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Raytheon to build Naval Strike Missile in Tucson

Working with a Norwegian company, defense contractor Raytheon will assemble anti-ship missiles for the Navy's littoral combat vessels, such as the USS Gabrielle Giffords, in what could be an $850 million deal. ... Read more»

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Arizona added 1,000 manufacturing jobs over the past month

Arizona continues to surpass the nation in adding manufacturing jobs, with an increase of 9,000 over the past year and 1,000 over the month. But metro Tucson's manufacturing growth rate landed in fifth place behind other metro areas. ... Read more»

Rogue Columnist

Tucson tops list of distressed Arizona cities

In the latest Distressed Communities report, Tucson ranks a shocking 91 out of 100. Nearly 59 percent of the city's ZIP codes are distressed and less than 8 percent are prosperous. This is the kind of calamity more likely seen in famously troubled places — and indeed the other bottom 10 include Detroit, Buffalo, and Newark.... Read more»

Raytheon awarded $900M to develop new nuclear cruise missile

Raytheon Missile Systems in Tucson will work on plans for a new nuclear cruise missile, competing with Lockheed Martin for a contract that could be worth $10 billion in the future. The development competition will pay each defense contractor about $900 million over 4.5 years.... Read more»

Raytheon gets $66 million for SM-3 missile development

Tucson's Raytheon Missile Systems has been awarded a $66 million contract to continue development of the SM-3 Block IIA Aegis Ashore ballistic missile, Pentagon officials said.... Read more»

Raytheon to restart SM-2 missile line after $650M sale

U.S. missile maker Raytheon plans to announce it will restart its Standard Missile 2 (SM-2) production line after a $650 million dollar order from four U.S. allies, the president of Raytheon Missile Systems, Taylor Lawrence, said on Sunday.... Read more»

‘Brain drain’ persists in Arizona

Tucson is known for its syrupy sweet Eegee’s slushies, superior Mexican food and for many years, it’s been haunted by stories of “brain drain” – that is, University of Arizona graduates leaving to work elsewhere after they get their degrees.... Read more»

Az lawmakers praise Trump on Syria strike, but warn about not being consulted

Most Arizona lawmakers agreed Friday that Syria’s apparent use of chemical weapons against civilians called for quick action by the U.S., but some said President Donald Trump went about it the wrong way.... Read more»

Trump admin. has found just $20M in existing funds for multi-billion border wall

President Donald Trump’s promise to use existing funds to begin immediate construction of a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border has hit a financial roadblock. The rapid start of construction, promised throughout Trump's campaign, was to be financed with "existing funds." But so far, the DHS has identified only $20 million that can be re-directed to the multi-billion-dollar project.... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

Monsanto deal no dirtier than recent Pima County triumphs

Tucson can't claim purity of progressive essence with a cash-for-jobs economic development model that heralds the coming Caterpillar's mining division and expansion of Raytheon's missile factory. But the county does have a way to provide clarity to corporate "bad boys."... Read more»2

County supes OK incentives for Raytheon expansion

Pima County officials voted Tuesday to approve a $16 million tax abatement and incentive package for defense contractor Raytheon, which plans to add 2,000 jobs at its Tucson missile factory. The Board of Supervisors OKed the incentives with a 4-0 vote.... Read more»1

Raytheon confirms plans to add 2,000 Tucson jobs

Expansion plans at Raytheon will mean 2,000 additional jobs over five years and a doubling of the property tax base at the Southern Arizona missile factory. Pima County will lower taxes on the plant for a decade and restrict development next to the expanded facility.... Read more»

2k more Raytheon jobs could almost return company to 2009 level

A much-hyped expansion by missile manufacturer Raytheon could bump the company's local workforce nearly back to employment levels seen in 2009. The region's largest private employer could add nearly 2,000 jobs, bringing it to about 11,500 workers. In 2009, Raytheon reported more than 12,000 Tucson employees.... Read more»

Candidate commentary

Holmes: Why World View doesn't have a spacey business model

Two weeks ago, without much fanfare or notice from the press, the Tucson Airport Authority board unanimously passed a resolution backing the development of Spaceport Tucson, the new and controversial home of World View. What this resolution means is that after months of actively working against the spaceport, the airport has gotten past the rhetoric and negativity, reviewed the facts, and decided to work with World View. Why the turnaround? ... Read more»1

Rodney Glassman tapped to co-chair panel with Secretary of State

A former Tucson City Councilman and one-time Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate has been picked to head up a "Technology, Transparency and Commerce Council" by Secretary of State Michele Reagan. ... Read more»2

What the Devil won't tell you

Tucson economy faces cracks as UA research funding dries up

Cuts in state funding for the UA and stagnant federal research budgets are going to cost the Tucson economy and cost it a lot. $600 million in lost revenue is like losing two-thirds of Davis Monthan Air Force Base or 80 percent of the Raytheon Missile Systems payroll. It's like losing six Ventana Medical Systems.... Read more»2

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