Posts Tagged ‘michael guymon’

5th November
2010
written by clothcutter

The Inside Tucson Business has been running a great series of stories picked from  the last 20 years of the Tucson area’s business stories.  The sad thing is the lack of true change.  Development Services, headed by longtime bureaucrat, Ernie Duarte, is still a roadblock to many a small business owner in Tucson.  Go to talk to CeeDee’s Jamaican Kitchen(just opened a few months ago)  on Speedway and Swan about the hell they dragged him through.  It took him about 18-20 months to open a restaurant that was previously a restaurant!

 You take this department’s pathetic track record and combine with things like extortion payouts to Skrappy’s and $5,000 Temporary Revocable Easement application fees for signs and you really did earn the Arizona Small Business Survey’s(2008, link) ranking as Arizona’s unfriendliest municipality to operate a business in.

From insidetucsonbusiness.com:

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City working to streamline development review process. In response to the development community, the city of Tucson is revamping its Development Services Department.

June 28, 1999

“This move brings the city’s review process to the next level,” said City Manager Luis Guitierrez. “It’ll bring substantial efficiency, customer service and predictability to plan reviews.”

The Development Review Center was first conceived in the mid-1980s as a way to bring together all reviewers from the various departments involved, (such as solid waste, water, fire, planning and engineering) into a single facility. Before that, anyone applying for a building permit would have to go from building to building and to the various departments to have a plan reviewed.

Now: The City’s development services department has long been scrutinized by the business community. This move was helpful to speed things along, but it remains an issue with the development community.”

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Memo to City Council:  Fix the basics out there to help the small biz owner and then stay out the way.  Screwing the true base of your economy(they employ most of the citizens)  while thowing money to the glory-hogging wimps over at TREO is helping to steer your city into the toilet. 

I know having martinis with Snell, Welsh and now Guymon is a little more glamorous, but roll up your sleeves and actually make it happen for small business.  You’ll be glad you did.

26th October
2010
written by clothcutter

From the Inside Tucson Business Blog.

http://blog.azbiz.com/2010/10/25/treo-hires-mpas-executive-director/

TREO hires MPA’s executive director
“Effective Nov. 15, Metropolitan Pima Alliance Executive Director Michael Guymon is leaving to become Vice-President for Regional Development for Tucson Regional Economic Opportunities (TREO).

Guymon has been MPA’s executive director since Sept. 2008, having served as the organization’s first Governmental Relations Director. His career experience includes both the public and private sectors as former Chief-of-Staff to Tucson City Council Member Fred Ronstadt and political consultant to a number of downtown area development projects.

The MPA Board of Directors will be responsible for hiring a new executive director.”

While TREO has lots of different issues(taking credit for work they didn’t do, for one of them), their biggest problem is being content selling a broken region.  Yes, I know that the City and County still give them a big hunk of taxpayer dough.  Yes, I know that Mayor McCheese and Sharon Bronson sit on their board.  TREO’s lack of courage in telling these folks that they have an “ugly baby” is part of the reason that Tucson is slowly becoming an economic Katrina. When Raytheon picked Alabama over Tucson, TREO didn’t even bother to tell their board member, former Raytheon engineer and head cheerleader in chief, Mayor Bob.

The geniuses at TREO got together and said:  “Let’s hire a Governmental Relations Director!”.  It’s a good idea, but needs to have an independent guy/gal,  with some guts to tell the truth on how to fix Tucson/Pima County for business.  Especially small business.

So who does TREO hire:  Michael Guymon, from the Metropolitan Pima Alliance.  Yes, that Michael Guymon. 

1)   The man who is a paid consultant for Garfield Traub to help shove the Downtown Hotel down the taxpayer’s throat.

From the Arizona Daily Star (Rob O’Dell, March 30th 2010)

“Among those expected to have some say in whether the hotel will be built:

–Michael Guymon

The former City Council aide was a paid lobbyist for the company when it was trying to win the hotel bid and after it was selected.

He later became executive director at the Metropolitan Pima Alliance, whose members include businesses, developers and governments. The organization, which calls itself, “your voice for reasonable and responsible development,” is expected to make a recommendation on whether the hotel should be built.

Guymon said he disclosed his relationship with Garfield Traub before he took the job and says his contract is basically completed, although he said he will still earn a bonus if the hotel is approved.”

 2)  The man who sits on Museum of Contempory Arts board, which magically received a $1/year rent at the Fire Station #1 on Church street.

“The purpose of the press conference was to expose a sweetheart deal between the City Council and the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), in which MOCA was given a five-year lease of the old Fire Station One for only $1-a-year. This is a facility worth millions of dollars and will require yearly maintenance costs in the six figures and more than $80,000 in upgrades.”

(check the previous post on the deal: http://tucsongrowup.com/2009/10/)

No doubt Guyman’s insider connections at the City of Tucson will help ensure funding and relationships remain in tact. Over at the County, Guyman doesn’t have the juice.  He’s not from the Grijalva or Eckstrom camps so it’s going to be tough.  In Oro Valley and Marana, if they are smart, they’ll tell the Tucson centric TREO to hang out on the sideline and bring out the water bottles during the time outs.

Great move TREO, kudos to your organization on remaining the ineffective organization that you’ve evolved into.  Give Joe Snell a raise while you’re at it.

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