Our successful model for bringing business and civic leaders together to convene on quality of life issues and to improve the sustainability of local communities has been effective in Maricopa County for more than five decades.
Valley Forward Association was formed in 1969 by a group of visionaries who anticipated explosive growth in the desert long before the megalopolis was realized. Valley Forward was originally formed by a merger of the Phoenix Development Association, Mid-Town Improvement Association, Valley Beautiful Citizens Council and the Maricopa County Taxpayers Association. These groups joined forces to advocate for responsible land use decisions, transportation alternatives, air quality and water conservation.
In 2013, Valley Forward expanded to a statewide initiative. Arizona Forward is the natural evolution of Valley Forward, uniting the strong values and durable mission of the balance between environmental quality and economic growth. The result is a more relevant and influential organization working to unify Arizonans with a collective voice to perpetuate a positive message and image of our state, while addressing environmental sustainability.