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The Somerton Tamale Festival was created by The EL Diablito Arizona State University (ASU) Alumni Chapter which are ASU graduates who have returned to work and live in the Yuma/Somerton/San Luis area. The organization fills an important need by providing scholarships for local students who will attend ASU.
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Somerton is the native region of the Cocopah Nation with seven different entertainment, lodging and cultural attractions: The Cocopah Casino, The Cocopah Resort & Conference Center, The Cocopah Rio Colorado Golf Course, The Cocopah Museum, Cocopah RV and Golf Resort, Cocopah Speedway and Wild River.
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The Cocopah Rio Colorado Golf Course is the exclusive 9-hole golf course owned by the Cocopah Nation located in the City of Somerton.
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Somerton was founded as a township in 1898 every year in the spring we celebrate with the Somerton Greater Days Parade and Block Party.
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The City of Somerton installed 606kW of solar at 4 sites throughout the city. The installations include the Water, Wastewater, Public Safety and Senior facilities. The electricity generated will reduce the electric bill and help keep utility rates down for our community.
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Somerton has several large and successful events -Home to the Somerton Tamale Festival where over 30,000 people swarm Somerton for the annual Tamale Festival every year in the month of December.
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Symbolism of the past and present: In the background the City of Somerton historic water tower considered a local icon and future site of the Centennial Park. Foreshadowed by the newly installed, 272 kW solar project which will reduce the electricity cost on water production for years to come.

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Somerton at a Glance


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Founded: 1898

Incorporated: Yes - 1918

County: Yuma County

Elevation: 103 Feet

Distance To Phoenix: 192 Miles

Distance To Tucson: 248 Miles

Highways: I-8

Enterprise Zone Available

Welcome to the City of Somerton, Arizona

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Scenic Attractions and Principal Economic Activities

Somerton, in the fertile Yuma Valley in southwestern Yuma County, is about 12 miles south of Yuma and 180 miles east of San Diego, at an elevation of 103 feet. It is equidistant from the California and Mexican borders.

Major employers within the city are the Somerton School District, City of Somerton, Regional Center for Border Health, Sunset Community Health Center, Del Sol Market, King Market and the Housing America Corporation.

Somerton is the native region of the Cocopah Nation which is a large employer with seven different entertainment, lodging and cultural attractions: The Cocopah Casino, The Cocopah Resort & Conference Center, The Cocopah Rio Colorado Golf Course, The Cocopah Museum, Cocopah RV and Golf Resort, Cocopah Speedway and Wild River Family Entertainment Center.

Somerton is a community that honors its cultural diversity and heritage home to the Somerton Tamale Festival where over 30,000 people swarm Somerton for the annual Tamale Festival ever year in the month of December. The Somerton Tamale Festival was created by The EL Diablito Arizona State University (ASU) Alumni Chapter which are ASU graduates who have returned to work and live in the Yuma/Somerton/San Luis area. The organization fills an important need by providing scholarships for local students who will attend Arizona State University. Throughout the year, they hold various fundraisers to support community causes.

Though Somerton's economy depends primarily upon agriculture, light industry is becoming important. Many residents are employed in citrus and vegetable growing and processing. Somerton also has a developing commercial service sector with ample room for further growth.

Somerton has approved a downtown redevelopment plan that offers a package of incentives for businesses that locate in the downtown area or existing ones to upgrade their premises.


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Land Use Assumptions and Infrastructure Improvements Plan

The City of Somerton, AZ will consider adoption of the Land Use Assumptions and Infrastructure improvements Plan for the update of the Cityís Development Fees in compliance with the Arizona Revised Statutes (ARS Sec. 9-463.05 as amended). The below schedule of public hearings and City Council meetings has been established in order to accommodate implementation of the new development impact fees on or prior to August 1, 2014: These public hearings will be held at 7:00PM at the Public Safety Facility, Training Room, 445 E. Main St., Somerton, AZ. Members of the public will be given an opportunity to speak. Hard copies of the public review drafts of the land use assumptions plan, infrastructure improvements plan and development impact fees are available at the Community Development Department at 150 W. Main St. in Somerton, AZ and the Cityís webpage at www.Cityofsomerton.com Land Use Assumptions, Infrastructure Improvements Plan and Draft Development Fees: DOWNLOAD

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