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Ed Ackerley’s approach to the community is business friendly. Through his company, he has interacted with hundreds of companies including mom and pop startups to large national corporations and chains. Ed’s administrative experience includes leading companies through marketing challenges. He has taught in the University of Arizona Eller College of Business for over twenty-five years, and has been an advertising professional for over four decades.

The theme of the campaign includes a Business Friendly approach as he has seen firsthand how profitable businesses can help the community grow. Business is the life-blood of the Old Pueblo providing jobs, sales tax revenue and a framework for growth. In the six decades he has lived in Tucson, Ed has witnessed the expansion of Tucson from a small tourist town to a thriving commercial center including deeper and profitable relationships with Mexico.

Business Friendly means working with the city council, city manager and city staff to insure that new businesses can quickly start up and become viable. It also means supporting existing businesses with infrastructure and systems to remain competitive in a global environment. Business Friendly means working with state, county and city government to insure that business is strong with a vision for future growth and sustainability in a rapidly changing economy.