you’ll never work a day in your life” comes to mind. But Jeff Commerce Authority.” Jeff explains. Using the ACA as a says it’s not quite that simple. third party, the Herberts acquired a small business loan for a production facility that helped them keep pace with demand. “The fact is, [entrepreneurs] work very hard and sacrifice a “It was a big help at a critical time,” he says, “a bridge loan lot.” He smiles. “But the reward is so much more authentic we would never have been able to get.” when you love what you do.” They approach business with a big-picture perspective that never forgets their early struggles. As Superstition Meadery continues to expand – producing 29,000 gallons last year, exporting to ten countries and “When we started brewing, we couldn’t anticipate the counting – the Herberts remain grateful to Yavapai College, demand we got,” Jen explains. the City of Prescott, and their contemporaries in the business community who helped them early-on.
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Yavapai College Celebrating 50 Years of Community Service through Education When Yavapai College opened the doors to its first class, Basic Electricity, in 1968, its sole the educational and professional needs of its neighbors in Yavapai County.
intention was to serve
Fifty years later, Yavapai College has grown, diversified and distinguished itself by doing just that — answering the occupational, intellectual and artistic ambitions of people in our community.
AUGUST 25: Our Prescott Campus weekend will include a block party; a Dollars for Scholars Fun Run; The Prescott’s Got Talent competition; soccer games; food trucks and more.
• SEPTEMBER 15: The Prescott Valley Center will offer a day-long health event with free food, diabetes testing, flu shots and wellness checks.
• SEPTEMBER 29: YC’s Career & Technical Education Center (CTEC)
offers a science & tech spin, with robot bartenders, drone races and an auto parts assembly contest.
• OCTOBER 20: The Verde Valley Campus will hold an arts carnival with culinary and sculpture demonstrations and an alumni reception at the Southwest Wine Center.
• OCTOBER 27: YC’s Chino Valley Center will feature horse and canine contests; beer gardens, corn mazes, food trucks and lineman trade demos.
• NOVEMBER 3: The newly expanded Sedona Center culinary program rolls out free cooking classes and on-site demonstrations.
From the classrooms and labs on our Prescott Campus to our teaching winery in the Verde Valley; from the drone program on our CTEC campus to the equine and agricultural sciences in Chino Valley; from the next generation of healthcare professionals learning in Prescott Valley to this chefs-in-training at our new Sedona Center, Yavapai College helps a variety of students pursue a wide range of dreams. This fall, Yavapai College invites you to join us in a rolling celebration, as our six locations bring out their talents to honor five decades of community education! For more information on 50th Anniversary celebrations near you, visit: http://50th.yc.edu/.
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FIVE DECADES OF OPPORTUNITY THROUGH EDUCATION
“We offer students hands-on learning that helps them refine their chosen craft — and we pride ourselves on preparing them for high-demand jobs.”
CTE: WHERE TODAY’S STUDENTS MEET
TOMORROW’S CAREERS Thriving communities run on two powerful cylinders: modern industries that provide jobs; and an able, qualified workforce ready to fill those jobs and perform them well. Yavapai College’s School of Career and Technical Education (CTE) brings those two forces together. ““CTE is where theory meets practice,” YC President Dr. Penelope Wills says, “We offer students hands-on learning that helps them refine their chosen craft — and we pride ourselves on preparing them for high-demand jobs.”
CTE teaches everyone from high school students to middle-aged workers. Its curriculum is geared toward today’s job market, and its job placement rate for graduates is 85 to 90%. “Most CTE students want to stay in this area, but they can’t always find jobs,” John Morgan, YC’s Dean of Career and Technical Education, says. “Our goal is to teach to the highest standards so our graduates can contribute to the economy while ensuring their own economic prosperity.” “If students want to be a part of the largest job segment of the U.S. economy, I encourage them to check us out. We think you’ll be impressed.” Learn more about CTEC at: https://www.yc.edu/v5content/ academics/divisions/ctec/
CTE provides a high-quality technical education in 27 different career fields. Students seeking a promising future can find one in expanding trades like aviation (fixed-wing and drones), robotics, culinary arts, electronics, agriculture, equine care, film and media arts, fire science, automotive technologies and welding. With experienced industry professionals as instructors, state-ofthe-art equipment and facilities that include a 108,000 sqft. industrial center,
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Verde Valley Winery Wins SBDC’s 2018 Success Award Clear Creek Vineyard & Winery and its owner, Ignacio Mesa, are the proud recipients of the 2018 Small Business Development Center’s Yavapai County Success Award. Yavapai College’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC) nominated Clear Creek, citing the innovative, sustainable business practices Mr. Mesa uses in his Camp Verde business. Mr. Mesa has worked with SBDC representatives for years, gaining value from the resources and networking SBDC provides to small businesses. As a result, Mr. Mesa has made a positive impact in the Camp Verde community. A member of the Camp Verde Business Alliance and The Verde Valley Wine Trail, he has successfully collaborated with the YC’s Southwest Wine Center to mentor students and provide them with internships and experience working an estate vineyard and winery.
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THE RESOURCES TO SUCCEED
The Best Place in Prescott to See the Stars Come Out From Leno to Shakespeare; from Pink Martini to Paula Poundstone, we bring the finest performers into viewing range.
