TREO lays out Tucson economic plan

April 9, 2007

By hammersmith

Tucson Regional Economic Opportunities Inc. has announced an economic blueprint for the Tucson area that includes strengthening the region’s science and technology base.

The report, titled “Securing our future now: an economic blueprint for the Tucson region,” lays out a long-term vision for the local economy that takes into account the rapidly growing population of more than 1 million residents.

Increasing high-wage jobs, promoting educational excellence, supporting urban renewal efforts, creating more livable communities, and collaborating in governance and stewardship are among the main goals recommended.

Reinforcing the message of Southern Arizona’s Regional Bioscience Roadmap, the study also highlights the importance of strengthening the region’s science and technology base—including the biosciences—through collaboration with University of Arizona.

“The University of Arizona is already one of the country’s top public research universities, with some strong ties to the private sector, but there are still many unexplored opportunities for increasing research partnerships,” said Leslie Tolbert, UA vice president for research, graduate studies, and economic development.

For more information:

City’s economic blueprint unfurled,” Arizona Daily Star, 03/29/2007

Tucson looks to add quality jobs,” Arizona Republic, 03/29/2007