Sinema Hosts Roundtable with Newly-Launched Rural Development Working Group in Globe

Mar 6, 2023

Senator brought Arizonans together to develop and deliver lasting solutions to the issues facing rural Arizona communities

GLOBE – Arizona senior Senator Kyrsten Sinema hosted a roundtable with regional representatives of her newly-launched Rural Development Working Group – an assembly of local leaders from rural communities across the state – to discuss their focus on delivering lasting solutions to the issues impacting families and communities in rural Arizona.
Sinema launched her statewide Rural Development Working Group in Pinetop-Lakeside with members from Yavapai, Coconino, Apache, and Navajo Counties prior to the Globe roundtable.
“By working hand-in-hand with Arizonans in rural parts of our state, we’ve made meaningful progress on the issues impacting families in their communities. On behalf of the everyday Arizonans we serve, we’ll keep coming together to deliver real results,” said Sinema.

Members of Sinema’s newly-launched working group who attended the meeting in-person include: Gila Supervisors Woody Cline and Steve Christensen, Superior Mayor Mila Besich, Kearny Mayor Curtis Stacy, Apache Junction Mayor Chip Wilson, Star Valley Mayor Bobby Davis, Coolidge Mayor Jon Thompson, and more. 
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In recent years Sinema has accomplished multiple bipartisan victories that deliver long-lasting solutions to rural communities across Arizona, including the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs law, which invests $100 million for critical minerals mining and research. 
Globe-Miami is home to one of the last copper smelters in the country – which serves as a key employer and economic engine for the community. Recognizing the critical national security and economic components of copper mining, Sinema recently urged the administration to designate copper as a critical mineral, ensuring a secure and reliable domestic supply of copper in the years to come.
During the pandemic, Sinema held weekly phone calls with elected leaders and their staff to share information, answer questions, and hear firsthand from officials around the state to coordinate an effective response and better advocate on behalf of all Arizona communities’ needs. The newly-launched rural working group builds on Sinema’s success facilitating a cooperative network of elected officials during the pandemic to understand the challenges uniquely impacting families and communities in rural Arizona.