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  • Pima County construction projects generated hundreds of jobs last fiscal year

    Sep 30, 2013 | Read More News
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    There would be little economic growth without investment in transportation, sewer lines, flood control and comprehensive planning efforts.none

    In the fiscal year ending June 30, 2013, Pima County awarded more than $117 million on 51 construction-related projects. Those projects translated into approximately 1,280 jobs.

    Several of the largest projects focused on a major update of the County’s wastewater reclamation system to meet modern-day environmental standards.

    Among the other projects: 
    • $1.3 million, countywide chip seal project, phase 4, 11 jobs
    • $15.7 million, La Cholla Boulevard improvements, Magee to Overton Roads, 171 jobs
    • $5.7 million, Orange Grove Road improvements, Camino de la Tierra to La Cholla, 54 jobs
    • $7 million for traffic signal, road intersection paving and drainage, 76 jobs
    • $2 million for the Kino Sports Complex soccer stadium, 26 jobs
    • $3 million, historic preservation services, 33 jobs
    • $3 million, flood control improvements, 33 jobs
    • $4.1 million, Southern Arizona Indoor Sports Center, 45 jobs

       “We know that investments in transportation and other improvements provide a basic framework for long-term prosperity, serving as catalysts for economic expansion over time,” said Pima County Administrator Chuck Huckelberry. “But this investment over the short term also helps support local jobs while the economy is recovering.”

      Another interesting indicator of future economic health: Pima County’s bidders are steadily moving closer to pre-recession averages as the economy recovers.

      In 2006, a year before the economy peaked, bids for projects over $1 million came in an average of 5 percent higher than engineer estimates. In 2009, those bids had dropped to 70 percent of estimates. Bids and estimates have been steadily marching toward fusion ever since. Currently, bids are averaging about 92 percent of project estimates.

      In all, since 2006, there have been 228 awarded construction projects, totaling more than $1 billion in capital investment and creating more than 14,500 jobs in the region.