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Efforts underway to make Pinal County an economic hub (access required)

Pinal County, roughly the size of Connecticut and ranging from Chandler to just north of Marana, has long seemed a vast, dusty, sparsely populated region of small, bedroom communities. However, the recent economic downturn combined with a new mentality and focus among local leaders is ready to change that reality and perception.

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Meet the 2009 Leaders of the Year

Welcome to Arizona Capitol Times third annual edition of Leaders of the Year in Public Policy. This awards program was created in 2007 to recognize the contributions of policy professionals across the state. It is a salute to those who advance public policy by implementing and championing creative strategies to positively impact the state and the lives of Arizonans, without regard to partisanship or political affiliation.

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LOTY speaker Trimble was ‘prodded’ toward life he has built

Though Marshall Trimble grew up in Ash Fork, a small town 40 miles west of Flagstaff, he was first introduced to Southwest history 40 years ago while working as a cowboy in Montana, driving cattle from the Big Sky State into train stockyards in Arizona."It was like turning the clock back 100 years," said Trimble, Arizona's state historian.

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2008 Leaders: Where are they now?

To say that much has occurred since the 2008 Leaders of the Year in Public Policy Awards event is quite an understatement. An economic meltdown leading to a near-depression, the election of the first African-American to the U.S. presidency, a changing of the guard in the Executive Tower and chaos in the Legislature while attempting to deal with Arizona's worst budget deficit ever are just a few of the tumultuous events that mark the past 12 months

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