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Committee: Town should zero in on 3 industries

The Chino Valley Mayor's Economic Development Committee wants the town to look at concentrating 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 on how the town and chamber should 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, Chino Valley Area Chamber of Commerce CEO, believes they should look at all areas of the medical field from optometrists to chiropractors. He also believes the town needs to look at more senior care facilities.

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 APS's Building Bridges to Business program. Through it, people evaluate businesses, understand their needs and then bring in programs to help the businesses.

Program personnel conducted a survey a couple of years ago, he said.

"We'll do a new survey to update the one done a couple of years ago."

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

Earlier, a brand 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. Other members of the committee believed it was, he said.

If that area is designated as the current downtown area, Bunker said, the plans should include 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.

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