URBAN LAND INSTITUTE (ULI) OFFERS SUGGESTIONS FOR DOWNTOWN TUCSON -  The ULI planning group says tearing down the Hotel Arizona for new development and redeveloping La Placita Village for the University of Arizona are a couple of changes that would make downtown more economically viable. More than 100 people representing business, government and neighborhood interests crowded a meeting room Friday at the Tucson Convention Center to hear the ULI's preliminary findings on how to bolster the downtown core and the area west of I-10. The process entailed a seven-member panel of experts studying Tucson’s economy, history and demographics and visiting the city last week to interview 120 stakeholders from a broad cross section of Tucson. ULI is a national group of real estate, development and other business professionals specializing in land development issues. Read more in the Arizona Daily Star and Inside Tucson Business.

PORT OF GUAYMAS SET TO DOUBLE CAPACITY, SEEKING ARIZONA TIES -  A multimillion-dollar investment to more than double the capacity of Guaymas' deep-water seaport is underway and, within two years, an additional nine docks will be built to support ocean vessels hauling everything from coal and grain to durable goods and automobiles. The expansion would make the Port of Guaymas the second largest seaport in Mexico by volume, with capacity for more than 30 million tons of cargo. Officials from Guaymas visited Tucson Friday to present plans to local business and political leaders and to encourage continued cooperation between the two regions.  The City of Tucson and the Pima Association of Governments hosted the event. Read more in the Arizona Daily Star.
GREASE COLLECTION AND RECYCLING EVENT - Pima County Regional Wastewater Reclamation (RWRD) and community partners are hosting the 9th annual day-after-Thanksgiving Grease Collection and Recycling Event. The collection offers people the opportunity to properly dispose of cooking grease, which can clog sewer pipes and eventually cause a backup of raw sewage into the streets, the environment, or into homes and other buildings. There will be five drop-off locations, including the City Council Ward 3 Office at 1510 E. Grant Road. View the list of collection sites and hours of operation.

FRIDAY CLOSURE ALERT: CITY COURT - Tucson City Court will be closed to the public on Friday, Nov. 29, 2013. The Court building will be open for the public to access the Public Defender’s Office and the City Prosecutor’s Office, but court services will not be available. Tucson City Court has designated the Friday following Thanksgiving as a non-juridical day, replacing Columbus Day as a non-juridical day. In the future, Columbus Day will be a juridical day.

TUCSON DEPARTMENT OF PROCUREMENT DIRECTOR MARCHETA GILLESPIE NAMED TO INTERNATIONAL POST - Congratulations to the City of Tucson's Director of Procurement, Marcheta Gillespie on becoming the new President of the Board of Directors for NIGP, The Institute for Government Procurement. In her new role, Gillespie will be the chief advocate for public procurement professionals, working to develop, promote and support the work they perform in their communities. The Copper Chapter of the NIGP recently hosted the 6th Annual Reverse Trade Show in Tucson, where local and regional vendors met procurement representatives from dozens of government agencies. Watch the story on Tucson 12.