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Delia Carlyle – Most Influential Women in Arizona Business

Delia CarlyleCouncilwoman, Ak-Chin Indian Commuinity
Carlyle is the first Native American woman inducted into the Arizona Democratic Hall of Fame; served as chairwoman of Arizona Indian Gaming Association; and was the first recipient of the Phyllis Bigpond Lifetime Achievement Award. 

Greatest accomplishment: “My long-term service to my community and my children and grandchildren.”

Surprising fact: “Many years ago, I received my EMT certification and worked at the community’s fire department.”

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Quail Run, WEB

New to Market: Quail Run Building Material

When Douglas Stroh, principal of Stroh Architecture, was awarded the job to design a new manufacturing facility for Quail Run Building Materials in the Ak-Chin Indian Community’s Santa Cruz Commerce Center, he knew he had unique opportunity. Quail Run, which has outgrown its current Phoenix location and is now owned by Ak-Chin, manufactures cold-formed steel building products utilizing only mill-certified prime steel. Stroh knew he could integrate these components into the design of the new plant.

Set to break ground in the spring 2014, the new 50,000 square foot state-of-the-art facility will incorporate custom-designed rusted horizontal “zigzag” steel wall panels, powder coated steel plate wall panels, woven steel perimeter fencing, and metal studs all manufactured by Quail Run. Additionally, the exterior envelope features insulated metal wall panels and an MR-24 roof system. The south facing roof of the production area is designed to support a photovoltaic power plant in the near future. The integrated sustainable design, created by Stroh, utilizes pre-engineered metal building technology designed by Bunger Steel of Phoenix, Arizona.


Ak-Chin Indian Community Invests $10M in Maricopa

During the May 7 Maricopa City Council meeting, Mayor Christian Price announced that the Ak-Chin Indian Community would be making an investment of $10 million in Maricopa. Of the $10 million investment, $2.6 million will support the Maricopa Unified School District and $7.4 million will be allocated to the operation of the City of Maricopa’s Copper Sky Recreational Complex, a multigenerational/aquatic center and regional park, currently under construction.

The Community’s investment in the District will assist with the short fall within the budget and the failure of the previous tax initiative.   Ak-Chin Tribal Chairman Louis J. Manuel, Jr. has long valued the importance of education and has made it a priority for the Tribal Council to find ways to improve upon it, not only for the Tribal community, but for the City of Maricopa as well.

“As true leaders to those our youth look to for guidance, we need to invest in them to promote and partake in a future yet to be determined but with the belief of opportunities,” said Chairman Manuel.  “The Ak-Chin Indian Community believes a partnership like this goes beyond the boundaries and creates a relationship to forge a strong future for everyone.”

The Copper Sky Recreational Complex, slated to open in spring 2014, includes a multigenerational/aquatic center and a regional park.  The 52,000-square-foot center will have many amenities, such as a gymnasium with two full-size basketball courts, a fitness area, an indoor running track, a competitive pool, a recreational pool, and a splash pad.  The regional park is approximately 120 acres and will be comprised of a five-acre lake, tennis, basketball and volleyball courts, a skate park, multi-use fields, a baseball/softball field, a dog park, and bike and multi-use trails.

“I am ecstatic to see the countless benefits that come from building positive and valuable relationships with our wonderful neighbors, the Ak-Chin Indian Community,” said Maricopa Mayor Christian Price.  “As we embark on this new era of collaboration, I look forward to seeing our partnerships continue to develop and our communities continue to thrive. I am encouraged that, together, we will continue to construct a highly-prized and decidedly-successful region.  The City of Maricopa is extremely grateful for the outstanding generosity of the Ak-Chin Community and we look forward to building a prosperous future together.”

The Community’s $10 million investment will be made in one payment to the City, who will serve as the grantor of the $2.6 million to the District.

“We have a life-long relationship with the City of Maricopa; we have shared in each other’s growth and helped when called upon.  We hope to continue our partnership into the future,” said Chairman Manuel.

Ak-Chin Regional Airport

Ak-Chin Awards Contracts To AJP Electric, Pioneer Builders For Regional Airport Renovations

The Ak-Chin Community Council awarded the contract for the renovation of the Ak-Chin Regional Airport, formerly Phoenix Regional Airport, to a joint venture between AJP Electric and Pioneer Builders, both of Phoenix.

Renovations will include improvements to the 5,000-foot runway and taxiway; installation of new lighting; and upgrades to the Fixed Base Operations (FBO) building. The million dollar improvement project is set to commence the week of June 25 and is expected to be completed in mid-September in preparation for a grand opening planned for the first week of October.

The project will be spearheaded by AJP Electric which has been in business since 1993 and has successfully completed upgrade projects for other municipal airports, including Eloy, Payson, Lake Havasu City and Scottsdale. Pioneer Builders, which specializes in tenant improvements, will handle the construction of the structure that will house the electrical infrastructure.

Ak-Chin Regional Airport was purchased by the Community in 2006 and encompasses approximately 450 acres. The Ak-Chin Industrial Park Board has been actively planning and overseeing engineering improvements to what they see as an economic generator for the Community as well as the surrounding area.

“The Airport will attract people who want to fly in and stay and play at Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino and Resort, play a round of golf at the Ak-Chin Southern Dunes Golf Club or do business at Ak-Chin’s Santa Cruz Commerce Center,” says board chairman Charles Carlyle. “It will also draw people into businesses in Maricopa, Casa Grande and other surrounding areas.”

A new logo for the renamed Airport was also recently unveiled. Designed by NICE Creative of Tempe, the logo features an eagle taking flight while a stylized plane underscores the Airport’s theme, “Where Successful Business Takes Off.”

Located in Pinal County, between the cities of Maricopa and Casa Grande, with close proximity to Phoenix and Tucson, the Airport is within five minutes of Ak-Chin’s Santa Cruz Commerce Center.

Zoned for I-1 and I-2 use, the Commerce Center has 50 acres of immediately available land for lease with a build-to-suit option for qualified tenants. A leaseable office/warehouse complex was completed in 2011 and fully leased a year later. A new complex is planned for construction in 2013.

Leasing inquiries can be directed to Phil Entz, (520) 568-3246, and more information can be found at leaseakchin.com.