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Growing Greenlee, The Opportunity Forum By A’kos Kovach
On Friday, February 22nd, Greenlee County officials, as well as officials from the Town of Clifton, Town of Duncan, the sector, community leaders, business owners, investors, developers and entrepreneurs will gather for a momentous occasion. The First “Growing Greenlee, The Opportunity Forum”. To be held at the Morenci Club in conjunction with support from Freeport McMoran, local and outside businesses and many others. For several months much effort has been expended by the Business Association of Chase Creek, Arizona (BACCA), The Greenlee County Chamber, the Pride Society and the new Greenlee County Tourism Council. These entities have worked in concert with the strong leadership of Greenlee County and her twin incorporated towns to focus attention on the impressive array of job opportunities in the area as well as the numerous cultural and natural aspects of Greenlee County, Arizona. Over the past two months 3 builders and contractors, plus a hotelier have pledged to bring much-needed new rooftops to Greenlee County. This of course means commercial expansion, business attraction and other forms of benefits by diversifying the local economic base. Check out the new www.GrowingGreenlee.org website. Help get the word out about the Housing Needs Survey at http://growinggreenlee. org/housing-needs-survey/ and keep the word going by joining us on Facebook. This Opportunity Forum will demonstrate available assets, showcase the synergy between the public and private sectors and help open the door for new investment and development.
Vol. 3, No. 1
NEW FEATURES for the NEW YEAR By popular demand, two new features help us roll out the January edition of the SEAGO Turning Point Newsletter. On Page 3 you will find the new Chamber Corner. Here you will read news and announcements from Chamber Presidents, and Chamber Executive Directors throughout the SEAGO Region. Kudos to these important groups~! Each Chamber works diligently to improve the economy of our Region. The more you know about what this Region has to offer to better chance we have of attracting new faces, new businesses and new job opportunities for all. The other new feature is the Int e r n at i o n a l Business Bulletin Board. This feature, as well as the Chamber Corner, will have special pages on our website to be able to go into detail about job availability, business services offered, job seekers section and an outreach tool for inside and outside business to reach their target audience. The primary mailing list of the Turning Point is over 2,000 unique addresses to readers in all 15 counties of Arizona, our neighbors and strategic partners in New Mexico and Sonora and more. With each newsletter posted and archived to our website, site selectors, business leaders and other decision makers have handy access to searchable information. We hope you enjoy these new features, please send us your feedback here: Feedback.
Letter to the Editor
Volunteers making a difference The SEAGO/Area Agency on Aging uses trained volunteers (Long Term Care Ombudsmen) who visit residents in Nursing Homes and Assisted Living Facilities to advocate for residents rights. At this time of the year we are especially appreciative of the kindnesses of people in the community who dogood works without public recognition. We would like to gratefully acknowledge the generosity of Kay Davis of Huachuca City who makes beautiful hand-quilted lap blankets and donates them to residents in care facilities. We are pleased to be able to help her reach the residents by distributing those lap blankets to residents who don’t have family nearby. We are proud of the work of our wonderful volunteers and for their commitment to helping seniors and the disabled all year long, and thankful for people like Kay Davis whogive so generously of their time and talents. Jan Flanagan, LTC Ombudsman Program Coordinator
Holiday Visits to SEAGO Tranportation by Chris Vertrees Mexico Increase SEAGO is Editor’s Note: It is good for all of us to be reminded that travelers are safe and welcome in Mexico. By Bob Ortega, The Republic | azcentral.com
As Eddie Lopez wrestles nearly 200 pounds of bags, bulg ing with brightly wrapped Christmas presents, toward the bus he’ll take to Culiacan, Mex ico, he counts himself lucky to have a seat. His wife and four sons left for Mexico a week ago so they could be sure of all getting on a bus during the busy Christmas travel period. “We pulled the boys out of school early,” says Lopez, who lives in Queen Creek and visits family in Culiacan every Christmas. “It was the only way we could get them seats because there are hardly any left.” More than 1 million Mexicans and Americans of Mexican descent will pour across CLICK HERE to read more
Train Travel Makes a Comeback Despite some political and economic hurdles, more communities are reviving intercity rail links or making plans for new ones.
