YMVC and GYEDC host press conference, The Wright Associates is introduced
The Wright Associates hold workshop with YMVC Board of Directors
YMVC presents to Yuma County Board of Supervisors
YMVC presents on panel at GYEDC luncheon “Yuma’s Future Workforce”
YMVC presented to Mayor Sanchez, City of San Luis
YMVC presented to Amanda Aguirre, CEO for Regional Center for Border Health
YMVC and Wright begin work on Phase 2
YMVC negotiates agreement with Wright; agreement is executed
YMVC board adopts recommendation to hire The Wright Associates
YMVC CEO makes recommendation to executive committee
RFP Selection Advisory Committee conducts interviews of finalists
RFP Selection Advisory Committee meets to review proposals, narrows field of candidates to four
YMVC leads successful effort for $600,000 EPA grant in collaboration with City of Yuma, Yuma County, Yuma Crossing National Heritage Area
YMVC presented to Yuma Sunrise Optimists Club
Phase 2 RFP published
RFP Selection Advisory Committee formed, consisting of Paul Brierley, UA Yuma Center for Desert Agriculture Excellence, Buna George, Greater Yuma Port Authority, Lourdes Gonzalez, Gowan Company; Douglas Nicholls, City of Yuma; Diane Poirot, YRMC; Amber Shek, GYEDC, and Jim Schuessler, YMVC.
YMVC and GYEDC participate in kickoff meeting with Economic Development Administration
YMVC board members and CEO participate in tour of Yuma Union High School District schools, led by YUHSD Superintendent GIna Thompson
YMVC announces joint effort with GYEDC and U.S. Department of Commerce – Economic Development Administration for Phase 2; RFP to be published for third-party sourced Strategic Assessment, Market Analysis and Strategic Plan
YRMC announces grant to YMVC for Phase 2 of project
YMVC presented to San Luis City Council
YMVC presented to Vince Yanez, Executive Director of Helios Foundation
YMVC presented to Rich Nickel, Executive Director of College Success Arizona
YMVC submits final report on APS grant investment
The YMVC website goes live.
Yuma Sun reports on two-day Strategic Planning session including the focus on Downtown/Riverfront and Yuma Multiversity as strategic priorities.
City of Yuma City Council identifies Yuma Multiversity as a priority during Strategic Planning sessions.
Update on YMVC progress is presented to City of Yuma’s City Council during Strategic Planning sessions .
YMVC files application papers for 501(c)(3) status with Internal Revenue Service.
Bylaws, Conflict of Interest Policy adopted.
US Department of Commerce – Economic Development Administration (EDA) approves Western Arizona Economic Development District (WAEDD) Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS); YMVC is identified within the Vital Projects Matrix.
YMVC Articles of Incorporation published and filed with State of Arizona.
YMVC’s Mission Statement adopted, Directors and Board Officers elected.
Yuma County plan also identifies “potential to develop programming and sites for business incubator, accelerators, and on-site housing.”
Yuma County adopts 5-year Economic Development Plan, cites “collaborating with the YMVC development project to determine the feasibility of a downtown campus that could increase local access to degrees”.
Phase I engagement of college & universities, primary employers, non-profits, and elected officials begins.
Working in coordination with Board of Advisors, scope and metrics clearly defined.
Yuma Multiversity announces hiring of President/CEO for YMVC, outlines scope and metrics for project.
Multiversity’s Board of Advisors announces nationwide search for President/CEO.
Board of advisors for Yuma Multiversity formed.
Mayor Nicholls announces ‘Multiversity’ that will serve as higher education hub for existing institutions of higher education and their various degree programs.
Mayor Nicholls announces initial grants to begin scoping work for Yuma Multiversity.
Four Borders Alliance recommits to adhere to March, 2017 MOU, and adds commitment to the establishment of exchange programs.
Brownfields site assessment released to EPA by YCNHA.
Adopted 2016 Implementation Strategy includes concept plan for combined Downtown Yuma University and Research Park.
City of Yuma adopts Old Town South Subarea plan as part of 2016 Implementation Strategy that identifies “two needs are higher workforce educational attainment and higher paying employment opportunities”.
AWC’s President, Dr. Daniel Corr, offers support for local higher ed concept, stating “members earning baccalaureate degrees or masters degrees is a good thing.”
Four Borders International Academic Alliance agrees to a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) of academic, scientific, technological, and cultural collaboration that includes Universities in Mexico and the United States.
Mayor Nicholls reports on brownfield study of 52 acre site in Old Town South in City of Yuma.
5-year brownfield site assessment submitted to United States Environmental Protection Agency by Yuma Crossing National Heritage Area (YCNHA).
City of Yuma, enters into multi-state and international Intergovernmental Agreement to support 4FrontED, with a goal, in part, to broaden educational exchange, collaborate with institutions of higher learning to target advanced degrees, and to spur innovation and entrepreneurism.
City of Yuma drafts Old Town South Revitalization Plan, which includes an assessment of potential brownfield sites and concept plans for redevelopment .
City of Yuma adopts 2012 General Plan, supporting “a comprehensive, long-range plan for guidance and further development of the City”.
City of Yuma adopts North End Development Plan that officially establishes Old Town South as part of potential redevelopment area.