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March 2023

Center for the Future of Arizona: The Arizona We Want
  This month’s issue features exciting events for educators and workforce leaders, a new job opening at CFA, info on our annual Public Service Awards nominations, and more!  

Arizona Gives Day
Now Through April 4: Support CFA for Arizona Gives Day!
We invite you to join us in creating a stronger, brighter future for our state by investing in CFA for Arizona Gives Day.
CFA has focused on the greater good and what matters most to our community since our inception 20 years ago. Over the years, our dedication to advancing a positive agenda reflecting Arizonans’ top priorities continues to grow. Today, everything we do is to promote The Arizona We Want–a shared vision of success around what matters most to Arizonans– and to ensure our seven Shared Public Values are realized for all. We are deeply committed to:
  Shining a light on who we are as Arizonans and how we can come together around what we agree is important for the state
  Helping communities and leaders leverage data for dialogue, decision-making, and action
  Addressing complex challenges in education, workforce, and civic engagement with innovative and collaborative solutions
  Partnering on promising ideas and concepts that have the potential to benefit all Arizonans
Arizona Gives Day celebrates local generosity while raising awareness about the critical role our state's nonprofits play in our communities and economy. We celebrate on April 4, but you don’t have to wait - early giving is open now!
Invest in CFA

2023 Gabe Zimmerman Public Service Awards
  Help Recognize Arizona’s Non-elected Public Servants
Nominate a Candidate for the 2023 Gabe Zimmerman Public Service Awards by April 21
Today CFA announced that nominations for the 2023 Gabe Zimmerman Public Service Awards are now open through April 21. Awarded in three categories – Community Builder, Emerging Leader, and Civic Leader – honorees exemplify the impact Gabe Zimmerman had in connecting communities and engaging Arizonans. Any Arizona-based non-elected public servant can be nominated for the awards.
Read the full announcement to learn more about these important awards and the nomination process.
Make a Nomination Today

Stories of Impact
  Tucson Students Inform Community Action
Participatory budgeting success in schools is trickling up to the municipal level
Students and educators leading the School Participatory Budgeting initiative at Sunnyside Unified School District
Students and educators leading the School Participatory Budgeting initiative at Sunnyside Unified School District
Involvement inspires investment. Students at Tucson’s Sunnyside Unified School District (SUSD) can attest to that truth after learning how democracy works by taking part in CFA’s ongoing School Participatory Budgeting (SPB) initiative with the district.
“I didn’t know that we could participate in making a difference,” said an SUSD student involved in the SPB initiative. “I didn’t know how much power we could have.”
That power, as it turns out, can be measured in influence. At CFA, we understand that initiatives designed to create systems change — including those we lead to advance The Arizona We Want — often realize sustainable success through a valuable ripple effect.
In Tucson, the ripple effect of a three-year partnership between CFA and SUSD is now informing one of the city’s six representative and administrative subdivisions in implementing its own participatory budgeting initiative designed to actively engage constituents on spending decisions.
Read the full story

Arizona Progress Meter Update: Jobs
  Arizonans want jobs that utilize their talents, build their future, and help our economy thrive.
CFA has updated the Arizona Jobs Progress Meter with recent data and to improve the accessibility of the information on Unemployment, Job Growth, Wages, Underemployment, and Labor Force Participation. New interactive charts enable comparisons across Arizona and the nation and each of our state’s municipal statistical areas and counties where data are available.
Using the Arizona Jobs Progress Meter is easier and more reliable than ever, with updates directly from the Bureau of Labor Statistics available as the numbers are released to the public. Pro tip: Try the new export feature, which allows data to be downloaded from the charts and used as needed.
Check out the latest updates

Upcoming Events
  Arizona Healthcare Workforce Summit
Friday, March 31, 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. | Creighton University Health Sciences Campus – Phoenix, AZ
Healthcare workforce and development leaders are invited to attend this collaborative summit hosted by Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association, Banner University Health Plans, and CFA. Hear from engaging speakers and project leaders about strategies, workforce outcomes and impact, and plans for future sustainability. Share ideas, connect, and collaborate with colleagues. See the full agenda
Register today
Reimagining Instructional Time
Thursday, April 6, 10 – 11 a.m. | Zoom Webinar
Educators from across the state are invited to attend this interactive dialogue about utilizing flexible Instructional Time Models (ITMs) hosted by A for Arizona and CFA. Hear from fellow schools and districts about instructional time flexibilities in Arizona and their experiences with implementing them.
Learn more & RSVP

In the News
Print   Phoenix Business Journal, CFA President & CEO Dr. Sybil Francis Named 2023 Most Admired Leaders–Lifetime Achievement Honoree
Each year, the Phoenix Business Journal recognizes Arizona’s Most Admired Leaders for integrity, values, vision, and commitment to excellence in championing innovation and advancing Arizona. We are thrilled to share that CFA President & CEO, Dr. Sybil Francis, was recently named the Lifetime Achievement Honoree of the 2023 Most Admired Leaders Awards and will be recognized at the event on Thursday, May 11. Under her leadership, CFA has an ambitious and positive agenda– focused on moving forward on where Arizonans agree we can come together for positive change– and we’re proud of the impact and contributions this has led to for the state over the past 20 years. We also applaud the many other dynamic leaders recognized for their leadership this year.
  KTAR, Arizona stands to gain billions from a more educated population, report finds
A new report from Helios Education Foundation and Education forward Arizona reveals that increasing the number of Arizonans with a college education can yield gains that run into the billions. Get the full report
  Center for the Future of Arizona Seeks Nominations for the 2023 Gabe Zimmerman Public Service Awards
  Tucson Daily Star, Pima County program offers academic, job help to disengaged youths

Join our team!
  Now Hiring: Senior Aide to the President & CEO
Application Deadline: Friday, March 31, 2023, at 3:00 PM MST
We seek a Senior Aide to support CFA’s President & CEO through project management, writing and editing, research, and relationship support functions. This opportunity is excellent for candidates interested in growing a career in the Arizona nonprofit landscape. Qualified candidates graduating with an undergraduate or graduate degree in Spring 2023 are encouraged to apply.
Learn more and apply
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