Lake Havasu City, Arizona Wins $2 Million for Revitalization in “America’s Best Communities” Competition

Lake Havasu City, Arizona Wins $2 Million for Revitalization in “America’s Best Communities” Competition

 

Lake Havasu City brings home one of the grand prizes, secures a top spot in three-year competition

 

Sponsored by Frontier Communications, DISH Network, CoBank and The Weather Channel, $10 million program inspires revitalization in Rural America

 

DENVER, Colo.; April 19, 2017—Lake Havasu City, Arizona has won $2 million as one of the top finishers in the America’s Best Communities competition, a $10 million community revitalization campaign sponsored by Frontier Communications, DISH Network, CoBank and The Weather Channel.

 

Launched in September 2014 to inspire revitalization and growth in small towns and rural communities across the country, America’s Best Communities challenged local leaders to bring their neighbors together to envision a stronger future and build a strategy to improve lives and livelihoods. It has served as a catalyst for positive change by awarding seed funding to help communities turn their exceptional ideas from vision to reality.

 

About 350 communities entered the competition. The field was narrowed to 50 in the quarterfinals, 15 in the semifinals and down eight finalists. Communities advanced in the competition based on the effectiveness of the revitalization plans developed, fine-tuned and implemented over the course of the three-year competition.

 

The eight finalists gathered this week in Denver, Colorado, the home of sponsoring companies DISH Network and CoBank, to present their revitalization strategies and share progress made in achieving new growth. Following the presentations, the top three were announced during the America’s Best Communities Grand Prize Ceremony.

 

With its $2 million prize, Lake Havasu City will accelerate its Vision 20/20 plan, which focuses on five pillars: economic development and job creation, education and workforce talent, tourism and place development, water preservation and management, and community engagement. Combined, these strategic initiatives are designed to jumpstart economic growth.

 

“When we launched America’s Best Communities, we hoped to inspire revitalization in small towns and cities across rural America. As we celebrate the culmination of the campaign, it feels like a dream fulfilled,” said Maggie Wilderotter, former CEO of Frontier Communications. “After three years of hard work, and from a pool of about 350 communities, Lake Havasu City has earned the $2 million prize and one of the top spots in America’s Best Communities — and we’re thrilled to extend our congratulations. With hard work and determination, they have forever changed the trajectory of their communities. The America’s Best Communities prize grants they’ve secured will help them continue on the path to prosperity.”

 

“From our start in rural Colorado to our growth across the country, DISH has maintained its deep connections to America’s small towns, and we’ve been proud to be a part of this effort to inspire innovation in rural communities,” said DISH Chairman and CEO Charlie Ergen. “With all that these communities have achieved over the last three years, we hope each community’s story and revitalization strategy will serve as inspiration for other rural places that hope to pursue their own positive change.”

 

“These communities have developed innovative ideas that can be emulated in other rural areas to jumpstart growth, jobs and economic resurgence,” said Robert B. Engel, retired CEO and Senior Advisor, CoBank. “As a financial institution dedicated to supporting America’s rural economy, we commend all the ABC participants for the enormous efforts they have made and the leadership they have shown in bringing their vision for a better future to reality.”

 

“In covering major weather events across the nation, The Weather Channel has told memorable, compelling stories; often about small, rural towns which are often impacted the most by weather.  We are inspired by revival stories of the small towns and cities that competed in America’s Best Communities,” said Dave Shull, CEO of The Weather Channel. “They’ve faced tough times, but they refused to give in. They saw an opportunity to improve their community, and they worked hard to make it happen. Congratulations to all of the communities that entered this competition.”

 

“When I’m on tour, I travel across America’s heartland. I’ve visited some of the hardest-hit small towns, and I’ve gotten to know the people who call those places home,” said Vince Gill, ambassador for the competition and country music legend. “They’re hardworking, resilient people, and America’s Best Communities has proven that when opportunity presents itself, rural communities will rise to the challenge and find innovative ways to create a better future for themselves and their neighbors.”

 

During each phase of America’s Best Communities, the best strategies — those with the most innovative ideas being effectively deployed — were advanced to the next round and awarded funding to accelerate implementation. In April 2015, 50 quarterfinalists were awarded $50,000 each. Then, from the field of 15 semifinalists, eight finalist communities were presented with $100,000 prize grants, with the remaining seven receiving $25,000 to initiate their plans.

 

Throughout the competition, from its start through the grand prize round, an independent panel of judges reviewed and scored communities’ proposals based on an objective set of criteria to select winners.

 

The eight finalist communities that gathered in Denver included:

  • •Chisago Lakes Area, Minnesota
  • •Darrington/Arlington, Washington
  • •Huntington, West Virginia
  • •Lake Havasu City, Arizona
  • •Madison, Indiana
  • •Statesboro, Georgia
  • •Tualatin, Oregon
  • •Valley County, Idaho

 

By crowdsourcing new ideas to revitalize rural America, the campaign has helped identify innovative solutions that can serve as roadmaps to economic revival for other small and medium-sized communities across the U.S. The competition’s organizers are encouraging local leaders across the country to view the communities’ revitalization plans, which are available publicly at the America’s Best Communities website.

