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Latest Recognition

Tucson named one of the Best Places to Retire by CNNMoney

Tucson named 2nd in Outside Magazine's "Best Towns" issue

Tucson named a Top 5 Best U.S. Housing Market for the next 2 years  by Fiserv

Tucson #6 in 2011 for Aerospace/Defense Manufacturing by Business Facilities Magazine

Tucson selected as one of Ten Great Places for City Cycling by USA Today

Tucson named 4th Best Market for Real Estate Investors
by Inman News

Tucson named 4th Best City for Public Transportation and Job Access by the Brookings Institution

American Lung Association picks Tucson as Cleanest U.S. City for 24 Hour Particle Pollution, Third Cleanest U.S. City for Year-round Particle Pollution

Tucson picked by Yahoo as one of the World's Most Underrated Cities

Tucson picked by CNN as Top 7 Housing Markets: Best Recovery Bets


City of Tucson Awards

Top Ten Digital Cities Award 2010

The City of Tucson’s Department of Procurement has received the distinguished Achievement of Excellence in Procurement (AEP) Award for the 15th year in a row, one of only six agencies nationwide to do so. The department achieved a score in the top 5% of all government agencies. The AEP Award is from the National Purchasing Institute

Tucson Parks and Recreation Department Nationally Accredited and Recognized for Excellence

Channel 12 Wins Rocky Mountain Emmy Awards - 2010

Award for Outstanding Large Public Works Project 2010
Southern Arizona Branch of the American Public Works Association
Reconstruction of the 4th Avenue Underpass
Department of Transportation

1st Place Public Works, Professional Category
Xeriscape Award – 2010
AZ Department of Water Resources

Tree City USA 2009
Arbor Day Foundation

Achievement of Excellence in Procurement Award
15 years in a row

4th Best Digital City - 2009

Rocky Mountain Emmy Awards - 2009
Channel 12 won 8 Emmys for various programs

Government Station of the Year – 2009
(10th time in 15 years)
National Association of Telecommunications Officers & Advisors


Accredited City Departments

The City of Tucson Department of Transportation - Arizona Public Works Association accreditation

The City of Tucson Procurement Department – National Institute of Governmental Purchasing, Inc. accreditation

The Tucson Parks and Recreation Department - Commission for Accreditation of National Parks and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA) accreditation


National Recognition

July/August 2011

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May 2011

March 2011

February 2011

January 2011

November 2010

September 2010

August 2010

June/July 2010

May 2010

  • Forbes ranks Tucson as one of America's Most Innovative Cities. Forbes used data from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to determine number of patents per capita, then combined it with venture capital investment per capita from the National Venture Capital Association. That information was combined with cities' ratios of high-tech, science and "creative" jobs to determine final rankings. The main article page is here. Tucson, #19, is listed on this page.

April 2010

  • Tucson - "The Solar City," featured in Business Facilities Magazine April 2010 cover story. Business Facilities - a leading publication for site selectors who aid in business relocation and expansion nationwide - shows how Tucson is establishing itself as a location of choice for the solar industry. Read and download the entire package of coverage here.

March 2010

  • Sunset ranks Tucson as one of its "20 Best Towns of the Future" specifically noting Tucson's innovative building movement and environmentally responsible architecture.

February 2010

  • Forbes ranks Tucson as the 8th Best City for Commuters. The survey took into account many factors, including consistent commute time, rush hour delays, and number of commuters who drive vs. those who bike or take public transportation.

October 2009

  • Business Facilities recognized Tucson in its October 2009 cover story as one of its Editors’ Choices for cities that are surviving and thriving during the economic downturn. The article credits Tucson’s strong base in aerospace/defense manufacturing and solar energy as positioning the region for major growth and development in the future. “Editor’s Picks” were based on locations that drew their attention during the previous months for quick adjustment to the dramatically changing economic landscape.

August 2009

  • Business Facilities magazine has named Tucson No. 6 on its list of the top 10 metro areas for aerospace/defense manufacturing. The ranking is primarily based on a comparison of industry sector employment and wages. Also evaluated were major projects and facility expansion/relocation activity for a region in the past 12 months, and the number of major aerospace and defense contractors headquartered in the region.

June 2009

  • Tucson ranked No. 16 on a list of the best places to live and work for young professionals in cities with a population of more than 500,000. The ranking comes from Next Generation Consulting, which uses an index to evaluate a city on assets important to "next gen" workers: earning, learning, vitality, around town, after hours, cost of lifestyle and social capital. Tucson was the only Arizona city to make the list.
  • Charter school Basis Tucson ranks No. 5 and University High School ranks No. 21 on Newsweek's list of the top 100 high schools in the country.


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