PARTNERSHIPS & PROJECTS
The University of Arizona School of Government and Public Policy and the Department of Economic Development and Tourism in the Town of Marana have worked to foster a collaboration that brings Economic Development to students at the Masters level. Soon, students in the Masters of Public Administration and Masters of Public Policy will be able to take an "Economic Development 101" course that will illustrate the importance of Economic Development for local governments and organizations, and how to make a community or organization prosper in a sustainable and meaningful way. Currently, the class is going through basic design, and will soon be sent through the University of Arizona's certification process to be incorporated directly into the Masters of Public Administration and Policy curriculum, with high potential to become a core class.
The Town of Marana's Department of Economic Development and Tourism has teamed up with Arizona SciTech to further young student's interest in the STEAM subjects in Southern Arizona. The first step was the inclusion of an AZ SciTech booth at the Town of Marana's annual Founder's Day Celebration in March of 2015. The booth was assisted by the Marana Heritage Conservancy, and featured demonstrations from AZ SciTech staff, as well as several interactive elements from Marana Unified School District...all of which are aimed at generating interest in young children to pursue education and careers in the Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math fields. This was a first ever collaboration for the Town of Marana.
The Town of Marana has partnered with Sun Corridor Inc. (formerly Tucson Regional Economic Opportunities) for several years to bring opportunities in Economic Development to Marana. Both entities have worked closely to further Economic Development, not only specifically in the Town of Marana, but for the Southwest Region as a whole. Together, they bring new opportunities, while creating a focus and drive for the Town of Marana to develop its economic base, in a strong effort to bring high-wage, career-oriented jobs that are sustainable for the residents of the community, as well as for the development of the Town for the future.
For information regarding potential partnerships with Marana Economic Development, please contact:
Heath Vescovi-Chiordi, Economic Development Specialist