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Athletic Field Closures

The Tucson Parks and Recreation department will be closing several of its athletic fields through the fall for turf maintenance and enhancements. The closures are necessary in order to give crews the opportunity to conduct annual maintenance on the fields by aerating, fertilizing, re-seeding, and giving the turf time to heal and grow in preparation for spring sports activities. City staff strives to provide the public and various user groups with the best sports fields possible.

New Program to Attract Mexican Startups

Startup Tucson plans to use a $50,000 grant from the Small Business Administration to attract cross-border startup companies. The program, Thryve Latin America, is meant to attract startups seeking to conduct business in the United States. Officials say the new program will focus initially on Mexico, capitalizing on Southern Arizona’s cultural ties and working relationships that already exist.

Startup Tucson expects to have the full plan for Thryve Latin America in place by the end of this year.

September is National Preparedness Month

This month marks the 13th annual National Preparedness Month from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). As part of the month, Tucson officials are urging you to be prepared for an emergency, such as a multi-day power outage or an interruption in utilities. Emergency officials advise all residents to create a 72-hour emergency kit. Each member of your family, including pets, should have a kit. The City of Tucson, U.S.

Davis-Monthan on Short List for Drones

The U.S. Air Force says Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson is one of five possible locations for a new unit that will remotely pilot MQ-9 Reaper drones. The site list announced yesterday was narrowed down from 19 possible locations last year.

Survey teams will assess each site for potential impacts to existing missions, infrastructure, and manpower.

The Pentagon plans to retire the D-M-based A-10 Thunderbolt II ground-attack jet in 2022.

Underpass to Honor Former Tucson Mayor

The City of Tucson, Mayor Jonathan Rothschild, and the Tucson Department of Transportation (TDOT) invite the public to attend a dedication ceremony to rename the Warren Avenue Underpass at Speedway Boulevard to the Thomas Volgy Underpass at Speedway Boulevard and Warren Avenue.

Volgy served as mayor of Tucson from 1987 to 1991 and as the Ward 6 Tucson City Council representative from 1977 to 1987.

An unveiling of a commemorative plaque will take place tomorrow, 2:30-3 p.m., in the underpass at Speedway Boulevard, just west of Campbell Avenue.

Ride Streetcar to UA Football Game Tomorrow

Prior to tomorrow's home opener against Grambling State at 7:45 p.m., University of Arizona football fans can experience the dining, entertainment, and retail opportunities at Main Gate Square, Fourth Avenue, Downtown Tucson, and the Mercado District, and then board the Sun Link streetcar to the UA from any one of the 23 stops along the 3.9-mile route. Once on campus, Arizona Stadium is a short walk from the Second Street and Cherry Avenue stop.

Economic Forum in Tucson to Address Prosperity

Community leaders will meet in Tucson this weekend for the first Arizona Living Economy Forum to showcase what’s successfully driving prosperity in Arizona. Hosted by Local First Arizona, Mrs. Green’s World, and the YWCA of Southern Arizona, the event will be held Sunday, 12:30-5:30 p.m., at the YWCA at 525 N. Bonita Ave.

Organizers of the forum are bringing together influencers from many areas to highlight ideas that are working in our community and the best ways to expand them.

Volgy Underpass Dedication

COMMEMORATIVE NAMING OF THE WARREN AVENUE UNDERPASS TO

THOMAS VOLGY UNDERPASS

DEDICATION CEREMONY

The City of Tucson, Mayor Jonathan Rothschild and the Tucson Department of Transportation (TDOT) invites the public to attend a dedication ceremony to rename the Warren Avenue Underpass at Speedway Boulevard the Thomas Volgy Underpass at Speedway Boulevard and Warren Avenue.

THOMAS VOLGY UNDERPASS DEDICATION CEREMONY

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 2016

Mayor and Council to Help Low-Income Families Harvest Rainwater

A first-of-its-kind program designed to help low-income families participate in a rainwater harvesting program became reality yesterday, as the Mayor and Tucson City Council voted to start a one-year pilot program to allow those in need to collect rainwater for future use. A good rainwater harvesting system can cost $2,000 or more for a medium size cistern, which holds around 800 gallons of water.

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