A study by the Guttmacher Institute and Columbia University shows that higher use and effectiveness of contraceptives has resulted in big declines in teen pregnancy nationwide, including here in Arizona. Also, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Arizona Department of Health Services reported the stateâ€™s teen pregnancy rate for females 15 to 19 years of age decreased 49 percent from 2004 to 2014. Brenda Thomas, CEO of Arizona Family Health Partnership, which provides Title X funding to health centers serving low-income communities across Arizona with contraceptives and other services, will talk about the reports and why teen pregnancy rates are down.
Learn about the lives of everyday people in Aztec society in a new book At Home with the Aztecs.ť Michael Smith, a professor of archaeology at Arizona State University, will tell us more about his new book, which focuses on Aztec households and communities instead of kings, pyramids, and human sacrifice.
An effort is underway to connect schoolsâ€™ STEM programs in a community of practice, which will allow the schools to share best practices, leverage opportunities and collaborate to progress STEM education in Arizona. Communities of practice are used with effectiveness in workplaces. Jeremy Babendure, executive director of the Arizona SciTech Festival, will discuss the effort, along with Janet McConnell, an instructional developer and designer for Intel. Babendure will also briefly discuss the ongoing SciTech Festival.
U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker recently released a report highlighting the potential benefits of the Trans-Pacific Partnership for Arizona businesses and communities. The TPP is expected to boost local economic growth and increase Arizona exports to some of the worldâ€™s fastest growing markets. Doug Bruhnke, CEO and founder of Global Chamber, an organization with the mission to grow business while collaborating to support trade, will talk more about the impact of the TPP on Arizona.
The Chandler Chamber of Commerce, Alliance Bank of Arizona and the Arizona Republic recently hosted the Fifth Annual Arizona Education IMPACT Forum at Chandler Center for the Arts. The conference focused on the importance of building strong communities, starting with the education system. Two of the forum participants, Jim Lundy, a founder of Alliance bank, and Craig Gilbert, assistant superintendent of secondary education for Chandler Unified School District, will tell us more about the conference and what business would like to see from our education system.
The Arizona Commission on the Arts will present a series of artist workshops and artist-led community conversations in Douglas this month as part of its AZ ArtWorker initiative. AZ ArtWorker aims to facilitate dialogue and knowledge-sharing between Arizona, national and international artists and residents of Arizona communities. Casandra Hernandez, artist programs coordinator for the commission and Douglas artist Jenea Sanchez will tell us more about the program.
Arizona State University is part of a consortium of 14 academic institutions and partners across the United States working to help communities increase the resilience of their water systems and help them respond to water crises. As part of a $12 million grant from the National Science Foundation, ASU will work with other organizations in a sustainable research network called the Urban Water Innovation Network (UWIN). Matei Georgescu, assistant professor in the School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning and the principle investigator for the ASU part of the project, will tell us more.
The United States Environmental Protection Agency has awarded $1.2 million in brownfield grants to three Arizona communities. The three are among 147 communities nationwide receiving funding to assess and clean up historically contaminated properties, known as brownfields, for reuse and development. Phoenix will get $400,000, and will use the money to target five industrial areas for environmental assessments. Rosanne Albright, program manager of the Phoenix Brownfields Program, will tell us more.
The Rio Verde Community Association has been designated as the first Certified Sustainable Community in Arizona by the Audubon International Sustainable Communities Program. To become certified, the association had to meet measurable goals addressing 15 focus areas, including wildlife conservation, habitat enhancement, water conservation, energy efficiency, health, and transportation. Gary Holcomb, president of the association, will tell us more.
Thousands of experienced adults across the country are working to make a difference in their communities through the AARP Experience Corps program. Tempeâ€™s AARP Experience Corps Volunteer Information Session will be held Thursday, May 7. Weâ€™ll show you how the program that pairs children with seniors is paying off in the classroom.
University of Arizona English and Africana Studies professor Dr. Geta LeSeur will make a presentation for Black History Month at the Tempe History Museum about the lives of five women from rural, agricultural towns in Arizona who managed to become self-educated activists despite heavy oppression. LeSeur will discuss her book, â€śNot all Okies are White: The Lives of Black Cotton Pickers in Arizona.â€ť
In 2013, the Arizona Commission on the Arts launched a funding initiative called Arizona Art Tank, which is designed to make strategic investments in arts-based ventures. At regional events in four Arizona communities, top applicants are given six minutes each to pitch their ventures to a live audience and a panel of experts for a chance at up to $10,000 in seed-funding. Robert Booker, executive director of the Arizona Commission on the Arts, will talk about the Arizona Art Tank.
