Our Greatest Resource
Posted on Wednesday, July 24th 2013 at 02:44 pm
What is Tucson's greatest resource? We know that Arizona was known for the 5 C's (cattle, copper, cotton, climate and citrus) in the 1950's. Phoenix has developed into a major metropolitan community with corporate headquarters and high tech manufacturing companies. Tucson has remained a government supported city. We grew because of Davis Monthan AFB and benefitted from Hughes Aircraft moving to Tucson and we have the U of A. All of these are government supported. The major economic private sector growth has happened north of us in Phoenix. Our greatest resource in Tucson is the retired people that choose to live in Tucson because we aren't Phoenix. They like the culture, climate and community that make Tucson special. Tens of thousands of highly educated and accomplished people live here 8 or more months of the year, but most of them don't consider this their home. They are connected back where they came from and disconnect when they come to Tucson. Serving on many non-profit boards I have come to realize that the resources in Tucson are limited. We don't have the big companies and corporate headquarters that dominate Phoenix. The successful business people in Tucson are overtaxed and some, like Jim Click, seem to be giving to everything. So our non-profit organizations are stretched and the need for volunteers and support is critical. Living in Oro Valley where most of my neighbors are retired I realized that they have much to give but aren't connected. So we developed "Our Greatest Resource" campaign to get them connected and serving in the many non-profit organizations that are transforming our community. We are partnering with the Volunteer Center of Southern Arizona to direct our seniors to the non-profits; Coach Lute Olson did the PSA that starts off "since I retired I realize I can only play so much golf" and then encourages retired people like him to "get back in the game". Most of the radio, TV and print publications are participating in this campaign that will begin in August. My hope is that we will see thousands of seniors who are sitting on the bench get back in the game and help to make Tucson a more prosperous, educated, healthy and wholesome place. For more information on how you can get in the game go to http://www.Volunteersoaz.org.