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  • Appendix A - 2012-2014 Economic Development Plan, Action Plan Status

     The adopted Pima County Economic Development Plan 2012-2014 outlined specific actions the County would take over two years to “provide the foundation for long-term economic growth and stability.”

    This Appendix A to the 2015 update of the economic development plan details the status of the 20 action items, the four future challenges and 18 recommendations that made up the 2012 plan.

    Read the 2012-2014 Economic Development Plan


    A. Protecting Our Existing Employers

         1. Helping Raytheon Protect Existing Jobs and Expand

    Status: In Progress. 

    The County spent $6 million purchasing 382 acres south of Raytheon and has led extensive master planning activities for the entire region designed to create an industrial corridor and research and business park to attract supply chain companies. The County actively engaged with the Tucson Airport Authority (TAA), United States Air Force (USAF), and Raytheon to accommodate a TAA planned runway expansion. 

    Due to changing standards, some Raytheon facilities were too close to the existing Hughes Access Road, which requires periodic waivers from the USAF. Failure to relocate the road could result in the loss of the waivers and the inability for Raytheon to use these facilities. Pima County coordinated plans to relocate the road, completed the engineering, paid for a TAA coordinated Environmental Analysis, acquired right of way and is finalizing bids for the construction of a new road one half-mile south of the current road. Construction completion has been committed for the end of 2015. The cost of the relocation will exceed $13 million, bringing the County's investment in the area to over $20 million.    

    These two projects not only protect against the loss of existing jobs, they create the opportunity for Raytheon to cost effectively expand operations and employment in Tucson rather than in other states. Negotiations are ongoing with the TAA to acquire an expanded buffer that provides buffer space for multiple new Raytheon facilities, as well as relocation of the munitions storage area for 162nd Fighter Wing of the Arizona Air National Guard (AZ ANG) should its mission change in the future. 

         2. Protecting the Military Functionality of Davis-Monthan Air Force Base and the 162nd Fighter Wing of the Arizona Air National Guard 

    Status: In Progress. 

    As a part of the County’s efforts to insure ongoing viability of Davis Monthan Air Force Base, Pima County completed the acquisition of lands in the Departure Corridor using the last of $10 million authorized in the 2004 bond election.  We have also acquired land on the eastern edge of the Base to provide an additional setback from future development and are completing the improvement of Wilmot Road from Valencia Road to the newly improved south entry gate by using State-allocated Military Installation Funds. The County has also asked the State to eliminate nearly $500,000 in lease payments for private and State lands inside the Base’s perimeter fence to reduce annual budget demands.    

    The County led the effort to improve the security to the access road to the 162nd Fighter Wing AZ ANG at Tucson International Airport (TIA), which is located on 90 acres along Valencia Road. Pima County has master planned an area adjacent to the expanded buffer for Raytheon to relocate the AZ ANG’s munitions storage area, giving it the space and buffers necessary to receive expanded missions in the future.

    B. Building New Opportunities for Job Growth

         1. New Aerospace/Defense Research and Business Park

    Status: In Progress

    The availability of over 500 contiguous acres near TIA, adjacent to the only rail line between Arizona and Mexico and within a few miles of two interstates, has invigorated interest through Tucson Regional Economic Opportunities, Inc. (TREO) and the Arizona Commerce Authority for large parcels in this area. Since the release of the 2012-14 plan, the City of Tucson has annexed the area and Pima County has led the effort with Union Pacific, Tucson and the TAA to develop a concept for rail service along the southern boundary of the proposed research park. The relocated Hughes Access Road will become the Aerospace Parkway. Tucson Water and the County’s Regional Wastewater Reclamation Department are collaborating to provide service to the area, and Tucson Electric Power is installing power along the Aerospace Parkway, followed by Time Warner and Century Link.  Grading plans are complete and rerouting of a regional power line is underway.  Development and marketing coordination with the TAA for the remainder of the Research and Business Park is the next step.

         2. Emerging Employment Centers for Biosciences, Medical Services, Science and Technology – The Tucson Tech Corridor

    Status: In Progress; Pending. 

    The Port of Tucson has been certified for International container intermodal service and is installing a high-speed switch off of the Union Pacific Sunset line based on a County-sponsored $5 million federal transportation grant.

    The County Administrator has recommended and the Pima County Bond Advisory Committee has tentatively approved $10.8 million in Pima County bond funding for constructing a portion of Science Park Drive, between Kolb Road and Rita Road, within the UA Tech Park in southeast Tucson. Completion is pending and contingent upon a successful bond election.

