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Bruce Wright Associate VP Tech Parks Arizona The University of Arizona Vision for Economic Development
The technology sector is leading the country out of the recession, but for Tucson to take part in this economic growth, we must aggressively promote development in key sectors, said Wright, who serves on TREO’s Infrastructure Committee. These include aerospace & defense, renewable energy, mining and the biosciences. 2014 Industry Outlook
Wright expects modest growth among the companies located at the UA Science and Technology Park. He said the region has a competitive advantage in attracting others – in part due to our location in the Sun Corridor and the proposed construction of Interstate 11. Also key to the region’s success is the development of a corridor connecting Raytheon Missile Systems and Tucson International Airport to UA Tech Park.
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Steven G. Zylstra President & CEO Arizona Technology Council 2014 Industry Outlook
In today’s environment, nothing is more critical to economic development success than having a qualified workforce to meet the challenges of the 21st century. Serving on the TREO Talent Committee gives Zylstra the opportunity to weigh in and represent the employer perspective on behalf of technology concerns. 2014 Industry Outlook
Zylstra believes the technology sector will continue its growth trajectory in 2014, and while certain subsectors may fluctuate, the industry will continue to gain steam throughout the year.
OF COUNSEL Lawrence M. Hecker Partner Hecker & Muehlebach Vision for Economic Development
An economy based on innovation and entrepreneurship is critical in the creation, attraction and retention of sustainable, well-paying jobs for all sectors of our community, Hecker said. The region is fortunate to have The University of Arizona generating technologies that have tremendous commercial potential and growing industry segments that can take these technologies to market. This includes UA’s Tech Launch Arizona, which is hard at work identifying and supporting the commercialization process.
TREO offers a comprehensive approach of programs and services to facilitate the creation of high-wage jobs, through the attraction of new primary companies, the retention/ expansion of existing primary companies and increased business creation/entrepreneurship strength within the region. For more information, visit www.treoaz.org.
2014 Industry Outlook
With an increased level of business startups and growth in industries built on innovation and technology, Hecker sees no reason why this improvement shouldn’t continue – and possibly accelerate – into 2014.
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