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Help envision where and how future Central AZ residents will live and work

AZ One, a Reality Check for Central Arizona, is a one-day exercise that will bring together more than 300 diverse stakeholders to discuss, analyze, and develop alternative growth scenarios for this rapidly growing region. On May 16, 2008 participants will work in groups to envision where and how the next 6 million people expected to move here will live and work. The group will allocate expected growth patterns using Legos® in a hands on approach that will visually depict challenges and opportunities facing the Central Arizona region which includes all of Maricopa County and the northern portion of Pinal County.

Who? Over 300 stakeholders will be selected from open nominations and invited to participate in the morning visioning process. The group will ultimately represent all sectors of the community, including government and elected officials, Tribal communities, large corporations and small businesses, non-profits, neighborhood activists, interfaith groups, environmentalists, educators, and others. The selection process has been developed to ensure diversity from across the region. To nominate yourself or others for the opportunity to participate in the morning visioning process, visit

Initiated by the Urban Land Institute, AZ One is a collaboration of the State of Arizona , the Governor’s Growth Cabinet and an additional 18 public, private and civic alliances. Among these alliances are: Arizona State University, Central Arizona Association of Governments, East Valley Partnership, Maricopa Association of Governments, The Nature Conservancy, Valley Forward Association, WESTMARC, and others.

About the Day. The day will include the morning visioning exercise followed by a luncheon and afternoon program. The morning exercise involves 10-person teams who will create guiding principles for future development based on their shared values. Using their guiding principles, each group will then gather around a large-scale map and begin allocating colored Legos® representing jobs and residential growth. All of the Lego® blocks signifying expected future growth in the Central Arizona Region must be placed on the map. The placement of the Legos® will result in different growth scenarios created by each team.

The luncheon and afternoon program are open to the public and will feature recognized keynote speakers on growth issues. The afternoon session will also include the results and an analysis of the different growth scenarios.

Registration open for national conference on building assets in Latino communities

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Get involved in Arizona’s "smart growth" initiatives

[Source: Jan Lesher, Director, Arizona Department of Commerce] — The Arizona Department of Commerce has launched a new Smart Growth website to provide a one-stop-shop for smart growth resources and to highlight the agency’s new Office of Smart Growth. This Office engages in planning and zoning technical assistance, boards and commissions training, public participation, military land use compatibility, and an expanded smart growth focus. The new website includes:

  • Information on the Governor’s Growth Cabinet, Growth Cabinet Advisory Board, and Smart Growth Interagency Committee.
  • The Arizona Smart Growth Scorecard.
  • Smart Growth resources (such as data, pilot projects, emerging trends, and educational materials).

The intent of the new website is to provide a comprehensive primary resource, or clearinghouse, for strategies and actions related to Smart Growth. The website is dynamic as new services, events, and technologies will be continually developed, monitored, and incorporated by the Office of Smart Growth. The website marks an exciting and powerful milestone for the Arizona Department of Commerce.

We encourage you to “surf” through our new Smart Growth website and hope you will find this resource useful. Please feel free to provide the Office of Smart Growth with your input by calling (602) 771-1191.

ASU in downtown Phoenix initiates Urban & Metropolitan Studies program

Click on the graphic to enlarge the text. Now recruiting for Spring and Fall 2008. Details at

Jan. 17 is Neighborhood Day at the State Legislature

Residents are invited to attend Neighborhood Day at the State Legislature to learn about the legislative process, talk about issues important to neighborhoods, hear from lawmakers, learn about the 2008 neighborhood legislative agenda, tour the House and Senate chambers, and enjoy a free lunch.

Date: Thursday, Jan. 17, 2008
Time: 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Place: Capitol Mall, 1700 W. Washington St.

The event is free; registration by Jan. 11 is required. Register online at or call 602-534-2997. For more information or reasonable accommodations, call 602-256-4257/voice or 602-534-5500/city TTY.

The cities of Avondale, Buckeye, Chandler, Gilbert, Glendale, Goodyear, Mesa, Peoria, Phoenix, Queen Creek, Scottsdale, Surprise, Tempe and Tucson, and the League of Arizona Cities and Towns host this annual event.

Attendees also can attend a free neighborhood lobbying workshop, which will be open to the first 100 people to register. This separate workshop will cover how a bill becomes law, ways to effectively communicate with legislators, and techniques used by professional lobbyists to influence legislation. Residents interested in the lobbying workshop should contact the League of Arizona Cities and Towns at 602-258-5786.

Quote of the Day

“We too often neglect what’s already here for what’s shiny and new. We get back to it eventually…but sometimes it takes us a little too long and there’s unnecessary decline in the interim.” City of Phoenix Council Member Maria Baier during her January 2, 2008 swearing-in ceremony remarks about the need to pay more attention to the city’s established neighborhoods