PCA convenes, cultivates, and connects leaders, ideas, and innovation to leverage and bring together our downtown’s human, social, and financial capital.


PCA articulates the vision of greater downtown Phoenix, formulates public policy, and shapes key messages for the benefit of the city, state, and region.


PCA Members have the knowledge, vision, and strength to help develop our built environment while addressing critical urban issues and promoting a healthy community in which to live, learn, and thrive.

Signature Projects


Ongoing Projects

ArtWORKS PHX: ArtWORKS PHX, an exciting web-based digital campaign curated by the efforts of the Arts, Culture & Public Life Committee, showcases Phoenix companies engaging in arts and culture to attract business, promote talent, and foster recognition as a creative city.


Creative City Series: The ArtWORKS PHX Creative City Series is an extension of the ArtWORKS PHX digital campaign and sets the stage for advancing next steps for artists and commerce collaboration. It convenes Phoenix’s business and creative communities to discuss partnering with the arts to attract talent, maximize business innovation, advance an inclusive city, foster placemaking, and escalate economic development in Phoenix.


Margaret T. Hance Park Revitalization Project: The Margaret T. Hance Park Revitalization Project is a public-private partnership led by the Hance Park Partner Coalition, consisting of the Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department, Phoenix Community Alliance, and the Hance Park Conservancy. The revitalization project is estimated to cost $100 million and funding will come from public and private sources. The project is expected to be completed in multiple phases. A fundraising campaign is being led by Phoenix Community Alliance.


“High Rising Schools of Phoenix” PR Campaign: The ‘High Rising Schools of Phoenix’ is a PR campaign, led by the Education Committee, that highlights the quality education choices in the Downtown area and improve the business community’s perception of schools in Downtown Phoenix


Miracle Mile McDowell: The McDowell Road Revitalization Committee is leading efforts to shape and promote quality revitalization projects in the area along McDowell Road from 7th Street to State Route 51.  The Miracle Mile McDowell logo and brand represent the re-invented main street corridor, a growing community of local entrepreneurs who believe in the future of the area.

2020 Public Affairs Positions

Submitted a letter to the Office of the Governor of Arizona encouraging the Governor to reconsider and revise Executive Order 2020-14, to block residential evictions for non-payment of rent during the COVID-19 crisis. (April 2020)


Signed on to a letter of opposition for HB2706, a measure to ban transgender youth from athletics. The bill drastically impacts the perception of Arizona and would have a negative impact on economic development, especially in Downtown Phoenix. (Support requested by ONE Community, PCA Member) (February 2020)


Supported the continuation of the dockless e-scooter pilot program in Downtown Phoenix and encouraged suggested updates to the pilot program. (January 2020)

2019 Public Affairs Positions

Submitted a Ballot Argument opposing Proposition 106, which proposes an amendment to the Charter of the City of Phoenix. (May 2019)


Submitted a Ballot Argument opposing Ballot Proposition 105, which seeks to end funding of light rail projects critical for both transportation and economic development throughout Phoenix. (May 2019)


Supported restoring full funding of the State Housing Trust Fund. A letter of support was submitted to the 90 State of Arizona Legislators. (May 2019)


Supported the variances requested for the ASU Thunderbird School of Global Management. A letter of support was submitted to Mayor and Council Members. (April 2019)


Supported to deny citizens petition of Camelback extension and reaffirm light rail extension support. A letter of support was submitted to Mayor and City Council Members. (March 2019)


Signed on as a supporter of funding for the Section 4 Capacity Building and Affordable Housing Program for FY 2019. (Support requested by LISC, PCA Member) (March 2019)


Opposed the citizen’s petition related to terminating or indefinitely suspending any development or construction of, or the expenditure of any public funds (derived from any source) in connection with, any light rail transit route along Camelback Road at any point between 19th Avenue and 43rd Avenue. A letter of opposition was submitted to Mayor and City Council Members (March 2019)


Opposed the citizens’ petition that would terminate the appropriation or expenditure of any public funds, derived from any source, in connection with the expansions of light rail transit. A letter of opposition was submitted to Mayor and City Council Members (February 2019)


Supported the Talking Stick Resort Arena Proposed Renovation Agreement. A letter of support was submitted to Mayor and City Council Members (January 2019)


Supported the implementation of a dockless e-scooter pilot program in Downtown Phoenix and encouraged suggested elements of the pilot program. A letter of support was submitted to Mayor and City Council Members (January 2019)


