How to Answer The Toughest Question Chambers of Commerce Face

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 …

Still Rolling

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 have played with …

Oh Wow, Man. Vote NO on Prop 205.

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 …

Some Inconvenient Truths about Raising the Minimum Wage

Some Inconvenient Truths about Raising the Minimum Wage I still remember my first real job. I was 15 years old and applied for a job to scoop ice cream at a Baskin Robbins franchise that was getting set to open. Fred Gehring, the owner of the franchise, had leveraged everything he had including his mortgage to be able to open …

City of Tucson Talks a Good Game on Diversity and Inclusion, but….

City of Tucson Talks a Good Game on  Diversity and Inclusion, but…. On Friday, September 2, a full eleven-judge panel of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco overturned a decision by one of its own three-judge panels earlier this year and declared the City of Tucson’s quirky voting system to be constitutional.  The three-judge panel had originally …

Score Another One for the Home Team!

Score Another One for the Home Team! Can you handle some more good news?  A recent article published by Bloomberg reports that Tucson has the third best year-over-year job growth among cities with populations of 500,000 or more. There seems to be an element of regionalism in the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics numbers.  Cities in the south and west …

What If We Were All More Like Bill Holmes?

What If We Were All More Like Bill Holmes? You may have heard that on Monday, July 18, Tucson lost one of its most favorite sons, Bill Holmes. Bill was a unique person in many ways. His passing deserves commentary. Originally from Yuma, Bill was a citizen of Tucson for more than 40 years. He loved Tucson deeply and constantly …

Tucson is on a Roll

Tucson is on a Roll   If you’ve ever played dice (craps) in a casino, you know how exhilarating it can be to have gaming chips on the table when the person with the dice (the shooter) is “on a roll”.  Being on a roll means the shooter and all of the other people at the dice table making the …

Tucson Metro Chamber Opens Tucson – JFK Non-Stop Route

Tucson Metro Chamber Opens Tucson – JFK Non-Stop Route The Tucson Metro Chamber’s Air Service Task Force has succeeded in negotiating the creation of non-stop air service between Tucson and New York City’s JFK International Airport with American Airlines. The first inbound flight from JFK will arrive in Tucson on October 6 and return to JFK the following morning.  Daily …

Chamber Celebrates Arrival of Caterpillar in Tucson

Chamber Celebrates Arrival of Caterpillar in Tucson You have undoubtedly already heard the news about the decision by Caterpillar, Inc. to locate its Surface Mining and Technology Division to Tucson.  However, the importance of this decision is worthy of continued celebration on several fronts. THE PROCESS Congratulations to the principal parties who made this decision possible.  First, we must congratulate …