Yavapai College Performing Arts Center 1100 East Sheldon Street • Prescott (928) 776.2000 • www.YCPAC.com
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We impact our community!
TRINITY C H R I S T I A N
SMALL CLASS SIZES CLASSICALLY TRAINED
S C H O O L
Celebrating 15 Years! 290 STUDENTS K-12
COMPETITIVE ATTENDING SPORTS PROGRAMS COLLEGE
Trinity Christian School is providing graduates for today’s and tomorrow’s workforce. • Class of 2017 scored 82 points higher than the national average on their SAT scores • Class of 2017 was offered over $1.5 Million in scholarships We offer incentives to teachers for continued education. We love our community – our families, teachers and staff live, work, play and volunteer here!
We’re Growing! We’re Planning! We’re Building! We’re Educating!
• 17.5 acres of land purchased for Trinity building • New $11M Building will bring construction and related jobs in the next two years to Prescott • New campus will double the size of student enrollment (300 to 600) and will increase our employment of teachers and staff
Trinity Children Flourish!
Flourish = To be fully alive. Realizing potential. Bringing maximum glory to God.
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The schools of choice for families in Prescott since 1880 Families in Prescott choose Prescott Unified School District Schools 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 PUSD.
ESTABLISHED JULY 13, 1868 FIRST SCHOOL DISTRICT IN ARIZONA 4,200 STUDENTS IN 7 SCHOOLS, PREK - 12 500 TEACHERS, STAFF AND ADMINISTRATION Our long and rich tradition of serving families has been recognized by local, statewide and national organizations. The Prescott Unified School Board received the highest award for an Arizona School Board, the ASBA Lou Ella Kleinz Excellence in Governance Award in 2017. Over the past few years the district has received a staggering number of awards for its accomplishments in areas such as teaching and student achievement. In addition the Superintendent, Joe Howard has received the statewide Arizona School Administrator (ASA) distinguished Administrator Award.
ALL TEACHERS ARE ALL HIGHLY QUALIFIED AND APPROPRIATELY CERTIFIED WITH STATE OF ARIZONA. HIGH SCHOOL
• AIMS, ACT/SAT and other standardized test scores surpass other local schools and most other Arizona schools • 2014/15 was the third year in a row that at least one PHS student has been awarded the prestigious Flinn Scholarship and there have been 19 total since inception of the program • 2015 graduates received in excess of $5.9 million in scholarships • JTED program • Dual credits with Yavapai Community College and Grand Canyon University • Opportunities to participate in 14 varsity sports
• Honors curriculum • STEAM at grades 5-8 • Awarded 21st Century Learning Center Grant – provides for morning/afternoon remediation and tutoring enrichment programs • Extracurricular areas include year book, student council, video production and national junior honor society • After school programs including amateur radio club, advanced/competitive art, drama, German, photography, club sports, cheer leading and robotics • Intramural sports, Band/Orchestra
Most Award Winning School District in Yavapai County
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Alumni in Northern Arizona
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Spent locally by enrolled on-campus students each academic year (Aug-May) for housing, meals, and other expenses.
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• Air Force JROTC program • Career and technical education
Flinn Scholars from Prescott High School
• Gifted education
• Full array of fine arts and athletic programs • Pride of Prescott Marching Band
• Farm to school and outdoor habitat education
of 2017 Class entered college upon graduation
• Free full-day kindergarten
• Native American education • Summer remediation and enrichment programs • Extensive volunteer program
• Active parent-teacher associations and education foundation
Public Charter Schools: Prescott: 16 (according to azcharters.org)
Greater Prescott Area: 39
• Before and after school programs
in academic scholarships for graduating seniors
4,200 Students Served by PUSD
(according to azcharters.org)
2017: 11 graduates were collectively offered an impressive $2.5 million in merit based scholarships
7 National AP Scholars and 66 AP Scholars. 21 Extracurricular programs
Tri-City Prep High School has received recognition for outstanding academic performance from U.S. News and World Report, is labeled an “A” Excelling school with the Arizona Department of Education and maintains college prep accreditation with AdvancedEd (formerly NCA).
of Seniors in college or military following graduation More than 50% of students compete in athletics. 11 scholar athletes in 2016 graduating class with an average GPA of 3.85 2016 graduation class of 51 students offered more than $2.7 million in scholarships Major portion of the 11th and 12th grade classes are offered for dual credit Tri-City College Prep was selected by U.S. News and World Reports as one of
“America’s Best High Schools” January 2010.
