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12:36 PM Sat, Sept. 22nd

Committee: Chino Valley should zero in on 3 industries

The Chino Valley Mayor's Economic Development Committee wants the town to concentrate on bringing in businesses from three basic industries - solar, medical and warehousing.

Mayor Jim Bunker said at the committee's 2 p.m. Oct. 6 meeting in Council Chambers its members will work on strategies for the town and chamber of commerce to go after businesses in these industries.

"We also will be looking at which businesses within these industries we want to pursue," he said.

Ab Jackson, CEO for the Chino Valley Area Chamber of Commerce, believes they should look at all areas of the medical field from optometrists to chiropractors.

He also thinks the town needs to look at more senior care centers.

Bunker said the committee also believes it is imperative the town help existing businesses to grow. One way to do that, he said, is through the chamber's B3 program.

Jackson said that is Arizona Public Service's Building Bridges to Business program. Through it, people evaluate businesses, understand their needs and then bring in programs to help the businesses.

The program did a survey a couple of years ago, he said. "We'll do a new survey to update (it)."

The committee members agreed to bring photos of what other towns have done to promote a brand. Then, they will work to come up with a brand to recommend for the Town of Chino Valley.

Earlier, one brand the committee considered was "High Plains Adventure."

The committee learned that the developer who owns the 90 acres at the northwest corner of Road 1 West and Road 2 North still plans to build homes on that parcel.

The committee members discussed having the 90 acres between that parcel and Walgreens designated as the current downtown area in conjunction with the parcels south of Perkinsville Road and east of Highway 89.

Bunker said he questioned whether that area was large enough for a downtown, adding that other members of the committee thought it was.

If the down designates that area as the current downtown area, Bunker said, it will need a transition area between the commercial and residential developments.

If the committee decides that area should be the downtown area, it will have to make a recommendation to the Chino Valley Planning and Zoning Commission to get it designated as such in the General Plan.