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Rio Nuevo Board Approves Incentives for Caterpillar

The board of the Rio Nuevo Multipurpose Facilities District voted unanimously yesterday to spend $52 million to bring Caterpillar, Inc. to Tucson. Along with $4 million promised to Caterpillar by the Arizona Commerce Authority, the offer is one of the largest in recent state history, according to Rio Nuevo officials.

“If you want to attract big businesses, you’ve got to put some skin in the game,” Rio Nuevo Chairman Fletcher McCusker told board members.

It's Easy to Start a Business in Tucson

Getting a required business license to open a business in Tucson (and paying ensuing taxes) can be done online through the City of Tucson's Finance Department.

One thing to remember if you are buying an existing business is that you are liable for any unpaid taxes of the seller. Before purchasing any business, you should require the seller to provide a “Letter of Good Standing” issued by the City’s License Section, which is a document that states there is no tax amount outstanding.

Summer Movies Return to La Placita Village Downtown

Tonight marks the start of this summer's Cinema La Placita, which is entering its 17th year hosting classic movies in an outdoor setting.

Every Thursday night at 7:30, May through August, hundreds of Tucsonans enjoy the summer evenings with a different movie each week for $3 per person (includes all-you-can-eat popcorn).

Tonight's movie is “When Harry Met Sally” (1989), starring Meg Ryan, Billy Crystal and Carrie Fisher.

Arizona Lawmakers Pass New State Budget

The Arizona Legislature gave final approval early this morning to a $9.6 billion spending plan for the fiscal year that begins July 1. The package came together after legislative leaders agreed to rescind a proposal to cut public education — at least for this fiscal year. The final deal demanded by moderate Republicans ensures there will be no loss of funding for schools that are losing students, small charter schools, and district-run charter schools.

City to Hold Meeting on Community Reinvestment Tools

The City of Tucson invites residents to a public meeting next week to review and comment on three tools designed to encourage reinvestment in our community.

The tools include a Planned Area Development (PAD) rezoning tool, an administrative process for Major Streets & Routes setback relief, and optional concurrent plan amendment and rezoning applications.

The public meeting will be held next Wednesday, May 11, 4:30-6:30 p.m. at the Sentinel Building, 320 N. Commerce Park Loop.

Awards Ceremony to Spotlight Historic Preservation

Individuals and organizations that have contributed significantly to historic preservation in Tucson and Pima County will be recognized at the annual Historic Preservation Awards Ceremony later this month.

The Tucson-Pima County Historical Commission (T-PCHC) and the Tucson Historic Preservation Foundation (THPF) will host the event on Saturday, May 21, 9:30 a.m.-noon at the Scottish Rite Cathedral, 160 S. Scott Ave.

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