BASIS Prescott 2 Summer programs
Curriculum includes economics, engineering, classics and Mandarin. Education
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Healthcare is the leading industry for growth in Arizona in terms of the number and quality of jobs, according to Lee McPheters, a research professor of economics at Arizona State University’s W.P. Carey School of Business. Yavapai County ranks 1st out of all 15 Arizona counties for healthy behaviors, and thanks to a strong network of healthcare partners and collaborators, the community is poised to maintain its position. Nearly 90 percent of people in the community report being able to see a doctor when needed, according to a 2017 Yavapai County Community Health Services report. HOSPITALS • West Campus Yavapai Regional Medical Center: Largest not-for-profit hospital in the region, YRMC Del E. Webb Heart Center, YRMC Outpatient Services, Pendleton Center East/West, PhysicianCare Clinics. 1003 Willow Creek Road Prescott, Arizona 86301 928-445-2700 yrmc.org
• Northern Arizona VA Health Care System: A variety of health services (more than 50) to meet the needs of our nation’s veterans. These include everything from podiatry to oncology and from lab services to general surgery, and much more. 500 North Highway 89 Prescott, Arizona 86313 928-445-4860 or prescott.va.gov
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SURGICAL CENTERS Two surgical centers in Prescott offer residents many of the same surgeries and the same level of care as hospitals with affordable options. Prescott Outpatient Surgical Center is locally owned and operated, and has served the area for 30 years with local physicians and an experienced, compassionate staff. Tri-City Surgery Center is a multi-specialty ambulatory surgical center with the goal of providing the highest quality outpatient care in a state-of-the-art medical facility. • Prescott Outpatient Surgical Center 815 Ainsworth Drive Prescott, Arizona 86301 928-778-9770 posc-az.com
• Tri-City Surgery Center 5430 Distinction Way Prescott, Arizona 86301 928-445-1919 tricitysurgerycenter.com
PROVIDERS & SPECIALTIES From family doctors to specialists and from surgeons to chiropractors, Prescott and the Quad-City area has access to a wide variety of highly experienced
healthcare professionals. The area also has convenient urgent care clinics at NextCare Urgent Care and Thumb Butte Medical Center & Urgent Care.
Founded and directed by Dr. Hojat Askari, Thumb Butte Medical Center & Urgent Care is a 12,000 square-foot state-of-the-art multi-specialty medical clinic employing over 20 medical professionals, six full-time and four part-time doctors who specialize in family medicine, internal medicine, cardiology, rheumatology, allergy, podiatry and orthopedic surgery.
One specialty practice offering leading-edge technology and procedures for patients is M&M Eye Institute. The institute has roots dating back to the 1950s and offers the latest in sutureless cataract surgery, vitreoretinal services, Visian implantable contact lenses and much more. Another important community healthcare resource is Prescott Medical Imaging. Offering state-of-the-art imaging technology coupled with a highly skilled team of radiologists, this imaging center is also known for its accuracy and commitment to personalized and affordable care.
According to docspot.com, 58 primary care doctors accept Medicare in the Prescott area, and the region also has several low-cost and/or sliding-scale clinics available, such as Prescott Health Clinic and Community Health Center of Yavapai.
PRESCOTT IS HEALTHY • +89% of Population with Health Insurance • 62.27 Number of Primary Care Physicians Per 100,000 residents • 90% of Population with Access to Recreation/ Fitness Facilities Source: YRMC Community Health Needs Assessment 2016
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THUMB BUTTE MEDICAL CENTER & URGENT CARE
Walk-ins Welcome | New Patients Welcome, All Ages | Most Major Insurance Accepted
20,000 sq. ft. State-of-the-Art Multi-Specialty Medical Clinic
Hojat Askari, M.D.
Founder, Medical Director, Board Certified Internal Medicine
Our mission is to help patients with utmost respect and dignity in a healing environment
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The largest not-for-profit healthcare system serving western Yavapai County 1003 Willow Creek Road • Prescott, AZ (928) 445-2700 • www.yrmc.org • www.yrmchealthconnect.org Economic Development, Infrastructure & Growth
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BUSINESS RESOURCES & PARTNERSHIPS
AND PARTNERSHIPS At the heart of the most successful community, business and economic ventures is a culture of cooperation. In Prescott, the question is often â&#x20AC;&#x153;How can we help one another succeed?â&#x20AC;? Here is a roundup of the organizations INTRO PARAGRAPH COME that remain at the core of that philosophy. Together,TO they collaborate on shared goals, organize a variety of events and serve the business community. PRESCOTT DOWNTOWN PARTNERSHIP
PRESCOTT CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
The very active Prescott Downtown Partnership (PDP) has 70 members representing more than 100 businesses and is steadily growing. It has one primary mission: providing a collective voice for stakeholders in historic downtown Prescott to support economic growth and stability.
This organization will soon celebrate its 110th anniversary. It is an active and aggressive business and community leader in helping businesses succeed. At the same time, it provides support for community activities, training programs and recognition events.
928-443-5220 email@example.com 101 E. Gurley St. Prescott, Arizona 86302
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928- 445-2000 firstname.lastname@example.org 117 W. Goodwin St. Prescott, Arizona 86303
With 850 members, it is stable and steady in its growth. One of the largest chambers of commerce in Arizona, it hosts a state-designated Visitor Center open seven days a week.
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Northern Arizona Council of Governments (NACOG) provides a number of community programs. Its economic and workforce development division helps build economic success through workforce development partnerships. It also provides comprehensive economic development planning for workforce, business services and tourism development, as well public works and infrastructure development. Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is a resource center at Yavapai College for small business owners and entrepreneurs. The center helps businesses succeed through counseling in finance, management and marketing. The tools offered extend throughout the federal, state and county governments, as well as the private sector. Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA) is a statewide economic development organization with the mission of growing and strengthening Arizona's economy. The organization focuses on recruiting out-of-state companies to expand their operations in Arizona, works with existing companies to grow their business in Arizona and beyond, and partners with entrepreneurs and companies of all sizes to create new jobs and business in targeted industries.
