Wickenburg Economic Development Tour
Wednesday, August 8th, 2018
Each year, the Rural Development Council puts together an economic development tour so attendees can get a good sense of what makes the host town economically vibrant.
These behind-the-scenes tours include discussions with owners, experts, and enthusiasts who will provide insight into workforce successes and challenges, community collaboration, innovation, tourism development, and other strategic initiatives unique to the region. Wickenburg, a town of 6500 people, has a variety of economic drivers.
On our tour, we’ll hear from experts at Meadows Behavioral Healthcare and their advances in medical tourism. We’ll also visit BearCat manufacturing, where they’ve been building high precision asphalt maintenance equipment since 1969. We’ll get a first-hand look at the vertically integrated Matori Farms, which grows healthy food year round, and a world-class performing arts center with ongoing productions that drive visitors from all over the world. Lunch and transportation will be included. T
- 12:00 noon- lunch will be served
Meet and park at Del E. Webb Center for the Performing Arts (1090 S Vulture Mine Rd, Wickenburg, AZ 85390)
Director Cathy Weiss is leveraging arts and culture to drive Wickenburg’s economy. Hosting world renowned musicians, actors and performers of all kinds, Cathy has been leading the charge to be a resource for art in the schools as well as part of a greater quality of life package that makes Wickenburg attractive for investment.
- Depart 1:00
To Bearcat Manufacturing (3650 Sabin Brown Rd, Wickenburg, AZ 85390)
Since the 60’s Bearcat has been manufacturing equipment to support asphalt industry, from rubberized asphalt distributors, chip spreaders and crack sealers to all kinds of equipment needed to build roads in Arizona.
- Depart 2:00
To Meadows Behavioral Health (meet at offsite offices nearby 1655 N Tegner St, Wickenburg, AZ 85390)
COO Allan Benham will talk with us about the Medical Tourism industry and how this has shaped Wickenburg’s economy. The Meadows works to help individuals overcome eating disorders, addiction, and trauma in a safe place with experts leading the nation in their field.
- Depart 3:00
To Martori Farms (51240 Valley Rd, Aguila, AZ 85320)
Fourth Generation American Farmers, the Martori family has been farming for more than a century. We will see how their technologically advanced vertically integrated farms enable them to be a top producer of fresh fruits and vegetables year-round.
- Return to the Performing Arts Center at 5:45
To the opening night dinner at 6:00!