Sustainable Development

The historic Cascarelli Building in Clifton, Arizona as part of the district’s façade restoration project. At left: prior to restoration; at right: progress as of May 2012.

In Greenlee County, community members and stakeholders saw an opportunity to reinvigorate economic development in the county by fixing run—down building façades in the business districts of Clifton and Duncan while developing support for small businesses. Our Community Investment Fund model awarded grants for this collaborative effort to take place. The Chase Creek Business Resource Center is a collaborative effort of the Town of Clifton, the Eastern Arizona College Small Business Development Center, the Duncan and Clifton Farmers’ Markets, the Gila Watershed Partnership, and individual entrepreneurs in Greenlee County. With a $30,000 grant from Freeport-McMoRan and additional funds from the Arizona Commerce Authority and a facility on historic Chase Creek donated by the Town of Clifton, the Chase Creek Center opened in late 2011. Its client base will consist of the following: new entrepreneurs: existing small business owners, farm and ranch operators of any scale.