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The nation's leader in the creation of a modern, renewable energy grid
Gila Bend sits at the crossroads of Southwest Arizona on Interstate 8 at the intersection of State Route 85.

Gila Bend is fast becoming known as the nation's leader in the creation of a modern, renewable energy grid.
The 2014 Butterfield Stage Days Parade and Rodeo was February 14-16 and what a great rodeo it was. The parade kicked off at 11am was was led by the Gila Bend Volunteer Fire Department. The Grand Marshalls were Joe and Theresa Getzwiller riding their horses. Entries included the Tonopah Valley Young Marines, several local cowboys and cowgirls, Rodeo Queen Cody Ross, US Border Patrol, High School JAG students and guitar club, the San Lucy District's various committees including their valentine Kings and Queens, the Zumba dancing gals, a gorgeous refurbished truck driven by Mr. Perry and more. The rodeo had more than 500 entries and a barrel racing cowgirl walked away from the weekend having won the overall $2,000 grand prize jackpot sponsored by the Gila Bend Chamber.
Sponsorship toward the rodeo or to individual rodeo events were greatly appreciated!
Thank you for your help.
From The Town of Gila Bendand the Gila Bend Chamber of Commerce

A big rodeo THANK YOU to the 2014 Rodeo Sponsors

Gila Bend's 9-11 Memorial Park

The Memorial Day Grand Opening and unveiling of the 9-11 Twin Towers artifact was well attended and a lovely ceremony. The town is in the process of having a sign made for the park. Travelers coming to or passing through Gila Bend are encouraged to take a few minutes to stop and visit the park and see and touch the steel beam.

Approximately 2,100 pavers are available for purchase and cost $75 to cover the price of the engraving process. The Town is currently offering a 2-for-1 deal whereby a second paver will be engraved with a name of a Gila Bend veteran.

Anyone or any business interested in purchasing a paver should contact Eric at the town at 928.683.2255 for information.

APS Announces 32 MW Gila Bend Solar Power Plant Project

Arizona Public Service Co. (APS) has selected Black & Veatch to design and build a new solar photovoltaic facility – the 32-megawatt Gila Bend Solar Power Plant, part of the APS AZ Sun Program.

Construction will begin in October 2013 with project completion expected in June 2014. The nine-month project will bring more than 150 jobs to Arizona.

“The Gila Bend Plant is just one more example of APS’s commitment to solar energy. APS-owned, utility-scale solar is good for customers, the solar industry and the state of Arizona,” said Barbara Lockwood, APS General Manager of Energy Innovation. “The Gila Bend Plant, just like all of our solar facilities, is being built by a third-party solar developer. Black & Veatch was selected through a competitive bidding process, helping to ensure a cost-effective price for our customers. In addition, this project is bringing significant economic benefits to Arizona, including high-quality jobs.”

Located on 400 acres in Gila Bend, Ariz., the project will have more than 170,000 single-axis tracker polycrystalline modules that will generate enough solar energy to power 8,000 Arizona homes and businesses. The single-axis tracker design enables the solar panels to follow the sun across the sky.

“APS is a leader in solar development in Arizona – providing opportunities for solar developers and installers, creating valuable jobs for the industry and helping to create a sustainable energy future for their customers,” said Dean Oskvig, President and CEO, B&V Energy, Black & Veatch. “Black & Veatch has been involved in nearly half the utility-scale photovoltaic plants currently operating in North America. We will bring this expertise to what will be the second largest plant under the AZ Sun program to date.”

The Gila Bend Plant will be the seventh AZ Sun facility to break ground. With AZ Sun, APS is investing in the development of photovoltaic power plants across the state. APS currently has 86 MW of AZ Sun in service, along with 64 MW under construction or in development. AZ Sun is one piece of APS’s diverse solar portfolio, which includes third-party owned power purchase agreements, utility-scale APS owned facilities and customer-owned rooftop installations.

APS, Arizona’s largest and longest-serving electricity utility, serves more than 1.1 million customers in 11 of the state’s 15 counties. With headquarters in Phoenix, APS is the principal subsidiary of Pinnacle West Capital Corp. (NYSE: PNW).

Gila Bend Chamber Supports Quiet Zone

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During the Chamber of Commerce's December meeting guest speaker Eric Fitzer, the Town's Economic Development Director, discussed the Quiet Zone program in Gila Bend. Endorsed by the Gila Bend Chamber of Commerce, the Quiet Zone program involves the silencing of train horns at the Martin railway crossing. Customers of the hotels and restaurants along Pima near the Martin crossing should notice a considerable difference in the decreased noise levels.

With an average of 35 trains running a day, statistics indicate that the Union Pacific Railway, the line that runs through Gila Bend, is the second busiest in the country; the first being the Burlington Northern & Santa Fe Railway that traverses through Flagstaff.
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Several members of the Chamber, many of whom have businesses near the Martin Avenue crossing, expressed their concerns to Chamber directors and it was shared with members of the Town Council. "Having stayed frequently in Flagstaff I can vouch for the huge difference the Quiet Zone has made for that city," said Steve Holt, who is the Chamber's current president and serves on the Town Coucil.

Beginning in November 2011 representatives from the Pacific Railway, Arizona Department of Transportation, Arizona Corporation Commission, the Federal Rail Association and Town's staff reviewed the Martin Avenue crossing for train and vehicular visibility, existing signage and gates and the amount of traffic crossing the tracks on a daily basis.

Fitzer clarified that while the Martin Avenue crossing will be designated a Quiet Zone, "Engineers who feel there's eminent danger will have the right to sound the horns for safety. The Quiet Zone is a guiding principle and depends on the engineer's comfort level."

The project entails removing existing obstacles and adding signage, striping and a 6-inch high median 10 feet from the tracks. "It's a simple project and won't take long to complete." The estimated $36,000 project will be funded by the Town.

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