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Bonnie Allin President & CEO Tucson Airport Authority

Duane Blumberg Mayor Town of Sahuarita

Kevin Burnett Senior VP & CFO The Sundt Companies

Vision for Economic Development

Vision for Economic Development

Vision for Economic Development

Enhancing opportunities for growth and employing citizens in living-wage jobs is critical to the region’s prosperity, said Allin, who serves on TREO’s Infrastructure Committee. Tucson International Airport is one of the community’s key economic drivers, contributing $3.2 billion to the local economy annually and supporting 35,000 jobs. She sees TIA is an important component in the multi-modal logistics center that will promote Southern Arizona as a premier location for international business development.

Transportation infrastructure will be a key factor in the growth and development of Southern Arizona and the Sun Corridor, said Blumberg, who serves on TREO’s Infrastructure and Regional Economic Development committees. He believes it’s important for the region to reach consensus on projects – even when there are greatly differing viewpoints – and TREO plays a major role in the leadership of these issues.

The Infrastructure Committee, of which Burnett is a member, is working on initiatives to support infrastructure projects in Southern Arizona that are critical to economic growth. These include the proposed Interstate 11 corridor and area transportation improvements planned for the next five to 10 years. The main challenge, Burnett said, is identifying and obtaining federal, state, local and private sources of funding to make these projects a reality.

2014 Industry Outlook

The future for aviation contains challenges, particularly with regard to passenger air service due to the slow economy and changes in airline business models. Community involvement will be necessary to move ahead through the coming years, she said.

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2014 Industry Outlook

Recent upticks in economic graphs are reflected in increased business activity in Sahuarita. Developers have resumed investing in additional housing units and amenities, and several new businesses are opening to serve the community.

Winter 2014

Kathy Byrne Executive Director El Rio Community Health Center Byrne, who serves on the Healthcare Committee, is a graduate of Georgetown University School of Foreign Service. Before she came to El Rio, Byrne worked for Carondelet Health Network, where she was responsible for strategic planning and new program development. She served as president and CEO of Mercy Care Plan, a joint venture of Carondelet and St. Joseph’s Hospital, and was assistant director with the state Medicaid program.

2014 Industry Outlook

Burnett believes the commercial construction market in the Tucson area and the state will remain slow in 2014 due to continued governmental budget pressures that limit the number and size of projects awarded. He sees private sector construction improving slowly, mostly in single family and multifamily residential housing and developer-built student housing.

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