Each year around this time, Flagstaff gets a series of "Red Flag" days, which are notices from the Forest Service that the danger for wildfire is extremely high due to the combination of very little moisture and high winds. Smoking, use of live ammunition and campfires are prohibited on Forest Service land during these times. Generally, the City of Flagstaff and Coconino County impose similar (or identical) restrictions.
For instance, any restriction by the Forest Service also means smoking bans on the Flagstaff Urban Trail System (FUTS). The city and county post signs to notify users and law enforcement personnel strictly enforce these warnings.
As we live in the largest contiguous Ponderosa Pine forest in the Continental United States - we take fire danger very seriously. When they get out of hand, fires can get very big very fast.
Schultz Fire, 2010
These Red Flag restrictions typically last until the beginning of the Monsoon season (first few weeks of July) depending on how much moisture we receive.
Fire Danger, Industrial Plan, Preparedness Level and Fire Restrictions
FIRE RESTRICTIONS begin Wednesday, May 22, 2013 at 8 a.m. Fires are never allowed at Fossil Creek anywhere; never allowed in Oak Creek Canyon (except in developed campgrounds and recreation areas), and the temporary fire restriction in the Mt. Elden, Dry Lake Hills area is currently still in effect.
It is a perfect time for our business community to reach out to our local high school and college students and take them in as interns to expose them to the working world and improve workforce preparedness. Internships provide real world work experience and business knowledge that is not easy at all for young adults to gain in any other manner. And, we hear from many of you about the lack of skilled labor in our community so we are proactive on your behalf!
The Flagstaff Chamber Education and Workforce Development Committee has been formulating a communitywide internship initiative that could make it easier for your business to fill its labor force pipeline that you rely on for business success.
Last summer, with a grant from Coconino County Career Center, the Chamber was able to fill ten internships locally in a very diverse array of companies. These companies helped local talent understand the skills they required for potential employment and of course, engaged them in various departments and capacities to keep moving the business forward.
They were such great interns that after summer, six of the ten companies offered part time employment during the school year…what great career exploration! Most interns are enthusiastic, passionate about learning business skills, energetic and just really willing to have a seat in the real business world. I speak from experience because there has barely been a moment that we have not employed an intern at the Flagstaff Chamber and always, they play an integral role.
An Internship Task Force has formed and this group of individuals from the public and private sectors has been nothing less than extraordinary developing business guidelines for hiring an intern, an intern application, and now they are working towards completion of a website that will be accessible by all to grow the number of intern placements inside local businesses on a long term basis.
Please consider starting small and work with the Flagstaff Chamber to place a student in one of your departments such as marketing, IT, sales, finance, communications or the lab. We have taken the ‘unknown’ out of this great opportunity and we know that whether you are a banker, medical, manufacturing, culinary, engineer, scientific, hospitality, restaurant, legal or retail business, we have students that are interested in careers in your field.
We would like to hear from you and we will endeavor to match a student with your needs! Please contact the Chamber at 774-4505. Together we can really help local businesses fill your job vacancies with extremely talented local youth. Let’s help them cultivate the skills to make them more desirable candidates for employment after graduation!
Arizona is a strong performer in the innovation and entrepreneurship category, ranking 8th overall. Arizona has the 5th-highest business creation rate in the nation, but it makes the top 10 on the basis of its solid all-around performance. It ranks at least 15th in five of the six entrepreneurship and innovation metrics.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has released its Enterprising
States report, ranking Arizona among the top ten in Best States for
Starting a Business, Business Climate and Infrastructure. We are
particularly proud of the Best State for Starting a Business ranking because,
as the basis for the ranking, the report calls out Arizona’s Angel Investment
Tax Credit program, the ACA’s Arizona Innovation Challenge, and our AZ FAST
Grant program. This #8 ranking is a jump 39 spots from 2012, proof
positive that our state’s commitment to policies and programs that support our
entrepreneurs is gaining national recognition, recognition that showcases
Arizona as a future-focused state committed to fostering the most promising
entrepreneurs that drive wealth and job creation.
and Tourism Local Day at Flagstaff Extreme!
May 19th 2013 (starting 9am thru 11:30 every half
Tuthill County Park, Flagstaff Extreme Adventure Course
Why: FLG X
loves Flagstaff and it's many service and tourism industry brethren! We
donated tens of thousands in FLG X passes, merchandise in 2012 and expect to
double that in 2013. We are frequently asked for donations for silent
auctions and we want to include your business in with ours as a complete
Flagstaff Package. In addition we are involved in a number of events and
would like to involve your business. To that end we are offering a unique
opportunity to local businesses to come out and experience the Course and
promote your business over the rest of 2013 by providing gift cards/gift
certificates to FLG X to use at our events, or auctions. Reserve your
How it works:
a start time from 9am to 11:30, every 1/2 hour and mail firstname.lastname@example.org with your
company name, # of people to climb, and we will confirm. Only 120 spots
a gift card or gift certificate from your local business($10 minimum) and that
is your admission price! One gift card = one climber.
business cards and brochures so we have information on your company.
business that brings the most people with gift cards/certificates will win a
day at FLG X for their staff (limit 20 employees)
will be raffling off some awesome FLG X gear along the way! Free coffee and
will be having events on various days, Father’s day, Graduation, July 4th, Adventure Race, Duathlon, Halloween to name a few. On
these days we want to promote our local business partners.
Why did you get into your industry? What is your
goal/mission?I’m passionate about
helping families and individuals be well, specifically by promoting simple ways
of eating more Fruits and Vegetables for their profound, life-enhancing
nutritional and health benefits.My goal
is to help others improve and maintain their health in a fun, simple and doable
way with Tower Garden and JuicePlus+ and to continue building a team of High Integrity,
professional, health focused, kind and compassionate, effective leaders to
spread this mission with me around the world.
Your specialty – the reason people choose you:I work with my clients/customers to make
positive wellness choices, with JuicePlus+ and TowerGarden as catalysts for
healthy changes, one small consistant step at a time.
Your favorite part about doing business in Flagstaff:We LOVE Flagstaff!Of course the Mountains, Pines and Beauty of
Nature– we love the safer family friendly atmosphere, the slower pace, the easy
going style, the schools, our friends, our church community, the high altitude,
snow, sun, clean air and water, skiing, biking, hiking, swimming ….and so much
Who is your favorite local non-profit or charitable
organization? Why?Many of them!Hope Cottage, St. Vincent de Paul, Northland
Hospice, ThresholdChoir, Poore Medical
Clinic, our local shelters for men, women and children, and the many groups who
care for our beautiful environment, the many churches who reach out to lift up
our community in positive ways, and many more.There’s a level of genuine care and service in Flagstaff that is
Do you have any special events coming up? What are they?I will be presenting at the GORE Employee Health
Fair in May, which I’m looking forward to.I offer lunch and learn Wellness Presentations in schools, churches,
medical offices and business offices, schools, churches, and in homes, as well.
Are you hiring?I
interview Professionals interested in Wellness, who share the mission/goals
I’ve listed above.