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