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County moving to take more serious approach to Economic Development & Legislative Affairs

Post Date:07/03/2018 12:00 PM

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As Yuma County becomes more popular as a place to live, work and raise a family, the need for well paying, reliable jobs climbs. Now, more than ever, the economic prosperity of this region is paramount. This is why County Administration has created a new position called Economic Development & Intergovernmental Affairs Director.

“This position demonstrates the County’s renewed commitment to fostering an environment that stimulates diversified job creation, capital investments, and tax revenues that support our goals,” explains County Administrator Susan Thorpe. “The candidate filling this position will join our senior leadership team and our community partners in furthering economic vitality for Yuma County.”

The newly formed position will be responsible for planning, organizing and directing economic development activities to include attracting new industry, business, and investments to Yuma County.  The person who fills the position will administer the County’s economic development incentive policy, 4FrontED initiatives and related programs.  Another facet of the job will be conducting research, providing strategic analysis, developing policy recommendations and conducting activities on the County’s behalf related to intergovernmental and legislative affairs at the local, regional, state and federal levels.

The County intends on proactively addressing these critical areas, which have been previously dealt with on an ad-hoc basis. More and more state and federal legislation and regulations are impacting County operations and finances, and it’s the County’s intention to ensure our voice is heard at the Statehouse and the Capitol.  The County recently adopted an economic development incentive policy. This policy and the funding to support it recognize the importance of partnering with the Greater Yuma Economic Development Corporation and other agencies to attract and retain high wage jobs and robust industries in the Yuma County region.

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