Community Profile | Mohave County

Western Arizona Economic Development District

Mohave County


At the time of its creation by Arizona's first Territorial Assembly in 1864, Mohave County included portions of present-day Nevada. The northern portion of Mohave County was split off in 1865 as Pah-Ute County. And in 1867, parts of both counties – including the present site of Las Vegas – were attached to Nevada, which had become a state in 1864. The much-reduced Pah-Ute County was merged with Mohave County in 1871. Today, the waters of Lake Mead covers most of the historical sites of Arizona's Lost County.

The area that is now Mohave County began to attract settlers shortly after it was brought into the United States by the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo in 1848. The 1860s saw an influx of miners after discovering gold and Mormons sent south from Utah by their church. Mohave County is geographically the second-largest in the state.

Mohave County is geographically the second-largest in the state. Mainly desert makes up ts 13,470 square miles, and 158 square miles is water. The county boasts 1,000 miles of shoreline and is a great water sports center.

It also has the longest stretch of historic U.S. Route 66. The Colorado River and two humanmade lakes, Lake Mohave and Lake Havasu play an essential role in Lake Havasu City and Bullhead City's growth.

Kingman, the county seat, was not founded until the 1880s with the coming of the railroad. Before being moved to Kingman in 1887, the county seat had been located in the communities of Mohave City, Hardyville, Cerbat, and Mineral Park – none of which exist today. Although these communities did not survive, the forces that led to their establishment – mining, the Colorado River, and the railroad – are still crucial to the county's economy.

The U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land management own 61 percent of the land; Indian reservations, 6 percent; the state of Arizona, 7 percent; individual or corporate, 18 percent; and other public lands, 8 percent.

Local Resources

Mohave County Economic Development

Tami Ursenbach,
Economic Development & Tourism Director
3250 Kino Ave, 2nd Floor
Kingman, AZ 86409
Phone: 928-757-0960 ext. 5965
Email: Tami Ursenbach
Website: Mohave Economic Development

Lake Havasu Area Chamber of Commerce

Lisa Krueger,
President & CEO
314 London Bridge Rd.
Lake Havasu City, AZ 86403
Phone: 928-855-4115
Email: Lake Havasu Chamber
Website: Lake Havasu Chamber

Bullhead City

Toby Cotter,
City Manager
2355 Trane Road
Bullhead City, AZ 86442
Phone: 928-763-0122
Email: Toby Cotter
Website: Bullhead City Arizona

City of Kingman

Gary Kellogg,
Economic Development Director
310 N. Fourth St.
Kingman, AZ 86401
Phone: 928-565-1259
Email: Gary Kellogg
Website: City of Kingman

City of Kingman Development Services

Bennett Bratley,
Economic Development Manager
7000 Flightline Drive
Kingman, AZ 86401
Phone: 928-565-1416
Email: Bennett Bratley
Website: Choose Kingman

Lake Havasu City

Jess Knudson,
City Manager
2330 McCulloch Blvd N
Lake Havasu City, AZ 86403
Phone: 928-453-4141
Email: Jess Knudson
Website: Lake Havasu City

Partnership for Economic Development

James Gray,
Director for Partnership for Economic Development
314 London Bridge Rd
Lake Havasu City, AZ 86403
Phone: 928-505-7333
Email: James Gray
Website: Partnership for Economic Development

Town of Colorado City

Vance Barlow,
Town Manager
P.O. Box 70
Colorado City, AZ 86021
Phone: 928-875-2646
Email: City Clerk
Website: Town of Colorado City

Local First Arizona

Kimber Lanning,
Chief Executive Officer
407 E. Roosevelt St.
Phoenix, AZ 85004
Phone: 602-956-0909
Email: Local First Arizona
Website: Local First Arizona

Arizona Commerce Authority

100 N. 7th Ave., Suite 400
Phoenix, AZ 85007
Phone: 602-845-1200
Email: Arizona Commerce Authority Information
Website: Arizona Commerce Authority Home Page

Last Updated by University of Arizona - Yuma (CAST): 04/21/2021

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