Economic Development Director Resigns

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After more than two years at the helm of the Northern Gila County Economic Development Corporation, Executive Director Ken Volz resigned Monday.

NGCEDC President Jerry Miles said the board has approved Volz’s resignation.

Miles planned to meet with Volz Thursday for a “standard exit briefing.”

“Everyone speaks well of him and I have no reason to believe that that won’t continue,” Miles said.

Volz said he would like to meet with Miles before publicly commenting on his reasons for stepping down.

“I think it is an unfortunate situation, but we plan to continue to move the organization forward and have met with some town officials and leaders and will be meeting as a board to decide what direction we want to go,” said Scott Flake, secretary of the NGCEDC. “I just hate to see anybody go.”

Flake served as the board’s executive director for 4.5 years.

“Since I used to be the director of the EDC (Economic Development Corporation) many years ago, it is very near and dear to my heart and I am always concerned with who is running it and whose hands it is in,” he said.

Whoever takes over Volz’s role, Flake said the board is committed to economic development in the region.

“Our mission is to pursue economic vitality for Northern Gila County, and to that end, we have to work with a lot of different entities,” Miles said.

According to the NGCEDC’s Web site, the purpose of the nonprofit corporation “is to encourage quality economic development, quality employment opportunities and community improvements that in turn will help ensure long-term investments of lasting prosperity to the Northern Gila County/Payson region.”

The corporation researches economic and demographic trends, assists new and existing businesses with permits, referrals for financing, business plans and available sites.

Read more in Friday’s Payson Roundup.

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