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NewsNet 01-13-14

ARIZONA LEGISLATURE CONVENES 2014 REGULAR SESSION - Today is opening day of the 2014 session of the Arizona Legislature. Governor Jan Brewer says the main issues she'd like addressed this session are fixing Child Protective Services, increasing K-12 performance-based school funding, and creating a more competitive business climate. A big challenge to overcome is a projection from the Joint Legislative Budget Committee and conservative Republican leaders that Arizona’s budget will slide back into the red in Fiscal Year 2016. Read more from the Arizona Republic and KVOA.

MAYORS PROMOTE CROSS-BORDER BUSINESS DIRECTORY - Four Arizona mayors gathered in Phoenix on Friday to announce the launch of an effort to encourage cross-border manufacturing opportunities. Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild, Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton, Mesa Mayor Scott Smith and Nogales Mayor Arturo Garino are asking businesses on both sides of the border to register their information with the Arizona-Sonora Resource Guide, expected to be published later this year. Mayor Rothschild says there currently is a lack of knowledge about products and services available in the two-state region. The guide is a joint project of the Arizona Daily Star, Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and other groups. Read more from the Arizona Daily Star.

TUCSON VISITOR CENTER DOWNTOWN CELEBRATES 'GRAND RE-OPENING' - Visit Tucson invites the public to stop by and see its newly-remodeled Tucson Visitor Center tomorrow between 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. There will be food trucks, giveaways, beverages and snacks. Mayor Jonathan Rothschild will cut the ribbon at 1:30 p.m.  Visitor Center Supervisor Anne Maxon tells NewsNet that more than 30,000 visitors a year stop by the building in La Placita Village, and she expects even more once the Sun Link Streetcar begins service this summer.

U.S. STREETCAR TAKES OFF IN 2014 - Tucson will join with Seattle, Atlanta and Washington D.C. in launching Modern Streetcar services this year. In addition, at least 12 more cities are expected to advance construction on future routes. Tucson's SunLink Modern Streetcar system has already helped generate $800 million in public and private investment along the route, according to the Downtown Tucson Partnership.  It will also provide greater mobility, more environmentally-friendly transit options, and more opportunities to expand University of Arizona facilities and programs into the downtown. Read more from Greater Greater Washington.

DOWNLOAD APP TO REPORT GRAFFITI IN TUCSON - Graffiti Protective Coatings and the City of Tucson offer a free smart phone app for reporting graffiti in Tucson. Graffiti, along with other non-emergency issues, such as potholes, code violations, litter, and more, can also be reported on the SeeClickFix website and through its mobile app. These are examples of how Tucson, along with many other cities across the nation, is using technology to make communications between citizens and city government faster and easier.
City of Tucson apps
SeeClickFix app for Android
SeeClickFix app for iOS
Watch a University of Arizona PSA about MyTucson