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Relationships will be highlighted at State of the Town address

Posted: Wednesday, Apr 11th, 2012

MARANA believes in strong partnerships that create jobs and improve the quality of life we all enjoy in southern Arizona. Those relationships will be the highlight of my presentation during this Friday’s State of the Town Luncheon.

Working with our neighbors in Oro Valley, Sahuarita and Tucson are top priorities for the Marana Town Council and staff. Partnerships with all three of these municipalities have proven beneficial to people who live and do business in Marana. After all, commerce is the foundation of our town’s Strategic Plan.

Our council has held two joint sessions with Oro Valley’s to discuss tourism and the Tangerine Road corridor, both important elements to the success of the region. Our picturesque mountain ranges and the potential they have to draw visitors from across the world give our communities the impetus to work together on tourism-related projects. The upcoming expansion of Tangerine Road from I-10 to Oro Valley opens endless possibilities for commerce along that important path between our two towns.

While we may be separated from Sahuarita by physical distance, we are together on many issues. Both of our towns have grown substantially over the past decade and we are ready to take the next step. Working together will enable us to help make Southern Arizona a more attractive place for industry and families.

Tucson’s mayor has stressed the importance of further annexations and incorporations in order to save our region’s state shared revenues. It makes fiscal sense and serves the interests of the people who live here, and our council is in full support.

Our community partners also make Marana complete. We have strong relationships that have benefited Marana for many years. We work closely with the Marana Health Center, the Community Food Bank, the Northwest and Avra Valley fire districts, and many other civic organizations. All of these groups provide important services that improve the experience of living in Southern Arizona.

The town appreciates the Marana Chamber of Commerce for all its work in making this event an enjoyable and informative one. We also owe a debt of gratitude to the Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain, which is hosting the luncheon at its beautiful resort.

This event is made possible thanks to the support of local industry. The chamber and town thank Signature Sponsor CalPortland and all the other outstanding businesses that contribute to making our State of the Town possible.

I look forward to seeing all of you this week. It promises to be an exciting event and a time to celebrate the many great things we enjoy about living in Marana.

For the complete article see the 04-11-2012 issue.

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