2018 Public Affairs Positions

Supported the existing two-lane design of the South Central Light Rail Extension project. A letter of support was submitted to Mayor and City Council Members. (September 2018)


Opposed the citizen’s petition related to the future lane configuration of Central Avenue, as included in the light rail expansion plans, at formal Council. (June 2018)


Supported an alley abandonment project for The Knipe House RFP to include a district parking solution with at least 250 public parking spaces. (Support requested by True North Holdings, LLC, PCA Member) (June 2018)


Supported the creation of a Community Facilities District at Park Central Mall to continue redevelopment efforts of this important site.  A letter of support was submitted at DAEI Subcommittee. (May 2018)


Supported the continuance of the Unsolicited RFP for 3rd Street Development at DAEI Subcommittee. (April 2018)


Signed on as a supporter of funding for the Section 4 Capacity Building and Affordable Housing Program for FY 2019. (Support requested by LISC, PCA Member) (March 2018)


Supported the City of Phoenix’s investment in the development of facilities for Thunderbird School of Global Management at ASU’s Downtown Phoenix Campus at City Council DAEI Subcommittee. (Support requested by ASU, PCA Member) (March 2018)

Housing, Neighborhoods & Commercial Districts

•Human Services Campus fundraising and development

•Hope 6 Advisory committee

•City Hall Art Gallery fiscal agent

•Holiday Lights return to Central Avenue

•Graffiti program continuation, exceeding $275,000 in rewards

•Centennial Flags on Washington Street placed as a first step to the centennial project

•Centennial Committee participation

•Buzz meetings (H)

•Roosevelt Pointe assistance dealing with the new urban form zoning

•Town house planning ordinance to remove them from the condominium status

•Downtown Plan development started by the private sector

•Formed base zoning code development started by the private sector

•Walkable Urban Code review and commentary


•Additional station for Light Rail Transit proponent

•Prop 400 committee and worked to get downtown circulator successfully in the program

•Embedded track success for the light rail system

•South Central Light Rail Transit Committee member

•SHIA land advisory committee member

•Railvolution presentations (2) to discuss the Phoenix and Fresh Express

•Tampa rail presentations to assist in their funding efforts

•Trolley tours to showcase all the new development in the central city


•Arizona School for the Arts board member for the past 6 years

•Medical School tours and testimony for the State funding

•Education Summit to better educate the business community with the central city schools

•University expansion of the downtown ASU campus including work on the bond committee

•BASIS School central city locate assistance for the sale of the property

•Museum of Television efforts (2012)

•Medical Center tours to better understand the capability of the bio campu

Economic Development

•2006 Bond Election member of Executive Committee

•IDA Board Member for over 12 years

•PCDIC Board initial member and served for 8 years

•Convention Center chair of the citizen’s advisory committee

•Phoenix Public Market master planning and start up including securing a $250,000 grant

•Valley Partnership Board of Directors for 8 years

•Fiscal agent for Van Buren Civic Association

•Fiscal agent for Warehouse District Council

•Created the Discovery Triangle Development Corporation to work on the area between downtown Phoenix and Tempe

•Fiscal agent for Discovery Triangle Development Corporation for the first 3 years

•Hance Park Conservancy committee involvement including assistance in launching the organization

•Affiliate agreement and creation of DPI

•Fiscal agent for TEDx (2011)

•Cousteau event (2014) fiscal agent and committee member

•Channel 8 Advisory board for 6 years

•Fiscal agent for State of Downtown Fund (2011)

•HUD light rail corridor planning effort participation

•Convention Center tours to better direct the expansion projec

•Convention and Visitors Bureau board member for 5 years


Housing, Neighborhoods & Commercial Districts

•Advocate and work with the City of Phoenix, the Downtown Phoenix Partnership, the Central & Roosevelt Coalition, the Capitol Mall Association and others to complete and implement a mandatory Central City Housing Policy that is supported by neighborhood groups, the business community, and developers

•Work with the development community and appropriate city departments to encourage development of quality affordable housing in the Central City consistent with the City of Phoenix’ new housing policy

•Attract and assist developers who will invest in and build quality housing for minimum wage earners in the Central City

•Provide guidance and technical support to Central City neighborhoods as requested

•Implement a Central City Employer Assisted Housing Program in conjunction with Neighborhood Housing Services, Fannie Mae, and Phoenix Revitalization Corporation

•Team with the City of Phoenix Police and Neighborhood Services Department to reduce neighborhood crime

•Support The Roosevelt Central Coalition in its efforts to develop solutions to problems with crime in that area

