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Payson Mayor Kenny Evans updated community leaders on the latest twists and turns in efforts to build not one, but two, schools here.

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College negotiations reach critical stage

Alliance negotiates for IMG Sports Academy; considers other universities as ‘backup plan’ if ASU talks stall

The long, strange, cliffhanger of an effort to turn Payson into a college town has entered a decisive end-game stage, with backers negotiating with a multi-billion-dollar sports corporation to build a student sports academy at the same time they’re drawing up backup plans to seek alternatives to Arizona State University to build an additional, 6,000-student campus, Payson Mayor Kenny Evans told a group of community leaders gathered at The Rim Club on Saturday.

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