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he City of Prescott, the Prescott Chamber of Commerce and partnering organizations recognize the importance of supporting locally-based brick and mortar businesses. Therefore we have launched Shop Prescott: Start Here, a campaign designed to educate the public about the importance of supporting local businesses every day. Shop Prescott: Start Here will be ongoing. This is a Prescott-wide initiative that is supported by a number of organizations, and includes every business.
Shop Prescott: Start Here is a campaign to educate the public about the importance of supporting local brick and mortar businesses of all varieties.
Shop Prescott: Start Here was launched because local brick and mortar businesses have made a significant investment and contribution in our community, and are impacted by online businesses that extract money from the local economy, leaving little behind. It’s time to stand up for them and invite our residents and visitors to do the same.
Shop Prescott: Start Here launched in October 2017. This is a 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year campaign.
Shop Prescott: Start Here will educate the public in a variety of ways, including, but not limited to: • Window displays in local businesses. • Signs and banners throughout Prescott. • Press releases, media alerts and radio public service announcements. • Website and social media activities. • Speakers bureau going out to service clubs, schools, business organizations and meetings.
WHO AND WHERE:
Shop Prescott: Start Here is a citywide initiative. It is designed to include all brick and mortar businesses, from boutique stores, to restaurants, hotels, dealerships, educational institutions and service businesses.
• There are over 7,500 businesses in Prescott that have made an investment in our community. • Every dollar spent locally recirculates several times; it’s called the multiplier effect. • Local businesses create local jobs, donate to local causes, and create tax revenue to support high quality public services and schools for Prescott • ShopPrescott.net. For more information, contact the Prescott Chamber of Commerce at 928-445-2000 or City of Prescott Communications Office at 928-777-1362.
esearch from the Gallup Poll which focused upon the “State of American Well Being” cited Prescott as being among those in top rankings. Results were released by Gallup in late March.
Prescott ranks among the top 10 in the nation for social and financial wellness. These are defined as having supporting relationships and love in your life; and managing economic affairs that reduce stress and increase security.
Prescott ranks among the top 20 in the nation in purpose and physical categories. These are defined as liking what is done each day and achieving goals; and having good health and energy to get things done daily,
in the U.S. for WellBeing, by Gallup Share-Care, Mar 2018
These results were based on more than 300,000 telephone interviews, according to Gallup.
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Economic Development Workforce Innovation Skills Training The Yavapai County Workforce is amazing! Individuals who NACOG has the pleasure to work with through the operations of ARIZONA@WORK have such unique qualities and diverse skill sets that complement job placement in Yavapai County. The Workforce Innovation and Opportunities Act (WIOA) is a primary resource in Yavapai County for Business Attraction, Expansion and Retention. Our One Stops provide customized services for employers and job seekers alike. WIOA is a national service operated locally to meet the unique needs of Yavapai County.
Job Postings Per Location January 1, 2017 - May 9, 2018 Prescott, 7,344 Prescott Valley, 2,412 Cottonwood, 1,890 Camp Verde, 935 Chino Valley, 601 Bagdad, 385 Clarkdale, 356 Cornville, 289 Mayer, 259 Congress, 259 Unavailable, 61 Others (11), 1,672 TOTAL, 16,463
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As you drive into Prescott, Arizona and approach the downtown district, you get the feeling that time has slowed and you have reached a place where people have made it a home. The beauty of the Yavapai County Courthouse Plaza, with its mature trees, green grass and the historical buildings that surround it, create a sense of place that is rarely found.
he Prescott Downtown Partnership (PDP) is a merchants’ association composed of stakeholders in the downtown district.
Some of the major events that happen in our district include multiple art and craft shows in the spring and summer, including a nationally recognized Western art show sponsored by the Phippen Museum of Art and Heritage of the American West. The Yavapai County Courthouse Plaza hosts a variety of events throughout the year, including the Whiskey Off-Road mountain bike race (attracting 2,000 entrants), a twoday Bluegrass festival and numerous events surrounding the World’s Oldest RodeoTM performances over the 4th of July week. On summer evenings, residents and visitors alike gather at the plaza for the Summer Concert Series musical performances. 54 CITY OF PRESCOTT
CHRISTMAS IN PRESCOTT
Prescott is designated “Arizona’s Christmas City,” and certainly lives up to it over the holiday season. The events downtown include the Holiday Light Parade, the Acker Music Night, where over 100 downtown businesses host live music in their shops, the annual Christmas parade and the courthouse lighting night that draws thousands.
All of these events are sponsored by nonprofit organizations, and are just one example of the spirit of community that shapes the character of our town. The history, the charm and the willingness to get involved make Prescott a special place to live and work.
THE MISSION OF PRESCOTT DOWNTOWN PARTNERSHIP (PDP) It is the mission of our organization to maintain a diverse composition that fosters prosperity for business, preserves our historical charm and continues to be a warm and welcoming place for residents and visitors alike. To that end the PDP is involved in a number of programs and events to make the downtown a great place to live, work and visit.
