Historic Powerball Jackpot Makes Positive Arizona Economic Impact

Source: AZ Business Magazine, September 14, 2017

Lottery players had an exciting month in August as the Powerball® jackpot climbed to the second largest in the game’s history. Although the top prize winner lives in Massachusetts, the historic $758 million jackpot still made a positive impact across the Grand Canyon State. 

“The whole world was watching this jackpot as it rolled closer and closer to $1 billion and the Lottery had the surge in sales to prove it,” Executive Director of the Arizona Lottery Gregg Edgar said. “These record-breaking jackpots do much more for Arizona residents than provide fun and excitement; they have a large economic impact on the state. Our retailers see an uptick in their earned commissions from increased sales, and the Lottery is also able to transfer more funds to its beneficiaries that serve numerous causes like foster children, local businesses, wildlife conservation, our homeless and much more.”

From this jackpot alone, the Arizona Lottery was able to transfer over $12.8 million to its beneficiaries. On average, the Arizona Lottery generates approximately $13 million annually to fund CASA and The Heritage Fund at the Arizona Game and Fish Department. With this Powerball run, the Lottery was able nearly fill those two beneficiary buckets.

While the top prize winning ticket was purchased in Massachusetts, Arizona Lottery players didn’t walk away empty-handed. Throughout the Powerball run, there were over 750,000 winners totaling over $7.9 million in prizes.

Not only did Arizona players and beneficiaries benefit from the Powerball run, the Lottery’s retail partners also saw a dramatic impact. This Powerball run garnered over $2.3 million in sales commissions in every corner of the state.

For more information on Arizona Lottery’s impact across the state, visit www.arizonalottery.com.

Our View: Don’t Kill Arizona’s State Parks Board Now

Picacho Peak State Park

Arizona Forward: Open Letter to Their Members

Source:  Email blast from Arizona Forward, February 8, 2017

The Arizona Legislature is considering a bill that includes a repeal the Arizona State Parks Board (HB2369), which we strongly oppose.  As part of Arizona Forward’s historic advocacy of parks and open space, as well as our work in creating a primer on the economic benefits of Arizona’s natural assets, we have registered our opposition to this measure and encourage you to do the same!

The State Parks Board provides citizens’ oversight to State Parks and is composed of people with various backgrounds, including recreation, tourism, and livestock, as well as the general public. Its purpose is to “select, acquire, preserve, establish, and maintain areas of natural features, scenic beauty, historical and scientific interest, and zoos and botanical gardens for the education, pleasure, recreation, and health of the people….”

On February 2, 2017, the House Government Committee voted 5-3-0 to repeal the Arizona States Park Board. I testified against the measure and will keep you updated as it moves the legislative process. Elimination of this important board will result in less transparency, fewer opportunities for public engagement on a broad level, and one less entity to advocate for a parks system badly in need of more advocates.

Please take action by sending a message to your state representatives today! If you are not sure who your legislators are, go to Find My Legislator and click on the link where you enter your address. You can then select legislators to find their contact information. Be sure to leave a message with an assistant or on voicemail.

We must be good stewards of these amazing resources, and need your help to ensure that happens!

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DIANE BROSSART
President & CEO
Arizona Forward

Since the publication of this letter, HB2369 is scheduled to be heard by the House Rules Committee on Monday, February 13, 2017 at 12:45 p.m. in HHR4.  Here is a link to the agenda. 

Historic preservation & heritage in 98th Arizona Town Hall report

[Source: Jim McPherson, President of the Board of Directors, Arizona Preservation Foundation] – The recently-concluded 98th Arizona Town Hall, “Capitalizing on Arizona’s Arts and Culture,” includes broad statements and specific recommendations related to Arizona’s history, heritage, historic preservation, adaptive reuse, and neighborhood and community revitalization ~ all intertwined and compatible with the arts and culture community.

The final report and priority actions were just released this afternoon and are available for review and download here: http://www.aztownhall.org/pdf/98th_Final_Recommendations.pdf

The background report, skillfully edited by ASU Art History Professor Betsy Fahlman, includes numerous references to the importance of Arizona’s heritage and built environment and several chapters themselves focus on preservation-related topics: Architecture and Sense of Place (Will Bruder); Artists and the Revitalization of Downtown Phoenix (Greg Esser); Historic Preservation (Debbie Abele); Museums (Alberto Rios); Placemaking and Social Capital (Kimber Lanning and Philip Allsopp); Preserve, Adapt, Restore, or Build Cultural Facilities (Shelley Cohn); and Tourism and Cultural Heritage (Dallen Timothy).  You can review and download it here: http://aztownhall.org/pdf/98th_Background_Report.pdf

Several of my fellow Town Hall participants will be attending the 9th Annual Arizona Historic Preservation Conference in Tucson next month.  We’ll be happy to share further detail about what transpired this past week at the 98th Arizona Town Hall.