Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Community Master Plan Approved

The Benson City Council on Monday night approved by a 7-0 vote, the Community Master Plan for the "Villages at Vigneto".  A development on Highway 90 in Benson.  This process has taken over two years and a lot of work by the City of Benson Council and Staff along with El Dorado Holdings staff.

We are looking forward to the project, as it will bring in 100's of jobs, new business and opportunities for the Benson and Cochise County region.

Please follow us on our blog and Facebook page to see the latest information.

Friday, June 10, 2016

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

The Year of the Economic Developer

The Mayor and City Council of Benson passed a resolution recognizing 2016 as the 90th anniversary of the International Economic Development Council and as the Year of the Economic Developer.

We are privileged here in Benson to have a Mayor and City Council that recognize the value and efforts of our organization.

SAEDG and the City of Benson continue to bring new opportunities to the Community.  In the past year we have been able to work on several projects from rezoning property for development to new business for the Benson Municipal Airport.  The Mayor and Council along with several other people and organizations continue to move the "Villages at Vigneto" project forward.  This Economic Development project will start later this year, bringing Hundreds of new jobs and Millions of dollars of investment into the Benson Community.

Once again SAEDG and our Partners would like to thank the Benson Mayor and Council for their continued support.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

On Saturday April 30, 2016 I had the pleasure to participate in an Information Fair and BBQ hosted by our partner, the Bowie Chamber of Commerce, welcoming citizens of Northern Cochise County, at the Bowie Fire department.  I was representing SAEDG and shared some of the things our members are doing and other local attractions and happenings.

The day presented beautiful weather and the turn out was substantial, an estimated 300 people enjoyed the free BBQ, which was delightful and there was plenty of good food.  

Citizens were able to meet our political candidates and learn about their ideas and concerns and how they will address the needs their constituents.  Present were a variety of non-profits, local organizations and agencies and local area business folks.

I enjoyed meeting a lot of wonderful people, all the candidates, especially the ladies holding up the fort in Pearce –Sunsites for their local area Non-profits. I learned that next weekend Sunsites has a Lions Breakfast and several events going on.  

All in all, the event was a success. Nancy Jean Welker and her lovely group of volunteers did a great job. Thank you for hosting such a wonderful information Fair.

Bowie is named after Fort Bowie, whose ruins are a designated Historic Site.  Bowie is surrounded by mountain ranges with 300 miles of hiking trails and cool pine, fir and spruce trees. It is a small community located west of the San Simon Valley,  at the northeast foothills of the Dos Cabezas Mountains. Located on Interstate 10, just past Willcox, Arizona for the west. Bowie is a wonderful place to visit where you can enjoy nature, hiking, bird sightings in season and the beauty of the great out doors

Monday, April 11, 2016

SunZia Transmission Project Nearing Completion of Permitting & Development Phase

The SunZia Southwest Transmission Project will help meet a critical need for
electric transmission infrastructure in the southwest, and will create
valuable jobs and economic development across Southeast Arizona.

SunZia received Federal regulatory approval in January 2015 and Arizona
regulatory approval in February 2016. The Project will seek regulatory
approval from New Mexico, as well as negotiate land leases with public and
private property owners along the route during 2016.

The Project consists of two transmission lines, as well as electrical
substations, that will transport 3,000 megawatts from Arizona and New Mexico
to customers and markets across the Desert Southwest. Of the 515-mile
transmission line, about 200 miles will be located in Arizona in Greenlee,
Cochise, Graham, Pinal and Pima counties.

Benefits include:
* Provides an option to develop power generation resources,
including renewable resources, located in Arizona and New Mexico that
currently do not have nearby access to transmission service; and

* Delivers these generation resources to customers in western
markets; and

* Increases reliability of the existing extra-high voltage
transmission system in southern Arizona and southern New Mexico; and

* Greatly improves power transfer across the Desert Southwest
electricity grid; and

* Generates jobs and revenues for state and local governments
through property, state and local taxes paid by the SunZia Project and
generation projects that will utilize SunZia's new transmission capacity.

Construction is planned for 2018, once all final approvals have been
granted. Commercial operations are planned for 2021. For more information,
go to www.SunZia.net <http://www.SunZia.net> .

Ian Calkins

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Cochise County and Southeast Arizona Updates

Our Blog is one more way that we can put out the good word in Benson and Southeast Arizona.  In the next week we will be starting a series of blogs that will update you on projects and businesses here in Benson and throughout Cochise County.  There are several important projects that will happen here starting soon.  I would encourage you to follow our website  @www.saedg.org

The SAEDG board has been busy over the last few months upgrading our website and facebook communication.  We hope that you will take the time to:

Visit the SAEDG website:  www.saedg.org

Like us on facebook:  .https://www.facebook.com/Southeast-Arizona-Economic-Development-Group

Also please take time to send me updates on your projects and business so that we can pass the good word along.