By Bruce Kennedy, MSN Money Online
Train travel in the U.S. has long been derided as outdated, inefficient, expensive and a sad relic of America's past rail glories. But given high gas prices, worsening traffic conditions, airline industry cuts and government pledges to renew the nation's infrastructure, it appears passenger train service is quietly making a comeback across the country. Here are some recent examples: For the first time in decades, starting next summer, passenger rail service will be running again between Boston and Cape
Cod. Boston.com says the two-hour trip from Beantown to Hyannis will cost about $30 for a round-trip ticket.
pleased to announce the hiring of Connie Gastelum as our Regional Mobility Manager. Connie will begin work on January 4th. Her hiring signifies the formal kickoff of our new Regional Mobility Management Program. Connie is a Certified Community Transit Manager and has over 10 years of experience in transit coordination and management. The primary goal of our Regional Mobility Program is to assist our regional transit providers to meet the transit/transportation needs of our citizens in a safe, reliable, accessible manner that maximizes the use of resources and minimizes the overall cost of transit services within the SEAGO region. Some of Connie’s duties will be updating and maintaining our Regional Transportation Coordination Plan, identifying regional gaps in transit services, developing a plan to address those gaps, developing vehicle usage and training coordination plan to help control costs for our region’s small transit providers and to improve the safety of their riders, the incorporation of our region’s for-profit transportation providers into our overall transit service strategy, and identification of resource sharing opportunities that will reduce costs and improve services for our region.
Earlier this month, Amtrak revived its Richmond-to-Norfolk passenger service in Virginia for the first time since 1977 -- also with an eye on beach-bound travelers. WTVR-TV says the state invested $100 million in the rail line, and will pay an additional $1 million in annual costs. The Arizona Department of Transportation is currently looking at the feasibility of a passenger rail link between Phoenix and Tucson. CLICK HERE to read more.
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SEAGO Has Moved The SEAGO main offices have been located for over 35 years on the second floor of Bisbee City Hall. However, beginning the first week of January, SEAGO Administration, Finance, Housing, Transportation, CDBG and Economic Development offices are open for business at 1403 West Highway 92, close to Melody Lane on the west end of Bisbee. PLEASE NOTE: The SEAGO AAA offices are not moving, they continue to operate in their same location,300 Collins Rd. We look forward to serving you at our new, high visibility, easy access location.
To all our Chamber Presidents, Directors and friends, Although the SEAGO Newsletter strives to include calendar of events items from your Chamber every issue, we want more~! So, in response to positive feedback we have received from our readers, we are starting a New Feature beginning with this first issue of 2013. “The Chamber Corner” is designed to help showcase and promote your fundraisers, big events, anything to which you wish to attract a larger audience, increased participation and public awareness. Send your comments, ideas, articles and photos to: The Chamber Corner. Hope you enjoy this new reader-friendly public service opportunity. With best wishes for an exceptional New Year, ~ A’kos Kovach
By Alan Baker, Executive Director Here it is 2013 already! It can’t be but here it is. New Year’s Day and all of the College Bowl games on TV with the eventual naming of the championship team. A few weeks later and the Super Bowl is here with and the professional football championship team winning the game. One of the things that we often don’t think about is all of the behind the scenes work that goes into these championship teams. There is the coaching staff, the sports trainers, the equipment managers, and even the folks who market the teams. The team is more than the players on the field. Oh yes, if you didn’t sell tickets where would you be. Here is the encouragement I want to give you today in the SEAGO region. CLICK HERE to read more.
is issued at the beginning of each month by the SouthEastern Arizona Governments Organization Economic Development District. 1403 W. Highway 92, Bisbee, AZ 85603 (520) 432-2622, ext. 210 To subscribe, email: firstname.lastname@example.org A’kos Kovach, publisher and editor Margaret Dillard, copy/graphics editor
Items for publication are welcomed from SEAGO member entities and strategic partners. Copy must be submitted at least 7 business days prior to the end of each month.
SIERRA VISTA CHAMBER
By Amanda Baillie. Executive Director
If you’ve been wondering how the Chamber has put your money to work this past year, then the An-nual Membership Meeting is the place to find out. Save the date now and plan to attend this important event on Thursday, January 24. Once again, the meeting will take place at the Windemere Hotel from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. This is the event where both the Board of Directors chair, Dee Dee Hoeft of Wells Fargo Home Mort-gage, and Executive Director Amanda Baillie will give annual reports on how the Chamber worked on behalf of the business community in 2012.
