'State of Downtown' event shows what's new and growing in downtown Tucson

'State of Downtown' event shows what's new and growing in downtown Tucson

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Downtown businesses are sharing how they envision the future of the city, but here's the catch -- they had to do it in a matter of seconds.

In a unique event called "Downtown Now" held at the Tucson Convention Center on Thursday and led by Rio Nuevo and Downtown Tucson Partnership, 37 business owners had to present their vision in under 30 seconds.

"This is all creating sales tax revenue," said Fletcher McCusker with the Rio Nuevo board. "So, our job is to create new revenue and put it back into downtown."

Nearly 900 guests used this as a networking opportunity and among the city's accomplishments that were discussed were the new TCC Arena and Pro Hockey, AC Marriott, Mercado Annex, Marist College, Caterpillar's move to Downtown, new restaurants, new retail, the Greyhound terminal, plus 22 residential projects.

"We're growing our entrepreneurial ecosystem," said Randy Accetta with the Southern Arizona Roadrunners. "So, once we get people to fund new ideas, new innovations, I think Tucson is on its way to doing some good stuff."

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