•Work with the East Van Buren Civic Association in its efforts to mitigate crime and blight to this gateway to the Central City

•Continued to support the Roosevelt Central Coalition in its efforts to develop solutions to problems with crime

•Continued to promote and support market rate development opportunities in the Central City

•Advocated for leveraging the HOPE VI grant funding in Center City South to create a greater diversity of housing alternatives and economic development opportunities in the area

•Sponsored a series of meetings to inform the business community about Hope VI

•Assisted the Local Initiatives Support Corporation in Phoenix with their community education program

•Worked with Make A Difference Foundation, Phoenix Revitalization Corporation and Downtown Phoenix Partnership on a Day for Downtown, a revitalization volunteer effort in Central City South and the Garfield Neighborhood

•Served on East Van Buren Civic Association Board of Directors in its efforts to mitigate crime and blight along this gateway to the Central City

•Coordinated and co-sponsored Making Space for Urban Arts, a lecture series on arts-based economic development

•Assisted property and business owners on West McDowell to form a Commercial District, Historic McDowell Now

•Coordinated and co-sponsored an Urban Living Fair with Fannie Mae, Neighborhood Housing Services and the Downtown Phoenix Partnership promoting Central Phoenix

•Advocate, support, co-sponsor and promote Downtown and Central City events such as the Downtown Phoenix Public Market, Downtown Home & Loft Tour that contribute to the energy and vitality of our urban community

•Continue to work with Historic McDowell Now to improve its commercial district

•Promote home ownership

•Work with the City of Phoenix to attract new residential developers

•Focus on housing for workers by supporting and partnering with the Local Initiative Support Corporation, Arizona Family Housing Fund, Neighborhood Housing Services and other CDCs with proven capacity to develop meaningful workforce housing in the Central City

•Work with the Phoenix Industrial Development Authority and the Industrial Development Authority of the County of Maricopa to seek workforce housing for workers in Downtown and the Central City

•Work and support the governor’s initiatives for more tax credits to create affordable housing

•Support and accelerate the development of small business infrastructure to service new residents in the Central City and to stimulate growth of new and vibrant businesses

•Provide guidance and technical support to central city neighborhoods as requested

•Promote and support programs such as Historic McDowell Now for neighborhood commercial district revitalization

•Coordinate, sponsor, and support events and programs that promote the urban living experience

•As high-rise developments such as the Summit at Copper Square and 44 Monroe attract people to the Central City, create an urban environment that responds to the growing needs of these new urban residents

•Promote and support new high rise projects, such as Cityscape and One Central Park East

•Assist developers in promoting products within the Central City

•Work with Central City residential developers and area stakeholders


•Develop a comprehensive multi-modal transportation plan with the City of Phoenix, the business community, labor, neighborhoods, and other interested parties

•Work with the City of Phoenix on the 2000 Transit Election that would secure permanent funding for an expanded bus system and new light rail system

•Participate in the City of Phoenix’s Noise Compatibility Study to ensure that surrounding city neighborhood airport noise issues are adequately addressed

•Supported the Tom Hom Group in their effort to bring Campaige Place, a quality, furnished, efficiency apartment project to Phoenix’s Central City

•Chaired the Sky Harbor International Airport F.A.R. Part 150 Noise Compatibility Planning Advisory Committee

•Chaired the Surface Transportation Advisory Committee

•Advocated for a fair and reasonable distribution of new federal transportation dollars to the City of Phoenix

•Worked toward a coordinated plan for access, parking, and circulation throughout the Central City

•Supported the City of Phoenix in its efforts to expand Sky Harbor International Airport and enhance international service

•Contributed to and successfully promoted the passage of the City of Phoenix Transit Tax, expanding bus service and bringing light rail transit to Phoenix

•Endorse and promote the City of Phoenix’s efforts to expand Sky Harbor and enhance international service

•Together with the City of Phoenix Aviation Department and Valley Metro Rail ensure that the people mover connection is completed

•Together with the City of Phoenix Aviation Department, ensure the development of appropriate land uses along Washington Street as they relate to the airport property acquisition program

•Continue to work with Valley Metro Rail and the City of Phoenix to facilitate communications with stakeholders regarding issues as addressed by the Citizens Advisory Board

•Continue to work with the City of Phoenix Community and Economic Development Department to attract specialized, well-capitalized developers to complete transit-oriented development projects around the light rail stations in the Central City

•Support the Arizona Department of Transportation and the Maricopa Association of Governments as they study commuter rail

•Assist and support the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport in its housing development program for noise abatement


•Support the ASU Downtown Center and promote its expanded program offerings to the PCA members

•Encourage member companies to adopt a public, charter, or magnet school through a mentoring or donation program and to share their educational program experiences

•Encourage ASU Colleges of Education and Extended Education to enhance programs for the training of school administrators in order to develop effective leadership that recognizes the importance of parental involvement

•Supported the ASU Downtown Center and promoted its expanded program offerings to our members

•Participated with ASU/U of A/NAU to explore the opportunity for a joint expanded campus in downtown Phoenix

•Participated in ASU Advisory Council for Extended Education

•Continued to recognize and respond to opportunities to match business resources with Central City school needs.