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TUCSON HISPANIC CHAMBER OF COMMERCE Happy New Year! So… you’ve thought about a few personal “resolutions” for the new year – but have you identified new business opportunities? At the Tucson Hispanic Chamber we focus on three key opportunities for businesses throughout Southern Arizona – 1) the fast growing Hispanic market, 2) international trade opportunities specifically in Sonora, Mexico and 3) protecting our member businesses by advocating at the Federal, State and local levels. These three key areas differentiate our chamber from many other business organizations and have led to our astronomical growth in membership – over 300% over the last three years to 1000 businesses! CLICK HERE to read more.
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By Danny Morales The Greater Douglas Chamber of Commerce hopes to build on the successes of 2012 in the coming year. Informationsharing partnerships such as this one with SEAGO will no doubt be key to our continued success in 2013. The past year saw our Chamber engage and launch high visibility, high-impact, and wide-reaching information campaigns. Of special note, we hosted two political forums in 2012, launched our Member of the Week program in partnership with KDAP FM, and implemented an Email Bi-Weekly with a distribution across and beyond Cochise County.
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GREENLEE COUNTY CHAMBER
We want to thank the members of the Greenlee Tourism Council, also known as the Rivers, Valleys, Mountains and Trails Tourism Council, or RVMT for short) for their extra effort in organizing last year. This important addition to the Greenlee County Economic Development Plan was a much needed adjunct to the efforts of our Greenlee County Chamber of Commerce, Business Association of Chase Creek, Arizona (BACCA), the Farmers Market, The Pride Society, The Greenlee County Historical Society and the numerous private sector business owners and business leaders who are making a difference for the future of Greenlee County. 2013 will be fabulous and momentous year as we work in concert with the public sector, Freeport McMoRan and so many others to help attract new employers, new people and new opportunities to Greenlee County.
Regional Events Jan. 8 - Arizona Earn to Learn Program Orientation, 6:30 pm, Pima County Housing Center, 801 W. Congress, Tucson. For information, contact Geraldine Aramburo at (877) 260-7639 or email: email@example.com Jan. 9 - Arizona Earn to Learn Program Orientation, 7:30 pm, Pima County Housing Center, 801 W. Congress, Tucson. For information, contact Geraldine Aramburo at (877) 260-7639 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org Jan. 9 - Sierra Vista Outreach to Naco. For information, please contact Amanda Baillie at email@example.com Jan. 17 - Graham County Career Fair 10 am to 2 pm, EAC Gherald Hoopes Activity Center. For additional information or questions, please contact Arizona Workforce Connection: Graham One Stop-1910 W Thatcher Blvd, Safford, AZ 85546 Phone (928) 432-6932 CLICK HERE for details. Jan. 21 - Greenlee County Career Fair 10am to 2:00pm, Clifton Schools-Junior High Gym. For additional information or questions, please contact Arizona Workforce Connection: Greenlee One Stop-300 N Coronado Blvd, Clifton, AZ 85533 Phone (928) 865-4003 CLICK HERE for details. Jan. 24 - Economic Census Webinar - 1 pm EST, To Access the Online Presentation: URL: https://www.mymeetings.com/nc/ join/ - Conference number: PW3438034 Audience passcode: CENSUS
Jan. 24 - Sierra Vista Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting - 11:30 am to 1:00 pm, Windemere Hotel. For more information or to register, visit: sierravistachamber.org or call the chamber office at: (520) 458-6940.
WIFA Planning and Design Assistance Grant Program Fiscal Year 2013 Request for Grant Applications, Cycle 2
The Water Infrastructure Finance Authority of Arizona Planning and Design Assistance Grant Program provides funding for planning and design to help prepare facilities for water infrastructure project construction. For more information, CLICK HERE
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Sierra Vista Chamber outreach to Naco History in the making ~ On Wednesday, January 9, several Sierra Vista business owners and leaders will take a tour of Naco, Sonora, as guests of the new Mayor, Jesus Armol Gallardo, and the business organization Agencia de Promocion Economica Regional de Naco Sonora (APRECORN). After introductions and a special welcome ceremony, guests will be taken on a guided tour of Naco agribusiness, maquiladoras, furniture manufacturer, Tortilla factory and other select stops. New Chamber members in Naco will also be visited. This is a major step in the right direction, that being working more closely with our neighbors to the south. Mexico is Arizona’s largest trade partner. For more information please contact Amanda Baillie at abaillie@ sierravistachamber.org.