    Planned incubator projects for both Innovation Park in Oro Valley and UA Tech Parks – “The Bridges” have been proposed for bond funding for development. Bond projects for a County Library/YMCA joint development with road relocation and improvements at the UA Tech Park near Rita Road are planned as well. Completion is pending and contingent upon a successful bond election. 

    The University of Arizona innovation arm, Tech Launch Arizona, has initiated successful mentor programs and funding alternatives to transition research results into products and successful businesses; and the Banner Health acquisition of the UA Medical Center comes with a commitment of significant infusion in medical infrastructure and service.

         3.  Regional Job Growth Centers in Oro Valley, Marana, Sahuarita and South Tucson

    Status: In Progress

    Oro Valley continues to grow in biosciences with Arizona State University recently partnering with Ventana/Roche and Sanofi with emphasis on expanding biotech research and commercialization projects. Marana has a new major retail development underway and housing starts are increasing in Marana and Sahuarita with development plans of varying sizes in the works. Marana has proximity to the Pinal Airpark and has plans to develop that area into an employment center. The County is also working with Pinal County officials in support of their efforts to improve the Airpark’s runway, as well as make 296 acres of County-owned land along the Pima/Pinal border available for economic development opportunities.  The nearby planned Union Pacific Red Rock Classification Yard and area surrounding this planned development have seen active land acquisition, some from foreign investors.

    The UA’s development of “The Bridges” is now part of Tech Parks Arizona with plans to locate Tech Launch Arizona, an incubator building and job training facilities in conjunction with the Joint Technical Education District, at the site. Retail development has progressed on the site, including a Wal-Mart and a Costco. 

    Sahuarita is creating an Economic Development Plan and is completing the Sahuarita East Comprehensive Area Plan (SECAP), which is a long-term vision of how residential and commercial growth, along with related infrastructure, interacts with employment centers at TIA and the UA Tech Park. Collaboration with the Sahuarita School District and the local mining community is underway to address the aging mine worker issue and technology demands.  

         4.  Renewable Energy – Solar

    Status: In Progress 

    The Board of Supervisors created the Renewable Energy Incentive District (REID) in 2012 to streamline approval of solar energy projects. The Board also amended the land use code to facilitate utility scale renewable energy installations.
    The County completed the Prairie Fire Solar project at 7540 E. Old Vail Road in December 2012. The County leased 48 acres of a 100-acre parcel to Tucson Electric Power Company (TEP); and TEP established, commissioned and operates the five megawatt facility. Pima County benefits from the purchase of the power at reduced rates.

    In addition, the County completed solar-covered parking facilities at three County locations – the Northwest YMCA, the new County Fleet Services facility and at the new Pima Emergency Communications Operations Center. All were built at no cost in exchange for locked-in energy rates for 20 years. 

         5.  Leveraging the Intellectual Capacity of The University of Arizona

    Status: In Progress

    In addition to the County’s collaboration with the UA’s Tech Launch initiatives discussed above, the Pima County Health Department has been at the forefront of local efforts to enhance the value and relevance of the UA to the community. Continued support of the Graduate Medical Education (GME) program is a key component in addressing the healthcare provider shortage in Pima County by augmenting the Banner University of Arizona Medical Center’s (Banner UAMC’s) ability to train and retain the next generation of physicians. The GME program has resulted in over $130 million in new funds flowing into Pima County and is responsible for an estimated $500 million benefit statewide. Pima County’s investment in Banner UAMC-South Campus alone has played a role in 26 new physicians completing their training and establishing practices in southern Arizona. Each physician is expected to have an economic impact of $1 million per year.

         6.  Collaborating with Private Economic Development Activity Support Organizations

    Status: In Progress.

    Our contribution to Visit Tucson (former the Metropolitan Tucson Convention and Visitors Bureau) continues to be the largest of any jurisdiction. The County is working closely with Visit Tucson to attract supply chain business, commercial investment and medical tourism from Mexico to the region. Pima County and the City of Tucson are also collaborating with Visit Tucson on a business attraction office in the Vamos-a-Tucson facility in Hermosillo, Mexico where Vamos-a-Tucson staff will coordinate meetings and presentations at various companies and chambers of commerce in the region. 

    Pima County continues to support regional economic development and is the only local jurisdiction that contributes to TREO. We work together in the recruiting of new employers, as well as focus on identifying the opportunities and needs that will assist our existing employer base to expand. The Arizona Commerce Authority has become more aware of Pima County’s efforts at supply chain attraction, and recognizes the long-term development potential of the Aerospace Parkway; the Aerospace, Defense and Technology Research and Business Park; and the Sonoran Corridor. 