For the first time in over 100 years, the Arizona National Guard held a muster, with over 5,000 troops from 29 Arizona communities gathering to honor veterans from the past 13 years of battle in the Middle East. Weâ€™ll show you the event, which was held at Sun Devil Stadium on Pearl Harbor Day.
The Arizona Leadership Forum was held September 19th. It is designed to bring together leaders from the stateâ€™s corporate, philanthropic, and nonprofit sectors to learn how to achieve greater success in their own organizations, their communities and the state. Lattie Coor, Chairman and CEO of the Center for the Future of Arizona, and Darcy Renfro, the director of The Arizona We Want Institute, will discuss the forum and more.
Phoenix city officials are conducting community workshops to get ideas and input regarding development along the cityâ€™s light rail line. The goal: to develop walkable communities that work in conjunction with mass transit. Alan Stephenson is the acting planning and development director for Phoenix and will discuss the effort.
The Greater Phoenix area has been named one of the best intergenerational regions in the country. MetLife Foundation and Generations United have announced the Maricopa region will receive one of four Best Intergenerational Communities Awards on March 25 in Washington, D.C. Maricopa Association of Governments Human Services Director Amy St. Peter and Jacky Alling, Senior Program Officer at the Arizona Community Foundation, will discuss the award and why the Phoenix area is receiving it.
Valley communities will be better able to fight social isolation and strengthen the connections that older adults have, thanks to two new grants awarded to the Greater Phoenix Age-Friendly Network. The funding will help three pilot communities launch new programs to help older adults live independently. Amy St. Peter, the Maricopa Association of Governments Human Services manager, will talk about how the money will be used.
The Greater Phoenix Economic Council and Arizona State University were awarded a $170,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce to accelerate manufacturing and aid in job creation. The â€śInvesting in Manufacturing Communities Partnershipâ€ť grant will be used to plan for an Innovation and Commercialization Center for Advanced Manufacturing in the Phoenix area. GPEC President and CEO Barry Broome and Sethuraman â€śPanchâ€ť Panchanathan, Senior Vice President for ASUâ€™s Office of Knowledge Enterprise Development, will discuss the grant and the planned manufacturing center.
The city of Phoenix has started a project to paint 70,000 square feet of rooftops white to cut energy costs and greenhouse gas emissions. Over the next year, an army of volunteers will paint rooftops at community centers, fire stations and housing communities as part of a $100,000 service grant from Bloomberg Philanthropies. Cynthia Aguilar, of the Phoenix Manager's Office, will talk about the Cool Roofs project.
The Phoenix City Council approved an ordinance banning discrimination against those from the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender communities. Now that the ordinance is in place, city council member Tom Simplot will explain how it will be implemented.
President and CEO of Native American Connections Diana Yazzie-Devine talks about her nonprofit that provides behavioral health services, affordable housing and economic development opportunities to Native Americans in the Phoenix area and tribal communities.
The U.S. Department of Defense has selected Luke Air Force Base to train pilots to fly the F-35 fighter jet. Find out what that means for the West Valley Air Force base and surrounding communities from Glendale Mayor Elaine Scruggs; James "Rusty" Mitchell, Director of the Luke AFB Community Initiatives Team; and Ron Sites of Fighter Country Partnership.
The 100th Arizona Town Hall is exploring the topic of civic engagement and how to get citizens more involved in their government and their communities. Guests include: Kelly Campbell Rawlings, an assistant Research Professor and Co-Director of the Participatory Governance Initiative for ASUâ€™s School of Public Affairs; Jane Prescott-Smith, Managing Director of the National Institute of Civil Discourse at the UofA; and Alberto Olivas, Director of the Center for Civic Participation for Maricopa Community Colleges.
The Federal Communications Commission is meeting in Phoenix to examine information needs of communities and the future of news media in a changing media landscape. Join us for a look at the issues with Leonard Downie Jr., former executive editor of The Washington Post and Weil Family Professor of Journalism at ASUâ€™s Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communications; and Tim McGuire the Cronkite Schoolâ€™s Frank Russell Chair for the business of journalism and former editor and Senior Vice President of the Star Tribune in Minneapolis.
The Center for the Future of Arizona has launched the Five Communities Project, an effort to help communities secure funding to implement their action plans in areas such as job creation, education, the environment and civic engagement. CFA Chairman and CEO Dr. Lattie Coor discusses the projectâ€™s goals.
Michael White, an associate professor in ASUâ€™s school of criminology and criminal justice talks about how an altercation between a black Phoenix City Councilman and a white police officer might be used to help improve relations between minority communities and the police.
A look at how local communities and the state use tax incentives to attract business and grow jobs with economic development expert Ioanna Morfessis, president and chief strategist of IO.INC; Economist Elliott D. Pollack; Bob Robb, columnist, Arizona Republic; and Steve Voeller, president of the Arizona Free Enterprise Club.
