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After significant changes, the Oro Valley Town Council passed an update to their economic development strategy that is designed to make the municipality more attractive to potential employers who want to expand or relocate.

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In the past several months we have experienced disruptions in our personal and professional lives as a result of the pandemic, the Bighorn Fire, economic uncertainty, and other events. These disruptions affect individuals and families differently, so please be mindful of yourself and others.…

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Tech Launch Arizona, which is responsible for commercializing many of the University of Arizona’s inventions and innovations, has set a new personal record for startups launched in a year, helping 19 startups during fiscal year 2020 and bringing Tech Launch’s total number of startups to more…

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With a major research university right in our backyard, a strong military presence and innovative companies spread throughout the metro region, there’s often a plethora of interesting science and technology news to be found in Southern Arizona. Here’s a breakdown of the most interesting rece…

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Many out-of-work Arizonans will be trying to scrape by on just $240 this week once a federal program aimed at helping those who don’t qualify for unemployment benefits runs out of money before federal lawmakers pass new relief measures. 

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The Town of Marana has reached several milestones recently, most notably reaching 50,000 residents at the end of the 2019-2020 fiscal year. Despite the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, we continue to be a fast-growing community, and we look forward to Marana’s continued development…

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The Town of Marana has enjoyed strong tax revenues over the past few months despite the COVID-19 pandemic’s negative impact on the larger economy. 

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A recent summer internship for student leaders continued despite COVID-19, and by going virtual, taught its participants networking and leadership skills critical for nonprofits. The Student Leaders program, sponsored by Bank of America, pairs students with local nonprofits for six weeks of …

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Longtime Western attraction and film location Old Tucson announced today it will remain closed indefinitely due to the continued impact of COVID-19. According to an announcement, Pima County, which owns and leases the park to a private operator, will assume responsibility of Old Tucson start…

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The COVID-19 pandemic continues to hit local businesses hard as some consider reclosing after a new surge in cases. Already, several Tucson mainstays have fallen victim to decreased patronage and had to close their doors for good.

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We are halfway through the year and WOW, what a first half it has been. We all have been through a lot and much has been asked of all of us over the last four months. As we move into the rest of 2020, I hope for peace, healing, and happiness for our community and nation.

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WASHINGTON – There’s often not much agreement on news out of Washington, but Arizona business leaders were hard-pressed this week to come up with negatives about the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement that took effect Wednesday.

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Nine local nonprofits will receive $380,000 from next year’s county budget in an effort to support local tourism and cultural programs. The Board of Supervisors approved the funding last week, at a time when tourism-related agencies are struggling due to COVID-19.

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Arizona assisted living communities are gearing up to hire aspiring caregivers after Gov. Doug Ducey signed an executive order last month allowing on-the-job training for caregiver certification amid an entry-level healthcare worker shortage.

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The University of Arizona will soon begin analyzing hundreds of thousands of blood samples from healthcare workers and first responders to determine COVID-19 exposure this week as part of a $3.5 million partnership with the state.

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The Women's Foundation of Southern Arizona had a big fundraising event scheduled for Tuesday, April 28, that was swiftly canceled—along with all the other fun spring events in Tucson—because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The Small Business Administration will begin accepting Paycheck Protection Program loans next week after President Donald Trump signed a $480 billion relief package into law on Friday, according to a joint statement released by the SBA and the U.S. Department of the Treasury. 

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WASHINGTON – Money could start flowing to distressed small businesses as early as this week, after the House overwhelmingly approved a $484 billion measure that refills the exhausted Paycheck Protection Program and adds funds for hospitals and other services.

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When the employees of commercial real estate investment firm Holualoa Companies asked if there was a way they could provide aid to the community during the COVID-19 pandemic, the management team took it upon themselves to think of a unique way to help out.

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Hughes Federal Credit Union here in Tucson has announced that they are opening up their Business Partner Program for their Checking PLUS customers. This will provide the benefit of reaching potential customers without having to pay hefty advertising fees.

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Times are tough, money is tight, and local restaurants could use help more now than ever—especially when it comes to advertising themselves to the public on a dime. Although there are orders from the governor limiting service to takeout and delivery, there are still plenty of restaurants ope…

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Local business owners have been left stranded after the Small Business Association announced their rescue loan program ran out of money on Thursday, April 16.

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Raytheon employees in Tucson will lead the way on work for the United States Navy’s Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile system after a $13.7 million contract modification was awarded to the company on Wednesday.

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Most of us are sheltered in place and social distancing the way we should be. That's great - keep it up. It doesn't help the wanderlust, though, does it?

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After more than four decades as a nurse, Oro Valley resident Susan Swan was ready for her “encore” career when she retired from Cottonwood Tucson in 2018.

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Town West, the real estate and development firm that purchased the 114-acre Oro Valley Marketplace last year, has revealed a development proposal that would transform the property from a shopping center into a recreation and hospitality hub.

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WaFd Bank, formerly Washington Federal, cut the ribbon at its first commercial banking center in Southern Arizona last Wednesday, Feb. 12. Leaders of Tucson and Oro Valley’s business community were in attendance, including Oro Valley Mayor Joe Winfield and representatives from both the Tucso…

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Infrastructure is a vital component in encouraging the Town of Marana’s growth and prosperity. The quality of infrastructure makes the town a desirable place to live for residents, helps shape investment decisions, attracts new businesses, makes the town an attractive destination for visitor…

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When Dragoon Brewing Company opened in 2012, there were only five craft breweries in the Tucson area. Eight years later, Tucson is home to 25. This 500 percent increase in less than a decade is even higher than the already impressive national increase during that same time frame: In 2012, th…

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A growing trend in business that brings community to the office space is coming to northwest Tucson. The Post Workspaces is a coworking area designed to house multiple local businesses and entrepreneurs in an 8,500-square-foot facility, and is set to open at the beginning of March.

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On Wednesday, Jan. 1, Arizona’s minimum wage increased to $12 an hour. This increase is the continuing result of Prop 206 passed in November 2016, which increased the state’s minimum wage to $10.50 per hour at the beginning of 2018 and $11 per hour at the beginning of 2019. 

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I want to wish you all a very safe and happy new year. The Marana Chamber is extremely thankful for being a part of this friendly community. 

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