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NewsNet 4-9-13

CONTRACT OPPORTUNITY: ECONOMIC IMPACT CONSULTANT – The City of Tucson’s Economic Initiatives Office is seeking a consultant to conduct economic and fiscal impact assessments of development projects on an as-needed basis. This contractor will conduct studies to determine the feasibility, cost and economic viability of development projects under the City’s GPLET and other business incentive programs. Read the RFP here.

AGENDA SPOTLIGHT: M&C WEIGHING AMENDMENT OPTIONS ON GADSDEN AGREEMENT – An item has been scheduled for today’s M&C study session to discuss amendments to the Gadsden Company’s 2008 real estate development agreement with the City, involving property along the streetcar line west of the Santa Cruz. Read the M&C memo here. Story from Inside Tucson Business here. Story from the Star here.

ADOT FIVE YEAR PROGRAM TO HOLD LOCAL PUBLIC HEARING FRIDAY – The Arizona Department of Transportation is holding a public hearing in Pima County this Friday to solicit input on its five-year work plan. The agency is aiming to cut $350M from its 2016 and 2017 construction plans due to decreases in gas tax and federal grant revenues. The hearing will be held at 9 a.m. Friday at the Pascua Yaqui Justice Center, 7777 S. Camino Huivisim. Story in the Star here. Info page on ADOT Five Year Program here.

INDUSTRY EXPERTS EXPECT GOLF DECLINE TO CONTINUE – Real Estate experts are not expecting to see new golf courses in Southern Arizona anytime soon. For a new course to open, "not only would you need an economic recovery, you would need something dramatically different in golf economics," says Dove Mountain developer David Mehl. "Everything is going in the wrong direction. It's not going to go away." Contributing to the overall decline are reduced club membership, fewer golfers willing to pay daily greens fees, and rising water rates. From the Star.

TUCSON NEWS IN REVIEW: APRIL EDITION – Softball at Lincoln Park, the Tucson Audubon Society’s restoration work on the Atturbury Wash, Tucson Water’s millionth acre-foot of CAP recharge, and the Women in Government Awards are featured in April’s edition of Tucson News in Review. From Tucson 12.