By Butch Meriwether
When it comes to economic development, no one can say Mohave County is stagnant because numerous projects have either been completed in the last few years or there are others “in the works.”
The most recent projects MCEDD or its regional partners has been involved in are:
The Kingman Airport and Industrial Park authorities are the most proactive and aggressive regional partners MCEDD has. It boosts an 85 percent occupancy rate and there are currently businesses looking at relocating to the 4,000 acre area and that includes a possible tenant for the largest structure, a 250,000 square foot building.
The Kingman airport is rated for DC-9 and 737-type aircraft with a 6,830-foot by150-foot main runway and has commuter air service to Phoenix offered on a daily basis.
The last company that moved into Kingman Airport and Industrial Park as a new project was ISCO Industries (customized piping solutions) with construction of a 40,000+ square foot facility in 2010 and became operational in 2011 with 18 employees.
However since then, ChromaScape, Inc. (distributes color dispersions and additives) expanded their operations in 2010 with a new 30,000+ square foot building.
Dillon Transportation built a new 10,000 square foot maintenance facility and trucking yard in 2013.
Lander Industries purchased a 20,000+ square foot building in 2014 for their horse boot manufacturing operations.
Scot Industries (manufacture of various types of tubing) moved into a 50,000 building in 2013.
For further information, contact Bob Riley, Economic Development Director, Kingman Airport and Industrial Park, (928) 757-2134, email him at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit their website at http://www.kingmanairportauthority.com.
IHOP opened a restaurant located in the Bullhead City Airport Center in 2007, but there hasn’t been any new retail outlets opened there since the Home Depot began operation in their 125,000 square foot facility in 2003 and Sam’s Club began operation in their 135,000 square foot facility during 2005.
For further information, contact Toby Cotter, Bullhead City Manager, City of Bullhead City, (928) 763-0122, email him at email@example.com or visit their website at http://www.bullheadcity.com/departments/city-manager.
Even though the Hualapai Tribe does not currently have any major economic development projects underway, their motto is, “To serve the Hualapai people by developing the Tribe’s human, economic, and natural resources in ways that lead to greater self-sufficiency while protecting the people’s unique heritage, culture, and environment.”
The Hualapai Tribe was awarded a $1.9 million USDA grant to develop a power line on Diamond Bar Road that will connect with the Grand Canyon West Skywalk that is currently powered by generators. This electrical project is in corporation with Unisource and they are also currently applying for USDA loans.
Some of the other projects the Hualapai Tribe are working on include: a master plan for the tribe; new park and playground for Peach Springs; a youth camp; grocery store remodel; transit study; grant activities; housing improvement programs; home site leases; building permits, publishing of the Gamyu newsletter; and working on future projects.
For further information, contact Kevin Davidson, Planning & Economic Development Director Hualapai Tribe, (928) 769-1310 x23, email him at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit their website at http://hualapai-nsn.gov.
Fort Mohave Indian Tribe
The last large-scale economic project the Fort Mohave Indian was involved in was completion of a multi-million renovation to their Spirit Mountain Casino in 2015.
Fort Mojave Indian Tribe relies on revenue streams from proceeds generated from the Avi Resort & Casino and Spirit Mountain Casino and tribal lands utilized by the tribe’s the Avi Kwa Ame Farms agriculture adventures.
The tribe also continues to work on housing, utilities, health care, education and preserving the tribe’s culture and heritage among them.
For further information, contact Robert Jacobo, Workforce Development Director, Fort Mojave Development Corporation (Fort Mojave Indian Tribe), (928) 444-0928, email him at email@example.com or visit their website at http://mojaveindiantribe.com.
Lake Havasu City
Romer Beverage became the first business to move into the Lake Havasu City’s Agave Business Park during 2012 and into a centralized 25,000 square foot facility that utilizes state of the art refrigeration.
Future Romer Beverage phases will consist of expanding the refrigerated warehouse to approximately 100,000 square feet in addition to moving the corporate headquarters to a 10,000 square foot multi-level-office building that will provide service to the entire Colorado River region.
ASU Colleges at Lake Havasu City is a small, low-cost, student-focused extension of the Arizona State University system located within the city limits of Lake Havasu City. The campus opened in the fall of 2012, and it offers a selection of high-demand undergraduate degrees. Additionally, ASU’s goal for Lake Havasu City is part of an innovative effort to provide less-expensive college options across the state.
For further information, contact James Gray, Lake Havasu City Partnership for Economic Development Director, (928) 505-7333, email him at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit their website at http://www.lakehavasu.org Golden Valley
Many Golden Valley residents have expressed a desire to have a grocery store locate to the valley. “We have worked closely with the citizens of Golden Valley to market the community to potential grocery store retailers,” Bratley said. “These partnerships have led to community meetings and a survey tool which we are using to help retailers better understands the community needs.
For further information, contact MCEDD Director Bennett Bratley at 928-757-0960, email him at email@example.com or visit their website at http://www.mohavedevelopment.org/about/programs-services.