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TAA Confirms Support for Pima County Aerospace and Defense Corridor Initiative


TAA Confirms Support for Pima County Aerospace and Defense Corridor Initiative

Tucson, Ariz. (May 7, 2013) - The Tucson Airport Authority (TAA) Board of Directors today issued a resolution of support for Pima County's Aerospace and Defense Corridor Initiative, part of the Pima County Economic Development Plan 2012-2014.

The resolution states: "Development of this Corridor will bring with it critical transportation and infrastructure investment to the region's industrial base."

Tucson International Airport (TIA) and its surrounding area have long served as the region's primary aerospace, defense and manufacturing center, housing companies such as Raytheon Missile Systems and Bombardier Aerospace. The County's plan is designed to "retain and grow new high-technology aerospace and defense jobs in the vicinity of TIA and to encourage significant science and technology-based job growth in the Tucson Technology Corridor."

Included in Pima County's initiative is a high-speed roadway between Interstate 19 on the west, past TIA to the University of Arizona Science and Technology Park at Interstate 10 to the east. This interstate bypass route, in conjunction with existing multimodal transportation facilities at the nearby Port of Tucson, will serve to further strengthen TIA's already strategically important location that is ideally suited for further development of the region's global supply chain logistics capabilities. The County's plan is consistent with the land use program recently adopted as part of TIA's Master Plan Update.

"TAA will continue working with the County and other partners to grow target industries and position our community for an economically sound future," said TAA President and CEO Bonnie Allin.