•Assisted Arizona School for the Arts, Metro Arts Academy, Valley Youth Theater, Phoenix Boys Choir and other charter schoolsand youth organizations with their expansion plans, projects and programs

•When downtown multi-purpose stadium proposal was not selected, successfully encouraged the City of Phoenix to purchase property assembled to bank it for future uses (now the Phoenix Biomedical Campus)

•The future of Arizona colleges and universities are inexorably linked to the health of our community.  The expansion of our universities in downtown Phoenix is fueling new economic development capacity and spurring new growth both locally and statewide.  PCA is committed to pursuing opportunities to leverage resources from the private sector to advance our mutual goals

•PCA will continue to focus on the needs of our primary and secondary schools and our growing urban population.

•In addition, PCA will work to ensure that our members remain focused on long range issues critical to the future development of our urban landscape

•Pursue opportunities to develop and enhance resources for higher education in the Central City

•Continue to assist and support as requested the Arizona Board of Regents, The University of Arizona Medical School in Downtown Phoenix, and ASU as they expand their facilities, colleges, and programs in downtown Phoenix

•Continue to assist and support ASU with its ongoing expansion in downtown Phoenix, including ASU at the Mercado, University College, the College of Design and PURL, the College of Nursing, the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, KAET Channel 8, and other colleges and departments as requested

•Continue to work with Northern Arizona University as requested as it expands its presence and programs into the Central City

•Continue to assist the Maricopa Community Colleges system as requested as it continues to grow in the Central City

•Assist and support as requested to attract other institutions of higher education to expand our Central City resources

•Continue to chair the President’s Advisory Council for Gateway Community College and Phoenix College

•Continue to chair the KAET Channel 8 Community Advisory Board

•Continue to serve as a member of the ASU Provost’s Business Advisory Council, the ASU College of Nursing & Healthcare Innovation Business Advisory Group, the ASU Council for Design Excellence, Northern Arizona University President’s Valley Board of Advisors, and The University of Arizona College of Medicine Advisory Board

•Continue to assist and support the superintendent and staff of the Phoenix Union High School District and the Phoenix Elementary School District as requested

•Continue to assist and support the directors and boards of Central City charter schools including Arizona School for the Arts, Genesis, Metro Arts, and other charter schools as requested

•Assist other primary and secondary educational institutions as requested

•Work with governments and government agencies and departments as requested to assist and support public policy issues, programs, and commissions

•Assist and support Valley Youth Theater, the Children’s Museum of Phoenix, the Arizona Science Center, the Phoenix Museum of History, the Phoenix Art Museum, the Heard Museum, the City of Phoenix Parks Department and other Central City institutions with their youth programs and expansion plans as appropriate and as requested

•Bring together the talent and resources of our members: leaders from business, government, education, science, culture, civic, religious and community stakeholders to engage their professional talent and expertise to develop creative ideas and opportunities

•Use and engage local resources such as PURL, the Urban Land Institute, the Arizona chapter of the American Institute of Architects, and other professional organizations to develop programs to address local urban challenges and develop new ideas for future planning

•Provide information to our members and the community about emerging urban issues, new challenges, and fresh ideas from our local professional resources and from our local universities including ASU, The University of Arizona, Northern Arizona University and our other educational institutions

•Recognizing that arts and culture venues and facilities are critical to the success of the Central City, assist arts groups as they seek to assure their growth, stability, and continued success

•Work with Arizona State University and The University of Arizona to assist with the expansion of university activity in the core

Capital Mall Development

•Coordinate discussions with Maricopa Association of Governments and human service providers in Arizona’s Capitol Mall District and achieve mutual agreement regarding management, investment and commitment for a Human Services Campus

•Identify funding sources for the operation of the Human Services Campus, including emergency shelter, healthcare, food services, transitional housing and job training

