The agenda for tonight's Oro Valley Town Council meeting is a bit thin. It is so thin that there no regular agenda items. There are four consent agenda items. One of these is approval of the minutes from last meeting. Another is "Resolution No. (R)13-09, affirming the Town of Oro Valley’s commitment to share in the construction of a shade structure for the Fixed Archery Range at Naranja Park contingent on the successful procurement of a shooting range development grant from the Arizona Game and Fish Department in the amount of $35,000.
This leaves the final two items: Quarterly Reports from the Greater Oro Valley Chamber Of Commerce (GOVCC) and the Metropolitan Tucson Convention and Visitors Bureau (MTCVB).
We've been told by several council members that MTCVB actually does provide benefit to Oro Valley. There is some historical evidence of this in the assistance they provided in creating the logo for the aquatic center; and in securing some meets for the new center. They successfully places a piece in the US Airways flight magazine (page 83) in December It is titled: " Making a Splash". It briefly discusses the town. The report for quarter to details a number of other accomplishments most of which relate to the activities of MTCVB in general. Still, there is enough in the report specific or value justify the town's financial commitment.
On the other hand, the town's investment in a truly private organization, GOVCC, does not pass the same level of muster. It's not that GOVCC does not do things that may benefit Oro Valley, its just that we can't figure out, from their report the true return from their effort. For example, from the report:
"The Chamber President attended Business Retention Site Visits with the following businesses: Oclaro Phototonics, Inc., Alchemy Plastics and Fruit Shack Smoothies and Yogurt.These are all nice things. They are also things to which GOVCC and the town agreed as detailed inthe financial participation between the parties. Really, though, what is the benefit to Oro Valley for the $25,000 paid annually to the GOVCC? Why the subsidy?
Ribbon Cuttings were held for Big Lots and Southern Arizona Urgent Care. Big Lots made a donation to a local elementary school at that event.
11 Town officials took advantage of the free Chamber breakfasts, luncheons and mixers. Total Return on Investment (ROI) = $220."