Graham County Economic Development

Graham County Economic Development

Top Employers


Regional Top Employers

Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold, Inc

Mt. Graham Regional Medical Center

Eastern Arizona College


DRG Technologies

U.S. Bureau of Land Management

U.S. Forest Service

Open Loop Energy

Haralson Tire Co.

Empire Southwest

Bulk Transportation

City of Safford

Graham County

Arizona Department of Transportation

Arizona Department of Corrections

Safford Unified School District

Thatcher Unified School District

Pima Unified School District

OneAZ Credit Union

Kempton Chevrolet


Home Depot



Freeport-McMoRan is the largest private-sector employer in rural Southeast Arizona, with active operations in Safford in Graham County and Morenci in neighboring Greenlee County. 

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."  

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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