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Susan Manfredi, IOM of Tucson Metro Chamber Graduates from Institute for Organization Management

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Susan Manfredi, IOM of Tucson Metro Chamber Graduates from Institute for Organization Management A Leadership Training Program Produced by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation Tucson, AZ (July 20, 2017) - The Tucson Metro Chamber is pleased to announce that Susan Manfredi, IOM, investor services and affinity director, has graduated from the [...]

July 20th, 2017|News Release|

Tucson Metro Chamber Announces 2017-2018 Board of Directors

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Tucson Metro Chamber Announces 2017-2018 Board of Directors  Tucson, AZ (July 17, 2017) – The Tucson Metro Chamber announces the election of the 2017-18 chairman of the board, the appointment of four new board members and the full slate of board members for 2017-18. The Tucson Metro Chamber board of directors elected [...]

July 17th, 2017|News Release|

Tucson Metro Chamber Copper Cactus Awards Finalists Named

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Tucson, AZ (July 11, 2017) – Forty-nine businesses and four business leaders in Southern Arizona have been selected as finalists for the Tucson Metro Chamber Copper Cactus Awards presented by Wells Fargo. "Small businesses do amazing things in our metro area, but often don't receive the recognition they deserve.  Collectively, small businesses [...]

July 11th, 2017|News Release|

“It’s Easier to Fool People Than It Is to Convince Them That They Have Been Fooled.” – Mark Twain

Arizona’s Prop 206, the state’s new minimum wage and mandatory PTO initiative passed by voters in November 2016, could be the poster child for the quote above.  The sell line used by Big Labor to swing the vote their way was a tug on the heartstrings of the casual observer of politics.  After all, who [...]

July 10th, 2017|One-to-One-From-Mike-Varney|

Chamber Demands Funding, Education Reform

Go to any city.  Talk to any business owner.  Ask them what the biggest challenge is to their ability to grow and create more well-paying jobs.  The odds say that almost 100% of the time the answer will be finding qualified talent.  Ask a site selector what the number one “X Factor” is when relocating [...]

July 5th, 2017|One-to-One-From-Mike-Varney|

Tucson Metro Chamber Engages Search Firm to Find New President & CEO

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Tucson, Arizona  (June 27, 2017) – The Board of Directors of the Tucson Metro Chamber is beginning its search for the organization’s next president & chief executive officer, retaining Waverly Partners, LLC as its executive search firm.   Waverly Partners is a national executive search firm and the preferred provider of executive search [...]

June 27th, 2017|News Release|

City of Tucson Sign Code: “Just Fix It — Please!”

  If your business has ever had to have a new sign made or had to repair or replace an existing sign, odds are good that you have experienced what is perhaps the crown jewel of regulatory nightmares in Tucson: the sign code. Signs are one of the most important tools in a business’s tool [...]

June 23rd, 2017|One-to-One-From-Mike-Varney|

Good News for Our Local Economy

  As you may already know, a milestone event occurred yesterday when the United States Forest Service (USFS) issued its record of decision to approve the future operation of the Rosemont Copper facility owned by Hudbay Minerals southeast of Tucson.  While there are several more layers of approval necessary for the mine to actually begin [...]

June 8th, 2017|One-to-One-From-Mike-Varney|

What Happened at City Council Last Night?

  The Tucson Metro Chamber was there for you last night at the Tucson City Council meeting when the mayor and members of the City Council discussed a proposed resolution declaring the City of Tucson to be against the construction of a wall along the U.S./Mexico border. While the Chamber took no position on the [...]

June 7th, 2017|One-to-One-From-Mike-Varney|

Inside Baseball on D.C.

    Believe it or not, something good may be happening in Washington, D.C. Last week 12 local business executives, Tucson Metro Chamber Vice President of Government Affairs Robert Medler and I visited Arizona's senators and representatives to advocate for our local community. Industry sectors represented by our group were:     Construction Education Financial [...]

April 5th, 2017|One-to-One-From-Mike-Varney|