TUCSON (September 18, 2017)- On Friday, Dec. 1, 2017, the Metropolitan Pima Alliance (MPA) will hold its 13th Annual Common Ground Awards ceremony.  Presented by Title Sponsor Barker Contracting, the event honors community leaders, real estate projects and economic development oriented programs that overcame great obstacles through unlikely and atypical collaboration. Over the years, this ceremony has recognized over 250 exemplary projects that adhere to MPA’s mission to create a prosperous community by promoting collaborative real estate development policies, building partnerships and finding common ground.


DSC_0095When asked about the sponsorship, Brian Barker, president of Barker Contracting, said, “Finding common ground isn’t always easy, it’s often though the catalyst for innovation and creative problem-solving.” He went on, “We support the MPA and agreed to the Common Ground Awards title sponsorship because we share the MPA belief that our businesses thrive and our community is best served, when we all work together.”

The top 20 projects were selected from a pool of more than 50 common ground nominations. Finalists were selected and then went through a multistep process, including participating in a panel interview where they were scored against weighted criteria including quality, size and complexity of the collaboration. The 20 highest scoring nominations will be honored at the ceremony as the top 20 projects of the year. Of those 20 honorees, the top 10 highest scoring projects will receive a Common Ground Award.

This year, MPA is celebrating its 20th birthday and the ceremony will reflect on the history of the organization, our regional, collaborative success stories and how finding common ground makes a positive impact. MPA Board President Kevin Hall remarked, “It is important to recognize how far we have come as a community and highlight the economic impact of monumental, regional collaboration that has taken place over the past 20-years.”

In addition to honoring the best projects at the ceremony and as a part of the MPA’s 20th birthday celebration, MPA, Barker Contracting and additional partner, National Bank, will recognize four outstanding Tucson nonprofit organizations for their exceptional work:


  • The Homeless Coalition
  • Tucson Arts Brigade
  • Tucson Change Movement
  • Tucson Homeless Work Program

These particular organizations have strong, public-private partnerships and represent the essence of collaboration. Each of these organizations will be gifted a donation from MPA the evening of the event.

The complete list of all Top 20 projects of 2017 includes:

(Top 10 marked with an asterisk)

A Brighter TUS (Tucson International Airport Terminal Expansion)
Arizona Pure Water Brew Challenge*
Atlas Copco Remanufacturing Facility
Barrio Hollywood Community Outreach and Design
Caridad Community Kitchen Expansion*
City Park Mixed Use Development
Global Advantage*
Greyhound Terminal Relocation*
Mission Garden*
Northwest Recharge, Recovery, and Delivery System (NWRRDS)*
Project Prosperity*
Proposition 101- Invest in Tucson 2017
Ruthrauff Basin Management Plan
Sabino Canyon Road: Tanque Verde Road to Kolb Road/Airmen Memorial Bridge*
Sister Jose Women’s Center
Sunset Road and Bridge
The Trinity Mixed Use Project*
Townsend School Redevelopment
Tucson UNESCO City of Gastronomy*
Tucson Marketplace at the Bridges



Past Common Ground Honorees

Common Ground 2016
Common Ground 2015
Common Ground 2014