City ranks 16th best place for families

SIERRA VISTA — Sierra Vista and its surrounding region are the 16th best place to raise a family in Arizona, offering affordable housing, a better education and a lower cost of living, an online financial services survey shows. WalletHub.com compared 65 cities across the state in 21 different categories, measuring factors that have the most impact on Arizona families. “Our …

Southeast Arizona National Park sites create $13.3 mil in economic benefit

HEREFORD, ARIZONA – A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that 195,366 visitors to Southeast Arizona Group in 2016 spent $11,453,700 in communities near the park. That spending supported 168 jobs in the local area and had a cumulative benefit to the local economy of $13,304,200. “Chiricahua, Coronado and Fort Bowie each welcome visitors from across the country and …

Impact DataSource podcast shares economic development secrets

The March 3, 2017 episode of Impact DataSource features Sierra Vista’s Assistant City Manager Mary Jacobs, who shares insight on economic development from this growing community. Economic development–efforts that collectively garner new business, either from growth or attraction–is a key focus in Sierra Vista’s growth strategy. The City is leveraging its higher-than-average educated workforce, available sites, and business-friendly attitude. That, …

Businesses urged to apply for export recognition

PHOENIX — Businesses in Maricopa, Pinal and Pima counties have a new opportunity to gain attention for their export efforts. Businesses that export are encouraged to apply for the new Sun Corridor Export Recognition Program, which opens today. The program seeks to raise awareness about the importance of exports in the region’s economy and to connect businesses with resources that can …

Sierra Vista designated as a Great American Defense Community

The Association of Defense Communities has designated Sierra Vista as a member of the Great American Defense Communities Class of 2017. “Our community has always supported and welcomed the soldiers and families who call Fort Huachuca home. It’s just part of who we are,” Sierra Vista Mayor Rick Mueller says. “This honor celebrates the efforts of the entire Sierra Vista …

Signs showcase Sierra Vista as gateway to Arizona Trail

Newly installed signs share Sierra Vista’s status as a gateway to the Arizona Trail, inspiring residents and visitors alike to explore this key outdoor recreation asset that begins at the international border with Mexico and meanders over 800 miles north to Utah. The City recently installed signs at each end of Buffalo Soldier Trail, completing a project initially spurred by …

State projects rapid job growth over 10 years

Center for Economic Research 901 N. Colombo Ave. Sierra Vista, AZ 85635 Robert@CochiseEconomy.com www.CochiseEconomy.com CER PRESS RELEASE: November 17, 2016 By: Dr. Robert Carreira, Chief Economist According to projections by Arizona Office of Employment and Population Statistics, the state will gain 577,302 jobs over the next 10 years for growth of 21.2 percent (compared to just 6.5 percent projected for …

McFarland leaving economic development post

Reprinted from SVHerald.com By Derek Jordan Dec 14, 2016 SIERRA VISTA — After nearly two years of building up the city of Sierra Vista’s nascent economic development efforts, by working with community members to provide it with a focus and a foundation, Simone McFarland will be leaving her position as economic development manager next week. After spending the first few …

Unemployment rate falls on continued job gains

Center for Economic Research 901 N. Colombo Ave. Sierra Vista, AZ 85635 Robert@CochiseEconomy.comwww.CochiseEconomy.com CER PRESS RELEASE: November 24, 2016 By: Dr. Robert Carreira, Chief Economist According to data from Arizona’s Office of Employment and Population Statistics, Cochise County’s unadjusted unemployment rate dropped from 6.3 to 5.9 percent from September to October. The October rate was at its lowest level since …