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Trudging the Economic Recovery Road

 As the federal government shutdown continues to affect many Northern Arizonans, economists are mixed on the effects of the shutdown on the post-recession recovery.  When Ryan Nichols donned a cap and gown in 2009, he joined the masses of fellow graduates looking for jobs in a dismal economy. He moved his boxes from Florida to […]

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President – Leading from the Heart

Growing up as a cost-conscious child, Leah Bornstein, Ph.D., learned to cut paper napkins in half to make them last twice as long. It is a lesson she called on when Coconino Community College was studying efficiencies and ways to cut money from the budget. Bathroom paper towels were replaced with hand blowers for a […]

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Envisioning Flagstaff in 2030

Every decade, by law, Flagstaff voters are asked to weigh in on the regional plan. The next vote is scheduled for May 20, 2014. The Flagstaff Regional Plan 2030 process spanned five years, with a Citizens’ Advisory Council and more than 700 public comments. Earlier this year, 55 public forums were held, where residents were […]

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Balancing Growth and Open Space

  For many Northern Arizona residents, talk about building something on their favorite area of open space and you’re bound to get an emotional reaction. Members of Flagstaff’s City Council and the Open Spaces Commission likely already knew this truism, but were recently reminded of it again. The discussion began when some Flagstaff City Council […]

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Embracing the Unexpected

Rhonda Brose has a lot of experience being one of the guys. That experience has served her well, both professionally and personally. As chief executive officer of Four Corners Environmental, Brose has a background of digging in the dirt. “Basically, I love being in nature and geology. I call it the natural sciences. I was […]

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Economy Showing Signs of Improvement

The trucking industry is just one measure of the economy, and local changes in that industry show things are improving in Northern Arizona. North Carolina based Old Dominion Freight Line recently opened a site near the Flagstaff auto park to serve customers in Northern Arizona. Gerry Mendoza, Old Dominion’s service center manager at the new […]

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Tourism Key to Quality of Life

The hospitality and tourism industry is a significant economic driver for Flagstaff and Northern Arizona, generating more than 5,400 jobs and delivering nearly $390 million in direct spending annually. The Flagstaff CVB promotes the city as a premier travel destination through marketing, sales and public relations efforts in both domestic and international markets. This section […]

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Flagstaff Working to Strengthen Business

In the past few years, the City of Flagstaff has captured nearly $300,000 for local business expansion. The most recent grant has been secured for Joy Cone, a Flagstaff-based ice cream cone manufacturer. The $100,000 Arizona Commerce Authority Rural Economic Development Grant will assist Joy Cone in expanding its operations, a project that could cost […]

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‘Tis the Season for Public-Private Partnerships

This month, Fort Tuthill is the scene of wide-eyed wonder, as believers take in the bustling excitement of Santa’s workshop. The North Pole Experience is open for its first season in Flagstaff after moving from Greer earlier this year. Along with being a quicker car ride for families traveling from the Valley, Santa, Mrs. Claus […]

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Protecting South Flagstaff From Wildfire

James Perkins has lived in Williams for 46 years. He and fellow residents are well aware that a large wildfire could destroy the city. And structures spared by fire could be washed away in the flooding aftermath. Perkins thinks about these things and the many residents of Northern Arizona as his company, Perkins Timber Harvesting, […]

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