The Marana Chamber is thankful for our historic and strategic growth in 2017. Our plans for the New Year include the same principles that have carried us this far: our caring and friendly culture, our willingness to think out of the box, and our continued mission to be the voice of business that works to build economic growth and quality of life in our community.
Our partnership with the Town of Marana reflects the same positive qualities. Businesses and residents continue to flock here to share in this well thought-out Strategic Plan for Marana. Curt Woody, Economic Director for the Town said that “residential permits for calendar year 2017 surpassed expectations, and we’re looking for 2018 to be equally robust. Also, the increase in commercial and retail activity through the end of 2017 is expected to sustain that momentum for the foreseeable future.” The proof for 2017 was a huge total of 775 Single Family Residential starts! The Hampton Inn is well along in construction across from the Tucson Premium Outlet Mall in Marana.
Our most recent 2017 events included the chamber’s participation in the 1-285th Aviation Family Day at Pinal Air Park on Dec. 3, 2017 to celebrate Family Readiness Support thorough the 98th Aviation Brigade and WAATS. Marana chamber was there along with Marana chamber members to provide resources for the families that are often left behind while their loved ones are out of state or country. A heartwarming time was had by all.
The tradition of the Marana Holiday Festival & Tree Lighting Dec. 2 continued with record crowds and the chamber’s booth contributed to the happy lines of attendees with our free cookies and PuckerUp! Photo Party Booth member providing free and fun holiday pictures for all.
A notable addition to Marana has been the opening of Top Golf Marana. From the Media preview on Dec. 6 through the Ribbon Cutting on Dec. 19, we helped share this celebration and are looking forward to a long partnership for fun and boosting great reasons for new businesses to join our community.
The Marana Chamber’s support of the businesses affected by the I-10 access to Ina Road included the Ina Road Block Party on Dec. 16 along our self-proclaimed “Brewer’s Road” on Camino Martin at Catalina Brewing Company. We were accompanied by Button Brew House, our local vendors and a special appearance of Santa.
The Chamber is off to a busy start for 2018 with a well-attended networking breakfast, Jan. 3, and we’re planning our Business Connections Quarterly Luncheon with the topic of Education, which next Wednesday, Jan. 17. This luncheon will highlight how schools are upgrading their programs to incorportate digital technology, including mechatronics, automation and 3D printing. Speakers include Greg Wilson, dean of applied technology for Pima Community College and Dr. Doug Wilson, superintendent, Marana Unified School District. We will celebrate Pima Federal Credit Union’s newest Continental Ranch branch and an innovative new business model at Our Play Place off Costco Dr. this month.
The Marana Chamber would like to welcome our newest members:
MOD Pizza- Marana, Saguaro Sky 3 LLC dba: Baja Café, Sticky’s Smoke Shop, American Recyclers at Tucson Premium Outlet Mall, Monsanto, Omni Pool Builders & Design, Rockside Dental, MPG Automotive Services, LLC, Pillar to Post Home Inspectors, and Tullie Lemons PLLC and Realtor at Long Realty.
Thanks to our renewing members for providing the foundation that makes our community great! Remember, you can save money by investing back into your community by shopping locally, driving less and saving time.
For more information about our members, go to maranachamber.com
Ed Stolmaker is the President and CEO of the Marana Chamber of Commerce.