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  • Supervisors approve incentives for Raytheon

    Nov 22, 2016 | Read More News
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    The Pima County Board of Supervisors Nov. 22 approved County Administrator Chuck Huckelberry’s plan to continue to pursue actions that will encourage Raytheon to expand its operations in Tucson.

    Raytheon labLast week’s announcement by the defense contractor that it will expand its operations in Tucson and add up to 2,000 jobs to the local economy was made possible in great part by a county-led regional effort to clear obstacles that had prevented Raytheon from expanding here in the past.

    The county and regional jurisdictions have spent more than $30 million since 2012 to acquire buffer lands to eliminate urban encroachment; to provide safety arc buffers for Raytheon’s facilities; to relocate a nearby road as a safety buffer; and to move a power line. These actions gave Raytheon the ability to expand its Tucson plant.

    Tuesday, the board voted 4-0, with Supervisor Ally Miller recusing herself due to a conflict of interest, to approve several measures that will continue to remove barriers to Raytheon’s growth, including:
    • Voluntary restrictions on County property for sale or lease adjacent to Raytheon
    • Support for an application for a federal Foreign Trade Zone designation that will allow the company to realize a reduction in its property taxes
    • Expanding the Aerospace and Raytheon parkways to accommodate more traffic
    • Selling property south of the plant to the Air Force for the construction of a new state-of-the-art secure entrance
    The voluntary development restrictions include restricting building heights to no more than 40 feet, angling buildings away from the plant to prevent interference with Raytheon’s radar testing, preventing foreign-owned companies from locating in the area, and 1,500-foot setbacks from Raytheon’s test and storage facilities.


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