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Rio Nuevo rolling with slate of new projects OK'd

During this week's Rio Nuevo Board of Directors meeting, a slate of projects won unanimous approval, including a proposed $180 million hotel.... Read more»

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Rio Nuevo loses long-serving board member Mark Irvin, adds Port of Tucson CEO Mike Levin

The Downtown Tucson business district Rio Nuevo announced the resignation of Mark Irvin after 12 years with the taxpayer-funded organization. Arizona Speaker of the House Rusty Bowers has appointed Port of Tucson CEO Mike Levin in his place. ... Read more»

The Tucson agenda

Gimme debt: Sahuarita (& other local gov'ts) should act fast on new bonds

The Tucson agenda: Get your geek on: Inflation is higher than bond yields so it's time to swan dive into debt.... Read more»

Obituary

Former Tucson Mayor Bob Walkup dead at 84

Bob Walkup, a former defense industry executive who found a second career as a popular three-term Republican mayor of Tucson, died Friday night. He was 84 years old, and had lung disease. "Our city is better because of him," said Mayor Regina Romero.... Read more»1

What the Devil won't tell you

Rothschild's bite-sized achievements welcome in age of giant, empty political promises

Mayor Rothschild looked around, saw what was doable and led Tucson's City Council to getting it done. Maybe that’s low-hanging fruit but he never promised more than he could deliver, and usually accomplished what he said he'd do.... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

Rothschild got Tucson to walk the line, now we could use a kick

Tucson's progress is worth noting because we've done better under Mayor Jonathan Rothschild's leadership, but the city still lags behind the rest of the country ways cities that don't want to lag. ... Read more»

Indian tech firm Axiscades to bring 300 jobs to Tucson in next 5 years

Axiscades, an engineering company based in India, plans to hire more than 300 people over the next five years as the company sets up a Tucson office, officials announced Friday. ... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

Zoo column flub shows media's true potential biases

The public just doesn't know much about journalists' motivations and obstacles, so the public fills in the blanks and presumes bias prompts the press. Here's the 'ripped from the headlines' story that Hollywood won't tell you about what drives journalism... Read more»1

Development officials: Caterpillar could haul more companies to Tucson

Caterpillar Inc.'s move to Tucson is creating a lot of buzz. Since the manufacturer announced plans in May to move a major division and about 600 jobs to Tucson, about 10 other companies have begun looking at locating here too, officials said.... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

Hockey deal could reverse Tucson's dismal minor-league fortunes

The deal to bring minor-league hockey to the Old Pueblo is in fact the smartest thing the Council and Rio Nuevo have managed to achieve since we said "no" to a Sky Bridge. What's there to complain about? They're putting hockey in an ice rink and a sports team in a sports arena.... 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»

Caterpillar moving 600 jobs, regional HQ to Tucson; Rio Nuevo to back $50M project

While heavy equipment manufacturer Caterpillar is closing plants and delayed building a new global headquarters, the company plans to construct a new regional HQ in Tucson's Rio Neuvo, adding about 600 jobs to its existing workforce here. Taxpayers will back the $50 million project.... Read more»2

Skepticism, excitement over possible minor-league hockey in Tucson

The Arizona Coyotes announced plans Tuesday to purchase their American Hockey League affiliate and move the team to Tucson where they would play at the TCC. But the Convention Center would need upgrades, and not everyone in Tucson is thrilled with the prospect.... Read more»

Former city manager Hein takes Fla. town post

The former city manager of Tucson will become the assistant town manager of Longboat Key, Fla., near Sarasota. Mike Hein moved across country earlier this year when his wife, Anne-Marie Russell, became head of an art museum there.... Read more»2

What the Devil won't tell you

Tucson leaders need professional help after bond losses

In hatching and selling the 2015 bond program, county leaders played the game of thrones as they have in the past and wound up on the receiving end of a Red Wedding massacre. The broad community coalition responsible for the horror show should ask themselves, "Just how personal was the voter rebuke and how deep runs the antipathy to the players?"... Read more»4

Edmund Marquez appointed to Rio Nuevo board

The owner of a Tucson insurance agency, Edmund Marquez, was appointed Monday to one of the three empty seats on the Rio Nuevo board. Gov. Doug Ducey named Marquez to fill a seat left vacant when Alberto Moore resigned last November.... Read more»

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