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1/22/2014 9:41:00 AM
Town's future looking rosy

At this past week's Town Council meeting and at the Prescott Valley Chamber of Commerce quarterly breakfast yesterday, town officials and business development specialists presented information that shows things definitely are looking up, economically.

"There's cause for optimism," Arizona's Hometown Radio Group owner Sanford Cohen said, adding the positive strides did not come about by accident, but because of the hard work and innovation of Prescott Valley's leaders - both in town government and the business community.

Mayor Harvey Skoog and Steve Rutherford, chair of the new Greater Prescott Regional Economic Partnership, agreed the area needs more jobs, not only for adults seeking employment now, but to keep our young people here - right up through retirement age.

Gary Marks, executive director of the Prescott Valley Economic Development Foundation, said Prescott Valley is the only town in Yavapai County that can claim a job gain during the past few years.

So confident is Marks of future business progress, that he went out on a limb with a huge projection.

Marks said by 2025, Prescott Valley will be at the heart of the state's "Upper Valley," when Arizona has two "Valleys. " He said the current Valley of the Sun, encompassing the Phoenix area, will be the Lower Valley.

Town Economic Development Manager Greg Fister, a self-purported "downplayer" of projections, was feeling confident of a rosy future. He mentioned substantial increases in town tax revenue, business license issues, and the value of both commercial construction and commercial improvement projects over the first half of Fiscal Year 2014, which began in July 2013. In fact, he called the sales tax revenue increase of 15 percent, "unheard of in my world."

All in all, facts and figures seem to support the business community's optimism.

But everyone can take an active part in making Prescott Valley what Mayor Skoog believes it already is becoming: the Jewel of Northern Arizona.

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