•Encourage, assist and advocate on behalf of the Capitol Mall human service providers as requested in their efforts to develop and deliver comprehensive shelter, housing, and services to homeless persons, especially as it lessens the impact on the area

•Work with the U.S. Post Office to relocate the homeless post office

•Support state funding for behavioral health programs and, specifically, the housing vouchers for mentally ill persons who could become homeless and would very likely be among those on the streets in the Arizona Capitol Mall District

•Advocate on behalf of the legislative study groups and other organizations to find appropriate funding solutions for issues related to homelessness

•Support increases to the State’s Housing Trust Fund and explore other financial resources for the development of affordable housing

•Catalyze and advocate the Legacy Bungalows (the first apartment housing project in more than 35 years in the Capitol Mall area) at 12th Avenue and Van Buren to assure groundbreaking and construction

•Work with the City of Phoenix Assistant Chief of Police and Commanders and the Capitol Mall police to support increased interdiction and prosecution of drug dealers in Arizona’s Capitol Mall District

•Work with the City of Phoenix Community and Economic Development Department, the Chamber of Commerce, property owners and the real estate community to develop a business retention and promotion strategy for the area

•Serve on the Legislative Governmental Mall Commission

•Encourage human service providers to complete their internal planning processes to give focus to the rapidly changing character of the area

•Serve on Maricopa County Continuum of Care Task Force

•Encourage, assist, and advocate on behalf of the Capitol Mall human service providers as requested in their efforts to develop and deliver comprehensive shelter, housing, and services to the homeless

•Celebrate Groundbreaking of the Human Services Campus

•Supported the enhancement and expansion of the DASH service to the Capitol Mall area

•Worked with City of Phoenix Assistant Chief of Police and Commanders to support increased interdiction and prosecution of drug dealers

•Participated in planning discussions with Central Arizona Shelter Services and other homeless providers with regard to comprehensive campus-type shelter

•Supported the Arizona Department of Administration’s fiscal year capital budget recommendations and fiscal year building renewal requests

•Adopt and implement the Capitol Mall Centennial Plan as developed by PURL and sponsored by the PCA, establishing a general layout of the Capitol Mall District along with parameters for the design of the Capitol Mall complex and its associated urban connections

•Work with the State of Arizona, the Legislative Governmental Mall Committee, Maricopa County, the City of Phoenix, and all existing stakeholders to adopt and begin implementation of the Capitol Mall Centennial Plan

• Support the Human Services Campus as it continues to develop and serve the community

•Facilitate private development projects and investment opportunities consistent with the Capitol Mall Centennial Plan

Urban Infrastructure

•Form the PCA Bond Election Committee to assure all the needs of the Central City are addressed

•Team with ASU Joint Urban Design Program, the Downtown Phoenix Partnership, the City of Phoenix, and others to identify urban design strengths and weaknesses in the area, and to develop a vision and strategies for creating a distinct identify for the area while linking the Central City components.

•Advocated to develop a mixed-use zoning ordinance to facilitate new development in the redevelopment area

•Co-sponsored Arizona Infrastructure Conference to identify and address regional infrastructure needs

•Ensure that Phoenix’s Downtown and Central City are among America’s top civic localities by adopting and adapting the most up-to-date standards for sustainable development

•With the Arizona State University (ASU) Phoenix Urban Research Laboratory (PURL), the Downtown Phoenix Partnership, the City of Phoenix, and others, continue to identify urban design strengths and weaknesses. Work to complete and implement the Urban Form Zoning Ordinance and to implement Downtown Phoenix Strategic Vision and Blueprint for the Future, assuring that all components are appropriately linked and complement one another

•Monitor the development of projects funded through the City of Phoenix Citizens’ Bond Committee Program

•Work together to discover new standards for design, planning, development, construction and urban form and help to communicate best practices for the Central City

•Formulate and implement programs to stimulate discussion, develop goals, and implement strategies that lead to desired outcomes for the Central City’s urban growth

•Focus on important future urban issues such as sustainable living, green development, open space, public space, economic development, and social change

•Support Parks and Preserves Tax Initiatives Campaign Phoenix

•Ensure that the Urban Form Zoning Ordinance is implemented

•Work with the City of Phoenix, the Downtown Phoenix Partnership and all stakeholders to create a plan to provide shade along sidewalks where there is no shade or create respite from the summer heat

•Work with the City of Phoenix, the Downtown Phoenix Partnership and all stakeholders to improve pedestrian connectivity by creating and identifying more walking shortcuts, such as mid-block crossings and connections between buildings

•Work with the City of Phoenix, the Downtown Phoenix Partnership and stakeholders to identify, create, and promote summer respite stations that offer water, rest, and comfort along major walkways

•Ensure that pedestrian facilities accommodate the special needs of people with disabilities, strollers, handcarts, etc.

