The Town of Marana won three Common Ground Awards on Oct. 16, when the Metropolitan Pima Alliance announced projects that demonstrated community collaboration.
Marana won awards for its strategic plan (public policy recognition), Thornydale Road improvements (public works) and Yuma Wash Heritage and Silverbell Road project (archaeology and historic preservation).
"We believe in the value of partnerships," said Town Manager Gilbert Davidson. "We work with our neighbors and members of the private sector to benefit everyone who lives in, does business in or visits Marana."
Marana's Strategic Plan, which serves as a "comprehensive document that identifies Marana's vision for its future," was reviewed by the public at more than a dozen community forums. The Thornydale Road project improved traffic flow, public safety and business access between Orange Grove Road and the CDO Wash. The town preserved Native American artifacts while improving a roadway during the Yuma Wash/Silverbell Road project.
Marana won three of the nine awards given at the ceremony. Seventy projects were submitted by various entities in Pima County for consideration, and 26 finalists were chosen from that group.
The town also was a partner in the winner from the events category, "Crafting Tomorrow's Built Environment: A Community Conversation on Regional Land Use."
Other Common Ground Award winners were:
Award of Distinction: Arizona Department of Transportation Interstate 10 widening – Prince Road to 29th Street;
Award of Distinction: Tucson Festival of Books. The event debuted last March on the University of Arizona campus.
Architecture, Planning and Development: Fire Central, the city of Tucson.
Economic Development: BIO5 Institute at The University of Arizona, which brings together UA faculty and more than 180 researchers to oversee statewide efforts to grow the bioscience industry in Arizona.
Events: "Crafting Tomorrow's Built Environment - A Community Conversation on Regional Land Use," a part of the Tucson Regional Town Hall project.
Green Project: Civano North Ridge by Pepper Viner Homes. The company built the Civano North Ridge community in East Tucson with grey water and rainwater harvesting systems and solar water heating systems in each home.
Programs and Studies: Tucson Values Teachers, the regional initiative working to help recruit, retain and reward K-12 teachers in Southern Arizona and boost the quality of education throughout the region.
Revitalization: The Arizona Association of Community Managers was presented a "Revitalization" award by the Metropolitan Pima Alliance for its work on the Arroyo Visty Neighborhood Cleanup. The Arroyo Vista Neighborhood Cleanup is where parties cleaned up an area and reorganized a homeowners association. A group of 100 volunteers from the organizations pulled weeds, collected trash and painted over graffiti. In all, 22 companies removed more than 25 tons of debris from the neighborhood.
The Metropolitan Pima Alliance is an alliance of business, government and non-profit organizations in Pima County. Common Ground Awards were established in 2005.