 

For more on the competition, visit www.americasbestcommunities.com.


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Veterans interested in starting your own business

April 7, 2017

Good
morning Everyone,
I attended a seminar at the Mohave Community College in Kingman yesterday.

It was conducted by Edward (Ed) Molina, the Arizona Director of the Veterans Business Outreach Centers. Mr. Molina’s goal was to inform Active military, Veterans and their spouses that there are programs available to assist them to make the transition from BOOTS TO BUSINESS.

If you have had thoughts and the passion to start your own business and didn’t know where to turn for help, the Arizona VBOC​, ​the SBA​ and SBDC*​ will provide help in the following areas:

  • Business training
  • Counseling
  • Mentoring
  • Access to Capital
  • Contracting Opportunities
  • And more

Also, if you have already started your own business and need help, it is available.

Our VBOC ​and SBDC* ​Director in Lake Havasu ​C​ity is Mr. Mark Retersdorf. He works out of the Mohave Community College, Lake Havasu City.

Contact information:
928.757.0895
mretersdorf@mohave.edu
If you have any questions feel free to call Mark. He’ll be glad to assist you.

Kind regards & Semper Fi,
Russ

​*Small Business Development Center​

Vietnam Veterans’ Breakfast

Lake Havasu City​
has been a Vietnam War
Commemorative Partner since 2013.

Lake Havasu City is proud to honor our Vietnam Veterans with an open invitation to all veterans and their families to attend the Vietnam Veterans’ Breakfast, Wednesday, March 29, 2017, from 6:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. at the Aquatic/Community Center.

Ceremony begins promptly at 6:45am with a presentation of “Colors” by ​the Marine Corps League.

This City event, hosted by the community for the community, provides a comfortable atmosphere to share a traditional pancake breakfast with fellow veterans. This City event is also sponsored by various veteran organizations, and is produced by many volunteers. The breakfast is free to all veterans and their families.

Anyone interested​   in donating, please contact Donna Brister-McCoy at (928) 208-1091 orbristerd@lhcaz.gov

March 6th, 2017: Bullhead City Press Release

Bullhead City Press Release

 

BULLHEAD CITY, AZ, March 6, 2017 – The City of Bullhead City Public Works Department has the following projects going on in addition to regular work around our city during the week of March 6:

 

  • City crews performing clean up at Rotary Park baseball tri-plex.
  • City crews will be slurry sealing a variety of streets within the City.  Please see official NSIP 28 Press Release for more details.
  • RTR Paving & Resurfacing will be doing roadway and drainage work along Gold Rush Road, Black Mountain Road, and Arcadia Blvd. between the southern edge of Riverview RV Resort and North Oatman Road.  Please follow all traffic control through the construction zone.
  • City crews will be performing city wide sewer cleaning in various neighborhoods.
  • McCormick Construction will be doing roadway and drainage work along Riverview Drive between Highway 95 and Balboa.  Please follow all traffic control through the construction zone.
  • City crews will be performing city wide sewer video inspection.

SPECIAL MCSO PRESS RELEASE

SPECIAL
MCSO PRESS RELEASE

February 10, 2017

REWARD OFFERED
Mohave Silent Witness is offering up to $750 reward for information in identifying this unknown female subject and/or any suspect information. Anyone with any information is asked to contact Detective John Goodwin at Mohave County Sheriff’s Office at (928) 753-0753 or Silent Witness at (888) 227-8780.


Composite sketches of this unknown person
(Image on the left appears to be younger while the image on the right may be older than this person)

 

The Mohave County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a Death Investigation/Possible Homicide of an unknown female who was located on north Highway 93 between Kingman, Arizona and the Hoover Dam. The Mohave County Sheriff’s Office is asking for your assistance in identifying the subject, See below for details:

African/American or Biracial female, black/dark brown hair, between the ages of 13 to 17, approximately 5 ft 7 inches tall, between 105 and 130 lbs, pierced ears, no scars or tattoos were noted.

Due to exposure and decomposition no photo was obtained. The body was discovered on 09-28-16 and estimation of exposure time was one to two weeks. Dental records were obtained and are being uploaded into the National database. DNA samples were obtained and are being processed for profile.

Attached are reconstruction images from the Nation Center for Missing and Exploited Children and a Reconstructionist from the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigations. These images are reconstructions and may only resemble the true image.

The Mohave County Sheriff’s Office is currently investigating leads with the assistance of NCMEC and agencies from Nevada and California.

At this time, the Mohave County Medical Examiner has been unable to determine cause of death.

If you have any information please contact Det. John Goodwin or the Detective Division at the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office at 928-753-0753 ext. 4288.


ORIGINAL PRESS RELEASE ISSUED 9/29/16

DEATH INVESTIGATION – NORTH OF DOLAN SPRINGS

Mohave County Sheriff’s detectives are investigating the death of a female subject located off the roadway of Highway 93 north of Dolan Springs.  Early Wednesday (9/28) evening, at about 5:27 p.m., deputies responded to the scene.  Upon arrival, deputies contacted the reporting party.  The RP advised that he and his wife were hiking in the area when they came across a body in a ravine.

