Promoting the growth of civic engagement and pride around thoughtful, sustainable, walkable, and inclusive infill development in the Phoenix metro area, with a particular focus on the Phoenix, Tempe and Mesa urban cores.
Connor Descheemaker, Community Outreach Coordinator
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Phoenix For(u)m is a membership based program of Local First Arizona dedicated to furthering diverse, context-sensitive and responsible development through infill, adaptive reuse, preservation, and redevelopment. The program serves as an information exchange that organizes and informs development professionals focused on urban infill projects, advocating for a balanced dialog between residents, city government, and business stakeholders.
Phoenix For(u)m will inform members with access to critical figures in the planning and development realm in order to educate and raise awareness of the urgency on these issues, and to increase coordinated and expedited response times from the development community. Communication will be through a digital newsletter, social media, and optional social and informational gatherings.
Potential topics in the exchange include:
Phoenix For(u)m exists to better develop an attractive, healthy, vibrant, and sustainable city that is socially, economically, and culturally diverse, and environmentally sustainable for the next 100 years and beyond. The information exchange serves to inform, educate, organize and motivate the responsible development community and to promote accountable, thoughtful development that is creative and legacy-minded, with the following purposes in mind:
The group shall be governed by an advisory council that must vote on new members based on specific criteria, which is to be determined by the founding council.
Members must be Arizona-owned companies working in the development industry and must be nominated by a founding council member.
Members must be actively engaged in urban infill-oriented projects that are context-sensitive and community-minded, exhibiting high quality design, and architectural character.
For(u)m membership is designed for businesses working in the built environment devoted to smart growth, and producing inclusive, sustainable, thoughtful, and community-centric infill and adaptive reuse projects. All For(u)m members gain:
Membership is subject to approval by the LFA For(u)m Advisory Council.