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Even though the recession took a hard hit to cities throughout Arizona, residents can remain hopeful and optimistic – especially those in the town of Marana.
Marana is quickly becoming a post-recession success story. New residents are moving here, more businesses are following and our local government is committed to positive growth. It’s a proven cycle of economic development that works everywhere.
Curt Woody, 56, works on interval training by running up a steep hill off of West Lambert Lane and North First Avenue. Woody competitively runs the 100-meter, 200-meter and 4x100 relay race on the local, state and national level.
After his 50th birthday, Curt Woody decided to competitively compete in the 100-meter, 200-meter, and 4x100 meter relay. Last year he set two Arizona records in the long jump and triple jump - records that have been there for the last 14 years.
In a digital age where the tap on a phone screen or the click of a mouse can direct a person to a page filled with needed information, athletes such as Oro Valley resident Curt Woody, have used the Internet as a tool to help train in athletics more effectively.
Curt Woody, 56, works on interval training by running up a steep hill off of West Lambert Lane and North First Avenue.
A healthy dose of good news never hurt anybody, especially when the subject is economic development.
More and more every day, people are choosing Marana as the place where they want to live and raise their families. By percentage, our town was the ninth-fastest growing community in the state from 2011 to 2012.
Business seems to be improving and sprouting in new forms in Marana, from restaurants to health care facilities, and food markets to personal services providers, according to the Marana Chamber of Commerce.
The past four years have been an enormous challenge for communities and states as it relates to economic development. Marana is no exception; several signature developments have been put on hold until the economic conditions of our state show stable growth projections.
Cross community and municipality collaboration is key to regional economic development. It’s a difficult concept when each community is trying to develop and protect its own economic base.
Economic development is the process in which governments or community organizations engage to stimulate or maintain business activity and/or employment. The principal goal of economic development is to be a catalyst for employment opportunities in sectors that improve the region or community using existing human, natural and institutional resources. Within this framework are the “three pillars” that define most of what is considered to be economic development:
The Town of Marana has hired new economic development/strategic initiatives manager, Curt Woody. Woody started work on March 19, and with an annual salary of $75,000.