The Greater Arizona Development Authority (GADA)
was created by the Arizona Legislature in 1997 to assist local and tribal governments
and special districts with the development of public infrastructure. GADA's goals
are to lower the costs of financing and help accelerate project development for
public facilities owned, operated and maintained by a political subdivision, special
district or Indian tribe. To accomplish this, GADA is authorized under statute to
offer both financial and technical assistance programs.
Effective August 6, GADA is part of the NEW Arizona Finance Authority, a one-stop
shop for financing that supports expanding and relocating businesses, communities’ infrastructure needs
and first-time homebuyers.
To assist Arizona communities and tribal governments with the development of public
infrastructure projects that enhances community and economic development.
GADA is governed by a nine-member Board of Directors comprised of four ex-officio
members and five members who are appointed by the Governor.
Appointed members serve staggered five-year terms, with no appointed member allowed
to serve more than two consecutive terms. In addition, all appointed members shall
reside in different counties, and no more than three shall be from the same political
party. One shall be a member of an Indian tribe located in Arizona.
In fiscal year 2011, the Arizona Legislature passed H.B. 2001 assigning the Water
Infrastructure Finance Authority of Arizona (WIFA) to provide general administrative
support, equipment, office and meeting space to GADA.
WIFA's Executive Team administers GADA's mission.
Below is a list of the current membership of the Board
- WIFA Executive Director
- Trish Incognito, Chief Financial Officer - WIFA
- Mike Clark, Controller - WIFA
- Angie Valenzuela, GADA Program Manager/Sr. Loan Officer
- Greg Linaman, Chair – Chief Operating Officer/General
Counsel, Arizona Commerce Authority
- Henry Darwin – Director, Arizona Department of Environmental
- John Halikowski – Director, Arizona Department
- Jeff DeWit – Arizona State Treasurer
- Mignonne Hollis – Representative for Cochise County
- Hildy Angius – Representative for Mohave County
- Paul Johnson – Representative for Yuma County
- Patt Parker – Representative for Yavapai County
- Raymond K. Nopah – Tribal Representative