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Fort Huachuca


Fort Huachuca (an active U.S. Army installation located in Cochise County) is the largest employer in Southeast Arizona. The fort provides critical resources, infrastructure, and services to more than 50 unique tenant units and missions with national-level requirements, including three of the fastest-growing missions in the Army and Department of Defense: military intelligence, cybersecurity, and unmanned aircraft systems. 

As of September 2018, approximately 2,300 active duty military personnel were assigned to Fort Huachuca. There are also approximately 2,700 trainees (students) temporarily assigned for training on any given day (with more than 8,000 trained on site each year). Fort Huachuca directly employs approximately 2,700 civilian workers with an additional 400 employed by other agencies operating on the installation. The fort also contracts with numerous area firms employing several thousand workers. 

In 2017, the Maguire Company released its Economic Impact of Arizona’s Principal Military Operations report, which estimated the annual direct, indirect, and induced impact of Fort Huachuca on Cochise County at $2.9 billion. The employment impact was estimated at 21,327 jobs countywide with $999.2 million in associated earnings.



Freeport-McMoRan is the largest private-sector employer in rural Southeast Arizona, with operations in Morenci and Safford and historic operations in Bisbee and Douglas.

According to Freeport, "Morenci is one of North America’s largest producers of copper and one of the largest open-pit mines in the world with great potential for growth and continued prosperity." 

Safford is an open-pit copper mining complex Freeport describes as a "zero-discharge facility and one of the most environmentally advanced copper mines ever built."  According to Freeport, "Growth and expansion opportunities are underway to extend the life of mine for Safford operations." 

In recent years Bisbee-Douglas activities have included reclamation, soil remediation, sulfate mitigation, and support of community programs. 

According to Freeport's annual economic impact statement, "Morenci and Safford mines generated an estimated $422.9 million in economic benefits for Greenlee and Graham Counties and approximately $1.1 billion for Arizona in 2017."


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