Economic Development Director Ken Volz Resigns

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Ken Volz

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 approved Volz’s resignation and he planned to meet with Volz Thursday for a “standard exit briefing.”

Asked why he stepped down, Volz said, “I prefer not to make any further comments at the present time regarding my resignation, I don’t think it would be appropriate.”

As far as future plans, Volz said he plans to relax, play golf and spend time at his home in Mesa.

Volz took over the economic corporation in early 2008 after Barbara Ganz resigned. When not working as executive director, Volz serves on the Green Valley Redevelopment Area Committee and previously chaired former Payson Mayor Bob Edwards’ Economic Development Task Force and was a member of the Gila County Justice Facilities Advisory Committee.

Miles said Volz has a solid reputation in the area and “everyone speaks well of him and I have no reason to believe that that won’t continue.”

Scott Flake, secretary of the NGCEDC, said it was regrettable to see Volz leave.

“I think it is an unfortunate situation, but we plan to continue to move the organization forward and have already met with some town officials and leaders and will be meeting as a board to decided what direction we want to go,” he said.

Flake served as the corporation’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.

Volz said, “As a regional economy, the Rim Country relies on a large market area. It is essential for its future that other participants, such as Star Valley, Pine-Strawberry, Tonto Basin and the Tonto Apache Tribal Community, play increasingly larger roles. These and other ongoing activities will be a focus of NGCEDC as it continues to assist in positioning the region for sustainable economic prosperity and a more viable future.”

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.

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