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  • Economic Development officials gather to talk regional cooperation

    Oct 02, 2015 | Read More News
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    economic developmentRepresentatives from the region’s economic development organizations met in Pima County today to lay the groundwork for increased cooperation and information sharing among the region’s jurisdictions and economic development agencies.

    Pima County Strategic Planning Director John Moffatt invited the officials to Pima County for the economic development round table to discuss regional strengths and explore opportunities for the various entities to collaborate on strengthening the region’s economic development efforts.  

    “I thought it would be a good idea to get all of the regional economic development groups and agencies into a room and see where we could all help each other grow the pie. At the end of the day, it’s all about jobs. And whether it’s jobs in Oro Valley, or Tucson, or Nogales, Sierra Vista, or Eloy, they’re all a benefit to the region and make us stronger economically and better able to compete on national and global levels,” Moffatt said.

    The inaugural meeting included economic development team members from Pima County, Pinal County, Tucson, South Tucson, Sahuarita, Oro Valley, Nogales, the Tohono O’odham Nation and the Pascua Yaqui Tribe. Also attending were representatives from the Arizona Commerce Authority, Sun Corridor Inc. (formerly TREO), Pima Association of Governments and Tucson Electric Power. 

    Representatives from the town of Marana and Cochise and Yuma counties also were invited but unable to attend for various reasons. 

    Topics discussed Friday included creating an inventory of the region’s assets by jurisdiction that all could use for marketing purposes; value of infrastructure in job creation, regional value and growth opportunities for tourism; creating an easily searchable database of economic information and data; sharing information about incentives and others enticements available locally and from the state and federal governments; conducting an assessment of the region’s workforce needs; and working at all levels of the educational spectrum, including families, to encourage valuable career tracks with high demand and excellent wages and benefits. Many of the region’s employers have opportunities to expand and others would relocate to the region if there were a well-trained workforce available.  

    The group agreed to meet again in January and to expand the invitation list to organizations heavily involved in growing the region’s economy.