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  • Supervisors approve updates to Economic Development Plan

    Nov 22, 2016 | Read More News
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    The Pima County Board of Supervisors voted to approve the Pima County Economic Development Plan - Update through 2018. 

    newsThe plan is a reflection of County efforts to promote economic development, job growth, higher wages and increased wealth within our region.  The approval provides a midterm update of the previous economic development plan the Board of Supervisors approved in August 2015.

    The recommendations included in the update outline ways the County will continue building a foundation for long-term economic growth and stability. 

    The plan also intends to continue fostering the collaborative environment that has allowed the private sector, local governments, educational institutions and nonprofit organizations to work together to stabilize and expand the local economy. Key areas where such collaboration can reap significant rewards for the community include education/workforce development and combating poverty.

    The Pima County Economic Development Plan Update through 2018 is intended as a guide for future budget allocations and BOS policy decisions to foster economic development opportunities in Pima County.

    Some areas of success and progress Pima County has already made:

    • Aerospace Parkway completion and pending expansion: Pima County completed the relocation of Hughes Access Road in Dec. 2015, which provided the needed buffer for Raytheon to expand its regional operations and created the Aerospace Parkway. The new roadway provides access to the County’s Aerospace, Defense and Technology Business and Research Park, an area that has already attracted new employers including World View Enterprises Inc., and Vector Space. 
    • Caterpillar Relocation: Working with our partners in Sun Corridor, Inc., the Arizona Commerce Authority, Rio Nuevo and the City of Tucson, we assembled a package of economic incentives that attracted Caterpillar to the region. The company plans to employ more than 650 workers in high-wage executive and engineering jobs. The estimated economic impact of this move could be more than $600 million in the first five years. 
    • HomeGoods: The company recently completed the $79 million construction of a regional distribution center. The facility will employ nearly 900 people in the burgeoning regional logistics and distribution industries. 
    • Inclusion of Sonoran Corridor in Interstate Highway System: In 2015, the proposed Sonoran Corridor connecting Interstates 10 and 19 south of Tucson International Airport was included in federal planning documents and the Interstate Highway System. The designation had the approval of Arizona’s entire Congressional delegation and Gov. Doug Ducey. The planned interstate connection would facilitate new industrial, manufacturing and logistics-based employment while providing a faster route through the Tucson region for existing trade en route to and from Mexico and other areas of the Southwest. 
    • Kino Stadium: The County has invested more than $3 million in the Kino Sports Complex since 2012, enhancing the facilities and amenities offered. Today, KSC is home to frequent professional and amateur sporting events, including the annual Major League Soccer spring training season and Mexican Professional Baseball training.