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July 31, 2014


Tucson to Tesla: your building permit is ready

Arizona Daily Star  “Tesla Motors has received a $3 billion building permit for construction of a battery assembly plant in Tucson. The permit is for a one-story building of up to 5 million square feet in size at an address ‘to be determined.’ … Mayor Jonathan Rothschild sent the permit and a brief memo to […]

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September 6, 2013

Streetcar 101 was unveiled to the public on Sept. 6, 2013.

Sun Link Streetcar Arrives in Tucson

The long-awaited Sun Link Streetcar made its trek from Oregon to Tucson at the end of August, but officially was unveiled to the public Sept. 6. In a ceremony hosted by Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild, Streetcar 101 sat on the tracks at the new Sun Link Operations and Maintenance facility in Downtown Tucson, as hundreds of people took pictures and heard speeches from officials involved in the project over the years.

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August 14, 2013


Mayor Joins Forces with Google to Get Local Businesses Online

Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild is encouraging local businesses who don’t have a website to get online and expand their reach. Google reports 97 percent of Americans who use the Internet search for local goods and services: a place to eat, that last-minute appointment for a haircut, or someone to come quickly and fix a leak. Businesses need to be where their customers are…and that’s online.

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August 1, 2013

(L-R) Manlio Fabio Beltrones of the House of Representatives in Mexico speaks with Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild and Nogales, Sonora Mayor Ramón Guzmán Muñoz on the floor of the Mexican Congress. (Photo: Fortunato Leal)

Mayor Strengthens Relationships with Mexico

Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild’s recent trip to Mexico City was a success.  The mayor received agreements from Mexican officials on issues ranging from roads to future summits. Rothschild traveled in mid-July with Mayor Ramón Guzmán Muñoz of Nogales, Sonora, Pascua Yaqui Chairman Peter Yucupicio and a number of Arizona businessmen. They visited Mexico’s Congress, stressing […]

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June 28, 2013

Mayor Rothschild highlights the results of his 360 Plan.

Mayor’s Report Card: The 360 Plan

Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild says this past year in office has been fruitful and he has documented his successes in the final report of his 360 Plan, which outlined his goals for the past year. Some of the key successes highlighted in the report include the Rio Nuevo Settlement, private investment in downtown development, passage of a 5-year road bond to fix city streets, bicycle and pedestrian improvements and new economic partnerships with Mexico.

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June 14, 2013

(L-R) Nayarit Governor Roberto Sandoval, Mexico Sen. Claudia Arellano Pavlovich, Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild and Nogales, Ariz. Mayor Arturo Garino during Pavlovich's grand opening of constituent services office in Guaymas, Sonora, June 8, 2013.

Mayor Visits Guaymas; Meets with Mexican Officials

Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild traveled to Mexico recently to help celebrate the opening of Mexico Sen. Claudia Arellano Pavlovich’s new constituent services office in Guaymas, Sonora.  After the event, the mayor met with the senator to discuss his future trip to Mexico City to strengthen ties there. The mayor’s visit to Mexico was also an […]

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May 31, 2013

Port of Tucson celebrates its expansion, May 31, 2013. Chance Agrella/TREO

Port of Tucson Expands Operations

The multi-modal rail facility known as the Port of Tucson recently added more miles of track and gained the ability to service international ocean shipping containers, giving the Tucson region more options when it comes to shipments via rail. The international facility, located near Kolb Road and Interstate 10, creates more economic opportunities for Tucson, […]

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April 3, 2013

Mayor Rothschild speaks at the ribbon cutting ceremony for Involta. Photo: Chance Agrella/TREO

Mayor Welcomes Involta to Tucson

Technology company Involta opened the doors of its new Tucson facility Wednesday, adding 38,000 square feet of space for companies to store sensitive electronic data. The $15 million building features special environmental systems, redundant back-up power and specialized fire suppression.

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February 7, 2013

Mayor Rothschild signs Rio Nuevo settlement, Feb. 7, 2013.

Mayor and Rio Nuevo District Sign Historic Agreement

The City of Tucson and the Rio Nuevo District have agreed to settle all pending litigation and disputes and move forward with downtown revitalization projects approved by voters in 1999. Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild and City Manager Richard Miranda signed the settlement agreement during a press conference spelling out each side’s rights and responsibilities moving forward. “What this means for […]

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February 1, 2013


Gem and Mineral Show Opens Downtown

Thousands of visitors and merchants are filling the streets of Downtown Tucson over the next two weeks, as the 59th annual Gem Show showcases a collection of gems and minerals at 40 different venues. Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild welcomed visitors to the show during an opening ceremony last week.

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