Metro Phoenix’s East Valley, with fuel at $5 a gallon

Posted By Mike Padgett

Sept. 30. 2008

A look at the future of the East Valley with fuel prices reaching $5 a gallon will be enlightening, and probably painful.

That’s the topic the East Valley Partnership is offering, along with a lineup of powerhouse experts, at a Nov. 6 gathering at The Buttes, a Marriott Resort in Tempe. The Partnership’s invitation says, in part, Arizona and the East Valley “must find a way to create the conditions to propel private sector innovation, foster investment in the energy infrastructure and raise energy management to a more strategic level.”

The discussion will focus on the future of the East Valley’s economy “if gas prices hit $5 a gallon.”

The East Valley, consisting largely of Tempe, Mesa, Chandler, Gilbert, Queen Creek and Apache Junction, isn’t the only part of the state that would suffer major economic shifts if fuel prices reach that level. Already, commuters and companies across Arizona are wrestling with the financial drain of rising fuel prices.

The Nov. 6 event begins with a 4:30 p.m. cocktail hour, with the presentation beginning at 5:45 p.m. The lineup of speakers includes:

• Dr. Michael Crow, Arizona State University president.

• William Ford, Ford Motor Co. executive chairman.

• John Hofmeister, former president of Shell Oil Co.

• Brad Casper, The Dial Corp. president and CEO.

• Ron Walton, Wal-Mart board chairman.

• Kevin Schultze, director of private client portfolio strategy for Stone & Youngberg in Chicago.

• Bill Gosnell, principal at Lee & Associates in Phoenix.

• Geoffrey H. Woodward, vice president of development at Gaylord Entertainment.

For more information, visit the Partnership’s Web site,, or call Jennifer Whalley at the Partnership at 480-834-8335.

Sep 30th, 2008

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