The aerospace and unmanned industry sectors are vital economic drivers for the economy of our state. Arizona is ranked second in the nation for aerospace and defense systems manufacturing jobs, employing more than 11,700 people. In 2016, our state was ranked first in the nation by Price Waterhouse Cooper for aerospace manufacturing attractiveness. Recognizing this, AREDF formed the Aerospace Arizona Association to promote growth and innovation within these industries throughout the state of Arizona.


SIERRA VISTA — This week, members of the Rotary Club of Sierra Vista were introduced to five of the seven 2017 scholarship winners: Buena High School graduates, Andrea Bracamonte, Ashley Murdock, Taylor Benning, and Dominic Valentin as well as Gabriel Martinez, a Cochise College graduate. Each of the students was very grateful for the financial […]

PHOENIX — Arizona Regional Economic Development Foundation’s Aerospace Association hosted delegates from high tech manufacturing shelter company Co-Production International (CPI) on May 17 and 18. This trip was the second part of an exchange between Aerospace Arizona Association and its members and the delegation from Tijuana. This visit by CPI to Arizona was organized to […]

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This month, the Arizona Regional Economic Development Foundation (AREDF) debuts its Business Retention and Expansion Program.

The Arizona Regional EDF hosted a panel of military advisors from around the state to discuss military and defense issues. The panel met at the Sierra Vista Police Department training room to share the importance of military installations to our economy.

The Arizona Regional Economic Development Foundation (AREDF) will be opening the doors to its new Innovation Center in January, following the success of its existing Business Complex.

Eric Petermann – November 3, 2016 – Sierra Vista Herald A three-day conference in Scottsdale next week, organized by a local economic development group, will bring together more than 200 companies interested in the commercial application of Unmanned Aerial Systems. Mignonne Hollis, executive director at Arizona Regional Economic Development Foundation, said the event features 21 sessions […]

Cochise County will be featured in an upcoming episode of the television series This American Land. The undeveloped lands and wilderness areas in Cochise County are both an attraction to our area and a crucial part of our ecosystem. We’re big proponents of smart growth and believe that preserving and protecting nature can go hand […]

Arizona once was the frontier for America. Now Arizona aerospace companies are muscling into space explorations: the final frontier. According to the Arizona-Mexico Commission, the states of Arizona and Sonora combined to be the fourth-largest aerospace supply chain in the world and the largest in North America. The Phoenix Business Journal on July 28 convened […]

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Terri Jo Neff – Feb 29, 2016 – Sierra Vista Herald Approaching its 30th anniversary, the directors of the Sierra Vista Economic Development Foundation recently voted to change its name to Arizona Regional Economic Development Foundation (AREDF) to better represents the non-profit organization’s focus. The organization’s activities were never restricted to the city limits, but throughout the […]

Sierra Vista Economic Development Foundation Executive Director Mignonne Hollis has been asked to serve on the US Global Leadership Coalition’s (USGLC) Arizona Advisory Committee. The USGLC is a broad-based influential network of 400 businesses and non-governmental organizations, military, faith-based and civic leaders united in support of US global engagement. The coalition is active across the […]

Submitted|Herald/Review We all face difficult choices. We all have to make tough decisions, especially in the face of tough financial circumstances. As CEO of the region’s largest health care provider, I struggle with ways to keep our budget in line with our mission of providing quality care, close to home, while exceeding patient expectations. Now that the […]

Submitted|Herald/Review The Sierra Vista Economic Development Foundation (SVEDF) leads the way in certifying property through the Arizona Commerce Authority’s certified sites program. Certified sites and buildings represent an established set of minimum real estate standards among national site selection consultants, corporate real estate professionals and companies seeking to expand or that need a new business location. Commercial sites in […]

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April 20, 2015 7:45 pm  •  By Luis F. Carrasco The new Canyon Vista Medical Center in Sierra Vista not only wants to be a regional health-care provider for Southeastern Arizona, but it also plans to focus on attracting patients from across the border. Dr. Dean French, Canyon Vista CEO, explained: “Any hospital that’s trying […]

