NewsNet 04-23-15

HOME FURNISHINGS CENTER TO BRING HUNDREDS OF JOBS TO TUCSON - HomeGoods has committed to building a distribution center in Tucson, bringing in as many as 400 jobs the first year, 750 over the next five years, and more than 900 jobs in 15 years. The 800,000 square-foot West Coast distribution center will be built on 100 acres of land at South Alvernon Way and East Corona Road. TJX Companies, the Massachusetts-based parent of HomeGoods, paid $9.5 million to buy the land. HomeGoods was lured to Tucson by a tax incentives package put together by the City of Tucson and Pima County, with help from Tucson Regional Economic Opportunities (TREO). Read more from the Arizona Daily Star, and learn about the City of Tucson's Office of Economic Initiatives business incentives.

GRANT ROAD IMPROVEMENTS MOVING ALONG (VIDEO) - Road improvements to more than three miles of Grant Road from Santa Rita to Columbus Boulevard are scheduled to be finished by early June. Tucson 12 takes a look at the paving process and tells us what's to come. Read the news release about the paving schedule.

TUCSON'S TOURIST SEASON IS WRAPPING UP WITH GOOD RESULTS - With triple digit temperatures not too far away, Tucson's peak tourism season is beginning to wind down. Tourism industry officials report an improving economy, increased consumer confidence, and lower gas prices helped Tucson's tourism numbers achieve their highest levels in recent years. Visit Tucson says revenue from hotel rooms increased about 12-and-a-half-percent last month compared to March 2014. The Arizona Office of Tourism reports the industry accounts for more than 22,000 jobs in Pima County and $2.6 billion in direct travel spending. Read more from KVOA.

BIKE FEST TUCSON CONTINUES - April is Bike Fest month in Tucson. While only a week remains in the month, there are still plenty of activities to promote cycling in our community. Among the big events is Bike to Work day tomorrow, beginning at 6 a.m. Employees and businesses are encouraged to organize a group ride to work. Bike Fest is a program of the Living Streets Alliance, in partnership with the City of Tucson, the Pima County Department of Environmental Quality's Clean Air Program, and numerous local businesses and community organizations.

CITY OF TUCSON IS REMOVING ABANDONED SHOPPING CARTS - If you see a shopping cart off store property, abandoned along the street, or sitting in a wash, call the City of Tucson's Environmental Services (ES) department to have it removed. You can call Customer Service at (520) 791-3171 or use the 'My-Waste'™ app and choose the Report a Problem option. Watch a PSA about how the program works.