Outgoing Tucson Metro Chamber CEO Signs Off

Outgoing Tucson Metro Chamber CEO Signs Off On Tuesday, January 23, the Tucson Metro Chamber Board of Directors publicly announced that Amber Smith, the CEO of the Metropolitan Pima Alliance (MPA), would begin serving as the Chamber’s new CEO on February 1. I know Amber and have worked with her on a variety of projects. She will bring good energy …

Tax Reform and Your Business

Tax Reform and Your Business Yesterday, Congress passed historic tax reform legislation called the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Sweeping improvements embodied in this legislation bring the first changes to the U.S. tax code in more than 30 years and overhaul our country’s broken, outdated tax code with bold reforms for lasting growth. The Tucson Metro Chamber is pleased to …

Stuff You Don’t Know about Our Federal Tax Code

Stuff You Don’t Know about Our Federal Tax Code A lot has changed since 1986. That’s 31 years ago – before the internet and way before smart phones. A lot has changed – except our complex and aggravating federal tax code. Here are some things you need to know about the current system of federal taxation: The current tax code is more than …

Chamber Demands Funding, Education Reform

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 …

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

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 …

Good News for Our Local Economy

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 …

What Happened at City Council Last Night?

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 …

Inside Baseball on D.C.

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 services Healthcare …

The Most Difficult Decision Ever

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 different …