App Showcases Pinal Job Paths

A free smartphone app is now available for people who want to learn about potential careers in Pinal County and how to prepare for them. Achieve Pinal’s Career Expo is a career exploration experience connecting to a variety of professionals from fields expected to play a major role in the county’s future economic development, including … Read More…

City of Maricopa Joins Text-to-911 System

The City of Maricopa has joined Pinal County’s Text-to-911 network and can now directly receive texts from within the city. The alternate form of communication to emergency dispatchers has been available throughout the county since October, with the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office taking messages and relaying them over the phone for agencies unable to receive … Read More…

Judge William O’Neil Announces Retirement

Arizona Supreme Court Presiding Disciplinary Judge William J. O’Neil of Casa Grande has announced he’ll retire this year after his successor is chosen. O’Neil said at the time of his February announcement: “I am grateful for the many opportunities I have been given to serve the courts, the public, and this profession. I have been … Read More…

Resolution Copper Mine Plan Delayed

Resolution Copper’s plan to mine up to 1.4 billion tons of copper ore from underneath the Oak Flat area just east of the Town of Superior was put on hold in March after the federal government issued a final environmental impact statement about the project, then rescinded it six weeks later. When issued Jan. 15 … Read More…

Superior Mayor on National League of Cities Committee

Superior Mayor Mila Besich has been named to the National League of Cities’ 2021 Environment, Energy and Natural Resources Federal Advocacy Committee, where she will help give strategic direction to the league’s federal advocacy and policy. She will serve a one-year term as part of a diverse group of municipal leaders steering policy positions and … Read More…

Nikola Exec Leads Hydrogen Vehicle Standardization

Antonio Ruiz, director of fuel cell vehicle code and standards for Nikola Corp., was appointed by the International Standardization Organization’s Technical Committee 197 in February to lead a three-year global standardization project for hydrogen fueling, according to a company press release. Ruiz unanimously was approved as convener of an international core group of experts to … Read More…

San Tan Valley Has New Utility Owner

Johnson Utilities is now known as the San Tan water and wastewater districts following the January purchase of the troubled water provider by EPCOR, the company that had been its interim manager since 2018. EPCOR reports it has 29,450 water accounts and 40,650 wastewater accounts in San Tan Valley, which will be transferred into the … Read More…

Free Career Expo App Showcases Pinal County Jobs

New and diverse job opportunities continue to come to Pinal County.  Employers like Lucid Motors, Abbott Nutrition, Resolution Copper and Nikola Corp. are seeking employees with a variety of skills, experience and education.  A new app called Achieve Pinal’s Career Expo has been created to help Pinal County residents learn about careers that are in … Read More…

Nikola Plant Progresses Amid Setbacks

Construction continues at Nikola Motor Company’s electric and fuel-cell truck factory in Coolidge. The company said in a Dec. 29 social media post the first vertical steel post for its factory at Houser and Vail roads had been installed, five months after the groundbreaking ceremony for a plant ultimately planned to cover 1 million square … Read More…

Finished Lucid Factory Plugs into Future

Now that Lucid Motors has completed the first phase of its Casa Grande factory, it’s moving forward with its workforce of 400-plus employees to assemble production models of its first luxury electric vehicle, with deliveries of consumer vehicles expected to begin in April. The facility, known as Lucid AMP-1 for “advanced manufacturing plant,” has begun … Read More…