Business View Civil and Municipal | Volume 3, Issue 3

37 CIVIL AND MUNICIPAL VOLUME 3, ISSUE 3 E nvironmentally sustainable progress and expansion are driving forces in Coolidge, Arizona that are taking this rural city to new heights. They have already begun to put the municipality on the map for clean energy sustainability projects. The region’s electric vehicle manufacturing sector has also boomed to the point that Rick Miller, City Manager says they’re being called the ‘next Detroit of sustainable vehicle production’. Coolidge’s ideal location midway between the metro areas of Phoenix and Tucson, near Interstate 10 & 8, is a driving force behind the industrial growth in the area. The city’s employment and housing sectors are seeing exciting growth, as well, with people being drawn to the area for obvious reasons. Miller notes, “Our location and climate make it the perfect place to live and to escape the drudgery and lack of vitamin D of northern winters. In Coolidge, the sun shines the majority of the time and even in the winter it’s a balmy 70 to 80 degrees. When you look at why somebody would want to come to this region, really the climate is a big deal. You have all the sunshine. There are no tornados, no earthquakes, no major natural disasters, it’s just an ideal climate.” Coolidge is fortunate to have the first archaeological preserves in the United States National Park Service system. The Casa Grande Ruins attracts nearly 100,000 visitors each year to witness this prehistoric native American ruins. The community currently has a population of about 15,000 and is located in Pinal County COOLIDGE, ARI Getting down to business