GYEDC February 2019 E-Update



To expand economic activity within Yuma County by attracting commerce and industry to the region, and by assisting in developing the region's existing industry to its fullest potential.


Greater Yuma will be recognized as a globally competitive region - one that embraces advancing technology, attracts and retains human capital and continues to develop & foster the amenities that make the Yuma Region a great place to live and work.


Happy new year! 2019 is proving to be an adventurous year already. The Quarterly Investor Luncheon will be held on February 19th providing a preview of one of the many new and exciting opportunities for the region, state, and our bi-national partners through aerospace.

Last year we began researching the possibility of launching small (300kg and smaller) rockets from our Southern region of the County. Our proximity to the Sea of Cortez and controlled airspace make for an attractive solution for this size operator. These rockets launch satellites into orbit, particularly the CubeSats. Arizona has Industry leaders of this market located in multiple locations across the State. Yuma is now home to one of these industry leaders as well, AQST. I trust you all read their location announcement and partnership with Yuma International Airport. This is one example of how Arizona and more importantly Yuma play a major role in the burgeoning rocket industry.

In support of our efforts to become a launch facility, House Bill 2423, introduced by Representatives Weninger: Blackman, Cobb, Dunn, Fernandez, Finchem, Grantham, Osborne, Peten, Petersen, Shope, and Senators Gowan and Kerr adds language to our law allowing for commercial launch. The Bi-Partisan along with House and Senate support demonstrates how important this is for Arizona and Yuma County.

I hope to see you at the GYEDC luncheon to learn more about this industry and project. Guest speaker is Alex Rodriguez of Vector Systems Inc, who will have everyone excited about the future potential for Yuma County and the State. Vector Systems has been assisting GYEDC in our research and analysis and will be a frequent user of our spaceport. I hope to see all of you there.

Julie Engel



GYEDC will continue engaging with business in Yuma County through our Business Retention and Expansion Survey for 2018. This year we are visiting Agriculture, Manufacturing, Logistics, and Utilities in an effort to mitigate issues that deter future success of operating a business in Yuma County. If you would like to participate in this survey, please call our office at (928) 782-7774 or, you can also email Karime Hayer at khayer@greateryuma.org to schedule a visit with one of the staff members.


GYEDC would like to recognize the business and financial institutions that stepped up to help the employees affected by the furloughs during the difficult times.

APS, City of Yuma, Bare Naked Soap, FRY'S, Regional Center for Border Health, Assembly of God, Credit Union West, Produce on Wheels-Without-Waste, Champion Church, Get Air Trampoline, NAVY Federal Credit Union, Washington Federal, North End Coffeehouse, Elvira's Bakery, Yuma School District One-Child Nutrition Department, YMCA, Desert Veterinary Clinic, Cabrillo Credit Union, Yuma Community Food Bank.


GYEDC and its partners invite you to support the Summer Works in Yuma Program by hiring a teacher for a temporary job this summer. Please help the Yuma County schools retain our teachers. https://www.summerworksinyuma.com/


AWC & NAU will be hosting Startup Weekend April 12-14, 2019 to promote entrepreneurial learning and creative problem solving. We invite you to participate through donations and volunteering. Please contact Karime Hayer at khayer@greateryuma.org or call (928) 782-7774 if you are interested in being a mentor or judge.


Arizona Western College is holding a Transfer and Career Expo on Wednesday, March 6, 2019 from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm at the Yuma Campus to help students further their educational goals and provide career information. The expo is open to students and the general public. Employers and organizations are encouraged to participate at not cost. The deadline to register is Tuesday February 19, 2019 by 5:00 pm. Click on the link to register. There will be another Transfer ans Career Expo in Somerton on Wednesday, March 27, 2019.
Patio seating is now available at two restaurants in downtown Somerton. The City funded a $30,000 project to widen the sidewalks from 10 to 16 feet in front of 85350 Sports Bar and Pizzeria and El Dragon de Oro to help attract more business in the area. This project in an encore to the Downtown Redesign Plan to redevelop the area and invigorate the historic district.
The City of Yuma is holding an auction of surplus property on Saturday, February 2, 2019 at 9:00 am in the city's surplus property warehouse, 190 W. 14th St. There will be an array of miscellaneous items to entice a bidding war including bicycles, laptops, televisions, furniture, car audio equipment, gaming consoles, tools and office supplies. Registration and item preview will be at the city yard from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm on Friday, February 1, 2019.


The Greater Yuma EDC Quarterly Investor Luncheon will be held on Tuesday, February 19, 2019 from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm (MST) at the Pivot Point Conference Center. Please join us to hear updates regarding efforts to bring a spaceport to Yuma and hear from guest speaker Alex Rodriquez of Vector Launch, Inc.


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