Rim Economic Development Efforts Honored


Economic development efforts for the Rim country, under the direction of Scott Flake, were recently honored by the Arizona Association for Economic Development.

The group named Flake Economic Developer of the Year in a Small Community (population under 50,000)

As executive director of the Payson Regional Economic Development Corporation, Flake has played a significant role in many of the area's economic advancements.

Among the reasons Flake was selected for the award:

  • Developed new prospects with cutting edge methods with funds from a state grant;
  • Acquired leads through trade shows;
  • Spearheaded development of "Arizona Rim Country" branding;
  • Developed Focused Future II economic development plan;
  • Developed a successful community job fair;
  • Launched district-wide school landscaping and clean-up project; and
  • Helped to attract more than four companies to area, among these were The Door Stop, Schneider Rifle Barrel, Canyon Broadband and BAK Engineering.

"We're pleased to have been awarded this recognition by other economic development organizations around the state and appreciate all in the community who help contribute to our success," Flake said.

The award was one of seven presented at a conference in Tucson earlier this month.

The Arizona Association for Economic Development was originally founded in 1974 as the Arizona Association for Industrial Development. The organization is dedicated to expanding the industrial and economic base of Arizona. The name was changed in 1991 to better reflect the broader mission.

For more information, call (480) 921-9131, or see the website at www.aaed. com.

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