Gila Resources for the Graham County EDC
Nestled along the Gila River, the nearly contiguous communities of Pima, Thatcher and Safford enjoy the economic vitality of the new century complemented by a way of life that is reminiscent of the 50’s and 60’s. The people of these communities enjoy a slower pace of life, clean air and water, reasonable cost of living, negligible crime rate, quality educational system and possess a strong work ethic.
In Graham County, even the climate is more temperate with an average daily high temperature of 80.3 degrees and an average low of 46.1 degrees.
Fifty years ago, Graham County, like much of Arizona, relied on agriculture and copper mining as its economic base. The world’s finest long staple cotton, Pima, was developed here and even today Graham County produces more than 72,000 bales of Pima cotton annually, accounting for 20% of the total U.S. production.
But as the economy of the Southwest has changed, so has Graham County, and the region is becoming more and more a center for light industry and the retail and service hub for more than 70,000 people living in Southeastern Arizona and Western New Mexico.
Long known for its outstanding outdoor recreational opportunities, the opening of the Mount Graham Observatory and Discovery Park (an astronomical theme park) have sparked a significant increase in the growth of tourism in the area.