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• Arizona’s 3rd Largest Metro • Regional Center for Trade
• Top Destination for Shopping & Dining • MSA Population: 218,000
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OPENING A BUSINESS IN PRESCOTT
Congratulations on your decision to start a business in Prescott! Whether youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re buying an existing business, relocating or building a business from scratch, starting a business is a big undertaking. The City of Prescott offers tools and resources to help businesses, and is available to provide assistance at every step. Here are a few tips to help you get started:
DO YOUR RESEARCH
Research the industry, the market and your potential customers. Our website, PrescottBiz.com, offers a multitude of interactive tools and information right at your fingertips.
CREATE A BUSINESS PLAN
A business plan is a written document that outlines what your business objectives are and how you intend to achieve them. Business plans can function as a guide to keep the business moving forward and growing, and serve as a tool for seeking funding.
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How will you acquire equipment for your business? Do you need a loan to get started? Will your business be a sole proprietorship, partnership or limited liability company? A good business plan will address financial matters and legal structure. Assistance in writing a plan can be obtained through Yavapai Collegeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Small Business Development Center or Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE).
CHOOSE A LOCATION
Your research and business plan will help guide where you decide to locate a business. Our website has a tool to allow you to view available commercial properties in Prescott, and you are always welcome to call us for assistance.
Before you sign a lease or enter into a sales contract, please contact the City of Prescott to schedule a free pre-application conference (PAC). The PAC is designed to inform a potential commercial tenant/owner of property zoning or engineering requirements, as well as building and fire safety requirements. The PAC can provide valuable information on the suitability of property for your proposed use, and whether any permits are needed.
BUSINESS AND TAX LICENSES
Getting a business and tax license in Prescott is easy! Simply go online prescott-az.gov/ business-development and fill out the form. Your licenses will be processed quickly, and mailed to you when ready. There is also a section with helpful FAQs containing links and telephone numbers for assistance.
Stop in, call or visit our website for additional information:
CITY OF PRESCOTT – ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT OFFICE 201 S. Cortez St. Prescott, AZ 86303 (928) 777-1204 PrescottBiz.com
REACH OUT TO US!
We have a staff of professionals ready to help you at each stage of running a business, and can provide tools, resources and programs to help your business grow.
“It’s been a joy working with the city leaders, as we build our corporate headquarters. The suppliers and leadership do act more like a community when it comes to helping a new start up get set up to expand. Prescott has become a great place to call home and make homes for our expanding RESA team.” –Glen Hinshaw, CEO and Founder, RESA Wearables, Inc.
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COMMITMENT TO BUSINESS
Services for Existing Prescott Businesses
SERVICES TO HELP
eeping Prescott’s local economy healthy and vibrant depends on the well-being of a community’s existing businesses. Our businesses form the foundation for local employment, stabilize the tax base and serve as engines for Prescott’s overall economic growth. For this reason, our team focuses efforts to help and support local businesses of any size and across all industries.
OUR SERVICES INCLUDE:
• Face-to-face meetings to identify opportunities and challenges • Eliminating barriers to growth • Providing resources to expand operations and reach new markets • Connection with resources, tools and support
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• Assisting with site selection • Providing workforce resources, including talent recruitment and training • Development assistance with permits, zoning, licensing and other city services • Creation and implementation of business workshops • Encouraging collaboration among businesses, officials and educational professionals • Researching markets, industries and trends • Marketing and developing interest in Prescott • Keeping businesses and stakeholders informed • Promotion of business success stories
COMMITMENT TO BUSINESS
By keeping in touch with Prescott’s business community, we identify key items and work toward the development of policies that support and encourage healthy business growth.
Prescott’s economic development team operates as a collaborative partnership to enhance the stability and growth of existing businesses while increasing job creation and capital investment. City of Prescott - Economic Development Office, Wendy Bridges, AZED Pro, 928.777.1204, wendy.bridges@ prescott-az.gov, PrescottBiz.com
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QUALITY OF LIFE
TOP 10 IN THE US FOR WELL-BEING
• Clean air, bright blue skies • Dark, unpolluted nights with star-filled skies • 126-acre Watson Woods Riparian Preserve teaming with wildlife and natural beauty • Over 450 miles of developed hiking trails • Top-notch parks and open space preserves providing recreational activities to include hiking, running, mountain bicycling, horseback riding, nature study, birding, wildlife viewing, rock climbing, water-based recreation, and geocaching • Five local lakes include Willow and Watson on the northeast edge of the city; Goldwater Lake, located in the towering pine forests just south of town; Lynx Lake, a few miles before Prescott off Highway 69; and Granite Basin Lake • Over 300 days of sunshine annually • Abundance of social and volunteer activities to build friendships and stay connected to the community • Walkable downtown with lush, tree-lined square
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n 2018, the Gallup-Share Care organization ranked Prescott 9th in the United States for overall well-being and fourth in the community category of the survey.
The State of American Well-Being Index series ranks 186 communities. The report analyzes how well-being varies by community and across five elements: 1. Purpose: liking what you do each day and being motivated to achieve your goals. 2. Social: having supportive relationships and love in your life. 3. Financial: managing your economic life to reduce stress and increase security. 4. Community: liking where you live, feeling safe and having pride in your community. 5. Physical: having good health and enough energy to get things done daily.
Prescott, with its active living environment, also finished in the top-10 in the social and financial categories and top-20 in the purpose and physical categories.
