Hopi Tribe Announces New Board for Economic Development Corporation

Flagstaff, Ariz. - The Hopi Tribe Economic Development Corporation (HTEDC) has announced that it now has a permanent, outside board of directors in place to further develop the economic infrastructure of the tribe and to take the corporation to the next level.

Board members include:
 Daryl Melvin, chairman
 John Stigmon, vice chairman
 Paul Babbitt, board member
 Robert Boyle, board member
 Scott Neuman, board member
 Adeline Yaiva, board member

One seat on the board remains open for a Hopi Tribe member. Recommendations and applications can be made by calling (928) 522-8675. The deadline to submit applications is Friday, July 22.
The need for an outside board of directors was created when the Hopi Tribal Council rescinded a resolution that had previously dissolved the HTEDC board of directors.

"The new board has a vast knowledge base and strong roots in Northern Arizona that will truly allow the HTEDC to grow and prosper," said Hopi Tribe Chairman LeRoy N. Shingoitewa. "We look forward to seeing changes set in motion and a positive turn as this group helps guide the tribe's economic development efforts and outside business interests."

Elizabeth Bohlke serves as chief executive officer of HTEDC. Among the businesses owned by HTEDC are the tribe's Kokopelli Inn in Sedona and the Hopi Cultural Center and Walpi Housing Management on the reservation. Other key enterprises of HTEDC are Hopi Three Canyon Ranches, along Interstate 40 between Flagstaff and Winslow, and the 26 Bar Ranch in Springerville; Hopi Travel Plaza in Holbrook; and three commercial properties in Flagstaff including Continental Plaza, Kachina Square and Heritage Square.

The HTEDC oversees business in a number of industries including tourism and hospitality, farming and real estate, to name a few. Among other things, HTEDC's tasks are to improve the lives of the Hopi people, secure tribal homelands, stimulate the local private sector and provide the opportunity to the tribe to develop its resources on or near the Hopi Reservation.

The Hopi Tribe is a sovereign nation located in northeastern Arizona. The reservation has a population of 11,000, occupies part of Coconino and Navajo counties, encompasses more than 1.5 million acres and is made up of 12 villages on three mesas.