Avondale: Health-Conscious Development

by RaeAnne Marsh

Medical-IconThe City of Avondale is courting the healthcare industry as an important high-growth sector for its economic development. Adding to the large facilities of West Valley Hospital and Phoenix Children’s Hospital satellite – which recently went vertical with a $17-million investment and doubled its work force – the recently announced Copper Springs Hospital will bring $15 million in capital investment.

“We really try to look at how to partner with the healthcare community,” says Cheryl Covert, employment and business development specialist with the City of Avondale, noting the city anticipated the infrastructure that would be needed. For example, she says, “We updated the cable, and the public works department was looking at the water and sewer, including the pressure that will be placed on the lines.”

“We’ll leverage those anchors and recruit other establishments,” says economic development specialist Darryn Jones.

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