Meeting To Help Payson Hard-Wire For The Future

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Local business owners can find out how to tap into Gov. Jane Hull's Partnership for the New Economy, which was created to help Arizona compete in today's information-based economy, Thursday, April 12 during a breakfast meeting at Famous Sam's.

"We are among the first rural communities to address these issues," said Tom Kaleta, CEO of the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce, which is co-sponsoring the 7:45 a.m. Eggs and Issues meeting with the Payson Regional Economic Development Corporation.

Kaleta wants Payson to compete for one of 50 $20,000 blocks of money that will be made available by the state for evaluating the town's technological infrastructure and planning for improvements.

Guest speaker Mary Jo Waits, associate director of the Morris Institute for Public Policy at Arizona State University, will discuss how Payson can be one of the communities receiving funding to survey its existing technology infrastructure.

"Through better telecommunications and related technologies, we can gain access to new sources of knowledge, education and training and that means we can help all kinds of local businesses," Kaleta said. "But until we can assess our current capabilities, we won't know what to do."

Scheduled to attend the meeting are representatives from the Department of Commerce and the governor's office, most of the Payson Town Council, and Town Manager Rich Underkofler.

The meeting at 307 S. Beeline Highway will have limited seating so organizers encourage participants to make early reservations.

For more information or to make reservations, call the chamber at 474-4515.

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