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The successful model for bringing business and civic leaders together to convene thoughtful public dialogue on quality of life issues and to improve the sustainability of local communities has been effective in and around Maricopa County for more than four decades. Valley Forward Association was formed in 1969 by a group of visionaries who anticipated explosive growth in the desert long before the megapolis was realized. Valley Forward was originally formed by a merger of the Phoenix Development Association, Mid-Town Improvement Association, Valley Beautiful Citizens Council and the Maricopa County Taxpayers Association. These groups joined forces to advocate for responsible land use decisions, transportation alternatives, air quality and water conservation. 

Arizona Forward is the natural evolution of Valley Forward, uniting the strong values and durable mission of the balance between environmental quality and economic growth. The association officially transitioned to a statewide sustainability agenda in 2013. The result is an even more relevant and influential organization working to unify Arizonans with a collective voice to perpetuate a positive message and image of our state, while addressing environmental sustainability.









Stewarding Arizona's Environment Since 1969

Arizona Forward was founded as Valley Forward in 1969, one year before the first Earth Day. We expanded statewide in 2013. 

We mobilize business leaders and policymakers to leverage their collective power to influence how we best grow our communities, stimulate our economy and enhance our environment.

Our diverse membership of large corporations and small businesses, along with municipal, county and state agencies, educational institutions, related nonprofits and concerned citizens help ensure: smart growth and development, efficient transportation, improved air quality, responsible water management, energy alternatives and meaningful education.

Arizona Forward

3800 North Central Avenue

Suite 1030

Phoenix, AZ  85012


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