Caterpillar Inc. is coming to Downtown Tucson, bringing hundreds of six-figure jobs to the region. State and local officials made the announcement this morning. Caterpillar, which manufactures construction and mining equipment, says it will bring 600 jobs to Tucson over the next five years. Those positions include executives, engineers, and product development and support positions. State officials say the economic impact of the move is projected to be about $600 million.
Community groups and local agencies have a new summer target date to help homeless veterans secure housing. The July 4 date extends the original estimate of last December. Approximately 300 homeless veterans remain to be housed, according to Mayor Jonathan Rothschild's office.
Two 8-year-old dogs were killed after being attacked by bees Friday night in Rita Ranch, near Valencia and Houghton roads.
The owner of the dogs tried to help, but he said the animals were completely covered with bees within a couple of minutes, and he was stung himself. He rushed the dogs to the vet after getting them inside, but they had to be euthanized.
The Tucson Fire Department (TFD) was called in to foam the swarm. TFD says of the 90 bee-related calls it received in April, crews only had to use foam about five times.
Tucson is still in the running in the Best Town Ever contest from Outside magazine. The publication is looking for cities with great access to trails and public lands, thriving restaurants and neighborhoods, and a good beer scene.
You can vote for Tucson on the magazine's website (linked above), which features a competition bracket like the NCAA basketball tournament.
Tucson Water Director Tim Thomure says smart, long-term investment and conservation over decades put our community in good shape to deal with possible cuts to our supply of Colorado River water. As part of the Central Arizona Project (CAP), Tucson uses the water to blend with groundwater supplies to extend the life of our aquifer.
The City of Tucson was recognized during Arizona's Arbor Day Celebration last Tuesday with a 24 Years of Tree City award. The awards are coordinated through Arizona State Forestry's Urban and Community Forestry.
The new Tucson Birding Trail Map is now available. The free map shows the 45 best locations in and around Tucson for finding wild birds. The sites include a range of mountain, desert, and wetland locations, each with its own variety of species.
The map is available online and at a variety of Tucson Audubon and Tucson Parks and Recreation department locations.