Issue #10 | June 2016  


   Rich Heath, Director

Update from the Director

It is hard to believe that I recently celebrated my one year anniversary with GPREP. It certainly has been a learning process. I want to thank everyone for their time and interest in helping me get comfortable in a new state and job. I also want also thank the City of Prescott, towns of Prescott Valley, Chino Valley, and Dewey-Humboldt, Yavapai County, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Yavapai College, Yavapai Regional Medical Center, Fann Contracting, Yavapai Title Agency, along with 24 additional entities and businesses for their past, current, and future investments in GPREP. As a public-private partnership, your financial investments are critical to the success of the organization.  All GPREP investors are duly recognized on the front page of GPREP’s website.
There have been a steady number of individuals seeking information on the Greater Prescott Region. The types of companies being represented range from a fire arms manufacturer to a technical assistance call center to advanced manufacturing. Recently, I facilitated a tour in Ash Fork for a representative of a wood products company located in Oregon. They are focusing on this area of Arizona because Interstate 40 is a primary route to major markets, along with the availability of biomass from harvested Junipers. For each inquiry, a complete informational packet is assembled and given to them that highlights all the great assets available throughout the region.
We have newly updated marketing brochures that are a part of our marketing packet. If you would like to display our brochures or posters at your place of business, please let me know. We are seeking high traffic, highly visible areas in which to distribute these materials.
Enjoy this great summer weather in the high country!

​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


Featured Property

The availability of developable land located at a major interchange is an asset. There is an 80 acre parcel for sale or short-term lease at the State Highway 89 and Interstate 40 interchange in Ash Fork that offers several options for industrial, commercial, residential, or mixed-use development. A high-volume commercial well, natural gas line, and electrical power are already in place, along with immediate access to I40 from State Route 89. A Burlington Northern Santa Fe rail line is located near the property on the north side of I40. Many site selectors note interstate access as a requirement for certain types of manufacturing operations that have large trucking demands. For more information, please contact Jake Crites at Jake’s Old West Properties. His website is
Job Creation Progress Meter

As part of our commitment to building the best Arizona, the Arizona Commerce Authority, and the Center for the Future of Arizona have collaborated to define a set of widely accepted job creation indicators to support the efforts of those creating jobs and growing Arizona’s economy. The newly-launched Job Creation Progress Meter uses these indicators to measure the state’s progress and celebrate our successes. Indicators such as net new jobs, total exports, per capita income vs. national average, and educational attainment will provide valuable information on job growth, innovation, and overall health of the state and local municipalities. GPREP is one of the 30 plus organization’s committed to utilizing these indicators as we collectively seek to strengthen Arizona’s economy. For more information, please visit the Center for the Future of Arizona’s website at
Cost Comparison Studies

GPREP has contracted with Applied Economics in Phoenix to conduct cost of doing business comparisons between the Greater Prescott Region and comparably-sized metropolitan areas. The metropolitan areas selected for analysis are deemed competitors for the same size and types of businesses we are seeking to locate in this region. The content from the analysis of comparable areas will be used as part of our social media and digital marketing efforts. Information from these comparisons will be made available to the GPREP partners for their business recruitment and attraction activities. The database for the cost of doing business comparisons will be available in early July. If you have questions or want to utilize this information, please contact me.
Community Profiles

GPREP has added a Community Profile feature to its website. The program enables you to custom build a profile of your community or the entire Greater Prescott Region. The features that are available include demographics, labor force, businesses and jobs, and housing. This information can be a valuable resource in recruiting staff or new customers. Anyone can use this program without cost. Go to and click on “Begin Your Search” tab on the front page to view all the features ZoomProspector has available to assist you with your projects or provide information to your clients.

GPREP Board Meeting, June 20, 2016 at 3:00 p.m. at the Rock House on the Yavapai College Prescott Campus.
Buy American Transit Supply Chain Connectivity Forum, June 22, 2016 at the Phoenix Grand Sheraton. The Forum is designed to bring large transit Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) and Tier1 Suppliers together with smaller, capable and interested U.S. manufacturers in an effort to facilitate the use of a higher percentage of domestic suppliers in transit products and systems. The Forum will provide a venue for smaller manufacturers to learn what products are needed and find out more about investments they need to consider when entering the transit industry.” Cost is $25 and includes continental breakfast and lunch. For more information and to register, please contact Shawnda Henderson at
Visionary Leadership Driving Global Competitiveness, 2016 Arizona-Mexico Commission Annual Summit, June 23-24, 2016 at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess. To register, please visit the Commission’s website at:


Dan Cummings, Technical Services Manager, MI Windows & Doors

Dan Cummings is currently Senior Project Manager for MI Windows and Doors in Prescott Valley, Arizona. Dan’s background includes over 30 years in the Window and Door industry with leadership positions of General Manager, Director of Sales and Marketing, and various sales and operation positions for Manufacturers and Private Distribution.
In addition to daily duties, Dan is involved with Habitat for Humanity, Prescott Valley Economic Development Foundation and has been involved in the past with Prescott Kiwanis, Bradshaw Mountain Kiwanis, and the Boy Scouts of America.