30 years ago, few people outside of PCA believed that downtown had the potential to be the emerging live/work/play urban center it is today. It was a core belief of longtime PCA President Barry Starr that energized public spaces were an essential ingredient for an activated downtown. It was Starr who, after the City of Phoenix obtained the prime acreage in an unusual three-way land swap, urged Mayor Paul Johnson to turn the underserved parcel into a signature city park. The park is named for Horace Steele, a local businessman who donated $2.5 million to construction costs. The park opened in 2001 and today hosts many large events like Arizona Strong Beer Festival, My Nana’s Salsa Festival, Phoenix Pride, Fabulous Fourth and debuting in 2017, Lost Lake Festival.
When you are with business leaders of the quality that we have here at PCA – it’s unrivaled.
The core promise and opportunity for PCA is to build a great City by connecting the endeavors of its Members and its mission. Arts, Culture, Education, Development, Affordability, Sports, Health all work better together and build on each other, never alone. It is what separates PCA from other organizations, such as Chambers of economic development. PCA connects the dots and bridges the gaps that continue to challenge.
"PCA has always been such a proactive and productive group with incredible members and staff. I look forward to future events!"
"We are so grateful to join such a powerful organization making a true difference in the communities we serve."
"As a long time member of Phoenix Community Alliance, it is especially gratifying to see how diverse the revitalization and development projects are in the Central Phoenix Corridor. The heart of Phoenix is alive and well".
"PCA is striving to complement city - building with community building...bringing in new voices - residents, neighborhoods, and businesses large and small - for a stronger, more inclusive alliance of the Phoenix community".
"I would never consider dropping my membership".
"During central Phoenix's "lean times," the Phoenix Community Alliance focused on city-building to help fill-in key puzzle pieces like the Arizona Center, Convention Center, downtown and midtown high-rises, Steele Indian School Park, light rail, and the presence of higher education, among others. After the Great Recession and the current revitalization cycle, PCA is striving to complement city-building with community building... bringing in new voices – residents, neighborhoods, and businesses large and small – for a stronger, more inclusive alliance of the Phoenix community".