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St. John’s Bizarre Bazaar
Once a year the shed at St John’s Episcopal Church resembles a version of Rube Goldberg meets Jules Verne. From the fanciful to the necessary, from antiques to art the good people of Old Bisbee organize an event truly woven into the fabric of life in Bisbee – a Bizarre bazaar to raise funds for numerous charitable causes. So dig out those dusty boxes in the attic, clear out those treasures in the garage and donate them today – contact firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com Thank you~! The Turning Point Monthly, January 2013, page 4
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CUSTOMS and INTERNATIONAL TRADE By Thomas J. Lindmeier
INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY PROTECTION 19 USC 1337 provides for a remedy for patent holders who are threatened with the importation of products which infringe upon the patent held by the United States owner. According to the language of the statute, once it is determined that the imports infringe upon the patent, they are to be excluded, “unless after considering the effect of such exclusion upon the public health and welfare, competitive conditions in the U.S. economy, the production of like or directly competitive articles in the U.S. and U. S. consumers it finds that such articles should not be excluded from entry.” Thus the International Trade commission (ITC) requested that the public submit comments to determine if any of the bases listed above exist for wireless communication devices, music and data processing devices, and tablet computers which contain the patented devices. Some of the other issues that Mr. Lindmeier covers are:
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By popular request, planning is now under way to organize a second International Trade, Expo and Summit on Friday April 26. This date was chosen to co-exist with the major Folklorico event which takes place on Saturday April 27.Thisis the signature fundraising event for the Santa Cruz Community Foundation and draws upon local, regional and outside support and sponsorships. Save these dates now and plan to attend both events. The first International Trade, Expo and summit was so well received that attendees, speakers and sponsors asked that a second event be scheduled sooner than next fall. Thanks to the leadership of Supervisor Rudy Molera and Nogales Mayor Arturo Garino, planning has already begun. This second event will be held in Rio Rico to accommodate the size of the audience and dovetail with the Folklorico event. Sponsorships, Vendor booths and general registration will go live online sometime during January to handle the volume of expected early registrants based upon the statistics gathered from the first event held this past November. For more information contact Nogales Event.
Low-cost Bachelor Degree Programs Offered Through EAC By Krista Olmstead Staff Writer, Eastern Arizona Courier
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n fall of 2012, ASU began offering two bachelor degree programs through EAC - nursing and business administration - and plans to implement two more within the next year. Students are able to receive the same accredited degree programs as they would at the Tempe campus, at nearly half the cost.
ADOT building new weigh station for Douglas Port of Entry The Arizona Department of Transportation began construction this week on a new commercial truck weigh station to inspect vehicles passing through the Douglas Port of Entry.
The new commercial vehicle inspection station will be housed inside a 5,800-squarefoot building featuring two inspection bays and eight inspection work stations as well as restrooms and janitorial facilities.
The $4 million facility will be constructed on a nearly 11-acre site northeast of the intersection of US 191 and State Route 80 in Douglas, in the same location as the existing inspection station. This project will include an administration building for the ADOT Enforcement and Compliance Division and a separate building for inspection activities.
Both the administration and inspection facilities will be built to the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED Silver environmental standards that will include using local building materials, low-water-use landscaping and plumbing fixtures, and parking for fuel efficient vehicles.
Commercial vehicle inspections will continue on the location during construction of the new facilities, which is expected to be complete in late 2013. Traffic on US 191 and SR 80 will be unaffected by the construction.
For more information about this project, contact Safford District Senior Community Relations Officer C.T. Revere at 520.705.3574 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit www.facebook.com/azdot or www.azdot. gov for more information about ADOT. For more information about ADOT projects and programs across Arizona see the agency's latest blog posts at http://adotblog. blogspot.com .
Border trade message gains traction By Curt Prendergast, Nogales International
A year and a half ago, a trio of Santa Cruz County businesspeople asked a legislative committee in Phoenix for help in speeding up crossing times at Arizona’s ports of entry.
