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NewsNet 03-10-14

CITY TRYING TO LAND 6,500 NEW JOBS -  The City of Tucson and TREO, the regional economic development agency, are trying to recruit Tesla Motors Inc. to locate a $5 billion factory to make lithium-ion batteries for the company's electric cars. Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild says land within the city has been identified and that land has access to the Union Pacific mainline and the interstates. He also says the city has tax incentives to add to whatever incentives are offered by the Arizona Commerce Authority to lure Tesla to the state. Three other states reportedly are competing for the plant as well. Tesla says it plans to directly invest $2 billion in the new plant, with the rest of the $5 billion coming from its partners. A company timeline shows Tesla wants to pick the site this year, build the facility in 2015, and begin production by 2017. Read more from the Arizona Daily Star.

TUCSON CONVENTION CENTER ARENA IMPROVEMENTS START TODAY - The project will enhance the fan experience by improving the comfort, functionality, and appearance of the arena. Some of the renovations include upgrading the restrooms, revamping concession stands, developing a new entryway, improving the lighting and sound systems, and adding new seats with cup holders. The $7.8 million remodel is funded through the Rio Nuevo Multipurpose Facilities District and was approved by the Rio Nuevo Board on June 25, 2013. The renovations are scheduled to be complete in December 2014. Read the news release.

TRAFFIC ALERT: ST. MARY'S ROAD RESTRICTIONS - St. Mary’s Road is reduced to one travel lane in each direction, from the westbound I-10 frontage road to Church Avenue. The restriction will be in place while the contractor completes street lighting and landscape installation. This work is scheduled to be finished by the end of this month. The final layer of pavement also is scheduled to be placed at the end of this month. The roadway will be striped in late April, after the asphalt pavement has had time to cure. The $7.3 million Regional Transportation Authority (RTA)-funded roadway improvement project began in November 2012. Read the news release.

FESTIVAL DEL LIBRO DE TUCSON - Tucson celebra los libros y la alfabetización en la feria anual del libro en Tucson. Este evento de dos días se llevara a cabo el 15 y 16 de marzo de 9:30 a.m. a 5:30 p.m., en el patio de la Universidad de Arizona. Contará con más de 300 presentaciones, 200 expositores, y un sinfín de oportunidades para conocer a famosos autores, poetas, guionistas y periodistas. Habrá firma de libros, mesas redondas, puesta en escena, entretenimiento en vivo, vendedores de comida, actividades para los niños y la programación Science City, y decenas de actividades gratuitas para todas las edades en los patios de la Universidad de Arizona.
Tucson Festival of Books

PIMA COUNTY ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR SUMMER JOBS - The Pima County One-Stop Career Center's Summer Youth Program is accepting job applications from youth between the ages of 14 and 21. The deadline to apply and call (520-798-0546) to set up an assessment test is this Friday. Last summer, more than 1,450 young people in Pima County earned minimum wage and gained valuable experience while working for the City of Tucson, Pima County, the University of Arizona and dozens of participating local businesses. Work hours range from 20 to 40 hours per week. Placements range from four to seven weeks, depending on the specific work or education program.