Give Varney a break!
Since he took on the job at the Chamber, we have seen him work his tail off! As a member of the business community for more than twenty years and a resident of Tucson since 1969, it is about time we got somebody in a position of leadership that would like to see something better for this city. Varney's predecessor managed to shrink the membership in half while he was at the helm, and I wont recount all of the stifling politics, (Walkup, Walker et al) that got this city where it is now... ...about the same as it was when I went to the U of A about twenty years ago.
Mike Varney is attempting to work with other leaders in the community, Rothschild, TREO, Tucson Convention and Visitor's Bureau (who by the way finally has a new name now too!) in an effort to bring more companies, more visitors and more money to the businesses in Tucson. I am currently on two committees with the Chamber, have worked for the Convention and Visitors Bureau and just completed the Greater Tucson Leadership class so I have some experience with the current issues of Tucson today.
I realize that many of our residents like Tucson the way it is, especially if they don't own a business or their income does not rely on tourism. But, there are many ways to keep our great city in the minds of others as a growing and flourishing community with a lot to offer young educated graduates, companies that will come and stay in Tucson and opportunities for everyone to experience something new and something good. Maybe we shouldn't change our name, but we definitely need some revamping and that's what he is trying to do.
I recommend that those who are concerned about Mike Varney's perceived view of Tucson and our residents, go and speak with him at one of the many complimentary breakfasts he hosts so he can talk with you, our membership and those who might think about joining again.
Personally, I have seen this guy on a steady uphill battle and he is making some ground. Not afraid to work, get out into the community, provide some ideas about growth and opportunity and basically do the job he WAS HIRED TO DO.
Let's try not to sit back, keep complaining about any new ideas and get old in the Old Pueblo while we make no progress....it is a waste of a beautiful city with a lot to offer. If only anyone else knew...
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