Improving the regional infrastructure

Infrastructure

The quality of critical infrastructure directly impacts efforts within the state and the Tucson region to prosper economically and to build a high quality of life for its people. This focus area is aimed at improving the regional infrastructure.

  • We lead the Tucson Regional Water Coalition, a business group partnership focused on regionalism and effective water management in the Tucson region.
  • We support the Land Use Vision Project, an outgrowth of the Tucson Regional Town Hall with the goal of developing a regional vision on land use.
  • We endorse and monitor the Regional Transportation Authority, Arizona Department of Transportation and Pima Association of Government Transit Initiatives.

Co-Chairs

  • Duane Froeschle
      Duane Froeschle

      Duane Froeschle

      President, Arizona & Northern Nevada DivisionsWestern Alliance Bank

      Duane Froeschle has 42 years of experience in commercial banking including 13 years in executive management within Western Alliance Bancorporation, where he currently serves as President of Western Alliance Bank. Mr. Froeschle joined the parent company in 2002 and served as its Chief Credit Officer from 2002 to 2011.

      Mr. Froeschle is a graduate of the University of Missouri, Columbia with B.A in Economics. He has been active in numerous civic and philanthropic organizations in Tucson, including Southern Arizona Leadership Council, Arizona-Mexico Commission, Tucson Regional Economic Opportunities, and Arizona Transportation and Trade Corridor Alliance.

    • Todd Keller
        Todd Keller

        Todd Keller

        Region ManagerGranite Construction

        Todd Keller is Vice President and Southwest Regional Manager for Granite Construction Company. Granite is one of the nation’s largest infrastructure contractors with average annual revenue over $2 billion and 14 regional offices nationwide. Granite’s Southwest Region has annual revenue of over $100 million.

        In addition to serving on the Board of Directors for the Associated General Contractors of Arizona, his other affiliations include: Southern Arizona Leadership Council, Society of American Military Engineers, Arizona Rock Products Association and Arizona Transportation Builders Association (formerly TUCA).

        Originally from the Pittsburgh area, Todd moved to Arizona in 1989 to attend Northern Arizona University. After graduating with a BS in Construction Management, he began his professional career as a Project Engineer with Granite. For the following decade, he estimated and managed construction of many diverse projects in Arizona; from industrial work for mines in Morenci and Globe to developing the Kino and 36th Street Park for the City of Tucson to reconstructing La Cholla from Omar to Magee for Pima County.

        In 2004, Todd and his family moved to New Zealand where he took on the role of Construction Manager for Fulton Hogan, Ltd, a large heavy-civil contractor based in Christchurch. A highlight of his work there was participating in construction of New Zealand’s largest transportation project – the Northern Gateway Extension, a $350 million design-build highway extension north of Auckland.

        In 2008, he returned home to Granite and Tucson to manage construction of tactical infrastructure along the US/Mexico border including border fence from California to west Texas. At one time, over 700 staff were deployed to several remote projects under Todd’s supervision. From completion of that effort in 2010 to his promotion to Regional Manager, he served as Project Executive, responsible for pursuit and construction of large, design-build or technically challenging projects in Arizona and New Mexico, including the award winning design-build SR202 HOV widening from I-10 east to Gilbert Road in Chandler.

        As Regional Manager, Todd firmly believes in continuously improving Granite’s industry leading levels of integrity, performance and quality. Granite employs a local workforce of 300 staff, from laborers to equipment operators, carpenters, engineers and managers. Todd thoroughly enjoys training and ultimately promoting craft employees into salaried management positions. Providing employment and opportunity for career development are some of his key personal drivers. A recent career highlight was successfully completing construction of Tucson’s newest landmark project, the Tucson Modern Streetcar.

      • Tom McGovern
          Tom McGovern

          Tom McGovern

          P.E., PrincipalPSOMAS

          Tom is Vice President and Regional Manager of Psomas, a leading consulting firm offering professional services in civil engineering, water resources, transportation planning and engineering, traffic engineering, environmental, land planning, construction management, and land surveying. In 1985 he co-founded the Tucson engineering firm of McGovern, MacVittie, Lodge & Associates (MMLA), taking it through its merger with Psomas in 2004. He is a Principal in the firm and has served on the Psomas Board of Directors.

          Tom, who is a member of the SALC Board and co-Chair of its Infrastructure Focus Area, has been actively involved in both the community and his profession. He is currently Vice Chair of the Tucson Metro Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. He was chair of the Pima Association of Government’s (PAG) 2030 Regional Transportation Plan Update Task Force. He then served on the Citizens Advisory Committee for the Regional Transportation Authority, during the successful campaign to enact Pima County’s regional sales tax for transportation.

          His work on regional transportation issues was recognized by the PAG Governing Board when they presented him with the inaugural Thomas L. Swanson Regional Leadership Award in 2004. Currently, Tom is Vice Chair of PAG’s Economic Vitality Advisory Committee.

          Among his numerous professional activities, Tom is a Past-President of the American Council of Engineering Companies of Arizona, and is a Past President of the Arizona Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers, with whom he has achieved the grade of Fellow.

          Tom has been heavily involved in supporting the University of Arizona’s College of Engineering, serving on its Industry Partners Board. He has also remained connected to his home department, the Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics Department (CEEM), participating on committees to assist with accreditation, reviewing curriculum, organizing and raising funds for CEEM’s centennial celebration, and chairing the department’s Alumni-Industry Council. He is a regular guest lecturer for CE courses and is currently part of a group of practitioners who organized and continues to teach a novel bridge design course that received a 2009 Engineering Award from the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES). His commitment to the University has been recognized by his receipt of the Distinguished Achievement Award from the UA Alumni Association, as well as the Distinguished Alumni Award from the CEEM Department.

          A rare Tucson native, Tom grew up here in a family of boys (six – only one sister!). Since then, it’s been all girls — he and his wife of 42 years, Lorene, have two daughters, both living here in Tucson. Shannon is a PhD Psychologist and Meghan is a Biomedical Engineer – Girls Rule!

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