Successes & Highlights: 2005-2016
♦ Facilitated the attraction/expansion of 130 companies to date (view announcements here)
Total New Jobs Supported (direct and indirect): 36,073
Capital Investment: $2.44 billion
Total Economic Impact: $18.7 billion
♦ Launched the region’s Economic Blueprint
, defining Southern Arizona’s economic vision to effectively position the Tucson region to capitalize on its best economic development opportunities in the coming decades. TREO (now Sun Corridor Inc.) involved nearly 6,000 people/organizations in development of the Blueprint, representing the broadest possible range of community interests - public, private, and non profit. The Blueprint serves as our strategy and guide for our work plan year to year. The Blueprint was expanded to include an Entrepreneurial Economy
version in 2012 and the Blueprint was updated in 2014.
♦ Serves as the region’s primary marketing agency for business development, annually conducting a National Marketing/PR Campaign resulting in significant exposure of Southern Arizona as a business center. More than 1,300 articles have appeared in print and online via local, regional, national business and industry publications on Southern Arizona's regional economic development efforts. To date, the total impressions/circulation of coverage generated from PR efforts is over 77 million.
♦ Built key relationships with 2,500 Site Selectors and corporate real estate personnel, Sun Corridor Inc.'s main client base, via web marketing, newsletters, site visits, trade shows, and direct mail.
♦ Plays a key role in economic development policy-making.
♦ Expanded Foreign Trade Zone
program, including new sites in Pinal County.
♦ Based on sound industry-specific studies such as the Aerospace & Defense Cluster Development Strategy, the Diagnostics Strategy and the Bioscience Perception Study, developed new approaches to capitalize on the region’s strong assets in key growth areas.
♦ Played a key role in advocating for Pima County’s acquisition of adequate land around Raytheon Missile Systems to provide a buffer for its testing operations. In 2016, Raytheon announced an expansion of 2,000 jobs in Southern Arizona.