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  • Aerospace Parkway project honored with Award of Distinction

    Nov 09, 2015 | Read More News
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    Aerospace ParkwayThe Metropolitan Pima Alliance honored Pima County’s Aerospace Parkway project with its Award of Distinction at its 2015 Common Ground Awards Celebration Oct. 30 at the Star Pass Marriott Resort. The MPA also recognized Pima Animal Care Center Proposition 415 and Pima Prospers as among its Top 20 Projects. 

    The MPA’s Common Ground Committee presents these awards to projects or events that involve significant collaboration, and such recognized actions, that once developed or carried out, will provide a benefit to the community. 

    The Aerospace Parkway received one of two Awards of Distinction at the Celebration on Oct. 30. This project represents a collaboration between the private and public sectors, including the Tucson Airport Authority and Sun Corridor, Inc. for its realignment of East Hughes Access Road to about half a mile south of its current alignment. 

    The Aerospace Parkway, which broke ground in March, will provide an encroachment buffer for Raytheon Missile Systems, the region’s largest private employer, and open the door for new aerospace or defense businesses to the region.  

    The MPA Committee also recognized Pima Animal Care Center Prop. 415 in its list of Top 20 projects for the region. PACC cares for over 20,000 homeless pets each year and has become the largest pet adoption agency in Southern Arizona. Voters passed Prop. 415 last year to improve Pima County’s animal care facility and bring the facility up to modern standards. Currently, the redevelopment of PACC is in Phase two, which is the design of the site and building. 

    The other county project included in the Top 20 is the county’s comprehensive plan update, Pima Prospers. In August, the Board of Supervisors adopted the final resolution of this multi-jurisdictional collaboration that not only defines the use of land in Pima County, but also provides the framework for initiatives that will stimulate the local economy and improve the health of the community for the next decade. 

    The MPA is a group comprised of businesses, local government jurisdictions and non-profit organizations that share the common interest of deciding how to successfully collaborate for the betterment of the Pima County community.