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William Harris President & CEO Science Foundation Arizona

Satish Hiremath Mayor Town of Oro Valley

Ed Honea Mayor Town of Marana

Harris leads SFAz, a nonprofit organization that was created in 2006 from the collaboration of Southern Arizona Leadership Council, Greater Phoenix Leadership and the Flagstaff 40. Its goals are to invest in scientific and engineering areas of economic importance to Arizona, facilitate collaborations between research institutions and industry, support education in science, technology, engineering and math, and attract and retain world-class jobs and talent – much the same as TREO’s mission and work.

Vision for Economic Development

Vision for Economic Development

Since he’s been involved with TREO, Hiremath, who leads the Regional Economic Development Committee, said he has come to understand that when a project lands in a particular jurisdiction it benefits the entire region. And regardless of how much private and government sectors might want to work independently, they are very much intertwined and need to be open to partnerships.

Because of his belief in growing the local economy, Honea is dedicated to his work on the Business Environment and Regional Economic Development committees. If we fail to create an atmosphere in our region that is good for business, we are doomed for failure, Honea said. As a leader in economic growth, TREO will continue to alter its business model as needed to ensure long-term success for the Tucson metropolitan area, he said.

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2014 Industry Outlook

Hiremath reported a strong outlook for Oro Valley, with rapid expansion anticipated for 2014 based on growth indicators in all sectors. The town is making strides in business space availability, residential growth and private capital investment. Oro Valley plans to continue its focus on the high-tech and bioscience corridor.

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2014 Industry Outlook

The Town of Marana is excelling in housing and business starts and expects that to continue in the coming year.

David Hutchens President & COO UNS Energy, Tucson Electric Power & UniSource Energy Services Vision for Economic Development

Hutchens, who co-leads the Business Environment Committee, said the original Blueprint helped TREO to identify the area’s driving industries, strengths and growth opportunities, while the update will focus on how to best take advantage of emerging opportunities. 2014 Industry Outlook

TEP is pursuing plans to diversify its generation portfolio, which includes using fewer coal-fired resources, purchasing more natural gas-fired resources, expanding the use of renewable resources and looking at the most cost-effective options available.

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