by Joel G. Belloc, Mayor, City of Eloy
Although it has been announced previously, I thought it might be a good time to talk about the potential effect Nikola Motors could have on Eloy. Nikola Motors builds hydrogen/electric-powered semi-trucks and four-wheelers and has announced it is building a $1 billion facility in our neighboring community of Coolidge.
Fortunately for Eloy, the proposed site is at the southern-most portion of Coolidge, fronting on Houser Road on our northern boundary. This site is approximately 4 miles from I-10 to the south and the same distance from downtown Eloy to the west. Its proximity could attract various suppliers, new restaurants, hotels and other businesses to Eloy.
Nikola will need roughly 2,000 employees at many different skill levels. These workers will be engaged in building the newest generation of Class 8, heavy commercial trucks. Work on the facility is expected to begin this calendar year. The overall impact from this manufacturer is estimated at $1.2 billion annually. Congratulations to Coolidge for attracting Nikola, and please join me in welcoming Nikola to the area.
New Additions to Our Team
To better serve Eloy’s current and future residents and businesses, I am proud to announce two new hires, Tammy Valadez Paz and Carlos Gutierrez. Tammy came to Eloy from Buckeye and will serve as our project engineer. Carlos is the new code compliance officer. He is an Eloy native and came to the community development department from the police department where he served as a communications technician. Eloy continues to attract some great folks to our team.
Economic Developments Moving Forward
We have also been aggressively completing an Eloy strategic plan for economic development. In conjunction with our consulting firm, ESI Corporation, several work sessions have been held with community leaders, as well as the mayor and city council. An economic development advisory committee was formed and a roundtable session was held with area manufacturers and the real-estate/development community.
The primary goal is to develop specific strategies to guide Eloy’s efforts in attracting new employers and expanding the number of existing employers, as well as encourage investment in the community. This strategic plan, which will include ways to measure that success, is expected to be completed in May 2019 for discussion and consideration.
In that regard and during this same time frame, a final design is expected to be presented to the council to enhance the commercial buildings along both sides of Main Street (from Frontier to 7th Street). Working with the architectural firm of Blank Studios, the city intends to upgrade the facades to add unique architectural elements and new lighting to enhance visitation, attract new retailers, investors and local small businesses. Main Street is our front door, and we want to make a good first, second and third impression.
New City Hall
That leads me to the final topic, the new Eloy City Hall. It has been great to watch this project come to fruition in our downtown. To witness the design process, construction and finally moving in has been one of the highlights of my public service career. This facility will provide enhanced services to our residents, a centralized location to conduct the city’s business and a long-term commitment to our downtown. I cordially invite you to visit Eloy’s newest landmark.