American Society of Civil Engineers

Strategic Plan for Southwest Indian Community’s Construction Business

by Roger Owers, (Civ. Engr., Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, Dept. of Plng. and Engrg. Services, Route 1, Box 216, Scottsdale, AZ 85256) and S. L. Weber, P.E., M.ASCE, (Assoc. Prof., Del E. Webb School of Constr., P.O. Box 870204, Arizona State Univ., Tempe, AZ 85287-0204)

Journal of Construction Engineering and Management, Vol. 123, No. 3, September 1997, pp. 331-337, (doi:

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Document type: Journal Paper
Abstract: The Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian community (SRPMIC) of Maricopa County, Arizona, has determined that it needs to further the economic and social welfare of the community. The community has further determined that these needs might be most efficiently met by a profitable business that garners revenues to the community and income to the employees, furthers the community members’ skills, and provides employment. The community presently has several entities that perform construction work on the reservation. Because of these successful operations, the SRPMIC believes that it can enter the market of supplying construction services to clients off the reservation. Determining the opportunities and threats in the marketplace, this study analyzes the potential for success of the community performing construction work off the reservation and outlines a strategic plan that describes the steps for implementing a business enterprise.

ASCE Subject Headings:
Business management
Construction companies
Economic factors
Native Americans