Greater Prescott Communities Get $12.3 Million in CARES Act Funding

Yavapai County and its cities are deciding how to spend population-based funding they’re receiving from the federal CARES Act, which includes a total $2 trillion in relief payments to individuals, businesses and local governments to soften the blow of the economic downturn caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.  Gov. Doug Ducey announced the release of almost … Read More…

Online Graduation Replaces Formal ERAU Spring Ceremonies

In lieu of the traditional commencement ceremony replete with academic regalia, caps and gowns and smiling graduates crossing a stage to receive diplomas, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University sent its record spring graduating class commencement celebration packages. Dr. Anette Karlson, chancellor at the ERAU Prescott campus, said social distancing requirements prompted by COVID-19 led to that decision. … Read More…

Board of Supervisors Defers Budget Decisions Until More Data Available

The Yavapai County Board of Supervisors is holding back on finalizing next year’s budget until more complete sales tax and state-shared revenue details are announced.  Supervisors ordinarily do not formally approve the next year’s fiscal budget until July. Diminished sales tax revenue has prompted the board to delay preliminary decisions until more data is available.  … Read More…

Yavapai College’s REDC Launches Job, Biz Advice Website

Yavapai College, through its Regional Economic Development Center, has introduced a website to create awareness of job and business resource opportunities.  “This effort followed recognition of the impact the COVID-19 pandemic upon employment, business and hiring practices,” said Katherine Anderson, development center program specialist. The ongoing effort began at the end of March, and it … Read More…

Prescott Chamber of Commerce Webinar Features ROX Media Group

A webinar sponsored by the Prescott Chamber of Commerce and several other organizations recently offered an online program that focused upon providing advice to the business community about how to re-open businesses following the quarantine caused by the pandemic. Presented May 7, the program featured Leslie Horton, director of Yavapai County Community Health Services, and Elaine … Read More…

Housing for Homeless — Coalition for Compassion and Justice Shifts Mission

The past several months has seen a shift in mission for the Prescott-based Coalition for Compassion and Justice.  The coalition board of directors determined that homelessness among veterans and families, complicated by the COVID-19 pandemic, had created a need for shelters to protect their health. Consequently, coalition facilities at 531 Madison Ave., just off Miller … Read More…

Yavapai College Reduces Budget for 2020-21

Yavapai College governing board members have approved an $82.7 million budget for the 2020-2021 fiscal year. That’s a reduction of more than $3.7 million from last year’s budget.  YC Vice President for Finance and Administration Clint Ewell said the significant reduction was a consequence of “having lower capital expenditures and lower debt payment.” He noted … Read More…