BILL HESS| HERALD/REVIEW SIERRA VISTA — Residents of Cochise County and “our neighbors in Sonora” have the same goal of making sure quality health care services are available, said Dr. Dean French, the CEO of the soon to open Canyon Vista Medical Center. Friday night the Sierra Vista Economic Development Foundation, the North American Research Partnership and the […]

Submitted by Mignonne Hollis|Herald/Review I attended a gathering of hospital officials with state lawmakers representing Legislative District No. 14 in Phoenix on Thursday. Dr. Dean French and Bruce Norton from the Sierra Vista Regional Health Center met with Speaker Gowan, Sen. Griffin and Rep. Stevens. Dr. French is the CEO and president at SVRHC, and Bruce Norton is […]

ROBERT CHARETTE | HERALD/REVIEW There’s a new player in town striving to harness Cochise County’s latent film industry in the form of Southern AZ Acting & Productions.  The film production company will be premiering its first film Saturday evening at Uptown 3 in Sierra Vista. Southern AZ Acting & Production’s maiden venture is the 17-minute picture, […]

SUBMITTED | HERALD/REVIEW The future for one of Sierra Vista’s major employers is looking bright through 2019, and potentially to 2025. Aegis USA recently shared with the Sierra Vista Economic Development Foundation that they are in the contracting stage with a major insurance company to provide customer service for roadside assistance. The new contract is expected to start […]

Sierra Vista Economic Development Foundation was featured in the Arizona Builder’s Exchange regarding the new relationship between them and the City of Sierra Vista (Page 7). Read the Article

STAFF | HERALD/REVIEW Who can blame the Sierra Vista Economic Development Foundation for being a bit confused on its “new” relationship with the City of Sierra Vista? For those who don’t follow the day-to-day news about our city’s efforts to capture new business and diversify the local economy, there has been a significant change in how those […]

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ADAM CURTIS  |  HERALD/REVIEW Two players in Sierra Vista economic development to chart future relationship. SIERRA VISTA— The city’s relationship with the Sierra Vista Economic Development Foundation is changing, as the city brings more functions in-house, and a requested future work session with the council may help clarify how the parties move forward. Following her first update to the […]

HERALD/REVIEW Currently celebrating its 40th anniversary, the Arizona Association for Economic Development has announced that Mignonne D. Hollis, executive director of the Sierra Vista Economic Development Foundation, is the recipient of its annual Economic Development Distinguished by Excellence award for Economic Developer of the Year — Small Community.  The awards were presented during an evening awards dinner […]

DANA COLE | HERALD/REVIEW SIERRA VISTA — When Arizona was passed over by the Federal Aviation Administration as one of six test sites for unmanned aircraft in January, those involved in the application process already had a backup plan in place. The Benson Municipal Airport was one of the candidates vying for FAA site selection, with Mignonne Hollis, executive director of the Sierra […]

The Sierra Vista Economic Development Foundation (SVEDF) is pleased to announce that Executive Director Mignonne Hollis has been appointed to serve on Governor Janet Brewer’s Aerospace & Defense Commission. “The timing of this commission is critical”, says Ms. Hollis.  “There are several bills floating around the House which pertain to privacy issues.  Serving on this […]

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ADAM CURTIS | HERALD/REVIEW SIERRA VISTA — Sierra Vista Economic Development Foundation (SVEDF) Executive Director Mignonne Hollis highlighted four projects that are moving forward, with Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) efforts foremost among them, in her a quarterly update to the Sierra Vista City Council on Tuesday. That doesn’t mean that’s all the foundation is working on, Hollis said. The establishment of a local […]

By Editorial board The Republic | Fri Jan 24, 2014 4:56 PM So what if the Federal Aviation Administration bypassed Arizona for one of six national drone-testing sites? The designation would have been nice to have, but we can do just fine without it. Sierra Vista Economic Development Foundation has secured a private airport […]

HERALD/REVIEW | Submitted by Michelle Georgiev SVEDF Administrative Assistant Sierra Vista is unique in composition and rich in opportunity. It has the atmosphere of a small town combined with vibrancy and diversification in its professional skill. Sarah Bivens is the founder of the newly established Cochise Health and Wellness family practice and is an example of the shining professional skill […]

