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Founded in Tucson, Arizona, one of the most important, inclusive and authentic public ceremonies in North America today with over 100K participants.
Selected in 2015 by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).
The Tucson Gem and Mineral Show® attracts 65,000 attendees and has included exhibits from Smithsonian Institution and Carnegie Museum of Natural History.
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Tucson is ranked one of the best cities for young professionals and remote workers. The city is ecologically and culturally diverse with big-city amenities at a much lower cost. Curious about your possible savings? Use our Cost of Living Calculator to discover how you can thrive on less in Tucson.
Matched up with most major cities in the country, Tucson with all it has to offer still boasts one of the lowest costs of living.
Established in 1880, Vail has beautiful landscapes, great schools, and a friendly community with an ever-increasing population. Vail has experienced a roughly 400% increase in population since 2001. Vail traces its history back to the first railroad surveys and while the train no longer stops in Vail, the double set of railroad tracks that encompass the original town site are a reminder of the town’s roots as a railroad town.
As a unique crossroads of culture, industry and innovation, Marana claims a rich and diverse history. Documented inhabitation of the region extends back over 13,000 years, when Native American tribes lived in the area. Now with more than 45,000 residents and 126 square miles of incorporated area, Marana is one of the most economically progressive communities in the region, and the future continues to look bright.
Source: Discover Marana
The Catalina Foothills area boasts legendary art galleries, spectacular golf courses, restaurants, and shopping, all right at the doorstep to Tucson’s greatest wonder – the Sonoran Desert. Possibly Tucson’s most iconic feature, the mountain peaks of the Santa Catalina Mountains are truly breathtaking, and in the Catalina Foothills you’ll have a front-row seat.
Source: Visit Tucson
Incorporated in 1994, Sahuarita is the fifth youngest town in the State with a rich cultural history and legacy established by the ancestors of Native American groups who still live there. Sahuarita is known for its FICO pecan orchards along Nogales Highway and the gateway to the sycamore and cottonwood canyons of Madera and Gardner.
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As the 33rd largest city in the U.S. Tucson offers all the amenities of a big city while still retaining some of the charm of a small town. It is culturally diverse and that rich heritage is reflected in its architecture and its restaurants.
Tucson was ranked in the “Top 25 Arts Destinations” by American Style Magazine. There are more than 35 art galleries in just the downtown area alone and the region offers 30+ museums to explore and enjoy including the world renowned Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum and the Reid Park Zoo. In 2018, Best Cities ranked Tucson in the Top 100 Cities in the World!
Professionals can live, work and play in Tucson with a variety of outdoors activities that can be enjoyed year-round thanks to Tucson’s dry, sunny climate.
Outside Magazine ranked Tucson as one of the “Best Places to Live in 2019” citing some of the great things about Tucson such as the food, the hiking trails, being able to live close to open space and newly completed 131-mile bike path circling the city.
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SPAS AND RESORTS
Beyond the Iron – The Caterpillar Podcast
- Women’s Initiative Network help promote awareness and programming for women who want to pursue careers in STEM-related fields
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Arizona, United Way, Southern Arizona Adaptive Sports, YWCA, Educational Enrichment Foundation, American Heart Association Heart Walk, Wounded Warrior Project.
When I moved to Tucson, I didn’t believe I would stay and then I found Startup Tucson, which opened the door to an amazingly beautiful community. Over the last three years, I have been amazed by the people in Tucson and the work that I get to do at Startup Tucson. We work to transform the region’s economy through entrepreneurship and with that I also work to democratize capital for our BIPOC community. Through the work I am doing here in Tucson, we are changing the region one entrepreneur at a time, and I could not see myself living anywhere else. Tucson is a special place, and if you can find a career here, know that it is a lifelong experience that will make you fall in love with an incredibly talented, open-minded community.
My initial decision to stay in Tucson came from a career opportunity that showed me the potential for success in wealth management and philanthropy. Tucson is the type of city that allows you to grow professionally while remaining one introduction away from the CEOs who help our business community thrive. My reasons for staying in Tucson have sown in other directions over time. I met my fiancée, Danielle Cesanek, a few years ago. Watching her career as a principal ballerina with Ballet Tucson flourish has helped me appreciate Tucson’s arts nonprofits. As we look toward our future, we envision raising a family, giving back, and cultivating our personal and professional lives in Tucson.
As a native Tucsonan, I grew up surrounded by a strong community that provided a foundation for my future. Today, as a business owner, mother of five and active community member, I’ve made an intentional decision to raise our family and grow our business in Tucson. As a community, the focus on economic development and opportunities that encourage and promote growth for generations to come is commendable. I have watched the leadership in the business community grow and develop, bringing fresh and new ideas to complement the authentic character that makes our city so special.
As a college town, Tucson is a great place to work and live! While not everyone is a graduate of the University of Arizona, we can all appreciate the Bear Down spirit that fills our desert with abundant culture, activities and, of course, Wildcats!