Southern Arizona Sports, Tourism, & Film Authority
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
THE EXCITEMENT SURROUNDING THE SOUTHERN ARIZONA SPORTS, TOURISM, AND
FILM AUTHORITY STARTED SWIRLING AFTER THE BILL (SB1710) PASSED LAST
SESSION AT THE ARIZONA CAPITOL.
Southern Arizona has felt the loss as MLB Spring Training, AAA Baseball, professional soccer, PGA
Match Play, Old Tucson Studios, and major film productions have disappeared from our landscape.
We lost economic opportunities, out of town tax-revenue, and high paying jobs in all of these fields.
That revenue could have been working to support our communities, schools, and businesses.
We lost jobs for skilled workers in the film and hospitality industries. Southern Arizonans left for
places like California when the jobs dried up.
The Southern Arizona Sports, Film, and Tourism Authority (The Authority) is excited to roll up their
sleeves and work in collaboration with Pima, Pinal, Cochise, Santa Cruz, Graham, and Greenlee
counties, their respective chambers of commerce, offices of tourism, and the business community to
bring these industries back to Southern Arizona.
The Authority has already built strong momentum. At their first official meeting on Thursday,
January 12, the Authority board including leaders from across six southern Arizona counties
approved a $50,000 partnership with the Arizona Bowl, Southern Arizona’s second largest event and
a major economic driver for the region.
The Authority believes that Spring Training could return to Southern Arizona as early as 2024, and
major motion pictures could be filmed all over our beautiful region again.
What The Authority is most excited about, however, is the economic impact this will provide. It will
generate tax revenue to support our schools and infrastructure, business community, and most
importantly, Southern Arizona families who just want high paying jobs that allow them to live lives
of meaning and purpose.
The Authority is focused on creating pathways to retain creative talent, highlight our culture, and
attract new opportunities that will highlight all that Southern Arizona has to offer.
For more information about the Southern Arizona Sports, Film, and Tourism Authority please contact:
Blake Eager – Executive Director