Arizona’s housing crisis to be spotlighted in statewide public forums

Posted By Mike Padgett

Jan. 10, 2009

Arizonans’ thoughts and opinions about the state’s housing crisis will be welcome during a series of public meetings across the state over the next three months.

Arizona Town Hall is hosting nine community outreach programs in metro Phoenix, Tucson, Flagstaff, Kingman, Sierra Vista and Douglas. The discussions will focus on the recommendations hammered out during the 93rd Arizona Town Hall in November at the Grand Canyon. The Town Hall participants at the Nov. 2-5 conference totaled about 130 representatives of city councils, counties, development and contracting companies and Native American communities. Others included educators, attorneys, local housing officials, real estate agents, retirees and community volunteers.

Details about the community outreach presentations are as follows:

• Mesa: Jan. 21, noon to 1 p.m. at Mesa Community College in Paul Elsner Library, 1833 W. Southern Ave., Mesa. Lunch: $20. Host is MCC President Shouan Pan. Speakers include Jim Holway, professor of Practice, Civil and Environmental Engineering and School Sustainability at Arizona State University; Tara Jackson, president of Arizona Town Hall; and Devan Wastchuk, managing partner at VIVO Business Partners.

• Phoenix: Jan. 22, 7:30 to 9 a.m. at University Club, 39 E. Monte Vista Road, Phoenix. Breakfast: $20. The host is Jim Condo, Arizona Town Hall board chairman and attorney and partner at Snell & Wilmer. Speakers include Tara Jackson, president of Arizona Town Hall; Fred Karnas, director of Arizona Department of Housing; and Kellie Manthe, senior vice president and market development manager of Bank of America.

• Flagstaff: Feb. 3, noon to 1:30 p.m., Northern Arizona University, University Union, Havasupai Room, Flagstaff.

• El Mirage and Surprise: Feb. 19, 8 to 9:30 a.m. at Rio Salado Lifelong Learning Center, 12535 Smokey Drive, Surprise. Complimentary breakfast. The hosts are the cities of  El Mirage and Surprise and the learning center. Speakers include Sherry Ahrentzen, associate director of research, Policy and Strategic Initiatives at Arizona State University; Scott Chesney, director of economic development at El Mirage; Sheila Harris, senior vice president for development at The Molera Alvarez Group; Tara Jackson, president of Arizona Town Hall; Surprise Mayor Lyn Truitt; and El Mirage Mayor Fred Waterman.

• Kingman: Feb. 25, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Mohave County Administration Building, 700 W. Beale St.

• Phoenix: March 11, noon to 1:30 p.m. at NAU North Valley Distance Learning Facility, 15601 N. 28th Ave., Room 104/106. Lunch: $15. The host is Denny Mitchem, director of corporate relations at Northern Arizona University. Speakers include Paul Harris, program office at Local Initiatives Support Corp.; Roger Hughes, executive director of St. Luke’s Health Initiatives; Tara Jackson, president of Arizona Town Hall; and Linda Thor, president of Rio Salado College.

• Tucson: March 18. Lunch presentation at Pima Community College’s downtown campus, 1255 N. Stone Ave., Amethyst Room. Lunch: $25.

• Sierra Vista: March 19. Breakfast presentation, 7:30-9 a.m., Cochise College, 901 N. Columbo Ave., Andre Cracchiolo Library, Room 900.

• Douglas: March 19. Lunch program. Location: To be announced.

For details or more information about the upcoming public forums, call 602-262-9600 or visit or send an email to


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