“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|

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|

The Most Difficult Decision Ever

  This day comes to all of us sooner or later.  It is time for me to say good-bye to a career I cherish, a staff I love, a board of directors that is visionary and supportive…and to say good-bye to you as an investor in the Tucson Metro Chamber. The decision to retire is [...]

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

A Dark Day in Tucson II

  Last Wednesday you received a short note from the Chamber regarding the events of the February 28 meeting of the Tucson Unified School District’s Board of Governors and the resignation of TUSD Superintendent H.T. Sanchez.  Here is more commentary you need to know. The TUSD Board has been fractured and factionalized for a number [...]

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

A Dark Day in Tucson

  I left early this morning to go to the state legislature in Phoenix to represent you in the halls of state government, so I do not have time to write a complete editorial in this space about the regrettable decision made by the Tucson Unified School District Board of Governors last night.  A more [...]

March 1st, 2017|One-to-One-From-Mike-Varney|

Tucson Metro Chamber Announces Two More Breakthrough Programs

The Tucson Metro Chamber has just announced two more important achievements to promote a stronger local economy and build a better community. COALITION AGAINST RETAIL THEFT On Wednesday, January 4, the We Watch, We Prosecute campaign was launched at the Pima County Attorney's office. Organized retail theft (shoplifting) costs retailers and honest citizens in Pima [...]

January 6th, 2017|One-to-One-From-Mike-Varney|