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Biomass Fuel Heating Systems

Biomass accounts for nearly 15% of world energy supplies. In industrialized countries, biomass supplies about 3%, or 8 exajoules (EJ), of total primary energy. The recent interest in converting biomass to electricity comes not only from its potential as a low-cost, indigenous supply of power, but for its potential environmental and developmental benefits. For example, biomass may be a globally important mitigation option to reduce the rate of CO2 buildup by sequestering carbon and by displacing fossil fuels.

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Douglas Port of Entry

Douglas, Arizona is a small community of approximately 18,000 people that lies on the Arizona-Sonora border adjacent to the much larger city of Agua Prieta (pop. 110,000). The Douglas Port of Entry is the second largest commercial port in the state with over $1 billion in trade conducted every year. However, economically, little has changed in the area over the last 20 years.

In light of continuing improvements to the Port of Entry, including the recent incorporation of the Douglas International Port Authority, the City of Douglas Department of Economic Development finds it expedient to collect information on how to best develop its port. Douglas therefore has partnered with Arizona State University to identify both information and infrastructure gaps to guide further study and port development objectives. This report addresses several aspects of economic development in Douglas, Arizona, including: the status of the economy of Douglas, Arizona using an economic base study; some trade flows through the Douglas region, as well as the nature of Douglas’s transportation and telecommunications infrastructure, both identified by Erie (1999) as important to any development strategy; and a comparison of the structure, goals, and services of port authorities and economic development organizations to develop some practices that the newly formed Douglas International Port Authority could pursue.

From May to July 2008, a questionnaire was distributed among local port users to identify both value added services the Port Authority could provide and the possibility for intermodal use with the Bisbee-Douglas International Airport. We used results of the questionnaire to fill information gaps from other resources, and we have developed the report as a gap analysis to identify information and infrastructure gaps as well as strategic objectives for port of entry development in Douglas, Arizona.

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Navajo Nation Capitol Studio

As the Navajo Nation government expands, its capital Window Rock, Arizona requires additions and new venues. Steeped in history and culture, Window Rock needs to both preserve its history and create new civic buildings designed to reflect the limitless possibilities of the Navajo people. Through dedication and bold vision, this project seeks to provide inspiration for a new public face for Window Rock while retaining the cultural values that have endured throughout its history.

The Navajo Nation Capitol Studio included the participation of American Indians in various design fields to communicate ideas for re-creating the Navajo Nation Capitol District. Participants included American Indian students and professors from Arizona State University and the University of New Mexico as well as design professionals within Arizona and New Mexico. The studio was both an academic exercise and a community service effort brought forth by students of Arizona State University to increase the awareness of talented and professional American Indians in Design. The entire project evolved over the 2005 academic year and occurred on May 20-22, 2005.

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State of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in Arizona

The Arizona State University Asian Pacific American Studies (APAS) program, in partnership with ASU for Arizona-Office of Public Affairs, is pleased to present The State of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in Arizona. Like many transformative documents, this report arose from a recognition that policymakers lack adequate information. In this case, there is a dearth of information on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI). Given that unmet need, a coalition gathered and created the Asian Pacific Arizona Initiative — APAZI. The project represents a year-long collaboration between APAZI, APAS, ASU for Arizona, and numerous community leaders, members and professionals throughout the state. We hope this report serves as a starting point for future research on Arizona AAPI communities.

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State of Black Arizona

Modeled after the National Urban League’s “State of Black America,” this document reveals who Arizona’s African-Americans are, where they live and how they live relative to the general population in Arizona and other African Americans in several major quality of life categories.

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Yuma Traffic Project

As a broader community, the greater Yuma area sees traffic from Mexico, Canada and the Southwestern United States. With the advent of the Area Service Highway (ASH) in the next few years, the Yuma area will see a shift in truck and international traffic. The City of Yuma asked Arizona State University to help study and identify traffic signage along the Arizona/Mexico boarder as preparation for a charrette on International Traffic Solutions. The results and recommendations of the charette, a community work session, will be compiled in a report for the Yuma City Council, local governments, the Marine Air Corps Air Station-Yuma and the State of Arizona.

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