    C.  Revitalizing Tourism

         1.  Increasing Funding for the Metropolitan Tucson Convention and Visitors Bureau

    Status:  In Progress.

    The County continues to contribute 50 percent of its annual bed tax collections to Visit Tucson. In Fiscal Year (FY) 2014/15, the City of Tucson increased its contribution from 25 percent to 33.3 percent. This helped increase the Visit Tucson budget of from $6 million to $6.5 million. Oro Valley increased its participation levels through 2014 and a new contract is being finalized. Both major tribes in southern Arizona, the Tohono O’odham Nation and the Pascua Yaqui Tribe, have contributed $75,000 each to Visit Tucson. 

         2.  Providing Incentives for Tourism by Discounting Facility Rental Fees

    Status:  Under Revision

    Pima County and Visit Tucson staff have determined the discount thresholds established in the 2012 Economic Development Plan are too low and have recommended tiering discounts based on the room nights generated. 

    Old Tucson Studios and other attractions are working with video and film production studios to reduce their rates based on the length of stay in our region. Generally, this is coordinated through the Pima County Film Office, a division of Visit Tucson. Visit Tucson is rebating back to the convention organizer through its hotel master bill. The amount rebated is based on the number of room nights convention or event attendees use during the event.  

         3.  Diversifying Sports Attractions by Encouraging Soccer as an Emerging Attraction Sport

    Status: In Progress

    The north side of the Kino Sports Complex has been renovated to include five new soccer fields, including a new soccer stadium with a grandstand that seats more than 2,000 fans. Major League Soccer (MLS) has held pre-season training and tournaments during the past three years in Tucson, two of which were held in the new soccer tournament area in the Kino Sports Complex along with training in the adjacent fields. 

    Pima County presented a marketing incentive program to MLS in FY 2014/15 that resulted in attracting 10 MLS teams and one Mexican team holding soccer exhibition games and a large multi-game tournament in February/March 2014. The MLS teams generated 3,008 room nights at resorts and hotels in unincorporated Pima County. Direct spending by the teams was estimated at $1.3 million. Plans for FY 2014/15 include continuing marketing incentives, attracting more MLS teams and increasing the fan base with earlier marketing and promotional techniques with the help of the teams. In addition to Kino’s new soccer fields and complex, Rillito Regional Park will receive in 2015 three additional fields and lighting. Rillito will then have 11 soccer fields. 

         4.  Making Cycling a Tourism Destination Event

    Status: In Progress

    In June 2013, the Arizona Department of Transportation released an Economic Impact Study on bicycling in Arizona which showed that in almost every area, except triathlons, Pima County exceeded Maricopa County by almost two to one in the number of events related to cycling. The study shows annual retail sales of bicycle-related goods in Arizona to local and out-of-state customers is $114 million. The County’s 2014 Economic, Environmental, Community, and Health Impact report showed that for every $1 invested in walking and bicycling-related infrastructure, the region reaps more than $9.76 in return. 

    In 2013, Pima County completed The Loop Economic, Environmental, Community and Health Impact Study. In the nearly two years since the report was completed, more than 20 miles of new asphalt paths have been added to this shared-use path, bringing its total paved area to just over 100 miles. Eventually, The Loop will reach 131 miles around metropolitan Pima County, providing a linear park system unequaled in the Southwestern United States. Continued expansion of The Loop is creating jobs for engineers, construction workers, designers and workers who produce construction materials.

    Pima County continues to sponsor several prominent cycling events annually, including El Tour de Tucson, the Old Pueblo Grand Prix and Cyclovia Tucson. A 2000 economic impact study done by the UA’s Eller Business School showed El Tour had an approximately $40 million impact on the local economy. At the time, El Tour had only 4,500 riders; the 2015 ride had nearly double that amount. 

         5.  Creating New and Expanding Existing Tourism Venues through Public Investment

    1. Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum and Water
    2. Pima Air & Space Museum Cold War Exhibit
    3. Pima Air & Space Museum Space Exploration
    4. Tumamoc Hill Regional Visitors Center
    5. Tucson Children’s Museum
    6. Tucson Museum of Art
    Status: Pending

    The County Administrator has recommended, and the Pima County Bond Advisory Committee has tentatively approved, $87 million in Pima County bond funding for expansion of the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, the Pima Air and Space Museum, the Tucson Children’s Museum, the Tucson Museum of Art, the Reid Park Zoo, Colossal Cave Mountain Park, and the Pima County Fairgrounds; the repurposing of Old Tucson; the restoration of Mission San Xavier’s East Tower; the construction of a museum and orientation center at Canoa Ranch; and construction of a Southern Arizona Regional Visitors Center just west of Downtown. Completion is pending and contingent upon a successful bond election.

