Our plans for 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.
We are proud to partner with the Town of Marana and share a commitment to a strategic plan for smart growth. The town’s sales tax numbers for 2017 are at a historical high.
Business is moving to Marana! A new coffee company is coming to the lot near IHOP off Cortaro, along with other potential tenants that will be public next month. Included are discussions of a new hotel. A local company is looking to build apartments near Twin Peaks/I-10. A new Orange Theory is going in at the Safeway at Silverbell and Twin Peaks.
The new roundabout in north Marana is nearly complete, with only landscaping needed for completion. Single family residence starts were a whopping 82 in January.
At our recent monthly Community & Regional Update Meeting, we heard from Dave Spurlock, building safety manager, about the completion of a record number of licenses. With over 15,000 Inspections covered with minimum staffing, the theme is “Simpler, Easier, and Faster.” Terry Rozema, Marana Police Department Chief of Police, gave us an update on the progress on the new Marana Police Department Building, which should be finished in the late spring. Crime statistics are constantly improving, including response time.
The Department of Economic Development at the Town of Marana has partnered with The AZ Center for Innovation and the UA Tech Park to offer a series of classes designed to help retain and grow small businesses in the community. The Marana Chamber of Commerce will be a collaborator on a date that has yet to be determined. For more information or questions, you can contact Heath Vescovi at hvchiordi@maranaAZ.gov.
We are looking forward to another successful Marana Founder’s Day March 10 at Downtown Marana, 13395 N. Marana, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Join us in the celebration!
In showing continued support for our Ina Road Businesses affected by the I-10 exit closing, the Marana Chamber hosted another successful Ina Road Block Party & Mixer with Catalina Brewing Company Feb. 25. This marks CBC’s second year anniversary and the fifth quarterly event promoting these Ina businesses, which included a collaboration with Button Brewing Company’s #InaIsOpen Red IPA beer.
On Feb. 9, we celebrated Northwest Emergency Center’s ribbon cutting, which is Marana’s first free-standing Emergency Center, at 6350 Marana Center Blvd. across from the Tucson Premium Outlet Mall.
March 1 was our ribbon cutting for the rebranding of the Tucson Marriott University Park at 880 E. Second Street, proving that you don’t need to be in Marana to be in the Marana Chamber, just want to do business with the fastest-growing town in Southern Arizona.
We would like to congratulate our members Ritz-Carlton, who received a five-star designation once again.
We’d also like to welcome our new Marana Chamber members: Southern Arizona Attractions Alliance, New York Life- Kasandra Prieto, Funtasticks Family Fun Park, Creature Comforts Pet Resorts, Women’s Business Center and Cox Communications.
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.