Arizona Indian Town Hall
The Commission of Indian Affairs in partnership with the Association for Economic Development hosted the 2011 Indian Town Hall and Business Summit “Essential Tools for Economic Development” held at the Wild Horse Pass Resort, March 22-23rd 2011.
The Commission regularly hosts an Arizona Indian Town Hall to enable the state and tribes to address issues on a regular and proactive basis with the intent to create a process that promotes public consideration of issues, builds consensus and supports the implementation of resulting recommendations.
In combination with the Business Summit, this event provided an interactive and idea sharing conference for both Native and non-Native economic development practitioners, government agency representatives, tribal leaders and project stakeholders interested in working together to develop statewide growth opportunities and initiatives that are sustainable and realistic.
With 170 attendees opening the event, guests were honored to hear Lt. Governor Joseph Manuel, Gila River Indian Community, provide welcome remarks, which were followed by the opening keynote message from Mr. Carl Artman, Director of the Economic Development in Indian Country Program at the Sandra Day O’Connor School of Law, Arizona State University, “When Politics are a Barrier to Economic Development”.
Other keynotes included Dr. Joseph Kalt, Ford Foundation Professor of International Political Economy and Co-Director of the Harvard Project on American Indian Economic Development at Harvard University, whose topic addressed “Economic Development, Social Justice and Entrepreneurship”; as well as Kip Ritchie, Senior Vice President, Potawatomi Business Development, Forest County Potawatomi Tribe and Randy Evans, Law office of Randal T. Evans who discussed “Economic Diversification on and off Tribal Land”; and finally, Ivan Makil, Founding Partner, Generation Seven Strategic Partners and former President, Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, whose topic was “Diversifying Tribal Economics”. These keynotes were followed by well-rounded panels which further explored economic development, finance, renewable energy, community development and law.
The partnership would like to thank everyone for their participation. We recognize and value the economic contributions of the tribal nations and community. By partnering together with you, we hope to continue to ensure that tribes, tribal practitioners and stakeholders will continue to learn, grow, network and strengthen the economic development efforts in Arizona.
2011 AZ Indian Town Hall and Business Summit Program
2011 AITHBS Photo Gallery