Quality of Life and Opportunity for All Arizonans

The Center for the Future of Arizona is helping define and shape Arizona’s future through an action-oriented agenda that focuses on issues critical to the state. More than a think tank, CFA is a nonpartisan, nonprofit “do tank” that combines research with collaborative partnerships and initiatives that serve the common good and drive the state’s economic prosperity, quality of life and civic health.

The Arizona We Want initiative helps catalyze the public will needed to make the citizen goals of economic prosperity, quality of life, and active civic engagement a reality. The Education We Need initiatives reflect the reality that education is the most powerful leverage for achieving these goals.

We focus on big ideas, impartial analyses and leadership that is willing and able to identify long-term solutions to the most challenging issues of our time. Our vision for Arizona is one where civic and political culture are characterized by multi-sector collaborations.  Most of the big challenges that confront us cannot be resolved by unilateral action by one sector or another. Moving Arizona forward will require broad engagement and consensus that brings leaders and citizens together with a common purpose.

CFA’s commitment is to take specific steps toward helping Arizonans take promising ideas into action.

  • Understand “who we are” as Arizonans by identifying and assessing the goals of the people who live here.
  • Identify those high-impact issues where new ideas, designs and systems are gaining momentum that need to be made part of the public discussion and explored more deeply.
  • Develop promising ideas into projects that can be implemented to test their impact and value.
  • Advance proven ideas, directly or with partners, in ways that offer a higher probability of success.

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The Arizona We Want

Arizona citizens and leaders will actively pursue a common roadmap for the future.

The growing disconnect between citizens and the institutions that serve us will be bridged in ways that build public confidence and the public will needed to achieve the results that Arizonans want. Citizens have high expectations: quality jobs, a great Pre K-16 education system, access to affordable healthcare for all, a modern infrastructure, a sustainable environment, a culture that attracts and retains young talent and high levels of citizen engagement.     

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The Education We Need

Arizona's education system ensures excellence and equity for every student.

The success of every child is vital to our state’s economic prosperity, quality of life and civic health. To deliver on the promise of education, our education system must offer both excellence and equity. We must close the achievement gap that leaves so many children behind, increase educational attainment overall and prepare a highly skilled workforce. At the same time, our system must be adaptive and keep pace with a changing world economy.   

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Center for the Future of Arizona
541 East Van Buren, B-5
Phoenix, Arizona 85004-2211
Phone: 602-496-1360
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