•Create an interest in walking by identifying and creating opportunities for public art and desert flowers and plants for the enjoyment of pedestrians

•Continue to work with the City of Phoenix to advocate for more effective and timely processing programs that respond to development needs in the Central City

•Promote the development of viable pedestrian paths throughout the Central City

•Partner with the City of Phoenix to obtain New Markets Tax Credit authority and work on Central City projects that could benefit from the program

•Support the development of an entertainment district in the Warehouse District

•Catalyze further development of the arts with the Phoenix Arts Commission, the arts community, and entrepreneurs to assure that Downtown and the Central City cultural assets are sustained and continue to grow and enrich the community

Central Avenue

•Coordinated discussions with Central Avenue property owners, businesses and the City of Phoenix to address Central Avenue issues with regard to the Light Rail Transit station locations and design

•Co-sponsored a Central Avenue Economic Development Workshop with the City of Phoenix

•Launched Scroogbusters II Campaign to raise funds for Central Avenue decorations with an initial $30,000 in funds from the businesses and private citizens

•Raised $5.5 million toward the development of the Steele Indian School Park and assisted the City of Phoenix to celebrate the Grand Opening of Phase I

•Promoted a full range of development projects along the Central Avenue Corridor including office, commercial, and residential projects

•Continue to implement key points of the Central Avenue Corridor Economic Development Strategy

•Work with Valley Metro Rail, the City of Phoenix and property owners to implement an appropriate landscape program for Central Avenue between Fillmore and Roosevelt streets

•Continue to seek, promote, and accept grants for the Steele Indian School Park for programs and development

•Work with the City of Phoenix to create linkages to other Central City amenities

•Assure that new high-rise residential projects are well integrated into the Central Corridor to distinguish the area as a pedestrian-friendly area along its main connector, light rail transit

•Work with the City of Phoenix, property owners, and other stakeholders to develop plans and create opportunities for transit-oriented development in the evolving commercial districts on cross streets adjoining the light rail transit on Central Avenue

•Complete $5.4 million fundraising campaign and celebrate opening of Steele Indian School Park

•Focus on enhancing the Central Avenue Corridor between 7th Avenue and 7th Street to create a more pedestrian-friendly environment that includes shade and bicycle paths

•As a result of light rail, parade routes have been diverted. Explore opportunities to enhance the image of Phoenix along newly defined parade routes

Hotel, Retail & Convention Center

•In conjunction with the City of Phoenix Community and Economic Development Department, supported and assisted the City of Phoenix in its efforts to develop major convention hotel in downtown Phoenix as well as other hotel products in the Central City

•Supported and assisted the City of Phoenix in its efforts to develop additional retail opportunities

•Chaired the Phoenix Civic Plaza Expansion Building Subcommittee and explored how Phoenix Civic Plaza should be expanded

•Promoted the development of quality retail outlets to support the needs of the expanded residential development in the Central City

•Participated in dialogue and discussions with Maricopa County regarding expansion of their facilities along Jackson Street

•Recognizing the competitive nature of the industry, work to ensure that the expansion of the Phoenix Convention Center proceeds on time, as planned, and fulfills the ultimate goals of the expansion.

•Support and assist as requested the efforts of the Greater Phoenix Convention & Visitors Bureau to use the new facility to promote the Arizona experience and achieve its potential as the premier convention center in the Southwest

•Encourage the Phoenix Convention Center to be aggressive and competitive, seeking as a first priority convention bookings that will ensure economic stability for our downtown hotels and other businesses

•Work to ensure that new planned hotels and additional hotel rooms are located convenient to and are completed at the same time as the Phoenix Convention Center

•Support the City of Phoenix Community and Economic Development Department and the City of Phoenix Downtown Development Office in their efforts to complete construction of the 1,000-room Sheraton Hotel and to attract and complete the development of other hotels and expand hotel rooms in Copper Square

•Seek and support private development and construction of other hotels in downtown Phoenix, such as the 12 Hotel

•Partner with the Greater Phoenix Convention & Visitors Bureau and the Downtown Phoenix Partnership to evaluate opportunities to enhance the convention hotel guest experience within the Central City

•Work with groups to enhance other guest experiences, more specifically the Papago Park Centennial development plan

Health & Bioscience

•Advocated on behalf of the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGEN)

