Group Takes Community's Temperature


Payson Regional Economic Development Corporation, a nonprofit organization that provides support for new and existing businesses in the Rim Country, is hosting a two-part conference Feb. 22 and 28.

"The focus will be economic impacts," executive director Barbara Ganz said. "Because of the political climate in town, we want people making good decisions based on good information."


Barbara Ganz

In part one, two community leaders will discuss natural resources: Public Works Director Buzz Walker will present an update on the town's water situation while former Payson mayor and real estate agent Craig Swartwood will give an overview of current land and real estate issues.

The following week, Feb. 28, Chris Wolfe of Payson Regional Medical Center, Payson Unified School District Superintendent Sue Myers, and Marty deMasi, Chief of the Payson Fire Department will familiarize audience members with current health care, K-12 education and forest health issues respectively.

The Payson Public Library will host the conference from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 22 and Feb. 28.

The conference is open to PREDC members and their guests. Other community members interested in attending or joining should contact PREDC at (928) 468-6659.

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