Let’s Capture the World View Opportunity

Let’s Capture the World View Opportunity After months of planning and negotiating, Pima County and World View Enterprises, Inc. were able to strike an agreement that keeps this high-tech aerospace company headquartered here in Tucson.  Arrangements made by Pima County call for the County to help construct a manufacturing and administrative facility and a space port in the area designated …

Chamber Commends Legislators for JTED Funding Restoration

Chamber Commends Legislators for JTED Funding Restoration Yet another Tucson Metro Chamber advocacy effort on the part of our state’s Joint Technical Education District (JTED) program and the students the program serves has met with success. On Thursday, February 18, the Arizona House and Senate voted 87-0 to restore $29 million of the $30 million the legislature cut from JTED …

Chamber Applauds Decision to Keep A-10 Flying at Davis-Monthan AFB

Chamber Applauds Decision to Keep A-10 Flying at Davis-Monthan AFB On Tuesday of this week the U.S. Department of Defense announced that the A-10 “Warthog” close air support aircraft will continue to fly at Davis-Monthan AFB.  Maintaining a flying mission at Davis-Monthan has been the subject of an aggressive advocacy campaign by local interests including the Southern Arizona Defense Alliance …

Chamber Questions City of Tucson Priorities

Chamber Questions City of Tucson Priorities On Tuesday of this week the Tucson City Council met in an afternoon study session to discuss the subject of mandatory paid time off for employees of companies still trying to do business in Tucson.  This discussion follows a pattern promoted by Big Labor across the country.  Expect a companion measure promoting a hike …

Chamber Launches Insurance Program for Small Businesses

Chamber Launches Insurance Program for Small Businesses The Tucson Metro Chamber (Chamber) and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona (BCBSAZ) have collaborated to provide exceptional convenience to Chamber investors purchasing health coverage. About the Program Small businesses with 1-50 employees have more than 20 plan options with different benefit offerings and deductible levels. All plans cover the Essential Health Benefits …

Chamber Urges Changes to City Council Voting Regulations

Chamber Urges Changes to City Council Voting Regulations On Tuesday, November 3, voters in the City of Tucson re-elected three incumbent City Council members according to the City’s current voting system that features ward-only primary elections and at-large (citywide) general elections. On Monday, November 9, a three-judge panel from the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals handed down a decision stating …

Tucson Metro Chamber Congratulates World View, Pima County

Tucson Metro Chamber Congratulates World View, Pima County Last Tuesday, January 19, the Pima County Board of Supervisors voted to fund construction of a $14.5 million headquarters building, light manufacturing facility and spaceport for World View, a commercial balloon spaceflight company.  World View uses high altitude balloon technology to lift research, communications and surveillance cargo, and possibly even human passengers …