Expert weighs Yuma’s economic strengths, weaknesses

By Mara Knaub | Yuma Sun

As the economic divide between the urban and rural areas of the state grows, Yuma officials invited a Phoenix individual to frankly point out what Yuma lacks when it comes to attracting industry.

“I run the state of Maricopa,” quipped Chris Camacho, president and CEO of the Greater Phoenix Economic Council, using a term often associated with the largest metropolitan area in Arizona, which is experiencing exponential growth while the rest of the state either declines or stagnates. He addressed the Yuma City Council on Monday, the first day of a two-day retreat.

Camacho has ties to Yuma. He served as the president and CEO of the Greater Yuma Economic Development Corporation from 2006-2008. He learned a lot in Yuma and still has a soft spot for the city, he said.

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