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Dennis Minano Vice Chair Sonoran Institute

Omar Mireles Executive VP HSL Properties

Vision for Economic Development

Mireles manages the property portfolio for HSL Properties, a real estate investment firm with a focus on apartment investing, development and management. HSL is the largest apartment-community owner and operator in Southern Arizona and is answering the economic demand for more rental housing with the development of three new luxury, energy-efficient apartment communities. Mireles coleads the Business Environment Committee and serves on the board of directors of Arizona Multihousing Association, Salpointe Catholic High School, Tu Nidito Children and Family Services, Tucson Airport Authority and Tucson Conquistadores.

Infrastructure is fundamental to the region’s ability to preserve, expand and attract businesses of all types and the jobs they represent, said Minano, who leads the Infrastructure Committee. Infrastructure is foundational to economic prosperity for future generations, and with Tucson’s high tech and competitive international marketplace, delivery of raw materials and speed to market of finished products is a deciding factor in determining where businesses expand, he added. 2014 Industry Outlook

Minano said that the federal government and confidence in government will determine if we can expect something other than a snail’s pace of growth in the near future.

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Farhad Moghimi Executive Director Pima Association of Governments/Regional Transportation Authority Vision for Economic Development

Moghimi sees community leadership and cooperation as key components in helping to drive the region and the Sun Corridor toward its fullest economic capacity. He believes that supporting efforts to hear and explore new ideas, expand local industries and encourage more local startup businesses will influence community pride and an improved standard of living. The community must strive to improve education and focus on generating better paying jobs, he said. 2014 Industry Outlook

Pima Association of Governments has a full plate for the future, particularly with the 20-year, $2.1 billion regional transportation plan. Moghimi said a solid transportation infrastructure goes hand-inhand with a strong economy.

Tony Penn President & CEO United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona Vision for Economic Development

One of the most important objectives of the Economic Blueprint for Penn is the pursuit of excellence in educational systems that will enhance our ability to support growth and innovation in existing companies and to attract new businesses. He feels privileged to serve as an Education liaison involved with educational issues that prepare the region’s workforce for the jobs of today and tomorrow. This requires an all-inclusive effort between educational systems, government and businesses sharing the responsibility for workforce development. 2014 Industry Outlook

Penn said the outlook for United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona is optimistic, as it continues to serve as the backbone organization in the effort to create large-scale positive social change.

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