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For the last 25 years, we have been successfully helping people in the West build the communities they want to live in while preserving the West that brought them here. Discover our vision for our next 25 years. 

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Arizona Public Media

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I-11 Corridor Initiative

In a recent PBS piece, our Sun Corridor Program Director talks about Sonoran's involvement in the project's development. He goes on to discuss the Environmental Impact Statement process and the critical concept of integrated infrastructure. As always, it is vitally important that stakeholders work together from start to finish.

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EPA Clean Power Plan

The Sonoran Institute prepares a statement on today's release of the U.S. EPA's Clean Power Rules in order to discuss the platform for our study to be released next month. We will reveal how large-scale solar can do far more in meeting the EPA's emissions targets than originally envisioned in the rule.

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Contacts - Sun Corridor Legacy

Ian Dowdy
Sun Corridor Legacy Program Director

602-393-4310 x 308

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Home Where We Work Arizona Sun Corridor Legacy Worker Attraction Study

Worker Attraction Study: The role of Arizona's open spaces in attracting critical high-skill workers

Capitalization-of-our-Climate-coverThe Sonoran Institute is investigating the connection between conserved public land and a thriving economy through our Worker Attraction Study. This groundbreaking research will demonstrate how year-round outdoor recreation in Arizona's spectacular scenery attracts the high-skill, high-wage workers that are critical to a modern economy.

Workers such as engineers and health care professionals have very portable skills, which allow these workers to live in areas that suit their desired lifestyle. The Sun Corridor is uniquely positioned to recruit these highly skilled workers. With the largest economic market in the Intermountain West providing work opportunities, a warm climate, and millions of acres of nearby public land for outdoor recreation, highly skilled workers have been drawn to the Sun Corridor for decades.

The ability of the state's natural features to attract desirable workers has been acknowledged anecdotally for years, but the Sonoran Institute's work is the first research to attach firm data to this concept. Other studies, including some by the Sonoran Institute (see below), have shown that protected public lands are an asset to a region's hospitality and tourism industries. While this is undoubtedly the case, we believe that there is a larger effect at work in the Sun Corridor as public land attracts both workers and firms in high-skill, high-wage industries such as electronics and aerospace. Additionally, while previous studies have focused on the effect of public lands on the economies of rural towns and counties, the Worker Attraction Study is measuring the effect of these lands on an economy of over $200 billion annually. Download the report.

For more information, please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , Program Director, Sun Corridor Legacy Program.

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