Companies are realizing benefits to locating in Pinal County

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As we enter the fall months, it will be nice to welcome cooler temperatures and our yearly winter visitors who come to enjoy the warmer climate and spend their money.

The summer was a buzz of activity around District 5, starting in May with the clean-up of the Nathan Martens’ Memorial. Nathan Martens was a Queen Creek High School graduate who joined the Navy and became a hospitalman assigned to a Marine unit. In 2006, while serving with the Marine unit, a Humvee he was riding in was involved in an accident where he died. Martens left behind a wife and a daughter.

The memorial is in San Tan Mountain Park. It also honors those Arizona servicemen and women who have paid the ultimate sacrifice in Afghanistan and Iraq. We had a good group of volunteers who spent their day cleaning up the memorial and the surrounding area. It was a fitting way to spend the Memorial Day weekend.

Many of you know Pinal County’s Open Space and Trails Department has been receiving public input on the proposed Peralta Regional Park. This is one of seven proposed parks in Pinal County’s Opens Space and Trails Master Plan.

This proposed park will offer exceptional open space and outdoor recreation opportunity that could include hiking, equestrian riding, mountain biking, rock climbing, dark sky watching, picnicking and camping.

The proposed 480-acre regional park is surrounded by Arizona State Trust Land and in close proximity to the Superstition Wilderness Area and Peralta Trailhead. To read more about this proposed regional park, visit its website.

One of Pinal County’s truly bright spots has been the work Economic Development Director Tim Kanavel has been putting in to help bring new businesses here. Pinal County is now part of the Sun Corridor Economic Development Group. It is an economic development organization in southern Arizona and Sonora, Mexico, with four counties in Arizona (Pinal, Pima, Santa Cruz and Cochise) and 72 municipalities in Sonora Mexico, with a population of 4.25 million people.

Companies are noticing Pinal County. So far we have had tens of millions of dollars in economic development in this county with much more on the horizon.

I had the chance to get out this message of economic development to a gathering at Our Saviors Lutheran Church in Gold Canyon. It was nice to get out the word about our work in making Pinal County a great place to live, work and play.

The summer is never complete without a grand celebration of our nation’s independence during the Fourth of July. I had the chance to meet and talk with many District 5 residents while working the Kiwanis booth at the Apache Junction High School raising money for adopting a Thanksgiving family in need in Apache Junction.

As a member of the Energy, Environment, and Land Use Committee for the National Association of Counties, I had the chance to represent Pinal County interests at its annual meeting in Charlestown, South Carolina. I was there for a week in July working with other county supervisors and officials to help fight off the overreach of the Environmental Protection Agency.

While it may seem like a never ending battle between local agencies and the federal government, the meetings were very constructive. We all seemed to agree on the idea that the EPA’s regulations are a “one size fits all” approach to environmental protection. The idea that Massachusetts environmental issues are the same as Arizona’s environmental issues is ludicrous. We need to keep on fighting this flawed notion and set realistic goals for each area of the country – not just one blanket approach to helping our environment.

On Saturday, Sept. 19, I had the pleasure of joining three fellow supervisors for the dedication of Eagle One.

Eagle One is a former county-owned RV acquired by the nonprofit organization Honoring/Hiring/Helping Our Heroes of Pinal County. They only had to pay $1 for this RV that once housed a mobile health clinic for Pinal County Public Health. Eagle One has the unique flexibility to bring multiple providers to veterans including, food boxes, counseling, educational services, and other assistance as needed.

This RV will be a great help to many of our 50,000 Pinal County Veteran’s living here. Many of them go without needed services simply because the Veterans Administration offices are out of their reach. I hope you will see Eagle One traveling the Pinal County roadways as you are out and about.

I had the pleasure of working with the Lions Club on Monday, Sept. 21 at Four Peaks Elementary School. We were out there performing eye tests on the young students there. It was a fun time getting to know the people who will one day take our place as Pinal County leaders.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact my office at 480-982-0659. You can also e-mail me at todd.house@pinalcountyaz.gov.

Todd House is the Pinal County Supervisor of District 5

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