NewsNet 02-18-15

ROAD BOND UPDATE SCHEDULED FOR TODAY'S CITY COUNCIL MEETING - The Tucson Department of Transportation (TDOT) will present the Mayor and Tucson City Council  with an update on the financial and project status of the Road Recovery bond project. The $100 million program was approved by voters in November 2012. Funds from the program resurface city arterials and residential streets. TDOT is expected to report that favorable bids from contractors and a decrease in fuel prices will put the program in a strong financial position. A citizens Bond Oversight Commission reviews plans and oversees the project. Watch the Mayor and Council meeting live at Tucson 12.

TUCSON RANKS HIGH IN NEW REPORT ABOUT TECH-BASED JOBS - Tucson ranks in the top 100 U.S. cities when it comes to the number of jobs and other factors in advanced, tech-based industries, according to a new report from Brookings. The study, released last week, focused on industries that spend large amounts of money on research and development, while also employing a high percentage of workers in jobs requiring intensive knowledge of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Tucson’s strongest industries include aerospace manufacturing, scientific research and development services, and computer systems design services, the report said. Read more from the Arizona Daily Star.

SUN TRAN INTRODUCES FIVE NEW CNG BUSES - The City of Tucson and Sun Tran this week are introducing five 35-foot-long buses that run on Compressed Natural Gas (CNG). The new buses help meet the goals of the City of Tucson to help improve air quality in the region. The five buses will replace 14-year-old CNG-fueled buses, decreasing the average age of Sun Tran’s fleet from 5.97 years to 5.51 years. The newer buses are about 5-feet shorter than previous buses, leading to better fuel economy, lower maintenance costs, and better maneuverability. Purchased with funding from the Federal Transit Administration, City of Tucson, and Regional Transportation Authority, the CNG-fueled buses cost a little more than $508,000 each. Read the news release.

VISIT TUCSON TARGETS THOSE IN SNOWY CITIES - With below-freezing temperatures in many parts of the United States, Visit Tucson is trying to attract people living in those climates by marketing Tucson's sunshine. The tourism agency is gearing its latest campaign toward women between the ages of 35 to 54, not the typical snowbird who may be of retirement age. Visit Tucson recently purchased a 30-second commercial to air on cable networks in Chicago. It also has bought ads covering the outside and inside of Chicago Transit Authority trains. In addition, promotional videos show up on websites in places with direct flights to Tucson, such as New York, Philadelphia, and Boston.

CATCH UP ON CITY NEWS YOU MAY HAVE MISSED -  Make a deal on the City of Tucson’s online auction; see what Nandi’s been up to lately; and the Parks and Recreation catalog has something for everyone. Those stories are featured in this month's edition of Tucson City News in Review, produced by Tucson 12.