Pinal County Town Hall to focus on linking transportation, economic growth

Supervisor House, District 5, will discuss the Pinal Regional Transportation Authority

“Linking Transportation: Paving the Way to Economic Growth” is the theme for the 29th Annual Pinal County Town Hall. It will take place Thursday Oct. 6, at Robson Ranch, 5750 N. Robson Blvd., in Eloy.

Approximately 150 delegates are expected to attend the informative sessions being held, according to a press release.

The town hall’s primary sponsor each year is the Pinal County Board of Supervisors. Supervisor Anthony Smith, District 4, represents the board on the Pinal County Town Hall Advisory Committee.

Todd House

Todd House

The advisory committee is composed of representatives from throughout Pinal County who meet monthly to work out details for the event.  During this year’s town hall, Supervisor Todd House, District 5, will discuss the Pinal Regional Transportation Authority along with other elected officials on the Pinal RTA panel.

The overall goal of the sessions, according to Pinal County Town Hall Director Maxine Brown, is “to equip citizens with information and knowledge to understand how Pinal County transportation is funded, how to get involved in obtaining local projects, what is a Regional Transportation Authority and how it all links with the economic health and growth of Pinal County. We will hear from federal, state and local transportation officials, representatives from business, economic developers and regional planners. The Pinal County Town Hall believes delegates will be able to return to their community with a better understanding of local transportation and economic growth of the county,” Ms. Brown said in the release.

Key note speakers will be Mary Peters, former U.S. secretary of transportation (2006-09) and Victor Mendez, deputy secretary, U.S. Department of Transportation since 2014 (invited).

The Pinal County Town Hall Wayne G. Gerken Youth Scholarship will be awarded during the event. Town hall offers students the opportunity to attend the event and participate in a round-table discussion to apply for the scholarship.

“Town hall has provided a venue for young people to come together with local leaders. Helping them learn about important issues such as issues related to transportation and economic growth will help create the next generation of leaders,” Town Hall Advisory Committee Vice-Chair Donna McBride said in the release.

“I have attended all 28 town halls. These events have been instrumental in bringing together diversified interests to focus on timely, relevant issues vital to Pinal County and its citizens,” Pinal County Town Hall Advisory Committee Chair Sandie Smith said in the release,  “This focus is then transformed into information taken back to local communities for a better understanding of the issue. The networking and friendships formed at these town halls are invaluable for forming alliances that will help ensure Pinal County is a place where we can live, work, and play.”

For registration or sponsorship packets and/or additional information, call Ms. Brown at 480-322-1626 or e-mail her at

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