Is it time to 'Move your Meeting' downtown?

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Starting today, a localgroup is kicking off a campaign that will last all summer long.

It's a push to get morepeople to move their meetings to restaurants and cafes downtown.  It is called 'Move your Meeting', and ithighlights local places to eat and drink all along the modern streetcar route;the hope is that people support local businesses during the dry summer season.

When streetcarconstruction was going on and chain link fences were up, some shops saw morethan a third of its business stay away. It put some of these small, 'mom andpop' businesses up against the ropes. Of course summer brings tough timestoo.

This group is encouragingall Tucsonans to move their meetings along the streetcar.  They are also building a petition to bringsome of the companies and government offices downtown, instead of meeting inconference rooms, meet in coffee shops.

One of the organizersadmits, it's going to be 106, it might be hard, but he says it's the rightthing to do, especially because it's hard to do.

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