Did you know we have launched a free bi-monthly “Discover Douglas” tour of the City, championed by resident historian Ginny Jordan and Aaliyah Montoya, our current AmeriCorp Vista Volunteer? These tours are a fantastic way to learn more about our lovely community. It is not just for those who visit Douglas but also for you the residents of Douglas as well. Schedules are the second and fourth Saturday of each month, with pick-up service provided in front of the Visitors Center. Donations are being accepted for the informational brochures being used and to help support this continued effort. We would like to see this nine-month pilot project continue into the future to promote what tour area has to offer.

Did you know some of our businesses are about ready to open new public areas of each enterprise? Watch for hours of the speakeasy at the Gadsden to open soon and the former YMCA building to open an expansive game room and bar in its basement.

Over the past month we have been in active discussions with the University of Arizona to bring it to downtown Douglas.

In talks with Melissa Silva of the University of Arizona South, she and the University have expressed interest in a direct presence in Douglas. Ideas and plans are being presented to the UA decision makers. The larger vision could eventually include all of the public state institutions of higher learning--UA, ASU, NAU and Cochise College--in one building to equip our young people and community members to succeed in today’s global workforce.

Over the past several years we targeted various manufacturers with mixed success but now have the ability to focus the City’s activities with two new efforts: 1: With the help of the University of Arizona, we are now using business surveys as well as a committee of over 25 citizens to formulate a strategic method to lure potential manufacturers to Douglas. Our Area Sector Analysis Process (ASAP) helped us vision and prioritize what industries we wanted to seek. This link provides more details. https://drive.google.com/open?id=18RVnblLj61JVowMdQA23VjqlXhCSxiYQ. 2: The City and Cochise County have collaborated to establish Opportunity Zones that will be a stronger attraction for new business and corporations because the state reduces taxes on investment in these zones over a set period of time.

In 2018 Arizona became one of the first states in the nation to have its Governor-recommended zones officially designated. https://drive.google.com/open?id=171DWdMvugbk1fqE7q5dC7NJ4AhhUf68h.

Connecting resources to retain area businesses is an ongoing goal of the City. Through our continued work with our many partners, such as the Douglas Merchants Association working to change the face of downtown, and other collaboration with Cochise College Small Business Development Center, both the chambers, the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Douglas and Greater Douglas Chamber of Commerce, we will continue to assist those businesses wanting to grow and expand or needing assistance to advance their bottom line and explore all areas of financial opportunities.

For more information contact: David Carranza, Economic Development Director, david.carranza@douglasaz.gov; (520) 417-7307.

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