The Moenkopi Developers Corporation has created the largest business enterprise ever on Hopi land. Economic development is critical for Hopi because unemployment on the Hopi Reservation exceeds 50%.
It is the belief of the Moenkopi Developers Corporation that the creation of jobs and housing on Hopi land translates directly into preservation of culture, language, religion and family.
The Moenkopi Master Plan for 72 acres of land at the junction of Highways 160 and 264 includes low income housing, neighborhood retail space, a grocery store, an office complex, community center, farmer's market, a cinema, and a BIA police substation and fire facility. Employment for the full complex is projected at over 350 local residents. It is estimated that these various site elements will have a capitalized value of $73,898,000. A 'Green' ordinance mandating grey water plumbing is being written to guide future development recognizing the importance of that limited resource. The Master Plan has commercial pads that will be available for lease and development for a variety of business activities.
The first phase of development includes the 100 room Moenkopi Legacy Inn & Suites, the 100 seat Denny's restaurant, and the TUUVI Travel center with gas pumps, convenience store, and retail shops. In advance of this development the Village built a wastewater treatment facility and made improvements to the water system. More than 150 jobs have been created by MDC.