Issue #5 | January 2016  


   Rich Heath, Director

Update from the Director

With the holidays behind us, it is now time to focus on the many items that have found their way to my To-Do-List. Much of my time and attention will be on marketing and the update to the organization’s action plan. In the area of marketing, the website will be receiving significant upgrades over the next several weeks, the three promotional videos will be completed in February, a digital marketing campaign is set to begin, and additional print materials will be prepared to complement the existing brochure. I will be attending a real estate conference in Las Vegas at the end of February, and my attendance at several other business trade shows/missions are being discussed for later in the spring and summer.  
I will be working with the GPREP board and economic development colleagues to plan a 2-3 day tour that will give site selection consultants the opportunity to see the region and meet with key community, education, and business representatives. If our schedule permits, we may decide to host two tours with one scheduled for late spring and the second held in conjunction with the October 1st APOPA Fly-In.
The original GPREP Action Plan was adopted in July 2009. Many of those original strategies have been accomplished or will be completed by the end of 2016. The board will be seeking input from a wide range of stakeholders to prepare the contents of an updated action plan that is anticipated to be adopted this summer. As a regional public-private partnership, it is important that the action plan is comprehensive, yet specific enough to address each entity’s needs and desired outcomes.
With your continued input and support, 2016 will be an exciting and successful year. I look forward to getting to work and making great things happen. 

​Richard Heath

Dane Beck, Hampton Inn and  Suites of Prescott Valley,
Board President

Bob Been, Affinity RV
Vice President

David Hall, ERAU,

Danny Sullivan, Yavapai Title Agency,

Steve Rutherford, Prescott Valley 
Immediate Past President

Steve Walker,
Yavapai College

Dave Barrett,
Barrett Propane

Dan Cummings,
MI Windows & Doors

John Amos,
Yavapai Regional Medical Center

Kelly Patton,
Arizona Public Service

Jack Fowler,
Fowler Commercial, LLC

Meredith Dunlap,
National Bank of AZ

Julie Ruttle,
BBVA/Compass Bank

Teri Drew,

Tracey Horn,
Helken & Horn Advertising Agency

Stephen Crandall, SC
Audit and Accounting Solutions

Keith Watkins,
Arizona Commerce Authority


Mayor Harry Oberg
City of Prescott

Rick Anderson
Town of Prescott Valley

Mayor Chris Marley
Town of Chino Valley

Dennis Repan
Town of Dewey-Humboldt

Rowle Simmons
Yavapai County Supervisor - District 1


Manufacturer’s Exporting Breakfast

Is your company looking to increase Revenues and Grow its buyer base through Exporting? If you answered yes, then this is an informational session that you cannot miss. Speakers will be covering a variety of available state and local resources and programs that companies can access in order to begin exporting or to expand their network of trading partners. The breakfast is being held in the Community Room on the Yavapai College Prescott Campus on January 27, 2016 with breakfast at 7:30 a.m. and program beginning at 8:00 a.m. There is no cost to attend the breakfast but space is limited and reservations are required. Please call 928-772-4883 or email to reserve your seat today.

Arizona Commerce Authority Resources

The Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA) is the state’s leading economic development organization with a mission to grow and strengthen Arizona’s economy. The ACA works to recruit out-of-state companies to expand their operations in Arizona; work with existing companies to grow their business in Arizona and beyond; and partner with entrepreneurs and companies large and small to create new jobs and businesses in targeted industries. This public-private organization has a comprehensive list of programs and incentives to assist economic development organizations, like GPREP, and local communities strengthen their economic development efforts. For more information on ACA’s programs, staff, and initiatives, please visit their website at

Mountain Institute JTED

Businesses depend on a strong, comprehensive education system for their workforce. Joint Technical Education District or JTEDs offer another option for employers to find those valuable skilled employees. Currently, there are thirteen JTEDs throughout the state of Arizona. Each JTED functions as an independent school district with its own elected governing board, with the local JTED known as "Mountain Institute." The Mountain Institute provides enhanced Career and Technical Education (CTE) courses for students within seven individual school districts within Western Yavapai County: Ash Fork, Bagdad, Chino Valley, Humboldt, Mayer, Prescott, and Seligman. It offers a variety of Career and Technical Education programs to students who are seeking to develop specific skills toward their future career goals in 14 career areas, including welding, information technology, and pre-engineering. Visit our local JTED on Facebook at: or website,

AOPA Fly-In 2016

The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) will be holding one if its four Fly-Ins scheduled for 2016 on October 1st at the Earnest A. Love Field in Prescott. AOPA was incorporated as a not-for-profit organization dedicated to general aviation in 1939. From the start, AOPA has fought to protect the freedom to fly while keeping general aviation safe, fun, and affordable. Growth in the early years was slow, but by 2010 more than 400,000 individuals were AOPA members. Hundreds of pilots and their families, along with dozens of vendors, will be spending the weekend in the area. This is a good opportunity for the Greater Prescott Region to show what it has to offer the rest of the country. GPREP intends to have a booth, as well as inviting some key business development consultants to see the region and to discuss opportunities for their clients to locate a company within the region. More updates will be provided in future E-Newsletters. [website]


Prescott Valley Quarterly Breakfast, January 12, 2016, 7:00 a.m. at the Stone Ridge Golf Course. Reservations Required: 928-772-8857
GPREP Board Meeting, January 25, 2016. 3:00 p.m. at the Rock House on the Yavapai College Prescott Campus.
Manufacturer’s Exporting Breakfast, January 27, 2016, 7:30 a.m. in the Community Room at the Yavapai College, Prescott Campus. 

After 30+ years in the economic development field, Greg Fister, Economic Development Manager for the Town of Prescott Valley, is retiring and entering the next chapter of his life. Greg’s knowledge and sense of humor will be missed by everyone. On behalf of the Greater Prescott Regional Economic Partner, we wish you the best and thank you for everything you have done to get the organization up and running.

Danny Sullivan has spent 32 years in the Escrow and Title Insurance industry working with commercial and residential brokerages and agents in the Phoenix metro area. Much of that time has been in sales and marketing. He has been employed by large national title insurance companies and local privately owned title agencies. Over the years he has held management positions including Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Corporate Vice President, President and Chief Operating Officer. Expansion, recruiting, building and training has been his focus for the past 17 years; growing one company from 3 branches and 25 people to 26 branches and 180 people.
In 2005 / 2006 he served as President of the Land Title Association of Arizona and has stayed involved in the organization. He currently chairs an LTAA committee to address the new CFPB and RESPA regulations issues.    
In November of 2014 Danny joined Yavapai Title Agency in Prescott as Vice President. He believes that businesses should give back to the communities where they are located and is very happy with YTA’s 52 year history of strong community involvement.      
Danny and his wife have always enjoyed visiting Prescott. They purchased a home in Prescott last year to eventually retire to and then Danny was offered the position at Yavapai Title. New to the Board of Directors, Mr. Sullivan was elected Secretary in July 2015.