is a native Arizonan with over 50 years experience in planning and developing residential, retail, recreational and resort properties. He has been involved in award winning projects such as the Indian Bend Wash in Scottsdale, Arizona and the El Conquistador Resort Hotel and Golf Course in Tucson, Arizona which demonstrate his creative abilities and sensitivity to the needs of an area.
A Lifetime of Building Arizona
UTILITIES SOLAR POWERED TREATMENT PLANTS
Johnson Utilities in Pinal County, was the first in the state to use solar energy to fully power a wastewater-treatment facility. More than 5,400 solar panels were installed over 6 acres of property surrounding its wastewater plant in Anthem at Merrill Ranch, a master-planned community north of Florence. It was the first entity in the state to use solar energy in such a way, and represents a move away from fossil fuels. It is also Johnson’s second solar project, the first – on a nearby site – uses solar power to run a well and potable water treatment plant that delivers water to about 10,000 homes. Johnson Utilities serves about 30,000 customers in Pinal County.
HILTON EL CONQUISTADOR GOLF & TENNIS RESORT
Built in 1982 and located in the foothills of the Santa Catalina Mountains, the Hilton El Conquistador Golf & Tennis Resort is situated on 500 acres of pure Sonoran Desert terrain. This resort is home to 36 holes of championship Tucson golf (Conquistador and Canada) in addition to a 9-hole executive course (Pusch Ridge). Also on site, are three restaurants, a spa, salon and state of the art fitness center. There are 4 sparkling pools and a 10 foot waterslide. Accommodations include over 400 spacious guestrooms, suites and casitas complete with 42 inch flat screen television and Hilton’s Serenity Bed by Serta. All rooms include a private balcony or patio with picture perfect views of the city of Tucson, Sonoran Desert or Santa Catalina Mountains.
Johnson Ranch is the first housing community in what is now called San Tan Valley in Pinal County, AZ. A golf community in the southeast Valley of the Sun, Johnson Ranch was built from the late 1990s through much of the last decade. This comfortable master planned community features a challenging 18-hole golf course, community pools, recreation fields, sports courts, spas, an elementary school and an onsite fishing lake. Numerous builders include Centex, Continental Homes, DR Horton, Richmond American, and Pulte Homes. Home designs range from modest 1000 square-foot homes to expansive housing over 4000 SF.
Located in Scottsdale, Arizona and founded 30 years ago, this award winning club offers an exciting blend of racquet sports, fitness and swim amenities in a unique atmosphere that welcomes individuals of all ages.
INDIAN BEND GREEN WASH
of parks, lakes, paths and golf courses traversing 11 miles through the heart of Scottsdale. The greenbelt features more than 24 grade-separated crossings, meaning users can avoid major cross traffic. This world-renown flood control project is rated among the top urban "green spaces" in Arizona.
GOLF CLUB AT OASIS
The Golf Club at Oasis is a hidden gem located along Hunt Highway. Initially opened in 2003 the course features nine fairways and 18 greens, with five tee boxes as long as 7,366 yards from the black set (or as close as 4564 from the red set). This adds up to one of the most interesting ways to play 18 holes around, and is a great way to learn course management's, shot strategy, and the value of setting up the proper approach angle to any green. It's also a great way to get a second shot at any given hole without taking one of those illegal yet very popular mulligans." The Golf Club at Oasis is located on Hunt Highway about eight miles west of Florence and about five miles east of Bella Vista Rd.
JOHNSON COMMUNITY LIBRARY
Residents living in San Tan Valley, Johnson Ranch, Anthem, Florence and Queen Creek now have the Johnson Community Library next to the Johnson Utilities Office located at 968 E. Hunt Highway. This neighborhood library opened to the public in March, 2011. Due to budget cuts, Pinal County had to scrap plans to build its’ planned library facility in San Tan Valley. George Johnson and the Johnson Family Foundation stepped and donated a library to the community - providing a building and outdoor patio, There is NO COST to the RESIDENTS to obtain a library card and there is FREE WI-FI with over 13,700 books, 500+ DVD’s, 10 computer stations and 7 laptops. The Foundation also pays the employees’ salaries and all operating costs. The library is open to the public free of charge. Operating hours are 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday through Saturday. The library now has 5500 library card holders. Arts & crafts and story time are available for children.
BUILDS AND DONATES SCHOOL
Florence School District was in dire need of an elementary school and had a lack of funding for future construction. Mr. Johnson came to the aid by donating the land, building, and paying for the Walker Butte Elementary School.