Published: Jun 03, 2010 5:19 PM EDT
Updated: Jun 03, 2010 2:19 PM EDT

MESA, Ariz. (AP) - Mesa officials have scheduled a news conference Thursday to announce new developments in the Phoenix suburb's efforts to remain the spring training home of the Chicago Cubs.

Mesa officials said in a statement that the news conference concerns "new initiatives" regarding their January memorandum of understanding on a new training complex for the National League baseball club.

Mayor Scott Smith said in late May that the city had discovered ways to meet a July deadline to keep the Cubs despite the Arizona Legislature's rejection of proposed legislation.

Mesa is trying to keep the Cubs from relocating to Florida.