•Support the continued development of the Phoenix Biomedical Campus

•Support the Arizona Biomedical Collaborative and the Bioscience Roadmap

•Work with government and the private sector to ensure that the goals of TGen and the International Genomics Consortiumare achieved

•Support the The University of Arizona College of Medicine in downtown Phoenix a world-class educational facility

•Support efforts to expand the campus to include a College of Pharmacy

•Work with government(s) and the private sector to support the expansion of The University of Arizona College of Medicine, Arizona State University, and Northern Arizona University on the Phoenix Biomedical Campus

•Work with the City of Phoenix, other stakeholders and the private sector to provide space and infrastructure for the expanding business of translating research into technology

•Work with the City of Phoenix and other stakeholders to ensure that as the campus grows it is connected and integrated with the surrounding amenities in downtown Phoenix

•Work with the City of Phoenix and others to ensure that the growing bioscience employment base is provided with the housing and amenities that will be required

•Focus on streamlining the integration of health care facilities within the Downtown and Central City

•Assist health care providers as they explore expansion options within the downtown area

•As our urban environment grows, assist Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center, Barrow Neurological Institute and St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center, Maricopa Medical Center, Phoenix Memorial Hospital and St. Luke’s Medical Center in meeting our mutual goals and objectives

•Serve as a communications liaison between central city health care institutions and the business community

•Work with the City of Phoenix to ensure that these institutions are easily connected to downtown, to the light rail, and specifically to the Phoenix Biomedical Campus

•Work with Central City health care institutions to explore development opportunities in the areas surrounding their facilities



•Initiate advocacy for Neighborhood Initiative Area Designation in Central and Roosevelt area.

•Partner with City of Phoenix and Arizona State University for Joint Central City Housing Town Hall.

•Review New Urban Residential Zoning Ordinance

•Support City of Phoenix’s request for new downtown hotel proposal

•Participate and co-sponsor a Reinventing Neighborhood Charrette for the Central and Roosevelt area

•Participate with City of Phoenix for the development of a Central City Housing Policy

•Attract interested residential developers to the Central City.

•Launch discussions about a joint Central City Marketing Initiative.

•Present Gather the Tools, A Focus Report on Issues of Homelessness and Human Services in the Capitol of Arizona January 1998, to stakeholders and the community.

•Assemble discussions with the Arizona Department of Administration to explore creative solutions to develop state buildings in Arizona’s Capitol Mall District

•House and support the Phoenix Revitalization Corporation, a non-profit CDC


•Completion of The Met at Third and Fillmore, first new mixed-affordable market rate apartment in Downtown Phoenix in more than 20 years

•Provide office space for Corporation for Supportive Housing

•Initiate meetings between City of Phoenix and Central and Roosevelt to reduce crime in the area

•Coordinate City of Phoenix’s request to generate interest among Downtown Hotel Developers

•Develop Arizona’s Capitol Mall District Revitalization Strategic Plan with area stakeholders

•Grand Opening of McDowell Marketplace, first new grocery store in Downtown Phoenix in more than 20 years

•Cosponsor Capitol Mall Charrette with Arizona State University Joint Urban Design Program, American Institute of Architects, City of Phoenix, Arizona State Department of Administration and Capitol Mall Association

•Advised the City of Phoenix Downtown Pedestrian Circulation Study

•Cosponsor workshop to educate property owners about property tax structure and property valuation appeals

•Coordinate  Native American community, business, government, civic and community leaders to Indian School Park to communicate and celebrate the vision of its development

•Promote the development of affordable and market rate, multi-residential housing in the Central City

•Conduct bus tours to acquaint state legislators with affordable and supportive housing developments around the Central City

•Coordinate the formation of the Central and Roosevelt Coalition

•Coordinate community effort to examine issues of homelessness and human services in the Arizona’s Capitol Mall District

•Launch and mobilize a fundraising campaign to raise $6,000,000 toward the development of the Indian School Park

•Present Renaissance of the Capitol Mall District, Proceedings of the Capitol Mall Charrette, November 1996, to stakeholders and the community

•Coordinate Tour of Affordable and SRO’s Housing Projects in other cities

•Coordinate Tour of Human Service Facilities in other cities

•Bank One Ballpark opens


•Advocate for the development of multi–residential, mixed-income housing project in downtown Phoenix

•Passage of Economic Development legislation

•Start the Legislative Issues Committee

•Participate in the grant application for Phoenix Preparatory Academy, City of Phoenix and Valley Big Brothers Big Sisters mentoring program

