Pinal County economic development director dies following COVID-19 battle

Posted at 1:46 PM, Feb 18, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-18 15:46:40-05

TUCSON, AZ — Pinal County Economic Development Director Tim Kanavel died Feb. 9 from complications from COVID-19.

Chairman of the Pinal County Board of Supervisors Stephen Miller announced Kanavel’s passing Feb. 10.

"I met Tim when he first came to Pinal County in 2009,” Miller said in a statement. “Tim came from the working world having begun his career in the oilfields, and as a result, knew how important jobs are and what they mean to everyday lives. There was nobody more dedicated to his job and to Pinal County than Tim, he was a person that was always trying to advance Pinal County and what was best for our constituents. This is devastating news and a tough loss for Pinal County."

Kanavel was 64 and served as the first economic development director for the county. According to a statement from the Board of Supervisors, Kanavel oversaw more than $8 billion worth of economic development projects, most recently Nikola Motors and Lucid Motors manufacturing facilities.

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