Sun Corridor Inc., the lead economic and business development agency for the greater Tucson area and its surrounding regional partners, “quarterbacked” the action resulting in Caterpillar Surface Mining & Technology Division – Regional Headquarters upcoming relocation to the Old Pueblo — a first for a Fortune 100 company division.
As part of its effort, Sun Corridor Inc. representatives made a number of trips to Caterpillar’s divisional headquarters in Milwaukee to ensure the community’s response matched the company’s expectations related to its bringing 300 to 400 employees to a renovated downtown Tucson. Pima County offered 97 E. Congress St. for temporary space until a permanent facility is constructed. And the City of Tucson and Rio Nuevo combined efforts to not only provide incentives supporting Caterpillar’s bottom line but also quickly identified a permanent location for the company at the western terminus of the Sun Link modern streetcar.
In another show of support for Caterpillar’s move, Gov. Doug Ducey and the Arizona Commerce Authority allocated $4 million from the Arizona Competes Fund. Under the governor’s leadership, the state has initiated a number of proposals to increase the Arizona’s competitiveness, especially related to other states in the Southwest.