CITY BUSINESS INCENTIVES IN ACTION - This week's M&C agenda includes development agreements for B/E Aerospace and American Tire Distributors under the City's Primary Jobs Incentive Program. The program provides credits on construction sales tax for qualifying expenses such as job training for projects with significant economic impact. The B/E Aerospace project is expected to create 265 new jobs, and the American Tire Distributors project is anticipated to create 30 new jobs. In addition, the Herbert Residential project will directly create 47 construction jobs and 78 additional indirect jobs. Read the M&C memo on the B/E Aerospace and American Tire Distributors development agreement here, the M&C memo on the Herbert Residental economic impact study here, and the City's business resources website here.
AGENDA SPOTLIGHT: AN OVERVIEW OF CITY DEBT - In an effort to continue to provide transparency and accountability to Mayor and Council and Tucson residents regarding the City budget, staff is bringing forward an overview of City debt as well as the proposed financings for Fiscal Year 2014. The overview will be presented at next Tuesday's Study Session. Read the M&C memo on the city debt overview here. Download the debt overview presentation here.
CITY, STAKEHOLDERS EVALUATING FUTURE OF RONSTADT CENTER - A public planning process with stakeholder meetings is underway to determine the future of the Ronstadt Transit Center. The final product of those meetings should create a set of parameters for possible development of the nearly 2-acre site. Sun Tran will conduct a survey next Wednesday to determine why people use the center and what they might like to see happen to it. A comprehensive analysis of commuters using the center is being planned for the fall. From Inside Tucson Business.
CLOSURE OF TOWER AT RYAN AIRFIELD DELAYED BY FAA - The Federal Aviation Administration has announced that it will delay closing the tower at Ryan Airfield and 148 other small airports that were set to close due to sequestration cuts, until June 15th. The extra time is needed to deal with legal challenges. The first 24 closures, which included Ryan, was originally scheduled for this Saturday. Ryan Airfield is owned by the City of Tucson and operated by the Tucson Airport Authority. From the Star.
MIDVALE RESIDENTS SPEAK OUT ABOUT GUN GIVEAWAY - Residents of the Midvale Park neighborhood spoke out about a plan to arm neighbors with free shotguns at a neighborhood association meeting last night, echoing a range of opinions. Resident Bill Ortega said, "I think most bad people have guns anyway. I think we need good people with guns who know how to use them properly." Neighborhood association President Joe Miller disagreed, saying, "We don't accept vigilantes over here. We're hard working people and the police in our area do a fine job." From KOLD/KMSB.