The Economic Collaborative of Northern Arizona was honored with two Golden Prospector Awards during the Arizona Association for Economic Development Fall Forum, which was held last week in Flagstaff.
The Golden Prospector Awards were established more than 20 years ago to recognize excellence in economic development.
ECoNA and the City of Flagstaff were presented with one of the Economic Development Deal of the Year awards for recruiting UACJ Whitehall Industries, a leading supplier of precision extruded aluminum automotive components and assemblies. The result of months of work, bringing this manufacturer to northern Arizona was one of the highlights of 2021 and it felt great to close out Manufacturing Month with this special recognition.
ECoNA also was recognized for our digital brochure, “Encouraging Entrepreneurship at a Higher Elevation,” a guide to the rich array of resources available in our region for start-up businesses.
AAED, founded in 1974, serves as Arizona’s unified voice for responsible economic development through professional education, public policy and collaboration.
While we are grateful for the honor from AAED, it is even more satisfying that our collaboration of public, private and nonprofit entities has resulted in more economic growth for our communities and greater prosperity for those who live and work in northern Arizona.