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Mike Vogel Alliance chairman

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Economic development director steps down

Payson Economic Development Director Mike Vogel has resigned for health reason, the town announced on Thursday.

Campus backers seeking support

But Alliance chair insists university plan will move forward regardless of success of fund-raising

Rumors, anxiety, deadlock and a fund-raising campaign have spooked many longtime backers of the plan to build a 6,000-student, $400 million university campus in Payson. However, backers of the four-year quest to build a university here insist that Payson will have a university within two years — even if it’s not Arizona State University. In fact, the Rim Country Educational Alliance (SLE) board at its last meeting voted to seek a development firm to draw up a master plan for the campus.

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