NewsNet 09-30-14

CITY TRANSPORTATION CREWS USING NEW POTHOLE PATCH - The Tucson Department of Transportation (TDOT) is using a new method to fix potholes around the city. The material is an aggregate of tiny rocks and a lesser amount of asphalt than the traditional materials, which makes the patch look lighter than the road. It's also faster to apply than the older method, allowing crews to cover more ground. “Rather than having to jackhammer out very large sections of poor pavement, this allows you to keep that existing pavement, seal it up and then put that lighter aggregate on top," said TDOT Director Daryl Cole. "Previously, you’d cut out all those large alligator cracks...put the adhering agent in there and then put the traditional asphalt in." Cole is directing road crews to use the lighter-colored pothole patches on roads that are going to be resurfaced in the next few years. Read more from Arizona Public Media.
 
STARTUP TUCSON GETS FEDERAL GRANT
- Startup Tucson is the recipient of a $1.44 million, five-year grant from the U.S. Small Business Administration's ScaleUp America program. Startup Tucson was one of only seven successful applicants nationwide out of more than 60 proposals, and Tucson is the only community west of the Mississippi River to receive ScaleUp America funding. The money will be used for Startup Tucson's next project, Thryve Next. The program is an opportunity for small, growth-oriented businesses to receive entrepreneurship education from national, regional, and local executives. The businesses must be approximately two years old, in the early growth business cycle, with annual revenue between $150,000 and $500,000.

REID PARK ZOO RETURNS TO REGULAR HOURS TOMORROW - Starting tomorrow, Oct. 1, Reid Park Zoo returns to its regular hours, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. The Zoo had been opening and closing an hour earlier during the summer. African baby elephant Nandi will be in the main Expedition Tanzania exhibit from at least 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. each day. The Zoo also has several big events in the month of October, including the "ZOOcson" fundraiser and three days of "Howl-o-Ween."
 
TUCSON MEET YOURSELF NEEDS VOLUNTEERS - Tucson Meet Yourself is celebrating its 41st year in Tucson and it needs volunteers to help with the cultural, food, and entertainment event, Oct. 10 - 12, in Downtown Tucson. Volunteers receive a vintage Tucson Meet Yourself T-shirt, meet diverse and interesting people, learn leadership skills, and educate the community about a variety of topics. Read more from Tucson News Now.
 
NEED HELP STARTING OR EXPANDING A BUSINESS IN TUCSON? CALL THE SMALL BUSINESS ASSISTANCE LINE - The City of Tucson's Small Business Assistance Line, (520) 837-4100, is available from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Help is available in both English and Spanish. Staff from the City Manager's Office of Economic Initiatives answer the calls. The Small Business Assistance Line is one of a number of City initiatives, along with 21 new business incentives, streamlined permit processes and more, to make the City of Tucson more business-friendly.