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Economic Development

Grow Your Business in Somerton!

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 small commercial service sector that is developing at a fast rate. Major employers within the city are the Somerton School District, City of Somerton, Regional Center for Border Health and Sunset Community Health Center. 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 Centerc

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Business Assistance

The Office of Economic Development works closely with businesses throughout all phases of the development process. We work as a team with our partners to provide solutions and ensure your transition to starting,running,expanding or relocating a business in Somerton is smooth and successful. We are empowered to help you build your business.

Strategic Initiatives

The Office of Economic Development is involved with numerous activities aimed at increasing the economic opportunities for the citizens of Somerton. These strategic initiatives vary in size and scope but are always focused on Somerton's growth and prosperity.

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Contact Economic Development


Hector Tapia, AICP, Economic Development Director
928-722-7390 Office | 928-315-5732 Cell | 928-627-3794 Fax
hectortapia@somertonaz.gov

Contact Special Events 

       

         Angelica Roldan, Special Events Coordinator (928) 722-7505 Office

        angelicaroldan@somertonaz.gov 

Office Hours

7:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Monday through Thursday

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Community Assets

  1. Somerton owns its water rights.

  2. Somerton has B+ performing schools.

  3. 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. 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.

  4. Somerton is a "green city" with 9 solar projects and the first city in the region to develop a citywide recycling program

  5. 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.

  6. The Cocopah Rio Colorado Golf Course in Somerton also has 12 undeveloped acres surrounding the golf course which is being considered for the development of a second RV Resort inside city limits.

  7. Somerton currently has a light industrial zoned park with 20 acre fully served lots. There are currently 27 ½ acres available, as well as an 8 acre parcel. DHG is the park developer and will build-to-suit or sell lots direct. The park is ideally located along Highway 95 with direct access to Interstate 8.

  8. Somerton has 107,610 sq. ft. of limited commercial property open for development.

  9. Somerton has 149,800 sq. ft. of general commercial property open for development

  10. 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.

  11. Somerton has a private airport.

  12. Somerton is only a 10 minute drive to one of the most active marine bases in the nation.

  13. Somerton has completed two major transportation master plans.

  14. Somerton owns its recycling plant.

  15. Somerton owns both its water and waste water treatment plants with enough capacity to service community growth for the next decade.

  16. Somerton has a traditional main street with benches, tables and bus stops. Our town plaza is a place where people still meet and greet, as in times past and locals are often greeted by name at local restaurants. We have a small town charm. A new Main Street redesign is under way - designproject is expected to be completed by end of March 2016.

  17. Somerton has an "All Hazards" fire department providing every service offered by large cities e.g. paramedic engine, paramedic ambulance and hazmat team that also provide services to our surrounding cities.

  18. Somerton is only a 15 minute drive from an International Border Crossing with Mexico.

  19. Somerton is home to DATEPAC WEST which is part of the largest Medjool date packing and marketing facility in the United States.

  20. Somerton is home to the Filter Factory Company that sells products world-wide through a network of distributors. Some of the end-users of the Filter Factory products are DuPont,Chevon,Texaco, Shell, Carolina Circuits, Fuij-Hunt,General Electric, Amgen and Koch Nitrogen.

  21. Somerton is only a 1 hour drive away from the wonderful ocean fishing village of Golfo de Santa Clara famous for sport fishing, water craft enthusiasts, surfers and fresh-seafood lovers.

  22. Somerton is only a 25 minute drive from the renowned recreational sand dunes where thousands of recreational enthusiasts visit every year and several Hollywood movies have been filmed.

  23. Somerton enjoys at a minimum 345 days of sunshine a year.