Coor To Discuss The ‘Arizona We Want’ At Business Awards

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Lattie Coor will discuss ‘The Arizona We Want,’ a citizens’ agenda derived from the results of the Gallup Arizona Poll, during his speech at the April 8 Rim Country Business Awards Luncheon.

Coor is President Emeritus of Arizona State University, and chair and CEO of the Center for the Future of Arizona.

The Phoenix-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization combines public-policy research with collaborative partnerships and initiatives to address issues critical to the state.

The luncheon will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Payson First Church of the Nazarene auditorium, 200 E. Tyler Parkway.

The event is a cooperative effort between the Northern Gila County Economic Development Corporation, Rim Country Chamber of Commerce and the Town of Payson.

The Center for the Future of Arizona, which Coor describes as a “do tank,” is working with organizations and leadership statewide to help make the goals of ‘The Arizona We Want’ a significant part of the state’s future, beginning with the November 2010 election. This includes working collaboratively to build scorecards that identify specific actions to be taken, and the benchmarks against which Arizona will measure its progress.

Areas of focus include job creation, education, leadership/government reform, and the protection of Arizona’s natural environment, water supplies and open spaces.

According to Coor, the Gallup Arizona Poll offers a clear and compelling picture of what citizens think about life in Arizona communities and what they want for the future.

“Despite the perception that Arizonans have very different perspectives and interests, the Gallup Arizona Poll found there is a remarkable consensus among our citizens on a broad range of issues and public policy positions,” Coor said.

“The findings were surprisingly consistent regardless of the citizens’ age, income, education, ethnicity, gender or whether they live in an urban environment, a small city or a rural area.”

‘The Arizona We Want’ research report and Gallup Arizona Poll are available online at www.TheArizonaWeWant.org.

Tickets for the April 8 luncheon are $25 each or $175 for a table of eight. RSVP to the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce, (928) 474-4515; or Ken Volz at the Northern Gila County Economic Development Corporation, (928) 978-0681 or ken.volz@paysonecon.org.

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