Rio Nuevo picks finalists for name change

2014-03-11T21:00:00Z Rio Nuevo picks finalists for name changeDarren DaRonco Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

Neo Tucson. Sentinel Square. Puebla de Vida.

Those are just some of the names that could replace Rio Nuevo.

The downtown development district's board selected six finalists Tuesday for its renaming contest.

Chairman Fletcher McCusker tabled a vote on a winner and whether or not the district should change its name at all because two members were absent.

Last November, the district approved the contest for high school seniors to rename Rio Nuevo and pick up a scholarship in the process.

Some believed a name change would be a way to break from previous boards' blunders that led to bad publicity.

More than 100 entries were received and the six finalists will each receive a $500 scholarship.

Once the board selects an overall winner, he or she will receive an additional $1,000 scholarship.

Both Pima Community College and the University of Arizona said they would match the scholarships if any of the winners attended their schools.

The entire contest cost about $6,000.

Even though the contest was branded as an attempt to rename the beleagured district, the board does not have to accept the winning name. It could choose a different name altogether or opt to do nothing.

The other three finalists are Nuestro Centro, Nueva Vista and Nuevo Tucson.

Contact reporter Darren DaRonco at 573-4243 or ddaronco@azstarnet.com. Follow on twitter @DarrenDaRonco​

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