The Marana Chamber’s plans for Summer of 2018 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.
The Marana Chamber continued our series of monthly Lunch & Learns at the Wheeler- Taft Abbott Library on June 7. June’s class, taught by Wanda Baader of Strategize Your Success, titled “The Power of the Inbox, Tips and Tricks for Successful Email Marketing” sent attendees home with some real world strategies that many initiated the next day—with statistical success.
I attended the Arizona-Mexico Commission 2018 Summit, Leadership In Action, and had the opportunity to meet with business leaders and policy makers proving that strong public and private cross-border collaborations work. By combining advocacy, trade, networking and information, economic prosperity can succeed on both sides of the border.
Our June 13 Quarterly Luncheon- Healthcare was presented by our Health & Wellness committee, and featured our first annual Health Education Scholarship the student winners. This annual event addresses a partial answer to the growing shortage and need for health care workers in many industries. With our improving economy, workforce development is the key to business success.
Workforce development was also the theme at the Metropolitan Pima Alliance Breakfast on June 15. With an expert panel ranging from educators from Pima Community College and JTED to the builders from Tofel Dent Construction and W.E. O’Neil Construction, they spoke about how to bridge the gap with both short-term and long term strategies and solutions to this challenge. Community collaboration between business, educators and the public.
#FilmMarana is ramping up with a recent Town of Marana Film Shoot with ArcLight Pictures tasked to demonstrate to the film industry that the perfect location is Marana! Laura Cortelyou, Film office for the Town, received much help from Marana Chamber member-businesses and an abundance of local talent to get this project done within a remarkably short deadline. Watch for this video soon on the Town’s website, our website and social media.
Our Community and Regional Update on June 27 included election updates via Jocelyn Bronson, Marana Town Clerk. Curt Woody, Marana’s economic development director, gave us more good news: 79 May single family residence starts, with a marked increase in Northwest Marana to include Gladden Farms, Fianchetto Farms and Farm Field Five neighborhoods. The growing Marana Airport adds a new international flight school able to train more than 300 pilots a year. Curry Hale, with Marana’s human resources, spoke about the town’s mission to hire, obtain and attract the best talent and how they are beefing up organizational development training. Jason Angell, Marana’s development services director had more great updates about commercial, residential and government projects. Head online to maranaaz.gov/developmentservices and continue to “Current and Proposed Projects” for some great information and maps about new developments.
The chamber was extremely busy in June, with many ribbon cuttings and anniversaries: VIP Insurance Professionals celebrated a ribbon cutting and fifth year anniversary; Comcast Retail store a ribbon cutting and grand opening on June 8; a ribbon cutting and sixth-year anniversary for The Sation Pub and Grill on June 14; a ribbon cutting at Sage Desert Assisted Living and Memory Care on June 21; and the ribbon cutting and grand opening of Casa Marana Craft Beer + Wine on June 22!
I would also like to welcome our new Marana Chamber Members: Prancin’ Paws Pet Spaw, Accidental to Legacy Leaders, KB Homes, Marana Sky Dental, Ambiance Pool Service & Supplies, Sing with Nancy, LLC., Clothes Encounters, Strategize Your Success, Farmers Insurance- Chris Culhane Agency and Sol Dog Lodge and Training.
Thanks to all 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 or call 682-4314.
Ed Stolmaker is the president and CEO of the Marana Chamber of Commerce.