Arizona Forward advocates for a balance between economic development and environmental quality. We convene business, as well as community and civic leaders in thoughtful public dialogue on critical sustainability issues for the state. As we mobilize the state’s business leaders and policymakers, we leverage our collective power to influence how we best grow our communities, stimulate our economy and enhance our environment.
Our membership includes large and small businesses, government entities, educational institutions, environmental non-profits and others who share our goal of promoting collaboration for a better Arizona.
Arizona Forward was the natural evolution of an organization previously named Valley Forward. 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. The Phoenix Development Association, Mid-Town Improvement Association, Valley Beautiful Citizens Council and the Maricopa County Taxpayers Association joined forces to advocate for responsible land use decisions, transportation alternatives, air quality and water conservation.
In 2013, Valley Forward expanded to a statewide organization with a focus on the strong values and durable mission of the balance between environmental quality and economic growth. The result is a relevant and influential organization unifying Arizonans with a collective voice to address sustainability and quality of life in our state.
To bring business and civic leaders together to promote cooperative efforts to improve the environmental sustainability and the economic vitality of our state and local regions.
To mobilize the state's business leaders and policy makers to leverage the collective power to influence how we best can grow our communities, stimulate our economy and enhance our environment.