         6.  Improving Our Relationship with Mexico

    Status: In Progress.

    Pima County hired a bilingual/bicultural Coordinator of Economic Development and International Projects to focus on coordination efforts in Sonora/Mexico. Pima County printed brochures in Spanish to attract Mexican businesses and has created allies such as the Arizona-Mexico Commission, Tucson-Mexico Trade Coalition, Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Pima Association of Governments (PAG), Maricopa Association of Governments, Consulate of Mexico of Tucson, among others. 

    Pima County now has a regular presence in Nogales, Arizona and Sonora to continue to cultivate relationships with our Mexican neighbors. Pima County partnered with Visit Tucson and the City of Tucson to open a business office in Hermosillo in 2014 to facilitate Mexican tourism to the region and aid the process of business expansion and establishment for Mexican businesses in our region Pima County is developing a plan with Visit Tucson for a Mexican medical tourism strategy.

    In 2015, our International Projects Coordinator will travel to Hermosillo on a monthly basis, or as needed, to meet with Mexican businesses interested in establishing operations in Pima County.

    The Maquiladora industry in Sonora has asked Pima County, TREO, and PAG for assistance in developing local, more reliable supply chains for not only materials but services such as metal finishing, machining, injection molding and logistics support for products crossing the border. Our Economic Development Team and International Projects Coordinator will be working to ensure this opportunity is cultivated.

    D.  Creating a Positive Climate for Business and Improving Business Service

         1.  Accelerating Permitting Timeframes

    Status: Completed. 

    For the period July to September 2014, 85 percent of all County building permit applications were approved within five business days. Review timeframes for commercial development concept permits, subdivision plats and site construction permits have been shortened to five business days. Plan review processes related to transportation, flood control and sewer have been combined into a single integrated process.      

         2.  Modernizing the Permitting System

    Status: In Progress.

    The automated permitting system project is in the user-testing phase. System launch is schedule for July 2015 for County department usage, and online citizen access is planned for September 2015.     

         3.  Reducing Utility Fees

    Status: Completed.

    A new wastewater connection fee methodology and fee structure were implemented July 1, 2012, which reduced connection fees up to 35 percent, depending on the type of development. Encouraging other utilities to lower their rates was unsuccessful. 

         4.  Creating a Business Resource and Veterans’ OneStop Center

    Status: In Progress. 

    The model for the Business Resource OneStop Center is in progress and is pending identification of a suitable location. Alternatively, an option is being considered that would make the center an online resource that would serve as a “virtual” Business Resource Center OneStop. A formal business retention and expansion program is being formulated as part of the center. Planning efforts have included discussions with local chambers of commerce, development of guiding principles, concept meetings and creation of an internal Pima County survey to identify County resources that would provide maximum benefit to the business community. Planning will continue with development expected in FY 2015/16.

          5.  Building Bridges between Libraries and Workforce Development

               a. Increasing Awareness through communications and marketing materials

    Status: Completed. 

    The library uses its website, electronic communications, traditional public relations and social media to publicize library and Pima County services, information and programs that support small business development. The library developed an online forum to link business assistance organizations and entrepreneurs. 
    The Library launched a new website, www.library.pima.gov/, on the Bibliocommons framework that allows for easy information sharing on all business and career programming, including blogs, resource lists, links to business and skill-building databases, and both library and community sponsored workshop information. 
    The Library uses electronic newsletters to communicate and promote programs and services for small business, entrepreneurs, and nonprofit organizations. The Library maintains an active presence on social media platforms, including Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedIn, and YouTube. The Library’s Idea+Space Facebook page includes constant updates on events, programs and business insights.

               b.  Expanding partnerships and networking opportunities
    In Progress.

