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  • Supervisors adopt Economic Development Plan update

    Aug 11, 2015 | Read More News
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    The Pima County Board of Supervisors today voted 4-1 to adopt County Administrator Chuck Huckelberry’s Economic Development Plan, 2015-2017. The plan is an update and expansion of the economic development plan adopted by the board in 2012.

    The adopted plan incorporates the feedback and comments made by dozens of community leaders, business organizations, government officials and the general public on a draft of the plan released in February.

    “This plan seeks to build upon our community’s economic strengths and capitalize on unique and historic opportunities to bring new industries, new businesses and new investment and capital to our region,” said board Chair Sharon Bronson. “It also seeks to overcome some of our region’s economic challenges, such as finally solving the problem of poverty rather than just dealing with it.”

    Among the plan’s objectives are to:
    • Protect and grow our existing primary employers and employment bases, such as Raytheon Missile Systems, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, and the tourism industry
    • Increase Foreign Direct Investment in our community by improving our economic relationships with Mexico, Canada and East Asia. That includes capitalizing on the region’s unique opportunity to become a key component of the international trade corridor connecting a burgeoning Mexican economy with the U.S. and Canada and serving as a major logistical hub for the entire Southwest
    • Improve and increase public investment in transportation infrastructure and to continue to develop our workforce programs to make sure employers are supplied with the skilled workers they need
    • Coordinate with all of the other economic entities, plans and efforts ongoing in the region so that economic development in Pima County is a regional, cooperative effort that seeks to grow and sustain a prosperous economy that also raises the standards of living and quality of life of all county residents.
    “This is not a plan we’re writing to put on a shelf and collect dust. Like the initial Economic Development Plan adopted in 2012, we’re going to work this plan every day. We’ve identified specific action items with each chapter, and all county staff and county leadership will be dedicated to achieving the plan’s goals and objectives,” Huckelberry said. “Moreover, this is a living plan. It will be modified and adapted as necessary to ensure the plan is realistic and its goals achievable as economic conditions and circumstances change over time.”

    To read or download the plan, go to www.pima.gov/economicdevelopmentplan2015.