NewsNet 02-10-15

LOCAL EXPERTS DISCUSS WHAT'S NEXT FOR DOWNTOWN DEVELOPMENT -  Much of the recent development success of Downtown Tucson can be attributed to last year's launch of the Sun Link streetcar, which has spurred economic development along the nearly 4-mile route. In a recent show on Arizona Public Media, local experts on downtown development and tourism discussed potential opportunities still available in the area. The next phase that we'll begin to see is downtown becoming a real residential area with market rate housing, said Jan Cervelli, the dean of the University of Arizona College of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture. That appeals to young professionals who say they would like to live in areas where they don't need a car every day, she said. The City's Office of Integrated Planning (OIP) has a new guide for businesses wanting to invest along the streetcar corridor. Read the Corridor Investment Guide, Opportunity Sites Web Map, and the Streetcar Land Use Planning Report.

TUCSON GEM AND MINERAL SHOW® KICKS OFF THURSDAY - This month's 61st annual Tucson Gem and Mineral Show®  is expected to pack the Tucson Convention Center (TCC). The original Tucson Gem Show marks the final weekend of the two weeks of mineral madness, pulling in thousands of treasure hunters from around the world. Free seminars and a Junior Education Area make this show a big draw for local families, too. Tickets to the four-day show can be purchased at the door each day, at the TCC Ticket Office, by calling (520) 791-4101, or online via Ticketmaster. Children 14 and under get in free with a paying adult. Hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday.

A DOZEN NEW COMPANIES GET SUPPORT FROM LOCAL BUSINESS INCUBATOR - Startup Tucson's Thryve Next growth accelerator program will help 12 newly-started companies grow and create jobs. The businesses already have begun a rigorous 14-week training and mentorship program, based on a curriculum from courses at the University of Arizona, Stanford University, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Thryve Next focuses on young, high-potential companies with annual revenues between $150,000 and $500,000. Last year, Startup Tucson was awarded a five-year, $1.44 million contract from the U.S. Small Business Administration's ScaleUp America program. The City of Tucson provided an additional $50,000 through a competitive grant process. Read more from the Arizona Daily Star.

REGISTRATION UNDERWAY FOR 3-ON-3 BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT - The Donna Liggins Center 3-on-3 Basketball competition is scheduled for Saturday, March 14, 8 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at 2160 N. 6th Ave. The registration deadline is Feb. 27. Team rosters are limited to five participants between the ages of 9 and 11. For more information, please call (520) 791-3247 or visit the Tucson Parks and Recreation website.

SUN TRAN SERVICE CHANGES BEGIN SUNDAY - Significant service changes to Sun Tran routes and the discontinuation of the Downtown Loop service are reflected in the new Sun Tran Ride Guide, effective February 15. The guide is now available on buses and at sales outlets. If you have any questions, please call (520) 792-9222. The Customer Service Center is open weekdays, 6 a.m.-7 p.m., and weekends from 8 a.m.-5 p.m.