By Mark Cowling | Pinal Central
SAN TAN VALLEY – Residents here spend $900 million each year in other places, primarily Maricopa County where 80% of them work, Pinal County Supervisor Mike Goodman, R-San Tan Valley, told an audience of about 30 people, and more watching online.
This community has grown over the last 20 years to an estimated 120,000 people, but the jobs, goods and services to make it sustainable continue to lag, attendees at an economic development town hall were told on June 29.
An attendee asked why no one is requiring developers to provide small retail areas. Danny Court, senior economist with Elliott D. Pollack & Company, said developers view San Tan Valley positively, but it’s “sort of two-edged sword” with neighbor Queen Creek. Retail is finally coming to Queen Creek, but businesses see San Tan Valley as part of the same customer base.
Also, traditional brick-and-mortar retail is “a tough industry right now,” Court said. Rather than new store locations, retailers are investing in technology and distribution for online sales. For Pinal County that’s good because sales tax is collected on the home address, and online sales continue to grow.