Schurz, MEDA board say Price is right


The Maricopa Economic Development Alliance’s board of directors hired Maricopa Mayor Christian Price as its new president and CEO beginning July 1.

Board chairman John Schurz said Price “has the passion, the experience, the knowledge, the fortitude, the connections, the wherewithal and the personality that will help MEDA fulfill its mandate to solicit and facilitate the attraction of large-scale, high-wage paying corporations and jobs to Maricopa.”

Schurz, president and general manager of Orbitel Communications, said he and the board are confident “Price will take MEDA to the next level in the economic development sector and do so in the same fashion he has succeeded in elevating the status and growth of the city of Maricopa, locally and across the state and the nation, during his tenure as mayor. We welcome this new opportunity for expanded vision and leadership, and we are even more excited for Maricopa’s future than ever before.”

In a statement, MEDA said: “Mr. Price has been the mayor of the city of Maricopa for the past 10½ years and has built extensive business attraction relationships and employs ‘hands-on experience’ that are critical to the successful fulfillment of the core mission of MEDA; to attract and relocate large scale businesses, corporations, industry, manufacturing, and clean technology to the city of Maricopa and the surrounding region. Aside from being a specialist in the areas of economic development, transportation, legislative policy and finance, Christian is also a fully-credentialed economic development professional with Arizona Association for Economic Development and has earned their prestigious ‘AZEDPro’ status.”

Click here for more on Price’s acceptance of MEDA post, resignation as mayor and the process for replacing him.