An ADOSH presentation regarding respirable crystalline silica is now available, to help educate construction industry members regarding this federal rule and its implications in Arizona.
SB 1147: This bill is still at the AZ House of Representatives with not much movement since last week. Of note are proposed amendments to monitor and consider voicing your opinion:
– Requiring an unprecedented unanimous vote of the Pima County Board of Supervisors to refer a county excise tax for transportation to the ballot for voters to decide. No other county has this requirement.
– Option for Pima County to refer up to a 1-cent excise (sales) tax to voters had been reduced to 1/2-cent.
– Requirements that 60% of funding be used for state highway construction and maintenance (which would be difficult to meet in Southern Arizona for locally-identified road projects)
– Disallowing reduction of vehicle lane miles for installation of light rail (either requiring further, even more costly widening, or eliminates some potential routes), and possible elimination of future expenditures on light rail after 2022 (currently affects Phoenix metro area, and could set precedent for elsewhere in the state)
Rio Nuevo: Last week Governor Doug Ducey signed legislation extending the Rio Nuevo Multipurpose Facilities District through 2035. Sponsored by State Rep. Mark Finchem, this bill passed both the AZ House and Senate with large majorities. Stay tuned for further updates as additional revitalization efforts and related infrastructure continue to be planned and built in the heart of Tucson.
This past week has been a memorable one, with a great turnout this past Friday to thank Ramon for his seven years of service to ATB and the community! Earlier last week we had an outstanding Associates meeting – and we also learned that our own Associates chair, Alex Collins, is departing our board as he will soon transfer to a differente CalPortland position serving the Pacific Northwest. Please join me in congratulating Alex on his promotion!
As we continue in the Executive Director transition period, Ramon and I also met with Ted from SALC, and saw some of our members at the Southern Arizona Procurement Fair! I also took part in the periodic SABC Legislative Update meeting with various community leaders held at the Tucson Metro Chamber. We have so many great partner groups throughout the region, advocating alongside us for better infrastructure that will keep moving our economy.
I also attended the Marana Chamber of Commerce, with NAI Horizon providing a detailed presentation representatives on the state of the region’s real estate market; in short, there is demand for large Class A commercial office space, with very little readily available as companies grow or are considering relocating to the area. High demand continues for homes, as well as quality apartments, with the lowest vacancy rates and highest rent increases in recent memory.
We also learned of the passing of Marana Town Councilmember Carol McGorray. Thank you Councilmember McGorray for your 17 years of service on the Town council, and your broader civic involvement through Marana Dove Mountain Rotary and many other community groups. You will be deeply missed.
Thank you to our member companies for your hard work every day in creating and maintaining safe, attractive, well-built infrastructure for all to enjoy. I’d like to stop by and see your efforts in progress or help you celebrate milestones! Call me at (520) 623-0444 or email me at email@example.com and we can schedule a time to meet up at your office or job site. Or, join me and be part of our ATB delegation to DC for the ARTBA fly-in coming up May 14-17!
Thank you, ATB members for your warm welcome over the past week as I have met many of you at the golf tournament meeting, regional meeting, member dniner, and a few individual visits out and about, or even those of you that have stopped by the office! With help from Ramon and Yvette, I have a great start at getting to know or be reacquainted with many of our members.
Ramon and I also met with several of our community’s leaders including Jim DeGrood at PAG, Carmine DeBonis at Pima County Administrator’s Office, Ana Olivares, Director at Pima County DOT, and just yesterday Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild. More meetings with our region’s elected officials, department leaders and community leaders are being planned.
As some of you know, I am a lifelong Arizona resident, growing up in central Phoenix before moving to Tucson more than 20 years ago to attend the University of Arizona – GO CATS! I have always been fascinated by our state’s transportation and utility infrastructure, having grown up in a time when our communities experienced rapid population growth, and taking that exciting first drive with my family through the tunnel that finally connected I-10 coast to coast in the early 90s. Locally, I remember first visiting the University of Arizona as a high school student in the mid-90s, soon after Speedway was reconstructed in the campus area. I am pleased that it has recently been repaved and returns to being one of our community’s well-built, well-maintained gateways.
For those of you I have not met yet, I look forward to seeing you at upcoming ATB events! Call me at (520) 623-0444 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and we can schedule a time to meet up too. If I’m not out and about, I also welcome seeing people right here at the office if you want to stop by! Or, join me and be part of our ATB delegation to DC for the ARTBA fly-in coming up in mid-May!
Thank you to the 89 attendees at the March 14, 2018 membership dinner! We heard updates from Richard Juliano, Senior Vice President at ARTBA regarding Federal level funding and policy, Jeremy Moore from ADOT regarding many ongoing and planned highway improvements in our region, and Jay Van Echo regarding the I-11 Corridor project. This was also Ramon’s last membership dinner as Executive Director as he moves to the private sector and ATB welcomed B.J. Cordova as the new Executive Director!
As a Tucsonan for more than 20 years and lifelong Arizona resident, I am excited to begin this week as Executive Director of ATB! I appreciate the warm welcome by ATB’s Board and committee members and look forward to meeting many of you at this week’s membership dinner! Thank you, Ramon, for your past seven years of leadership as Executive Director in elevating ATB activities to a higher level! I look forward to building on your legacy and continuing to work with Yvette to serve our membership and community with outstanding events!
As I begin getting oriented to ATB’s activities in the community, please know that I intend to reach out and meet with all our members – whether for a quick bite or coffee, at your office, or even at a job site. Feel free to contact me so that we can schedule a convenient time throughout this spring. I look forward to getting to know you, your companies and organizations, and the great work that we are all doing, and appreciate your feedback on areas we can continue to work together toward ATB’s mission of MOVING OUR ECONOMY!
I can be reached at ATB’s office, (520) 623-0444 or email me at email@example.com anytime!
The Tucson Police Department (TPD) was awarded nearly $100,000 in improving work zone safety from the Arizona Governor’s office last week. These monies can help with researching what it might take to continue to improve safety in construction areas as it relates to infrastructure. Outgoing Executive Director Ramon Gaanderse was interviewed by Channel 4 last week on the topic. Please click on the video below to see it. http://www.kvoa.com/story/37692226/tpd-awarded-grant-to-enhance-work-zone-safety
Congratulations to Pima County on completion of The Loop, a long-term wash bank protection project that has also paved the way for a regional multi-use trail system! Many ATB members were active in providing construction and consulting services over three decades to make this happen in partnership with local jurisdictions. The Loop Completion Celebration events take place this Saturday, March 17, 2018 at three locations around the metro area. More details: http://webcms.pima.gov/cms/One.aspx?portalId=169&pageId=384760