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A survey published in June shows that Sahuarita residents rate their quality of life favorably, with 95% saying the town is a good/excellent place to live. Similarly reflective of the large number of families with children living in the town, 96% say it’s a good/excellent place to raise children. Asked about the appearance of the town, 94% rated it favorably. Town of Sahuarita Mayor, Tom Murphy notes that he’s seen tremendous growth during the time he’s lived in Sahuarita, and he believes the growth is due to the town’s enduring charm for those who seek to plant roots in a place with community spirit. “Sahuarita’s sense of community is incredible,” Murphy said. “You see it present in the way we collaborate on town events and team up to face the challenges that come at us every day.”
“I think the growth we saw in the early years of incorporation is indicative of the town’s potential,” Murphy said. “Now we’re seeing an uptick in new home building again.” Murphy says that is good news, because it shows that developers understand what great opportunities exist in town.
Murphy believes the quality of life in Sahuarita is bolstered by the town’s commitment to public safety. Sahuarita was ranked the fifth safest town in Arizona by Safewise in 2018. “Our police force is first-rate,” Murphy said. “They’re to be commended for such commitment to the public. We know that our residents are proud of them too. You can see that pretty clearly in the survey results.” Survey results showed that 94% of town residents rated the Sahuarita Police Department favorably.
Town Manager, Kelly Udall said that the town’s financial position puts it in a great position to bring residents the amenities and businesses they feel would make Sahuarita an even better place to live. “We know that residents want places away from home to socialize with their families and friends,” Udall said. “Attracting this kind of private interest to the town is a huge focus of our economic development department.” Udall went on to say that the town is starting to see the fruits of such labor. He points to the number of new restaurants and businesses opening at commercial developments such as “The Corner” with a Panda Express, and “The Crossing” where Sprouts, Petsmart and ModPizza have opened or are slated for opening. “And now we have a new hospital on the way too,” he said. In late May, Northwest Medical Center announced its intent to build an 18-bed facility in Sahuarita.
Fiscal year 2018 saw a number of economic development goals reached. With the beginning of the year, the town received news of a successful grant application of $3 million from the Economic Development Administration to establish a tech cluster called, Sahuarita Advanced Manufacturing and Technology Cluster (SAMTEC). Udall says that fiscal year 2019 will see the planning and design phase for SAMTEC hit full speed with literal ground-breaking slated for 2020. “It has great potential to bring jobs and opportunities to the town,” Udall said. “The kind of jobs that come with a tech cluster are a good fit for our highly-educated residents. We know that when investors find out what a gem we have here, they’re going to want to consider Sahuarita as a place to build the things our residents want and need.”
The 2018 Citizen Survey was conducted throughout the month of April, and over 900 residents responded, which exceeded projected goals. For further, more detailed information about the resident survey results, please review the survey report.