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Letter: Support small business by protecting public lands

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Posted: Sunday, July 22, 2012 9:14 am

Arizona’s small businesses drive significant economic growth in the state. Garin Groff’s July 15 article, “Mesa, Chandler Gilbert pace East Valley’s lead in Valley in retail recovery,” shows the East Valley is doing especially well, with spaces left vacant during the recession finally filling up with new businesses.

To maximize job creation, it’s essential for the state to support these entrepreneurs. One way to do that is to protect Arizona’s public lands. For many Arizona small business owners, one of the primary reasons they do business in the state is because Arizona’s great outdoors create business opportunities and attract quality employees. Small Business Majority’s polling found 42 percent agree that when choosing where to live and own a business, access to outdoor opportunities provided by Arizona’s public lands is a large factor. In fact, 6 in 10 find the president’s ‘all-of-the-above’ energy policy proposal — which promotes a mix of energy sources including solar, wind, natural gas and more — most attractive if it protects public lands.

With Arizona seeing economic growth, the state can encourage job creation by paying attention to what its entrepreneurs have in common — the desire to protect public lands. It’s good for business.

Tim Gaudette

Western Outreach Manager, Small Business Majority

Denver

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