Ina Road Interchange

The Marana Chamber of Commerce’s fall plans 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 working to build economic growth and ensure a high quality of life in our community.

We were quite busy last month, here’s a look at what we’ve been up to.

The chamber’s September “Lunch & Learn” series featured 3G Consulting and covered social media basics and best-practice strategies for businesses. 

Our successful 17th annual golf tournament benefited the Western Army Training Site, the 418th Quartermaster Battalions, the 7220th Medical Support Unit and the chamber. This, in part, helps to support the military families left behind while their loved ones are deployed.

Celebrating the opening of the highly-anticipated splash pad in Crossroads Park, the Town of Marana cut the ribbon as the water jets rose and children dashed in to play. This is one of two terrific parks and recreation projects completed in just the last three weeks, milestones improving the quality of life in our community.  

Another, more recent celebration involved a collaboration between the towns of Marana and Oro Valley and the Regional Transportation Authority when they commemorated the finish of the Tangerine Road Extension from Dove Mountain to La Cholla. This transportation corridor will be a major factor in attracting new businesses.  

We marked the start of each of our new film and veteran committees with their first meetings in September. Both are generating widespread community support.

Helping with the Marana Chamber’s booth at the Marana Farm Festival, our Green Committee members passed out seed packets designed to help with erosion. The seed mix was chosen to attract hummingbirds and butterflies. Thanks to Miles Labels for providing the sticker labels and to volunteers from Tucson Local Media and Treasures 4 Teachers for the stuffing of seed packets. Remember this hashtag, #MakeChangeBeGreen. 

Another successful ribbon cutting opened Caps & Corks in the Marana Marketplace, near Sprouts and Guitar Center.

Check out our Facebook page for a live feed from our monthly Community & Regional Update, held most recently on Sept. 26.  Curt Woody, Town of Marana Economic Development Director, shared the single family residential count, and we’re at 570 for the calendar year. Still on track for a record year of growth. 

Other speakers at the update were Marana Communications Manager Vic Hathaway with event updates, and Laine Sklar, town magistrate, who presented logistics and stats from within the Marana courts. 

Sergio Leones Jr., Border Patrol Tucson Public Affairs, gave a fascinating presentation about real life in the Border Patrol and the many facets many may not be aware of.

Jerimiah Meorke with the Arizona Department of Transportation reported that the I-10/Ina Road project remains on schedule with parts of the interchange to begin opening early next spring, and the final completion of the entire project set for early next summer. Crews are filling in the “gap” on Ina Road between the I-10 bridge and the railroad bridge. The mechanically stabilized earth walls are slowly rising in that area. That is where the ramps to and from westbound I-10 will go. Crews are also working on the new lanes of westbound I-10. 

As for construction, the Hampton Inn across from the Tucson Premium Outlet Mall in Marana is set to open in early November, and dirt is now being moved to create the new HSL Luxury Apartments north of Cracker Barrel Road west of I-10. 

The Town of Marana is now seeking input from the community for their Marana 2040 General Plan. Future opportunities to participate will be posted at makemarana2040.com  

We’d like to welcome our new Marana Chamber Members, Brad Anderson Insurance Agency, Farhang & Medcoff PLLC, Job Pathm, Arizona Transportation Builders Association, Caps & Corks, Long Realty- Jeni Jankowski, Dunn & Bradstreet and Darling Geomatics.

Thanks to all our renewing members for providing the foundation that makes our community great! 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.

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