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  • Supervisors approve agreement to protect Raytheon

    Dec 15, 2015 | Read More News
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    The Pima County Board of Supervisors Dec. 15 voted unanimously to approve a Memorandum of Understanding with Tucson Airport Authority, Raytheon and the city of Tucson to acquire two parcels of land south of Raytheon and Tucson International Airport that will serve as safety buffers for Raytheon’s operations.

    The Authority will swap one parcel with the U.S. Air Force, which will assist the Authority in its intent to extend a second runway at TIA. And Tucson will acquire the second parcel using funds from a Raytheon annexation fund. 

    These buffer areas are important for the current and future operations of Raytheon Missile Systems. Department of Defense contract rules require safety arcs for the explosives the missile manufacturer uses. These buffer areas will allow Raytheon to relocate some of its facilities and storage areas farther south on its property and relieve it of the need to seek safety waivers from the DOD for future defense contracts. 

    These buffer acquisitions are part of the county’s Economic Development Plan 2015-2017. It is also a key component of the Sonoran Corridor initiative, which seeks to maintain and increase the economic activity in the area surrounding TIA. 

    The TAA board and Raytheon have already approved the agreement. The Tucson City Council unanimously approved the agreement Dec. 15.
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