The Through the Keyhole series was created to serve as a vehicle to inform the citizens of this great city about what is going on in the community. I want to take this opportunity to give you an update on the exciting things that are happening that will bring change and prosperity to the City of Douglas.

It is with the utmost enthusiasm that I announce that the Douglas Public Library is spearheading a project that will feature free Wi-Fi access throughout our city; details on location hotspots will be shared at the time of launch. I am proud of the Douglas Public Library for being nominated for the Jerry Kline Community Impact Prize. This award, developed through the Library Journal and the Gerald M. Kline Family Foundation, was created to recognize public libraries as a community asset. Congratulations to the library staff and I wish you the best of luck.

Further, the City of Douglas has begun the Discover Douglas tours. Discover Douglas is a historical four-hour long adventure narrated by local historian, Ginny Jordan. Tours are scheduled for the second and fourth Saturday of the month beginning at 10 a.m. at the Visitor’s Center, 345 16th Street. I encourage all citizens to take a tour and be proud of our rich history.

On August 6, I attended the Binational Meeting regarding the International Commission of Water Boundaries. During the meeting, we discussed the continued partnership between the City of Douglas and the government of Agua Prieta in our effort to realize the Two-Port Solution. The new Port of Entry is a federal, top five priority, and the project has been going smoothly. Just this week, the General Services Administration conducted soil tests around the proposed Port of Entry site at James Ranch Road. We expect to receive the results by mid-September.

This progress on the Port of Entry has garnered attention from our federal partners. Congresswoman Ann Kirkpatrick has publicized strong support for getting the port built and has stated that the project is one of her top priorities. Also, on Wednesday, August 14, I had a great conversation with U.S. Senate candidate, Mark Kelly, regarding the importance of constructing a new commercial Port of Entry, who also expressed his support for the project and the value of working closely with rural communities in Arizona.

Later this month I will join a White House teleconference with the National Economic Council Director, Larry Kudlow, and other Senior Administration officials to discuss how we are promoting energy dominance and how we are using our infrastructure spaces.

We are continuously being called to have a seat at the table on national and regional platforms, making the great City of Douglas more visible and appreciated. I will continue to advocate for more resources to help revitalize our city, quality of life, and its economy.

Stay tuned for the upcoming State of the City address where I will address our progress over the last year and our vision for the future.

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