Welcome to the Copper Corridor Economic Development Coalition (CCCEDC) web site.
The CCEDC is made up of the communities of the Copper Corridor from Oracle to Superior, Arizona. These communities include Oracle, San Manuel, Mammoth, Dudleyville, Winkleman, Hayden, Kearny, Superior, Miami, Claypool & Globe. The Copper Corridor has over 2,000 square miles, 1000 businesses and is working create sustainable tourism in the area.
The Copper Corridor is east to southeast of Phoenix (Superior is 65 miles from Downtown Phoenix) and northwest of Tucson. It contains both riparian areas (beautiful river-based wildlife and scenery) and the Sonoran desert home of the Saguaro cactus. It is a historic mining area with some of Arizona’s richest mineral deposits. Silver and gold discoveries attracted people to the area in the 19th century, but copper has proven to be the more important income generator. The Ray copper mine is still in production along with only one of three copper smelters in the United States and one of the largest copper mines in the United States, an underground mineral deposit a mile below and behind Apache Leap, is under permitting.
The area is rich in Native American, settler and mining history. The Central Arizona College Campus at Avaipa is located near the site of the 1871 Camp Grant massacre. Part of the San Carlos Apache tribal lands are located within the Copper Corridor which is home to the Apache Sky Casino.
The CCEDC will share information on this web site both for long-term residents and those just learning about the area. You will able to review the CCEDC Mission/History, get the News, see the CCEDC‘s Works, get an introduction to Copper Corridor Tourism,review who is on the Board and those who support the Board’s work in the About Us section and find basic CCEDC Documents in one place.
Please also visit the Copper Corridor Economic Development Coalition on Facebook.