Who is PVEDF

The Prescott Valley Economic Development Foundation (PVEDF) was incorporated in 1996 and is a private, not-for-profit membership organization made up of local citizens, business and government leaders.  Our primary objective is to diversify and strengthen the Prescott Valley economy by focusing our resources on attracting quality companies and jobs.

PVEDF is a catalyst, building strategic alliances and providing networking opportunities between business and community leaders and local, county, regional, state and federal agencies to initiate programs that promote growth in Prescott Valley.


To perform those tasks which enrich the overall economy of the community, expand the industrial base, attract large retail businesses, and create recreational destination venues


Mike. R. Paredes, M.Ed.
Mike has over 13 years of experience in the areas of marketing, management, economic development and international trade, where he has served in management roles for private corporations, government sectors, and public-private partnerships.  He has worked for various municipal and private economic development corporations, as well as marketing departments in the finance and beverage industries. He has been responsible for the overall marketing and attraction of new companies, overseeing all international business development activities, market analysis, and expansion of existing industry clusters, successfully relocating companies in the aerospace, manufacturing, healthcare, logistics, and renewable energy sectors, both nationally and internationally.  He has successfully marketed economic projects throughout Asia, Europe, and Latin America, working with international economic development, marketing, and government entities.

Mike is fluent in the English and Spanish languages as well as spoken Portuguese. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Arizona State University, a master’s degree from Northern Arizona University, and is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma Economic Development Institute.

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“Prescott Valley Economic Development Foundation offers and delivers a quality and top tier service to clients.  Whether your company is looking at relocation and/or expansion, PVEDF is here to assist.  The Prescott Valley region is the ideal business environment that will allow you to grow your business.  A well respected Town Council that is pro-business, as well as key educational and training resources, give the area a qualified labor pool to support new and existing industry.

— Mike R. Paredes, Executive Director

See our current members!

  • Jeri Ann Kooiman

    Chairman – Kooiman Realty, LLC

  • Peter Bourgois

    Chair-Elect – Yavapai-Prescott Indian Tribe

  • Mike Dailey

    Secretary/Treasurer – Prescott Aerospace

  • John Amos

    Yavapai Regional Medical Hospital

  • Ron Fain

    Fain Signature Group

  • Chris Graff

    Asphalt Paving & Supply

  • Mel Lawyer

    Printpack Inc.

  • Donna Laxson

    OneAZ Credit Union

  • Brian Oakley

    Chase Bank

  • Steve Quinn

    Arizona Public Service

  • Dr. Penny Wills

    Yavapai College


  • Rick Anderson

    Prescott Valley Councilman

  • Dan Streeter

    Humboldt Unified School District

  • Larry Tarkowski

    Town of Prescott Valley

  • Marnie Uhl

    Prescott Valley Chamber of Commerce