Local Business Briefs


Movie Gallery comes to Payson

Movies, movies and more movies. The Rim country will soon be home to the Movie Gallery at 300 E. Highway 260, Payson.

The opening is planned for Friday, June 6 or sooner.

"Movie Gallery offers an array of exciting actions, dramas, romances, comedies and all the favorite classics in video and DVD, and a great selection of games for rental," according to a press release from Steve McBride on behalf of Movie Gallery.

There will be promotions and in-store events every day, plus free copies of "Video Buzz" providing details on the new releases coming to the store.

"Movie Gallery strives to keep sight of its objective -- continued customer satisfaction. We invite you to visit our new Movie Gallery, so we can deliver that promise to you," McBride continued for Movie Gallery, Inc., in the release.

Movie Gallery, Inc. is the second largest video rental and retail chain in the country. It has more than 1,855 stores in 44 states and seven Canadian provinces.

The phone number of the Payson store is 472-6400.

Economic group electing new officers

The Payson Regional Economic Development Corporation will hold its annual meeting for election of officers next month.

The meeting is at 4 p.m., Wednesday, June 11 at the Majestic Mountain Inn.

The nominating committee will present the following slate of candidates for officers of the corporation: Ray Schum, president; Judy Miller, vice president; Phyllis Windle, secretary; Don Curtis, Andy Kaiser, John Schulz and Bruce Whiting, members.

The meeting is open to the public and will feature David Bentler, a ranking member of the APS Economic Development Group, as guest speaker.

Public invited to learn about economic development

The Focused Future II program is having a mini-summit next week.

The mini-summit is an economic development educational opportunity, open to the public.

The program is Wednesday, May 28 at Gila County Community College Community Room, from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

The topic is "Sustainable Economics - Sustainable Communities."

In February 2003, the town of Payson, along with community partners, embarked on a very challenging planning project known as the Focused Future II Strategic Plan for Economic Development.

This is a process for the community to update current plans and increase citizen participation through a series of meetings, focus groups, mini summit and an interactive conference. These planning efforts will engage citizens and put the program on the cutting edge of economic development.

The goal is to help all participants come to understand trends and issues and their impacts, as well as learn thoughts and theory for sustainable communities. The schedule for the day includes:• Cultural Heritage Tourism, practical applications, with Dr. Dan Shilling, executive director, Arizona Humanities Council;

  • Building Great Communities, communitywide planning, with Barbara Shaw, director, ASU President's Community Enrichment;
  • Education and Work Force, the role of the Community College in Payson, with Dr. Barbara Ganz, president, Gila County Community College; and
  • Work Force Development for the Payson area, an interactive survey.

Reserve a space with Cathy Boone at 928-468-6659, Monday through Friday, between the hours of 9 a.m. and 1 p.m.

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