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Mayor’s State of the City Address Emphasizes Economic Development Priorities

Mayor Rothschild’s State of the City address in late February emphasized his economic development priorities outlined in his 2-year plan, the “5 T’s”: technology, trade, transportation, tourism, and teaching. Key points of his address included the importance of collaboration with the University of Arizona to commercialize university research and foster innovation-based jobs in the city, strengthening local supply chain relationships in the defense industry, development of a water technologies cluster, creating resources to promote trade growth between businesses in Southern Arizona and Mexico, and infrastructure investments that support tourism. He called on the business community to support a regional bond package for improvements to roads, parks, and public facilities.