    Important library partnerships include:
    • Literacy Connects, which provides English language and citizenship classes at multiple library branches.
    • Pima Community College (PCC) Family Literacy Program, which provides adult education opportunities to non-English speakers. The library also coordinates with PCC to provide resources and services to mature workers through the Back to Work 50+ program and Encore Plus 50 program.
    • SCORE, which has “office hours” at the Joel D. Valdez Main Library and the Oro Valley branch. 
    • Since July 2014, the Idea+Space has held robust business programming by partners like the Women's Business Center, Lead Local,  the Procurement Technical Assistance Program, Small Business Association, and Tucson Entrepreneurs. 
    • YWCA, which has partnered with the library to implement a teen-created financial literacy program for girls in April 2015 at its facility. 
    • The library partners with the Arizona Department of Economic Security and Tucson Veterans Serving Veterans to provide career services to local veterans.
    • AARP has collaborated with the library to facilitate the Life Reimagined program.
    • The Library held its sixth Job Connectors Meet-up in 2014. The library participates in the Keys to Employment Symposium, hosted by the Metropolitan Education Commission, to provide information regarding important library resources related to career exploration, college preparation, and skill-building for our local high school students.
    The Library’s brand-raising campaign will be completed in 2015. The library has begun to review the existing printed materials that promote the available business-related workshops and services. 

               c. Providing Programs for Business Startup Success

    The Library initiated programming around self-employment as a path to self-sufficiency and financial stability with its Self-Employment and Micro-Enterprise Initiative. The initiative expanded library programming that helped 453 residents explore their interests and learn new skills to complete the business registration process, launch a new business, or take the next steps toward a new venture or future career. 

    The Library provides additional counseling and assistance for aspiring small business owners and entrepreneurs through drop-in sessions and coordination with community partners like SCORE, Women’s Business Center, and Pima County OneStop. 

    The Library created the Idea+Space for entrepreneurs, nonprofits, and business startups to work with local mentors, attend informational sessions and use open space to pursue nontraditional career and business ventures.

               d. Enhancing the Skills and Readiness of Job Seekers
    In Progress.

    The Library developed a Community Impact Plan for 2013-2016. This plan included concepts for economic expansion and prosperity, working with the Workforce Investment Board (WIB) to collaboratively offer small business development and include basic skill development and employee learning. Since 2012, the library has collaborated with the WIB to promote programming, resources and tools for job seekers, entrepreneurs, and small businesses available through the library and Pima County OneStop. 

    In 2013, Pima County OneStop case managers established “office hours” at three library branches; making contact with over 1,200 customers in a one-year period. In February 2015, OneStop will establish “office hours” at a fourth library location. Information about OneStop services can be found at all library branches.

    The Library provided Career Exploration and Self-employment workshops to veterans at the Kino Veterans Workforce Center in late 2013 and early 2014. 

    The library continues to coordinate with OneStop to provide access to technology and meeting room space for programming needed to facilitate the training of County and State personnel in the provision of services to job seekers.
    In addition to hosting a number of programs that focus on helping people re-tool their skills for the changing workplace, the library has a successful Job Help program that assists people in building new skills that improve their employability. 

    Local organizations provide free programming to jobseekers covering topics such as resume writing, dressing for success, and interview techniques. Employers provide job listings and job fair information to the almost 20 different library branches providing drop-in Job Help.

         6. Recognizing the Importance of Urban Form to Economic Development

    Status: In Progress

    Urban form planning theories have been included in drafts of Pima Prospers, the County’s Comprehensive Plan update. Public input and plan preparation phases of Pima Prospers have concluded. Plan adoption hearings are planned by the Planning and Zoning Commission and the Board of Supervisors between March and July 2015.


    A. Developing New Investment Strategies for Transportation Systems

    Status: In Progress

    Pima County leaders have lobbied the Arizona Legislature and Governor for solutions to State infrastructure investment. County leadership continues to advocate for more and better transportation infrastructure investment. This effort is a component of this 2015 Economic Development Plan update. 

    B. Changing Attitudes about Investing in Public Infrastructure

    Status: In Progress. 

    The Arizona Auditor General completed a State-mandated audit of the County’s bond program and found it to be a model for other counties in the State. It found the bond program to be transparent, accountable and a benefit to all citizens of the County. With that audit in hand, the County has pursued another bond election that would invest in cultural and recreational amenities, tourism expansions, public safety, libraries and transportation infrastructure. All of the County’s regional jurisdictions and numerous organizations, neighborhood associations and community groups made hundreds of requests for bond projects. 

    The County in 2014 completed a multiyear overhaul and reconstruction of the County’s wastewater system, providing capacity for regional growth for decades to come and that helps secure the region’s water future by creating effluent that recharges the aquifer more readily. 

    The Board of Supervisors has adopted successive legislative agendas that seek to lobby State officials about the economic necessity of infrastructure investment. The County encourages and endorses efforts by PAG, the regional planning body, to improve the transportation infrastructure of our region and the State. 
    County officials make numerous public appearances each year to educate the public about the County’s infrastructure needs.

