by Mila Besich, Mayor, Town of Superior
As the gateway to Arizona’s Copper Corridor, the Town of Superior has a storied legacy as an important center for the mining industry.
Today, Superior is in the midst of a renaissance – one that is being driven by long-time residents as well as newcomers and new business establishments who have come to Superior because of its small town ambience and values, natural beauty and the promise of building a new, vibrant community.
Situated on U.S. 60 at the junction of State Highway 177, Superior’s access to the amenities and resources in a major urban market that is just 60 minutes away is another of the many reasons people and businesses are moving to and investing in our town.
Yet another magnet for people and business is the welcoming and business friendly climate the Superior Town Council and town management have worked vigorously to create. We are open to new ideas and new opportunities and are committed to helping businesses succeed. The Superior Chamber of Commerce and Rebuild Superior Inc., are two critically important partners helping us build a stronger economy and business community.
Our small town population is growing and now numbers over 3,000. Superiorites are passionate about their community as evidenced by the scores of citizen and business volunteers who work hard to stage our four major annual festivals that have become regional and statewide attractions.
In addition, our monthly Second Friday event, which features live music, locally-produced food shopping and food vendors, has become wildly popular.
Major employers include Resolution Copper Mining, which is exploring and preparing to mine one of North America’s largest copper ore deposits in Superior, and Omya, Inc. a Swedish-based global company with 150 operations around the world, which has located one of its newest production facilities in our town.
More companies offering quality employment and business opportunities are on their way, advancing Superior’s transformation. But there is so much more to consider about Superior.
Nestled in the Superstition and Pinal mountains, and in the midst of Arizona’s most majestic beauty, Superior offers activities that appeal to a broad range of recreational interests.
Hikers, bikers, mountaineers, campers and birders from across the world visit Superior to experience the majestic and stunning beauty of our natural terrain. Hikers and mountaineers enjoy experiencing our famous 98-mile Apache Trail route or scaling the 6,056-foot Iron Mountain and the 4,700-foot Apache Leap Mountain, where Apaches are said to have jumped rather than surrender to U.S. troops.
The Boyce Thompson Arboretum, Arizona’s largest botanical garden, encompasses more than 390 acres of plants from the Earth’s deserts and arid lands displaying them alongside pristine native Sonoran Desert vegetation. There are 3,900 species of plants in the arboretum, and visitors will also find a remarkable range of bird species.
The Tonto National Forest provides campgrounds with breathtaking vistas for campers and outdoor recreation surrounding the town as well as to the Arizona National Scenic Trail.
Along Superior’s Main Street, as well as the U.S. 60, bustling eateries offer our visitors places for repast that appeals to all palates. Locally owned businesses offer clothing and fashion accessories, and our antique shops provide the discerning collector with unique furnishings and collectibles.
Superior indeed is a very special community, and we invite you to visit our town, enjoy all that we have to offer and welcome you, your family and your business with open arms.
We believe, that Together, We are Superior!