The five members of the Yuma County Board of Supervisors found 2017 to be a good year for the county government, with long-deferred road maintenance projects brought to the forefront and other issues beginning to be addressed, while the benefits of the economic recovery were finally being felt.
Yuma is to agriculture as Napa is to wine, Detroit is to cars and Silicon Valley is to computer technology.
It’s no surprise to locals, but now a study has confirmed it. Or rather, reconfirmed it.
Ashley Kerna Bickel, an economic impact analyst with the University of Arizona Cooperative Extension, presented the results of the study, titled “Arizona Leafy Greens: Economic Contributions of the Industry Cluster — 2015 Economic Contribution Analysis,” released in the fall.
A study commissioned by a produce industry association has found that Arizona’s leafy green vegetable industry, dominated by Yuma County growers, generates about $2 billion of economic impact every year, twice the amount most often used to estimate its contribution.
The results, based on 2015 data, come as more of a surprise to some local industry figures than others. “It was kind of eye-opening,” said Jerry Muldoon, chairman of the Arizona Leafy Greens Food Safety Committee board, the association which funded the study,
“It was more than we’d ever estimated before, just because it was just the direct sales we were looking at. But now, taking all the other factors, the jobs and on and on and on, it’s a pretty huge number.”
By Blake Herzog, @BlakeHerzog Nov 7, 2017
Gov. Doug Ducey made a quick trip to Yuma County Tuesday for a groundbreaking ceremony for the $6 million expansion of the pedestrian processing facility at the downtown San Luis Border Port of Entry.
He also received a briefing about border protection efforts from state and federal officials, according to his Twitter account, all after stopping on the way for lunch at Lutes Casino in downtown Yuma.
Mike Lutes, a manager at the venerable restaurant, said he'd been contacted the day before by the governor's office about the planned stop there, and Ducey arrived with an entourage of "only 10 people," including Jonathan Lines, state Republican Party chair and a Yuma resident.
Lutes said they were there for about an hour, and Ducey "walked around and talked with a lot of customers, took a lot of photos, and he did pretty well."
More than any other city in Yuma County, the prosperity of San Luis, Ariz., depends on the steady flow of people, vehicles and merchandise across the U.S.-Mexican border, Mayor Gerardo Sanchez says.
Most of the customers of businesses in San Luis come from neighboring Mexico, and Sanchez said in 2016 alone, more than 8 million people passed through San Luis I port of entry on their way into the United States.