 

The Medical Examiner responded and conveyed the body.  The deceased subject is a young African American female approximate height 5’05” between 110 to 120 pounds with dark hair.  This investigation continues and autopsy results are pending.

 

Anyone with information on a missing person matching this description is asked to contact the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office at (928) 753-0753 or Silent Witness at (928) 753-1234.

 

Helpful Tax Information!


If you earned $53,505 or less last year, you could receive a larger refund if you qualify for the EITC. If you have three or more qualifying children, you could get a maximum credit of up to $6,269. Even if you don’t have children, it could mean up to $506 added to your tax refund.

Unlike most deductions and credits, the EITC is refundable. In other words, if you’re eligible, you may get a refund from the IRS even if you don’t owe tax. Last year, more than 27.5 million eligible workers and families received almost $66.7 billion in EITC; with an average EITC amount of more than $2,400.

IRS-certified volunteers at our VITA sites (contact River Cities United Way for details) can help you find out if you quality for EITC and help you prepare your taxes for free. There is also an online tool, the EITC Assistant, available on IRS.gov. You don’t need to guess about your eligibility – use the EITC Assistant to find out for sure. And, when checking your eligibility for EITC, don’t overlook other tax credits for which you may qualify.

Some refunds held until mid-February

A new law approved by Congress requires the IRS to hold refunds claiming the EITC and the Additional Child Tax Credit (ACTC) until February 15. By law, the IRS must hold the entire refund – even the portion not associated with EITC or ACTC. This change helps ensure taxpayers receive the refund they are owed by giving the agency more time to help detect and prevent fraud.

The IRS will begin releasing these refunds on February 15, but you shouldn’t expect to see them deposited into your bank accounts until the week of February 27 – assuming there are no processing issues with the tax return.

You can track the status of your refund with the “Where is my tax refund?” tool available on IRS.gov or the IRS2Go mobile app.

Victory for Lake Havasu: Boating Restrictions Lifted

Victory for Lake Havasu!

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Fully Withdraws Lake Havasu Boating Restrictions.

 

Lake Havasu City resident Ryder Bliss (pictured above) is a ten-year-old who had his favorite wakeboarding spot closed for no legitimate reason in May 2015 due to federal overreach from the Fish and Wildlife Service.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Congressman Paul A. Gosar, D.D.S. (AZ-04) released the following statement after the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) announced that beginning on February 1, 2017, the ½ mile backwater no-wake restriction for Lake Havasu that was designated in May 2015 will be lifted:

“After nearly two years of tirelessly fighting back against an arbitrary and overreaching bureaucratic decision, Lake Havasu will once again be open for all users. Lifting the boating restrictions on the ‘Ryde Spot’ marks a complete victory for the countless stakeholders and community leaders who stood shoulder to shoulder with me and spoke out when the very livelihood of Lake Havasu City was threatened. This win sends a clear message to all federal agencies that we the people have real power when united behind a worthwhile cause. We will not stand for lawless, unilateral actions by rogue bureaucrats.

“I applaud the efforts of the many individuals who were instrumental in today’s victory including: Lake Havasu City Mayor Mark Nexsen; the Arizona Game and Fish Department; the Lake Havasu Area Chamber of Commerce; U.S. Senator John McCain; Mohave County Supervisor Buster Johnson; the entire Bliss family including Nick, Jenni and my pal Ryder. Tip of the hat to Director Tuggle for finally seeing the light and listening to local stakeholders.

“As the new Refuge Manager takes over next month, the Lake Havasu community and I will remain vigilant to ensure that any future Compatibility Determination (CD) is enacted lawfully, allows for multiple-use and is developed using a bottom-up approach that keeps Lake Havasu open for business. I couldn’t be more excited about today’s victory and can’t wait to join Ryder Bliss for a day on the Reservoir.”

Congressman Gosar is very appreciative to everyone that played an important role in this effort

Contact Congressman Paul Gosar

Downtown Merchants Beer & Wine Walk Continues

Downtown Merchants Beer & Wine Walk Continues

January 19, 2017 (Kingman, AZ) On Saturday, February 11th, the Kingman Downtown Merchants Association (K.D.M.A) will be holding their fourth Beer & Wine Walk – this time in celebration of Valentine’s Day. The walk will be from 3 to 6pm, starting at The Standard newspaper located at 221 Beale Street. Cost is $20, which includes your souvenir wine glass and map designating the various stations to visit.  You can buy tickets ahead of time at www.kingmandowntownmerchantsassoc.com

The event will focus on building awareness for members of the K.D.M.A. while introducing the citizens of Kingman to the wide variety of businesses in Historic Downtown Kingman. Proceeds will aid in K.D.M.A.’s efforts to revitalize Downtown Kingman.

KDMA has also set dates for future walks – June 17th and October 21st. You’ll want to put those dates on your calendar now so you don’t miss them!

Participating merchants are members of the Kingman Downtown Merchants Association. For information about the event or on how to join K.D.M.A., call 928-715-2394 or visit their website at www.kingmandowntownmerchantsassoc.com