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What the Devil won't tell you

World View's return to earth shows the dangers & costs of a sucker's game

Chasing and keeping businesses that are ready to bounce from city to city looking for the best deal has cost us all and given us not a whole bunch.... Read more»1

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World View announces CEO shift, grounds co-founder's 'space tourism' dream

Tucson's high-altitude balloon company publicly named a new CEO on Thursday, a move months in the making as World View "retools" toward boosting scientific and communications gear — even as the firm's workforce has fallen short of lofty goals and even its contract with Pima County.... Read more»1

World View jobs falling hundreds short of lofty predictions

Although Pima County invested $15 million in a facility for a high-altitude balloon company, the number of workers there isn't taking off as officials forecast — or even as World View's lease requires. But a new CEO is making changes.... Read more»2

Balloon bursts at Tucson's World View plant

A balloon being tested on the launch pad at World View, the high-altitude balloon company, ruptured Tuesday afternoon, alarming many who heard what they thought was an explosion on Tucson's South Side.... Read more»

Appeals court OKs Pima County deal with World View

An appeals court ruled that Pima County had the ability under economic development laws to bypass rules for collective bidding. The county was sued over a lease provided to high-altitude balloon company World View.... Read more»1

What the Devil won't tell you

Out of the Death Star: County needs to snatch victory from defeat on World View

So there's a whole lot more of this Pima County-World View-Goldwater Institute legal mess to wade through. Or the county could simply declare victory and move on. While the supervisors were in a closed-door meeting getting geared up to keep the fight going, I was on the phone with Goldwater finding a way out of this imbroglio. ... Read more»2

Pima County to appeal World View lease ruling

By a 3-2 vote, the Board of Supervisors approved an appeal of last week's ruling that the county violated procurement laws in a 2016 build/lease deal with high-altitude tech firm World View. County officials called the lawsuit "job killing" and noted that the Phoenix-based Goldwater Institute "ignored" similar economic development deals in Maricopa County.... Read more»1

Judge voids Pima County's lease with World View

A judge ruled Thursday that Pima County violated state laws in not having its lease with World View appraised before signing an agreement to construct a facility for the high-altitude tech company. Judge Catherine Woods rules in favor of a Goldwater Institute lawsuit to block the lease. The building was completed at the end of December.... Read more»5

Rocket manufacturer Vector zeroes in on $60M contract

A fledgling rocket company based in Tucson announced a major boost as it plans to build out a factory here — a $60 million contract to conduct a series of satellite launches beginning in 2019. Vector Space Systems said last week it plans to hire 200 employees as it constructs a facility near TIA.... Read more»

Vector Space Systems

Small rocket company plans to launch big jobs in Tucson

Vector Space Systems, a young Tucson company that plans to put small payloads into orbit by launching hundreds of small rockets each year, will build a manufacturing plant at Pima County's tech park, near World View. The company plans to hire 200 high-paid employee as they build its 40-foot-tall rockets.... Read more»

Judge doesn't deflate World View lawsuit

A lawsuit alleging improprieties in Pima County's backing of high-altitude firm World View will move ahead, as a judge declined to toss out claims made by the right-wing Goldwater Institute. Although she worked to have Goldwater bring the suit, Supervisor Ally Miller is a defendant in the case.... 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

Tucson biz leaders blast Goldwater suit over World View

The heads of local business groups are calling on a rightwing lobbying group, the Goldwater Institute, to drop a lawsuit against Pima County over support for World View, the high-altitude technology company. That includes the leaders of the Metro Chamber, Sun Corridor, SALC and Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

Welcome to the Boomtown: Caterpillar deal just part of Tucson's resurgence

Caterpillar jobs pay well — the kind of well that Tucson isn't used to. After 14 months of calling BS left, right and center that has left me at times feeling like the elderly Muppet Show hecklers, I figured I would explain how Tucson's economy seems to be blossoming in its own right. Good things are afoot here.... Read more»

Goldwater launches suit vs. Pima County balloon deal; officials mum

A rightwing lobbying group has sued Pima County over its backing of the high-altitude technology firm World View. Although officials had blasted back a week before when the Goldwater Institute floated the prospect of suing, the county maintained radio silence after the filing.... Read more»

County officials dismiss Goldwater questions about World View

Lawyers for Pima County have replied to a letter from a rightwing group that questioned the legality of local government backing of a high-altitude technology startup. The Goldwater Institute threatened to sue over the deal last week, but county officials maintain their actions are within the scope of the law.... Read more»

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