Sat, Dec. 14

SVBA announces projects, new president

Tony Pugliano

Tony Pugliano

Sweltering in my office as I write this, it is apparent summer is upon us. Cooler temps mixed with lower gas prices saw a lot of travel traffic in May and June. I have noticed some new businesses and construction going on along SR-179 and hope it is a sign of even better economic times to come.

Now, if monsoons would make an appearance, I think we will be on our way to a pretty great summer!

The Sedona Village Business Association (SVBA) had a good spring, and we now have all of our projects moving along through the proper avenues.

The Village Business Map has been conceptualized in hard copy with support from the Sedona Village Vision Alliance, and hopefully, we will have something to present to the business community at our next meeting.

We also have been perusing the Verde Lynx project and have all of the info in from the business community needed for Lynx to pursue financing of the new route.

Finally, we've had meetings with ADOT regarding the permit application for the holiday lights project and should have more info on where it stands in the next couple of months. All in all, things are coming along nicely.

It is because the SVBA is doing well, that I announce this month that I will be resigning as president of the SVBA. I have greatly enjoyed getting the SVBA back up and running as well as meeting a ton of amazing business owners and managers within the community.

I also appreciate all of the support we've received for the last, almost two years that I've been the SVBA president. It is, however, time to pass along the torch to someone who I feel will really take the SVBA to the next level.

I would like to take this opportunity to welcome Ken Rouse as the new SVBA president. As a past Big Park Regional Coordinating Council president and supporter of the business community, I think he is perfectly suited to further the progress of the SVBA. I look forward to reading his articles starting next month and can't wait to see what he has in store.

Thank you all, again, for a great experience. As I have stated in past articles, "Please support local business."

By spending your money locally, you are supporting the people who give back to the community.

We truly appreciate your business!

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