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Arizona Town Hall is a non-profit organization that brings diverse people together to solve critical and often divisive policy issues

The topic for 2020-2021 is Creating Vibrant Communities

The Statewide Town Hall will be in the fall of 2021.

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2019 Upcoming Town Hall

112th Statewide Town Hall
Strong Families Thriving Children

November 14-16, 2019
Sheraton Crescent Hotel
2620 W Dunlap Ave, Phoenix, AZ, 85021

Date & Attendance Requirements: Attendees must block out on their calendars the entire period from Thursday evening to midday Saturday. Active participation by each participant throughout the entire process is essential. The concluding plenary session on Saturday morning is a critical phase of the Town Hall process during which participants finalize the Recommendations Report.

Dress for the Town Hall is business casual.

Cost: In addition to the cost of your lodging during the Town Hall, the cost for meals and participant registration is: $490.

Guests and observers can purchase meals separately.

If you plan to attend the Town Hall as an observer, click here to register using the "Observer" option and choose your meals.

Meal Programs: All meal programs are open to the general public. If you do not plan to attend as a participant or as an observer, click here to register and choose which meal programs you wish to attend.



The last day refunds is Friday, November 1, 2019.

Thursday Dinner: Welcome, Orientation and Working Dinner

Friday Breakfast: Panel Presentation on Strong Families are Connected Families
Moderator: Olivia Elder, Families and Incarceration Associate, FWD.us

  • Rebecca Gau, Arizona Director, Stand for Children
  • Quinton Moore, Minister-In-Training, Greater Impact Church Phoenix
  • Jeff Taylor, Chairman of the Board, Salvation Army of Phoenix

Friday Lunch: Panel Presentation on Arizona Resources and Opportunities
Moderator: Suzanne Pfister, CEO, Vitalyst Health Foundation

  • Maria Cristina Fuentes, Director, Governor’s Office of Youth, Faith and Family
  • Maurice “Mo” Portley, Senior Director, Judicial Engagement Team, Casey Foundation; Ret. Judge, Arizona Court of Appeals
  • Jami Snyder, Director, Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS)

Friday Dinner: Panel Presentation on Inspiration for Action
Moderator: Elizabeth McNamee, Chair, Community Town Halls Committee, Arizona Town Hall

  • Evelyn Casuga, Senior Advisor, Community Relations, Central Arizona College; Director, Community & Economic Prosperity, Center for the Future of Arizona
  • Kathy Kitagawa, Volunteer, Tucson Committee Chair, Arizona Town Hall
  • Shelley Mellon, President/CEO, R.L. Jones Insurance and Motor Vehicle Services
  • Courtney Sullivan, Executive Director of the Arizona Center for Afterschool Excellence (AzCASE)

Participants spend the bulk of their time participating in facilitated discussions designed to build consensus for future action.Activities: Participants spend the bulk of their time participating in facilitated discussions designed to build consensus for future action. Meal programs will feature recognized speakers on the topic, as well as other informative presentations.

Scholarships Available: While many diverse individuals are invited, often the fees or time away from work prevents their participation. Scholarship funds can help to alleviate some of those issues.

Applicants/recipients may need to share in the attendance cost (total cost est. at $800-$1200).

Download and print the Scholarship Application Form.

Types of Scholarship Funds: Thanks to a scholarship fund established by Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS), more Arizona small business owners will have their opinions heard when it comes to issues important to the state. The scholarship has been named after former Arizona Town Hall President, Shirley Agnos. The BCBS scholarship fund is used to invite and engage small business leaders who might not otherwise be able to participate in the three-day Town Hall process. Individual scholarships shall not exceed $500.

Other scholarships are sometimes available. For additional information, please contact the Arizona Town Hall office by email at townhall@aztownhall.org.


Looking for information regarding past Town Halls? Visit our Past Town Halls page.
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