One of the Valleyâ€™s premier leaders in the Jewish and interfaith communities, Rabbi Albert Plotkin, died February 5th at the age of 89. Phoenix Attorney Paul Eckstein, who was in Rabbi Plotkinâ€™s first confirmation class at Temple Beth Israel in 1956, shares his memories about Rabbi Plotkin. Plus, we take a look at the new Cutler-Plotkin Jewish Heritage Center thatâ€™s opening in the newly restored building that was the first Jewish synagogue in Phoenix.
The first of a two-part series on green building. See how three Arizona communities (Scottsdale, Chandler and Coconino County) are creating a more sustainable Arizona by building green. Weâ€™ll take a look at some of the green building principles used to create Audubon Arizonaâ€™s new education center in Phoenix. And weâ€™ll show you how Arizona State University is transforming itself into a model of sustainability.
T4America is leading a campaign to re-shape federal transportation policy, linking land use, housing and transportation more closely to create more livable communities. Lea Shuster, Field Director for Transportation For America, discusses her groupâ€™s goals and how federal transportation policy impacts transportation in Arizona.
Greenbuild 2009, the worldâ€™s largest conference and expo dedicated to sustainable building, is coming to Phoenix later in the week. See how Scottsdale, Chandler and Coconino County are leading by example in green building and sustainable design.
Arizonans share their views on health care reform. Guests include: Roger Hughes, Executive Director of St. Luke's Health Initiatives, a public foundation focused on health policy and creating healthy communities; Ritch Steven, Chair of the AARP Arizona Advocacy Network; Suzanne Taylor, Senior Vice President of Public Policy for the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry; and Bernadette Melnyk, Dean and Distinguished Foundation Professor in Nursing at the Arizona State University College of Nursing and Health Innovation.
Dora Schriro, Director of the Arizona Department of Corrections, talks about the department's award-winning program to prepare inmates to leave prison and re-enter society. The program, "Getting Ready: Keeping Communities Safe," recently won a "2008 Innovations in American Government Award" from the Harvard Kennedy School.
We begin a four-part series looking at specific challenges Arizona's small towns face. Payson, like many other state communities, must ensure an adequate water supply for its residents. A recent deal with SRP has allowed Payson to pursue a sustainable economy.
At age 18, Carolyn Jessop was the fourth wife of a man more than three times her age and had eight children in 12 years. After 17 years in the abusive, bigamist marriage, she fled Colorado City with her children, ages two to 15. Jessop talks with Merry Lucero about her flight from the fundamentalist Mormon community and her book, "Escape". Plus we talk with state representative David Lujan about what can be done about bigamist communities here in Arizona.
In the late 19th century, the communities of San Pablo, Sotelo Ranch, Hayden’s Ferry made up what is now known as Tempe. They were thriving neighborhoods, alive with the people and culture of Mexico, despite being hundreds of miles north.
The National Governors Association, chaired by Governor Janet Napolitano, announced a 17-member task force to guide the Innovation America initiative. The task force will discuss strategies, policies and programs centered around K-12 science, technology, engineering and mathematics education and the role of postsecondary education as an engine of innovation. Innovation America brings together a bipartisan group of governors and members of the academic and business communities to support private sector innovation and strengthen the competitive position of the United States in the global economy.
The largest generation of Americans ever recorded—78 million baby boomers—is nearing traditional retirement age and they are changing the way Americans over 50 live their lives. Boomers are no strangers to the gym, the voting booth, starting new careers, becoming active in their communities, managing their own health care and their 401(k)s. Bill Novelli, CEO of AARP joins HORIZON to talk about this transformation and his new book: “50+: Igniting a Revolution to Reinvent America.”
The International Foundation for Education and Self-Help (IFESH), based in Scottsdale, was founded twenty-five years ago by the Reverend Leon H. Sullivan, a visionary leader and Baptist minister. The organization helps Africans reduce hunger and poverty, empower local communities, raise the standard of literacy and foster cultural, social and economic relations between Americans and Africans. IFESH is gearing up for a 25th anniversary celebration on September 25 with speakers and a workshop on Corporate Social Responsibility: Advancing Education in Africa through Public & Private Partnerships. Dr. Julie Sullivan, President and CEO of IFESH, joins HORIZON.
A predominantly partisan battle has been waged in the state legislature this session over the issue of immigration. Supporters of immigration legislation say the Valley's quality of life is being threatened. Opponents say legislation targeting illegal immigrants will divide communities. Add that to the controversy over the minutemen on the border recently, and it's clear immigration is a growing concern for Arizonans.