Joey Chenoweth

It is the dawn of a new decade, which brings any number of emotions. Some are excited about what’s to come while others dread the future. Some are flat-out terrified of the unknown. Whichever camp you fall in, it’s difficult to not feel something strong when that third number in the year changes. Think about how much the world has changed since 2010, how fast technology has developed. Now think about what the world would be like in 2030. It’s impossible, because the world is so unpredictable. Few would have guessed in January that by March the biggest story in the world would be a virus. Now spread those few months of uncertainty out for 10 years.

Industries in Pinal County are well aware of big change. They have had to adapt to an ever-evolving landscape ever since their creation. Now they are entering the 2020s with mixed emotions. Some, such as the tech and manufacturing industries, are thrilled about the prospects of the county becoming a hub for vehicles of the future. Farmers, meanwhile, are growing more and more concerned about how they’re going to water their land. Still others, especially those who have been around the longest, know not to put too much into it every day. Things are going to change, sure, but they always do. So just take it in stride and try to do the best with the circumstances provided.

For its Spring 2020 issue, Pinal Ways delved deep into the industries that make the county what it is. We asked them what challenges they face now, and what they expect to encounter in the coming decade. Everyone is cautious about showing any certainty about the future, but they know the world they will be operating in will be much different by 2030. That’s why companies create mission statements that are timeless, and stay true to core values that can endure even in the toughest of times. Stick to those values, and a company will have the upper hand against the forces of change. Try to change who you are when those obstacles come, and you might not be able to clear them.

We at Pinal Ways wish all of you a prosperous decade as you pursue whatever it is you want to accomplish. Despite the odds against thriving in the middle of a desert, Pinal County continues to grow at a rapid rate, and we are proud to document what all that means to the people living here.

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