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Business bill of rights could change Tucson business culture

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Business bill of rights could change Tucson business culture

CREATED Feb 26, 2013

Reporter: Cory Marshall

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - Tucson city leaders are hoping to reverse a bad reputation. For years, the city of Tucson has downed the reputation of being a city that is unfriendly to businesses. It's not a title you want to have.

Tucson architect Wayne Silberschlag knows the headaches of building in Tucson firsthand.

"I've had clients tell me over the past that they would rather build in Marana or Pima County or even Sahuarita than Tucson," Silberschlag said.

"I think for the most part the problem is that it's just broken. It takes too long to get plans through [and] sometimes the right hand doesn't know what the left hand is doing," Silberschlag continued.

Now, city leaders think they have a fix.

It's called the business bill of rights. It's a two-way agreement between the city and local businesses, both big and small. The doctrine outlines objectives and shows exactly how the public and private sector will work together.

"If we don't take care of those issues, businesses could decided to develop some place else," Tucson Metro Chamber President and CEO, Mike Varney said.

According to Varney, the adopted agreement could translate to more companies bringing business to Tucson, which in turn, means more jobs.

"[We want] to help them grow their businesses to help companies that are interested in coming to Southern Arizona to come here and go through their building and permitting process," Varney told 9OYS.

Both the city and county recently adopted the doctrine.