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|

How to Answer The Toughest Question Chambers of Commerce Face

The number one challenge faced by chambers of commerce across the country is explaining exactly what they do in an elevator speech.  It’s not as simple as it might seem.  The reason: complexity.  The Tucson Metro Chamber doesn’t do just one thing – we do lots of things. To see the Chamber’s current program of [...]

December 6th, 2016|One-to-One-From-Mike-Varney|

Still Rolling

There is a powerful chapter in the bestselling book Good to Great that describes an amazing phenomenon called the flywheel effect.  In the context of the book, the flywheel effect is the relentless and steady achievement of small things that lead to long term achievement of great things. When you were a kid you might [...]

November 16th, 2016|One-to-One-From-Mike-Varney|

Oh Wow, Man. Vote NO on Prop 205.

If ever there were a time for the revival of common sense in our culture now is the time. Do we want more auto accidents, drug dependency, stoned students and workplace mishaps or don’t we? A vote in favor of Proposition 205, an initiative to legalize the use of recreational marijuana in Arizona, will all [...]

October 13th, 2016|One-to-One-From-Mike-Varney|