Gallup study data published in March 2018
Watson Lake, in the northeast part of the city, is home to many species of wildlife and a vast circuit of trails. –Quote from a KTAR news article in Phoenix
We are blessed to have so many wonderful assets here – our mild climate, our hundreds of miles of trails, our diverse and active cultural scene and a caring network of organizations dedicated to wellness. This study goes very in-depth, and Prescott ranks highly in all categories. –Prescott Mayor Greg Mengarelli
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PRESCOTT IS THE PERFECT SPOT TO LAUNCH THESE DAY TRIPS: • Carefree/Cave Creek (90 miles) Trail Rides, Antiques, Massacre Cave • Camp Verde - Cottonwood (43 miles) Verde Canyon Railroad, Wineries • Flagstaff (96 miles) - Snow Bowl, Lowell Observatory, Meteor Crater • Grand Canyon (123 miles) - Hiking, White Water Rafting • Jerome (35 miles) - Art Galleries, Gold King Mine and Ghost Town • Kingman (149 miles) - Grand Canyon West, Skywalk, Zipline • Lake Havasu City (191 miles) - Casinos, London Bridge, Boating
• Navajo Nation (228 miles) - Antelope Canyon, Canyon de Chelly • Payson (99 miles) - Tonto National Forest, Mogollon Rim, Rim Country Museum and Zane Grey Cabin • Sedona (67 miles) - Galleries, Slide Rock State Park, Oak Creek Canyon • Scottsdale (109 miles) - Shopping, Dining, OdySea Aquarium • Wickenburg (59 miles) - Western Museums, Vulture Mine and Ghost Town • Williams (69 miles) - Grand Canyon Railroad, Grand Canyon Deer Farm, Bearizona
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QUALITY OF LIFE
OUTDOOR LOVERS’ PARADISE
You’ll have to be in good shape to conquer the hundreds of miles of designated trails in the immediate Prescott area. As of last count, more than 150 distinctive named hiking, biking (and sometimes horse) trails wind through the natural scenic beauty of the community and the Prescott National Forest.
he 54-mile Prescott Circle Trail will challenge you. A complete list of the Mile High Trail System —95 plus miles of it— is available at the Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center on Goodwin Street south of Courthouse Plaza. prescott.org.
Don’t miss the Granite Dells, where unique rock formations thrust out of the ground and tempt hikers and rock-climbers.
Watson Woods Riparian Preserve is the remaining 126-acre portion of what was once a 1,000-acre riparian forest of cottonwood and willow trees. Since the Preserve was established in 1995, it has become an oasis for wildlife and humans alike. If you’re into birding, Prescott’s the place. Designated as an Important Birding Area (IBA) by the Audubon Society, Prescott is home to more than 360 species of birds. The Prescott Audubon Society prescottaudubon.org can provide full details about where to go and when. 62 CITY OF PRESCOTT
EXPANSIVE PARKS & BREATHTAKING LAKES
If you like water activities, you’ll enjoy the three local lakes —Willow, Watson and Goldwater Lakes. Maintained by the City of Prescott, the 15-acre Goldwater Lake is located in lush pine forests surrounded by rugged mountain areas. The City of Prescott has kayak and canoe rentals available prescottoutdoors.com Two others —Lynx Lake and Granite Basin Lake— are in the adjacent Prescott National Forest. If you like kayaking and canoeing—and fishing— you can visit any of these lakes. Of course, all have picnicking and camping sites.
Willow Lake is home to examples of prehistoric pithouses. The unique site is an example of the Hohokam influence on the people living in the area around A.D. 900-1100. Petroglyphs are found throughout the region, with several areas accessible via the trail system.
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Want to spend time in a park? The city boasts 16 of them, all with amenities that guarantee memorable times. Some are purely recreational—walking and exercising and picnicking. Some are athletic parks—softball, Pickleball, baseball, soccer, tennis, basketball, skateboards, a skating rink and the like. One in particular —McCasland Willow Creek Park— features one of only four in the U.S. custom created dog parks. Canines are the most welcome visitors. A complete list with locations is available on the city website prescott-az. gov/services/parks
UNFORGETTABLE TOURS JUST FOR YOU If having someone else do the driving, while you do the enjoying appeals to you, go to Visit-Prescott.com to find a local tour. Tours vary from purely sightseeing adventures to physically demanding activities, such as rock climbing and mountain biking. All have expert guides to ensure you’ll have a memorable experience.
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PRESCOTT OFFERS OLD WEST CHARM, OUTDOOR ADVENTURES AND VIBRANT ARTS, CULTURE AND ENTERTAINMENT
nparalleled hospitality, exceptional outdoor activities, a variety of entertainment venues and rich history attract tens of thousands of visitors to Prescott every year – many returning again and again.
There’s always something drawing out-of-towners and international guests to “Everybody’s Hometown,” and it goes well beyond the beautiful, moderate summer weather. It might be the Annual 4th of July parade, where thouguests sands of people registered this don Western past year at wear, whoop the Prescott and applaud. Chamber of Sometimes they Commerce join the Frontier Visitor Center Days cowboys
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and cowgirls in town for the World’s Oldest RodeoTM – the second-largest in Arizona. Or it might be one of the two Christmas parades. One is during early evening, featuring lighted floats; the other is midday, and has dozens of entries, which all celebrate the city that is officially designated “Arizona’s Christmas City.”