ERIC PETERMANN | HERALD/REVIEW SIERRA VISTA — Scott Rollefstad was working as an engineer for a heating and air conditioning company in December, 2010, when he heard the news that Border Patrol agent Brian Terry was shot and killed near Nogales. Terry walked into an ambush and was killed by gunmen camouflaged by desert foliage and the […]

After two years of persistent work around the Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) industry, the Sierra Vista Economic Development Foundation (SVEDF) is experiencing the payoff for their unwavering efforts.  Today they announced the launch of their Cochise County unmanned aircraft systems testing and training facility dubbed Four Pillars. “We’re ecstatic about having our work finally materialize.  […]

Sierra Vista EDF Executive Director Mignonne Hollis joins other Arizona economic development professionals to talk about recruiting companies that fit the demographics. Check out the Article!

Sierra Vista EDF Executive Director Mignonne Hollis is Chair on the Arizona Association of Economic Development’s (AAED) Rural Committee.  See what she had to say about AAED’s pillars for the future in AZRE Magazine. View Article Here!

Staff | Herald/Review Local economic development representative, Mignonne Hollis has been named to the statewide transportation investment committee with the Arizona First Leadership Foundation. The foundation is a non-profit organization started earlier this year by Mesa Mayor Scott Smith to bring leaders together to tackle Arizona’s most pressing issues. The first initiative of the group was […]

By Derek Jordan Created Oct 13 2013 – 11:26pm SIERRA VISTA — The Sierra Vista Economic Development Foundation has been recognized by the governor’s office for its effort to provide affordable, low-risk office space for area entrepreneurs. The EDF was one of three recipients throughout the state to receive the Governor’s Excellence in Economic Development award […]

Arizona in 2020? State leaders share their vision The Republic | Fri Sep 20, 2013 5:20 PM What do you want Arizona to be in 2020, and what steps do we need to take to realize the vision?  The Republic asked leaders across the state to briefly answer that question. New Arizona: Think Outside […]

Staff | Herald/Review Sat, 08/24/2013 Mignonne Hollis, executive director of the Sierra Vista Economic Development Foundation (SVEDF) has been appointed chairperson on the Arizona Association for Economic Development (AAED) Rural Committee. AAED is the leading statewide advocate for responsible economic development in Arizona. The Rural Committee provides professional economic development assistance to rural communities and administers […]

Staff|Herald/Review Arizona, including Cochise County and Southeast Arizona, was well represented at a symposium last week in Washington, D.C. The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI), the world’s largest non-profit organization devoted exclusively to advancing the unmanned systems and robotics community, hosted the world’s largest unmanned systems and robotics symposium in Washington D.C. on Aug. […]

RFP/SCOPE OF WORK PROFESSIONAL SERVICES FOR COMMUNITY ADVOCACY REGARDING RETENTION AND EXPANSION OF MISSIONS ON FORT HUACHUCA, AZ I.        INTRODUCTION The Fort Huachuca 50, through collaboration with three critical stakeholders in the Sierra Vista, AZ area, is seeking a consultant to assist the community in identifying ways to help retain and expand the missions currently […]

Herald/Review Good as it sounded, Mignonne Hollis made it clear last week there is still plenty of work to be done to accomplish regional economic development goals. Hollis, executive director of the Economic Development Foundation, made a presentation to the Sierra Vista City Council June 25, providing an update on exciting ideas that will improve Cochise […]

Adam Curtis|Herald/Review SIERRA VISTA— Whether its courting the civilian Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) industry, helping protect and expand missions on Fort Huachuca, or learning to leverage the local foreign-trade zone, the Sierra Vista Economic Development Foundation (EDF) has been busy. These were some of the activities Mignonne Hollis, executive director of the EDF, briefed the Sierra Vista […]

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The Sierra Vista Economic Development Foundation (Sierra Vista EDF) congratulates their Business Complex tenant Kateri Payne on her grand opening this approaching Monday, June 24th! Baby Boot Camp arrives in Sierra Vista Baby Boot Camp, the fitness and nutrition program for new moms, is pleased to welcome its latest bundle of joy: Baby Boot Camp […]