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The Story of Empire: What Happens to Small Towns When Their Main Industry Shuts Its Doors
The Story of Empire: What Happens to Small Towns When Their Main Industry Shuts Its Doors

AIR DATE: January 27, 2011

The USG Corporation announced it would close its local operations. That would be fine - except it employs nearly everyone who lives in Empire, NV. If USG leaves, what will happen? Will its schools shut down? And where does that leave small towns next door like Gerlach, NV: pop. 465? We talk to one struggling town about what happens next.

Tom Harris, Resource Economics Prof, University of Nevada-Reno
Tammy Sparkes, owner, Empire Distributing grocery store
Cleo Smith, waitress, Bruno's Coffee Shop

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