CITY'S PRIMARY JOBS INCENTIVE HELPS MINING-TECH COMPANY EXPAND - Modular Mining Systems recently completed a roughly $10 million expansion, adding about 50 new jobs with salaries averaging more than $60,000 per year. The company took advantage of the Primary Jobs Incentive from the City's Economic Initiative Office. Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild and Ward 5 Council Member Richard Fimbres helped cut the ribbon Friday for the company's new Integrated R+D and Support Center. Modular Mining Systems employs 600 people worldwide, with 225 at its Tucson corporate headquarters, 3285-3289 E. Hemisphere Loop. The Primary Jobs Incentive Program provides a credit of construction sales tax for qualifying expenses such as job-training, public infrastructure improvements and/or offsets to impact fees. The City also waives building permit fees for qualifying projects.
PIMA COUNTY SEEKS ANSWERS ON 9-1-1 OUTAGE - Pima County is trying to figure out why its 9-1-1 emergency system went down for about 20 minutes yesterday. Officials say the interruption in service affected unincorporated areas of Pima County, including the Catalina Foothills, Casas Adobes, and the Town of Sahuarita. During the time the 911 system was down, it was determined 54 calls were not answered. Once the service was restored, dispatchers immediately attempted to contact all callers to see if they still needed help. The Pima County Sheriff's Department is working with its 9-1-1 telecommunications provider, CenturyLink, and equipment supplier, Cassidian Communications, to identify the cause of the interruption and to take action to prevent a repeat incident. Read more from KVOA.
VOTER-APPROVED ROAD REPAIR WORK BEGINS ON GRANDE AVENUE - Crews from Granite Construction Co., under contract with the City of Tucson Department of Transportation (TDOT), began work today to improve roadway conditions on Grande Avenue, from Congress Street to Starr Pass Boulevard. The project is part of the voter-approved $100 million, five-year "Road Recovery" bond program. The project begins with crews lowering manhole and water valve covers. Crews will work Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. - 9 p.m. Because Grande Avenue is a two-lane road, pilot cars and flag crews will be used to direct travel through the work zone. The project is scheduled to be finished by Friday, March 28, 2014. Read the news release from Tucson Department of Transportation.
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TUCSON FIRE DEPARTMENT (TFD) OFFERS SAFETY TIPS - Slips and falls are two of the leading causes of unintentional injuries in the United States. They account for nearly 9 million visits to the emergency room every year, according to the National Safety Council. In KGUN9's "No Bad Days With Barrett," TFD Captain Barrett Baker shows you how to stay safe, including throwing away your throw rug.
HOW TO REPORT TRANSPORTATION PROBLEMS - Is there a pothole you'd like to see fixed? Is a street sign missing? Is a tree limb hanging too close over a roadway or sidewalk? You can report these issues to the Tucson Department of Transportation (TDOT), (520) 791-3154, or email the exact location to firstname.lastname@example.org. You also can use the SeeClickFix website and app for iOS and Android.