Cottonwood Economic Development Council

About the Council

The Cottonwood Economic Development Council (CEDC) is a public - private partnership dedicated to fostering a cooperative approach to economic development. We coordinate with a number of other key organizations in the area to promote an environment in which business thrives.

The Council's economic development efforts focus on strengthening the existing business community and recruiting new firms that are consistent with our commitment to being a Community of Excellence.

Supported by a council led by the City of Cottonwood Economic Development Manager, the CEDC includes members from the City of Cottonwood, area businesses, developers, utilities, finance, and education.


  • The mission of the Cottonwood Economic Development Council is to enrich the diverse economic, social and cultural environment for our community.
  • The vision of the Cottonwood Economic Development Council is to provide a positive business climate, enhance the economic well-being, and the quality of life for our community.


  • Business and Education Liaison - We're your link to the community, Yavapai College and other entities.
  • Site Location/Expansion Assistance - Look to us for help in finding just the right spot to locate your new facility and/or for assistance in expanding your presence in Cottonwood and the Verde Valley.
  • Information Clearinghouse - Turn to us for one-stop shopping for information on business issues, incentives, education, available sites and buildings, and key statistics.
  • Business Visitation Program - Building Bridges to Business - Locate and grow here, and we will engage with you to help strengthen the community's cooperative business environment, and to identify, report, and address issues that may prohibit economic growth.
  • Key Issue Exploration - We look forward to providing you with a forum for the public or private discussion of key development issues.


  • Casey Rooney, President
  • Mike Wise, Chairman
  • Christian Oliva del Rio, Treasurer
  • Doug Bartosh
  • Jackie Bessler
  • Janet Kelly
  • Matt Meierbachtol
  • Berrin Nejad
  • Andrea Harless
  • Tom Pender
  • James Perey
  • Ruth Ellen Elinski
  • Karen Pfeifer
  • Karl Schloeman
  • Juliana Brutsche
  • Steve King