Visitors enjoy a range of entertainment options, such as the sold-out Prescott POPS Symphony Orchestra to the classical programs performed by the visiting Phoenix Symphony. They delight in outdoor summer concerts by the Central Arizona Concert Band on the iconic Courthouse Plaza and stand in awe of history at the restored century-old Elks Theatre. And they can wash down all of the fun with a night out on the town in the vibrant Whiskey Row nightlife area.
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The City of Prescott Recreation Department organizes programs throughout the year. Competitors from throughout the Southwest come to “Arizona’s Softball Capital” for tournaments almost every month. Same is true for Little League and adult baseball, soccer, basketball, and a growing favorite, Pickleball leagues. VISITORS MAKE A POSITIVE IMPACT The most recent Prescott Chamber of Commerce count of visitors who walk through their doors showed that more than 30,000 guests registered this past year. That figure doesn’t begin to tell the true number of tourists, as only a small number of those who visit sign in.
A better gauge might be the ever-increasing transient tax collection numbers (based on the citywide bed tax). Those numbers are up the past year by 13.8 percent, and represent more than 630,200 receipts.
In sum, Prescott is not just a “passthrough” community on the way to somewhere. It is a destination, one gaining national and international recognition as the place to go for a “True West-Real Adventure.”
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• Three spacious floor plans averaging from 400 to 700 sf. • Fully-equipped kitchen in every suite • Groceries delivered right to your door • Free daily hot breakfast with a wide selection of healthy choices • Outdoor pool, two Jacuzzis, fire-pit, fireplace and BBQ area • Well equipped business center and conference rooms • Convenient 24-hour market • Pets accepted • Lower rates for longer stays • Conference room seating capacity up to 80. A/V available • WiFi included
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HUB FOR RETAIL BUSINESS IN CENTRAL ARIZONA
The oldest incorporated city in the county and the Original Territorial Capital, Prescott remains not only the hub of government, but also the center of retail business for Yavapai County and Central Arizona.
ith more than 7,400 businesses that include major national retail chains, boutiques and small locally-owned mom-and-pop stores, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s little reason for shoppers to venture elsewhere for products. A moderate four-season climate, coupled with events, activities and celebrations throughout the year -- punctuated by excellent retail shopping facilities -mark Prescott as a top destination.
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The community offers many shopping centers with popular stores, including two Walmart locations, COSTCO, Trader Joeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, Dillards and Sprouts. Hardware stores range from Lowes to locally-owned True Value.
Fabulous shopping is a great partner for fabulous dining. Prescott offers national chains like Olive Garden and In & Out Burger, plus specialty one-of-a-kind restaurants like The Barley Hound, The Raven and El Gato Azul.
designated acres of land adjacent to Prescott Municipal Airport for business and light industrial growth
The Council for Community and Economic Growth recently released data that shows Prescott is below the national average for cost of living: Prescott is at 97.4 percent of the national average of 100.
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PRESCOTT VENUES Those seeking sites for meetings, conferences, conventions or other gatherings have a full range of venues to select from in Prescott. More than 40 are identified in the listings below— and there are many more to discover.
rescott is an ideal location for conferences, CEO retreats and gatherings. The mild year-round temperatures create opportunities for off-site activities for your group, and the scenic beauty provides a gorgeous backdrop to make your event truly memorable.
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HOTELS WITH MEETING, BANQUET, EVENT SPACE
• Best Western Prescottonian • Forest Villas • Gurley Street Lodge Bed & Breakfast • Hampton Inn • Hassayampa Inn • Hotel St. Michael • La Quinta Inn & Suites & Convention Center • Prescott Pines Inn • Prescott Resort and Conference Center • Residence Inn by Marriott Prescott • SpringHill Suites by Marriott Prescott
• Capital Canyon Club • Elks Theatre & Performing Arts Center • Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University: Davis Learning Center; Jim and Linda Lee Planetarium at STEM Center; The Hangar at Jack L. Hunt Student Center; Student Activity Center • Finn at Touchmark • Grace M. Sparkes Activity Center • Heritage Park Zoo • Holiday Courtyard • Plaza View Ballroom • Prescott Adult Center • Prescott Centennial Center at Antelope Hills Golf Course • Prescott College Crossroads Center • Sharlot Hall Museum Gardens • Talking Rock • The Club at Prescott Lakes • ‘Tis Art Center & Gallery • Yavapai College—Performing Arts Center; Boyd Tenney Library Community Room
FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION AND HELP PLANNING YOUR NEXT EVENT IN PRESCOTT, CONTACT:
Ann Steward, Sales & Marketing Coordinator, City of Prescott 201 S. Cortez St., Prescott AZ 86301 928-777-1259 email@example.com www.visit-prescott.com
• The Highlands Center for Natural History • Prescott Parks and Lakes – Goldwater, Watson, Willow • Granite Creek Park • County Courthouse Plaza Tourism and Visitors, Natural Assets and Amenities
