Thursday, December 7, 2017

Getting ready for the New Year!

We have had a very busy month preparing for 2018.  Membership drive, changes to the office interior, discussions with possible new business owners, preparing for the January 9th luncheon and more. Here are some reminders and announcements for December/January...

Please consider Renewing your Membership or Becoming Member. See our Home Page ( for Membership Levels and benefits or contact Carol at

Did you know that SAEDG has cubicle office space for rent?  We currently have openings for 3 spaces. This is a good way to help build your start up business with a "store front" without the cost of a store front. It is also a good way to cut costs when you are reorganizing your current business. For more information contact Carol at OR George at

Important Date! - On December 11th there will be a City Council meeting at City Hall, 7:00 p.m., which includes a call to the public. Please come to the meeting to show your support for the Villages at Vigneto project. If you would like to speak in support please come to the meeting with your prepared statement. It will be very helpful to show our support in big numbers. For information on the benefits of the project please see the Home page at and click on the benefits of this project link.

Southeast Arizona Economic Development Group:
SSensible advice for business development in our area
AAll of the up to the minute economic development news for Benson & SE Arizona
E Every opportunity to have your business involved in the community
DDoing what is best for Southeastern Arizona’s Economic Development
GGoing “all out” to assist our Members

Thank you for all of your help and support in 2017.  We wish you the BEST of Holidays! 

Monday, November 20, 2017

The Blog of November!
Things are stirring, plans are being made and an upswing of Economic Development is on the horizon...

The Public Notice Comment Period for the Re-evaluation of Permit No SPL-2003-00826-KAT is getting closer to it's deadline on December 4th.  If you have not done so already please send in your Letters of Support or sign our Petition before December 4th. Details are on our Website: It is important for us to show our support of this project as it will kick start positive economic growth in Cochise County and the surrounding areas. We are excited about what the future will bring in respect to the opportunities the Villages of Vigneto will bring.

Our luncheon on November 7th was sponsored by Arizona G&T Cooperatives which included a presentation by Geoff Oldfather. Geoff is a Member of SAEDG and Cooperative Communications & Public Relations Manager of Arizona G&T. Our next Member luncheon will be held on January 9th, we hope to see you there!

David DiPeso has been voted in as SAEDG's new President. David has been serving as our Vice-President and is taking over for our former President Larry Dempster who has stepped down as President to focus on his work as a new City Council Member.

SAEDG Membership Dues will be due this January. Please renew your Membership with us. We are currently focusing on our Membership campaign for the coming year. SAEDG is working to expand our Membership by at least 30% for the coming year. 

Thank you for taking a moment to read our Blog and please check out our November Newsletter for more information!

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Busy October!

New Developments:
  • Gracie's Station is now Butterfield Station.  Next time you drive by take a look in that direction and you will see a new sign reflecting the name change!
This Month's Activities:

Networking, information and new opportunities have marked the days this month.

On October 5th we attended the Benson Economic Outlook luncheon at the Benson School. Benson economy is starting to improve. The Benson area is anticipating a boost to our economy in the near future stimulated mainly by the Villages at Vigneto.

As you may know, The Villages at Vigneto reinstatement of the Clean Water Act, Section 404 Permit is a very important step to the beginning of the project. If you have not sent in your letter of support, please do so before the deadline on November 4th, 2017. For further information on submitting a letter of support go our Website at

 A representative for SAEDG attended the CDFA Arizona Financing Roundtable regarding the best practices within the state's development finance industry. This event included topics such as Arizona Legislative Update & Market Watch, IDAs and the latest in Bond Financing across Arizona, Economic development at the border and Financing Mixed-use development - The Latest Trends. This information is helpful to our organization and helps us to better assist our community.

On October 17th Board Members attended the Community Leaders Luncheon at the San Pedro Golf Course in Benson. This is a great way to touch base with our local leaders and network with not only local businesses but Representatives from the State of Arizona. The San Pedro Golf Course is the location for SAEDG's 2nd Annual Golf Tournament & Wine Tasting, Saturday, October 28th, so this gave us an opportunity to encourage more golfers to participate in our event! If you haven't signed up yet don't miss out on the fun, sign up today!