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  1. Creating A Vision for Arizona ACMA Winter Conference Sedona February 2, 2006

  2. Center for the Future of Arizona • An independent 501(c)(3) • Community board of directors • Center staff • Dr. Lattie Coor, Chairman & CEO • Dr. Sybil Francis, Executive Director • Support team

  3. Our Mission Improving the quality of life for all Arizonans now and for years to come

  4. We are a “Do Tank”Turning ideas into action • Focus on issues impacting Arizona’s future • Take advantage of existing studies, research, & policy recommendations • Develop an action-oriented agenda • Define measurable results • Engage civic and political leaders to take the necessary steps

  5. Two Major Projects Arizona Dropout Initiative A Vision for Arizona

  6. Why a Vision for Arizona? • We face unprecedented growth over the next 15-20 years • We need to clearly express our aspirations to truly succeed • We need a contemporary identity • We need a framework for action

  7. Population Growth in Arizona • In 2050 the population will be 16 million residents, up from 5.6 million in 2005 and 5.1 million in 2000.

  8. 2000

  9. 2050

  10. Demographic Components of Population Arizona, 2000-2050

  11. A Two-Pronged Approach • Adopt and promote a Vision statement for Arizona to serve as a framework • Launch a number of bold initiatives to accomplish key elements of the Vision

  12. A Vision for Arizona THE VISION FOR ARIZONA IS TO BE ONE OF THE BEST PLACES IN THE NATION TO LIVE A REWARDING AND PRODUCTIVE LIFE To fulfill that promise, Arizonans must commit to these interrelated goals: OPPORTUNITIES FOR ALL Provide substantial and sustained support for talent of all ages and backgrounds through a top quality educational system. Enhance opportunities for Arizonans who work but remain poor by providing greater access to quality affordable housing, health care, childcare, education and improved employment opportunities. QUALITY OF LIFE Preserve and enhance all aspects of Arizona’s physical and cultural environment by maintaining significant open space, improving air quality, enhancing arts and culture and establishing recreational spaces throughout the state and especially within the built environment. Provide adequate infrastructure to support our growing population, including government, education, accessible health care, communications, transportation and sustainable water and energy. Improve our quality of life as the state grows. KNOWLEDGE-BASED ECONOMY Vigorously pursue a competitive knowledge-based economy that is among the strongest and most successful in the nation. Become a sustainable, internationally competitive “innovation” economy, supported by a world-class education system and an entrepreneurial environment that advances research, develops knowledge and generates significant venture capital investment. HOW TO MAKE THIS HAPPEN LEADERSHIP Develop citizen engagement and leadership appropriate to our contemporary society that forges effective collaboration between the public and private sectors, and develops and implements long-term and short-term strategies for action. Our efforts also should include performance indicators to regularly measure progress. INVESTMENT Establish a tradition of investment, by public and private sources, in the people and resources required to accomplish and sustain the goals contained in this Vision.

  13. Vision Endorsements Received Cities and Towns Apache Junction Benson Bisbee Casa Grande ChinoValley Clifton Coolidge Cottonwood Dewey-Humboldt Douglas Duncan Eloy Florence Globe Hayden Huachuca City Kearney Kingman Mammoth Marana Maricopa Miami Nogales OroValley Patagonia Payson Phoenix Pima Prescott Safford Scottsdale Superior Sierra Vista Tempe Thatcher Tombstone Tucson Wilcox Winkelman Yuma Education Arizona State Board of Education Arizona Board of Regents Arizona State University Central ArizonaCollege Maricopa Community Colleges NorthernArizona University NAU – Yuma Pima CommunityCollege University of Arizona Business Organizations Coolidge Chamber of Commerce Greater Casa Grande Chamber of Commerce Prescott Chamber of Commerce Yuma County Chamber of Commerce Greater Phoenix Leadership East Valley Partnership Greater Yuma Economic Development Corporation Westmarc AsianChamber of Commerce Greater Phoenix Economic Council Flagstaff Chamber of Commerce Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce SouthernArizona Leadership Council Greater Phoenix Black Chamber of Commerce Valley Forward Association Phoenix Community Alliance Downtown Phoenix Partnership Councils of Government Central Arizona Association of Governments Southeastern Arizona Governments Organization Northern Arizona Council of Governments Western Arizona Council of Governments League of Arizona Cities and Towns Intertribal Council of Arizona Community APS Southeast Division Arizona Commission on the Arts Flagstaff Community Foundation Friends of J.S. Acker OpenSpace Park Mayor, City of Mesa Mayor, City of Flagstaff Mayor, City of Peoria Yuma Rural/Metro Fire Department Arizona Community Action Association Association of Arizona Food Banks Southern Arizona Diaper Bank SCS Group, Inc. Arizona Grantmakers Forum Chicanos Por La Causa Valle del Sol, Inc. Counties Cochise County Gila County Graham County Greenlee County Coconino County Board of Supervisors Maricopa County Board of Supervisors Pinal County Board of Supervisors Pima County Board of Supervisors Santa Cruz County Yuma County Board of Supervisors

  14. Opportunities for All • Support for talent of all ages and backgrounds through a top quality educational system • Enhance opportunities for Arizonans who work but remain poor • Access to quality affordable housing, health care, childcare, education and improved employment opportunities

  15. Quality of Life • Preserve and enhance all aspects of Arizona’s physical and cultural environment. • Provide adequate infrastructure to support our growing population. • We must improve our quality of life as the state grows.

  16. Knowledge-based Economy • Pursue a competitive knowledge-based economy that is among the strongest and most successful in the nation • We must become a sustainable, competitive “innovation” economy • Develop an entrepreneurial environment

  17. LEADERSHIP Develop citizen engagement and leadership Effective collaboration between the public and private sectors Our efforts also should include performance indicators to regularly measure progress INVESTMENT Establish a tradition of investment, by public and private sources, in the people and resources required to accomplish and sustain the goals contained in this Vision. How Do We Get There?

  18. Steps to Achieve the Vision • Create a set of indicators to show where we are currently and where we want to go • Foster local, regional and state BHAG’s • Look at your own accomplishments and next steps- determine the BHAG’s

  19. Bold, Hairy, Audacious Goal

  20. Example of an Arizona BHAG • Bold Education Goals Move Arizona’s public education into the ranks of the top 10 states by the year 2020.

  21. CFA’s Role in Visioning • Adopt and publicize the Vision Statement • Facilitate regional initiatives • Provide continuing support and assistance

  22. Creating A Vision for You Quality of Life • Accomplishments Next Steps Opportunities for All Knowledge Economy Accomplishments Next Steps Accomplishments Next Steps

  23. We welcome your involvement • Get on our mailing list and stay involved • For more information visit our Web site at www.ArizonaFuture.org