NewsNet 06-4-15

TUCSON PREDICTED TO SEE ECONOMIC GROWTH IN COMING YEARS - A new forecast from University of Arizona economists predicts Tucson and Arizona will continue to see economic growth over the next decade, helped by an ongoing U.S. recovery and increased exports to Mexico. Yesterday's economic forecast by the UA Eller College of Management’s Economic and Business Research Center also warns that an expanding income gap, blamed on educational attainment, could threaten the state's future. An increase in population is predicted to lead to improvement in the housing market, but not as well as previous years. Read more from the Arizona Daily Star.

PUBLIC INVITED TO PROVIDE INPUT ON TRANSPORTATION PLAN - A public engagement website is being used in the development of the Pima Association of Governments (PAG) 30-year Regional Transportation Plan (RTP). Engage 2045 allows citizens to share their long-term transportation priorities and identify where they believe the region’s transportation dollars should be spent. The RTP is required to be updated every four years in order for the Tucson region to receive federal transportation funding.

ADDITIONAL CITY GYMNASTICS CLASSES NOW OPEN FOR REGISTRATION - Tucson Parks and Recreation just added two eight-week Gymnastics I (ages 6-12) classes for this summer. One class begins tonight at 6 o'clock at Randolph, and a Monday class starts next week (June 8) from 1-2 p.m. Classes are $33 for City residents and $41 for others. Call 791-4877 or register online. You can also view the Parks and Recreation Summer 2015 Program Guide and Class Catalog for other classes offered.
Watch Tucson 12 video about the catalog

CIRCUS RETURNS TO TUCSON THIS MONTH - Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® Circus XTREME will be at the Tucson Convention Center from June 19-21. Come 90 minutes early for the Animal Open House. The All Access Pre-Show starts 60 minutes before the show (when the doors open) and ends about 15 minutes before the performance. Both activities are free when you have a ticket to the circus.

MOVIES IN THE PARK PROGRAM CONTINUES TOMORROW - Are you looking for some family-friendly entertainment on Friday nights over the summer? Movies in the Park, a Tucson summer staple since 2003, returns Friday to Reid Park with a free showing of Big Hero 6 at dusk. Residents are invited to bring blankets and chairs to enjoy a free movie every other Friday at the DeMeester Outdoor Performance Center, 900 S. Randolph Way. Pre-movie events begin at 5:30 p.m. with live music, jumping castles, balloon animals, and arts and crafts exhibits from nonprofits. Popcorn, soda, and food truck vendors also will be available for an additional charge. The Movies in the Park program is hosted by Cox Communications and the Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliance. Read more from Tucson News Now.