Celebrating Workers and Jobs this Labor Day Weekend

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As we enjoy the long weekend off with our families and our backyard BBQ’s, it is important that we pause for a moment and reflect on the reason we celebrate workers and labor in this country. Our country would not be what it is today without the contribution of working men and women. In WWII, it was our woman-powered industrial workforce that equipped and supplied our victorious troops and allies.

Today, the men and women of Raytheon continue to support our modern military overseas from right here in Tucson. The American worker leads the way in producing state-of-the-art technology that makes us smarter, healthier and safer. This deserves our praise and gratitude.

I want to especially recognize the men and women that work for Pima County. It is easy for some of us to forget that while we have the day off, these dedicated public servants, and so many others, are hard at work making Pima County a better and safer place to live.

Finally, I want to recognize the work Pima County has done creating new jobs and building our economy. Almost 10 years ago, Pima County was in the wake of one of the largest financial crisis to hit the United States. As a growth-dependent economy, the impact of the devastation rippled through every job sector and was felt deep within our communities.

Pima County found a way to create more jobs and it is working.


The Pima County Economic Development Plan is much more than incentivizing successful startups like Accelerate Diagnostics, more than high-tech space balloons from WorldView (which will change the face of scientific research for a generation) and more than attracting Fortune 500 companies like Caterpillar. The Pima County Economic Development Plan was about creating our own ripple-effect of new high-wage jobs, demand for existing services and manufacturing, and diversified growth. I understood that attracting top employers could touch every edge of our region from food producers to restaurants and construction to your local shopkeeper.

I will keep working hard to ensure that on next Labor Day, there are more workers in Pima County enjoying their day off.


Sharon Bronson