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Tucson Becoming a Preseason Soccer Hub

Fourteen teams, mostly from Major League Soccer (MLS), train and play games at the Kino Sports Complex during the league’s preseason. Five years after Major League Baseball Spring Training left Tucson, the city is ranked among the top 25 U.S. markets for soccer.

Pima County reports hotel stays associated with MLS preseason events at resorts in the area have increased in recent years. The teams stay in hotels for up to six weeks while they’re here and spend money at restaurants and stores, adding revenue to the local economy, and they also bring in visitors to see their games.

Summer Safari Nights Program Continues Tomorrow at Reid Park Zoo

Enjoy Reid Park Zoo and cooler evening temperatures at a themed night featuring different zookeeper chats, animal encounters, live music, family friendly activities, special dining options, and gift shop discounts. Events take place every Friday, 6-8 p.m., through July 8.

Tomorrow's theme is Hats Off to Dads: Learn about our Zoo Dads (lion, tapir, rhino, gibbon). Fathers get free admission with a paid child admission.

Inc. Magazine Names Tucson No. 1 for Affordability

Inc. magazine recommends Tucson as a great place to start a new company, naming it the number one most affordable city in the United States. Personal finance site GOBankingRates reviewed the cost of living in the 50 largest U.S. cities, taking into account rent, groceries, utilities, transportation, and health care. Tucson was found to be the most affordable city and the only one where an individual can survive nicely on less than $40,000 per year.

Job Opportunity: Medical Billing - Cost Recovery Clerk

The Tucson Fire Department is recruiting candidates for Medical/Ambulance Billing – Cost Recovery Clerk. The job duties include clerical work, recording information, data entry and review, and coding EMS ambulance ePCRs for billing insurance carriers or patients. The successful candidate shall demonstrate expertise in all phases of medical billing, including accounts receivable management, ICD coding, HCPCS codes and third party reimbursement.

Comment Period Underway on Proposed New Interstate

Public meetings around Arizona this month are an opportunity for state residents to help shape the next step in planning for the proposed Interstate 11, as the Arizona Department of Transportation moves ahead on a three-year environmental study for a corridor stretching from Nogales to Wickenburg.

The 280-mile corridor that is the focus of the current environmental study begins in Wickenburg and runs west of the Phoenix metropolitan area and then south to the Tucson area and Nogales.

Parking Ambassadors Demonstrating Parking App

Park Tucson's smartphone app vendor (Passport) is deploying a team of street ambassadors to promote the use of GoTucson to pay for metered parking along the Sun Link streetcar corridor.

The ambassadors are giving away free parking to people interested in learning how to use the app and set up their own accounts. The "Street Team" also will be promoting GoTucson as a convenient way to purchase transit fares.

Hearings Wrap Up This Week to Comment on Proposed Changes to Transit Services and Fees

This Thursday will be your last chance to provide comments on possible increases to transit fares and route changes. Due to Federal Transit Administration (FTA) requirements, Title VI policies must be reviewed every three years, and transit service changes are proposed to reduce the City of Tucson’s General Fund contribution to transit.

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