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  • County Administrator releases economic plan update for public comment

    Mar 06, 2015 | Read More News
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    Chuck HuckelberryPima County Administrator Chuck Huckelberry today released a draft of the Pima County Economic Development Plan, 2015-2017.

    The plan details 13 strategies and 92 specific actions the county proposes to pursue to improve the regional economy. Among the strategies are: Protecting and expanding existing major employers; Developing a logistics, technology and aerospace corridor between interstate 19 and 10 south of Tucson International Airport; Increasing foreign direct investment in the region, especially from Mexico; and capitalizing on the research and innovation of Arizona’s three major universities.

    “The 2015 through 2017 action plan is designed to guide the county’s investments and policy actions to grow the local economy, increase jobs and increase overall community wealth. The recommendations and action items presented in this plan are steps the county can take in the near term over the next three years to continue to grow our local economy,” Huckelberry wrote in the plan introduction.

    The plan is an update and expansion of the 2012-2014 Economic Development Plan released in November 2012. Significant portions of that plan were accomplished or are in progress. An accounting of the 2012 plan progress is included in the 2015 draft. Some of the major strategies of the 2012 plan were contingent on public investment via a successful county bond election. All of those and a few others have been included in the current draft. A decision by the Board of Supervisors on whether to hold a bond election this year is expected this spring.

    Huckelberry is seeking public comment on the plan through March 20, although that deadline may be extended. The public can review the plan and comment by clicking the feedback button on the plan website, www.pima.gov/economicdevelopmentplan2015.

    Public comments will be considered in the crafting of the final draft of the plan for submission to the Board of Supervisors for consideration and adoption. All public comments received will be provided to the Board of Supervisors.