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esting on the Top Of The Rock with incredible views of the grand scenery of Prescott, the Prescott Resort & Conference Center is the area’s only full service resort. Featuring 160 beautifully appointed guest rooms sharing the culture of the Yavapai Prescott Indian Tribe, and 16,000 square feet of banquet and meeting space, the Resort is the number one choice for leisure guests, meetings, local organizations, weddings, social gatherings and tour operators seeking affordable and luxurious accommodations in Northern Arizona. Designed in the spirit of the Yavapai tribe, all guest rooms and public space showcase artwork and ambiance indicative of the majestic beauty of the Prescott area. • 160 Guest Rooms featuring Deluxe King and Double Queens and King and Double Queen Suites • 16,000 square feet of flexible meeting and banquet space which accommodate five to 700 people • New State-Of-The-Art A/V and Digital system installed in 2018 • Catering and conference and social meeting amenities • Full Service Restaurant and Lobby Café • Indoor salt water pool and whirlpool, Fitness Center, onsite Spa Services • Bucky’s Casino attached • Complimentary parking • Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout • All rooms have flat screen TVs, coffee makers, refrigerators and spectacular views
PRESCOTT RESORT & CONFERENCE CENTER 1500 Highway 69, Prescott AZ 86301 Resort: (928) 776-1666 Guest Room Reservations: (800) 967-4637 Meetings and Conferences: (602) 594-5145 Economic Development, Infrastructure & Growth | CITY OF PRESCOTT 73
QUALITY OF LIFE
irst-time visitors to Prescott come here for a whole host of reasons, but most often they are lured by the historic, romantic appeal of Western heritage coupled with the area’s breathtaking beauty. No place more embodies the Old West than Whiskey Row, where
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saloons, restaurants, boutique shops and hotels look straight out of a Western movie set. Stroll the street, and it’s a cinch that someone in a cowboy hat will look at you, smile and offer a sincere, warm greeting.
Prescott offers outdoor enthusiasts unlimited adventure and beauty. Known locally and nationally for having the state’s best and most extensive opportunities for hiking and biking, Prescott lays claim to more than 450 miles of wellmaintained and developed trails. Sixteen city parks round out these offerings, while five area lakes (Goldwater Lake, Willow Lake, Watson Lake in Prescott, and Lynx Lake and Granite Basin Lake in the adjacent Prescott National Forest) provide ample opportunities for boating and fishing. Five golf courses are immediately available, too. Guests enjoy the Sharlot Hall Museum, where the history and culture of central Arizona has been preserved. They can visit Smoki Museum, where the history and culture of
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Southwestern Native American tribes are on display. The Phippen Museum of Western Art on the north side of the city features exceptional Western arts exhibits. The world’s largest model airplane display is open to the public at the Christine and Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Library on the campus of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. The Highlands Center for Natural History is a contemporary scientific and ecological center for the region. So, while it might be true that the tens of thousands of visitors to Prescott come every year for the Wild West, they often stay and return for the arts, culture and abundance of recreational opportunities.
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full range of social 17 May 20 organizations serve various roles within the community. Some cater to military and veterans (VFW, DAV, American Legion and others). Others include Habitat for Humanity, People Who Care, Coalition for Compassion and Justice and Prescott Area Women’s Shelter. Several non-denominational and religious or spiritual organizations reach out to assist the needy. Still others provide food and necessities (among them Community Cupboard, Yavapai Food Bank, and Catholic Social Services) to children and those in need.
The same is true of service organizations that volunteer to assist the community, such as Lions International, Kiwanis International, Rotary Clubs, Prescott Elks Club, Soroptomists and PEO, a philanthropic educational organization.
Some are sponsored, such as recreational leagues for both youth and adults in soccer, softball, baseball, bowling, tennis, Pickleball, golf, biking and swimming. Many of the foregoing are supported through the city’s recreation department, which provides dozens of facilities designed for such activities.
ARTS, CULTURE AND ENTERTAINMENT
Recently, the Prescott City Council designated a multi-block sector area in the center of town as the official Entertainment District. The result is a well-defined and quite walkable area that is replete with educational, cultural and entertainment experiences to match almost every interest at any time of year. Scattered throughout the greater community are venues and attractions designed to educate, entertain and provide pleasure. The following list cites just a few.
• Arizona Softball Hall of Fame Museum • Elks Theatre and Performing Arts Center • Fort Whipple Museum • Heritage Park Zoological Sanctuary • The Highlands Center for Natural History • Jim and Linda Lee Planetarium at ERAU Natural History • Mountain Arts Guild and Gallery • Prescott Chamber Orchestra • Prescott Film Festival • Phippen Museum of Western Art • Prescott Center for the Arts • Prescott POPS Symphony Orchestra
• Sharlot Hall Museum • Smoki Museum of American Indian Art and Culture • Yavapai College Performing Arts Center and Art Museum • Yavapai Symphony Association
COUNTY COURTHOUSE A FOCAL POINT
Year-round, the more than a century-old iconic Yavapai County Courthouse Plaza has been a gathering spot for individuals, groups, organizations and visitors.
Visitors and residents alike enjoy the annual Christmas Courthouse Lighting. Linked to the designation given to Prescott by the late Governor Rose Mofford —“Arizona’s Official Christmas City”— the event is preceded by a colorful Christmas parade the first week of December.
The rest of the year is equally as busy, providing educational, cultural and entertainment experienes to match almost any desire. Among them: • • • • •
Arts and crafts shows Car shows and exhibits Musical concerts Patriotic events Historical commemorations
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