Rio Nuevo is navigating through the COVID-19 storm. Although Rio Nuevo faces the same financial crisis you all are facing, there is good news to share. Most of the projects we have committed to are on track as planned. We will talk about how Rio Nuevo has been affected, the projects that are in process and those on the horizon. Although there are many unknowns about the future, Rio Nuevo stands ready to participate in the revival of Tucson’s downtown, Sunshine Mile and the remainder of the District.
Edmund Marquez ~ Biography
Edmund Marquez owns four Allstate Insurance Agencies in Tucson, Arizona.  He is the largest captive insurance agency in Southern Arizona, and one of the largest Hispanic-owned Allstate agency groups in the U.S.  Edmund was born and raised in Tucson AZ, attended Sabino High School, Pima Community College, earned a Bachelors in Communications from the University of Arizona, and a business certificate from Stanford University (LBAN).  He currently serves on several Boards of Directors, including the Rio Nuevo Multipurpose Facilities District, Southern Arizona Leadership Council, Sun Corridor Inc, Reid Park Zoo, The Tucson Metro Chamber of Commerce, is the Chairman of the Board of United Way, and Past-Chairman of the Pima Community College Foundation and the Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.  He is also a proud member of National Leadership Council of the University of Arizona Foundation.  Edmund was named the Businessman of the Year in 2004 by the Tucson Hispanic Chamber, awarded the Breath of Life Award in 2012 by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, and the Father of the Year by the Father’s Day Council in 2016. Edmund has been inducted into the Sabino High School Hall of Fame, the Pi Kappa Alpha Hall of Honor, and the Southern Arizona YMCA Hall of Fame.  Edmund is an avid cyclist with the Jim Click Racing Team, and is a high energy emcee of numerous community events throughout the Tucson community. 
Jannie Cox ~ Biography
Jannie Cox arrived in Tucson in 1971 and learned about our community through volunteering. She began with the United Way, after growing up watching her father’s continuous United Way and Boy Scout activities. Jannie’s three sons had a similar childhood experience with United Way, St. Elizabeth of Hungary, the Community Food Bank and St. Gregory School.
Trained as an RN, Jannie volunteered for eight years in the prenatal clinic at St. Elizabeth’s, followed by numerous board positions throughout the years. In 1984 she began her 26-year career at Carondelet Health Network. In 1986 she became CEO of Carondelet Foundation and VP of Community Benefit and Public Policy. She still calls it her dream career, and never aspired to be anywhere else. Today Jannie serves on the boards of Rio Nuevo and BBVA Compass Bank. She is an active volunteer in her historic Ft. Lowell neighborhood.
In 2009 Jannie began her retirement and pursued her passion for fitness and community wellness. She and her husband David, and Randy Accetta, founded Meet Me at Maynards (MMM) at Maynards Market in downtown Tucson. MMM is a free, weekly walk/run, including free incentive awards, live music and discounts at restaurants throughout downtown. MMM has brought 250,000 walkers/runners through the streets of downtown. Jannie is an avid cyclist and loves seeing people take great pleasure in regular, social exercise. Retirement for Jannie is a continuous adventure.