Hopi economic development forum scheduled at Moenkopi Legacy

UPPER MOENKOPI, Ariz. - The Upper Village of Moenkopi has developed the largest private business complex ever created on Hopi tribal land and they have a vision for more growth. The Upper Village created Moenkopi Developers Corporation, Inc. (MDC), a 501(c)(3) non-profit economic development enterprise with the mission to create jobs for the Hopi people, establish entrepreneurship opportunities, and create revenue for the Upper Moenkopi Village to enhance social, education, health and safety services to its residents. The MDC Board has scheduled an Economic Development Open House at the Moenkopi Legacy Inn & Suites on Tuesday, Nov. 15 to share their vision for the future.

"The businesses that have been created are extremely important to all Hopi people because they create employment that allows Hopi to live and work here instead of moving away from family. Over 125 jobs have been created through this economic development. We want to share what our village has learned and explain the commercial and residential development envisioned in our Master Plan," said Village Governor and Board President William Charley.

The Moenkopi Master Plan for 72 acres of land at the junction of Highways 160 and 264 includes low income housing, neighborhood retail space, a grocery store, an office complex, community center, farmer's market, a cinema, and a BIA police substation and fire facility. Employment for the full complex is projected at over 350 local residents. It is estimated that these various site elements will have a capitalized value of $73,898,000. A 'Green' ordinance mandating grey water plumbing is being written to guide future development recognizing the importance of that limited resource. The Master Plan has commercial pads that will be available for lease and development for a variety of business activities.

The first phase of development includes the 100 room Moenkopi Legacy Inn & Suites, the 140 seat Denny's restaurant, and the TUUVI Travel center with gas pumps, convenience store, and retail shops. In advance of this development the Village built a wastewater treatment facility and made improvements to the water system.

The Moenkopi Economic Development Day will feature presentations by village members, the Hopi Tribe, experts in grant funding, and the Arizona Commerce Authority (formerly the Arizona Department of Commerce), and the HUD Southwest Office of Native American Programs. Eddie Calnimptewa, Upper Village resident and designer of the Master Plan, will show his computer based 3-D renderings of the future development and he will give an update on the Northern Arizona Sustainability Consortium, which is seeking substantial grant funding for sustainable development. Calnimptewa was a presenter in September at the HUD ONAP Greener Homes National Training session in Denver, Co.

Information on the Moenkopi Economic Development Day is available at www.ExperienceHopi.com. There is no charge for participation. Morning workshops on Nov. 15 are open to everyone and the afternoon Open House with table top displays in the Moenkopi Legacy Inn Conference Center is also open to the public. Special Economic Development Day hotel room rates are available for Nov. 14-15 online www.ExperienceHopi.com Promo Code: econday.

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