•Launch the Capitol Mall Task Force to address blighted Arizona’s Capitol Mall District

•Coordinate with the City of Phoenix to purchase the RTC property, use of bond funds to develop multi-family, with affordable component, housing project, which is The Met at 3rd and Fillmore

•Assume responsibility for launching intense revitalization effort in Arizona’s Capitol Mall District

•Advocate for legislation to reconstitute Governmental Mall Commission

•Advocate for Overlay Zoning District in Arizona’s Capitol Mall District

•Recommend City of Phoenix upgrade plans for new Downtown Transit Facility

•Advise City of Phoenix in deliberations relative to new Criminal Justice Facility

•Support the development of the Federal Courthouse in Arizona’s Capitol Mall District

•Coordinate establishment of Anti-Graffiti Hotline with the City of Phoenix and Maricopa County Attorney.

•Advocate funding for $1,000,000 for land acquisition with the State of Arizona for new state office buildings in Arizona’s Capitol Mall District

•Provide guidance, as well as fundraising, financial and technical support to stabilize Capitol Mall Association

•Formation of PCA’s Capitol Mall Committee to carry our recommendations of Task Force


•Publish a study, A Third Convention Hotel in Downtown Phoenix

•Implement legislation to allow Arizona cities to grant economic development incentives to projects that provide a major public purpose

•Establish Phoenix’s Local Initiatives Support Corporation Program office and staff at the PCA offices

•Advocate legislation to provide incentives for public/private partnerships for housing construction

•America West Arena opens

•Form PCA’s Education Committee in support of Phoenix Preparatory Academy

•Partner with the City of Phoenix Police Department to eliminate cruising activities along Central Avenue


•PCA Offices relocate to Arizona State Downtown Center to foster and expand cooperative partnership with ASU

•Participate in the development of a 25-year Downtown Plan

•Mobilize with the City of Phoenix Downtown Phoenix Partnership Steering Committee

•Support initiatives to extend Bond Program to eight years

•Invite the Local Initiatives Support Corporation to study Phoenix as a possible program area

•Arizona Center opens

•Merge with Central Avenue Association to broaden PCA’s organization and scope

•Mobilize PCA’s Hotel Committee to review the need for additional hotel facilities in Downtown Phoenix

•Advocate on behalf of proposed expanded Indian School Park site

•Raise $1,000,000 matched by the Local Initiatives Support Corporation for a Phoenix Local Initiatives Support Corporationprogram

•Supported Phoenix Revitalization Corporation by providing office space


•Advocate for 1988 Bond Program

•Provide financial support to study and to create a strategy for Downtown Housing

•Cosponsor and promote the formation of the ASU Joint Urban Design Studio Project

•Host International Desert Cities Conference concept and staff

•Promote Transportation and Rapid Transit initiatives

•Cosponsor and implement Market Research on Downtown Housing with the City of Phoenix

•Endorse City of Phoenix and Phoenix Suns joint-funding of Downtown Arena

•Research and endorse new site for Phoenix Elementary School District’s junior high school in downtown Phoenix

•Promote Downtown Shuttle Service

•Work with the City of Phoenix to implement International Downtown Association Downtown Management & Improvement study


•The Rouse Company was selected to develop Arizona Center, downtown Phoenix’s first mixed-use project

•Participate in negotiations between City of Phoenix and The Rouse Company on project incentives

•Participate, promote and support the 1998 Bond Election

•Lead study and promote the Central Avenue Beautification project

•Work with local artist community to support the development of the Art Detour Program

•Promote quality development in Downtown Phoenix and a third downtown hotel

•Lead promotion and lend support for the Downtown Arena for Phoenix Suns

•Arizona Center breaks ground


•The Central Phoenix Redevelopment Plan, a master concept plan was published to outline the expansion and redevelopment of central city from 7th St. to 7th Ave, and Harrison St. to Camelback Rd.

•Downtown Streetscape, Housing and Downtown Arena finance and co-sponsor study was published

•Governmental Mall Commission formation was successfully advocated

•Designing & Building a Great City: Phoenix, an eight-year lecture series program, was launched

•Land for the Arizona Center was acquired

•Lend support for the Interstate 10 freeway expansion and addition of Deck Park site

•Advocate and promote the location of Arizona State University campus in downtown Phoenix


•The Phoenix Community Alliance is formed by Phoenix’s business leaders to pull together government, civic, cultural, educational and faith-based organizations to conceive, plan and implement the components for developing an urban core for a 21st Century city