DTP Partners With IBEW to Bring Holiday Cheer to Downtown

December 6, 2012

Downtown Tucson joins the holiday celebrations tonight as volunteers from the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 570 install holiday lights along streets already brightened by festive decorations in the windows of local merchants.

Downtown Tucson Partnership (DTP) is honored to be working with skilled electricians in this first-ever collaboration between the IBEW and Downtown Tucson Partnership.

IBEW Local 570 Business Manager Mike Verbout is proud to rally union members for this effort Downtown. “The excitement and energy in Downtown Tucson is something we support and this is a natural project for our members,” said Verbout. IBEW Local 570 is one of the oldest locals in the country and was formed in 1907, about 16 years after the IBEW National Union was created in St. Louis in 1891, and five years before Arizona became a state.

Between 13 and 16 IBEW volunteers with three lifts will start hanging the heavy holiday lights along the main Downtown streets this evening after the streets have cleared of evening traffic. Volunteers include apprentice electricians, journeymen, construction electricians and union staff. United Rental and CRECO have donated the use of the lifts for the project.

DTP CEO Michael Keith stated, “Downtown Tucson is so vibrant because of the efforts of the entire community. We are honored by the IBEW Local 570’s donation of time and equipment – this is a wonderful kick-off for this holiday season,” Keith continued. Russ Stone, DTP’s maintenance manager, will be supervising and directing the volunteers.

IBEW Local 570 and DTP plan to continue their collaboration in future years.

The IBEW Local 570 is a member of the Arizona AFL-CIO.

The Downtown Tucson Partnership is a non-profit, 501(c)(6) corporation committed to making Downtown Tucson the most dynamic urban center in the Southwest.