The Arizona Association for Economic Development (AAED) named the Verde Valley Regional Economic Organization (VVREO) the state’s leading small economic development organizations of 2014. This is the second year in a row that VVREO has won an award from AAED, for its dedicated work in economic development in the Verde Valley. Congrats!
VVREO’s mission is to be an organization that provides comprehensive economic development expertise, tools, marketing and outreach. Yet, more than just its mission, vision, and core values, VVREO is made up of individuals who represent different aspects of our communities—small and large businesses, government entities, and education. The nonprofit’s board consists of individuals who recognize that when we work together we can make real positive economic impact in our community.
VVREO began in almost 15 years ago (1996), with the creation of a regional economic organization—the Verde Valley Regional Economic Development Council. VVREDC was an organization built on a commitment to foster a spirit of cooperation and planned growth, to facilitate a sustainable local economy and quality lifestyle for all in the Verde Valley. It was an organization not quite ready to succeed in our community— then in 2006, over 75 people came together at a regional economic forum ready to create an integrated, regional approach to economic development.
A leadership team emerged from that economic forum and they moved forward with the re-creation of a regional economic organization—Verde Valley Regional Economic Organization or VVREO in 2007. Today VVREO has a board of 15 members and 15 board associates that represent a well-rounded private-public partnership for economic development. The organization has been recognized by Yavapai County Board of Supervisors, cities of Cottonwood and Sedona, the towns of Clarkdale, Jerome, and Camp Verde, and Cornville Community Association, Big Park Regional Coordinating Council, the Sedona Village Business Association and Beaver Creek Regional Council as the official economic development organization in the Verde Valley. Meg Williams Jamison, Local First Arizona’s Northern Arizona Director, proudly serves on VVREO’s board as a representative living and working in the Verde Valley.