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Arizona border communities finally recovering from recession

PHOENIX -- When the recession hit Arizona a few years ago, it was only a matter of time before it reached the small border towns.

"Then it hit us very hard and it took us longer to come out of it," said Nogales Vice-Mayor Nubar Hanessian. He was at the State Capitol on Thursday as Phoenix and the state announced that they plan to open a trade office in Mexico City during the summer.

Hanessian's community will benefit greatly from increased trade opportunities. Nogales is a major trade hub on the border and sits along Interstate 19, which continues south into Mexico as Mexico Federal Highway 15.

"Eighty percent of our economy (is based on) Mexican citizens. You look at property being sold in Nogales and Tucson and a lot of those properties are being sold to people from Mexico," he said.

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About the Author


Position: Senior News Reporter. Started with KTAR July 4, 1999.

Favorite spots in Arizona: Pinetop-Lakeside, Alpine, Greer.

Have covered some of the biggest stories in Arizona including nine of the top 10 largest wildfires in state history. The Wallow Fire in 2011 became the largest fire in state history. Rodeo-Chediski Fire in June 2002, which is the second largest fire in Arizona. Covered the Yarnell Hill Tragedy in June 2013 that left 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots dead.

Favorite movies: True Grit, both 1969 John Wayne classic and the remake with Jeff Bridges and Lonesome Dove.

Sports Teams: Washington State University Cougars, Texas Longhorns, The University of Montana Grizzlies.

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