Tucson continues to earn recognition as a city that companies and workers will want to locate to in the post-COVID-19 era. Commercial real estate site selection consultants named Tucson among 11 mid-sized cities that had strong potential for new locations or expansion projects in 2021. It’s hard to tell how well the economy will recover, especially as the pandemic drags on. But when it happens, Tucson’s commercial property offerings will attract companies looking for a new place to solve the business conditions caused by the virus.
The Thomas R. Brown Family Foundation is giving $2.5 million to Pima Community College Foundation to advance the College’s growing presence as the center of economic recovery and growth in the region.
In the Council’s August 2020 podcast, distinguished Tucson economic development leaders discussed the key drivers strengthening Tucson’s competitiveness, how Sun Corridor and the City of Tucson have been instrumental in accelerating economic growth in the region, as well as the factors fostering the innovation, technology and creativity needed to be a world-class tech hub.
Finding the right Tucson industrial space can be difficult at first. When early searches fail to identify an available site that meet the company’s space and immense power requirements, Commercial Real Estate Group of Tucson helps solve the problem.
Among the COVID-19 concerns that Tucson property owners and tenants have is how to make their Tucson commercial spaces safe for employees, clients and other visitors. Strategies dealing with air circulation through HVAC (heating, ventilation, air conditioning) systems have been part of that discussion.
The city of Tucson is moving forward with a plan to expand access to free, public Wi-Fi throughout the city, particularly in areas that are suffering from a “digital divide.” The Tucson City Council voted to use $4.4 million of federal CARES Act money — provided to local governments through the Coronavirus Relief Fund — to fund the city wi-fi expansion plan.
The Arizona Technology Council held a virtual speaker series event with featured guest Tucson Mayor Regina Romero. Romero shared insight into the city’s economy, Tucson’s rapid tech growth, how this Southern Arizona city is rapidly becoming a hotbed for innovation in Arizona, and the collaboration with the University of Arizona, Tech Parks Arizona, Startup Tucson and Pima Community College.