Arizona Industrial Development

Arizona Industrial Development

In the 1960’s, Arizona was looking for ways to expand industry in the state. Boyd H. Gibbons, Jr. acted as a liaison between the Arizona Board of Development and the Governor’s office. Gibbons traveled around the state, encouraging small communities to form industrial development commissions to encourage businesses to relocate to Arizona and grow within the state. Large cities also aggressively pursued development opportunities in many different industries.

Read About It

Use the document analysis sheet and the photograph analysis sheet to uncover clues about the people that created the documents. 

Understand It

  1. What industries existed in Arizona before the 1960s? Which industries were being developed in Arizona in the 1960s?
  2. Did all small towns start an industrial development commission right away?
  3. Who created the documents linked above? What did they think of industrial development? Is there a bias in their writing?
  4. What challenges or advantages did each town and city in Arizona have? If you had to develop industry in your hometown, which industry would it be, and how would you develop it?


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