Bruce Bracker, Jaime Chamberlain and J.B. Manson told the Interim Joint Border Security Advisory Committee that legal cross-border traffic from Mexico accounts for approximately 60,000 jobs in Arizona’s
retail sector, that visitors from Mexico spend more than $7.3 million per day in the state, and that produce companies were thinking about moving to Texas because of delays at the Nogales port. The reception to their plea was cool, to say the least. Sen. Steve Smith (R-Maricopa) wondered aloud about possible ulterior motives of all those Mexican visitors, while Sen. Al Melvin (R-Tucson) said he wouldn’t even sign a non-binding resolution in support for increased staffing at the ports. However, since that low point in May 2011, state politicians’ attitudes toward border trade have thawed, allowing commerce to take the place of immigration enforcement at the forefront of conversations about the border, according to policy experts. CLICK HERE to read more
“AZ Earn to Learn” Offers $3.1 Million in Scholarship Funds for Low-Income Students Who Complete Savings & Financial Education Program
Arizona’s three state universities – Arizona State University, Northern Arizona University and the University of Arizona – in partnership with the Arizona-based non-profit organization Live the Solution - are launching “AZ Earn to Learn,” an innovative needbased financial aid program that pairs $3.1 million in scholarships with more than 700 students from low-income families. Participation in AZ Earn to Learn includes a savings plan and completion of financial literacy and college readiness training. AZ Earn to Learn is funded with $1.55 million in federal grants from the United States Department of Health and Human Services/ Assets for Independence (AFI) program provided to the three state universities, each of which will also provide matching funds. This is the first time in the federal agency’s history that state universities have applied for and received matching funds for a scholarship program of this nature. “AZ Earn to Learn is a groundbreaking initiative that will provide critical need-based aid to students who otherwise might not have access to higher education, better preparing them for the financial and academic rigor of university life,” said Arizona Board of Regents Chair Rick Myers. “I am extremely proud that our state universities are leading the nation in this unique program. AZ Earn to Learn will help students achieve financial security by developing strong savings habits and acquiring a lasting asset: a university education.” CLICK HERE to read more.
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SAVE THE DATE FOR THE 2012 ECONOMIC CENSUS WEBINAR THURSDAY, JANUARY 24 AT 1:00 PM EST
By Brooks Bradbury, General Manager
Sunglow Ranch is an award-winning, hideaway guest ranch set on 475 acres and surrounded by the Chiricahua Mountains in southeast Arizona. Sunglow offers its guests comfortable lodging in only eleven individually decorated casitas, inspired dining and a breadth of activities. Most of all, Sunglow provides guests with a beautiful mountain setting—a perfect place to relax, or a base from which to explore the breadth of history and culture in this lovely corner of Arizona. Our guests enjoy hiking our three mile nature trail, bird-watching, complimentary use of our mountain bikes, swimming in our 45 foot pool, and unparalleled star-gazing from the hydro-spa. With 200,000 acres of the Coronado National Forest just beyond the Ranch, opportunities for hiking, horseback trail rides, and exploration abound. Sunglow Ranch is open year round, for lodging and dining by reservation, with facilities for corporate retreats, yoga, weddings, family gatherings and all manner of celebrations.
By the end of December, nearly 4 million businesses will have received forms for the 2012 Economic Census, the U.S. Government’s official five-year measure of American business and the economy. Response is required by law, and statistics that result will inform important business decisions and guide the development of effective public policy. We’re offering a special webinar on Thursday, January 24 at 1:00 PM EST to help businesses understand the value of Census data and prepare to respond - including a demonstration of our electronic reporting tools. Trusted organizations like yours can help get the word out to your members as the February 12 deadline approaches. Join us on January 24 to prepare your organization for questions from businesses and inform your members of this highly instructional session. Get the details on the webinar page at business.census.gov. Mark your calendar now, and find out why response makes a difference. Registration is not required – To participate, just follow these instructions: To Access the Online Presentation: URL: https://www.mymeetings.com/nc/join/ Conference number: PW3438034 Audience passcode: CENSUS
To Access the Conference Audio: U.S.: 800-857-9836 International: 630-395-0300 Participant passcode: CENSUS
For more information, visit www.SunglowRanch.com or telephone 520.824.3334. www.facebook.com/SEAGOEconomicDevelopment
Bisbee Begins the Year Draped in White Bisbee was dressed in white for the holidays. New Year Eve and the night prior, the skies opened up and let fall between 5 and 9 inches of snow. For many young Bisbeeites, it is the biggest snow storm they have ever known. Temps dipped into the teens.
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