    The County has created a Communications Office that seeks to keep the public informed about County policy, activities and programs. The office produces informational materials distributed at public meetings and elsewhere to educate the public on County infrastructure needs.

    C. Recognizing our Utility Resources are Regional Assets

    Status: In Progress.

    Pima County continues to be served by numerous municipal water providers that have varying access to renewable water resources, water development and delivery infrastructure and financial resources. Tucson Water’s service area policy emphasizes extension of its delivery infrastructure limited to areas described by the City as obligated service areas. Lacking one dominant regional water provider, many water providers are collaborating to deliver renewable water to their respective service areas through wheeling agreements using Tucson Water infrastructure. Regional planning efforts are ongoing to support maximum use of renewable water, including CAP and reclaimed water, and to store renewable water for future use. 

    Pima County's Comprehensive Plan Update, Pima Prospers, includes a Water Resources Element with proposed goals and policy statements for water sustainability.

    D. Eliminating Jurisdictional Competition

    Status: In Progress

    Local governments competing for the same scarce financial resources naturally creates rivalry and tension among local governments. Nevertheless, there have been some significant cooperative efforts since 2012 to benefit the region’s economy.

    Sonoran Corridor
    While Pima County developed the concept for the Sonoran Corridor, it cannot be completed without partnering with the federal government, the State, the Tohono O’odham Nation, the Town of Sahuarita, the Tucson Airport Authority, The University of Arizona and the City of Tucson.  All of these jurisdictions and government entities support the Sonoran Corridor and are working with Pima County to develop the master plan for the area and find the funding needed to make it a reality.

    The State, the City of Tucson and Pima County are all working cooperatively to market the State and our region to Mexican businesses and entrepreneurs and to make Arizona business leaders aware of the economic opportunities south of the border. Most significant is the County’s and Tucson’s partnership with Visit Tucson’s Vamos a Tucson office in Hermosillo, Sonora.  Visit Tucson uses the office to promote Mexican tourism in southern Arizona, but members of the County’s and Tucson’s economic development teams make monthly trips to Hermosillo to provide Mexican business leaders information about economic opportunities in southern Arizona and to bring information back to share with our business development organizations such as Tucson Regional Economic Opportunities, Inc. (TREO) and various chambers of commerce.

    County Bond Program
    Every jurisdiction has submitted bond project requests to the Pima County Bond Advisory Committee, and the County’s Economic Development Team is working to shepherd those projects through the bond process. Many of these economic development bond projects require cooperative efforts between the County and the regional jurisdictions to create the critical infrastructure and community assets that attract and retain employers.

    Regional Economic Development
    While competition for new business development can become intense among municipalities, Pima County supports all economic development in the County. Because the County’s budget is primarily supported by property taxes, any increase in the County’s overall assessed valuation is a benefit to the entire region; allowing for the cost of government to be spread across a broad spectrum of taxpayers. As a result, Pima County supports economic development anywhere in the County that conforms to the County’s and the jurisdiction’s comprehensive plans. Pima County also funds TREO, the region’s primary business recruitment organization, with the belief there is a need for a coordinated regional effort when recruiting new employers or encouraging expansion.


    1. Accept the Economic Development Action Plan.  

    2. Ratify Draft Economic Development Plan Actions.  

    3. Prepare Responses.  Direct staff to prepare specific responses to all comments received from interested parties regarding the Draft Economic Development Report.

    4. Relocate Hughes Access Road.  
    In Progress

    5. Support Davis-Monthan Air Force Base and the 162nd Fighter Wing of the Arizona Air National Guard. 
    In Progress

    6. Help Abate Aircraft Noise. 

    7. Plan the Aerospace/Defense Research and Business Park.  
    In Progress

    8. Support the UA Tech Park.  
    In Progress.

    9. Fund the Aerospace Parkway and Alvernon Way Improvements.  
    In Progress.

    10. Support Economic Development in Jurisdictions.  
    In Progress

    11. Support Solar Renewable Energy Projects.  
    In Progress

    12. Increase County Investments in Economic Development Agencies. 

    13. Discount Kino Sports Complex Use Fees.
    In Progress

    14. Facilitate Amateur and Professional Soccer.
    In Progress

    15. Finish and Enhance The Loop
    In Progress

    16. Expand Tourism Venues. 

    17. Support Regional Land Use Planning.  
    In Progress

    18. Refer Proposed Bond Projects to the Pima County Bond Advisory Committee for Review.


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