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2019 State of Our State
November 25, 2019

Rural Arizona Now

Monday, November 25, 2019
Registration and networking: 9:30 a.m.
Program: 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Phoenix Airport Marriott
1101 N. 44th St., Phoenix, AZ 85008

Registration is now closed. We may be able to accommodate you. If you are interested in attending, contact or 602-496-0588.

  • Rural Arizona leaders will share what makes their communities thrive, the solutions that will make them even better and why it matters to you. Speakers will address state and local governance, resource allocation, our changing electorate and the intersection of rural and urban economies.
  • Morrison Institute experts will release exclusive statewide polling data and bust myths about rural Arizona.
  • ASU President Michael Crow will offer insight.

State of Our State 2019
Monday, November 25, 2019
Phoenix Airport Marriott

Rural Arizona Now

Join us at 9:30 a.m. for registration and networking.

Crow, Koppell, Whitsett, Kovacs

Remarks presented by Michael M. Crow, president, Arizona State University, Andrea Whitsett, director, ASU Morrison Institute for Public Policy and Jonathan Koppell, dean, Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions. Melissa Kovacs, associate director for research, Morrison Institute for Public Policy will present current research highlights including the new 2019 poll findings.

Panel one

Panel: Who Gets It and How Much? Power, Government and Fiscal Resources

Lisa Urias, managing partner, CoNecs North America, and executive board member at ASU Morrison Institute
Amanda Aguirre, president & CEO of the Regional Center for Border Health, Inc., Kimber Lanning, founder and executive director of Local First Arizona Foundation, Traci Morris, director of the American Indian Policy Institute (AIPI) at ASU, Steve Seleznow, President & Chief Executive Officer of the Arizona Community Foundation, and Keith Watkins, senior vice president of Rural and Economic Development for the Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA)

Distinguished Fellows

Lunch will be served as Morrison Institute honors the new Distinguished Fellows presented by Mary Pahissa Upchurch, Morrison Institute board chair.

Diana “Dede” Yazzie Devine, CEO, Native American Connections
Grady Gammage Jr., founder, Gammage & Burnham

Panel 2

Panel: How Can We Build Healthy Rural Economies?

Sarah Porter, director, Kyl Center for Water Policy at Morrison Institute
Liz Archuleta, Coconino County supervisor, Mila Besich, mayor, Town of Superior, Bruce Bracker, Supervisor – 3rd District, Santa Cruz County, Jason Whiting, Navajo County supervisor, Jane Russell Winiecki, chair, Yavapai-Apache Nation


Thanks to our sponsors and guests:

Gray Associates

Valley Leadership


ASU Government Affairs

Arizona Community Foundation

Arizona Republic

Betsey Bayless

Coconino County


Gammage & Burnham

Helios Education Foundation


Native American Connections

Pastor Center

Phoenix Business Journal

Resolution Copper



State Farm

Urias Communications