Pinal County has some economic lessons for Gila County

Gila County Supervisor Tim Humphrey speaks to the assembled officials and staff interested in economic development at the AAED meeting in Payson. / Photo Michele Nelson / Roundup

By Michele Nelson | Payson Roundup

Pinal and Gila counties could have been siblings.

Both started as ranching and mining communities.

Both were rural, with no big population center.

Both struggled to create an economic base to provide good jobs.

But then, Pinal took a different path.

As a result, in the last 10 years Pinal has boomed while Gila struggled to escape the recession.

“We have the lowest poverty rate in the state,” said Timothy Kanavel, Economic Development program manager for Pinal County. “We’ve also lowered our property taxes for the third year in a row.”


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