The Center for the Future of Arizona’s publication last fall of The Arizona We Want provided compelling data on our state that helped to instigate development of the Arizona Center for Civic Leadership.
In 2009, the CFA commissioned a Gallup Poll to obtain Arizonans’ perspective on the issues facing the state, with an objective of creating a residents’ agenda for moving Arizona forward. The results of that survey reflect the importance of strong leadership to Arizona’s future. The report delineated five issues that require resolution, citing as issue number one:
“Arizona needs fully prepared leadership and governance structures appropriate to the 21st century.”
Subsequent to the report’s publication, the Flinn Foundation asked Battelle to inventory Arizona’s assets in the area of civic-leadership development. Battelle found that while very high-quality leadership-training organizations existed at the local and regional level, no entity existed to improve civic leadership statewide.