PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE: INITIAL SUCCESS AS A STATEWIDE ORGANIZATION

Diane BrossartWe’re less than a year into it but Arizona Forward has made great strides in expanding our coalition of business and civic leaders statewide. Together, we’re looking holistically at how to improve our environmental quality and economic vitality.

Through your participation and support, we’ve served as an objective, educational resource on complex issues around our basic agenda of energy, air quality, transportation, water and land use planning.

On the energy front, we heard first-hand from participants in the Navajo Generating Station negotiations on how they propose to balance EPA requirements and meet the needs of NGS shareholders. We heard from both camps in the deregulation debate and vetted issues surrounding net metering.

We’re advocating for a balanced transportation system for Arizona, supporting the I-11 Canamex Trade Corridor and passenger rail in the Sun Corridor, further positioning the Grand Canyon State as a player in the global economy.

Our outreach on Arizona’s most precious resource, water, was presented at the League of Arizona Cities and Towns Annual Conference and will help Arizonans better understand the true cost of municipal water delivered to the tap and why all of us should care.

We continue to explore ways to ensure a dedicated funding source for Arizona parks and how we can activate vacant lots around the state through innovative land use planning and smart growth principles. Through collaboration and partnerships, we’re presenting a forum on healthy forests next month featuring a keynote address by former U.S. Sen. Jon Kyl.

We’ve spotlighted environmental excellence in a gala that attracted nearly 600 community leaders just last week. And we’ll provide resources to K-12 teachers through our EarthFest program next month.

Stay tuned! There’s more on the horizon. Our work to move Arizona Forward is only just beginning.

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