Saving an Economic Lifeline

Posted on January 14, 2016 • Category: Infrastructure



By Mindy Riesenberg

The Gallup Arizona poll tells us that Arizonans want transportation connectivity throughout the state to support trade, connect communities and encourage economic growth. This is the story of how one community rallied to save a rural railway that is key to the prosperity of Navajo County.

The 98-year-old Apache Railway is considered a lifeline for Navajo County’s community and economic development. But in 2012, the closure of the Catalyst Paper Mill put county…

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Payson – Making Difficult Decisions to Sustain a Town

Posted on September 16, 2015 • Category: Infrastructure



By Mindy Riesenberg

Sometimes it takes sacrifice and patience to realize the benefits of an infrastructure project. This example, from the Town of Payson, shows how perseverance, hard decisions and planning led to water security.

Making Difficult Decisions to Sustain a Town

In 2000, the Town of Payson was totally dependent on local groundwater supply for its customers, and was using 90% of its renewable in-town groundwater each year. A decade’s long effort to produce…

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