Maricopa is a growing community that offers residents and businesses the experience of a small-town, rural atmosphere, tremendous quality of life, proximity to Phoenix and Tucson, and convenient access to major markets throughout the Southwest. To remain economically healthy over time, the City must recruit, retain and nurture the growth of a wide range of sustainable and competitive businesses.
The Economic Development Element of the City’s proposed General Plan, Planning Maricopa (Proposition 415), is a guide to establishing a fully integrated municipal economy with opportunities for residents to live, work and play. The citizens of Maricopa envision an economically prosperous, dynamic and sustainable community – one that offers a government structure that is welcoming and supportive of business and employment growth. Since the City’s incorporation, this vision has been a goal in the effort to ensure Maricopa is more than yet another bedroom community in Arizona.
Jobs, revenue and financial stability contribute to a municipality’s economic health. The Economic Development Element seeks to promote these attributes by planning for increased household incomes, improving the community’s jobs-to-housing balance, and by attracting expanded retail, commercial and industrial businesses. Approximately 60 percent of all businesses in Maricopa are home based businesses. The proposed General Plan guides decisions that will create new office and retail space that gives local businesses a place to expand and remain in Maricopa.
Another goal is to create and further cultivate local business resources such as the Maricopa Center for Entrepreneurship (MCE) and Maricopa Economic Development Alliance (MEDA) to help Maricopa businesses gain a competitive edge in the marketplace.
Planning Maricopa integrates the General Plan elements in ways that leverage land use, transportation, and public facility decisions to enhance economic development opportunities for the future. These opportunities also include engaging and building upon local resources such as the Central Arizona College, USDA Arid Land Research Center, and the U of A Agricultural Center to expand Maricopa’s economy in the research and technology related industries.
Maricopa Proposition 415 – Planning Maricopa is on the Nov. 8 General Election ballot, early voting begins on Oct. 12. Maricopa registered voters are encouraged to learn about the ballot items before placing a vote. Visit www.planningmaricopa.com to view Proposition 415 in entirety and make an informed decision this November.