In his State of the Town speech, Marana Mayor Ed Honea lauded the town's progress and spoke highly of its future.

Honea spoke April 18 at the Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain.

"The state of our Town is excellent. Our finances are in order," Honea said, according to a speech transcript provided by the town. "We have a very healthy reserve account in place. Our roads and infrastructure are in excellent condition. We have great parks and trails. Our police are some of the best in the state. The town of Marana, our Town, is going in the right direction."

Honea said Duralar Technologies has selected Marana as its North American headquarters, and said the plant will be located in the business park near Arizona Pavilions. He also praised the Marana Center at Twin Peaks Road and Interstate 10. The project will be a premium outlet mall with more than 90 stores and eventually include an auto mall, large-scale retail center, hotels and restaurants.

Honea said Marana will focus on improving its infrastructure.

"We are going to invest in our future," he said. "New water and sewer lines are going to be installed in key locations so that we are prepared to accommodate economic growth. We are going to work with each developer, business owner and investor to meet their needs, while ensuring quality development that enhances our community."

Contact reporter Phil Villarreal at or 573-4130.