The Town of Prescott Valley follows a “three-legged stool” approach to economic development where three separate organizations contribute to economic activities within the Town, each with a different mandate. The first two legs of the stool are the Prescott Valley Economic Development Foundation which focuses on manufacturing and industrial business attraction as well as some aspects of business retention and expansion and the Prescott Valley Chamber of Commerce which also focuses on business retention and expansion as well as tourism. The third leg in the three-legged stool approach is the Town of Prescott Valley’s Economic Development Department which focuses entirely on commercial and retail business attraction.
The Town’s Office of Economic Development acts as the first point of contact for retailers, other commercial businesses and their representatives and seeks to support and assist with their new business or development. The Town’s Economic Development Coordinator can provide a myriad of data points necessary to help companies during their site location and/or due diligence processes. If the data needed is not listed on this website, interested parties are encouraged to e-mail or call the Economic Development Coordinator directly with their request. Additionally, the Economic Development Coordinator can provide direction and support to new retail/commercial businesses by helping to guide and explain Town development processes and by helping a potential new business and/or their representatives connect with necessary stakeholders both locally, regionally and throughout the State of Arizona in both the public and private sectors. Lastly, it is the goal of the Economic Development Coordinator as well as the entire Town Staff of Prescott Valley to provide superior customer service to residents, business owners/operators, and their representatives. While the primary support functions mentioned above encompass frequent responsibilities of the Economic Development Coordinator as it relates to supporting of external stakeholders, it is not intended to be a full description of assistance activities. If you have any questions or concerns that you feel the Economic Development Coordinator may be able to address, please do not hesitate to reach out with your request and everything feasible will be done to help fulfill your request.
Ben Hooper is the Economic Development Coordinator for the Town of Prescott Valley with a focus on retail/commercial business attraction. Mr. Hooper started in this position in August of 2016. During his first 3 years, Mr. Hooper oversaw the addition of more than 300,000 square feet of new or redeveloped commercial/retail space in Prescott Valley. In addition to his daily duties with the Town, Mr. Hooper also serves on the Arizona Association for Economic Development’s (AAED) Northern Arizona Committee, as past Chairman of the 2017 and 2018 AAED Fall Forum Planning Committees and as the public sector Chairman of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) State of Arizona P3 Committee. Prior to his current position, Mr. Hooper served as the Redevelopment Coordinator for the Detroit-based RACER Trust, a bankruptcy trust formed following the 2009 bankruptcy of General Motors. During his tenure with the Trust, Mr. Hooper aided in more than 30 successful property sales across multiple communities, primarily located in the Midwest and Northeast United States. The property sales resulted in the creation or pledged creation of over 10,000 jobs and more than $1 billion in actual and pledged investments. Before his position with the Trust, Mr. Hooper served in the Department of Economic Development for the City of Toledo where he administered the city’s CDBG-funded façade grant program, among other tasks. Mr. Hooper received his B.A. in Political Science from the University of Toledo and his M.S. in Urban and Regional Planning from Eastern Michigan University. Mr. Hooper moved to Arizona along with his wife, Hope. In his free time, Mr. Hooper enjoys spending time with his wife, hiking, exploring Arizona, off-roading in his Jeep and caring for the family pets.