July 2023

CBRE: Tucson Named a Top City for Tech Talent Growth

TUCSON, ARIZONA (July 26, 2023) — CBRE has released its annual scoring tech talent. This report comprehensively analyzes labor market conditions, cost, and quality in North America for highly skilled tech workers that can help decision-makers fulfill critical business and innovation objectives. Tucson ranks No. 13 among the up-and-coming North American tech talent markets.

Tucson highlights from the report below and linked and attached the reports for convenience.

Tucson’s total tech talent employment of 16,970 increased by 3% from 2017 to 2022.
Tucson’s average tech wage of $87,206 has grown by 13% since 2017.
Tucson’s average software developer wage of $110,530 has grown by 26.1% since 2017.
Tucson generated 1,269 tech talent degree graduates in 2021.

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June 2023

Governor Hobbs Announces Future48 Workforce Accelerations in Yuma, Kingman

New workforce development facilities to provide customized training for advanced manufacturing in rural Arizona

PHOENIX, AZ (June 29, 2023) – With advanced manufacturing jobs plentiful, Governor Hobbs announced today two new workforce partnerships to provide advanced skills training in rural Arizona. The new training programs, known as Future48 Workforce Accelerators, will launch in Kingman and Yuma, the first of up to six new Future48 Workforce Accelerators to be overseen by the Arizona Commerce Authority in coordination with higher education and industry partners.

Between 2017 and 2021, manufacturing employment in Arizona increased by 12%, the third-fastest in the country (Lightcast). Arizona’s rapidly expanding manufacturing sectors include semiconductors, bioscience, battery and automotive, aerospace and defense, renewable energy, and more, with demand for skilled workers also growing.

“Arizona has become an epicenter of emerging technologies, which brings good-paying jobs in durable industries, but we also need to make sure our economic boom benefits Arizonans all across our state,” said Governor Katie Hobbs. “That’s why I’m proud to announce the launch of these two manufacturing workforce accelerators in Yuma and Kingman, which will provide new opportunities to reach all of our workforce and diverse communities.”

The Yuma Future48 Workforce Accelerator, launched in partnership with Arizona Western College, will offer workforce training in electrical technology, advanced manufacturing, broadband fiber optics, and solar installation in support of the region’s aerospace and defense industries. The partnership will include a 5,600-square-foot expansion of the Wellton Manufacturing Training Center on the Arizona Western College campus. Industry partners will include TRAX International, the United States Army Yuma Proving Ground, the General Motor Proving Grounds, the Gowan Company, Allo Fiber, D&H Electric, Sunray Electric, Yuma Electric and more. The project is expected to be completed in 2024.

“AWC is proud to partner with Arizona Commerce Authority and Governor Hobbs for this Future48 Workforce Accelerator,” said Dr. Daniel Corr, President, Arizona Western College. “This is an example of the college’s commitment to create and support the vibrant diversified economy of our state and enhance workforce development. We expect this Accelerator to transform the training and opportunities of our growing and skilled workforce. These funds will provide an opportunity for thousands of more Arizonans to prepare for high-wage, high-skill jobs through community colleges.”

Established in partnership with Mohave Community College, the Kingman accelerator will support the region’s growing manufacturing, transportation, and mining industries. The accelerator will comprise a more than 30,000 square-foot facility at Kingman Airport and Industrial Park, with industry partners to include NUCOR Steel, Kingman And Mohave Manufacturing Association (KAMMA), Progressive Pipe, Arizona Sommers Cooling and Heating and more. The project is expected to be completed in early 2025.

“Mohave Community College is honored to receive funds to help us build the first Advanced Manufacturing Training Center in Northwest Arizona and are grateful for the support of the Arizona Commerce Authority and Governor Hobbs,” said Dr. Stacy Klippenstein, President, Mohave Community College. “Mohave County continues to see massive industry-sector growth and this new educational center will help us provide the necessary training to meet the workforce needs, produce higher wage jobs and encourage economic prosperity for this region. Companies like Progressive Pipe and NUCOR Steel and the KAMMA organization are ready to partner with us to ensure a skilled workforce for the future.”

The Future48 Workforce Accelerators are part of a $30 million investment approved by the State of Arizona in 2022 to build up to six advanced manufacturing training facilities across the state in partnership with local community colleges. The program is modeled after the successful Drive48 facility in Pinal County. A collaboration between the ACA, Central Arizona College, Pinal County, the City of Casa Grande, and Lucid, Drive48 features multiple assembly robots and individual training rooms to prepare workers for jobs in automotive manufacturing. Since 2021, more than 2,000 students have graduated from Drive48.

“In Arizona, we are known for our innovative and forward-thinking workforce development models that scale talent quickly to meet industry needs,” said Sandra Watson, President and CEO of the Arizona Commerce Authority. “The Future48 Workforce Accelerators represent Arizona’s latest workforce advancement, connecting students with the skills and know-how needed for jobs in the state’s growing advanced manufacturing industry.”

With a fast growing population and excellent higher education institutions, Arizona is consistently recognized as a leading state for workforce development. According to Lightcast, Maricopa County ranks no. 1 for Talent Attraction and Retention, while the state holds the 4th-highest growth in education attainment and the 5th-highest growth in skilled jobs.

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April 2023

Tucson makes the cut on top 10 “food cities” list

Arizona Daily Star

Appearing alongside cities such as New Orleans and Chicago, Tucson was recently named one of the top 10 cities for food in the U.S. on a list published by Travel and Leisure.

The list, penned by travel writer Lauren Dana Ellman, mentions Tucson’s status as the first UNESCO City of Gastronomy in the nation and its tendency to “wow culinary connoisseurs with its distinct Native American and Mexican offerings.”

Local eateries Bata, Blue Front and Boca Tacos y Tequila were highlighted under Tucson’s name — which came in sixth place on the list — along with the latter’s owner, Maria Mazon.

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March 2023

Tucson Listed by Time Magazine as One of World’s Greatest Places 2023

By Nicholas Derenzo for Time Magazine

There’s something revolutionary cooking in America’s first UNESCO City of Gastronomy. Last year, Barrio Bread’s Don Guerra won the James Beard Award for Outstanding Baker, and he’s on a mission to revitalize Arizona-grown heritage grains. First brought here by 17th century Spanish missionaries, white Sonora wheat now crops up on the menus at restaurants like Maynards and the just-opened Bata and even in a Southwestern-inspired hefeweizen from Borderlands Brewing Co. In the coming months, the brewery is set to open a handful of new dining concepts with Top Chef alum Maria Mazon, who’s expanding beyond her popular BOCA Tacos y Tequila with a miniempire that now includes a tortilleria where you can pick up a bottle of her blazing chiltepín salsa, made with America’s only wild native chili pepper.

Born in Tucson and raised in Sonora, Mexico, Mazon represents a spirit of cross-border collaboration that is also seen in the work of Borderlandia, a tour company offering itineraries in Southern Arizona and neighboring Sonora. Join owners Rocío and Alex La Pierre for a stroll around Barrio Viejo, which is dotted with 19th century Sonoran row houses (Tucson’s answer to Pueblo Revival architecture) and new galleries—and which could be on its way to National Historic Landmark status this year. Also looming on the horizon for 2023 is the Leo Kent Hotel, a member of Marriott’s Tribute Portfolio, which opens this year in the city’s tallest building. It will join another boutique newcomer, the wine-centric Citizen Hotel, which pioneering developer Moniqua Lane recently opened in Tucson’s historic first newspaper press.

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