Posted by Robert Homann on Jun 07, 2017
Our speakers today were three representatives from the Pinal Partnership.  They were Harold Crist (President & CEO), Melissa Johnson (Executive Director) and Sandie Smith (newsletter and events coordinator).
Harold is well-known as one of the creative forces behind the original establishment of Gold Canyon as a community.  Sandie is a former Pinal County Supervisor who has been an active advocate for Pinal County.  Melissa is the newly-appointed Executive Director of the Pinal Partnership.
The mission statement for the Pinal Partnership is "To improve research, planning and coordination of private and public efforts related to infrastructure, natural resources and community development in Pinal County."  The Partnership schedules monthly breakfasts on timely topics and provides a newsletter with updates on happenings throughout Pinal County and its cities and towns.  The Partnership operates through committees whose titles provide a key to the interests of the Partnership:
Transportation and Infrastructure
Government Relations
Economic Development
Open Space and Trails
Health and Human Services
Renewable Energy
Water Resources
Some areas that Harold and Sandie covered in their presentation were the possible extension of I-24, advocacy for a North-South highway through Pinal County, the new 800 home development in Peralta Trails, the AJ Banner Hospital, working to link the CAC educational system to the needs of incoming business and industries, zoning that affects open spaces and trails, the Resolution Copper mine and its impact on the area, the potential of Superstition Vistas and water resources. Pinal County is the fastest growing county in Arizona with great prospects for the future.
See the Pinal Partnership website at for more information.  There is a link on the site to begin receiving the e-newsletter and event announcements.
What a great organization this is for our county!!