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  • County celebrates Aerospace Parkway opening

    Dec 14, 2015 | Read More News
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     U.S. Rep. Martha McSally, Arizona Speaker of the House David Gowan, Tucson Councilwoman Shirley Scott, Pima County Supervisors Sharon Bronson, Ray Carroll and Ramón Valadez, Raytheon Missile Systems President Dr. Taylor Lawrence and more than four dozen other government and private sector officials attended the ribbon cutting ceremony today celebrating the completion of the construction of the Aerospace Parkway.

    The Parkway is the new name for the relocated Hughes Access Road, which ran east to west south of Raytheon and Tucson International Airport. The county and Pima Association of Governments moved the road a half-mile south as part of an effort to create a buffer zone for the operations at Raytheon. Local construction firm The Ashton Company was the primary contractor for the construction, which was completed ahead of schedule and under budget.

    The Parkway is part of the county’s Sonoran Corridor initiative, which is part of the County’s Economic Development Plan. The Sonoran Corridor initiative seeks to develop the area surrounding Tucson International Airport and Raytheon into a high-tech manufacturing and research and development corridor, as well as one of the largest international logistics hubs in the Southwest given the advantageous location.

    The initiative is a regional effort and involves the federal government, the Department of Defense, the state, the city of Tucson, the town of Sahuarita, the San Xavier District of the Tohono O’odham Nation, the Tucson Airport Authority, the University of Arizona, the Pima Association of Governments, the region’s utilities and the area’s major employers, including Raytheon and Union Pacific railroad.

    A recent economic impact study of the Sonoran Corridor stated that when completed, the Corridor could potentially add about 200,000 new jobs to the region and inject as much as $32 billion into the local economy annually.
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