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Episode 311: Douglas - A Small Town Thinking Big

New leadership in the border community aims to build economic momentum.


The town of Douglas is small, but it has a big history. A group in the community wants to make its future even bigger.

For decades the port of entry has been a funnel for travelers and trade. The southeastern Arizona border town was once one of the most economically viable areas in the region, though times have changed.

New business and govewrnmental leaders want to usher in economic rebound, aiming to build a sense of hope in the town with fresh ideas in a region characterized by deep history and imminent change, including the need to accommodate the country’s expanding border apparatus.

Arizona Week looks into Douglas’ past in order to understand its future and the efforts of people there to build economic momentum.

On the program

  • Douglas Mayor Robert Uribe
  • Douglas City Manager Jim Russell
  • Isidro Lagos, with U.S. Customs and Border protection
  • Luis Ramirez, international business consultant
  • Arturo Escalante, Douglas Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
  • Cindy Hayostek, Douglas historian
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