November 2006
 
In This Edition: V.5 No. 8
Cover Story: African American Mayor leads development of Central Arizona

Byron Jackson has a lot on his mind. Now at the beginning his second term as Mayor, Eloy Arizona it seems, is at the cusp of greatness. The metropolitan areas of the City of Phoenix to the north and the City of Tucson to the south have been growing by leaps and bounds and are about to merge, at Eloy. “About 11,000 people call Eloy home” says the Mayor, “but that is about to change. With the growth that we are now projecting, we expect 150,000 people here in the next 10 or so years. We will be ready.”

Approximately 60 miles south of Phoenix and 50 miles north of Tucson, Eloy is at a unique location. It is far enough from the Metro centers as to have reasonable land prices thought they have increased dramatically recently. Yet the commute to Phoenix and Tucson is still within reason. Job opportunities are increasing. There are currently 2 private prisons with two under construction that will result in more than 4,000 mid range ($35k to $45k) jobs. Industrial parks are in the planning along Interstate 10. As rooftops increase more and more businesses will be attracted.

“We have a planning area that is approximately 20 miles north to south and 15 miles east to west. This is virtually a blank slate” according to the Mayor. “We are working with Sahara Development to put on an extensive public relation campaign for Eloy. With the help from local developer more than $250,000 a year is expected to be spent to put Eloy on the map.” With land, water, good prices and so close to Phoenix and Tucson and an excellent police force the potential of this city is clear. It will be interesting to see what happens next.

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TABLE OF CONTENTS	 		                Page 6
	Staff
	Contributing writers
Index of Advertisers			                Page 9
Video Viewing Instructions		                Page 11

Prologue (Op-Eds)			                Page 12

News						                Page 13

Event:Phx Black Chamber Banquet	                Page 16

Podcast					                Page 18
	On The Air with City of Phoenix
	Equal Opportunity Dept. Director
	Carole Coles Henry: How to do
	Business with the City of Phoenix Pt. 3

Event:ASU Phoenix AM Lectures.	                 Page 19

BizTips: SBA	by: Robert Blaney                  Page 21

Event: IFESH 25th Anniversary		                 Page 23

Opinion:Healing Racism		                           Page 26
	by: Dr. Matthew C. Whitaker

Q&A with Arizona?s Governor  	                  Page 29
	Janet	 Napolitano
	by: Dr. George B. Brooks, Jr.

Cover Story:Eloy Rising			                  Page 31
	by: Dr. George B. Brooks, Jr.

Non-Profit Focus: Rock out with ROC	        Page 34
	by: Angela Brooks

Travel Awesome Places		                           Page 37
	by: Adam Abraham

Chillin? Janita (Q&A)			                  Page 40
	by: Brotha? Love

Commentary :Where are We?	                           Page 42
	by: Dr. George B. Brooks, Jr.

Marketplace				                           Page 57

Opinion:Beyond the Box		                           Page 45
	If I Were In Charge
	by: Simon “Mac” McNeil

LEGAL				            	        Page 46
Volume 5. Number 8.
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