Issue #9 | May 2016  


   Rich Heath, Director

Update from the Director

As we move from Spring to Summer, the number of business development activities continues to increase. Many of the more recent inquiries have come from company officials currently operating within the Greater Southern California area. They are seeking locations close to California that are suitable in terms of climate, regulations, workforce, etc. for their operations, as well as a manageable commute back and forth to California.
As a part of the update to GPREP’s current Action Plan as noted in the newsletter, a comprehensive marketing plan is being developed to ensure we are trying to attract as much attention to the region as possible. Marketing will include promoting the website, buildings and sites, community profiles, and print materials; conducting direct digital marketing campaigns; attending trade shows; meeting with site selectors; and building capacity within the region. The rapid changes in technology enable us to be creative and reach large numbers of prospective customers quickly and rather inexpensively.
We are always open to ideas and suggestions from the public, stakeholders, investors, and partners. If you would like an update on what is happening in GPREP, please do not hesitate to contact me. The more people who are engaged, the more successes we will have in growing and diversifying the regional economy.
See you soon,

​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

One of the region’s most unique office buildings is now available for lease or purchase. Built in 2005, this 3-story complex includes over 54,000 sq. ft. of office, conference rooms, flexible open floor space, along with a spacious lobby. There are 50 acres of land with over 200 parking spaces that will provide the new occupant(s) with many options for operations, as well as the ability to expand in the future. This property is conveniently located on the eastern edge of Prescott Valley with some very impressive views of Mingus Mountain. For more information and to schedule a tour, please contact Neil Sherman at Insignia CRE at or 602-566-7210. 
Eblasts Targeting Industry Sectors

During the month of May, a series of Eblasts will be emailed by staff from Site Location Partnership (SLP) to targeted industry sectors, site selectors, and business associations. Five industry sectors are: aerospace/defense/MRO; metal fabrication/precision metalworking; firearms/ammunition; medical devices/electromedical equipment; and packaging materials. These sectors were chosen based on our business community and the core curriculum focus of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and Yavapai College. Individualized messages were created for each industry sector highlighting the advantages of locating their business here in the Greater Prescott Region. The Eblasts are one component of a comprehensive marketing package to promote the region to attract new companies, skilled labor, and investment to the region. Follow-ups to these Eblasts will be provided in future newsletters.
Action Plan Update Underway

The GPREP Board of Directors approved a scope of services provided by ESI Corporation to update the organization’s Action Plan. The current Action Plan was adopted nearly 3 years ago and provided the initial framework and goals for GPREP. After an analysis of the current plan, it was decided to build on the momentum generated during the past two years to prepare an update that will include revised goals and strategies that will support GPREP’s mission of creating base jobs. The planning process will begin shortly. Key stakeholders from throughout the region will be asked to participate and give their input on how this unique public-private partnership will proceed to accomplish its mission. The goal is have the new Action Plan adopted by early fall.

EDA Regional Innovation Stategies (RIS) Program Funding

The Economic Development Administration (EDA) released the Federal Funding Opportunity (FFO) and began accepting applications for the 2016 round of Regional Innovation Strategies (RIS) Program funding for two separate initiatives; the i6 Challenge is a national competition based on the most impactful national models for startup creation, innovation, and commercialization; and the Seed Fund Support Grants. These cluster grants provide funding for technical assistance to support feasibility, planning, formation, or launch of cluster-based seed capital funds that are offered to innovation-based, growth-oriented start-up companies in exchange for equity. Deadline to apply is June 24, 2016. For more information, please contact NACOG at (928) 778-1422.

P.A.L. Recruiting New Leaders

An important asset in any community is leaders. Prescott Area Leadership is currently recruiting for its upcoming class. The mission of Prescott Area Leadership is to develop and inspire individuals to contribute to the vitality and leadership of central Yavapai County. For more information and to apply, please visit the organization’s website at

GPREP Board Meeting, June 20, 2016 at 3:00 p.m. at the Rock House on the Yavapai College Prescott Campus.
Prescott Valley Economic Development Foundation Quarterly Breakfast meeting on May 25, 2016. Mr. Glenn Williamson of the Canada Arizona Business Council will be the guest speaker. Ponderosa Hotel Management Services is sponsoring this event. A RSVP is required due to limited space is limited.  Call us at (928) 775-0032 or send an email to
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:


Teri Drew has worked in economic and workforce development for over 39 years and is the Regional Director for the Northern Arizona Council of Governments, Economic Workforce Development Division. Her area of responsibility includes 25 communities in the four county District of Apache, Navajo, Coconino, and Yavapai counties.  Teri currently serves on the Greater Prescott Regional Economic Partnership (GPREP) Board of Directors and also participates on the Business Action Team for GPREP.  Teri also serves as Co-Chair of the Arizona Association for Workforce Developers (AAWD).  Teri was appointed by the Governor of Arizona to serve on the Digital Arizona Council (DAC) and has served several terms on the Yavapai County Local Workforce Investment Board (LWIB) including the Executive Committee.   She served on the Arizona Association of Economic Development Board of Directors from 2003 – 2014, serving as President of AAED 2012-2013 and Past President 2013-2014. 
Teri was named Woman of the Year by the Prescott Area Leadership for 2012.  She served on the Arizona Rural Development Council, and served on the Arizona Manufacturing Extension Partnership Board of Directors. Teri also served on the Prescott Chamber of Commerce as a member of the Board of Directors.  Teri has participated in the National Association of Counties, Labor & Employment Steering committee and the Northern Arizona Economic Development Advisory Committee for the City of Flagstaff.   She also served as the Chair on the Governor’s Commission on Non-Traditional Employment for Women for eight years.   Teri has been the recipient of numerous regional, state and federal innovation awards.